UNITED STATES ARMY



1st INFANTRY DIVISION (MECHANIZED)
Cold War Organization    1988
 

Notes
 

In 1988 the 1st Infantry Division was stationed at Fort Reily, Kansas as part of the III Corps, with the wartime mission of reinforcing the US VII Corps in Europe.  Of its four combat brigades, the 3rd Brigade was forward deployed in Germany. The Big Red One was a REFORGER (Redeployment of Forces to Germany) unit. Under the POMCUS (Prepositioning Of Material Configured in Unit Sets) program, a complete set of equipment was prepositioned in Germany. In the event of mobilization, the division's soldiers would move by air to Europe, draw their equipment and join the VII Corps. The 1st Infantry Division was organized under the Army of Excellence (Division 86)  scheme, which was supplanting the ROAD organizational scheme. There were five types of AoE divisions: armored, mechanized infantry, light infantry, airborne and airmobile.

The organizational flag for infantry divisions was horizontally divided, scarlet over national flag blue, with the division's shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) in proper colors centered. For brigades of these divisions, the flag was vertically divided, scarlet and national flag blue, with the division's SSI in proper colors horizontally centered over the brigade numeral or monogram. For brigades of infantry divisions, the numeral or monogram was white. The flag for the division artillery (DIVARTY) headquarters was scarlet with a wide central horizontal yellow stripe and the division's SSI in proper colors centered. For division support command (DISCOM) headquarters, the flag had narrow scarlet end stripes and a wide national flag blue central stripe, with the division's SSI in proper colors centered.

Organizational flags for divisions and brigades were 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly with 2 1/2-inch yellow fringe. They were made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth with the insignia and numerals or monograms applied to appear properly on both sides of the flag. Campaign and unit decoration streamers awarded to divisions were always displayed with these flags.

Guidons for headquarters elements of divisions were of the same design as the corresponding organizational flags. Dimensions were 20 inches at the hoist by 27 inches on the fly with a 10-inch fork. Older guidons made of cotton or wool bunting were still used if serviceable, but new ones were made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth.

Note: Active links in descriptions point to pages depicting the guidons of subordinate units. Division base units, e.g. the combat engineer battalion, were administratively assigned to the DISCOM. Tactically, however, they fell under the direct control of the division headquarters and are so presented here.
 


 

ORGANIZATIONAL FLAGS

 

1st INFANTRY DIVISION (MECHANIZED)

 

1st BRIGADE (MECHANIZED INFANTRY)
 

 

2nd BRIGADE (ARMORED
 

 

3rd BRIGADE
(MECHANIZED INFANTRY) (FORWARD)

 

COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE

 

DIVISION ARTILLERY

 

 DIVISION SUPPORT COMMAND

 

HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT GUIDONS

 



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