593rd Sustainment Brigade
593rd Corps Support Group
The mission of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade is to, on order, deploy worldwide to provide command, control, staff planning and supervision of three to seven subordinate battalions and provides direct support/general support sustainment to all units on an area basis. The Brigade provides sustainment support to I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord tenant units and additionally provide maintenance support to the western region.
The 593rd Sustainment Brigade was first constituted on 7 August 1944 in the United States Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1350th Engineer Base Depot Group. The Group was activated on 19 August 1944 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana for service in World War II earning a Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer embroidered Pacific Theater, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, and 2 campaign participation credits. The Brigade was inactivated on the islands of Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines on 20 May 1946.
The Group was redesignated on 10 November 1948 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd Engineer Base Depot and reactivated in Guam on 16 December 1948. It was inactivated there on 27 January 1950. The unit was allotted on 26 December 1951 to the Regular Army and activated on 19 January 1952 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. It was reorganized and redesignated on 25 May 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd Engineer Group.
The unit was converted and redesignated on 25 April 1966 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd General Support Group. The 593rd General Support Group participated in 14 campaigns in Vietnam from 1966 to 1972, earning its second Meritorious Unit Commendation. After returning from Vietnam, the 593rd General Support Group was inactivated on 30 April 1972 at Oakland, California.
The 593rd was again redesignated and activated on 21 March 1973 as the 593rd Support Group (Area) at Fort Lewis, Washington. The Group was immediately responsible for many post support missions critical to the day to day operations of Fort Lewis, while simultaneously being prepared to deploy worldwide in support of European and Korean contingency operations. Group personnel and units supported a variety of missions. Group personnel and units served on REFORGER, Team Spirit, and have discharged many Fort Lewis logistical functions, as well as the annual hosting of the Washington Special Olympics.
On 31 August 1990, the 593rd Support Group deployed to Saudi Arabia for participation in Operations Desert Shield, and subsequently participated in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Farewell. The Group earned its third Meritorious Unit Commendation. In addition, the 593d Support Group deployed on 24 December 1992, to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope.
On 16 November 1993, the 593rd Support Group (Area) was reorganized as the 593rd Support Group (Corps). It was then deployed to El Salvador for a Joint Humanitarian Mission. From November 1998 to February 1999, the 593rd Corps Support Group successfully joined with other military personnel to restore hope in that part of Central America following Hurricane Mitch during Operation Fuerte Apoyo The Group was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In November 2003 and again in June 2005, the 593rd Corps Support Group deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From the moment the 593rd Corps Support Group took over the logistical mission in Iraq, they set the standard for logistical excellence for the 13th Corps Support Command. Additionally, the 593rd Corps Support Group supported Operation Enduring Freedom by sending units to Afghanistan.
On 16 April 2008, the 593rd Support Group (Corps) was reorganized and redesignated as the 593rd Sustainment Brigade. As part of its modular transformation and that of the US Army as a whole, the Brigade began to reorganize/ The 44th Corps Support Battalion was inactivated, replaced by the Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade. The 80th Ordnance Battalion and the 57th Transportation Battalion remained assigned to the unit. The 304th Support Center (Rear) was transformed into a reserve component sustainment brigade.
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