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2nd Support Command
VII Corps
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3rd Support Bde

VII COSCOM
(1969-1973)

2nd Support Comd
(1973-...)

Regional Spt Element




155th Sig Pltn

Carbine Fortress (1982)

VII Corps Support Command History
1969 - 1973
(Source: 52nd Anniversary, 1918 - 1970. The JAYHAWK Anniversary Issue, August 19, 1970.)
A young command, the VII Corps Support Command (VII COSCOM) was formed in March 1969 as part of the 'new look' in USAREUR and Seventh Army, designed to keep combat elements and support services on a ready-for-action basis.

Units forming the new command were: 1st, 71st, 87th and 303d Maintenance Bns, 35th and 95th Supply and Service (S&S) Bns, 4th Transportation Bn, 101st Ordnance Bn, Personnel and Administration Bn, Special Troops and the 6930th Civilian Labor Gp.

The only change in the original unit alignment has been the addition of the 116th Ordnance Det, arriving in Germany Jan. 28, 1970, to provide direct rocket and missile maintenance support to units of VII Corps.

Under the new command, the replacement regulating detachment at Panzer Kaserne was established and became fully operational June 26, 1969, when the first shipment of replacements for VII COSCOM and VII Corps non-divisional units was received.

In order to show their combat readiness, Headquarters VII COSCOM and elements of the 35th and 95th S&S Bns, 87th and 303d Maintenance Bns, and 6930th Civilian Labor Gp participated in their first field exercise, Exercise Certain Check, Oct. 24-30, 1969.

Units of VII COSCOM were instrumental in preparation of equipment for the March NATO Exercise, Arctic Express. Elements of the 35th S&S Bn, 71st, 87th and 303d Maintenance Bns provided support to the highly successful Exercise Car Crew III, which tested the Reforger concept during May and June 1970.

The second field exercise that VII COSCOM participated in, Exercise Front Centre '70, took place in May.

Soon after the formation of the command, units and troops throughout VII COSCOM celebrated their first German-American and German-American-French Weeks with numerous activities throughout the Jobber area.

Continuing the tradition of good international relations, Headquarters VII COSCOM invited French and German military personnel and their families to the July 4th celebration this year at Panzer Kaserne. About 5,000 Americans, Germans and French took part in the day-long event.

In another July event, VII COSCOM officers, including Brig. Gen. John T. Peterson, present Jobber commander, joined French officers in a 5-mile march which ended with a French and American picnic near Bebenhausen.

Although only a little over a year old, the command has had many accomplishments and successes in its short span, and is continually changing to provide the best in support services to VII Corps area units.

 
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, June 28, 1969)
VII Corps Support Command (VII COSCOM) was activated in June 1969 to replace 3rd Support Brigade (of the former Seventh Army Support Comd). During a ceremony held at Kelley Barracks on June 26, Maj Gen Lawrence E. Schlanser assumed command of the new unit.

The nine battalions of VII COSCOM remain unchanged in their roles of technical support to VII Corps.

 
1976
(Source: USAREUR/Seventh Army STATION LIST, 1 June 1976)
2nd COSCOM ORGANIZATION - 1 JUNE 1976

