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101st Sustainment Brigade
101st Airborne Division Support Command (DISCOM)
"Lifeliners"

The mission of the 101st Sustainment Brigade deploys worldwide providing combat service support operations as part of a Division, COSCOM, or Theater operation as directed. On order support deployment and redeployment operations.

Under the Pre-Modular Brigade Combat Team structure, the Division Support Command (DISCOM) was one of six major subordinate commands in the Division. The others were the three infantry brigades, the aviation brigade, and the Division Artillery (DIVARTY). The DISCOM provided effective and responsive support to tactical units. To provide this support to the tactical commander, logistics and HSS assets were effectively organized and positioned where they are needed. The DISCOM units were an HHC/DMMC, an MSB, three FSBs, Combat Service Support Automation Management Office (CSSAMO), and an AMCO.

The DISCOM Headquarters provided personnel and equipment for the command, supervision and control of division level combat service support service operations. It also furnished automatic data processing support to assist in the accomplishment of the supply and maintenance functions of the DISCOM. The headquarters company provided personnel and equipment for the command and internal combat service support of the DISCOM headquarters.

Fluid, nonlinear operations and enormous demands for resources characterize the battlefield. Support in such an environment is the challenge facing support planners and operators. They arm, fuel, fix, and move the division, and sustain its soldiers. These actions allow the LID commander to take advantage of opportunities to achieve tactical advantage. The DISCOM commander and staff as well as support planners and operators at division and brigade incorporated the sustainment imperatives in all actions. The imperatives were anticipation, integration, continuity, responsiveness, and improvisation.

The DISCOM commander and staff anticipated future missions. They did this by understanding the division commander's plan and translating current developments into future needs. Anticipation helps the division commander form a supportable plan. The DISCOM commander and staff focused on responsive support of future operations. They did not merely react to support needs sent to the DISCOM. They planed ahead and tried to foresee unexpected changes while supporting current operations. To better anticipate needs the DISCOM commander and staff had a close relationship with the division staff.

The LID's support assets provide only essential CSS. They stock only mission essential supplies. Personnel normally use supply point distribution. An exception is supply of barrier materials. The corps throughputs these directly to the emplacement site whenever possible. Personnel also deliver bulk fuel and water to the light infantry battalions. Wherever possible, other supplies are throughput from the corps to the unit or the BSA. Intensive management of MHE ensures this limited resource meets a variety of logistics missions. Ambulances returning to forward areas backhaul medical supplies and equipment if necessary.

The 101st Sustainment Brigade was activated on 1 July 1956 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the 101st Airborne Division Support Group. The Support Group was composed of the 326th Airborne Medical Company, the 426th Airborne Quartermaster Company, the 101st Parachute Support and Maintenance Company, the Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment and the Band.

Organizational changes occurred in April 1957. On 25 April 1957, the 101st Airborne Division Support Group was reorganized and redesignated as Support Group, 101st Airborne Division. The 426th Airborne Quartermaster Company became the 426th Supply and Transport Company. The 101st Parachute Support and Maintenance Company separated from the Group. The 101st Administration Company and Company B, 313th Army Security Agency Battalion were added to the Group.

The Group was consolidated on 3 February 1964 with the 101st Airborne Division Band, and the consolidated unit was reorganized and redesignated the Headquarters, Headquarters and Band, 101st Airborne Division Support Command (DISCOM). Subordinate units were the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 326th Medical Battalion, the 426th Supply and Transport Company, the 101st Administration Company, the 101st Air Equipment Support Company, and the Band (technically part of the Command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company).

The unit was reorganized on 18 August 1967 as Headquarters, Headquarters Company and Band, 101st Airborne Division Support Command. On 21 September 1973 the Band was reassigned and the unit was redesignated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne Division Support Command.

In October 1992, the DISCOM was provisionally reorganized into three Support Battalions (Forward) and one Main Support Battalion, and also the 101st Personnel Service Company, the 101st Finance Battalion, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and the Band.

On 16 April 1994, the reorganization, redesignation became official. The DISCOM subsequently consisted of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 63rd Chemical Company, the 426th Forward Support Battalion, the 526th Forward Support Battalion, the 626th Forward Support Battalion, the 801st Main Support battalion, and the 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (AVIM).

11 September 2001 signaled another chapter in the DISCOM history. The 626th Forward Support Battalion along with elements from the 801st Main Support Battalion, 8-101st Aviation Battalion, the DISCOM Headquarters all deployed to Afghanistan supporting the 3rd Brigade, Task Force Rakkasan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Form 19 March 2003 to 15 February 2004, the DISCOM Headquarters deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, providing combat service support to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

On 16 September 2004, the Division Support Command, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was inactivated and was relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The DISCOM's support battalions were reorganized and redesignated, becoming organic to the Division's reorganized and redesignated Brigade Combat Teams and Combat Aviation Brigades. Concurrently, the 101st Corps Support Group began the transformation to a new sustainment brigade, to be the first of its kind. On 21 August 2005, the Division Support Command, 101st The Brigade was reorganized and redesignated as the 101st Sustainment Brigade. The 101st Corps Support Group was concurrently inactivated and its subordinate units reassigned to the new Brigade. Subordinate units were the 101st Brigade Troops Battalion, 101st Soldier Support Battalion, 106th Transportation Battalion, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 184th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and the 561st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. The new unit maintained a relationship with the 101st Airborne Division through its lineage and honors, but could be independantly deployed in support of operations as required.

From 16 August 2005 to 13 August 2006, the Brigade headquarters and other elements deployed again to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, once again in support of other deployed elements of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

xFrom 20 January 2008 to 16 February 2009, the 101st Sustainment Brigade deployed to Afghanistan a second time as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and as the Joint Logistics Command - Afghanistan supported over 55,000 US personnel, coalition forces and civilians spread over the entire Combined/Joint Operations Area - Afghanistan. During the deployment the 101st Soldier Support Battalion and 561st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion were both inactivated and the 184th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) was reassigned to the 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal).

On 16 November 2010, the Brigade Headquarters returned for a third time to Afghanistan to provide sustainment support to Regional Commands East, Capital and North.




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