605th Trans. Detachment uncases colors

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Benjamin Zollinger (left), commander, and Soldiers of the 605th Trans. Detachment, 545th Trans. Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, salute the flag during the uncasing ceremony, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 6.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Benjamin Zollinger (left), commander, and Soldiers of the 605th Trans. Detachment, 545th Trans. Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, salute the flag during the uncasing ceremony, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 6.

Spain, Italy, Persian Gulf are among deployment stops for 45th Sust. Bde.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs 

 

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Soldiers of the 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Trans. Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, uncased their guidon, marking their official return from deployment, here, Dec. 6.

The detachment deployed for five months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Udine, Italy.

The colors signify the very soul of a military unit. With the colors, the glories of the past stand guard over the unit’s present destiny. The colors lead the units into battle and serve as a binding symbol of continuity and point of inspiration for the future. Commanders and Soldiers may come and go, but the colors remain steadfast.

“To the Soldiers of the 605th, I would like to congratulate you on a job well done; you accomplished all of your missions professionally, safely and successfully,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Carter, commander, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde. “I know your families are as proud of you as I am. Please take this time to reunite with both your families and friends. It is well deserved.”

“We successfully accomplished challenging and difficult missions; this only happens because every crewmember did their job, and did it well,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Benjamin Zollinger, commander, 605th Trans. Det., 545th Trans. Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., who was the reviewing officer for the uncasing. “Thank you, 605th, for your support.”

While the Soldiers sailed in the Persian Gulf, they were charged with two primary missions. First, the crew sailed more than 900 nautical miles from Kuwait to Qatar, Bahrain and Dubai, delivering important cargo to the Army and sister services.

Their second mission was to prepare the Logistic Support Vessel 4 for its return to Fort Eustis, Va. The mission was the first trans-Atlantic tour since the LSV-4 deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2002.

During their 60-day voyage to Fort Eustis, Zollinger and 605th Soldiers sailed more than 11,000 nautical miles, safely traveling through the Swage Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, making stops in Spain, Italy and Greece.

“We got to go to a lot of different places that people don’t get to go during deployments,” said Spc. Joseph Harlow, food service specialist, 605th Trans. Det., 545th Trans. Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde. “There were a lot of cool things to see.”

 

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