COSCOM to be Redesignated
Story by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th SC (E) Public Affairs Office
The 13th Corps Support Command is being redesignated as the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) in a ceremony on the 13th SC(E) Guidon Field here at 9 a.m. today.
The command's redesignation is part of an Army-wide transformation which will enable units to deploy more rapidly and will provide more flexibility in troop movement and command.
The Army-wide transformation allows deployed units to be more self-sufficient, with many corps- and division-level assets shifting down into brigade combat teams. These brigades still need logistics support for prolonged missions - such as year-long deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan. This is where the 13th SC(E) comes in.
The new sustainment command will have the ability to support prolonged operations for units throughout the entire Army rather than being focused solely on III Corps and other Fort Hood units. The command will have the ability to deploy with short notice and will be capable of tapping into national and international resources in order to provide support directly to Soldiers on the battlefield.
The idea behind logistics transformation is to configure support units to better support the new modular brigade combat teams. In order to do this, some units within the command will integrate to improve logistics functionality. The 4th Corps Materiel Management Center, 49th Movement Control Battalion and support operations sections will consolidate their planning efforts and logistics command and control capability to become the Distribution Management Center.
This transition, as with the overall redesignation, has been planned by senior, highly experienced logisticians, to ensure there is no gap in support.
The command's goal remains to provide the best support for Soldiers and their families as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The 13th will be the first corps support command to restructure and deploy to combat. As the command transforms and its headquarters prepares to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Soldiers of the command will pioneer the future logistics battlefield.
Staff Sgt. Reggie E. Book, survey team member with the 6th Civil Support Team, shows chemical identification equipment to Soldiers of the 181st Chemical Company at the 2nd Chemical Battalion motor pool here Feb. 8. Photo by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge, 13th SC (E) Public Affairs Specialist