407th Brigade Support Battalion
407th Forward Support Battalion
"Supply is Strength!"
The paratroopers of the 407th are as versatile as the battalion. Whether pumping fuel from a forward area refueler, transporting critical ammunition, issuing food and supplies, fixing damaged vehicles, maintaining the Brigade's weapons systems, issuing repair parts, or treating and evacuating casualties from the drop zone, the soldiers of the 407th are sentinals in America's Guard of Honor.
Originally designated the 307th Supply Train (Motor), the unit was activated on 5 August 1917 at Camp Gordon, Georgia as the country was building up for World War I. The unit was part of the 82nd Infantry Division, which was assigned to the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in France. The Supply Train served with distinction during the American offensive on the St. Mihiel Salient and during the severe fighting in the Argonne Forest.
After the Armistice, the unit was demobilized in 1919, and reorganized 2 years later in the organized reserves as the 82nd Division Train, Quartermaster Corps. After several other changes in designation, the Supply Train was redesignated as the 407th Quartermaster Regiment on 1 July 1936.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 82nd, along with the 407th, was called to active duty on 25 March 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisianna. On 15 August 1942, the 407th left its non-airborne roots behind forever when it became the 407th Airborne Quartermaster Company. The 407th then supported the Division in both Sicily and Italy.
When the Division went into Normandy, the 407th arrived there with the glider forces and the seaborne forces. The 407th also participated in the glider assault into Holland. For these 2 operations, the 407th was credited with 2 arrowheads (initial assault) on its battle streamers.
In the years after World War II, the 407th became a full battalion. On 1 September 1957, the unit reorganized as the 407th Supply and Transportation Battalion. In this configuration, the 407th served in the Dominican Republic for Operation Powerpack in 1965, in Grenada for Operation Urgent Fury in 1983, in Panama for Operation Just Cause in 1989-1990, and in Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Strom in 1990-1991.
On 22 October 1993, the unit became the multi-functional 407th Forward Support Battalion. In this configuration, the unit provided all Direct Support logistical needs as part of the Division's 2nd Brigade Task Force. During Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, the 407th was ready to deploy with Task Force Falcon, only to be stood down at the last minute. Thus, proving the Battalion's ability to deploy with the Task Force, anywhere in the world, within 18 hours to close with and destroy the enemy.
The soldiers of the 407th Forward Support Battalion deployed to Kosovo in support of the 1-325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division in January 2001. The soldiers of the 407th FSB were trained to provide support in all types of conditions. Whether they are providing Medical support, Maintenance or doing vehicle recovery missions they did not allow darkness, rain, cold or heat to prevent them from accomplishing their missions.
As of summer 2003, the 407th Brigade Support Battalion was conducting operations in the Baghdad area in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving in Iraq, elements of the 82nd Airborne Division moved on to Afghanistan as part of both Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force during 2005.
On 15 January 2006, the 82nd Airborne Division became part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force. Under the modular force structure various previously Divisional assets were inactivated and reactivated as organic to the Division's reorganized modular Brigade Combat Teams. The Division Support Command (DISCOM) was inactivated and its units, along with other Division level assets, were split between the Division's 4 Brigades and the 82nd Sustainment Brigade. Habitually attached Forward Support Companies, like the 407th FSB, were inactivated and reactivated as Brigade Support Battalions, organic to one of the Division's Brigades. 407th Brigade Support Battalion became part of the reorganized and redesignated 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
Following the reorganization, elements of the 407th BSB deployed to Iraq in support of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning to Fort Bragg, North Carolina at the end of 2006. The Brigade deployed to Iraq again in 2007 for another tour.
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