101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” 101st Sustainment Brigade


101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Lifeliners”


The 101st Sustainment Brigade was activated on July 1, 1956 at Fort Campbell as the Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Company, 101st Airborne Division Support Group. The Support Group was composed of the 326th Airborne Medical Company, the 426th Airborne Quartermaster Company, the 101st Parachute Support and Maintenance Company, the Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment and the Division Band.  

On April 25, 1957, the 101st Airborne Division Support Group was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Support Group, 101st Airborne Division.  The 426th Airborne Quartermaster Company became the 426th Supply and Transport Company. The 101st Parachute Support and Maintenance Company separated from the group, and the 101st Administration Company and Company B, 313th Army Security Agency Battalion were added to the group. On December 15, 1958 it was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Support Group, 101st Airborne Division.

On February 3, 1964 the Support Group was reorganized and redesignated as the Headquarters, Headquarters Company and Band (activated September 15, 1942), 101st Airborne Division Support Command.  Subordinate units were the 326th Medical Battalion, the 426th Supply and Transport Company, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the Division Band, the 101st Administration Company and the 101st Air Equipment Support Company.  

On September 21, 1973, the brigade was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne Division Support Command (band element withdrawn).
In October 1992, the Division Support Command was provisionally reorganized into three Forward Support Battalions, one Main Support Battalion, the 101st Personnel Service Company, the 101st Finance Battalion, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company and the Division Band.  On April 16, 1994, the DISCOM consisted of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 63rd Chemical Company, the 426th Forward Support Battalion, the 526th Forward Support Battalion, the 626th Forward Support Battalion, the 801st Main Support Battalion and the 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (AVIM). 

September 11, 2001 signaled another chapter in the DISCOM history. The 626th Forward Support Battalion along with elements from the 801st Main Support Battalion, 8-101st Aviation Battalion and DISCOM Headquarters, all deployed to Afghanistan where they supported Task Force Rakkasan (3/101 AA) during Operation Enduring Freedom. In February 2003, the Division Support Command deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, providing Combat Service Support to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). 

On September 16, 2004, the 101st Airborne Division Support Command was reorganized and re-designated as the 101st Support Brigade. On April 21, 2005, the Brigade again redesignated as the 101st Sustainment Brigade and deployed to Iraq in its new capacity.    

On 20 January 2008 the brigade deployed to Afghanistan a second time as part of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Joint Logistics Command – Afghanistan and supported over 55,000 U.S. personnel, coalition forces and civilians spread over the entire Combined/Joint Operations Area - Afghanistan.


On 16 November 2010 the Brigade Headquarters returned for a third time to Afghanistan to provide sustainment support to Regional Commands East, North and Capital in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 
On March 17, 2012 the Brigade was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.


On 08 June 2013, the Brigade Headquarters returned for a fourth time to Afghanistan to provide sustainment support to Regional Commands East, North and Capital.  On November 28, 2013 the brigade assumed responsibilities as the sole sustainment brigade providing sustainment support for the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan incorporating Regional Commands South, Southwest and West. 

Known as the “LifeLiners,” the 101st Sustainment Brigade continues to demonstrate its ability to support and accomplish its mission with both strength and pride, confidently reflecting upon its illustrious history as it prepares for its next “rendezvous with destiny.”  


101st Sustainment Brigade Units:  

 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

101st Special Troops Battalion

129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

716th Military Police Battalion

 

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