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701st Brigade Support Battalion
701st Main Support Battalion

As part of the modular transformation, Division Support Commands were replaced with a division level sustainment brigade and each of the division's maneauver brigades would gain an organic support battalion. The 701st Main Support Battalion was inactivated and eventually reactivated as the 701st Brigade Support Battalion, part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The unit was organized with a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, a supply company, a maintenance, and a medical company, and 4 forward support companies (D-G), attached to the maneuver units in the Brigade. The 701st Main Support Battalion had been organized around 5 companies, as well as having the 12th Chemical Company attached to the Battalion.

The 701st Brigade Support Battalion was first activated on 5 October 1917, as Machine Shop Truck Unit #332. In 1918 it was redesigned as a Service Park Unit and on 1 July 1920 the unit was assigned as a part of the 1st Infantry Division.

In October 1939, the unit was reorganized as Maintenance Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Quartermaster Battalion.

In 1943, the unit was reorganized again as the 701st Ordnance Light Maintenance Company. While serving with the 1st Infantry Division during World War II, the unit earned 8 campaign streamers.

After World War II, the Battalion was redesignated the 701st Maintenance Battalion and deployed to Vietnam with the First Infantry Division, earning 6 battle streamers and 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations. The end of the First Infantry Division's involvement in Vietnam brought the 701st to Fort Riley, Kansas.

In December 1990, the 701st again deployed overseas, this time in support of Operation Desert Strom. As the first battalion in the 1st Infantry Division to arrive in Southwest Asia, the 701st Main Support Battalion received the rest of the Division with responsive logistic support, which continued through Kuwait, Iraq and back into Saudi Arabia. The 701st then redeployed to the US in May 1991, as the last divisional unit to return to Fort Riley.

On 15 January 1996, the 701st Main Support Battalion was inactivated. On 16 February 1996, the 701st was reactivated at Kitzingen, Germany. In 1997 the 701st Main Support Battalion deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and in 1999 the unit deployed to Kosovo.

On 30 January 2003 Stars and Stripes reported that the 701st Main Support Battalion had received orders to deploy to Turkey in support of an upcoming war on Iraq.

In FY06, as part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force, the 701st Main Support Battalion was inactivated. In 2007, the 610th Brigade Support Battalion was reflagged as the redesignated 701st Brigade Support Battalion, which was subsequently reactivated, as part of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

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