News: Sustainers celebrate 60 years of support
Story by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Soldiers and families of the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) gathered at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., March 24 to celebrate more than 60 years of support to the Army during the 3rd ESC’s 60th Anniversary Ball.
The ball was a chance for soldiers and their families to come together in a formal setting and honor the history and traditions of the command.
The 3rd ESC was first organized in 1950 in Japan as the 3d Logistical Command in order to support the Korean conflict, according to the unit’s history.
Two former commanders were at the ball: retired Lt. Gen. Kenneth Lewi, who served as the 3rd Support Command (Corps) commander from June 1981 until June 1983, and retired Brig. Gen. Samuel Kindred, who served as the 3rd Corps Support Command commander from July 1995 until October 1996.
“I was surprised to find [the 3rd ESC] at Fort Knox,” said Lewi. The unit was based in Germany during Lewi’s tenure as commander.
He explained that having subordinate units spread out all over the United States was the biggest difference from when he led the command.
During his time in command, all the subordinate units were consolidated in Germany, and he could visit them at any time, Lewi said.
Kindred led the command during the conflict in Bosnia, and also said that things have changed since then, but one thing will always stay the same.
“Soldiers are soldiers, and they will rise to the challenge,” Kindred said.
The ball’s guest speaker was Maj. Gen. Raymond Mason, the U.S. Army Forces Command logistics officer.
“Look at the 3rd ESC colors,” Mason said. “I’ll tell you there are not a lot of logistics units with that many battle streamers.”
Mason also served as the aide-de-camp for Lewi when he commander the unit in the early 1980s.
For Pvt. Craig Abel, a generator mechanic with the 3rd ESC and Wenatchee, Wash., native, the ball was a chance to dress up and go out with members of the unit.
“I’ve always liked the idea of a more formal event,” Abel said.