45th Sustainment Bde. welcomes new commander

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Col. Gregory Boyd (front left) prepares to take command of the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, as Col. Jeffrey Drushal (front right), outgoing commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons (center), commander, 8th TSC, during a ceremony on Hamilton Field, Monday. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Col. Gregory Boyd (front left) prepares to take command of the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, as Col. Jeffrey Drushal (front right), outgoing commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons (center), commander, 8th TSC, during a ceremony on Hamilton Field, Monday. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Erin Sherwood
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

Col. Gregory Boyd took command of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, from Col. Jeffrey Drushal during a ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, Monday.

Boyd thanked the Soldiers for their hard work and motivation through some difficult unit transitions.

With an audience of more than 100 fellow senior leaders, Boyd addressed a formation of troops that proudly displayed the unit’s colors in front of a large “lightning support” patch.

“This has been a challenging, exciting and fulfilling command ruled by one constant … and that is change,” Boyd said. “I can’t say enough about how quickly the 45th came together and the high level of performance our junior officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers achieved during our deployment to Afghanistan.”

Presiding over the event, Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC, highlighted the important role Drushal played in the progress made by 45th Sust. Bde. during his two years in command.

“This brigade is incredibly diverse and capable by my count,” said Lyons. “These Soldiers and their accomplishments are perhaps the best measure of Col. Jeffrey Drushal and his outstanding leadership.”

The brigade’s 1,300-plus Soldiers provide at least 25 unique capability sets down to the platoon level, in some cases being the sole source of a capability for the Pacific theater.

During deployment, the brigade was responsible for sustaining 55,000 Army, joint and multinational forces personnel, working across three regional commands with an area nearly half the size of the state of Nevada, said Lyons.

He added that upon redeployment, Drushal’s brigade immediately turned its focus toward preparing the 524th Combat Sust. Support Battalion. that deployed in June, and the 536th Spt. Maintenance Company that departed for Afghanistan, Sunday, just one day before the change of command.

“Col. Drushal has continued the 45th Sust. Bde.’s proud lineage of successfully accomplishing seemingly impossible missions,” said Lyons.

In Drushal’s final months of command, 45th Sust. Bde.’s watercraft capabilities played a crucial role in exercise Combined Joint Logistics over the Shore 2013 in Korea, the largest joint/combined exercise conducted in the Pacific theater in the past 20 years.

Drushal’s next assignment is at the Pentagon, where he will serve as executive officer for Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G4 (Logistics).

Incoming commander Boyd most recently served as the director of stability for Regional Command-South/Combined Joint Task Force-82, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

“I’m very mindful of the huge responsibility that comes with this command. I’m committed to giving the fine Soldiers of the 45th Sust. Bde. our absolute best,” Boyd said. “I look forward to being part of this unsurpassed team as we add to the great reputation and incredible history of this unit.”

Tags: , , , ,

Category: News, Training

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *