As 4th SB Prepares to Deploy, 15th SB Prepares for New Mission

Story by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) will soon be turning over its garrison responsibilities to the 15th Sustainment Brigade, the 13th SC(E)’s newest brigade, in a transfer of authority starting Jan. 15.

The 4th SB is currently responsible for providing many of the movement and transportation operations on the installation, along with providing supply and maintenance support for Fort Hood’s separate units and will relinquish those responsibilities as the unit prepares to deploy later this year.

In addition to the traditional logistics support missions, the 4th has also implemented training programs for units on Fort Hood deploying and redeploying to and from, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

“The [4th Sustainment Brigade] trains with the units that are getting ready to deploy and provides Combat Escort Team evaluations,” said Maj. Stacy N. Townsend, deputy commanding officer of the 4th SB. “We also assist other brigades and divisions in validating their tactics, techniques and procedures and ensuring any training they do in preparation for deployment is spot on,” said Townsend.

“We also provide lessons learned so units can go back and train in preparation for deploying. We have set that up here on the installation and run it over at the Phantom Dome,” said Townsend.

The 4th SB provides the deployment training at Fort Hood’s Phantom Dome. The dome was constructed recently and serves as a training location for units.

In Jan. 2006, the 4th SB transitioned over from the 4th Infantry Division and joined the 13th SC(E), taking place of the 64th Corps Support Group, the command’s largest brigade at the time.

In Townsend’s estimation, one of the brigade’s proudest moments was making the transfer of authority with the 64th CSG a seamless turnover soon after redeploying from OIF.

With all the challenges of redeploying, doing a transfer of authority with the 64th CSG took some work, said Townsend.

“Integrating the battalions and brigades getting things up and running with the constant deployment and redeployment of units, and getting those guys ready to go and bringing the Soldiers home and integrated back with their families, was a great achievement,” said Townsend.

As part of their mission doctrine, the 4th SB also provides command and control for all assigned/attached battalions and separate companies/units in order to sustain full spectrum operations.

Maj. Gary A. Martin, the support operations officer for the 4th SB, said the brigade prides itself on providing corps separate units with as much support possible and striving for supply stewardship.

The 4th SB is user friendly to the corps separate units, said Martin.

“[The corps separate units] probably have the largest challenge primarily because when their headquarters deploy, they really don’t have much left in their footprint,” Martin said.

Townsend agreed, “If they’ve got issues we’re helping them with their rear detachments, with their stay-behind supply support activities, just to name a few.” “We just try to make it easier for them,” he said.

It’s great providing as much world class support possible, Townsend said.

Just as the 4th SB transitioned from one of the largest divisions on the installation, so will the 15th SB. The 15th SB will leave the 1st Calvary Division to join the 13th SC(E) and will assume the responsibility of sustaining Fort Hood’s logistical needs.

“I know the 15th is going to come in, they’re a top notch outfit, they did a tremendous job with the operations in Iraq,” said Townsend. “I know that they’re going to come in here take over and they’re not going to miss a beat. I know the installation is going to be well supported as we head out the door to support OIF,” he said.

“The installation is in good hands and the 15th is going to take care of it.”

The 15th SB will officially become a member of the 13th SC(E) family Feb. 15.