15th Support Brigade

On 6 July 2005, as part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force, the Division Support Command (DISCOM) of the 1st Cavalry Division was inactivated and redesignated the 15th Support Brigade. DISCOM’s previously subordinate Forward Support Battalions were redesignated Brigade Support Battalions and task organized under their supported maneuver brigade.

The history of the 15th Support Brigade organization can be traced back to 1919 when the 15th Forward Support Battalion, existed as the 615th Motor Transport Company. The 15th Support Brigade thus predates the 1st Cavalry Division itself, which was not established until 1921.

In pre-World War II years, most units of the 1st Cavalry Division not assigned to the major subordinate maneuver commands were under control of the Headquarters, Division Special Troops. These included service and supports elements of the division. After World War II, however, the Special Troops Headquarters was reorganized under the Pentomic concept and the immediate forerunner of the DISCOM, Headquarters, Division Trains, was activated 1 November 1957 in Korea. Although a new organization, Division Trains employed concepts similar to those of a U.S. armored division trains that were originated in World War I.

On 1 September 1963, Headquarters, Division Trains was reorganized under the ROAD (Reorganization of the Army Divisions) concept and redesignated as Headquarters, Headquarters Company and Band, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Cavalry Division Support Command. Accompanying the division to Vietnam in August 1965, the Support Command participated in all major campaigns and distinguished itself in battle. It received the Presidential Unit Citation for action in Pleiku Province and the Valorous Unit Award for action in the "Fish Hook" area of Cambodia. In addition, Support Command received three Meritorious Unit Commendations and four Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awards.

On 15 May 1971, the DISCOM was reorganized and designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Cavalry Division Support Command. Most major subordinate units of the DISCOM had returned from Vietnam in 1971 and were stationed at Fort Hood. By the end of June 1971, the DISCOM was a large command comprised of HHC, Support Command, 15th Adjutant General Company/Band, 15th Medical Battalion, 15th Supply and Transport Battalion, 27th Maintenance Battalion, 8th Engineer Battalion, 315th Composite Support Battalion, 15th Finance Company (the latter two units had been transferred from the 1st Armored Division), and the 15th Data Processing Unit.

During the early 1980s, the DISCOM consisted of a Headquarters Company, a Division Materiel Management Center, a Division Data Center, the 15th Medical Battalion, 15th Adjutant General Battalion, 15th Finance Company, 15th Supply and Transport Battalion, 27th Maintenance Battalion and the 68th Chemical Company. In October 1984, the 1st and 2nd Forward Support Battalions were activated from elements of the three functional battalions.

The following year saw the Army of Excellence Reorganization (AOE) transform the remaining elements of the three functional battalions (maintenance, medical, and supply and transport) into the 4th Main Support Battalion. The AOE reorganization also added the 493rd Transportation Aircraft Maintenance Company to the Division Support Command. The forward and main support battalions, along with the Aviation Maintenance Company, were redesignated in 1987, becoming the 15th and 115th Forward Support Battalions, 27th Main Support Battalion, and 227th Transportation Aviation Maintenance Company.

On 28 September 1990, the Division Support Command deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield. In January 1991, Division Support Command provided support throughout Operation Desert Storm, leading to a quick liberation of Kuwait.

On 16 December 1991, the 215th Forward Support Battalion was activated at Fort Hood bringing the number of active duty forward support battalions to three.

On 8 July 1996, the 615th Aviation Support Battalion was provisionally organized. The battalion was formally activated on 17 September 1996.

The mission of the 15th Support Brigade is to provide command control for all logistical support battalions in the 1st Cavalry Division

15th Support Brigade

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