628th Cargo Detachment Inactivates
by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO
The 628th Cargo Detachment, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), was inactivated in a ceremony on the 13th SC(E) Guidon Field here Monday.
It marked the end of a long and distinguished history for the cargo detachment.
“This is not a sad day for the 628th,” said Lt. Col. William S. Drennon, rear commander for the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th SC (E). Drennon stood in for the 49th MCB battalion commander, Lt. Col. Gus Pagonis who is deployed with the 49th MCB in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“It is a day to reflect upon (the 628th Cargo Det.) long and honorable history,” Drennon said. “A history filled with great tradition and exceptional record of service to our Army.”
Drennon was speaking about the history of long ago, and history as recent as one and three years ago.
In 2003 the 628th deployed in support of OIF, and in 2005 deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“During these two deployment combined, they were responsible for the onward movement of approximately two million tons of equipment and cargo in support of the global war on terrorism,” Drennon said.
Drennon pointed out that the inactivation is just another step in the Army’s ongoing transformation.
The inactivation is part of Army-wide transformations to bring about more agile, more deployable units. This requires many companies, detachments and teams to be integrated.
Drennon said new modular teams will be composed of 21 personnel and can be tasked to perform numerous movement missions, including: air, highway, seaport, rail cargo, personnel tracking, shipping and documenting.
During Monday’s ceremony, the 628th colors were retired and cased, a tradition symbolic of the command’s faithful service and completion of duty. As the detachment of eight Soldiers stood in formation, with the Non-Commissioned Officers out front with the guidon bearers, Drennon directed the casings.
“Units come and units go, but the Soldier’s always remain, ready to carry the fight forward into the future,” said Drennon.
The 628th was constituted on Oct. 13, 1966, in the regular Army as the 628th Transportation Detachment and then later activated at Fort Eustis, Va. Jan 3, 1967.
After being inactivated during the Vietnam war, the 628th was later activated at Fort Hood Sept. 1979.