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44th Medical Brigade
44th Medical Command
44th Medical Brigade (Airborne)
"Dragon Medics"

The 44th Medical Brigade was first constituted in the Regular Army on 30 December 1965 as the 44th Medical Brigade. The Brigade was activated on 1 January 1966 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the home of the Army Medical Department.

The 44th Medical Brigade deployed to Vietnam in April 1966, where it participated in 15 of the 17 campaigns in which US Forces were involved. These campaigns included Counteroffensives Phase I-VII, Tet Counteroffensive, Tet 69 Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 69, Winter-Spring 70, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Consolidation I and II, and Cease Fire. During the Brigade's Vietnam tour it was awarded 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations. In March 1970, the personnel of Brigade Headquarters were consolidated with those of the United States Army, Vietnam (USARV) Surgeon's Office to form the Medical Command, Vietnam (Provisional), and the Brigade's colors returned to the Continental United States in December 1970. The 44th Medical Brigade was inactivated at Fort Meade, Maryland on 19 March 1973.

The 44th Medical Brigade was reactivated on 21 September 1974 at Fort Bragg. On 16 July 1993, the 44th Medical Brigade became a separate Major Subordinate Command reporting directly to the XVIII Corps with a General Officer commanding.

The 44th Medical Brigade participated in numerous campaigns and operations other than war. Elements of the Brigade participated on Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983, Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989-1990, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in southwest Asia (including Saudi Arabia) in 1990-1991, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti 1992, as well as humanitarian assistance to St. Croix, in Florida following Hurricane Andrew, and in the US Virgin Islands following Hurricane Marilyn. The Brigade was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for participation in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

The mission of the 44th Medical Brigade was to organize, train, deploy, command and control assigned and attached medical units to provide a comprehensive system of corps-level combat health support across the spectrum of conflict.

The Brigade was reorganized and redesignated as the 44th Medical Command on 16 October 2001. The mission of the 44th Medical Command was to organize, resource, train, sustain, deploy, command, control and support assigned and attached healthcare capabilities to provide flexible, responsive and effective health service support and force health protection to supported forces conducting joint and simultaneous full spectrum operations.

As part of the reorganization, the 55th Medical Group was subsequently inactivated and its subordinate units reassigned directly to the Command. Subsequently, the Command also lost its jump status, removing the airborne tab from its shoulder sleeve insignia.

In 2003, following a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 520th Theater Army Medical Laboratory was inactivated and its elements used to form the 1st and 9th Area Medical Laboratories. These units were assigned to the 44th Medical Command.

The 3rd Medical Command was relocated to the United States Army Reserve Center at Fort Gillem, Georgia in February 2004. As a result, the 14th Field Hospital (subsequently redesignated as the 14th Combat Support Hospital) was reassigned to the 44th Medical Command, XVIII Corps, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In June 2006, the 249th General Hospital (Caretaker) was inactivated. The 56th Medical Battalion was also inactivated and reactivated assigned to the 62nd Medical Brigade, I Corps as a mutlifunctional medical battalion.

In April 2010, the 44th Medical Command was reorganized and redesignated as the 44th Medical Brigade.

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