UNIT DESIGNATION

LOCATION COMMENTS
HHC, 2nd Support Comd (Corps) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
16th Cbt Spt Unit (ADP)(Type B) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
29th Trans Co (Acft)(DS) Echterdingen AAF, Echterd.
48th Trans Co (Acft)(GS) Cooke Bks, Göppingen
229th Trans Co (Mov Cntl) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
472nd Sig Co (Med HQ Op) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
527th Trans Co (Car) Kelley Bks, Möhringen
800th Cbt Spt Co (Maint Mgmt) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
1st Cbt Spt Bn (Area Maint)(DS/GS)  
HHD, 1st CS Bn Flak Ksn, Ludwigsburg
6th Cbt Spt Co (Lt Maint)(DS) McKee Bks, Crailsheim
22nd Cbt Spt Co (Lt Maint)(DS) Wharton Bks, Heilbronn
226th Cbt Spt Co (Sup Svc)(DS) Coffey Bks, Ludwigsburg
229th Cbt Spt Co (Sup Svc)(DS) Reese Bks, Augsburg
586th Cbt Spt Co (Maint Rear)(IS) Ludendorff Ksn, Ludwigsburg
4th Trans Bn (Trk)  
HHD, 4th Trans Bn Flak Ksn, Ludwigsburg
15th Trans Co (L-M Trk) Kelley Bks, Möhringen
32nd Trans Co (Med Trk Cargo) Flak Ksn, Ludwigsburg
396th Trans Co (L-M Trk) Flak Ksn, Ludwigsburg
342nd Trans Co (L-M Trk) Fort Jackson, SC REFORGER unit
38th P & A Bn  
HHD, 38th P & A Bn Nellingen Bks, Nell.
9th AG Det (Repl) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
84th Army Band Stuttgart
198th AG Co (Pers Svc)(Ty B) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
569th AG Co (Pers Svc)(Ty B) Merrell Bks, Fürth  
71st Cbt Spt Bn (Area Maint)(DS/GS)  
HHD, 71st CS Bn W.O. Darby Ksn, Fürth
156th Cbt Spt Co (Maint Rear)(IS) Pinder Bks, Zirndorf
182nd Cbt Spt Co (Lt Equip Maint) (1) Merrell Bks, Fürth  
240th Cbt Spt Co (Sup Svc)(DS) Leighton Bks, Würzburg
504th Cbt Spt Co (Lt Maint)(DS) Ammo Depot, Bamberg
596th Cbt Spt Co (Lt Maint)(DS) Conn Ksn, Schweinfurt
614th Cbt Spt Co (Lt Maint)(DS) Merrell Bks, Nürnberg
353rd QM Det (Prcht Pack) Storck Bks, Illesheim
172nd Ord Det (Rkt-Msl Spt) Fort Riley, KS REFORGER unit
87th Cbt Spt Bn (Area Maint)(DS/GS)  
HHD, 87th CS Bn Nellingen Bks, Nell.
42nd Cbt Sbt Co (Hv Equip Maint) W.O. Darby Ksn, Fürth  
66th Cbt Sbt Co (Hv Equip Maint) Harvey Bks, Kitzingen  
78th Cbt Spt Co (Lt Equip Maint) Böblingen Maint Plant, Böbl.
116th Ord Det (Rkt-Msl Spt) Merrell Bks, Fürth  
124th Cbt Spt Co (Hv Equip Maint) Böblingen Maint Plant, Böbl.
493rd Cbt Spt Co (Sup Svc)(DS) Faulenberg Ksn, Würzburg  
538th Cbt Spt Co (Col Cls-Salv) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
903rd Cbt Spt Co (Hv Equip Maint) Nellingen Bks, Nell.
6930th CLG  
HQ, 6930th CLS Funker Ksn, Esslingen
8902nd CLG Funker Ksn, Esslingen
8904th CLG Reese Bks, Augsburg  
8905th CLS Funker Ksn, Esslingen  
8906th CLG Funker Ksn, Esslingen
 
CORRECTIONS:

(1) Source: Email from ...
The 182nd CS Co was part of the 71st Ord Bn. In 1986, this unit was redesignated and reorganized as the 317th Ord Co .

 
MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:

(Jan 1973): VII COSCOM serves about 100,000 people in a 44,000 square-mile area of central and southern Germany.

(Augusr 1982) A Class III Yard is operated by the 226th S&S Company near Stuttgart (probably Osterholz). One officer (1st Lt) and 15 enlisted men work there. The yard supplies all petroleum, oil and lubrication products for units stationed in Stuttgart and Heilbronn areas (communities). (Source: JOBBER, Aug 16, 1982)

 
2nd SUPCOM History
1973 - 19..
2nd Support Command DUI
 
(Source: The Champion, July 19, 1989)
History of 2d COSCOM

The 2d Corps Support Command was initially activated as the 2d Support Brigade on June 24, 1965. The Brigade was one of three support Brigades assigned to the Seventh Army Support Command.
 
The nucleus of the 2d Support Brigade came from the fusion of the 6th Quartermaster and 51st Ordnance Groups. Its mission was to provide direct and general supply, maintenance, and field services to units within the V Corps sector of the Seventh Army. After supporting the forces of V Corps for four years, the Brigade was deactivated on June 2 1969, and transferred to the Department of the Army.

