News: 191st CSSB assumes mission
Story by Spc. Michael Gault
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 191st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Task Force Ghost Riders, officially assumed control of the logistics mission in Kuwait from the 728th CSSB during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Arifjan, on Aug. 7.
In the time honor military tradition, Lt. Col. Lawrence Dugan, battalion commander of the 728th and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Mainiero carefully wrapped and cased their battalion colors for its trip back to their home station in Lock Haven, Pa., symbolizing the completion of their command.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to turn over our mission to our new best friends the Ghost Riders,” said Lt. Col. Lawrence Dugan, battalion commander for the 728th CSSB. “The 191st is a first class organization that is more than capable of handling the mission and I have no doubt that they will be as successful as we have.”
With the unfurling of their colors by Lt. Col. James Groark, commander of the 191st CSSB and Command Sgt. Maj Christopher A. Beyer, the 191st CSSB assumes responsibility of managing one of the largest military equipment and supply redistribution operations in recent military history.
During the ceremony, Groark recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the 728th CSSB highlighting on the battalion’s ability to adapt to a multitude of new missions thrown at them.
“The 191st will also be required to be as flexible, adaptive, and proactive,” said Groark. “As our motto says, we will stay ‘Out Front.'”
The 191st CSSB will also assume command of ten separate sustainment units covering Kuwait, Qatar, Kurdistan and Afghanistan to support USCENTCOM requirements.