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Battalion
 
Type
Infantry Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
2005 - Present

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1st BATTALION 18th INFANTRY REGIMENT
(VANGUARDS)

  • Constituted 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Company B, 2d Battalion, 18th Infantry
  • Organized 17 September 1861 at Camp Thomas, Ohio
  • Redesignated 20 September 1861 as Company H, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry
  • Redesignated 19 October 1861 as Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry
  • Reorganized and redesignated 21 September 1866 as Company A, 18th Infantry
  • Consolidated in April 1869 with Company E, 25th Infantry (see ANNEX), and consolidated unit designated as Company A, 18th Infantry
  • (18th Infantry assigned 8 June 1917 to the 1st Expeditionary Division [later redesignated as the 1st Infantry Division])
  • Reorganized and redesignated 15 February 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battle Group, 18th Infantry, and remained assigned to the 1st Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated)
  • Relieved 14 April 1959 from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division and assigned to the 8th Infantry Division
  • Relieved 1 April 1963 from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division and assigned to the 1st Infantry Division
  • Reorganized and redesignated 2 January 1964 as the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry
  • Inactivated 1 November 1983 at Fort Riley, Kansas, and relieved from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division
  • Assigned 16 June 1989 to the 197th Infantry Brigade and activated at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Relieved 16 August 1991 from assignment to the 197th Infantry Brigade and assigned to the 24th Infantry Division
  • Relieved 16 February 1996 from assignment to the 24th Infantry Division and assigned to the 1st Infantry Division
  • Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
  • Relieved 16 March 2008 from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division and assigned to the 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
  • ANNEX
  • Constituted 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry
  • Organized 2 May 1865 at Fort Ontario, New York
  • Reorganized and redesignated 21 September 1866 as Company E, 25th Infantry
  • Consolidated in April 1869 with Company A, 18th Infantry, and consolidated unit designated as Company A, 18th Infantry


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11 Members Who Served in This Unit


 
  • Arcelay, Giovanni, SGT, (1986-2016)
  • Cain, Adam, SFC, (2008-Present)
  • Canine, Robert, SSG, (1999-2010)
  • Fischer, Mark, 1SG, (1986-2015)
  • Fountain, Christopher, SGT, (2013-Present)
  • Pollo, Jason, MSG, (1998-Present)
  • Prayther, Roger, SGT, (2005-2012)
  • Rodriguez, Adam, SGT, (2006-2015)
  • Tucker, Eric, SPC, (1998-2009)
  • York, Robert, SPC, (2005-2012)
 

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