317th Brigade Engineer Battalion

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The 317th Engineer Battalion was first constituted on 24 October 1917 and organized at Camp Sherman, Ohio as the 317th Engineer Regiment, 92nd Division. Like the rest of the 92nd Division, the 317th Engineers was formed with African American Soldiers from all states, with many of the NCOs coming from the 9th and 10th Cavalry. The 317th Engineers sailed for France in June 1918, and it was the first unit of the 92nd Division to enter the line during World War I, completing the relief of the 7th Engineers on 23 August 1918. The unit earned campaign streamers for the Meusse-Argonne and Lorraine campaigns supporting the 92nd Division and the 1st Army Corps. After the war, the 317th was demobilized on 31 March 1919. Before leaving for France in 1918, the buffalo was selected as the divisional insignia due to the "Buffalo Soldiers" nickname, given to African American cavalrymen by Native Americans in the 19th century. The "Buffalo Soldiers Division" divisional nickname was inherited from the 367th Infantry, one of the first units of the division. On 15 October 1942, the unit was re-designated the 317th Engineer Battalion, and was activated at Fort McClellan, Alabama, an organic element of the 92nd Infantry Division. Company B deployed to Italy in July 1944 as part of the 370th Infantry Regiment Combat Team and participated in the Arno River crossing. The remainder of the Battalion deployed to Italy in September 1944 and participated in the North Apennines and Po Valley campaigns. The Battalion was awarded the Italian Croce al Merito di Guerra, and constructed a memorial to the Battalion's dead at Torre del Lago, Italy. After the war, the Battalion was inactivated 29 November 1945. On 20 October 1950, the Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 92nd Infantry Division and allotted to the Regular Army. It was activated on 1 November 1950 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and moved to Germany in 1951, initially at Hoechst, then Eschborn. Throughout the Cold War, the Battalion provided combat engineer support to the US Army, enjoyed a close partnership with a German engineer battalion, and performed civic action missions throughout the European Theater, to include bridge construction in Tunisia. The German government awarded the Battalion the Fahnenband Einsatz fur Frieden und Freiheit. In December 1990, the 317th Engineer Battalion deployed to Southwest Asia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The Battalion participated in all 3 campaigns of this war: the Defense of Saudi Arabia, Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, and Cease-Fire. Company D was awarded the Valorous Unit Award as part of Task Force 1-41st Infantry, the first coalition force to breach the Saudi Arabian border on 15 February 1991 and conduct ground combat operations in Iraq. After the Persian Gulf War, the Battalion moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division in 1992. In October 1994, the Battalion returned to Southwest Asia as part of Operation Vigilant Warrior, earning the Army Superior Unit Award. On 15 February 1996, the Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 24th Infantry Division and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. This reassignment was part of the reflagging of the 24th Infantry Division as the 3rd Infantry Division. The 317th Engineer Battalion was part of the Engineer Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division headquartered at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The unit worked day to day with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. As part of the 3rd Infantry Division and XVIII Airborne Corps, the unit was part of the mechanized component of the nation's rapid reaction contingency force, and was required to be ready to deploy anywhere in the world on short notice. In January 2003, the Battalion helped liberate Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Presidential Unit Citation as part of the 3rd Infantry Division. In 2004 the 317th Engineer Battalion was inactivated along with the 3rd Infantry Division's Engineer Brigade, as part of the transformation of the 3rd Infantry Division to the US Army's new modular force structure. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 317th Engineer Battalion was reflagged as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. On 24 February, 2015 at Fort Polk, LA the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 10th Mountain Division was deactivated and reflagged as the 317th Engineer Battalion. The Battalion’s re-activation was part of 4th Brigade Combat Team’s reflagging to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). From September 2015 to June 2016, the 317th Battalion HQ (-) deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the Bagram Ground Defense Force in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The BN served as the Headquarters for Task Force Buffalo, a joint and coalition task force comprised of one Republic of Georgia Light Infantry Battalion, one Czech Republic reinforced Company, one Route Clearance Company, a USMC Georgian Liaison Team, and one Military Working Dog Team.

Mission: 317th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) prepares to deploy globally and execute engineer, intelligence, communications, security, and sustainment operations ISO 3rd BCT, 10th MTN DIV (LI) decisive action and provides mission command over attached units.

Buffaloes hosted community leaders from Vernon Parish during Mountain Peak.
03/17/2017
KALB Lydia Magallanes

Buffaloes hosted community leaders from Vernon Parish during Mountain Peak.

Vernon Parish community leaders came face-to-face with the soldiers they support...and got to try their MRE's!

3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain "Patriots" was happy to host the people they signed up to serve!

06/10/2016
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Polk CYS

6/10/2016 Friday -- Due to the weather conditions, British Soccer has been moved tonight to building 4996, Siegfried Youth Center.

06/07/2016
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Polk CYS

June 6, 2016 - Due to the current weather, British Soccer has been moved to the Siegfried Youth Center, bldg 4996, across the street from the Commissary.

06/06/2016
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Polk CYS

For those that registered online, British Soccer Camp is being held at Perez Field today. Thank you.

06/04/2016
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Polk CYS

Trophies will be given out tomorrow Saturday 6/4/2016 at the Youth Gym (Siegfried Youth Center Gym). Below are the times based on ages/teams.

Tball Teams 1-5 at 10:00 am
Yankees, Royals, Rangers, Cubs, & Dodgers
Tball Teams 6-10 at 11 am
Mariners, Tigers, Twins, Angels, & Giants
All 7-8 at 1200 Noon
All 9-0 at 12:30

Everyone else at 1300 except 13 - 14 B

06/03/2016
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Polk CYS

Friday 6/3/2016 -- All games/practices at Perez field has been cancelled for tonight. Thank you

06/02/2016
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Polk CYS

Thursday 6/2/2016 - All games in Anacoco have been cancelled for tonight. Swim Team practice has also been cancelled due to the weather.

06/02/2016
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Polk CYS

Thursday 6/2/2016 - All games/practices at Perez Field are cancelled for tonight. Games/practices are rescheduled for Friday 6/3/2016. Thank you

05/28/2016
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Polk CYS

All youth baseball games are cancelled today, Saturday 5/28/2016 at Perez Field and Leesville due to flooding.

05/27/2016
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Polk CYS

All games at Perez Field have been cancelled for tonight, Friday 5/27/2016. Games are being rescheduled for tomorrow. Thank you

160526- TF Buffalo awards 2
05/27/2016
160526- TF Buffalo awards 2

160526- TF Buffalo awards 2

#US4A and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Bannister, US Forces Afghanistan-Support Deputy Commanding General, hosted an awards ceremony for the remaining Task Force Buffalo Soldiers who were unable to attend the previous ceremony earlier this week, here at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Thank you for the hard w…

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