News: 4th STB settle into the CSC mission
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq—With the reposturing of U.S. forces in Iraq rapidly approaching, soldiers of the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, are preparing for the influx of troops that will flow through the Contingency Operation Base Adder convoy support center in the coming months.
Since assuming responsibility of the CSC in July, the STB and its CSC command and control element has made many changes to the operational design and basic infrastructure to facilitate increased redeployment activity as operations in Iraq come to a close.
“We started by consolidating all CSC C2 nodes into one location, creating a consistent flow of information between each command entity,” said Capt. Jacob Addy, the convoy support center officer- in-charge with STB, and a Perdido Key, Fla., native.
“Additionally, we’ve added asphalt roads to the staging lanes ensuring that we have adequate road conditions for the influx of the drawdown. Most importantly, we built the CSC LSA for transient soldiers to have a place to get rest prior departing on the last leg of their last movement in Iraq,” said Addy.
The CSC on COB Adder will be the last major logistical hub for units deployed in support of Operation New Dawn as they transition from other locations throughout the Iraq Joint Operations Area and head to their next destination.
“The CSC will become more vital hub for redeployment as we anticipate the processing of over 400,000 vehicles, 70,000 pieces of cargo, and over 25,000 pieces of rolling stock for ground transportation in excess of $400 million throughout the final year of Operation New Dawn,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Johnson, the convoy support center operations noncommissioned officer with STB, and Mountain Home, Ark., native.
As the CSC postures to receive all the units and equipment through COB Adder, soldiers can be assured that the goal is to make their stay on COB Adder as stress-free as possible.
“We provide basic life support for all the self-redeploying soldiers looking for rest prior to departing on their final leg out of Iraq,” said Addy. “Our team is here to ensure that each self-redeploying unit is able to process through our operations with as few friction points as possible.”
The soldiers of the CSC know the important role they play as the US force repostures in Iraq comes to a close. They are proud to be apart of such a historic event and will continue to work hard to provide uninterrupted life support as the mission comes to a close.
“Our entire team truly understands the significance of our operation and are proud to be a part of it,” said Johnson. “We will be one of the last major operations of Operation New Dawn.”