71st Airborne Brigade (United States)

The 71st Airborne Brigade was an airborne brigade of the United States Army and the Texas Army National Guard. The brigade was active from 15 January 1968 until 1 November 1973.

The formation traces its history to the 71st Infantry Brigade of the 36th Division in World War I, when it had the 141st and 142nd Infantry Regiments assigned.

The 71st Airborne Brigade consisted of three airborne infantry battalions:[1]

These infantry battalions were supported by an airborne field artillery unit headquartered in Port Arthur, Texas:

The 71st Airborne Brigade (separate) and its successor 36th Airborne Brigade reinforced the 82nd Airborne Division as a 4th Brigade. All 3,300 troopers of the 71st Brigade were authorized to be jump-qualified. On 1 November 1973, the brigade was inactivated and a reduced amount of its personnel and equipment were used to activated the 36th Airborne Brigade, a TDA headquarters.[2] The brigade only had two battalions: 1-143d and 2-143d. On 1 April 1980 the brigade was inactivated and the two battalions were reorganized and reflagged as other types of units. Company A of 2-143d formed Company G (Ranger), 143d Infantry, a corps-level LRRP unit (later LRS) that remained active until 2001.

The brigade's lineage lives on today, embodied in the 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.[3][4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aumiller, Timothy S. "United States Army Infantry, Artillery, Armor/Cavalry Battalions, 1957-2011" p31, from [1]
  2. ^ "Post World War II Texas National Guard".
  3. ^ Rottman, Gordon L. (1990). "US Army Airborne 1940-1990" {https://books.google.com/books?id=MKWV45JxCP8C},Osprey Publishing, Ltd. p49,
  4. ^ "Post World War II Texas National Guard".