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1190th Deployment Support Brigade

The mission of the Deployment Support Brigade is to provide assistance to deploying units through the use of small teams that specialize in either Rail Operations, Air Load Operations, or Port Operations.

The 1190th U. S. Army Deployment Support Brigade was officially activated on 15 December 1950 as the 9204th Army Transportation Staging Area. Since then, it has been redesignated nine times. The unit has attended Annual Training in many areas of the United States including New Orleans; Ship Island, Mississippi; Fort Eustis, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Brooklyn Army Terminal, New York; Fort Lewis, Washington; Bayonne, New Jersey; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Oakland, California; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Milan, Tennessee; and participated in exercise Fuentos Caminos 93 in Honduras and Task Force Jaguar in Guatemala.

The unit has had fourteen commanders: Colonel Charles W. Aby, Colonel Robert P. McVea, Colonel Warren N. Waggenspack, Colonel Fritz L. Spencer, Jr., Colonel Fred S. Ladner, Jr., Colonel Milton C. Vigo, Colonel Joseph N. Macaluso, Sr., Colonel Linden D. Claybrook, Colonel Judson W. Hanna, Colonel Ernest Freyou, Colonel Maurice C. Winker, Colonel Ulysses S. Hargrove, Colonel Richard G. Simmons and Colonel Harry J. Philips, Jr.

The Secretary of the Army has honored the 1190th with eleven United States Army Reserve Superior Unit Certificates since 1963. In 1968, the unit received a letter of commendation for contributions made during Annual Training from the Commander, Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1987, the unit received the 122d U. S. Army Reserve Command Outstanding Training Award. In 1975 and 1996, the unit was recommended for the National Defense Transportation Association unit award; in 1997 and 1998, the 1190th was the 90th Regional Support Command's NDTA winner and runner-up, respectively. The 1190th has won the Army Communities of Excellence Award every year since 1994.

The 1190th was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield from 27 August 1990 through 15 June 1991 and was assigned to the Military Traffic Management Command, Easter Area to assist with the deployment of units to Saudi Arabia. During the period 27 August 1990 through 10 November 1990, the 1190th supported units at 23 installations and 3 ports in the continental United States. On 12 November 1990, the unit was deployed to Europe to assist units deploying from Germany. From 12 November 1990 through 18 December 1990, the 1190th visited 28 military communities and conducted predeployment assistance operations at 91 installations and assisted with barge loading operations at Mannheim Barge terminal. After returning to the United States, the unit continued to assist with the redeployment of equipment from Saudi Arabia and 16 soldiers remained on active duty until February 1992 assisting with redeployment.

The 1190th was highly decorated for its wartime service with unit member receiving the National Defense Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Achievement Medal. The unit received the Department of the Army Superior Unit Award.

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