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The History of
The 1st Corps Support Command
for whom I served


In October 1950, the 1st Logistics Command was activated as a planning headquarters at Fort McPherson GA. During the Berlin Crisis of 1951, the 1st Logistics Command deployed to Polters, France. The unit mission during this period was to organize a Base Logistics Command, to supervise seven "COMMZ depots and area port operations in western and south western France.

On 12 May 1952, our unit shoulder insignia was approved. The familiar red, white and blue disc with the diagonal arrow pointing to 1030 hours symbolizes the fact that the mission is always accomplished prior to the eleventh hour.

On 11 August 1962, the Command returned to the United States and was assigned to the III Corps, Fort Hood TX. Upon redeployment, the unit assumed its training mission and participated in wide-ranging logistical activities.

On 1 April 1965, the Logistical Command deployed to the Republic of Vietnam to serve as the logistics command and control headquarters for all units participating in that conflict. During its five-year stint in Southwest Asia, the strength of the 1st Logistics Command grew to 50,000 soldiers. The unit received five meritorious Unit Commendations and three of its soldiers earned the Congressional Medal of Honor,. During this conflict, 1st Logistical Command performed maintenance, supply and transportation functions, with three area support commands and numerous brigade and group-sized units attached.


Following its successful tour in Vietnam, the 1st Logistics Command was redeployed to Fort Lee, VA and was redesignated the 1st Field Army Support Command on 7 December 1970.

On 22 June 1972, the unit was redesignated the 1st Corps Support Command and reassigned to the XVIIth Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.

In October 1983, the 1st COSCOM deployed to Grenada in Support of Operation Urgent Fury. The specifically tailored Task Force consisted mainly of Fort Bragg based units. The 507th Transportation Group, the 44th Medical Brigade, the 46th Support Group and Special Troops Battalion provided multifunctional combat service support ranging from medical, postal, food, and graves registration to explosives ordnance disposal.


1st COSCOM soldiers deployed to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, as part of humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Hugo in September 1989.1st COSCOM provided Arrival/Departure Airfield Control, organized and directed the movement of critically needed supplies, and expedited the evacuation of stranded hurricane victims.

The 1st COSCOM deployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 as the support arm of the XVIII Airborne Corps for operation Desert Shield/Storm.This was to become the largest military operation since World War II.During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1st COSCOM provided crucial logistics support to 4 1/3 divisions.The command's five major subordinate units: the 44th Medical Brigade and the 46th, 101st, 171st and the 507th Corps Support Groups provided a full range of combat service support.

In November 1991, the 1st COSCOM deployed Logistical Task Force 46 in support of the Haitian migrant humanitarian relief effort at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Serving as the ARFOR Headquarters of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, this Task Force provided Logistical Support, security and camp administration for more than 15,000 Haitian migrants.In August 1992, 1st COSCOM deployed a logistical Task Force to Homestead, Florida, in support of JTF Andrew.Once again 1st COSCOM soldiers provided a humanitarian relief effort.

In August 1993, the 1st COSCOM deployed Logistical Task Force 507 in support of Operation Restore Hope, Somalia.During a four-month period, Task Force 507 filled over 94,000 Class IX requisitions, demilitarized over 3.5 million weapons and ammunition, logged 610,000 miles, and 10 of its soldiers were awarded the Purple Heart.


In September 1994, the 1st COSCOM deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.Serving as the Joint Logistics Support Command, headquartered at Por-Au-Prince, soldiers from the 1st COSCOM provided critical logistical supplies and services throughout the country.These services ranged from graves registration, water purification and showers to processing thousands of class IX requisitions, and providing fuel and food services for over 20,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen.

In October 1995, the 1st COSCOM again deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands in support of Hurricane Disaster Relief.Soldiers from the 1st COSCOM provided immediate delivery of emergency logistical supplies and services throughout the area of operations.

Today 1st COSCOM soldiers are deployed throughout the world in Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, Africa, Kuwait,Europe and in support of Operation Joint Guard Taszar, Hungary.

As America's premier Contingency Logisticians, the 1st COSCOM remains trained and ready to fight and win on the Battlefields of the 21st century.



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AIRBORNE!






CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

VIETNAM

Defense 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

GRENADA

Operation Urgent Fury 1983

PANAMA

Operation Just Cause 1989

SOUTHWEST ASIA

Operation Desert Shield 1990

Operation Desert Storm 1991






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