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The 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is a unit of the Illinois Army National Guard. Known as the 66th Infantry Brigade until 2005, it is one of the brigades of the 35th Infantry Division.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Formerly worn by 33rd Infantry Division.

The post-World War II reorganization of the Army National Guard included the 33rd and 44th Infantry Divisions as Illinois-based units.[1]

The 44th Infantry Division was inactivated in 1954, following its return from deployment for the Korean War.[2]

The 33rd Infantry Division continued until 1968, when it was inactivated as part of a National Guard force reduction. The 33rd Infantry Brigade was then created as a non-divisional organization.[3][4]

The 66th Infantry Brigade, which had been part of the 44th Division and then the 33rd, continued in service as an Illinois organization assigned to the 47th Infantry Division.[5] The 47th Division was inactivated in 1991, and the 66th Brigade was assigned to the 34th Infantry Division.[6]

In 1997 the 66th Brigade was reassigned to the 35th Infantry Division.[7]

As part of the Army’s conversion to modular divisions and brigades, in 2005 the separate 33rd Infantry Brigade was inactivated. The 66th Brigade was re-flagged as the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which continued to be aligned with the 35th Division.[8]

Recent deployments

Soldiers of the 66th Brigade were activated for homeland security duty following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.[9]

In 2008 and 2009 soldiers of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team served in the War in Afghanistan.[10]

Task organization

As of 2013, the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is composed of: 33rd Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Urbana; 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Marion; 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, Chicago; 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, Kewanee; 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery Regiment, Chicago; 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Machesney Park; and 634th Brigade Support Battalion, Sullivan.[11]


  1. National Guard Educational Foundation, 33rd Infantry Division, 2011
  2. National Guard Educational Foundation, 44th Infantry Division, 2011
  3. New York Times, Proposal to Drop 15 Divisions Gains, May 11, 1967
  4. Associated Press, Schenectady Gazette, General Who Bucked Demoting Negro Guard Officers is Fired, March 4, 1968
  5. Chicago Tribune, Guard Could Fight After 90 Days: Kane, February 24, 1968
  6. Basil Talbott, Chicago Tribune, Great Lakes Boon: Base expands under Cheney plan to close 43 others, April 13, 1991
  7. Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Plan to use National Guard in Battle Could be Felt in Missouri and Illinois, August 5, 2000
  8. Charles Stanley, My Web Times, Guardsman ready for deployment, March 18, 2008
  9. Associated Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1,700 GUARDSMEN FROM ILLINOIS WILL BE ACTIVATED, December 2, 2001
  10. WIFR, Dixon's 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Returns Home, August 14, 2009
  11. 33rd Infantry Division Association, Units of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2008

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