News: Task Force Choctaw assumes sustainment mission in West
Story by Sgt. Edwin Rodriguez
SHINDAND AIR BASE, Afghanistan – The new year brings change in Afghanistan. The change of the season brings colder weather, rain and snow, but the new year also brings a new logistics command to the western region.
Task Force Choctaw, 365th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, takes full authority of the logistical support mission from Task Force Logfire, 298th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade in a transfer of authority ceremony on Shindand Airbase Jan. 8.
The ceremony marked the transfer of authority of western Afghanistan’s sustainment mission. The outgoing commander was Lt. Col. Lynn Pippen.
“We built worldwide relationship and worldwide friendships…the 298th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will never forget you,” said Pippen.
Task Force Logfire was responsible for sustaining hundreds of soldiers and airmen, and multinational task forces. They traveled more than 400,000 miles in the region, completed almost 1,000 missions for the Afghan Transportation Network effort, which creates a network of roads and transportation plans in Afghanistan, and also developed and trained Afghan National Army soldier with driver training.
Task Force Logfire’s accomplishments still go beyond. Pippen had high regards for his troops as their mission comes to an end.
“I am most proud of our character. The mark we have made through our character will carry on in this country,” said Pippen. “I am satisfied with our mission accomplishments and we all look forward to going back home to our families.”
Sgt. Marcus Kent, a human resources specialist with the 298th CSSB, was elated that day.
“We accomplished a lot during our time. I am excited to go home. I feel like it is a dream and finally I am waking up,” said Kent.
Lt. Col. Stephen Smith, commander of the 365th CSSB, an Army Reserve unit from Mississippi, arrives with high hopes for his unit.
“We are very fortunate to be joining the 7th Sustainment Brigade in their support of the Regional Command West team,” said Smith. “We will leave a lasting mark on the Afghan people through our combined efforts.”
The parameters are set and the TF-Choctaw are ready to go.
“I can assure you that our dedication to success knows no borders. We will continue to lead the way in sustainment operations throughout the brigade,” said Smith.
Col. Lawrence Kominiak, the Task Force Resolute commander, had many words to say for the outbound command.
“You certainly can be proud of your unit and the legacy you leave behind,” said Kominiak. “You have also written another chapter in your battalion’s storied lineage. Truly a great job!”
And for the 365th CSSB commander: “Your unit comes with a great reputation and you are undoubtedly ready to take on the Regional Command West sustainment mission,” said Kominiak. “I am sure you will excel. Welcome to the team!”