Medical Brigade is one of the largest and most diverse medical brigades in today’s Army.
This deployable brigade has a rich heritage of providing medical support to combat Soldiers, since it was constituted in the regular Army on Dec. 30, 1965.
The brigade was activated on Jan. 1, 1966, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the home of the Army Medical Department.
In April 1966, the brigade moved to Vietnam where it participated in 12 of the 17 campaigns in which U.S. forces were involved. During this tour, the brigade was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendation streamers by the government of the Republic of Vietnam.
In March 1970, the personnel at the brigade headquarters were consolidated with those of the U.S. Army Vietnam Surgeons Office to form the Medical Command Vietnam and the brigade colors returned to the continental United States in December 1970.
The 44th Medical Bde. was inactivated at Fort Meade, Md., on March 19, 1973 and was re-activated on Sept. 21, 1974, at Fort Bragg, the Center of the Military Universe.
The unit was converted to a medical command on Aug. 6, 2001 and later re-designated as the 44th Medical Bde. on April 21, 2010.
The 44th Medical Bde. has participated in numerous wartime operations as well as campaigns and operations other than war.
Elements of the brigade participated in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. Elements of the brigade also deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
The brigade’s numerous humanitarian interventions and hurricane relief efforts include assistance to the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Marilyn, Hurricane Mitchell disaster relief in Central America, Hurricane Andrew relief, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita support, and Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
On March 7, 2011, the brigade headquarters deployed to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where they assumed the role of Task Force Medical-Afghanistan.
The 44th Medical Bde. team is comprised of two combat support hospitals, one area medical laboratory, one multifunctional medical battalion, four forward surgical teams, medical detachments and dental companies spread across the eastern portion of the United States.
Why we do it…
The 44th Medical Bde. prides itself on it’s commitment to its Soldiers and their Families. To reinforce this commitment, the brigade offers annual organization days, Strong Bonds retreats, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs and Family readiness group functions to foster positive relationships and build a social networks within the brigade and the Army Family.
Medical Bde. continues the Army Medical Department’s proud heritage of long and dedicated service to the nation’s Soldiers. They continuously engage in training events and exercises to remain ready to deploy whenever they are called.