1st Brigade Combat Team
1-4 Heavy Brigade Combat Team completes reset no earlier than January 5, 2012 and trains to proficiency in Unified Land Operations no later than 4th quarter of Fiscal Year 2012, capable of deploying worldwide in support of Army requirements; on order conducts assigned operational mission tasks to support US CENTCOM regional security.
The "Raider" Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) was constituted on November 19, 1917, in the Regular Army as Headquarters Troop, 4th Division. The unit participated in World War I and was involved in numerous campaigns including Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne, and Lorraine.
It reorganized on July 6, 1942 as Headquarters Company, 4th Division in preparation for the initial assault into Normandy. Following the end of the Second World War, the unit was inactivated on March 12, 1946 at Camp Butner, North Carolina. The Raider Brigade served in Vietnam operating in numerous operations and counteroffensives. On October 15, 1995, the brigade inactivated at Fort Carson, Colorado, but was reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas on January 16, 1996.
In March 2003 the Raider Brigade deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On December 13, 2003, 600 Raider Brigade soldiers, along with special operations forces, launched operation Red Dawn which resulted in capturing the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
The Raider Brigade was reorganized and re-designated as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in 2004. The Brigade deployed again to Iraq in January of 2006 fulfilling their second rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Raider Brigade deployed for the third time in March 2008, this time to the southern side of Baghdad during the peak of sectarian violence across Baghdad. After successful provincial elections in January 2009, the Raider Brigade returned to Fort Hood the following March. In the summer of 2009 the Raider Brigade conducted a move from Ft. Hood to Ft. Carson. In September 2009, the Raider Brigade received orders to become the first Heavy Brigade Combat Team to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Raider Brigade deployed in July of 2010 and operated in two regional commands in the South and West.
Combined Task Force Raider fought and trained side by side with the Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces partners from Herat and Farah to Kandahar and Arghandab.
"Steadfast and Loyal"