507th Corps Support Group
The 507th Corps Support Group (Airborne) is task organized to deploy and provide rear area combat service support to the XVIII Airborne Corps; reinforcing support to forward corps support groups; throughput to Division areas; and corps-wide support of GS supply, DS/GS maintenance, petroleum, ammunition, transportation, AVIM, water, airdrop, and mortuary affairs across the operational continuum of war.
The 507th Corps Support Group (Airborne) was first constituted in the Army of the United States on May 28, 1943 as Company C, 52d Quartermaster Truck Battalion and was activated in June of that year in North Africa. The unit was awarded battle credits for participation in campaigns in Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Anzio, North Apennines, Europe campaigns, the group received the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The unit was inactivated April 20, 1946 in Italy.
The unit was reactivated on August 1, 1946 in Fort Benning, Georgia, as the 3335th Quartermaster Truck Company (Troop) redesignated as the 502d Transportation Truck Corps Company (Troop) and the 502d Transportation Company (Troop) in 1947 and inactivated in November 1948. In March 1949, the unit was redesignated as the 502d Transportation Traffic/Regulation Company and allotted to the Regular Army. It was reactivated in May 1949 at Fort Eustis, Virginia. During the next 22 years, the unit went through a series of reorganizations and redesignations. In September 1956, the unit was reorganized and redesignated as the 507th Transportation Group. In the fall of 1965, the 507th Transportation Group was alerted for duty in Vietnam. During the conflict, the 507th Transportation Group participated in 14 campaigns and received it's second Meritorious Unit Commendation. The Group was inactivated in December 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington. The 507th Transportation Group was reactivated on September 1, 1980 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The 507th Transportation Group deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm on August 8, 1990. Initially, the forward element set up in the Theater/Corps Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group (A/DACG), which received and processed over 162,000 soldiers. Other elements set up the Theater Cargo Transfer Point which received, segregated and distributed over 105,000 short tons of air cargo through the Airfield Point of Embarkation (APOE). While in support Operations Desert/Storm, the 507th grew from two battalions to eight with over 12,000 soldiers. It provided combat aviation and ground maintenance, all general support classes of supply, transportation, POL and water storage and distribution services, graves registration, airdrop rigging and repair. The unit received it's third Meritorious Unit Commendation following it's participation in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
On January 16, 1991, the 507th Transportation Group was consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 324th Support Group and redesignated as the 507th Corps Support Group. On August 28, 1992, the 507th was chosen to lead the initial JTF to Homestead, Florida in support of Hurricane Andrew Relief Operations.
The 507th Corps Support Group (Airborne) deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Continue Hope on August 15, 1993. They provided theater-wide sustainment operations for 30,000 United Nations forces from 32 countries. On September 19, 1994, the 507th was alerted to support the planned invasion of Haiti. The 507th was responsible for the outload support of the 82d Airborne Division. Support was provided for over 10,000 soldiers and 50,000 short tons of equipment and supplies deploying into Haiti. The Group continues to provide support for Operation Uphold Democracy with soldiers presently deployed in Haiti.
On October 16, 1996, the 507th expanded its mission to include aviation maintenance with the activation of the 4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment. Over the past two years, the 507th has participated in numerous humanitarian relief efforts and training exercises, including relief support during Hurricanes Marilyn (Virgin Islands) and Fran (North Carolina) and the CJTFX Royal Dragon, the largest combined joint airborne operation since WWII.
As of early 2001 soldiers from the 507th Corps Support Group (Airborne) were deployed in support of operations in Bosnia, Hungary, Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Mali, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
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