29th Support Group
The 29th Support Group was inactivated during a ceremony at Rhine Ordnance Barracks on 9 June 2008 as part of the restructuring of US forces in Europe.
The 29th Support Group's mission was to provide operational and tactical logistical support to units in US European Command (EUCOM), and area support in the Central Region. Specific missions included: Providing direct support/general support maintenance and sustainment support; ammunition and explosive ordnance disposal support; theater wide airdrop services; theater aviation intermediate maintenance; support deployment by operating US Army Europe's (USARUER) power project platform (DPC and Closed Loop Facility); and to provide trained and ready support modules that were rapidly deployable in as early as 48 hours.
The 29th Support Group was first constituted on 1 May 1936 in the Regular Army as the 29th Quartermaster Regiment. It was activated on 6 March 1942 at Fort Ord, California (less Company E). Companies A-D and F-M were activated between December 1940 and March 1942 at various stations. The unit was redesignated on 1 April 1942 as the 29th Quartermaster Truck Regiment.
The Regiment was broken up 2 December 1943 and its elements were reorganized and redesignated as follows: Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 29th Quartermaster Group. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachments, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 29th, 67th, and 119th Quartermaster Battalions, Mobile, respectively. Companies A-M were reorganized and redesiganted as 3441st-3452nd Quartermaster Truck Companies, respectively. All thereafter had separate lineages. After the Second World War and performing occupation duty, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 29th Quartermaster Group was inactivated 31 April 1947 in the Philippine Islands.
The Group was reactivated on 8 June 1962 at Fort Lee, Virginia. It was reorganized and redesignated on 20 July 1966 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th General Support Group. It was inactivated on 30 April 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington. The Group was redesignated on 16 August 1980 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th Support Group and activated in Germany.
In 1995, the focal point for the deployment of US forces into the Balkan Theater in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia, was "Task Force 29" from the 29th Support Group, 21st Theater Area Army Command. Normally based in and around Kaiserslautern, Germany, the Group was stationed at Taszar Air Base, Hungary. There the 29th Support Group was responsible for the reception, storage and onward movement of US forces into the area of operations.
The 29th Support Group operated numerous logistics activities in that theater. At the intermediate staging base (ISB), Taszar Air Base, the 29th Support Group operated the following: The reception station that inprocessed all personnel into the theater; the life support area that housed thousands of transient troops moving from bases in Germany and the US into the Balkan theater; the container handling area that accepted, stored and readied for deployment all containers shipped into the theater; 3 separate railheads; an airhead; and numerous direct support supply and maintenance activities that provided necessary goods and services to both transient deploying units and tenant units of the Taszar area.
The Task Force 29 forward staging area for Operation Joint Endeavor was located on a far strip of aircraft runway at the ISB. The staging area received vehicles and equipment via air, rail and ground transportation. As deploying units and equipment from Task Force Eagle arrived in the Taszar area, their vehicles and equipment were immediately taken to the staging area. Vehicles were then staged and prepared for onward movement. Direct support supply and maintenance operations were conducted. Units were armed, fueled, fixed and in all ways readied for movement to forward areas. About 24 hours before departure, units were alerted and moved from the life support area to the staging area. Upon arrival, units received their first "Convoy Commander's Briefing" at 0800. At that time, the number of vehicles, personnel and equipment deploying, as well as convoy departure times were verified.
Some units arrived at the ISB and departed within 24 hours. Others waited for several days before they deployed. The bottom line was that logistics soldiers from the 29th Support Group made all resources available to ensure readiness for units deploying to forward areas. As of 21 January 1996, the soldiers from Task Force 29 had pushed over 3,965 vehicles in over 232 convoys out of the ISB: a record-breaking accomplishment critical to the deployment of all elements of Task Force Eagle and to the success of Operation Joint Endeavor.
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