News: 16th SB officially ends operations in Afghanistan with Transfer of Authority ceremony
Story by Staff Sgt. Lynne Lantin
CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan –The 16th Sustainment Brigade cased its colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony here July 25, symbolizing its official end of operations in Afghanistan. Brigade headquarters personnel deployed to augment the Deputy Command of Support Operations, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and handed over mission operations to the 55th Sust. Bde. following a nine-month deployment.
The 16th Sust. Bde., based in Bamberg, Germany, and the only Sustainment Brigade to support all of U. S. Army Europe, deployed in November 2012 to advise, train and mentor the Afghan National Security Forces in order to help them build and sustain a functional logistics system before the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014.
With their logistics knowledge and expertise, the 16th Sust. Bde. set conditions for the successful transition of more than 10 separate Afghan National Security Forces logistics operations, three commodities and the transition of four separate Afghan National Army decrees during their time with DCOM-SPO.
“As we case the red and buff colors of our unit, our soldiers stand taller than just a few months ago when we arrived here in Kabul,” said Col. Darren Werner, the commander of the 16th Sust. Bde. and the outgoing DCOM-SPO deputy commander during his farewell speech.
The soldiers of the Knights brigade worked in a joint environment alongside their sister services as well as coalition soldiers from several different nations including Canada, France, Turkey and the United Kingdom. All DCOM-SPO soldiers fell under the leadership of an Australian commander. Air Commodore Alan Wright, the DCOM-SPO commander, said farewell to the Soldiers of the 16th Sust. Bde. and thanked them for their hard work and sacrifice.
“The 16th has been the nucleus of the DCOM-SPO organization,” said Wright. “It was your active involvement to your duties, your interest in the mission, your complete professionalism and your commitment which showed your true value and how you have made a difference to the operational effectiveness of the ANSF. You should know that you have contributed immensely to the success of this mission and have been an exceptional driving force within NTM-A.”
Werner praised the soldiers of the 16th Sust. Bde. for their exemplary performance over the last nine months leading to a successful mission completion.
“The steadfast and loyal soldiers of the 16th exemplify what our Nation represents,” said Werner. “With the strong Soldiers assigned to the 16th I am excited to see that our time here in NTM-A was full of accomplishments and satisfaction. Satisfaction in knowing we all contributed to the sustained success of the ANSF through Deeds not Words,” said Werner, echoing the 16th Sust. Bde. motto.
“Soldiers of the 16th Sust. Bde., you all represents this brigade with distinction,” Werner added. “You are a true testament to the best our nation offers; men and women of honor, duty and courage, steadfast leaders and loyal soldiers. As your commander I cannot be more proud of your commitment to duty and your desire to accomplish the mission.”
“I wish you all the best as you reunite with your families and continue on to other challenging missions,” said Wright as he closed the ceremony. “Good luck to all of you in your next assignment.”
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