MISSION: To rapidly and safely deploy worldwide; to provide expeditionary logistics; to execute command and control over the full spectrum of sustainment operations as part of a battalion or theater sustainment command operation as directed; and on order,support U.S. Army Europe deployment and redeployment operations.
HISTORY: Originally constituted on July 16, 1940 as the 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Maintenance), the unit activated on July 1, 1941 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; it was designated the 8th Ordnance Battalion on August 11, 1941. The battalion arrived in Europe in the spring of 1944 as part of the 51st Ordnance Group and provided support to the 1st Army through Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945, and to the 9th and 7th Armies, respectively, during the initial occupation. For its distinguished service during World War II, the battalion was awarded campaign streamers for the Rhineland and Central European campaigns. In Paris, France, on December 15, 1946, the unit was demobilized.
On August 1,1951, four years after being deactivated, the 8th Ordnance Battalion was reactivated in Feudenhaven, Germany. The battalion moved again in May 1955 to Pioneer Kaserne, Hanau, Germany. On August 16, 1965, under the COSTAR Concept, the unit was officially redesignated as the 8th Maintenance Battalion. On July 15, 1993 the unit was further redesignated the 18th Corps Support Battalion. On June 20, 1994, the battalion transferred to Hutier Kaserne. In June 2002, after forty-seven years of service in Hanau Germany, the 18th Corps Support Battalion transferred to Grafenwoehr, Germany as part of a 3rd COSCOM realignment and shifted its focus from maintenance to transportation and ammunition management.
In the last few years, the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Hungary in support of Operation Joint Endeavor/Guard, supported NATO operations as part of Operations Allied Force and Shining Hope in Tirana, Albania, and conducted three Kosovo Force rotations at Camp Able Sentry in Macedonia. The unit supports exercises and operations across Europe, including support to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.
The colors crimson and yellow are colors representative of the Ordnance Corps, the parent organization. The functions of the former unit are symbolized by the hammer of the Norse god Thor, the mythical blacksmith of the gods, to forge thunder bolts, and who was considered as the god of thunder and lightning.
The motto, "We Forge Ahead," is indicative of the mission of the parent unit and is expressive of the aspirations of the personnel.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan W. Meisel
Lt. Col. Jonathan W. Meisel is the commanding officer of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major Muriel A. Macdonald
Command Sgt. Maj. Muriel A. Macdonald is the senior enlisted advisor of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.