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Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional)
"Assured Support"

Effective as of 2 February 2009, the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina was reflagged as the 528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne), which was subsequently activated later in 2009.

The Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional) supported all elements of the special operations community in the Global War on Terrorism. The support of the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) in the Global War on Terrorism proved to be of unequaled value to Special Operations Forces in defense of this nation.

On 2 December 2005, the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional) was activated in support of an overall transformation concept involving ARSOF logistics. Under the new concept, the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) became a deployable unit instead of a garrison organization.

The Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) was composed of the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne), which provided cutting edge telecommunications; the Special Troops Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) (Provisional), which in keeping with conventional sustainment brigades, was created to command and control Headquarters and Headquarters Company and 2 subordinate reserve companies, the 732nd Main Support Company (Airborne) and the 816th Forward Support Company (Airborne); ARSOF Liaison Elements (ALE) are regionally oriented on Army Special Operation Forces logistics. The development of the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) also provided ARSOF with 2 unique capabilities: the ARSOF Support Cell (ASC) and 2 Medical Level II teams.

The Brigade had the capability of providing technical control to multiple Special Forces group support battalions in the planning and execution of ARSOF combat service support and combat health support. The Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) was capable of deploying 2 ASCs in support of 2 ARSOF-based joint special operations task forces or a SOF-based JTF. The ASC would initially colocated with the GSB or a ranger support operations detachment and provided ARSOF with an in theater presence providing distribution management functions.

The medical section provided Level II medical support as an USASOC asset managed by the brigade surgeon and constituted the nucleus of the capability of receiving a conventional Army Forward Surgical Team. The medical section was robust enough to provide CHS on an area basis for approximately 450 personnel. This support includes unit level medical support and health services, logistics, emergency medical and resuscitative treatment for all classes of patients; emergency dental treatment, physical therapy and preventive medicine support, while maintaining Standard Army Management Information Systems and providing veterinary support.

Members of the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) specialized in advanced communications and force sustainment skills. The 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) and members the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) had the challenging mission of supporting ARSOF assets in the field. The 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) evolved continuously with emerging innovative telecommunications technologies, providing joint SOF commanders with secure and nonsecure voice, data, and video services.

In their respective fields, signal and support soldiers provided oversight of materiel distribution management, synchronization, and integrated materiel management of property accountability, maintenance management, and logistics automation for deployed ARSOF. Communications expertise allows ARSOF to shoot, move and communicate on a continuous basis. Soldiers assigned to ARSOF units were taught to operate and maintain a vast array of unique equipment not normally used by their conventional counterparts. To meet the needs of ARSOF, the Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) developed logistical and signal packages that are rapidly deployable. Soldiers assigned to these units were airborne qualified.




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