Since June 1969 the two Corps of U.S. Army-Europe have functioned as self-contained, self-supporting combat units. This was made possible through the establishment of a Corps Support Command or COSCOM which provided essential combat support activities. Within the VII Corps area of responsibility this function was carried out by the VII COSCOM. On January 15, 1973, VII COSCOM was inactivated and 2d Support Command (Corps) came into being. The mission of VII COSCOM passed to the 2d Support Command (Corps).
On October 11, 1988 2d Support Command (Corps) was redesignated as 2nd Corps Support Command. The 2d COSCOM provides maintenance, logistical, ammunition transportation and medical support within the VII Corps area which covers the southern area of the Federal Republic of Germany. The 2d COSCOM is organized with the 7th Support Group consisting of the 1st, 71st, and 87th Maintenance Battalions and the 13th Supply and Services Battalion providing direct support maintenance, repair parts, supply and service support to the Corps' Non-divisional Units; the 30th Medical Group, the Corps' only organic medical support unit; the 4th Transportation Battalion, the 101st Ordnance Battalion, the 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment which provides aviation intermediate maintenance support; the Special Troops Battalion and the 6930th Civilian Support Center, a German civilian group-sized organization which provides maintenance, ammunition, repair parts and security services.

In partnership with the 2d COSCOM, the Unterstützungskommando 5, a 1,200 soldier German Support Command supplements the 2d COSCOM's capabilities in the areas of POL storage and transport, ammunition, security, maintenance, transportation, and casualty evacuation in the event of war.

The 2d COSCOM is the home of the most modern logistical support provided by the most technically and tactically proficient soldiers in the world today.

CARBINE FORTRESS (REFORGER '82)
 
1982

Special Carbine Fortress (REFORGER 82) Issue
 
Click on image to read the entire 16-page special REFORGER issue

 
155th Signal Platoon
19.. - 19..
(Source: Email from Tom Mayo, 155th Sig Pltn, 1966-68)
About the 155th Signal Platoon: In 1966 I was among the last troops to arrive in USAREUR by ship. Nine days on the USS Rose, from Brooklyn to Bremerhaven. Upon arrival I was assigned to the 574th Personnel Company and took an all night train to a town called Hanau, home of the Brothers Grimm and other fairy tales, about 20 miles outside of Frankfurt.

I was already pissed off because I had just spent the last 6 months training as a Commcenter Specialist in Signal school and was assigned to a personnel company! It took a lot of work and a threat to the I.G. to get new orders. (can you imagine a piss aunt Pfc. making demands??) Long story short and probably a willingness to get rid of me and my barking, 30 days later I was reassigned to the 155th Signal Platoon.

The 155th was already a functioning unit, attached to the HHC, 2nd Support, so I don't know (or can't remember) the history. There were 3 functional components of the 30+ man plt: Radio, Maintenance, and Commcenter. The 155th was the communications arm for the 2nd Support Brigade (you have a nice page on 2nd Support) Hq'd at Hutier Kaserne (named after a Prussian General) on Lamboy Strasse, Hanau, FRG.

I was a member of the Commcenter group. Our mission was to send messages from the Brigade commanders to the rest of the world and to receive and decode msgs sent to them from anywhere in the world. We used Kleindienst machinery and KD# encryption machines to send and receive up to TOP SECRET/NATO/CRYPTO msgs. In reality we were on a hub that connected us with the rest of the world through the Frankfurt Commcenter. Once, I sent a test msg to a center half way around the world and asked for a bounce back reply. It came back to me, through all the hops and hubs in 88 seconds. We thought that was pretty good. Today that would be a 'stone-age' response time.

During 'war games', (this was during the Cold War) whether at Graf or where ever, we were the advance unit to set up fieldcoms for the rest of the Headquarters company. In actuality, not many officers above major would come to the field, so we had a lot of time on our hands. Since I was a 'trick chief' (shift supv) it was MY job to insure there was enough local beer for the duration of the exercise. Usually a 3/4 ton truck filled to capacity would do it.

