Movement Control Teams Deactivated

Story by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Two teams of the 49th Movement Control Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), were inactivated in a ceremony on the 13th SC(E) Guidon Field here Monday.

The 564th Cargo Documentation Team and the 588th Movement Control Team were inactivated following the 13th SC(E)'s recent redesignation.

The SC(E)'s redesignation is part of Army-wide transformations to bring about more agile, more deployable units. This requires many companies, detachments and teams to be integrated.

This means that, although these teams are being inactivated, the Soldiers are not, said the commander of the 49th MCB, Lt. Col. Gus Pagonis. Most of these Soldiers will be reassigned to other areas within the battalion, he said.

During Monday's ceremony, both teams' colors were retired and cased, a tradition symbolic of the command's faithful service and completion of duty. As each team stood in formation, with the commanders and first sergeants out front with the guidon bearers, Pagonis directed the casings.

Each guidon was saluted by its team, then rolled carefully and placed inside its case. After, the teams saluted the cased colors and the ceremony was complete.

Both teams have been through this ritual before. The 564th, constituted in 1945 as the 421st Quartermaster Truck Detachment, has been inactivated six times previously and redesignated three times. The 588th, constituted in 1944 as the 121st Hospital Train Maintenance Section, Transportation Corps, has been inactivated three times before and redesignated three times.

 

color bearer
A color-bearer with the 49th Movement Control Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), looks on as the 564th Cargo Documentation Team and the 588th Movement Control Team are inactivated Monday. Photo by Photo by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs