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172nd Support Battalion
172nd Brigade Support Battalion
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The 172nd Support Battalion was first constituted in the Regular Army on 24 June 1964 and activated on 1 July 1964 as an element of the 172nd Infantry Brigade.

Following the activation of the 6th Infantry Division on 16 April 1986, the 172nd Support Battalion was inactivated on 15 April 1987 and reflagged as the 706th Maintenance Battalion in 1987 at Fort Richardson, Alaska in support of the 6th Infantry Division (Light).

With the reactivation of the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) in April 1998, the 172nd Support Battalion was reactivated in July 1998, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The 172nd Support Battalion was an organic element of the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Seperate), US Army Alaska (USARAK). The 172nd Support Battalion had the mission of providing combat service support to the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate). Organized as a separate brigade support battalion, it consisted of 5 companies: a Headquarters Company (HHC), Supply and Transport Company (A Company), Maintenance Company (B Company), Medical Company (C Company), and a composite Direct Support Company located at Fort Richardson, Alaska detached from the rest of the Battalion (D Company). The unit also had a Material Management Center as part of its Headquarters Company.

With the conversion of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Separate into a Stryker Brigade Combat Team in 2004, the 172nd Support Battalion was reorganized and redseignated as the 172nd Brigade Support Battalion. It was inactivated in 2006 as part of the reflagging of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team as the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated as the 172nd Support Battalion in 2008 and reactivated in Germany as part of the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate). The 299th Forward Support Battalion was concurrently inactivated and reflagged as 172nd Support Battalion, as part of the reflagging of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division as the 172nd Infanty Brigade (Separate).




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