68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
68th Corps Support Battalion
As part of the transformation of the 43rd Area Support Group to a modular sustainment brigade in 2008, the 68th Corps Support Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. It remained assigned to the reorganized and redesignated 43rd Sustainment Brigade.
The mission of the 68th Corps Support Battalion had been to, on order, deploy to the Theater of Operations to provide medium (petroleum and general cargo) and heavy lift transportation support, tailorable ammunition supply support, direct support maintenance, and class IX supply support to divisional and non-divisional units in its area of operations. The 68th Corps Support Battalion was prepared to provide supply support (Class I, II, IIIP, IIIB, IV, and VII) and services when task organized to do so.
The 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, "Stagecoach," was first constituted on 1 May 1936 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 45th Quartermaster Regiment. On 1 April 1942, it was redesignated as Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 45th Quartermaster Truck Regiment. During World War II, the Battalion provided transportation support throughout India and Burma. The unit received the India-Burma and Central Burma campaign streamers during World War II.
Upon return from overseas, the unit was redesignated on 1 August 1946 as Headquarters, 68th Transportation Corps Truck Battalion. On 14 July 1966, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters, 68th Transportation Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. Over the years, the Battalion maintained high states of readiness and training, in addition to providing essential transportation support to CONUS based units.
The 68th Transportation Battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia from October 1990 to June 1991 in support first of Operation Desert Shield and then of Operation Desert Storm. Throughout this campaign, the Battalion provided key transportation support throughout the theater. The unit received the Meritorious Unit Citation for services in Southwest Asia.
On 15 October 1992, the Battalion was redesignated as the 68th Corps Support Battalion. From May to August 1993, the Battalion once again was on the move. The Battalion deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia to provide maintenance, supply, transportation and field services in support of Operation Continue Hope.
From October 1994 to March 1995, the 68th Corps Support Battalion deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In support of Operation Sea Signal, the Battalion provided essential life support to include transportation, maintenance, supply and field services to Cuban and Haitian migrants and US Forces. The unit received the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for service to Joint Task Force 160 during this operation. The Battalion returned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January to April 1996 to close the migrant support facilities constructed during Operation Sea Signal.
In 2008, the 43rd Area Support Group, to which the 68th Corps Support Battalion had been assigned, was reorganized and redesignated as the 43rd Sustainment Brigade. This transformation, part of the transformation of the US Army to the modular force structure, resulted in the Battalion being similarly reorganized and redesignated as the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which remained assigned to the 43rd Sustainment Brigade.
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