The “Raider” Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, was constituted Nov. 19, 1917, in the Regular Army as Headquarters Troop, 4th Division. The unit participated in World War I and was involved in numerous campaigns including Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne, and Lorraine.
It reorganized July 6, 1942, as Headquarters Company, 4th Division in preparation for the initial assault into Normandy. Following the end of World War II, the unit was inactivated March 12, 1946 at Camp Butner, North Carolina. The 1st Brigade served in Vietnam operating in numerous operations and counteroffensives. On Oct. 15, 1995, the brigade inactivated at Fort Carson but was reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas Jan. 16, 1996.
In March 2003, the Raider Brigade deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Dec. 13, 2003, 600 Raider Brigade Soldiers, along with Special Operations forces, launched operation Red Dawn which resulted in capturing the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
The Raider Brigade was reorganized and redesignated as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in 2004. The brigade deployed again to Iraq in January 2006 fulfilling its second rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Raider Brigade deployed for the third time in March 2008, this time to the southern side of Baghdad during the peak of sectarian violence across Baghdad. After successful provincial elections in January 2009, the Raider Brigade returned to Fort Hood the following March. In the summer of 2009 the 1st Brigade conducted a move from Fort Hood to Fort Carson.
In September 2009, the brigade received orders to become the first heavy brigade combat team to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The brigade deployed in July 2010 and operated in two regional commands in the south and west. Combined Task Force Raider fought and trained side by side with the Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces partners from Herat and Farah to Kandahar and Arghandab.
The Raider Brigade deployed most recently in February 2013 to support Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait. The majority of the unit was tasked as theater reserve and based out of Camp Buehring, Kuwait, while elements of the brigade operated with SECFOR North and SECFOR South. The unit provided joint security and training operations between the Kuwaiti military forces as well as the Jordanian military.
In March 2014, the Raider Brigade began its conversion from an armored brigade to a Stryker brigade combat team, trading in its M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley Infantry Fighting vehicles for the Stryker combat vehicles. The Stryker brigade combat team combines the capacity for rapid deployment with survivability and tactical mobility, enabling Soldiers to maneuver within the close confines of urban terrain, provide protection in open terrain, and transport infantry quickly to critical battlefield positions.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, the Raider Brigade tested the mettle of the Stryker combat vehicle through numerous training exercises, a rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, and supported several missions and exercises worldwide.