- 725th Support Battalion (United States)
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=725th Support Battalion (Airborne)
caption=Coat of arms of the 725th Support Battalion
October 1, 1941–
Fort Richardson, Alaska
motto="Service To The Line"
World War II Korean War Vietnam Iraq War Afghanistan
identification_symbol_label=Distinctive Unit Insignia
The 725th Support Battalion (Airborne) is a primer support battalion which is a unit of the 4th Brigade,
25th Infantry Division (United States)located in Alaska. The unit provides support for the infantry, artillery and cavalry units assigned to the division. The 725th consists of eight support companies. The 725th is formerly known as the 167th Support Battalion. The unit's motto is "Service To The Line"."
The 725th Support Battalion (Airborne) was constituted, organized and activated at
Schofield Barracks, Hawai'ion October 1, 1941as the Maintenance Platoon, Headquarters Company, 325th Quartermaster Battalion using the personnel and equipment of the 11th Ordnance Company, Hawaiian Division. On August 1, 1942it was reorganized and redesignated as the Ordnance Maintenance Platoon. On November 1, 1942the platoon was reorganized and redesignated as the 725th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company, a separate company of the 25th Division. The primary mission of the company was vehicle repair. The company accompanied the 25th Division to Guadalcanalwhere it supported the division's units during that campaign and subsequent campaigns in the North Solomon Islandsand on Luzon. For its service in the liberation of the Philippines the company was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
March 20, 1946the company was reorganized and redesignated as the 725th Ordnance Maintenance Company to reflect additional ordnance maintenance capabilities. During the Korean Warthe 725th participated in all ten campaigns with the 25th Division receiving a Meritorious Unit Commendationand two Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations. During the late stages of the war on February 1, 1953the 725th was reorganized and redesignated as the 725th Ordnance Battalion to meet the increased requirements for ordnance maintenance support throughout the division.
In the reorganization of the 25th Division in
1963the battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 725th Maintenance Battalion to perform maintenance support on a wide variety of divisional equipment. The first unit of the 725th to arrive in Vietnamwas Company D which accompanied the 3rd Brigade to the Central Highlands in December 1965. The rest of the battalion arrived on April 1, 1966and was based at Củ Chi. During combat operations a mobile direct support company of the battalion would accompany each brigade providing maintenance and repair parts supply to the line units. The 725th Maintenance Battalion served in twelve Vietnam campaigns receiving two Meritorious Unit Commendations, two awards of the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantrywith Palm and the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal. Additionally Company B received a Valorous Unit Award and a Meritorious Unit Commendation; Company C received a Valorous Unit Award and Company D received a Valorous Unit Award and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
April 16, 1992the battalion was redesignated as the 725th Support Battalion and was reorganized as a main support battalion consisting of a headquarters and supply company, a motor transport company, an ordnance maintenance company and a medical company. Elements of the battalion supported the 2nd Brigade Combat Teamin Iraq from January 2004-February 2005 as part of Logistics Task Force 225. The reminder of the Battalion served in Afghanistan from February 2004-2005 and was based at Bagram Air Base. The battalion was organized as Logistics Task Force 725 and included four non-25th Division combat service support units. LTF 725 provided full-spectrum combat service support to 18 Forward Operating Bases in Regional Command East including maintenance and medical support.
November 16, 2005the battalion was temporarily inactivated. On September 16, 2006the 725th was reorganized and redesignated as the 725th Support Battalion (Airborne) and assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divisionwith home station at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
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