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.
Throughout the late summer and fall of 2006, the DSTB deployed over 1200 Soldiers from Ft. Hood, TX to Baghdad, Iraq where it supported 1st Cavalry Division/Multinational Division-Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, conducting relief in place and transfer of authority on 15 November 2006. The DSTB quickly grew to over 2000 personnel of all services as the "Surge" forces entered Iraq. For its superb performance during this decisive period in Iraq, the DSTB was collectively recognized with the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The DSTB was relieved of its mission in Baghdad on 19 December 2007 and redeployed all personnel and equipment back to Ft. Hood, TX having played a critical role in the transformation of Iraq into a free nation.
In the fall of 2008, the DSTB received orders to return to Baghdad. Sending forth elements of the Network Hub Platoon to Qatar in late December 2008 in order to establish critical communications support, the DSTB deployed throughout January 2009, closing on Baghdad by the end of the month. The battalion, as the headquarters command and support force for the 1st Cavalry Division/Multi-National Division-Baghdad, conducted relief in place and transfer of authority on 10 February 2009, officially assuming its mission for Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10.
During its deployment, the DSTB staf grew to a leval over 2,300 personnel, oprtating all over Baghdad. Iraq and the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. The mission of the unit was diverse and unexpected.
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