Berlin Brigade Repro Challenge Coin
The Berlin Brigade “Freedom’s Outpost"From 1945 to 1994, for almost fifty years, the U.S. Army's Berlin Brigade served at the tip of the Cold War spear, protecting the free rights of the citizens of Berlin, and the Allies' access to the city. President Kennedy famously stated that "All free men, no matter where they may live, are citizens of Berlin"
Organized in 1961 from units located in Berlin, the Brigade included infantry, armor, field artillery, engineer, military police, and combat support units.
Also attached to the Berlin Brigade was the Army Security Agency's Field Station Berlin. This unit along with their British counterparts maintained and operated the largest of the West's spying stations in the world atop Teufelsberg - the only 'mountain' in Berlin.
Until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 its mission was to defend Berlin. German reunification in 1990 ended the Cold War and the Brigade’s Berlin-focused missions
While its Cold War contributions are often-cited, the Brigade’s post-Cold War achievements and transformation have been largely overlooked.
Successful short-notice deployments of Brigade military police to Kenya for Operation Provide Relief in 1992 and of Task Force Able Sentry to Macedonia under a United Nations mandate in 1993 demonstrated the flexibility and responsiveness that a forward-based force provides. The deployment of Task Force Able Sentry to Macedonia in July 1993, for example, was the first that placed U.S. soldiers under United Nations command. It included the in-stride addition of M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers to the Brigade even as deployment preparations were underway. The Brigade’s quiet professionalism resulted in the efficient and rapid deployment of the Task Force in a complex and volatile environment.
As a self-contained combined arms team of infantry, artillery, engineer, military police and combat support units with a deployable and flexible headquarters, well-trained, well-led, and successfully deployed, the Brigade’s organizational and operational transformation in the last years of its service heralded the later development of the Army’s highly successful Brigade Combat Teams.
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