49th Return Home from Iraq

By: SPC Fabian Ortega
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO

About 50 Soldiers from the 49th Movement Control Battalion headquarters company were welcomed home from Iraq in a redeployment celebration at Kieshnick Physical Fitness Center July 17.

At Kieshnick, Soldiers from the 49th MCB, led by Lt. Col. Gust W. Pagonis, were received by waiting family members and friends.

The 49th MCB, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) provided movement control support for coalition forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 49th MCB is part of the first wave of 13th SC (E) headquarters units returning home from Iraq. 

Currently, the 4th Corps Materiel Management Center and the 13th SC (E) headquarters units are deployed in support of Operation Iraq freedom and are scheduled to redeploy to Fort Hood in August. 

In Iraq the 49th MCB provided centralized movement control, highway regulation and in-transit visibility for movement of personnel and materiel, ensuring efficient use of available transportation capability.

Talked about as possibly having one of the more critical jobs on the battlefield of logistics, the 49th MCB also commanded and supervised attached teams engaged in movement control and highway regulation. 

Before the 49th MCB deployed to the Iraq theater, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general of the 13th SC (E), said the battalion would be responsible for, “ Making things move.” 

By all accounts, they did just that.