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21st Chemical Company (Airborne)

The 21st Chemical Company was an airborne chemical company that provided direct support to the 82nd Airborne Division. The Company had 3 dual purpose chemical platoons, a headquarters platoon, and the Division Chemical Section. The Headquarters Platoon consisted of a headquarters section and an organizational maintenance section. Each of the dual purpose platoons had 2 dual purpose squads and a support squad.

The dual purpose platoons provided direct smoke and decontamination support to their respective brigades of the 82nd Airborne Division. The 1st Platoon provided direct support to the 1st Brigade "Devils." The 2nd Platoon provides direct support to the 2nd Brigade "Falcons." The 3rd Platoon provided direct support to the 3rd Brigade "Panthers." Approximately every 6 weeks the platoons rotated training cycles with their respective brigades between support, training, and mission cycles. While a platoon was on mission cycle, they were ready to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours of notice.

The 21st Chemical Company was first constituted on 3 March 1942 in the Army of the United States and activated on 30 March 1942 at Camp Bowie, Texas.

The Company was reorganized and redesignated on 12 December 1943 as the 21st Chemical Decontamination Company. This unit was inactivated on 22 April 1946 in Germany.

The unit was again activated on 25 July 1950 at the Army Chemical Center, Maryland and allotted on 25 October 1951 to the Regular Army. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 April 1954 as the 21st Chemical Company. This unit was inactivated on 20 December 1966 at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

It was assigned on 16 September 1979 to the 82nd Airborne Division and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

With the reorganization and redesignation of the Division Support Command, 82nd Airborne Division as the 82nd Sustainment Brigade in February 2006, the 21st Chemical Company was assigned to the Brigade and placed under the administrtive control of its Special Troops Battalion.




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