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Welcome to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team

The Devil Brigade
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team
"Devil Brigade"

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The History of the Devil Brigade

     The 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is one of the Army’s two oldest divisional brigades. The unit’s distinctive fleur-de-lis crest represents the brigade’s service in France where the unit saw combat after it was organized on 24 May 1917, under the newly formed First Expeditionary Force. 1st Brigade fought a host of campaigns during World War I, but deactivated in 1939 when the Army discontinued its brigade-based divisional structure. 1st Brigade was reactivated in July 1958 at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1964, 1st Brigade joined the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and was re-designated as the 1st Brigade of the Big Red One. The 1st Brigade deployed with the Big Red One to the Republic of Vietnam in 1965, subsequently fighting in ten campaigns encompassing 24 major battles. The Brigade returned to Fort Riley in 1970.

     In 1990, 1st Brigade again deployed with the Big Red One to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Leading the breach of the Iraqi defenses on February 24, 1991, the Brigade actively fought and destroyed the enemy in the three campaigns involving the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Liberation of Kuwait.  On 23 July 2003, 1st Brigade was notified of their deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The brigade was initially attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, and occupied Area of Operations (AO) Topeka. On 20 March 2004, 1st Brigade was attached to the 1st Marine Division to continue its offensive operations in AO Topeka. In addition to combat operations, the 1st Brigade formed and trained the 60th Iraqi National Guard Brigade. 1st Brigade also sponsored over 23.8 million dollars in civil projects in the Al Anbar province. The Brigade returned to Fort Riley in September 2004.

     In January 2006, 1st Brigade received a mission change and began restructuring in order to better train Military Transition Teams (TTs) for deployment. From 16 September 2006 to 15 September 2009, 1st Brigade conducted 69 TT classes and trained 1,032 Operation Enduring Freedom Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, illustrating the TT mission’s joint, cross-spectrum resourcing and importance.  Following their TT mission, the 1st Brigade was called upon to deploy for 12 months for Operation New Dawn.

     In June 2014, the 1st Brigade began a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While there, the 1st Brigade provided support to regional partners through bilateral, multilateral military exercises and theater security cooperation.

     In preparation for their upcoming rotational mission in the Republic of Korea, the 1st Brigade conducted a month-long training rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, from July to August 2016.   


Brigade Leadership

1ABCT Units

Iron Rangers
1st Battalion, 16th Infantry
"Iron Rangers"
2nd Battalion, 34th Armor 'The Dreadnaughts'
2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
"The Dreadnaughts"
3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment
"Burt's Knights"
1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery 'Hamilton's Own'
1st Battalion, 5th Field
"Hamilton's Own"
1st Engineer Battalion
101st Brigade Support Battalion 'Guardians'
101st Brigade Support Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company