142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
142nd Corps Support Battalion
The mission of the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is to provides command and control, administration, training, and internal logistics support for organic and attached units; provides technical expertise, plans, supervises and coordinates logistics operations in a Sustainment Brigade's Area of Operations.
The 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion was first constituted on 13 January 1944 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile. It was activated 31 January 1944, at Camp Butner, North Carolina.
After the end of the Second World War, the unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 September 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Quartermaster Battalion. It was allotted to the Regular Army on 8 December 1950. Deploying to Korea, it recieved participation credit for 8 campaigns during the Korean War: CCF Intervention, First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Korean Winter, Korea Summer-Fall 1952, Third Korean Winter, and Korea Summer 1953.
On 15 December 1962, the Battalion was reorganized as the 142nd Quartermaster Battalion (Direct Support). The unit was inactivated 1 October 1964 at Pusan, Korea and reactivated and redesignated 16 March 1981 at Wiesbaden, Germany as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 142nd Supply and Service Battalion. It was reorganized and redesignated on 25 January 1993 as the 142nd Corps Support Battalion. The mission of the 142nd Corps Support Battalion was to, on order, alert, upload and deploy by rail, air and sea and task organize in order to provide combat service support on an area support basis.
Approximately 2,100 US soldiers from the US Army Forces Command and the US Army Special Operations Command participated in Exercise Cooperative Nugget, which began on 11 June 1997 and concluded on 4 July 1997. Part of NATO's Partnership for Peace Program, Cooperative Nugget was a military training exercise designed to foster interoperability between the participating forces. During the exercise, units practiced peacekeeping and humanitarian relief tactics, techniques and communications procedures at the platoon and company levels. The exercise, conducted at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, included participation of the JRTC Operations Group; 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment; Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment; 142nd Corps Support Battalion; 115th Field Hospital; 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment from Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Company A, 159th Aviation Regiment from Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group from Fort Carson, Colorado. Almost 4,000 personnel took part in the exercise, including 2,500 from the US and 1,100 from other NATO nations and Partnership for Peace countries. Soldiers from 4 NATO countries and 18 PFP nations took part.
Following the events of 11 September 2001, the unit immediately became actively engaged in the Global War on Terror (subsequently known as Overseas Contingency Operations), deploying Soldiers to Afghanistan in support of the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2003, the unit deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, supporting units such as the 3rd Corps Support Command and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
In 2005 it deployed again to Iraq, supporting the 3rd Corps Support Command and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. After returing from that deployment it became part of the transformation of the US Army to the modular force structure. Previously an element assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana, the 142nd Corps Support Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and reassigned to the 15th Sustainment Brigade, an element of the 13th Sustainment Battalion (Expeditionary). As a result it moved from Fort Polk to Fort Hood, Texas.
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