553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
553rd Corps Support Battalion
The mission of the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the "Leopards," is to provide reinforcing sustainment support and direct support to units at Fort Hood, Texas in support of III Corps initiatives and directives in order to ensure the Battalion's ability to respond to all sustainment operations.
The 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion was first constituted on 23 February 1943 in the United States Army as the 553rd Quartermaster Service Battalion and was activated on 25 June 1943 at Camp Ellis, Illinois. The Battalion was broken up on 20 September 1943 and its elements reorganized and redesignated. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 553rd Quartermaster Battalion. Companies A, B, C, and D were reorganied and redesignated as the 3188th, 3189th, 3190th, and 3191st Quartermaster Service Companies, respectively, and thereafter had separate lineages. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 553rd Quartermaster Battalion was inactivated on 11 November 1945 at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming.
The unit was redesignated on 10 January 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 553rd Supply and Service Battalion, and allotted to the Regular Army. It activated on 1 March 1967 at Fort Hood, Texas.
The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 16 September 1982 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 553rd Supply and Service Battalion. In Southwest Asia, the Battalion participated in the Defense of Saudi Arabia, the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait campaigns in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991.
On 16 October 1993 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 553rd Support Battalion. The mission of the 553rd Corps Support Battalion was to, on order, deploy by land, sea, and air; occupy marshaling area; organize for combat and operate as a multi-funcitonal corps support battalion; arm, fix, fuel, move and sustain units. It would then, on order, redeploy to home station. The Battalion supported Joint Task Force 160 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the unit supported humanitarian efforts during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.
After the events of 11 September 2001, the Battalion deployed elements in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 October 2006 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. This was as part of the transformation of the US Army to the modular force structure. The Battalion, previously part of the 64th Corps Support Group, was realigned under the 4th Sustainment Brigade.
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