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Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment pull security at a hasty checkpoint outside the city of Baquba on June 24, 2004.  
1st Infantry Division

Soldiers: 13,000

Home fort: Vilseck, Germany

Deployed to: After a yearlong deployment, the 1st Infantry Division turned over authority over north central Iraq to the 42nd Infantry Division on February 14, 2005. The division deployed to northern Iraq in February 2004 to relieve the 4th Infantry Division.

Units: The division includes the following units:

• 1st Brigade Combat Team (Based at Fort Riley, Kansas): 1st and 2nd Battalions, 34th Armor Regiment; 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment; 1st Engineer Battalion; C Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment; and D Company, 121st Signal Battalion.

• 2nd Brigade: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment;

• 3rd Brigade: 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment; and 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment

• 4th Brigade: 1st and 2nd Battalions, 1st Aviation Regiment

• Division Artillery: 1st Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery Regiment; 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment; 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment

• Division Engineer: 82nd Engineer Regiment and 9th Engineer Regiment

• Division Support Command: 201st and 299th Forward Support Battalions; 601st Aviation Support Battalion; and 701st Main Support Battalion

• Additional Units: 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment; 601st Cavalry Support Detachment; 1st Military Police Company; 12th Chemical Company; 101st Military Intelligence Battalion; 121st Signal Battalion; and 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

Duties: Nicknamed "The Big Red One," the 1st Infantry Division is the oldest continuously serving division in the United States Army. The division successfully fought battles against Iraqi insurgents in Baquba, Najaf, and Samarra and joined the Marines in the second successful assault on Falluja. The division formed the backbone of Task Force Danger, which was responsible for northern Iraq, and included the 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division and the North Carolina Army National Guard's 30th Heavy Separate Brigade.

Elements of the division's 3rd Brigade previously deployed to northern Iraq in March 2003 as Task Force 1/63, including the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, and the 101st Forward Support Battalion, and returned to Germany in February 2004.

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