173rd Brigade Support Battalion
173rd Support Battalion
"To Our Utmost"
The Battalion was originally constituted 26 March 1963 in the Regular Army as the 173rd Support Battalion, and assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Seperate). On 25 June 1963, the Battalion was activated on Okinawa. After service during the Vietnam War, it was relieved from assignment to the 173rd Airborne Brigade on 14 January 1972 and inactivated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on 21 October 1972.
For service during the Vietnam War, the Battalion was awarded one Presidential Unit Citation, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations, one Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and one Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal.
The unit was reactivated on 16 March 2005 in Vincenza, Italy, and then moved to Bamburg Germany. It was concurrently redesignated and reorganized as 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, as part of the overall transition of the 173rd Airborne Brigade to the US Army's new modular force structure. The Brigade Support Battalion consisted of 3 integral companies (Supply, Maintenance, and Medical), a Rear Detachment, and Forward Support Companies assigned to the other battalions in the Brigade. D Company (Forward Support) was attached to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment. E Company (Forward Support) was attached to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, while F Company (Forward Support) was attached to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. G Company (Forward Support) was attached to 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery.
As of April 2006, the unit was serving at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan in support of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, part of the US contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), where it served through 2008.
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