45th Sust. Bde. assumes responsibility in Afghanistan
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Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Smith
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, officially assumed responsibility for sustainment operations after a transfer of authority ceremony, here, Feb. 4.
“Lightning Support” Soldiers stood in formation ready to take charge and exchanged responsibilities with the 7th Sust. Bde., based out of Fort Eustis, Va., marking the second Operation Enduring Freedom rotation for the unit.
The unit’s previous OEF deployment came in 2009.
The 45th Sust. Bde. also made history in 2006 during its deployment to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, becoming the first sustainment brigade to transfer authority to another in the history of the U.S. Army.
The 45th Sust. Bde. welcomed its newest additions to the unit: the 1297th Combat Support Sust. Battalion from Havre de Grace, Md.; the 365th CSSB from Jackson, Miss.; and the 375th CSSB from Mobile, Ala. These units will help with logistical operations for regional commands South, Southwest and West.
Following the formation of troops and opening remarks, the brigade’s colors were uncased by Col. Jeffrey Drushal, commander, 45th Sust. Bde., and Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Bynoe, senior enlisted leader, 45th Sust. Bde., which signified the transition of authority.
“This is a moment we have been anticipating for almost a year,” Drushal said. “To our U.S. military, civilian and z counterparts, we are prepared to sustain the force.
“The 45th (Sust. Bde.) will uphold its tradition of sustaining the fight, which stretches all the way back to 1936,” Drushal added. “We will not disappoint you. God bless the 45th Sust. Bde., the U.S. Army, and God bless America. Lightning Support.”