25th Sust. Bde. welcomes back deployed Soldiers

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers, family members and friends welcome back their warriors. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers, family members and friends welcome back their warriors. (Photo by
Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs,
25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Ian Ives
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Despite the mist and cloudy weather, only looks of anticipation and happiness were seen within the crowd gathered at Weyland Field, here, Aug. 18.

This was the day they’d awaited for nine months.

At the end of a short welcome home ceremony, the field was flooded by families and Soldiers alike who ran toward their loved ones. Children screamed with joy as they re-united with their Sustainer parents for the first time since they had deployed to Kuwait with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 524th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 25th Sust. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

Soldiers disembark from deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers disembark from deployment on Aug. 18. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

The group of 63 Soldiers from HHC, 524th CSSB, had deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, last December, to sustain and support forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait.

“I’m set up so that companies within my battalion at Schofield can unplug and fall in another formation,” said Lt. Col. Toby Logsdon, commander, 524th CSSB. “I fell in with Guard and Reserve forces while I was in Kuwait and active duty force from all over the continental United States.”

Missions where a small unit deploys to support a larger unit or an entire region is exactly how the 25th Sust. Bde. operates. Despite having only one company in country, these Sustainers accomplished many things while deployed.

The unit drove more than 2.3 million miles of ground transportation missions, sailed almost 45,000 nautical miles, provided 15 million gallons of fuel, repaired 3,800 containers and supplied friendly forces with more than 100 million rounds of ammunition.

One mission required Sgt. Danny Kintchen to travel into another country to complete.

“I was sent to Iraq to fix some equipment that had been down for a long time,” Kintchen said. “The commander trusted me to go and get that job done.”

While the Sustainers excelled at accomplishing the unit’s mission, they made good use of their down time to break up the monotony of deployment.

A Soldier embraces his son upon return. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Maj. Bradley May, executive officer, 524th CSSB, holds his son for the first time in nine months after returning home from deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

 

“This deployment helped me improve myself both professionally and personally,” said Spc. Yessenia Galindo. “I went to school, got my promotable status, a 300 PT score and went to a Soldier of the Month board. I feel like I was able to accomplish a lot.”

Deployments are often a burden, but if Soldiers take the opportunity, they can accomplish great things while fulfilling their mission.

“Being deployed for the third time … it helped me grow,” Kintchen said. “I feel more appreciative of what I have now that I am back home. Soldiers should use experiences like this deployment to become better Soldiers and better people.”

(Editor’s note: William Cole, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, contributed to this report.)

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