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47th Brigade Support Battalion
47th Forward Support Battalion
"Modern Pioneers"

As part of the reorganization of the 1st Armored Division under the Army's new modular force structure, various elements that had been held at division level, but habitually attached to the Division's brigades were made organic to the new Brigade Combat Teams. The Division Support Command was inactivated and its support battalions similarly inactivated, to be reactivated assigned to the new brigades. The 47th Forward Support Battalion was inactivated, redesignated, and reactivated as the 47th Brigade Support Battalion, organic to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. Previously, the 47th Forward Support Battalion had habitually supported the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, while assigned to the Division Support Command.

The 47th Brigade Support Battalion was first constituted on 7 January 1939 in the regular Army as the 4th Medical Squadron and activated on 1 February 1939 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was recognized and redesignated 1 April 1940 as the 4th Medical Troop, with its organic elements concurrently inactivated. On 15 July 1940 it was once again reorganized and redesignated as the 4th Medical Battalion and assigned to the 1st Armored Division, with its organic elements concurrently activated.

The Battalion went through a further change on 1 January 1942 when it was redesignated as the 47th Armored Medical Battalion. On 20 July 1944, it was again reorganized and redesignated as the 47th Medical Battalion (Armored). Near the close of World War II, the Battalion was reorganized and redesignated the 47th Armored Medical Battalion.

Following World War II, the Battalion was inactivated on 10 April 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. The unit was later reactivated on 7 March 1951 at Fort Hood, Texas. Throughout the Cold War Era, the Battalion continued to change through several relocations and activations. On 1 May 1987, after many years of forward deployment in Germany, the Nattalion was finally converted and redesignated as the 47th Support Battalion (Forward) and concurrently activated in Germany as an element of the 1st Armored Division.

The Battalion served in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm, in Bosnia, and in Albania in support of Task Force Hawk, and in Kosovo in support of Task Force Falcon.




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