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2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion
"Diehard Battalion"

The lineage of the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion began on 7 December 2005, with its activation under the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. The Battalion was organized from elements previously part of the 44th Engineer Battalion; A Company, 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion; and B Company, 122nd Signal Battalion. Under the new modular force structure, the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion was composed of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, A Company (Engineer), B Company (Military Intelligence), C Company (Signal Support - JNN). The Battalion also had operational control of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. During reorganization at Fort Carson, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team was under the operational control of the 7th Infantry Division, III Corps and US Army Forces Command.

Immediately after activation, the Battalion along with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, began a transformation and reset period to field and train with new equipment, turn-in equipment no longer authorized, transfer outgoing personnel and integrate new personnel at Fort Carson.

Progressing through individual, crew, and collective training and weapons densities, the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion participated in Bayonet Strike, a 3-week Brigade Combat Team Field Training Exercise split between Fort Carson and the Pion Canyon Maneuver Training Site, also in Colorado. Shortly following recovery from the BCT FTX, the Battalion deployed to the Brigade Combat Team Mission Rehearsal Exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, in preparation for deployment. While at the training at National Training Center, the Battalion received notification of a pending deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In October 2006, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion deployed along with other elements of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Carson to Kuwait and subsequently to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Multi-National Division - Baghdad, under the operational control of the 1st Cavalry Division. The Battalion returned to Fort Carson Colorado in late 2007.

As part of a larger reorganization of US Army forces at home and abroad, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was inactivated in April 2008 and reflagged as the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion was subsequently inactivated and its personnel reflagged as the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

In July 2010, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was reactivated as part of the inactivation and reflagging of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The 5th Brigade's Special Troops Battalion was also inactivated and reflagged as the 2nd Brigade's Special Troops Battalion, which was subsequently reactivated.




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