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The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) was established in September 16, 2004.

The 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment; 4th Battalion, 25th Artillery Regiment; 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment; 710th Brigade Support Battalion; and 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion were brought together to form the Spartans of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI). They served in both the Regional Command East and the Regional Command South areas of responsibility in Afghanistan.

In February 2006, the brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom rotations VII, where they fought the Taliban in the mountainous terrain of the Afghan-Pakistani border. When the Spartan Brigade redeployed to Fort Drum after 16 months, the Afghan people nicknamed them “the Tribe of the Crossed Swords” because of the gallant efforts displayed in combat.

In January 2009, the Spartan Brigade deployed again to Afghanistan, returning to RC-East, where they were tasked with providing security for the Logar and Wardak provinces as well as the southern entrance to the country’s capital.

In March 2011, the Spartan Brigade found itself called upon to deploy to Afghanistan again. The 3rd BCT Soldiers were sent to Kandahar Province, the RC-South area of responsibility. The brigade was responsible for opening 22 schools and three medical clinics, as well as securing and refurbishing more than 50 kilometers of Highway 1, the national highway for southern Afghanistan.

In October 2013, the Spartan Brigade embarked on its final deployment to Afghanistan. The 3rd BCT deployed once again to Regional Command East, but this time as an advice and assist brigade. Although they deployed as a smaller contingent, they assumed responsibility for most of the provinces in the region – among them Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktia and Paktika – thus relieving a division-size element. The brigade partnered with the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, sharing their expertise, helping them to grow their capabilities as they continued to assume responsibility for the security of their nation and its people.

In February 2014, the brigade inactivated most of its elements at Fort Drum, and reflagged using the assets of the 4th Brigade Combat Team ("PATRIOTS"), 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

In October 2015, the Patriot brigade deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Resolute Support. The Brigade worked closely with the Afghan Army, Air Force, and Police forces while focusing on advise and assist missions in an effort to combat the insurgency. They returned to Fort Polk, LA in June of 2016.



War On Terrorism: Afghanistan: Consolidation I



Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer Embroidered AFGHANISTAN 2006-2007

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer Embroidered AFGHANISTAN 2009

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for the period 31 October 2013 to 19 July 2014

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