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187th Infantry Brigade (United States)

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Country  United States
Type  Infantry
Part of  1st Army
Branch  United States Army
Size  Brigade
187th Infantry Brigade (United States)
Active  1921-1942 1963–1994 2007

The 187th Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade of the United States Army.


It was first organized in November 1921 as one of the two brigades under the United States Army Reserve's 94th Division (forerunner of the 94th Army Reserve Command).

The brigade was disbanded in February 1942 when the 94th Division was converted from a two brigade, four regiment "square" division to a three regiment "triangular" division.

Cold War

The 94th Division was disbanded in the early 1960s, as part of continuing Army Reserve force reductions.

Thus to add flexibility to the force, and to preserve a general officer billet, the 187th Infantry Brigade was reactivated in the Army Reserve as a separate brigade on 7 January 1963 with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. From that year to 1994 it was one of only four (later three) combat Infantry brigades in the Army Reserve. As a separate brigade, the 187th wore its own shoulder patch rather than the 94th Division patch its members had previously worn.

Cold War plans called for the brigade to deploy to Iceland as part of the Iceland Defense Force if a confrontation between NATO and the Soviet Union occurred.

The brigade's headquarters was relocated on 25 October 1971 to Wollaston, Massachusetts and on 13 July 1976 to Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

Order of Battle

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
  • 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry
  • 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry
  • 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry
  • 5th Battalion, 5th Artillery
  • 9th Battalion, 34th Armor (until 1968)
  • 187th Support Battalion (Company A became 987th Personnel Service Company in 1990)
  • 756th Engineer Company
  • Troop D, 5th Cavalry
  • On 14 April 1994 the 187th Infantry brigade was inactivated as part of the Army-wide post-Cold War reductions.


    The 187th Infantry Brigade was reactivated as an active duty training unit at Fort Leonard Wood, MO on 23 January 2007 and inactivated on 17 May 2007.

    Its subordinate battalions were as follows:

  • 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment
  • 43rd Adjutant General Battalion
  • References

    187th Infantry Brigade (United States) Wikipedia