45th Sust. Bde. reassumes Pacific logistics mission after Afghanistan deployment

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col. Gregory Boyd, 45th SB commander, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dana Mason Jr., unfurl the colors during an uncasing ceremony on Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, Feb. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Gregory Boyd, 45th Sustainment Brigade commander, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dana Mason Jr., unfurl the colors during an uncasing ceremony on Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, Feb. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 45th Sustainment Brigade uncased its headquarters colors, Feb. 4, symbolizing reintegration from its Afghanistan deployment and reuniting all of the unit’s elements under one brigade flag forthe first time in more than four years.

During the ceremony, the headquarters reassumed command of two battalions, the 45th Special Troops Battalion and the 524th Combat Sust. Support Bn., after its seven-month deployment as the Central Command (CENTCOM) Materiel Recovery Element (CMRE) in Afghanistan.

Soldiers of the 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, march onto Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, during an uncasing ceremony, Feb. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of the 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, march onto Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, during an uncasing ceremony, Feb. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“This is truly a historic day for our unit,” said Col. Gregory Boyd, the 45th’s commander. “These Soldiers have answered our nation’s call to support combat and sustainment operations in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 12 years. This is the first time our unit has stood together on any field since 2011.”

While deployed, the 45th was the final brigade to headquarter the CMRE mission charged with sorting, tracking and recovering all U.S. military equipment scattered throughout Afghanistan, an operational area roughly the size of the state of Texas. The mission was a first for the sustainment brigade, which has deployed multiple times for support operations to Afghanistan and Iraq, but never as a CMRE unit.

The troops returned to their families in December, and now transition their focus back to serving as the primary sustainment brigade for the Pacific theater.

Col. Gregory Boyd, 45th Sustainment Brigade commander, addresses the crowd during an uncasing ceremony on Hamilton Field at Schofield Barracks, Feb. 4. A portion of the brigade returned from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in December 2014, after completing the CENTCOM Materiel Recovery Element mission. They resumed control of the brigade’s two battalions and the sustainment mission in the Pacific. (Photo  by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Gregory Boyd, 45th Sustainment Brigade commander, addresses the crowd during an uncasing ceremony on Hamilton Field at Schofield Barracks, Feb. 4. A portion of the brigade returned from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in December 2014, after completing the CENTCOM Materiel Recovery Element mission. They resumed control of the brigade’s two battalions and the sustainment mission in the Pacific. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“Today’s ceremony is not about me or Command Sgt. Maj. Dana Mason Jr.,” Boyd said. “It’s about the Lightning Support ‘ohana’ and the Soldiers on the field to your front.”

While the brigade’s headquarters element was deployed, the 8th Military Police Bde. provided command and control of the two battalions as they continued their sustainment operations supporting the Pacific.

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