The motto of the 10th Combat Support Hospital (CSH),
"In Cruce Vincam", translates, "I Shall Conquer by the Cross".
This motto is intended to be inspirational in nature and refers to
the CSH's ability to conserve the fighting strength of the Soldier.
The green of the motto's scroll symbolizes the green fields, the
normal operational environment for an Army at war. The
maroon and white are the colors of the Army Medical
Department. The maroon colored cross represents the
medical profession, while the white satire forming the roman
"X" indicates the numerical designation.
History: The unit was constituted in the United States Army on 23 June 1942 and was first activated and designated as the 10th Field Hospital on 6 July 1942 at Camp Bowie, Texas. During WWII, the 10th Field Hospital provided medical support in Tunisia, Italy, France and Germany. Two arrowhead devices were awarded to the 10th Field Hospital for participation in theses campaigns and the unit was also awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation on 16 April 1990 for services in the European Theater during 1944.
The unit was deactivated on 4 November 1945 at Camp Myles, Massachusetts, following the defeat of the Axis Powers. The 10th Field Hospital resumed its medical support and training mission in Germany, following its reactivation in the Regular Army on 25 August 1949. The unit was re-designated as the 10th Evacuation Hospital on 15 June 1962 and remained in Germany until its deactivation on 16 August 1965.
The 10th was reactivated 12 July 1967 at Fort Meade, Maryland. On 21 March 1973, the Evacuation Hospital was reorganized and re-designated as the 10th Combat Support Hospital (CSH). On 16 August 1983 it was re-designated as the 10th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). On 5 August 1987, Department of the Army directed a realignment of the 10th MASH with the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado, with an effective date of 16 August 1988. The 10th MASH was aligned under the 43rd Support Group as a battalion organization with the following subordinate units: 517th Medical Company (Clearing), 571st Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance), and 223rd Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine), and 40th Dental Company.
On 3 January 1991, the 10th MASH deployed to Saudi Arabia with the 62nd Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, in support of Operation Desert Storm until July 1991. On 16 December 1992 the Department of the Army re-designated the 10th MASH as the 10th Combat Support Hospital. The 10th CSH (FWD) deployed to Bosnia and Hungary in support of Operation Joint Forge from 12 March until 27 September 1999.
On 17 November 1999, the Department of the Army, in accordance with the Medical Reengineering Initiative (MRI), reorganized the 10th CSH into three companies, HHD, Alpha Co (164 bed), and Bravo Co (84 bed), and one detachment, the 223rd Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine).
Since the MRI, three more detachments have been activated and organized under the 10th CSH. On 16 October 2000, the 2nd Medical Detachment (Forward Surgical Team); 17 October 2007, the 221st Medical Detachment (Optometry); 15 October 2010, the 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service). From 9 April to 22 July 2003, the unit deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom under the command and control of the 30th Medical Brigade.
In January 2004, the 10th Combat Support Hospital became the first hospital to complete the Medical Re-engineering Initiative conversion. With the conversion, the 10th CSH is now a more mobile 84-bed hospital with an additional 164 beds in storage, if ever needed. The CSH is designed to provide level III care to deployed soldiers during wartime operations or humanitarian missions. The hospital facility is the Deployable Medical System, which consists of temper tents and shelters. It is composed of an emergency medical treatment section with a dispensary, one operating room with two tables, two intensive care units each composed of 12 beds, three intermediate care wards each composed of 20 beds, one central materiel services section, laboratory with limited testing capabilities, blood bank, radiology with portable X-ray capability and digital processing and a pharmacy. Due to recent experiences the 10th CSH has requested an additional OR shelter to increase surgical capabilities. Though the 10th CSH is an Echelon-Above-Division asset, and therefore requires support, with the MRI conversion it is now more self-sufficient than before.
The 10th CSH deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. While conducting split-based operations in Tallil and Baghdad, Medical Task Force 10 provided unmatched Level III combat health support with a 94% survivability rate. The unit returned to Fort Carson, CO from Iraq on 14 October 2006 and received an additional Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In 2009-2010, the 10th CSH deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and once again provided unmatched Level III combat health support with a 98% survivability rate, the highest survivability rate in the history of American warfare.
Most recently, the 10th CSH deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted split base operation between FOB Dwyer and many locations throughout the country. The survivability rate was unrivaled by any other unit in country. For U.S. personnel, it was 99.5% and for non-U.S., it was 97.5%. After a successful deployment and transition to the incoming unit, all Soldiers redeployed safely.