History of the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion

Special Troops Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Distinctive Unit Insignia


The 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, "Spartans", was activated on July 8, 2005 in response to the U.S. Army’s UA / UE concept of fielding its vision of “The Objective Force”.  The battalion is comprised of a headquarters company (old HHC, 91 Engineer Battalion) (with an organic MP platoon, NBC Recon platoon, and support platoon), a Military Intelligence company (old B Co, 312th Military Intelligence Battalion), and a Signal company (old B Co, 13th Signal Battalion) thereby making it the primary support node for the 2nd Blackjack Brigade Combat Team.   The Spartan battalion is capable of receiving multiple combat, combat support, and combat service support modules in support of full spectrum and support operations worldwide.

On 4 September, 2005 the battalion deployed to New Orleans, Louisiana. in response to Hurricane Katrina.  The rendered aide to displaced civilians, provided a patrolling force to deter rioting and criminal activity, and assisted local law officials and government organizations in safeguarding and protecting the neighborhood of Algiers within the greater New Orleans city limits. 

The battalion deployed along with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team for duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq in October 2006 and returned in January 2008 after 15 months in the Baghdad area in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08.

The battalion conducted numerous training missions to prepare for its second deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in January of 2009.  Initially intended to join the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad with its area of operations being the Sadr City and Adhamiyah neigborhoods they were diverted to support operations in northern Iraq in the contentious Kirkuk area.  They, along with the rest of the 2nd BCT, reduced violence by 80% in a one-year period and significantly improved economic opportunities throughout the province.  Completing their mission on 20 December 2009 they returned to Fort Hood.

One year later the Spartan Battalion and the rest of the 2nd brigade returned to Iraq to conduct security operations in Kirkuk Province in support of OIF 09-10.  The battalion provided command and control to the BCT as their Troopers facilitated the historic election process and began the process of transitioning combat troops out of Iraq. After a one-year deployment the battalion returned to Fort Hood.

In May 2011, after a aggressive and successful reset and retraining phase, the 2nd BCT returned to Iraq in support of Operation NEW DAWN.  Again providing command and control, intelligence and signal for the BCT across three provinces and transitioned more than a half dozen bases to Iraqi control.  Moving to Kuwait the unit helped to organize a strategic reserve and then returned to Fort Hood.

In July 2013, the brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  The battalion assisted the brigade in providing a diverse and dynamic range of mission support as the Theater Assistance Force.  As the brigade transitioned security operations to their Afghan partners, they began a phased redeployment back to Fort Hood with all Troopers returning by March 2014.

The Spartan Battalion executed combat support operations (C4I) providing urban strike (SRT) capabilities, situational awareness (SA), and a common operating picture to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team during all phases of tactical operations anywhere anytime.

As part of the Army's reorganization process the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion was inactivated on June 17, 2014 and the 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion activated and assigned to the Division. 


Distinctive Unit Insignia

Special Troops Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description:   A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned:  Per pale Sable and Gules with stylized folds Sanguine; in the first three lightning flashes conjoined and radiating from base point Or; in the second a stylized demi-Spartan shield of the like garnished Tenné and Bronze; overall a sword in pale Argent (Silver Gray) with hilt and handguard Azure (Teal); a bordure of the fourth two bars enhanced of the first.  Attached around the sides and bottom of the shield is a Black tripartite scroll inscribed with “PERSTATUM FORTITUDO BELLATORIS” in Gold.

Symbolism:   Gold (Yellow) recalls the Cavalry lineage of the unit.  Gold is also emblematic of excellence and high achievement.  The two horizontal black bars allude to wrought iron, inherent with Armor and the unit’s numerical designation “2nd.”  The Spartan sword or Xiphos represents the unit’s courage, vigilance and preparedness to stand and fight at a moment’s notice.  The blue of the hilt is for loyalty.  The Spartan shield or Hoplon signifies the unit’s ability to receive and organize multiple attachments for combat and remain constantly ready to support global military operations.  Red symbolizes valor, sacrifice and is the color of the Spartan warrior’s cape.  The Spartan Army was one of the toughest on record and served as the standard for valor.  The lightning flashes highlight the organization’s inherent ability to support tactical missions with Intelligence, Signal and Military Police capabilities.  The contrast of black and gold underscores the night and day, around the clock mission of the Special Troops Battalion.

Background:   The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 4 October 2005.

Coat of Arms

Special Troops Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Coat of Arms

Blazon 

Shield:   Per pale Sable and Gules with stylized folds Sanguine; in the first three lightning flashes conjoined and radiating from base point Or; in the second a stylized demi-Spartan shield of the like garnished Tenné and Bronze; overall a sword in pale Argent (Silver Gray) with hilt and handguard Azure (Teal); a bordure of the fourth two bars enhanced of the first.  

Crest:   From a wreath Or and Sable between two wings elevated Tenné (Golden Orange), five spears, one erect surmounted by four saltirewise Proper, overall a Pegasus rampant Argent. 

Motto:   PERSTATUM FORTITUDO BELLATORIS (Perseverance Through Strength and Courage).

Symbolism:

Shield:   Gold (Yellow) recalls the Cavalry lineage of the unit.  Gold is also emblematic of excellence and high achievement.  The two horizontal black bars allude to wrought iron, inherent with Armor and the unit’s numerical designation “2nd.”  The Spartan sword or Xiphos represents the unit’s courage, vigilance and preparedness to stand and fight at a moment’s notice.  The blue of the hilt is for loyalty.  The Spartan shield or Hoplon signifies the unit’s ability to receive and organize multiple attachments for combat and remain constantly ready to support global military operations.  Red symbolizes valor, sacrifice and is the color of the Spartan warrior’s cape.  The Spartan Army was one of the toughest on record and served as the standard for valor.  The lightning flashes highlight the organization’s inherent ability to support tactical missions with Intelligence, Signal and Military Police capabilities.  The contrast of black and gold underscores the night and day, around the clock mission of the Special Troops Battalion. 

Crest:   The wings represent the wings of Mercury to highlight communications and signal and Daedalus, who soared above the threats unseen.  Daedalus was a celebrated mythical craftsman who devised wings that made it possible for him to fly to his freedom.  The five spears represent the organic abilities to command, control, communicate, provide intelligence and strike over the horizon at anytime.  The silver Pegasus in flight signifies each soldier’s ability to overcome any challenge and “Persevere Through Strength and Courage” in peace and war.  All of the above also highlight the Special Troops Battalion’s being awarded campaign credit for Iraq.  

Background:   The coat of arms was approved on 4 October 2005.  It was amended to add a crest on 1 February 2008.