Col. Jeffrey Drushal (right), commander, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Roger O. Bynoe (left), senior enlisted leader, 45th Sust. Bde., case the brigade’s colors in preparation for its deployment, Jan. 7. (Sgt. Gaelen Lowers | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)
Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Smith, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Family members, friends and distinguished leaders bid farewell and wished a safe journey to the Soldiers of the ‘Lightning Support’ Battalion during a deployment ceremony, Jan. 6, 2012, at Hamilton Field, here.
The 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, will deploy to Afghanistan in support of a yearlong mission tied into Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit supported OEF once before in 2009, and it also made history in 2006 by being the first sustainment brigade in the U.S. Army to transfer authority from one sustainment brigade to another while deployed to Iraq.
During the deployment ceremony, hundreds of Soldiers stood in formation and watched as key leaders marched throughout the parade field and cased the brigade’s colors to identify the beginning of the deployment.
Leaders then spoke and honored the Soldiers’ family members, reassuring them that the unit was fully trained and had the ability to succeed in its mission ahead.
“Today, we are here to say farewell to this amazing unit, to celebrate the accomplishments of its Soldiers and families, and to look forward to the triumphs and challenges as the Soldiers in this unit deploy to Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th TSC. “In addition to the logistics mission, these Soldiers are warriors, fully trained to fight and win against an enemy they encounter.”
Col. Jeffrey Drushal, the brigade commander, was also very confident in his Soldiers.
“(The 45th Sust. Bde.) will assume control of three battalions and provide distribution and logistics support to multinational forces and to the famed 82nd Airborne Division, in some of the most inhospitable terrain imaginable,” Drushal said. “These warriors have culminated their training and are ready to deploy. This team is prepared.”