704th Brigade Support Battalion
704th Division Support Battalion
704th Main Support Battalion
The mission of the 704th Brigade Support Battalion is to deploy and execute responsive Combat Service Support in aiding the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division's objectives.
The 704th Brigade Support Battalion was originally constituted on 30 July 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 704th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. It activated on 1 August 1943 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 December 1945 as the 704th Ordnance Maintenance Company. After serving with the 4th Infantry Division during the Second World War, the unit was inactivated on 2 March 1946 at Camp Butner, North Carolina.
Allotted on 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army, the Company was reactivated on 6 July 1948 at Ford Ord, California. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 April 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 704th Ordnance Battalion, with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 October 1963 as the 704th Maintenance Battalion. It was inactivated on 15 April 1985 at Fort Carson, Colorado.
The unit was redesignated on 1 May 1987 as the 704th Support Battalion (Main) and activated at Fort Carson, Colorado as an element of the 4th Infantry Division. It was placed under the control of the 4th Infantry Division Support Command (DISCOM).
The 704th Main Support Battalion was transferred to Fort Hood, Texas in December 1995. The 704th was reorganized and redesignated 15 January 1997 as the 704th Division Support Battalion, under the 4th Infantry Division DISCOM.
The 704th Division Support Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 16 December 2004 as the 704th Brigade Support Battalion and assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. This reorganization was part of the transformation of the 4th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure. Assets that had previously been held at division level, but habitually assigned to a division's brigades were made organic to those brigades. In addition, each modular division was to be "square" rather than "triangular," that is to say it would have four maneuver brigades instead of three as under the previous organizations. With the activation of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the 704th Support Battalion transformed to become its organic support battalion.
As of 14 January 2006, 4th Brigade Combat team, 4th Infantry Division, which included the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, took control of Forward Operating Base Prosperity, located in Baghdad, from 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. Their mission included training Iraqi Security Forces and maintaining security within the central and southern regions of the Iraqi capital.
In 2008, the US Army conducted a major realignment involving the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Brigade Combat Team was reflagged as the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The 704th Brigade Support Battalion was reflagged as the 27th Brigade Support Battalion. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado was reflagged as the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. A s part of this reflagging, the 4th Brigade Combat Team transitioned from a Heavy Brigade Combat Team to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The 704th Brigade Support Battalion was reactivated as an element of the reactivated 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado.
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