I turned 21 while on maneuvers, lying under a truck trying to get my mask on during a simulated 'gas' attack. We ran the equipment SECRET mode all the time, but occasionally we would have to break down the machines and reset them to TOP SECRET mode. If Frankfurt was about to send us a TS, they would call first so we could reset the machinery. After the msg(s) were received, decoded and safely vaulted, we'd reset to Secret. Usually only one, sometimes two members of a shift would have a TS clearance. When a TS msg was to be received, all those w/o clearance would have to leave the commcenter until the msg was processed. I remember one TS msg that required I send my entire staff into the hallway outside the commcenter was (guess its declassified by now) the vacation itinerary and route to be taken by the King of Norway to Southern Bavaria.

But the event I'll never forget was the time I received a TS for the Brigade Commanding General. It was an urgent priority TS/NATO 'eyes only' msg that arrived at 3 AM one morning. I had to call the NCO of the Day, who had to wake the Officer of the Day, who had to wake the General's aide, who had to wake the General and a driver to pick the General and drive him to the Commcenter. It was winter and it must have been in the 20's. The Commcenter was underground and comfortable. The 'pick up' window was in an unheated hallway with a constant breeze. Wind chill must have put it in the teens. About 30 minutes after calling the NCO OD there was a rap on the door. As I slid the steel door window up, I could see a very cold "One Star" standing on the other side of the window bars in not much more than an over coat over his pajamas. He said in a shivering voice he was there to pick up his message. When I asked for his ID, he paled, and it wasn't from the cold. He said he'd left it home and to just give him the 'damn msg'. When I declined he offered to have his driver validate his identify. I told him (politely) that I needed a photo ID. He ordered me to call the O.D, which I did, to verify that he had called the General's aide. I thanked him and told him that Army regs required a photo ID to distribute TS msgs. He asked for my name and told me he would have my stripes. I gave him my name, thanked him and pulled the pin that allowed the steel window plate to come crashing down. When I came on duty the next evening, the msg was gone. I never heared another thing about the incident.

Below are some URL's. The first one (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/hutier.htm) is a blip about Hutier Kaserne, the second (http://www.3ad.org/kasernen/area_hanau/hutier_kaserne.htm) are a few shots of Hutier that appeared on the 3AD website. The 1959 photo was more the way the front gate looked when I was there. The far right most photo in the 1998 series was the HQ for the 2nd Support Brigade cadre. The Commcenter was in the basement of that building. We lived in the building across from the MP station that you see in the large top photo. You can see only the edge of the barracks to the right. As you may know the showers were in the basement of most kasernes and the basement was just below street level. With the windows open passersby got a good look at G.I equipment. Then, some G.I.'s were just plain exhibitionists! Since we did shift work, we were on 'separate rations' and were able to take our meals at the PX or off post. While we were exempt from KP we still had to pull 'gate guard' duty. One guy from the 155 had just received orders to Fort Polk Lousiana, "TigerLand". Next stop, Southeast Asia. That night while on guard duty and to avoid going to Nam, he took a .45 cal pistol and shot himself in the arm. I believe he spent the rest of his tour, and then some, in the Mannheim Stockade. Something about destroying government property? The third URL (http://www.1armystore.com/Smart/58018811.html) is a photo of the 2nd Support Brigade patch. When I first arrived I wore the Seventh Army, "Seven Steps to Hell" patch but was issued the inverted sword patch shortly thereafter.

I left Germany and the 155th in Nov. 1968. I heard from buds that in 1969 the 2nd Support was deactivated and the 155th was absorbed into the 201st Signal Co, which was attached to the 32nd Signal Bn and transferred to Frankfurt.

To date I have been able to locate only 2 members of the 155, but have been unable to make contact with either as their email address are no longer valid. I met many wonderful guys whom I still think of to this day, saw much more of Europe than I thought I'd ever see (I had a car), drank more beer than I should have, and basically did the job I was trained for while awaiting my order for CONUS. As I look back, I realize it was first, good people in my life and secondly "timing". I've been blessed with both. I hope I've been able to give as good as I got. We're on this planet only a short time, we've got to make the most of it.
Sincerely, Tom Mayo