News: Maj. Gen. Lennon visits Logistical Support Soldiers
Story by Staff Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti
FORT KNOX, Ky. - U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commanding general, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, visited logistical support Soldiers from his subordinate units supporting Cadet Summer Training (CST) July 10 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The 377th TSC is providing quartermaster support for CST 2014. This is the first year the Army Reserve, more specifically subordinate units of the 377th TSC, is supporting the training in this capacity. "The need for these services is much larger than we envisioned," said Col. Rob Humphrey, senior reserve advisor, Cadet Command.
The 445th Quartermaster Company from Trenton, New Jersey, established and manages field shower units for more than 6,000 Cadets. The bath and laundry specialists, who ultimately belong to the TSC, also maintain several Laundry Advanced Systems that wash and dry all CST linen. The food service specialists, compiled from various Army Reserve units also under the 377th TSC, operate two dining facilities and service more than 11,000 Cadets and cadre.
Lennon visited due to growth in USAR logistical involvement, to address mission challenges, and to encourage his Soldiers. He conversed with the Soldiers about their role at CST, learned about the best practices implemented thus far to improve efficiency for the future years, and expressed his support for their hard work and dedication.
“I’ve been a logistician my entire career—37 years. I know the importance of what we do, I know the power you all bring to the fight,” Lennon said. “What you are doing is really important and I’m passionate about this stuff. You have all done very well. This is a good team and I thank each of you very much.”
Reviewing the number of Soldiers and comparing their output, the commander expressed his amazement. “The numbers are absolutely impressive. You are really turning and burning,” he said.
He emphasized using this unique training as an opportunity. “Think of this as a deployment, as if you are going to theater. Use this to get in the mindset that prepares and develops you personally and professionally,” Lennon said.
Challenging the Soldiers, he shared a phrase he uses to encourage junior Soldiers to take initiative. The speed of the leadership is determined by the desire of the subordinate. With a twinkle in his eye stemming from the passion towards his logistical trade, Lennon looked at the Soldiers gathered and told them to get excited about their mission. “Get your neurons firing, make this a great experience, ask questions, push your limits, and make this a better mission next time,” he said.