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  • COMMANDER'S CORNER


COL Todd R. Wood
Brigade Commander

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CSM Bernard Knight
Brigade Command Sergeant Major

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  • ARCTIC WOLF HISTORY & LINEAGE

1st Brigade Combat Team
History & Lineage




The First Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division was constituted and organized in 1917 as Headquarters, 167th Infantry Brigade, 84th Division. It converted and was redesignated in 1942 as the 84th Reconnaissance Troop (less 3rd Platoon), 84th Division. The 84th Infantry Division entered combat in Holland in November 1944. In response to the German counterattack in the Ardennes, the 84th was shifted to Belgium to help stop the German advance. Driving into Germany and meeting strong German resistance, the 84th crossed the Roer and Rhine Rivers, advanced to the Elbe River, and linked up with Soviet forces on 2 May 1945.  After World War II, the 84th Reconnaissance Troop was inactivated in 1946 and reactivated in 1947 as the 84th Reconnaissance Platoon (later Company). 84th Reconnaissance Company disbanded in 1959. The unit was reconstituted (less 3rd Platoon) in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 167th Infantry Brigade.

The brigade was designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and activated 26 August 1963 at Schofield Barracks. Arriving in Vietnam on 29 April 1966, the 1st Brigade was based initially at Cu Chi and participated in all twelve campaigns of the 25th Division, receiving a Valorous Unit Award for Tay Ninh Province. The battalions serving with the 1st Brigade were the 4-9th Infantry, 2-14th Infantry (until Feb. 1970), 3-22nd Infantry (from Feb 1970) and 4-23rd Infantry (Mechanized). The 1st Brigade departed Vietnam on 8 December 1970 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks from 1971 until it was reassigned to Fort Lewis Washington in 1995.

In early 2002 the 1st Brigade began its conversion from a light infantry brigade to a Stryker brigade.  It achieved combat-ready status in mid-2004 and began a one-year tour of duty in Iraq in October 2004. The 1st Brigade distinguished itself in the conduct of extensive combat operations against insurgent forces as well as in stability initiatives in and around the city of Mosul. The brigade returned to Fort Lewis in September 2005. The 1st Brigade Combat Team's personnel and equipment was assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker) and moved to Vilseck, Germany in June 2006. The 1st Brigade was temporarily inactive from June-October 2006.  The brigade was formally reactivated during a ceremony held on 14 December 2006.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

 World War I

Streamer without inscription

World War II

Rhineland

Ardennes-Alsace

Central Europe

Vietnam

Counteroffensive

Counteroffensive, Phase II

Counteroffensive, Phase III

Tet Counteroffensive

Counteroffensive, Phase IV

Counteroffensive, Phase V

Counteroffensive, Phase VI

Tet 69/Counteroffensive

Summer-Fall 1969

Winter-Spring 1970

Sanctuary Counteroffensive

Counteroffensive, Phase VII  

DECORATIONS

Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered TAY NINH PROVINCE

 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallery with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1968

 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1970

 Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1970