1CD Special Troops Battalion
Organizational Legacy
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1st Cavalry Division Band - Ft. Hood, TX

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The 1st Cavalry Division, a major subordinate command of the US Third Mobile Armored Corps, is a 19,000 soldier, heavy armored division stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. As one of the two "on-call" heavy contingency force divisions of the Army, the First Team has an on-order mission to deploy by sea, air or land to any part of the world on a short notice. The following narratives, divided in timeline eras of major operational missions, describes the threat environment, tactical conditions, evolution of equipment technology and the strategic methodology employed its manuever command units, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Team and its Subordinate Units, to contribute to the highly successful missions enhancement of the warring organization of the 1st Cavalry Division and the honors they achieved are summarized in the chapters that follow.


On order, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (DSTB) deploys, supports, sustains, moves, and protects the 1st Cavalry Division Main Command Post and Tactical Command Posts in order to facilitate battle command and operations across the spectrum of conflict and provides forces and capabilities as directed in support of subordinate commands.

Organizational Summary:

Although the Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division was activated on 15 July 2005 as part of the conversion of the Division to a modular force, the unit has a lineage dating back to the formation of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1921. The Battalion was formed utilizing personnel of the 13th Signal Battalion, the 312th Military Intelligence Battalion, and the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

In late August 2005, the DSTB executed its first mission: provide support to the Division Main Command Post and Tactical Command Post (forward) as they deployed to provide humanitarian relief throughout Louisiana in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The current capability of the Division Support Command, no longer active unit of the 1st Cavalry Division, had been developed in conjunction with the long history and needs of the 1st Cavalry Division. It is the combination of the experienced training received by each dedicated member of the Team and adherence to the performance level and traditions of the past. Highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the Division Support Command and the honors they achieved are summarized in the chapters that follow:

Legacy Command Unit
Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Divisionn

1st Cav Div Spl Trps Bn
"HSC", 1st CD (BSTB)
"A" Co, 1st CD BSTB
"B" Co, 1st CD BSTB
"D" Co, 1st CD BSTD

Date Of Issue - 10 December, 2012

This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 55+ years history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:

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