1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 3 January 2006 to 17 August 2015
Country United States
Branch U.S. Army
Role Combat Support
Size Brigade
Garrison/HQ Fort Polk
Nickname(s) Guardians
Colors Teal and Gold
Anniversaries Constituted 3 January 2006,
Activated 16 September 2007,
Redesignated 1 February 2008
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom
Distinctive Unit Insignia
Helmet Insignia

The 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (1st MEB) was a United States Army brigade located at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The Brigade was tasked to improve the movement capabilities and rear area security for commanders at division level or higher. The Brigade has deployed units for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and for humanitarian assistance in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

The MEB is a tailored combined arms force with a headquarters staff designed to plan and execute protection, movement and maneuver, and sustainment tasks. It uses its subordinate units within their specialties to conduct maneuver support operations in its area of operations (AO) and within the broader AO of the organization it supports. The MEB provides added security and defense for other units and enhances freedom of action for the supported higher command. The capability to synchronize maneuver support operations and support area operations under the MEB provides a unique set of capabilities to other Army, joint, and multinational elements. Aside from its headquarters element and the organic communications and logistics elements that form the basis for commanding, controlling, and supporting the brigade, the Brigade is a mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, time available, and civil considerations-dependent organization. The MEB leverages the current modular principles and the “plug-and-play” nature of current forces to apply the right force for the mission. Typically, but not exclusively, the MEB is composed of engineer, military police, chemical, air defense, and other units that routinely function together during protection, stability, and support operations.[1]

Unit History

Afghanistan 2009-2010

From May 2009 through may 2010, the Brigade was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom to act as the tactical command element for Bagram Airfield, a French infantry battalion and the Provincial Reconstruction Teams in the Parwan Province. The unit earned a Campaign Streamer embroidered "Consolidation II"[2] and the Meritorious Unit Citation[3] for this mission.

Defense CBRNE (Chemical, Radiological, Biological, Nuclear, and Explosive) Response Force 2011-2013

The Brigade was committed to the United States Northern Command and United States Army North as part of Joint Task Force-Civil Support to serve as the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, and served as an on-call federal response force for terrorist attacks and other natural or manmade emergencies and disasters. This assistance is termed "Defense Support of Civil authorities". This response is subject to the limitations of the Posse Comitatus Act. See also the National Response Framework.[4]


The 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade inactivated on 17 August 2015. On the 23rd of February, 2015 the U.S. Army Center of Military History authorized the special designation "Guardian Brigade" for the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.[5][6] The 46th Engineer Battalion was assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg. The 519th Military Police Battalion was assigned to the 16th Military Police Brigade at Fort Bragg.


The 1st MEB was composed of the following units at the time of its inactivation:[7]

Formerly Assigned Subordinate Units

Campaign Streamers and Decorations

Conflict Streamer Period Orders
Operation Enduring Freedom
Consolidation II 2008–2009
Campaign Credit for deployment to Afghanistan from 12 June 2008 to 1 September 2009
Ribbon Award Period Orders
Afghanistan 2008-2009
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) 2008-2009
Award of the Meritorious Unit Citation from June 2008 through September 2009
Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological
and Nuclear Response Force Mission
Superior Unit Award (Army) 2011-2013
US Army Superior Unit Award PO 350-09, 1 OCT 11- 30 SEP 13

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

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