7th MSC History
The 7th Mission Support Command, formerly known as the 7th Civil Support Command, traces its history back to 1956, when the first U.S. Army Reserve units, four Army Reserve Schools, were established in Europe. For more than 30 years, U.S. Reserve Soldiers in Europe served under various structures until the 7th ARCOM activated provisionally in January 1986.
Five, 7th ARCOM units mobilized and deployed with their affiliated active-Army units in Southwest Asia for Operations Desert Shield/Storm. Nineteen of its units were mobilized and deployed in support of Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard. The 7th ARCOM supported peace keeping operations in the Balkans with units and individual Soldiers over the nearly 10 years that the U.S. Army has been committed there.
The 7th ARCOM mobilized and deployed 19 of its 23 units and more than 450 personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from January through June 2003. At this deployment’s peak, the ARCOM had personnel serving in 13 different countries throughout Europe and the Middle East. More than 200 personnel were deployed to Iraq and Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 7th ARCOM was awarded the Army Chief of Staff Deployment Excellence Award in the Supporting Unit Category in August 2003 for its outstanding performance during this critical mobilization. During OIF and OEF, the 7th ARCOM mobilized more than 1,000 Soldiers, including about 300 U.S.-based Reserve Soldiers in order to expedite their subsequent deployments to the theaters of operations.
The command effectively went into a provisional state on October 1, 2008. The 7th ARCOM was designated the 7th Civil Support Command prior to its official activation in September 2009. The 7th CSC provided the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and U.S. Army Europe with trained and ready units.
Headquartered at Daenner Kaserne, Kaiserslautern, Germany, the command continues to support Overseas Contingency Operations with individual augmentee Soldiers deployed and assigned to units throughout the Afghanistan area of operation. Additionally, at home in Europe, the 7th CSC's 196th Medical Support Unit-Europe, teaches deploying active duty service members Combat Lifesaver training. The 7th CSC also provides skilled Soldiers for Joint Contact Team missions across the European Command area of operations to train and support our NATO partners.
Oct. 1, 2015, the 7th Civil Support Command was re-designateed to the 7th Mission Support Command. The command has nearly 1,000 Soldiers assigned to 22 reserve units, stationed throughout Germany and in Vicenza, Italy.