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63rd Chemical Company

The 63rd Chemical Company was first constituted on 1 October 1933 in the Regular Army as the 3rd Chemical Company. It was activated on 1 June 1941 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. On 12 March 1942, the Company was redesignated as the 63rd Chemical Depot Company and shortly after participated in the historic "Louisiana Maneuvers."

The 63rd Chemical Depot Company deployed to World War II and participated in the invasion of Sicily and the subsequent Italian Campaign. After the fall of Italy, the Company moved onto the Southern France and the Central European campaigns. Following the Allied victory in Europe, the Company returned to the United States and was inactivated on 13 October 1945 at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts.

The unit was redesignated as the 63rd Chemical Base Depot and Maintenance Company on 19 February 1947 and was activated on 15 March 1947 in Germany. The Company operated with US Forces in Europe. The unit was again redesignated on 27 April 1951 as the 63rd Chemical Service Company and again inactivated on 1 November 1954 in France.

On 1 March 1980 the unit was reactivated as the 63rd Chemical Company, and assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 63rd Chemical Company was an air assault dual purpose chemical company that provided smoke, decontamination and flame field expedient weapons support to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). While the Company was attached to the Division Support Command, 101st Airborne Division for command and control, the smoke/decon platoons were habitually placed under the operation control of their respective brigade task forces during deployments. 63rd Chemical Company was attached to the 801st Main Support Battalion for administrative and logistical support.

The 63rd Chemical Company accompanied the 101st Airborne Division when it was deployed first to Saudi Arabia and then to Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.

The Company again deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Company conducted a chemical hazard mitigation and terrain decontamination of the more than 11,000 gallons of assorted chemicals that were deliberately poured on the ground and the streets of a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq.

On 16 October 2007 the 63rd Chemical Company was relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division. As part of the overall transformation of the 101st Airborne Division, the 63rd Chemical Company was reassigned to the 106th Transportation Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

In February of 2008, 63rd Chemical Company deployed once again, this time to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 08-09. The 63rd Chemical Company preformed a convoy security mission in support of Task Force Currahee and Task Force Duke while being attached to 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

The Company redeployed in February 2009 and entered into a process of transforming from a Dual Purpose (Smoke/Decon) Company to a Combat Support Chemical Company. The Company was also reassigned to the 23rd Chemical Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.

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