"Provide for the movement of both dry and refrigerated containerized cargo, bulk water and bulk petroleum products by motor transport."
The 1207th Forward Support Company, Rhode Island Army National Guard, is located at the Fogarty Armory, Camp Fogarty, 2841 South County Trail, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818. The 1207th is also the parent organization of Organizational Maintenance Shop #3, located in Warwick, RI. Soldiers in this unit are trained as truck drivers and mechanics.
UNIT HISTORY: The history of the 1207th Forward Support Company begins with the organization of the First Light Infantry Company in 1818, in the City of Providence.
Originally organized in 1818 as the First Light Infantry Company; Called to state service April 1842 and participated in the suppression of the Dorr Rebellion; Expanded 1861 to form Companies C and D, 1st RI Volunteer Infantry Regiment ( for a three month enlistment ). This unit earned battle streamers bearing the name:
BULL RUN (1st MANASSAS)
Expanded 1872 to form the First Light Infantry Regiment and unit redesignated as Company A; Additionally formed Company A, 1st RI Volunteer Infantry for service in the Span-Am War (unit did not serve overseas); Converted to Coast Artillery and served in the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay during World War I; Consolidated 1923 with the 243rd Coast Artillery and served in the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay during World War II; Converted 1959 to Air Defense to become Battery A, 2d Missile Bn (NIKE-Ajax), 243rd Artillery and trained at the Foster NIKE Site; Converted 1968 to Transportation and designated the 1207th Transportation Company.
Since 1818, the predecessor units participated in Riot Duty during worker strikes in the 1920's and 30's, training of cadets at West Point (1981-85), delivered clothing for earthquake victims (Polish Relief Mission, 1982), delivered toys (USMC Toys for Tots program and Giving Tree), transporting water trailers during town water emergencies (1990's)
From 2000-2003, provided support to the US Border Patrol in the security fence build-up and transportation assets for road construction near the US/Mexico border.
In 2003, the company was called to active duty for deployment to South West Asia. Due to the cessation of active hostilities, the unit returned to Rhode Island in July.
In 2006, the company was again mobilized for the Global War on Terror and after pre-mobilization training arrived in theater on 27 September. The 1207th completed over 200 Combat Logistical Patrols and travelled over a million soldier miles during the 12 months in Iraq. The unit rotated back to Camp Shelby on 24 September and returned to Rhode Island on 28 September.
Today, the citizen soldiers of the 1207th Transportation Company, Rhode Island Army National Guard, continue to carry on the proud traditions of their forefathers and stand ready to answer the call to defend the nation or provide emergency services to the State of Rhode Island and its residents.