The Spartan Brigade was created to go to war. The reason this Airborne Brigade Combat Team was formed in 2005 was to fill a need for a fighting Army. The Spartan Brigade is the newest airborne brigade in the Army and the only one in the Pacific Theater. During its short history, the brigade adopted the proud name of the Spartans. Our Paratroopers share in the Spartan ideology embodied in a set of values, a spirit, and a way of life. Like the Spartans of old, the brigade lives by a set of mission essential core qualities that reflect what it takes to win in any situation with discipline, physical and mental toughness, adaptive leadership, team work, respect, loyalty, integrity, and selfless service.
The Spartan Brigade carried these values to Iraq in 2006. For 15 months, they fought a determined enemy on the unforgiving terrain of the Fertile Crescent, serving first under the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and eventually the 3rd Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Central. They liberated areas oppressed by Al Qaeda and destroyed corruption by deep rooted militias in an area of operations comprising the governorates of North Babil, Karbala, and Najaf. They aggressively pursued their enemy and denied him safe haven. Their actions positively impacted the people of Iraq and provided security and stability to their legacy.
After 14 months of intense training, in February of 2009, the Brigade was called upon once again to deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. The Brigade's area of combat operations included Khost, Paktia, and Paktika Provinces, all on the border with Pakistan. Headquartered at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, the Brigade was augmented with eight battalion-sized units from across the Army. The men and women of Task Force Yukon served under the colors of the 101st Airborne Division, then the 82nd Airborne Division. The Spartans conducted counter-insurgency operations for 12 months in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces and supervised governance, development, and agriculture projects in coordination with the Afghan government.
In the fall of 2011, the Spartan Brigade once again deployed to east Afghanistan. Task Force (TF) Spartan returned to serve across the provinces of Khost, Paktia, and Paktika. The Spartan Team was comprised of eight battalion-sized task forces, geographically dispersed over 21 Combat Outposts and three Forward Operating Bases. TF Spartan included two Provincial Reconstruction Teams and two Agribusiness Development Teams, each working to better the capability of Afghans to be self-sufficient in Khost and Paktia. The Spartan Brigade worked tirelessly, partnering with the Afghan National Security Forces to provide security and stability for the men, women, and children that live in eastern Afghanistan.
On September 28, 2014, the brigade deployed to Kosovo as part of Kosovo Force 19 to take command of the Multinational Battle Group-East (MNBG-East). The brigade controlled MNBG-East while the Italian Army led MNBG-West. The Spartan Brigade earned the Army Superior Unit Award upon completion of the mission.
In September 2017, the Spartan Brigade deployed under joint Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel. The brigade supported the Train, Advise, and Assist Mission as well as Special Operations Forces and battle space operations in 26 locations throughout Afghanistan. Through partnered force support operations, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) significantly improved in offensive, defensive, and stability operational capabilities and reduced ground held by terrorist organizations in the Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, and Logar Provinces.
"Anytime, Anywhere" defines the capabilities and mission readiness of the Brigade. The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division remains the only Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Pacific Theater, and one of only five in the United States Army. On order, the Brigade will strategically deploy, conduct forcible entry parachute assault and secure key objectives for follow-on military operations in support of U.S. national interests.