The 44th 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 the combat Soldier, since it was constituted in the Regular Army on 30 December 1965. The brigade was activated on 1 January 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 2 Meritorious Unit commendation streamers by the government of the Republic of Vietnam. In March of 1970 the personnel at the brigade headquarters were consolidates 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.