526th Brigade Support Battalion
526th Forward Support Battalion
"Best by Performance"
The mission of the 526th BSB is to deploy rapidly to a contingency area by air, land, and sea to request, receive, and issue supplies to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in the conduct of mobile, combined arms offensive and defensive operations worldwide. The 526th Brigade Support Battalion is made up of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3 support companies (Supply, Maintenance, and Medical), and Forward Support Companies assigned to the other battalions in the Brigade. E Company is attached to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry and F Company is attached to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 5th Transportation Battalion on 2 September 1969. It was redesignated as the 526th Support Battalion on 16 April 1994 with the description and symbolism revised. The distinctive unit insignia consists of a pair of red wings conjoined and elevated surmounted by a gold tower bearing a red fleur-de-lis. Arched between the wings at the top, a gold scroll inscribed "BEST" in red and arched below the device a gold scroll inscribed "BY PERFORMANCE" in red. Brick red and golden yellow are colors associated with the Transportation Corps, the original allocation of the organization. The fleur-de-lis and tower represent the former battalion's honors for campaign service in Europe, World War II, for which it was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation "European Theater." The pile, a V-shaped heraldic partition, suggests the prior unit's reactivation in Vietnam. The V-shaped wings allude to the special aircraft maintenance and supply mission of the former battalion and its nickname, "Flying Fifth." It is also indicative of the numerical designation of the parent unit.
In 2003 the 526th Forward Support Battlion deployed as part of the 101st Division Support Command (DISCOM) to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 2004, when as as part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force, the 526th Forward Support Battalion was redesignated the 526th BSB. In addition it was reassigned from DISCOM, which subsequently stood down, to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
As of March 2006, 526th BSB was deployed to Forward Operating Base Striker in Baghdad, Iraq, where it served through 2008.
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