Col. Shane P. Morgan CSM Timothy L. Rose
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division trains to conduct Full Spectrum Operations anywhere in the world with focus on developing leaders and units that can effectively execute decentralized operations. On order 1 BCT disrupts or destroys enemy military forces and controls land areas, including populations and resources, in support of U.S. national interests.
Formed as the 10th Mountain Division's original headquarters company, 1st Brigade Combat Team traces its lineage through the division's fight through Italy in World War II and afterwards, as it commanded a training division and then an infantry division which briefly deployed to Europe.
1st Brigade Combat Team was re-activated April 11th, 1986 at Fort Drum, New York. 1st Brigade is the Command and control Headquarters for Task Force Warrior, consisting of its’ six organic battalions 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, and 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment.
Task Force units from the brigade have deployed in exercises both overseas and throughout the country to include Honduras, Panama, the National Training Center (Fort Irwin, CA), and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The brigade also participated in Desert Storm and routinely sends a battalion to the Multinational Force and Observers mission in the Sinai.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in December 1992, TF Warrior deployed to southern Florida where it conducted disaster relief operations. Shortly following its return to Fort Drum, the Task Force deployed to Somalia, Africa where it participated in humanitarian relief and combat operations in support of Operations Restore Hope and Continue Hope. The brigade led the Division into Operation Uphold Democracy, air assaulting from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower into Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in order to participate in peacekeeping operations from September 1994 to January 1995. The brigade has supported operations in the Balkans since October 1997 and will continue to do so through 2002 with varying missions.
In January of 2000, the brigade began its participation in the Army's Joint Contingency Force Advanced Warfighting Experiment. This ten month period from January-October 2000 culminated in a Joint Readiness Center Rotation where Task Force Warrior tested numerous "digital" concepts and items of equipment to help pave the way into the future for the Light Infantry.
In the wake of the devastating September 11th attacks, 1st Brigade found itself answering the Nation’s call by deploying world-wide -- fighting terrorism in Osama Bin Laden’s backyard, keeping peace in the Balkans, and providing support to deployed soldiers’ families back at Fort Drum. When all was said, and done, 1st Brigade was the most widely deployed Infantry Brigade in the United States Army. From the summer of 2001 through the spring of 2002, the Warrior Brigade had personnel deployed in support of military operations in six different countries -- Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kosovo, former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the United States.
1st Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August of 2003 through May of 2004. Elements of the Brigade participated in numerous missions throughout the country, including vehicle checkpoints, cordon and searches, air assaults, and search and attacks.
From August of 2005 through July of 2006, 1st Brigade deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning to Fort Drum briefly, the brigade deployed back to Iraq for a 15-month tour in Kirkuk.
Beginning in January 2010, elements of 1st BCT began deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 2-22 Infantry deployed to various locations throughout the country to train Afghan National Army Soldiers. 1-71 CAV deployed to the southern province of Kandahar while the remainder of the Brigade deployed to regional Command North.
In August of 2016, 1st Brigade hosted an Expert Infantry Badge competition where dedication and persistence are key during the mentally and physically draining testing that is EIB.
Out of 675 EIB Candidates, 218 Soldiers from across the Warrior Brigade were presented with the prestigious Expert Infantryman Badge. Sixty-two Soldiers rose to the top and were pronounced “True Blue,” meaning that they completed the entire week’s events with no faults in their performance, earning the Army Achievement Medal in addition to the EIB.
One hundred thirty-seven noncommissioned officers, all EIB bearers, served as cadre and led an even larger support staff to produce this world-class event.
Since coming home from afar, 1st Brigade has not slowed its training pace. During the latest rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center, 1st Brigade maneuvered across 163 kilometers from the initial staging area to the culminating attack, which is no small feat, given the logistical requirements of the 5,000 Soldier-strong task force.
While training at JRTC, 1st Brigade Soldiers broke numerous records. Among them was Shadow Platoon’s ability to fly its unmanned aerial surveillance system, flying more than 125 hours, despite inclement weather. Not to be outdone, members of the brigade’s electronic warfare section tripled the average number of enemy fire missions thwarted when they denied 18 of them.
1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division earned two campaign streamers in World War II and two campaign streamers in the War on Terrorism for a total of four campaign streamers and two unit decorations in its operational history.
Through selfless service to the nation, these proud, but not satisfied Soldiers of 1st Brigade have brought great credit upon the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), the United States Army and all citizens of America.
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