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Division Support Command (DISCOM), 1st Armored Division

In the late-2000s, the 1st Armored Division began its transformation the new modular force structure. As part of the transformation, assets previously held at division level, but habitually attached to the Division's brigades during operations were made organic to the new modular brigade combat teams. This included support assets. As a result, the Division Support Command, 1st Armored Division was inactivated.

The Division Support Command, 1st Armored Division was first constituted in the Regular Army as the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Armored Division Trains on 1 January 1942. Nine days later, the unit activated on 10 January 1942 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. On 24 January, 1942, the unit was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Division Trains.

During the Second World War, the unit participated in campaigns throughout Western Europe and Italy. The unit proudly displayed campaign streamers from Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines and the Po Valley. Following World War Two, the unit returned to the United States and was inactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 25 April 1946.

On 7 March 1951, the unit was reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit was reorganized and redesignated as the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Armored Division Trains on 15 February 1957.

The unit was consolidated with the 1st Armored Division Band (which was originally organized in 1943) on 3 February 1962. The consolidated unit was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters, Headquarters and Band, 1st Armored Division Support Command. On 15 April 1968, the unit was again reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters, Headquarters Company and Band, 1st Armored Division Support Command.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Division Support Command on 21 August 1972. The Band element was concurrently withdrawn and thereafter had a separate lineage.

In the late 2000s, the 1st Armored Division's DISCOM was inactivated. This was a product of the transformation of the 1st Armored Division to the new modular force structure. As a part of the transformation, assets that had previously been held at division level, but habitually attached to the Division's brigades during operations were made organic to those brigades, including support assets. The 3 forward support battalions were inactivated and reactivated assigned to the Division's first 3 reorganized and redesignated brigade combat Teams, redesignated as brigade support battalions. The 4th Brigade Combat Team gained the 121st Brigade Support Battalion, which was intended to be reflagged as the reorganized and redesignated 123rd Brigade Support Battalion. The 127th Aviation Support Battalion was similarly inactivated, reorganized, and reactivated as the Aviation Support Battalion of the Division's reorganized and redesignated Combat Aviation Brigade.




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