News: Sustainment forges on under the 316th ESC
Story by Sgt. Peter Berardi
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), an Army Reserve unit from Marysville, Wash., gave the 316th ESC, an Army Reserve unit from Pittsburgh, control of its mission in a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 18.
The ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Stein, commanding general of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), and over 10 Kuwaiti generals and government officials.
The 364th ESC’s flag was slowly rolled up and cased, followed by the 316th ESC’s flag being unfurled. This act signifies the transfer of authority from the 364th ESC to the 316th ESC.
Brig. Gen. Jonathan G. Ives, commanding general of the 364th ESC said, “The symbolic act of casing our colors today signifies all we have done and Gen. Jameson, commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, we know that you will take on this mantle.”
Before heading home though, soldiers of the 364th ESC worked to assist the soldiers of the 316th ESC in preparation for the mission ahead.
“By building upon our months of experience here in theater, we’ll make sure the 316th will be able to pick up where we left off and have a successful deployment. We have provided them with an accurate day-to-day picture of operations in Kuwait and throughout the Middle East. The last seven months have given us the opportunity to set the stage the way we wanted, to establish methods of doing business and accomplish the mission,” said Ives.
The ceremony marks the official acceptance by the 316th ESC of its mission in Kuwait.
“We have trained for nearly a year and are ready to begin,” said Brig. Gen. Bud R. Jameson, Jr., commanding general of the 316th ESC.
“Soldiers of the 316th ESC are excited to be in Kuwait, excited for the mission of supporting our forces and working closely with our allies, and excited to be taking over command from the 364th ESC,” said Jameson.