News: 'Wagonmasters' receive transfer of authority from 'Providers'
Story by Staff Sgt. Ray Kokel
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--- The 15th Sustainment Brigade “Wagonmasters” from Fort Bliss, Texas, signaled the beginning of their tour in Afghanistan with a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 26.
The ceremony started with the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, “Providers” based out of Fort Stewart, Ga., casing their colors, signifying the completion of their mission. Afterwards Col. Curtis A. Johnson, brigade commander of the 15th-SB, and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry A. Parks, uncased their colors, symbolically lifting the weight off the shoulders of the 3rd-SB by assuming responsibility of the mission.
“The Providers have completed their duties with excellence; they have prepared us for this awesome responsibility,” said Johnson. “Now is our time, and we are prepared.”
Johnson praised the officers, noncommissioned officers and soldiers of the 3rd-SB, for their commitment to selfless service.
“I stand in awe of those on and in the field today,” said Johnson. “I am impressed with your accomplishments and adherence to high standards.”
The 15th Sustainment Brigade has a long and distinguished history dating back to their constitution on May 4, 1966. The 15th-SB will continue this renowned standing by providing unhindered tactical logistical support for all Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, coalition forces and civilian personnel in regional commands –South, Southwest and West.
Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Stein, commanding general of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, spoke highly of the 15th-SB and expressed his confidence in their ability to complete the mission.
"The 15th-SB joins us with a tremendous reputation," Stein said. “I’m happy to have them on the team.”
The 15th Sustainment Brigade is dedicated to continuing the work of the 3rd-SB by balancing sustainment missions throughout the area of operation with the monumental task of redistribution and material reduction.