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Presentation Of 515th Bn Colors
The colors of the newly activated 515th Forward Support Battalion,Division Support, 1st Cavalry Division was presented during its activation ceremony, on 14 January 2004. The 515th Forward Support Battalion will serve as a provisional battalion in support of the newly structured 5th Maneuvering Brigade Combat Team composed of dismounted or mechanized patrols of Division Artillery elements and the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment that will be deployed to Iraq in the near future.

Throughout the period of January to May, 2004, the 1st Cavalry Division deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, and began serving as Task Force - Baghdad. While in Iraq, the DIVARTY Headquarters served as the headquarters element for the 5th Brigade Combat Team (Provisional), 1st Cavalry Division, taking control of several battalions, which served as motorized task forces. On 06 April 2004,in a Transfer-Of-Authority(TOA) ceremony 2004 the 5th Brigade Combat Team assumed the mission of securing Al-Rashid District, Baghdad from the Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, a similarly organized provisional brigade combat team.

The unit is organized with three companies:

On 26 May 2005, following the return from its Operation Iraqi Freedom II deployment, the 515th Support Battalion (FWD), 5th Brigade (Provisional), 1st Cavalry Division was inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas as part of the US Army's transformation towards a modular force.

Although the Battalion is organizationally young, the soldiers have proven, time and time again, that they are the most precious of resources of this battalion and the 1st Cavalry Division.

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