4th Infantry Division
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division was first activated December 1, 1975 at Fort Carson, Colorado; deactivated in Germany September 15, 1984; and reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas as one of the Army's first modular brigades December 16, 2004.
Less than one year from its inception, the 4th Brigade deployed with the 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, fielding countless pieces of equipment and manning more than 4,000 Soldiers at an extraordinary pace. The 4th Brigade, the newest brigade in the Army, assumed responsibility of central and southern Baghdad and conducted continuous operations in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Iraq, to include Doura and Amerriyah. The Brigade redeployed to Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2006 after a successful combat tour.
April 8, 2008, the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division dons the colors of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado consolidating the two active battalions of the 12th Infantry Regiment for the first time since 1995. As such, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will carry on the high standards, traditions, and lineage of the 12th Infantry Regiment.
The 12th Infantry Regiment was constituted May 3, 1861 and has fought valiantly in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, World War II (from Normandy to Berlin), and Vietnam. The 1st Battalion recently participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, where it was widely recognized to be the most effective Counter-Insurgent force the Army had leveraged against Sunni extremists.
The brigade, since its reflagging in 2008, has deployed three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 4th Infantry Brigade Combat team has deployed twice to ISAF Regional Command-East and most recently in 2014 to ISAF Regional Command-South. The 2009 deployment is recognized as one of the most decorated in the Regiment’s history. That deployment produced numerous Purple Hearts, awards for valor, Silver Stars and two Medal of Honor recipients.
The Regiment has been awarded four Presidential Unit Citations, one for legendary heroism in World War II, and three for exceptional gallantry in the Republic of Vietnam. The Regiment has also earned four Valorous Unit Awards in recognition of its outstanding resolve in the Vietnamese highlands and Saigon. In addition, the Regiment was awarded the Belgian Fourragere for its performance in the Ardennes.
The 4th Brigade is composed of six battalions: 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment; 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment; 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment; 2d Battalion, 77th Field Artillery; 4th Special Troops Battalion; and 704th Support Battalion.