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113th Sustainment Brigade Assumes Mission in Kuwait

January 2, 2012

By Sgt. Miko M. Booth

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- During a change of authority ceremony here Dec. 27, 2011 at the Zone One gym, the Tennessee Army National Guard's 230th Sustainment Brigade transferred command to the North Carolina Army National Guard's 113th Sustainment Brigade.

Leaving their home station of Chattanooga, Tenn., in January, Col. Mark Hart, the brigade commander, led the 230th Soldiers into history. Once the unit landed here, the 230th became the only Army sustainment brigade in Kuwait. The unit's mission was also historic, supporting U.S. forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan while participating in the responsible drawdown of forces from Iraq. The unit was also in charge of safely moving U.S. personnel and equipment out of the southern part of Iraq.

Both units participated in a two week-long transition process where the North Carolina unit shadowed their counterparts for a week, while the Tennessee unit stood by the next week to provide any last-minute advice or assistance for the incoming team.

"The 113th Sustainment Brigade is a great organization," said Hart during the transfer ceremony. "They are real 'super troopers'."

The 230th SB's brigade, battalion and company colors were rolled up and cased in front of an audience mixed with Soldiers from various units here, to include the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the higher headquarters for the incoming 113th SB.

Once the brigade colors were carefully wrapped up by Hart and Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley Massengale, the brigade sergeant major, Col. David Jones, commander of the 113th SB, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Gill, the 113th SB sergeant major, unfurled their unit's colors and stood at attention as it was raised next to the American flag.

"It has been an honor and a humbling experience working with the 'Old Hickory' team as we transfer responsibility of the mission for the sustainment brigade here in Kuwait," said Jones.

"This has been a very easy transition for many reasons, if not for one simple reason," Jones continued. "We both understand the same 'Southern English'."

In closing, Jones wished good luck and safe travel to the outgoing unit and addressed the 364th ESC representatives present, which included Brig. Gen. Jonathan G. Ives, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Jennings, the command sergeant major of the 364th ESC.

"You have a trained and ready sustainment brigade that is proactive and flexible to accept any mission and that will be an asset to your team," said Jones. "We will be one team, twice as strong!"

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