4SB Change of Command
By SSG Joshua Salmons
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO
Col. Terence Hermans succeeded Col. Gustave Perna as the 4th Sustainment Brigade commander when he took command in a ceremony held at Cameron Field May 17.
Hermans replaced Perna after 29 months of command, where the brigade most recently returned from its mission in the Multi-National Division – Baghdad area of operation during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV. The unit earned a reputation as highly-effective logisticians, supplying over 71,000 Coalition Soldiers over the course of the year, driving over 3.5 million miles throughout the most dangerous parts of Iraq; and not losing a single Soldier.
Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the 4th Infantry Division commander and reviewing officer for the ceremony, said in his speech at the ceremony that at first he was worried he would not find a replacement for the brigade to match Perna’s leadership, but that his fears were put to rest with Hermans. Hammond commented that Perna and Hermans where two of the finest logistician colonels he could have hoped for.
Hermans was reassigned from Fort Monroe, Va., where he served as chief of logistics at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, developing requirements and capabilities for the current and future force. He said his first priorities would revolve around preparing the unit for its next deployment.
“We need to make sure our Families are being cared for while we continue to train our Soldiers, maintain our equipment, provide mission support wherever possible, and develop our leaders,” he said.
Hermans also will continue to develop the combat escort team validation training exercise begun by his predecessor, which utilizes the brigade Soldiers’ recent Iraq combat experience to provide a standard of convoy operations training for combat service support Soldiers.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to command a unit with such a rich heritage and reputation,” Hermans added.
Perna has been reassigned to the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the 4th Infantry Division commander and reviewing officer for the change of command ceremony passes the 4th Sustainment Brigade colors to Col. Terence Hermans, incoming commander of the 4th Sus Bde, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) on Cameron Field May 17. Hermans succeeded Col. Gustave Perna as the 4th Sustainment Brigade commander.