In 2004, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division was formed just for the Afghanistan War. While I was at Fort Drum, the 3rd brigade was an Aviation Brigade – a light infantry version of the armor-heavy brigade found in most mechanized infantry divisions. But, the Army needed infantry for the terror war. The Brigade is now finishing it’s fourth rotation to Afghanistan – and it’s going to be rotating right out service, according to NBC News;
Whatever happens in Afghanistan, all of the Third Brigade will be home in upstate New York by the end of July. With commitments diminishing, the Army is reducing its ranks, and the Third Brigade has been selected for inactivation. It will happen formally in a ceremony in which the unit’s colors are “cased,” or basically retired. As for the men and women of the Spartans, they will head off to other assignments, other units, all after having an extended period at home with their families.
Captain Durso says the timing of winding down the Third Brigade is appropriate.
“The Brigade was created because of Afghanistan , all four of its deployments were to Afghanistan and now that Afghanistan is coming to an end, Third Brigade is coming to an end, so it’s served its purpose well.”
Wiki‘s list of the units in the 3BCT:
The brigade consists of six subordinate battalions; its combat element consists of two infantry battalions, the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. The 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment provides reconnaissance services to the brigade, and the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment provides field artillery support. The 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion (3rd BSTB) provides various combat support functions for the brigade, specifically one platoon of military police and one company each of engineers, military intelligence personnel, and communications specialists. All logistics services for the brigade are provided by the 710th Brigade Support Battalion (710th BSB).
Thanks to Ex-PH2 for the link.
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