Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team
The mission of the Special Troops Brigade, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, "Spartans," is to, on order, execute combat support operations (C4I) to provide urban strike capabilities, situational awareness, and a common operating picture to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during all phases of tactical operations in Southwest Asia. It is also prepared to transition and execute combat support operations in the Republic of Korea. It would then, on order, redeploy to home station to prepare for future offensive operations. By providing intelligence, signal, military police, and Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) reconnaissance recon capabilities at brigade level, the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team plays a valuable role supporting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
The Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team was activated on 8 July 2005 in response to the US Army's Unit of Action concept of fielding and its vision of "The Objective Force." As part of this transformation, assets previously held at division level, but habitually attached to brigades during operations were made organic to those brigades. As a result, the Battalion was comprised of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, reflagged from the HHC, 91st Engineer Battalion, (with organic military police, NBC recon, and support platoons), a Military Intelligence company (reflagged from B Company, 312th Military Intelligence Battalion), and a Signal company (reflagged from B Company, 13th Signal Battalion), thereby making it the primary support node for Blackjack Brigade. The Spartan Battalion was capable of receiving multiple combat, combat support, and combat service support modules in support of full spectrum and support operations worldwide.
On 4 September 2005, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team deployed to New Orleans, Louisiana in response to Hurricane Katrina. The primary mission of the deployment was to render aide to displaced civilians, provide a patrolling force to deter rioting and criminal activity, and assist local law officials and government organizations to safeguard and protect the neighborhood of Algiers within the greater New Orleans city limits.
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