528th Support Battalion was transformed into the Brigade Troops Battalion (Airborne) on 2 December 2005. It was formed by redesignating the 13th Support Battalion 16 May 1987 and organized into three companies: HQ, A, and B. The lettered companies were formed as forward support units. On 8 December 2008 it was redesignated as the 528th Special Troops Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) under the 528th Sustainment Brigade (SO) (A).
As part of Army Special Operations Command the unit, along with the 112th Signal Battalion, is tasked to provide full logistical support to Army Special Operations Forces forming along with several other units what was known as Special Operations Support Command, later reorganized as the 528th Sustainment Command. The Brigade Troops Battalion includes a wide variety of military occupation specialists: riggers, drivers, medics, mechanics, engineers, fuelers, cooks, etc.
When it redesignated into the 528th Special Troops Battalion (SO) (A) it reorganized to contain the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) and the Special Operations Medical Detachment (SOMEDD). The SOMEDD is currently aligned to contain three Special Operations Resuscitation Teams (SORT), the teams consist of a flight surgeon, an emergency nurse, three special operations combat medics, a laboratory technician, a radiology technician and a patient administration clerk. The SORT is a robust medical team that is capable of providing expeditionary, combat health support along with prolonged field care through CASEVAC of opportunity and also offering advanced trauma and resuscitative care with holding and CASEVAC management. The SORT is conceived as being adaptive and modular to provide forward support for SOF in austere locations. The SOMEDD also contains medical logistic, medical maintenance and dental assets.
Throughout its short history the battalion was inactivated, reactivated, and redesignated numerous times. Officially it was constituted on 4 December 1942 in the US Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD), 528th Quartermaster Service Battalion and then activated on the 15th of same month at Camp McCain, MS. Further important dates are listed below:
18 Jan 1944 – HHD 528 QB (Quartermaster Battalion)
24 May 1946 – HHD 528 QB (M) (Mobile)
1 Aug 1946 – HHD 528 Transportation Corps Truck Battalion (TCTB)
1 Feb 1947 – HHD 528 QB
20 Nov 1947 – Inactivated (France)
12 Oct 1948 – HHD 426 QB allotted to Organized Reserve Corps (ORC) and assigned to the 2nd Army
22 Oct 1948 – Activated at Clarksburg, WV
8 Nov 1950 – Inactivated (West Virginia), withdrawn from ORC
15 Jan 1952 – HHD 528 QB allotted to the Regular Army
1 Feb 1952 – Activated at Camp Atterbury, IN
5 Nov 1966 – Inactivated (Virginia)
5 Sep 1969 – HHD 528 QB reorganized
25 Sep 1969 – Activated at Phu Bai, Vietnam
15 Apr 1971 – Inactivated (Vietnam)
3 Jun 1986 – 13 SB organized and consolidated with
16 May 1987 – 528 SB redesignated
1 Nov 1995 – 528 SOSB (A) allotted to SOSCOM
2 Dec 2005 – Inactivated at Fort Bragg; assets succeeded to the Brigade Troops Battalion (Airborne)
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Streamer embroidered HAITI
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Streamer embroidered PANAMA
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered IRAQ-KUWAIT (17 Jan. 1991 – 28 Feb. 1991, DAGO 14, 1993, DAGO 12, 1994)
The insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms. The insignia was authorized for wear on 14 Jan. 1988Blazon
Shield: Or, a dance of two vert between a fleur-de-lis and two arrowheads gules, in base a fountain
Crest: On a wreath of the colors (or and vert) a semi-oriental winged dragon gules, armed and langued vert, grasping two arrows saltirewise of the first
Motto: We Support to the Utmost
Symbolism: The heraldic dance is reminiscent of mountains while the fountain represents water. The fleur-de-lis is for France. These elements represent the service of the unit in Europe during World War II. The unit's two assault landings are indicated by the red arrowheads while the green refers to the organization's mission of support to Special Operations. The unit's service in Vietnam is symbolized by the dragon. Its wings and the crossed arrows refer to the battalion's mission and capabilities.
On the picture below 528 is on the far-right branch of the chain.