Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade
The mission of the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade is to provide life support, organizational maintenance, food service in order to enable 4th Sustainment Brigade objectives and provide C2 for convoy support teams, level I medical support, convoy logistic patrol medical coverage, finance management support throughtout out the 4th Sustainment Brigade area of responsibility. It would also, on order, provide area signal and tactical communications.
The Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, the "Wolfpack," was established on 16 December 2004. The Battalion was initially organized with a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, a signal company, a medical company and the 4th Infantry Division's truck company. In March 2005, the Battalion reorganized by inactivating the medical company and the Division truck company. While reorganizing, The Battalion entered into an intensive training period in order to prepare for a pending deployment to Iraq.
On 8 September 2005, the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade cased its colors on Cameron Field, signifying the beginning of the unit's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. The nearly 500 Soldiers of the Brigade's Special Troops Battalion were the first soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division to deploy to Iraq. The unit departed in late September 2005. The Battalion was assigned to Taji, Iraq located just north of Baghdad.
Immediately following the arrival of the main body, the unit established operations focusing on tactical communications, medical support, unit maintenance, food service operations, Brigade command and control operations and several missions with Iraqi Security Forces. The Battalion played a significant role in the establishment of the Iraqi Army's logistics system.
The Battalion's task organization was supplemented, shortly after their arrival, by a security company responsible for perimeter security on Camp Taji. G Company, the "Guardians," operated 2 entry control points on Camp Taji, guard towers along a main supply route, and conducted twice daily route clearance missions. The 4th Sustainment Brigade's Special Troops Battalion returned without a single loss of life.
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