299th Brigade Support Battalion (United States)

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299th Brigade Support Battalion
299 Spt Bn COA.png
Coat of arms
Active 23 March 1966 –
Country  United States
Type Support
Nickname(s) Dagger Lifeline[1]
Motto(s) "On Call To Serve"
Colors Maroon
Engagements World War I
World War II
Vietnam War
Iraq Campaign
Operation New Dawn
Decorations Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal
Commanders
Current
commander
LTC Brian J. Wallace
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia 299 Spt Bn DUI.png

The 299th Brigade Support Battalion, also known as the Dagger Lifeline, is a US Army support battalion stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. The unit is a subordinate unit of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division.[2]

Units[edit]

The 299th BSB, as of 2013, is composed of:

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company "Headhunters" is the headquarters company and command group
  • Alpha Company "Atlas" is the transportation and supply company
  • Bravo Company "Bandits" is the maintenance company[a]
  • Charlie Company "Crimson Knights" is the medical company
  • Delta Troop "Dakotas" is the forward support company for 5-4 CAV[b]
  • Echo Company "Rock" is the forward support company for 82 EN[c]
  • Foxtrot Battery "Forger" is the forward support company for 1-7 FA[d]
  • Golf Company "Gunslinger" is the forward support company for 1-18 IN[e]
  • Hotel Company "Hades" is the forward support company for 1-63 AR
  • Juliet Company "Juggernauts" is the forward support company for 2-70 AR

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

The 299th Brigade Support Battalion was constituted on 23 March 1966 in the Regular Army as the 7th Support Battalion and assigned to the 199th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia.[8]

Vietnam[edit]

On 1 June 1966, the battalion was activated and deployed to the Republic of Vietnam serving with distinction from 1966 to 1970 and earning 10 Battle Streamers, the Valorous Unit Citation, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, three awards of the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palms and the Civil Action Honor Medal.

On 15 October 1970, at Fort Benning, Georgia, the battalion was inactivated and relieved from assignment to the 199th Infantry Brigade; and, concurrently was redesignated as the 299th Forward Support Battalion. On 20 October 1983, the battalion was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and activated in Goeppingen, German.

Bosnia-Herzegovina[edit]

The battalion was inactivated on 15 August 1991 and subsequently reactivated on 16 February 1996. In March 1996, the battalion deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a part of Task Force Eagle where they earned the Presidential Unit Citation.[citation needed]

Kosovo[edit]

In June 1999, the battalion again deployed to the Balkans, this time to Kosovo as a part of Task Force Falcon where they established the first logistical base in the new theater of operations. On 16 December 1999, the battalion redeployed to home station. On 4 May 2002, a large slice of the battalion redeployed again to Kosovo as the 299th Logistics Task Force (LTF) in support of Multi-National Brigade (East). They provided superb support in providing a safe and secure environment for the people of Kosovo. On 14 November 2002, the 299th LTF returned to home station to conduct reintegration operations and to prepare for future combat operations.[citation needed]

Operation Iraqi Freedom[edit]

From 2004-2005 the 299th FSB served in OIF 04-05, and from 2006-2007 the 299th FSB served in OIF 07-08. Upon completion of this combat tour the 299th FSB was relocated to Ft Riley, Kansas and re-designated the 299th Brigade Support Battalion a modular support battalion. From 2008-2009 the 299th BSB served in OIF 09-10 in Baghdad, Iraq where they earned the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Operation New Dawn[edit]

In November 2010, the 299th Brigade Support Battalion deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. The unit redeployed to Ft. Riley, Kansas in late 2011 and received a Meritorious Unit Commendation award for their efforts during their deployment to Operation New Dawn.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted 23 March 1966 in the Regular Army as the 7th Support Battalion and assigned to the 199th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia[8]
  • Activated on 1 June 1966
  • Inactivated 15 October 1970 and redesignated as the 299th Forward Support Battalion
  • Activated on 20 October 1983 and assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Goeppingen, Germany
  • Inactivated on 15 August 1991
  • Reactivated on 16 February 1996
  • Redesignated in March 2008 as the 299th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas

Honors[edit]

Campaign participation credit[edit]

  • Vietnam: Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive[8]
  • Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease-Fire

Decorations[edit]

The following decorations were earned by the 7th Support Battalion for service in Vietnam.[9]

The 299th Support Battalion earned the following decorations.

  • Valorous Unit Award for service 1 October 2004 to 1 November 2004[15]
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation for service 11 February 2004 to 14 February 2005 (less the period 1 October 2004 to 1 November 2004)[16]
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation for service 26 August 2006 to 28 October 2007[17]
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation for service 6 October 2008 to 28 September 2009[18]
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation for service 12 November 2010 to 25 October 2011[19]

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Institute of Heraldry website http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil.
Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield with a chevron embattled of seven to chief between a bayonet and a rose with a yellow center on a red background. Attached below the shield a silver scroll inscribed "ON CALL TO SERVE" in blue letters.

Symbolism: The chevron, representing the rafters supporting a roof, stands for the Battalion's support function. The embattled upper edge of the chevron indicates capability for combat support; the embattlements are seven in number in reference to the organization's original designation. The white bayonet on the blue background, for Infantry, refers to both the unit's activation in Georgia at Fort Benning, called the "Home of the Infantry," and to its initial assignment to an Infantry Brigade. The white heraldic rose on the scarlet background represents the Cherokee Rose, the Georgia State flower. The gold barbs of the rose simulate a star and refer to the conception of Support Battalions by the Army Staff study entitled "CO-STAR."

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 7th Support Battalion on 8 November 1966. It was redesignated for the 299th Support Battalion on 17 June 1983.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Detachment, Company B, earned the Valorous Unit Award for period of service 12 October 2006 to 17 November 2007.[3]
  2. ^ Company D earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation for period of service 6 October 2008 to 28 September 2009.[4]
  3. ^ Company E earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation for period of service 6 October 2008 to 28 September 2009.[5]
  4. ^ Company F earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation for period of service 6 October 2008 to 28 September 2009.[6]
  5. ^ Company G earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation for period of service 6 October 2008 to 28 September 2009.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Army Center of Military History. Special Designations Archived 9 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  2. ^ US Army, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Subordinate units. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  3. ^ US Army. Permanent Orders 127-13, 7 May 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  4. ^ US Army. Permanent Orders 288-13, 15 October 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  5. ^ US Army. Permanent Orders 286-07, 13 October 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  6. ^ US Army. Permanent Orders 287-86, 14 October 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  7. ^ US Army. Permanent Orders 282-42, 9 October 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b c US Army, Quartermaster Professional Bulletin. 299th Support Battalion. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  9. ^ US Army, DA Pamphlet 672-3, Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register, page 12, 29 January 1988. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  10. ^ US Army, DA General Order 48, page 3, dated 13 September 1968. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  11. ^ US Army, DAGO 37, 1970
  12. ^ US Army, DAGO 50, 1971
  13. ^ a b US Army, DAGO 43, 1970
  14. ^ a b US Army, DAGO 51, 1971
  15. ^ US Army Human Resources Command, Permanent Orders 304-03, 31 October 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  16. ^ US Army Human Resources Command, Permanent Orders 180-03, Corrected Copy, 29 June 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  17. ^ US Army Human Resources Command, Permanent Orders 148-13, 28 May 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  18. ^ US Army Human Resources Command, Permanent Orders 282-39, 9 October 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  19. ^ US Army Human Resources Command, Permanent Orders 025-04, 25 January 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2017.