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Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team

The mission of the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team is to deploy and provide communications, intelligence, and mobility and security support to enable the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division to accomplish assigned objectives.

The Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team was first constituted on 19 November 1917 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, 8th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 4th Division. It was organized in December 1917 at Camp Greene, North Carolina. The unit participated in 5 campaigns in World War I as an element of the 4th Division: Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne 1918, and Lorraine 1918.

In the interwar period, the unit was reorganized and redesignated in March 1921 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry Brigade. It was redesignated on 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Brigade and again on 23 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry Brigade. It was disbanded on 1 July 1940 at Fort McPherson, Georgia.

The unit was reconstituted on 21 August 1963 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. It was activated on 1 October 1963 at Fort Lewis, Washington. As an element of the 4th Infantry Division the unit participated in 9 campaigns during the conflict in Vietnam: Counteroffensive Phase II, Counteroffensive Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase IV, Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, and Winter-Spring 1970.

After returning from Vietnam, the unit was inactivated on 10 April 1970 at Fort Lewis, Washington. It was reactivated, detached from the rest of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, on 15 December 1970 at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division was reorganized and redesignated on 16 December 2004 as Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division thereafter had a separate lineage. The Battalion was organized in accordance to the Army's drive towards modular transformation. As part of this transformation, assets previously held at division level, but habitually assigned to a division's brigades during operations were made organic to those brigades. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Engineer Battalion was reflagged as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. C Company, 104th Military Intelligence Battalion and the 534th Signal Company were reflagged as the military intelligence and signal companies respectively.

As of 1 January 2006. the Special Troops Battalion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division was participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the larger Task Force Band of Brothers, which was led by 101st Airborne Division commanding general, Major General Thomas Turner. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team's mission included training the Iraqi Security Forces, assisting in the rebuilding of the Diyala Province infrastructure, as well as continuing to root out the anti-Iraqi forces that inhabit the region.




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