225th Brigade Support Battalion
225th Forward Support Battalion
The mission of the 225th Brigade Support Battalion is to prepare for worldwide deployment and provide responsive and uninterrupted Combat Service Support and Combat Health Support to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
The 225th Brigade Support Battalion was activated on 10 February 1971 in Vietnam as the 225th Combat Support Battalion to provide direct support to the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. After only a few months in Vietnam, the 2nd Brigade returned to Hawaii and the 225th Combat Support Battalion was deactivated. The unit was not yet authorized distinctive unit colors or motto.
Almost a generation later C Company, 25th Medical Battalion; B Company, 725th Main Support Battalion; and the 2nd Forward Support Coordinator Staff, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), Division Support Command (DISCOM) were task-organized into the 225th Forward Support Battalion (Provisional). The units trained and deployed with the 2nd Brigade for JRTC 91-5 in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, before activation in the DISCOM, 25th Infantry Division (Light) along with other newly reorganized battalions.
After its activation on 17 May 1991, the 225th Forward Support Battalion continued to serve with distinction. Major deployments included: numerous deployments to Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island; Operation Garden Sweep on Kauai to recover from Hurrican Iniki; Team Spirit '93, Korea; JRTC rotations 94-9 and 96-7, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Operation Uphold Democracy in Port Au Prince, Haiti; Operation Marathon Pacific, Wake Island to return Chinese Migrants in the Pacific; and Cobra Gold '97 in Thailand.
The Battalion colors for the 225th Forward Support Battalion were officially authorized by the United States Institute of Heraldry on 1 October 1991. Buff and Scarlet, colors traditionally associated with support organizations, were the primary colors of the flag. Embroidered on the flag was the unit coat of arms and crest. The coat of arms was a buff shield with 2 black keys addorsed and intertwisted over gold and scarlet-handled crossed sabers. The key represented the mission of sustaining the forces in battle to the front and rear. The crossed sabers represented the force in battle and the individual soldier. The colors of the coat of arms were black for strength and security and gold for excellence. The crest for the Battalion was red oriental demidragon gule holding service in Vietnam and his spear symbolized combat. The colors of the crest were red for courage and sacrifice and gold for excellence. Embroidered on the scroll of the colors was the Battalion's motto, "Warrior Support."
In 2006, as part of the transformation of the 25th Infantry Division towards a modular force, various units that had previously been assigned at division level, but habitually assigned to a division's brigades, were made organic to the reorganized brigade combat teams. The 25th Infantry Division Support Command (DISCOM) was inactivated, along with the 225th Forward Support Battalion. The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 225th Brigade Support Battalion, the organic support battalion for the reorganized and redesignated 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
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