COSCOMs transfer authority


LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq — The 13th Corps Support Command said farewell and LSA Anaconda welcomed the 1st Corps Support Command in a transfer of authority at the Morale Welfare and Recreation Complex here Dec. 12.

"You (13th COSCOM) have provided logistics support that has made the success of the Operation Iraqi Freedom possible," said Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, Multi-national Corps Iraq commander.

Some of these accomplishments include processing 2,000 tons of mail; averaging over 200 convoys a day; 62,000 convoys involving 750,000 vehicles during 2004; and quality of life improvements, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and theaters.

These are just a small mark of what the Soldiers of the 13th COSCOM have accomplished in their time here, said Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, 13th COSCOM commander.

"There is a Soldier, sailor, airmen or Marine behind every great deed, jumping into the cab of a vehicle, knowing that a determined enemy is out there waiting," Chambers said.

But the improvements won't stop with the 1st COSCOM taking control, Metz said. The Soldiers of the 1st COSCOM are trained and ready.

"We are being replaced by the 1st COSCOM, who have known for over a year that 2005 would be their year," Chambers said. "They are more than ready and trained to take the mission and will improve on the systems currently in place."

The 13th COSCOM accomplishments won't be forgotten, Metz said.

"They will add to the tradition of excellence and continue to provide world-class support," Metz said.

Brig. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, 1st COSCOM commander, said he is confident his staff and Soldiers are up to the task.

"We will maintain the high standards," he said.

And with those standards maintained, LSA Anaconda will continue to be a better place to live.

"Anaconda will be a place the Iraqi people will be proud to call home," Chambers said.


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Col. Laurie F. Sattler, Corps Distribution Command commander, salutes during the 13th COSCOM Transfer of Authority ceremony Dec. 12 at the LSA Anaconda Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Abel Trevino, 28th Public Affairs Detachment)