18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne)
On 16 September 2007, the 18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne) was inactivated and reflagged as the 18th Financial Management Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This unit was assigned to the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), Third Army. The various soldiers support battalions were also inactivated. The 126th Finance Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 126th Finance Company and assigned to the 18th Financial Management Center, while the 18th Personnel Services Company was assigned to the 82nd Sustainment Brigade.
The mission of the 18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne) was to maintain a soldier support group as part of the Crisis Response Force, manned and trained to deploy rapidly by air, sea and land anywhere in the world. It would provide finance, postal, and casualty operations support to units and soldiers located within the XVIII Corps area of operations.
In early 1998, the Commanding General of US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) approved a request from the Commanding General, XVIII Corps to combine the 18th Finance Group and the 18th Personnel Group (Airborne). The units would be formed into a provisional 18th Soldier Support Group at Ft. Hood, Texas. In addition, the request asked for permission to form soldier support battalions at Forts Stewart, Fort Drum, and Fort Campbell and to combine the 2 remaining Finance Battalions at Fort Bragg. The General Officer Steering Committee did not support the XVIII Corps consolidations as proposed. This decision was made without the benefit of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) force development process, which was Phase 2 of the Service to the Soldier Study. It was not a forgone conclusion that soldier support battalions or soldier support groups were to be implemented Army-Wide. FORSCOM and XVIII Corps were forging ahead of the Soldier Support Institute study as it was expedient to do so due to the impending draw downs.
The 18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne) (Provisional) was formed on 16 June 1998 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The new unit consisted of personnel from the 18th Finance Group (Airborne) and the 18th Personnel Group (Airborne), which were inactivated. By 2001, the structure of the unit consisted of 3 major directorates: Finance services, personnel services, and retirement services.
Finance Services maintained a soldier support group as part of the Crisis Response Force manned and trained to deploy rapidly by air, sea and land anywhere in the world. It would provide financial service support to units and soldiers located within the XVIII Corps' area of operations.
Personnel Services maintained a soldier support group as part of the Crisis Response Force manned and trained to deploy rapidly by air, sea and land anywhere in the world. It would provide personnel service support to units and soldiers located within the XVIII Corps' area of operations.
Retirement Services administered the Army Retirement Services Program for Fort Bragg. It served as the initial contact point to provide information and counseling on benefits and entitlements to active duty enlisted soldiers, senior officers, and non-commissioned officers contemplating retirement and continue to support them as retirees. It also provided counseling and guidance to retirees and family members seeking information on the Survivor Benefit Plan (SRB); benefits and entitlements and assistance concerning their military personal affairs.
The Group also had 6 subordinate battalions, the 18th Personnel Services Battalion, the 126th Finance Battalion, and the provisional soldier support battalions actived for the 4 divisions then in XVIII Corps, the 3rd Infantry, 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, and 101st Airborne Divisions. The soldier support battalions were collocated with the divisions they were intended to support and were under their control in garrison.
In 2006, the 18th Personnel Services Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 18th Personnel Services Company (Human Resources), which remained assigned to the Group.
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