296th Brigade Support Battalion
296th Forward Support Battalion
The 296th Brigade Support Battalion was first constituted on 23 November 1944 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 296th Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile. It was activated on 15 December 1944 at Camp Bowie, Texas.
The unit was converted and redesignated on 1 August 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 296th Transportation Corps Truck Battalion. It was again reorganized and redesignated on 31 July 1947 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 296th Transportation Truck Battalion, and on 17 October 1949 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 296th Transportation Truck Battalion.
The unit was allotted on 25 October 1951 to the Regular Army. It was reorganized and redesignated on 8 April 1954 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 296th Transportation Battalion. The unit was inactivated on 5 November 1955 in Korea.
The unit was redesignated on 16 October 1989 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 296th Support Battalion. It was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, and activated in Korea, with its organic elements concurrently were constituted and activated. The unit was inactivated on 16 September 1992 in Korea.
The 296th Forward Support Battalion was activated on 16 October 1995 at Fort Lewis, Washington. There it was part of the home brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade, the only one of the Division's 3 brigades to be stationed in the United States. At the time its strength was approximately 388 personnel.
In 2000, the 3rd Brigade became the initial brigade to transform to what became known was the US Army's modualar force structure. The resulting 3rd Brigade Combat Team was reorganized to include various elements that had previously existed at division level. As a result, the 296th Forward Support Battalion was inactivated and reactivated and redesignated as the 296th Brigade Support Battalion, an organic element of the new Brigade Combat Team.
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