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  The 21st Theater Sustainment Command Special Troops Battalion  falls under the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, which is the U.S. Army Europe sustainment command. Located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, our dedicated, professional teams of strong Army Soldiers and Civilians are proud to be FIRST in SUPPORT!

Mission & Vision

The 21st TSC Special Troops Battalion executes essential personnel services and human resources support; provides military justice, training, logistics, airdrop and religious support (with the Chaplain); and executes all other functions as directed in order to enhance the 21st TSC's ability to complete its assigned missions. We strive to build and sustain effective and efficient teams of trained and ready Soldiers committed to mission excellence. 

"Rock Steady"

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 21st Special Troops Battalion, provides mission command and life support for the 21st STB. On order, the HHC supports individual and group deployments of Soldiers within HHC to all area of responsibility. The HHC assists the TSC directorates with all tasking logistical needs while providing continuous sustainment for approximately 740 Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and Local Nationals.            

Unit History
Constituted June 23, 1965, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Support Brigade, a subordinate maintenance support headquarters under the Seventh Army Support Command. The Headquarters was established at Taylor Barracks, Mannheim, Germany. In 1970, 1st Support Brigade was reassigned as a major subordinate headquarters under the United States Theater Army Support Command.

On August 19,1974, under the auspices of Project CHASE (the consolidation of U.S.Army Europe Headquarters and Area Support Elements) the 1st Support Brigade was reorganized, upgraded to a general officer command and moved its headquarters from Mannheim to Panzer Kaserne, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Consequently, the reorganization of the 1st Support Brigade provided for a dual function headquarters: Combat Service Support and Area Support.


In 1976, the 1st Support Brigade's personnel strength was increased to 16,000, thereby constituting the largest brigade in the U.S. Army. Consequently, the Army approved the elevation of the commander's position to a Major General, and, on August 19, 1976, the brigade was redesignated the 21st Support Command. On October 18, 1988, the 21st Support Command was officially redesignated as the 21st Theater Army Area Command.


Consequently, the commander's position was elevated to that of a Lieutenant General. In 1993, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 21st Theater Army Area Command was predesignated as the 21st Theater Support Command, and the commander's position was returned to that of a Major General. On August 28, 2006, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 21st Theater Support Command, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 200th Theater Distribution Brigade, were consolidated and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 21st Theater Support Command.

Further, HHC, 21st TSC, was assigned to the cognizance of the newly constituted Troop Support Battalion, 21st Theater Support Command. On July 16, 2007, the 21st Theater Support Command was reorganized and redesignated as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command. Concurrently, the Troop Support Battalion, including the subordinate HHC, 21st TSC, was reorganized and redesignated as the Special Troops Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Panzer Kaserne, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Campaign Participation Credits include: Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom Avid Recovery. Decorations include: Army Unit Superior Award (2001-2002)


LTC Grant T. Thimsen, Commander, Special Troops Battalion, was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps upon successful completion of the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2003, following service as a Parachute Rigger in the 82d Airborne Division.

Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip A. Martin, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Special Troops Battalion, is a native of Kingston, Jamaica and hails from South Hempstead, New York.  He enlisted in the United States Army in February 1997 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advance Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, where he graduated as an Automated Logistical Specialist (92A).

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