501st Brigade Support Battalion
501st Forward Support Battalion
In 2008, the 501st Forward Support Battalion was reorganized as part of the transformation of the 1st Armored Division to the US Army's new modular force structure. As part of this transformation, support elements previously held at division level, but habitually attached to its brigades during operations were made organic to those brigades. 501st Forward Support Battalion was inactivated and reassigned from the Division Support Command (DISCOM), itself inactivated, to the 1st Brigade Combat Team. It was subsequently reactivated as the 501st Brigade Support Battalion. The 1st Brigade Combat Team also conducted a permenant change of station from bases in Germany to Fort Bliss, Texas, which became the new home of the 501st Brigade Support Battalion.
The mission of the 501st Forward Support Battalion, had been to, on order, the deploy within the US Europe Command (USEUCOM) area of responsibility and provides Combat Service Support and Combat Hospital Support to the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division in the conduct of combat operations in a joint/combined environment.
The 501st Brigade Support Battalion was first constituted on 1 January 1924 in the Regular Army as the Supply Battalion, 1st Armored Division and was activated on 3 January 1942 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was disbanded on 20 July 1944 in Italy.
In February 1951, it was reconstituted in the Regular Army as the Quartermaster Battalion and assigned to the 1st Armored Division and was activated 7 March 1951 at Fort Hood, Texas. In February 1957, it was redesignated as the 1st Quartermaster Battalion, but was later inactivated at Fort Polk, Louisiana in December 1957.
The unit was redesignated on 3 February 1962 as the 501st Supply and Transport Battalion and activated (less company A) at Fort Hood, Texas.
The Battalion was inactivated on 15 December 1984 in Germany and redesignated on 1 May 1987 as the 501st Support Battalion (Forward) and activated in Germany.
The Battalion was again inactivated and redesignated as the 501st Brigade Support Battalion, as part of the transformation of the 1st Armored Division as a whole to the US Army's new modular force structure. The Division Support Command (DISCOM) was inactivated as part of the reorganization, which saw units previously held at division level and attached during operations made organic to the brigades they supported. 501st Brigade Support Battalion was reactivated as part of the reorganized and redesignated 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
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