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1st BSTB History


  1st BSTB History

On September, 16 2004 the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion was deactivated and the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion was activated.

 A Co 41st Engineer Battalion became A Co 1st BSTB, providing engineer assets. A Co 110th Military Intelligence Battalion became B Co 1st BSTB, providing military intelligence assets.  C Co 10th Signal Battalion became C Co 1st BSTB, providing communications assets.  HHC 110th Military Intelligence Battalion became HHC 1st BSTB; a platoon of 10th Military Police was integrated into this company. 

In August 2005, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for one year.  

From 2008 to 2009 the battalion once again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for 15 months to Kirkuk, Iraq.

Most recently, 1st BSTB was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Northern Afghanistan in Balkh Province for 12 months.  

1st BSTB Original Draft

This was the first original design of the 1st BSTB crest, developed by SPC Westerfield In February 2005 from Charlie Company, before it went through several revisions. As with the final design below, the pickaxe represents the Engineer Company. The lightning bolts represent the Signal Company, the key represents the Military Intelligence Company, and the scales of justice represent the Military Police involvement within the HHC. The Mountain in the background represents the 10th Mountain Division. 

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA 

Iroquios Crest
  
  DESCRIPTION 

A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, two lightning flashes saltirewize surmounted by a roundel Tenné, overall a pickaxe Gules and a key, wards up, Asure, chevronwize; issuing from base a stylized mountain range of the last. Attached below the device a Silver motto scroll inscribed “IROQUOIS” in Teal Blue letters with a semi–bordure of the same color enclosing the point of the shield. 

 SYMBOLISM

The lightning flashes denote speedy response and modern communications capabilities. The pickaxe refers to the unit's mission and association with the Engineer branch, the key signifies security and safety. The flashes are charged in the form of an “X”, recalling the Division's designation, ten. The mountain range in base refers again to mission and designation. Argent (Silver) represents integrity and purpose. 

 COAT OF ARMS 

BSTB Coat of Arms
 

 

BLAZON

SHIELD:

Argent, two lightning flashes saltirewize surmounted by a roundel Tenné; overall a pickaxe Gules and a key, wards up, Asure, chevronwize; issuing from base a stylized mountain range of the last.

CREST:

None

MOTTO:

IROQUOIS

 

SYMBOLISM

SHIELD:

The lightning flashes denote speedy response and modern communications capabilities. The pickaxe refers to the unit's mission and association with the Engineer branch, the key signifies security and safety. The flashes are charged in the form of an “X”, recalling the Division's designation, ten. The mountain range in base refers again to mission and designation. Argent (Silver) represents integrity and purpose.

CREST:

None