429th Birgade Support Battalion
429th Forward Support Battalion
The 429th Brigade Support Battalion is the organic support battalion for the Virginia Army National Guard's 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division. It consists of 8 companies located in various parts of Virginia. These companies include the Battalion's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, A Company (Distribution), B Company (Maintenance), and C Company (Medical), as well as 4 forward support companies. These forward support companies are intended to provide support the Brigade's other squadrons and battalions. D Company is the forward support company attached to the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment. E and F Companies are the forward support companies attached to the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 116th Infantry. G Company is the forward support company attached to the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery.
The federal mission of the previous 429th Forward Support Battalion was to provide division level logistics support for a light infantry division brigade and other divisional assets located in a brigade area. Its state mission was to protect life and property, and preserve peace, order and public safety.
The 429th Brigade Support Battalion was first organized on 1 April 1992 as result of restructuring the 29th Infantry Division's combat service support assets. The unit was originally organized with a Headquarters and A Company (Supply), B Company (Maintenance), and C Company (Medical). The Headquarters and A Company (Supply) was organized as new unit in Staunton, Virginia on 14 August 1991. Company B (Maintenance) traced its history back to 1919, and was assigned to Richmond, Virginia. Company C (Medical) dated back to 1968, and was located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The 429th Forward Support Battalion was part of 29th Infantry Division's Division Support Command (DISCOM). The DISCOM provided direct logistical and medical support to all organic and attached elements of the division. The Forward Support Battalion's primary role was to provide direct support to brigade and division units operating in the brigade area as part of the DISCOM. Headquarters and A Company (Supply) had responsiblity for base cluster defense of BSA, operating under brigade command. The 429th Forward Support Battalion was intended to suppor the 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division.
As part of the transformation of US Army divisions to the modular force structure, assets previously held at division level, but habitually attached to a division's brigades during operations were made organic to those brigades. Forward support battalions were reorganized and redesignated as brigade support battalions, an organic component of the new modular brigade combat teams.
As part of the transformation of the 29th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure in 2006, the 429th Forward Support Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 429th Brigade Support Battalion. The Battalion became organic to the reorganized and redesignated 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division.
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