8th TSC sustainment brigade transitions to Tropic Lightning

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 A color guard leads a brigade formation during a change of command and redesignation ceremony, Tuesday. The ceremony marked the transition of the 45th Sust. Bde. to the 25th Sust. Bde., under the 25th ID.

A color guard leads a brigade formation during a change of command and redesignation ceremony, Tuesday. The ceremony marked the transition of the 45th Sust. Bde. to the 25th Sust. Bde., under the 25th ID.

Story and photos by Sgt. Erin Sherwood
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, has cased its old colors and uncased new colors to become the 25th Sust. Bde., 25th Infantry Division, during a change of command and re-designation ceremony, here, Tuesday.

“Our Army takes another step as it continues to evolve to meet the challenges of operating and winning in a complex world,” said Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander, 8th TSC. “We are here as one team in an act that will enhance the expeditionary capabilities of the 25th Infantry Division.”

In February, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno directed that sustainment brigades should be aligned to each division. The transition is meant to maximize unit cohesion and mission command effectiveness across the Pacific.

“You represent 30 unique capability sets critical in supporting a regionally engaged, globally responsive, campaign quality, expeditionary Army,” said Dorman.

Col. Gavin Lawrence, commander (at right, left), and Command Sgt. Maj. Pang Shen perform the uncasing during the change of command and redesignation ceremony.

Col. Gavin Lawrence, commander (at right, left), and Command Sgt. Maj. Pang Shen perform the uncasing during the change of command and redesignation ceremony.

“Today is a historic moment for this unit,” said Col. Gregory Boyd, outgoing commander of the 45th Sust. Bde. “This has been a fast-paced, challenging and rewarding command. The one constant we have had is transitions.”

The transition presented some challenges for Soldiers, who had to link up with their 25th counterparts to ensure the reassignment went smoothly. Each section was required to form good communication and connections before the switch.

“The casing of the 45th and the subsequent uncasing of the 25th colors is bittersweet for the Soldiers within the ranks assembled before you,” said Col. Gavin Lawrence, incoming commander for the newly designated 25th Sust. Bde.

In reference to the brigade lineage, Lawrence said the “American Pacific Response Force, (is) a unit that has honorably served our nation’s interests since World War II. Although the name of the sustainment brigade has changed, our mission remains focused on sustainment support.”

Above left, the leadership team of the 25th Sust. Bde. uncases the colors, Tuesday, June 30.

Above left, the leadership team of the 25th Sust. Bde. uncases the colors, Tuesday, June 30.

The attachment of the brigade to a division does not change the mission of the 25th in the garrison or during wartime. There are some adjustments for Soldiers to make in terms of workflow and the training day, but their mission to provide sustainment across the Pacific remains steady.

“To the officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers of the brigade, you are truly the best this country has to offer. I am forever grateful to you for your dedication to our mission. It was truly an honor and privilege to serve as your commander,” Boyd said.

Soldiers stood in reflection for a moment as the 45th Sust. Bde. colors were cased. The brigade may answer to a different command, but its strong support of units across the Pacific remains unwavering.

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