782nd Brigade Support Battalion
782nd Main Support Battalion
The mission of the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion it to plans, coordinates, synchronizes, monitors, and controls Tactical Sustainment, Distribution, and Health Service Support Operations within the 4th Brigade Combat Team area of operation in order to sustain full spectrum combat operations.
The 782nd Main Support Battalion was redesignated on 22 October 1993 with the reorganization of the Division Support Command from a functional to a multifunctional organization. The nucleus of the 782nd Main Support Battalion, B Company (Light Maintenance), and F Company (Heavy Maintenance), came from the 782nd Maintenance Battalion. Additionally, the 782nd Main Support Battalion acquired HQ/A Company (Supply), D Company (Transport), and E Company (Aerial Delivery) from the 407th Supply and Transport Battalion and C Company (Medical), from the 307th Medical Battalion. The Main Support Battalion also had the 95th Calibration, 239th Graves Registration, and the 245th Arid Environment Detachments. Under the reorganization, the 782nd Main Support Battalion, whose call sign was "Log Warrior," received the Battalion colors and heraldry from the 782nd Maintenance Battalion, thus perpetuating the long, proud history of the battalion.
The 782nd Main Support Battalion was organized as the 82d Division Ordnance Section at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana in August of 1942. On 10 September 1942 it was constituted in the Army of the United States as the 782nd Airborne Ordnance Maintenance Company and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Departing for North Africa in April of 1943, the unit began preparation for supporting the 82d Airborne Division's war efforts beginning with assaults on Sicily and Naples.
On 6 June 1944, the 782d Ordnance Company's Commander and 3 enlisted men went into Normandy with the first wave of glider planes. On 8 June 1944, the first sealift with the main body of troops joined them at St. Mere Eglise. From there, the 782nd participated in the Holland Campaign, including the fighting at Nijmegen, and subsequently the Rhineland and Ardennes Campaigns. 1945 saw the 782nd closing out its tour in Europe moving through France to Bonn, Germany and finally to Berlin.
The Company returned to the United States after finishing occupation duties in December 1945. Between 1946 and 1953 the 782nd was occupied with the fielding of new equipment in the Division and participating in major exercises in New York, Texas, and North Carolina.
The 782nd was reorganized and redesignated on 20 May 1953 as the 782nd Airborne Ordnance Battalion, at which time it became one of 3 major branches of the 82d Airborne Division Support Group. In 1965, the 782nd participated in the 82d Airborne Division's deployment to the civil war-torn Dominican Republic under Operation Power Pack. Peace and stability were soon restored and members of the 782nd distinguished themselves once again in their duty.
Elements of the 782nd later deployed to Vietnam with the 82nd Support Battalion of the 3rd Brigade. The 782nd once again proved themselves by meeting the challenge in October of 1983 when elements of the Battalion deployed to Grenada to support combat operations on that troubled island.
In December of 1989, the 782nd again supported the 82d Airborne Division by sending paratroopers of the Battalion with the initial combat airborne assault during Operation Just Cause in Panama, and operations in the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991.
In February 2003, the 782nd Main Support Battalion supported Operation Eagle Fury in the Baghran Valley, Afghanistan. They provided airborne fuel drops and other operations at that time. Also as of March 2004, the 782nd Main Support Battalion was supporting operations near Baghdad, Iraq. Among various activities, the 782nd MSB medical providers hosted and participated in a seminar to identify issues in the medical supply system and made recommendations to better care for soldiers. The Battalion supported elements of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq into 2005, until those elements returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
On 15 January 2006, the entire 82nd Airborne Division began transformation to the US Army's new modular force structure. Under the new force structure various elements previously held at Division level were made organic components of reorganized Brigade Combat Teams. The Division's Support Command (DISCOM) and Artillery (DIVARTY) were inactivated, their assets placed in either the new modular Brigade Combat Teams or in a Division level Sustainment Brgiade. In addition, each Division acquired a fourth Brigade Combat Team. As a result, the 782nd Main Support Battalion was inactivated and reactivated as the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion for the 82nd Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Following the transformation elements of the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion followed the 4th Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan where it deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force. The 4th Brigade Combat Team served into 2007, before returning to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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