XVIII Airborne Corps
The XVIII Airborne Corps, formed in the Second World War, was long the U.S. Army strategic reserve headquarters in the Cold War. With the drawdown of Army higher tactical headquarters, it has gone into general deployments when a senior command echelon is needed, as in the Eastern Regional Command of the International Security Assistance Force in the Afghanistan War (2001-).
Its main elements are among the most mobile elements of the U.S. Army, backed up with a heavy division:
- 82nd Airborne Division, the largest paratroop formation in the U.S. Army
- 101st Airborne Division, which now is air assault rather than paratroop
- 10th Mountain Division
- 3rd Infantry Division, formerly designated the 24th Mechanized Division
- 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Second World War
Operation JUST CAUSE
The XVIII Corps was the first corps headquarters deployed to Saudi Arabia in Operation DESERT SHIELD, and then led the "left hook" of the ground invasion, Operation DESERT SABRE. It was commanded by then-LTG Gary Luck.