96th Transportation Company Returns from 4th Deployment

Story by Maj. Jay R. Adams
13th SC(E) PAO

The 96th Transportation Company returned from its 4th deployment to Iraq in a ceremony at Abrams Gym March 9.

The 225 Soldiers in the company provided heavy lift transportation support to the 3rd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment while in Kuwait and Iraq.

The company also supported the Iraqi Security Forces as armored vehicles were returned to the Iraqi Army.

"Standing before you is likely the most deployed company in the Army," said 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) commanding general Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry.

The 96th drove over 3.2 million miles during their 4th deployment. Traveling throughout Iraq and Kuwait, the 96th completed 104 separate missions while moving 2,196 pieces of heavy equipment, said Capt. Jami Kahne, the 96th commander.

Kahne said the unit was highly decorated, receiving 233 individual medals including three Purple Hearts, four Bronze Stars and seventeen 17 Meritorious Service Medals. 50 Soldiers were awarded the Army's new Combat Action Badge.

The 96th was also one of the first units to deploy from Fort Hood in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 96th deploys during the surge periods to transport new units into Iraq and redeploy outgoing units from Iraq.

Spc. Maynard R. Flowers said the 96th's success was because "we focused on the mission first."

"It feels great. I am going home to spend some family time," said Maynard. "I am proud and glad to be back."

Terry thanked the Soldiers for their service but kept his remarks brief saying, "the only thing standing between these heroes and their families is me."

The company traces it lineage to World War II where it is credited with participating in the Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe Campaigns.

The 96th first served in the Mideast during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

 

Soldiers of the 96th Transportation Company
Soldiers of the 96th Transportation Company stand ready for release during their redeployment ceremony 9 March. The 96th completed their fourth deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jay R. Adams, 13SC(E) PAO)

Soldiers of the 96th Transportation Company
Soldiers of the 96th Transportation Company march into Abrams Gymnasium before their redeployment ceremony March 9. The company just returned from its fourth deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jay R. Adams, 13SC(E) PAO)