This video depicts the history of the Army Reserve in Europe since 1948. It was produced by the 7th Mission Support Command public affairs staff.


The 7th MSC is America's Army Reserve forward based mission command headquarters in Europe providing 1K motivated, trained, and deployable Soldiers - in 26 proficient & cohesive units-of-action in support of U.S. Army Europe and 21st Theater Sustainment Command. The 7th MSC mobilizes rapidly as part of a joint, allied and partner force responsible for setting the theater by mission commanding the Joint Security Coordination Center in the Joint Security Area, integrating with NATO Allies and Partners to enhance interoperability and capability/capacity, executing joint security operations, and quickly surging in support of OPLANS/CONPLANS to enable U.S. Army Europe, U.S. European Command, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization to win in a fully contested theater of operations. 




The 7th MSC is a combat ready force that is united with our Allies and Partners, prepared to set the theater, supporting efforts to deter aggression, countering malign influence and transnational threats, executing security operations and providing situational awareness throughout the joint security area, thus enabling decisive battlefield effects, at speed, in all domains. 





The 7th Mission Support Command is the forward presence of the Army Reserve in the European theater. With the downsizing of units and capability in Europe, the Army Reserve has become a key element in filling the gaps that develop across USAREUR and U.S. European Command, providing a pool of trained and ready forces to support overseas contingency operations.

Over the past five years, the 7th MSC has deployed 10 of its 22 units, including key personnel of the 7thMSC headquarters, which deployed to Senegal as part of Operation United Assistance.

Since 2013, the 7th MSC has supported more than 50 exercises in more than 30 countries. Expeditionary in nature, the command can rapidly deploy an immediate response capability and provide Title 10 responsibilities for European-based units as directed by USAREUR. 

The core capabilities include mission command to Defense Support of Civil Authorities, civil affairs, movement control and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear capabilities.

The 7th MSC facilitates Strong Europe through integration into Army operations in Europe and joint, combined, multinational operations in Europe and Africa. It is capable of rapidly interfacing with NATO allies and other partners in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Formerly known as the 7th Civil Support Command and 7th Army Reserve Command (ARCOM), the 7th MSC traces its history back to 1956 when the first Army Reserve units were established in Europe. For more than 30 years, Army Reserve Soldiers in Europe served under various structures until the 7th ARCOM activated provisionally in January 1986.

Distinctive Unit Insignia


On an inverted yellow pentagon-shaped embroidered item issuing from base a stylized blue mill rind, the top ending in arrow points arched to the left and right, surmounted at center by a narrow red wedge, the sides arching inward superimposed at top by a red arrow point down, both with yellow outlines, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) blue border. The dimension is 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height and width overall.


The colors are taken from the Seventh Army shoulder sleeve insignia. The mill rind refers to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's shoulder sleeve insignia. The arrows suggest the ability to rapidly deploy in response to mission directives.


The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 7th Civil Support Command on 23 September 2009. It was re-designated for the 7th Mission Support Command with the description updated effective 1 October 2015. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-1014)