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    Nevada Guard’s 17th Sustainment Brigade completes historic mission in Australia

    Talisman Sabre 21 Welcome to Country

    Photo By Cpl. Michael Jefferson Estillomo | U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph Claros, 17th Sustainment Brigade Executive Officer serving...... read more read more

    The 17th Sustainment Brigade participated this summer in the largest bilateral training activity between Australia, the United States and other international partners. About 17,000 military personnel from seven nations participated on land, air and sea during Talisman Sabre 21. The exercise allowed the brigade to immerse itself in a joint, interagency, and multinational force environment, which is essential to forming our strategic environment.

    The Las Vegas-based brigade took about 100 sustainers to support the mission. The exercise brought units together from the active component alongside the National Guard. The majority of the units from the active component were subordinate units from the 4th Infantry Division Logistics Enterprise. Furthermore, the brigade augmented with U.S. Army Units from Japan and Hawaii to enable and set the logistic requirements for the exercise and the establishment of an intermediate staging basis within Australia. The United States Army Pacific also participated.

    It was the brigade’s first mission in Australia, but not the first time working with Allied Partners in an operational setting.

    The command team, Col. Clayton Chappell and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Franco, participated in a virtual discussion with the 17th’s Australian Brigade to discuss the future relationship between both sustainment brigades.

    “The interaction between both sustainment brigades allows for my staff to expand upon the already honed skilled sets acquired over time and real world missions, but it further reinvigorates our strategic understanding of how to fight in a future Multi-Domain Environment,” Chappell said.

    The brigade integrated Soldiers in missions that ranged from maintenance operations, fuel bulk sites, munitions sites, port operations, contracting support, communications and execution of command and control of the Joint Exercise Support Group. The exercise enhanced the brigade’s capability to operate in a hybrid logistics mission set, forcing logistics partners to work collectively to straighten our alliance and improve combat readiness. The brigade worked alongside logistics enterprise partners composed of the Australian Defense Force and all Department of Defense components.

    This mission was excellent in terms of visualizing and operating in a multi-domain environment, but most importantly, it was also about the relationships we built for the future, said Lt. Col. Joseph Claros, brigade deputy commander.

    “It was very neat to be incorporated into the welcoming ceremony by the aborigine tribes from within Queensland,” Claros said. “There is no better feeling than to spearhead that type of relationship and have a true understanding of the history of Australia.”

    Other elements that were of significance was the unit’s history in the sheer magnitude of efforts to support live fire exercises, which included the firing of the first ever M144 PATRIOT guided surface-to-air system.

    “It was refreshing for the brigade to have been part of the behind the scenes work as it pertains to logistics along with the ADF,” Franco said. “To see the work come to fruition, to see the paratroopers from the 3-509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team-Airborne, 25th Infantry Division, out of Alaska execute a simulated joint forcible entry operation — that is where the rubber meets the road as a well as being part of the first PATRIOT being fired on the continent of Australia.”



    Date Taken: 09.09.2021
    Date Posted: 09.10.2021 12:49
    Story ID: 404814
    Location: AU
    Hometown: LAS VEGAS, NV, US

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