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201st Brigade Support Battalion
201st Forward Support Battalion
"Duke Support"

The mission of the 201st Brigade Support Battalion is to deploy to provide direct support logistics, maintenance, and combat health support to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and other divisional units located in the brigade support area. This mission is roughly the same as that of the pre-modular 201st Forward Support Battalion.

The 201st Brigade Support Battalion was first constituted on 17 December 1917 in the Regular Army as the 8th Sanitary Train and assigned to the 8th Division. It was organized on 23 January 1918 at Camp Fremont, California. It was demobilized on 15 February 1919 at Camp Lee, Virginia.

The unit was reconstituted on 24 March 1923 in the Regular Army as the 8th Medical Regiment and assigned to the 8th Division. It was redesignated on 2 October 1939 as the 8th Medical Battalion and activated on 23 October 1939 at Fort Hoyle, Maryland. The unit was again redesignated on 1 July 1940 as the 1st Medical Battalion. It was concurrently relieved from assignment to the 8th Division and assigned to the 1st Division (later redesignated as the 1st Infantry Division). During the Second World War the unit was involved in the following campaigns: Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead for participation in the initial assault), Tunisia, Sicily (with arrowhead), Normandy (with arrowhead), Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.

The 1st Medical Battalion deployed to Southeast Asia in the 1960s with other elements of the 1st Infantry Division. During its service there it participated in the following campaigns: Defense, Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive, Phase II, Counteroffensive, Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive, Phase IV, Counteroffensive, Phase V, Counteroffensive, Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, and Winter-Spring 1970.

On 15 May 1985 the unit was inactivated at Fort Riley, Kansas. It was converted and redesignated on 1 May 1987 as the 201st Support Battalion (Forward) and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas as an element of the 1st Infantry Division. The 201st Support Battalion deployed in support of elements of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield in 1991.

The 201st Foward Support Battalion was again inactivated and reactivated in Vilseck in 1996, after which they successfully deployed to Bosnia in 1997 and to Kosovo in 1999 and again in 2002.

In 2003, elements of the Battalion deployed with Task Force 1-63rd Armor in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the entire Battalion deployed again in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for actions in the Diyala Province, An Najaf, Mosul, and Fallujah.

In March 2006 the 201st Forward Support Battalion was inactivated and reorganized and redesignated as the 201st Brigade Support Battalion. This transformation was part of the transformation in the 1st Infantry Division to the US Army's new modular force structure. Previously, support elements had been habitually attached to the Division's brigades during operations from the Division Support Command (DISCOM). Under the modular force structure these support elements were made organic to the reorganized brigade combat teams, and the remaining support elements grouped in a division-level sustainment brigade. Upon reactivation, the 201st Brigade Support Battalion was reassigned under 1st Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, with stationing at Fort Hood Texas, effective 19 April 2007.

In June 2008, the unit deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan. The unit continued to serve in that country into 2009.

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