184th Transportation Group (Composite)
[ex 184th Transportation Brigade]
The 184th Transportation Brigade converted to a Transportation Group (Composite) in FY00. The draft Unit Requirement Sheets (URS) for the Transportation Command Element (TCE) was completed in July 2000, with a staff organization that is supported by the 143d TRANSCOM and 184th Trans Group. The personnel strength of the TCE IAW this URS is 126 - two spaces larger than the current 184th Trans Group. The organization has a more robust coordinating staff, but is still dependent on the TRANSCOM for strategic planning and staff reach operations for full staff support.
On 28 Aug 00, DCD-Trans conducted a VTC with USAREUR force structure representatives concerning the Transportation Command Element (TCE) concept. Key discussion topics were the implementation of the TCE concept and its impact on 37th TRANSCOM, 1ST TAMCA and 21st TSC. In the out-of-cycle (OOC) Force Development Update (FDU), DCD-Trans has incorporated a variant of the TCE that adds a small G-staff to accommodate EUSAREUR's higher peacetime OPTEMPO. This is a problem unique to Europe, since success of the TCE's reduced coordinating staff is predicated on the expectation that there would be 1 or 2 Trans Groups and either a TRANSCOM or TSC operating in the theater with the TCE. USAREUR's peacetime structure includes the 21st TSC but at a reduced manning level without the USAR CONUS augmentation stationed in Indianapolis. The 200 variant of the TCE Unit Requirement Sheet (URS) adds additional 23 personnel that form the core of a coordinating staff. Depending on other structure actions affecting USAREUR in the near future (possible TDA changes, etc.), the 200 variant may or may not be used, but will be in the structure if needed. USAREUR now supports the TCE concept and is recommending that we go forward with the redesign.
The Transportation Command Element (TCE) Redesign was approved by DCSCD-TRADOC on 21 Jun 01. DCSCD OK'd TCE redesign under the condition of converting only the 3rd TMCA and 184th Trans Bde to the TCE design. Due to USAREUR being a Base Generating and Base Engagement Force requirement not directly tied to the two MTW requirement, the USAREUR transportation structure, 37th TRANS COM and 1st TMCA, remain unchanged.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 2 January 1969, consisting of a brick red disc with a yellow border and four green leaves surmounted at the center by a white quatrefoil, two points up. Brick red is the color used for Transportation. The white quatrefoil and the green leaves simulate a magnolia and refer to Mississippi, "The Magnolia State," headquarters of the organization. The yellow outer band symbolizes a wheel and refers to transportation, the basic mission of the Command.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 2 June 1972, consisting of a magnolia blossom (white enamel flower with green leaves) in front of and surmounting the upper area of a gold wheel on a brick red background arched with a blue scroll, divided in two folds inscribed "EVER THERE" in gold letters. Brick red and yellow (gold) are the colors used for Transportation. The wheel represents the basic mission and the magnolia alludes to the flower of the State of Mississippi, home area of the organization.
The unit traces its lineage to Company G, 1st Infantry which was organized and Federally recognized on 28 June 1921 in the Mississippi National Guard at Laurel. It was redesignated on 14 December 1921 as Company G, 155th Infantry, an element of the 31st Division (later redesignated as the 31st Infantry Division). It was again redesignated on 26 February 1935 as Company I, 155th Infantry before being inducted into Federal service on 25 November 1940 at Laurel. It inactivated on 12 December 1945 at Camp Stoneman, CA.
The unit was reorganized and Federally recognized on 12 August 1947 at Laurel. It was ordered there into active Federal service on 16 January 1951. (Company I, 155th Infantry /NGUS/ organized and Federally recognized 19 January 1953 at Laurel; redesignated 2 November 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 155th Infantry [NGUS])
Company I, 155th Infantry, was released on 15 June 1954 from active Federal service, and reverted to State control; it was concurrently redesignated as Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 155th Infantry; and Federal recognition was concurrently withdrawn from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 155th Infantry [NGUS]
The unit was consolidated on 1 May 1959 with Headquarters Battery, 204th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (organized and Federally recognized 20 April 1951 at Laurel); the Medical Detachment, 204th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (organized and Federally recognized 18 February 1952 at Laurel); and the 183d Signal Detachment (organized and Federally recognized 1 November 1956 at Laurel), and consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters Company, 1st Battle Group, 155th Infantry, an element of the 31st Infantry Division
It was ordered into active Federal service on 30 September 1962 at Laurel; before being released on 16 October 1962 from active Federal service and reverting to State control.
The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 May 1963 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Brigade, 31st Infantry Division.
It was converted and redesignated on 15 February 1968 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 184th Transportation Command, and relieved from assignment to the 31st Infantry Division.
The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 February 1972 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 184th Transportation Brigade.
Sometime prior to deploying in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in January 2005, the unit appears to have been redesignates as the 184th Transportation Command.
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