First element of 13th SC(E) headquarters deploys to Iraq

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

The headquarters of the 49th Movement Control Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), deployed Monday to provide movement control support for coalition forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Soldiers deployed with the headquarters to provide centralized movement control, highway regulation and in-transit visibility for moving personnel and materiel into, within and out of the Iraqi area of operations. The battalion also ensures effective and efficient use of available transportation capability.

In addition to these responsibilities, the MCB commands and supervises attached teams engaged in movement control and highway regulation. Its Soldiers plan, program, coordinate, manage and analyze transportation and movement requirements.

"You have possibly the most important mission on the logistics battlefield" said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general of the 13th SC(E), during the battalion's deployment ceremony at Kieshnick Physical Fitness Center here Monday. "Making things move."

"What we're going to do over there may change the whole (Global War on Terrorism and the future of Iraq)," Terry added.

The 49th MCB headquarters is the first of several units deploying from the 13th SC(E)'s logistics headquarters in Iraq. The 13th Sustainment Command headquarters, Special Troops Battalion and 4th Corps Materiel Management Center will be deploying soon to join the MCB.

"The 13th Sustainment Command headquarters will be responsible for all logistics operations in the Iraq Theater of Operations," Terry added.

"Including Soldiers from the National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, the 13th SC(E) headquarters will command well over 20,000 Soldiers located throughout Iraq and Kuwait," Terry noted at a recent casing ceremony. "But in addition to providing logistical support, we will also be training Iraqi military units to conduct logistics operations and this ultimately is the mission we must complete so we can bring our Soldiers home with the victory they have so courageously earned.

"Marines, coalition forces, civilian contractors and even Iraqi citizens in some cases, will rely on this headquarters and these Soldiers," Terry added.

 

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Spc. Eddie Hernandez, a chaplain's assistant for the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), kisses his son, Eddie, Jr., as he prepares to deploy with the 49th Movement Control Battalion Monday. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge)

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Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), plays with from left, Aaron Bliss and Eddie Hernandez, Jr., as Aaron's parents, Sgt. Michael Bliss and Billie Bliss, look on. Bliss and Hernandez' father were preparing to deploy with the 49th Movement Control Battalion, 13th SC(E), Monday. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge)