4th Brigade Support Battalion
4th Forward Support Battalion
The mission of the 4th Brigade Support Battalion is to deploy anywhere in the world and executes proactive combat service support operations in support of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division objectives.
The 4th Brigade Support Battalion was first constituted on 19 November 1917, as the 4th Support Trains, 4th Division (later redesignated as the 4th Infantry Division). It was organized at Camp Green, North Carolina on 31 December 1917. The unit participated in numerous campaigns during World War I, including the Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne 1918 and Lorraine 1918.
On 15 April 1921, the unit was reorganized as the 4th Division Transportation, Quartermaster Corps. On 21 September 1921 the unit was inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington. While inactive the unit was redesignated on 23 March 1925 as the 4th Division Quartermaster Train and again on 1 May 1936 as the 4th Quartermaster Regiment.
On 16 October 1939 the unit was redesignated as the 4th Quartermaster Battalion and on 1 June 1940, the unit was reactivated at Fort Benning, Georgia. The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 19 September 1942 as the 4th Motorized Quartermaster Battalion. On 1 August 1943, the unit was reorganized and redesignated, less the Quartermaster Gasoline Support Corps, as the 4th Quartermaster Company. The 4th Quartermaster Company provided support to fighting units during World War II and participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe campaigns. Following the end of the war the unit was inactivated on 2 March 1946, at Camp Butner, North Carolina.
On 6 July 1948, the unit was again reactivated at Fort Ord, California. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 October 1963, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Supply and Transport, with its organic elements constituted on 21 August 1963 in the Regular Army and activated on 1 October 1963 at Fort Lewis Washington.
The unit served in Vietnam and received participation credit for its roles in Counteroffensive Phase II, Counteroffensive Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase IV, Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, and Counteroffensive, Phase VII.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Supply and Transportation Battalion was inactivated at Fort Carson, Colorado on 15 April 1985. The Unit was once again activated and redesignated as the 4th Support Battalion (Forward) in May 1987 at Fort Carson, Colorado. It operated as an element of the 4th Infantry Division Support Command (DISCOM).
In March 2003, 4th Forward Support Brigade deployed to Iraq to participate in the intial stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom and provided service support operations for the combat units of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
As part of the transformation of the 4th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure, the 4th Forward Support Battalion was inactivated in 2004 and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division. As part of the transformation, assets perviously held at division level, but habitually assigned to a division's brigades during operations were made organic to the modular brigade combat team. 4th Forward Support Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as 4th Brigade Support Battalion and reactivated assigned to the reorganized and redesignated 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
The unit provided mechanical, medical, and supply support to the 1st Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Infantry Division. The 4th Brigade Support Battalion provided multiple types of support to the maneuver brigade. This support included supply, maintenance, medical and support elements. The unit contained a wide range of military occupational specialties, each their specific missions.
To ensure the soldiers were capable of fulfilling their duties during combat, classroom instruction dealt with how to deal with improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades and react to ambush while in a convoy. The 4th Brigade Support Battalion soldiers used small convoys of 4 or 5 Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTVs) and HMMWVs to complete a weeklong convoy, live-fire exercise at Pilot Knob multi-use range in October 2004. This training was essential to accomplishing the mission. The success of other units depended on being able to provide maintenance, support and supplies. During the exercise, 4th Brigade Support Battalion soldiers engaged pop-up targets from moving vehicles, and the convoy continued on before stopping to recover a disabled vehicle. Several simulated casualties required a medical evacuation vehicle to arrive on the scene while the soldiers established security around the area and recovered the disabled vehicle. This was accomplished under normal and chemical attack situations. The initial phase began with how to set up the engagements. There was a great deal of planning involved, including classroom time and sergeants time training.
As of January of 2006 the 4th Brigade Support Battalion was operating in Camp Taji, an Army base approximately 10 miles northwest of Baghdad, fulfilling their second rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were expected to be there until 15 December 2006.
Following its return from Iraq in late 2006, 4th Brigade Support Battalion moved from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Carson, Colorado along with the rest of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. This was as part of larger realignment of US Army units.
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