100th Brigade Support Battalion
Today, the 100th “Century” Brigade Support Battalion (100th BSB) stands ready to sustain the 75th “Tough as Diamonds” Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 100th BSB consists of one organic Headquarters and Service Company (HSC) “Highlanders,” 258 Network Support Company (258 NSC) “Superior Voices,” as well as the 15th Transportation Company (15 TC) “Road Warriors.”
The 100th Brigade Support Battalion lineage traces back to March 30, 1966, with the constitution of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 100th Supply and Services (S&S) Battalion as a regular Army unit and its subsequent activation on May 25, 1966, at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. In 1972, the 100th S&S Battalion relocated to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and from 1972 to 1974 absorbed the Headquarters Command, United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill under its command and control. Until the inactivation of the 100th S&S Battalion on August 15, 1987, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the battalion commanded numerous supply, personnel services, and maintenance companies. General (Retired) Ann E. Dunwoody, represents the most significant of the 100th S&S Battalion’s alumni, serving in the battalion from June 1976 to July 1980 as a platoon leader and company commander of the 226th Maintenance Company, as well as the battalion’s adjutant.
As the Army grew to meet the demands of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the 100th Brigade Support Battalion was activated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to serve as the 75th Fires Brigade Support Battalion on June 15, 2005. The activation orders established three subordinate companies with 311 total Soldiers under the battalion headquarters. HHC/100th BSB enabled mission command of the brigade’s sustainment with the battalion staff and support operations cell. A/100 BSB enabled the resupply of fuel, water, ammunition, general supplies, and repair parts. B/100 BSB enabled the maintenance of the brigade’s separate companies and provided base support for small arms and communication and electronic repair to the brigade’s forward support companies.
Since reactivation in 2005, the battalion and its subordinate companies executed several deployments. In late 2008, the battalion deployed to Iraq - earning the Iraqi Surge Campaign Streamer - and executed split-based operations with Alpha Company located in Baghdad and HHC located at Joint base Balad. On November 19, 2008, Alpha Company assumed the mission to support area security and detainee operations under Task Force Military Police - North at Camp Cropper. Meanwhile, on December 2, 2008, HHC was assigned to the 304th Sustainment Brigade and assumed mission command of the 699th Maintenance Company as it escorted Iraqi Transportation Network convoys - a consortium of tribally owned trucking companies responsible for moving critical logistics supplies throughout Iraq in support of Iraqi security and coalition forces. Additionally, HHC established a Logistics Training and Advisory Team at the Kirkush Military Training base to help build logistics expertise in Iraqi Security Forces and established a Logistics Support Element at Al Taqqadum to provide logistics support to US Marine units in the Anbar Province.
Finally, the legacy companies of the Century Battalion – Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Alpha, and Bravo – conducted a battalion change of command ceremony and reorganized to form the Headquarters Support Company (HSC) during the final two quarters of Fiscal Year 2014. Despite the need to conduct inventories of three companies to consolidate into the enduring capabilities of HSC/100 BSB, the battalion supported the brigade’s CTE from 2-5 September 2014. Seeking to test the boundaries of what the battalion was designed to provide, HSC/100 BSB conducted Forward Arming Refueling Point operations that enabled the brigade to integrate rotary wing fires from 1-6 Cavalry with MLRS surface-to-surface fires – a first for the 1st Infantry Division during home station training. The activation of the HSC occurred on October 16, 2014, during a ceremony at Fort Sill to honor the accomplishments of the legacy companies, and Century Battalion’s future mission to extend the 75th Field Artillery Brigade’s operational reach in training and while employed in support of unified land operations. The new HSC will continue to provide critical logistics support and synchronize the sustainment of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade. With the capabilities of 15 TC and the 258 NSC, the Century Battalion continues to provide logistics and mission command support to the most capable and lethal field artillery brigade in the United States Army. “Diamond Support!”
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches in height consisting of a red smoke cloud above a blue disc having six wavy gold lines radiating downward from upper center and contained by a gold semi-circular scroll bearing the motto "WE WILL SUPPORT" in red letters; issuant upward from the center of the scroll two gold flashes flanking a gold stalk of wheat with nine spears all radiant to the outer edge of the red cloud.
The chevron represents support; the branch assigned. The engrail against the red background alludes to red smoke, for chemical. The yellow wavys on blue background suggests the decontamination service. The wheat stalk refers to the bakery services provided by the battalion. The spears denote readiness to respond to any designated mission.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 100th Supply and Service Battalion on 10 October 1966. It was redesignated effective 18 September 2006, for the 100th Support Battalion with the description and symbolism updated.
On a red rectangle arched at the top and bottom, 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width overall, a yellow lozenge bearing a vertical red field piece all with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border.
Scarlet and yellow are the colors traditionally used by Field Artillery. The field piece symbolizes the unit's firepower capabilities and mission. The lozenge refers to the 75th Field Artillery's nickname, "Diamond Brigade." Scarlet and yellow are the colors traditionally used by Field Artillery. The field piece symbolizes the unit's firepower capabilities and mission. The lozenge refers to the 75th Field Artillery's nickname, "Diamond Brigade."
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 75th Field Artillery Brigade on 2 March 1982. The insignia was redesignated for the 75th Fires Brigade effective 18 September 2006 with the description and symbolism updated. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-674)