13th SC(E) Headquarters and 4th CMMC return home

By: SPC Fabian Ortega
13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) PAO

Fort Hood welcomed home one of its major commands from Iraq in a reception ceremony at Kieshnick Physical Fitness Center, July 28.

More than 100 Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) headquarters advanced party along with Soldiers from the 4th Corps Materiel Management Center and the 36thCombat Aviation Brigade returned home from a year-long tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Deployed as the senior logistics headquarters for Multi-National Corps-Iraq, the 13th SC (E) commanded seven brigades and as many as 26,000 Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

With one-third of its formation deployed at any given time, the 13th SC (E) has routinely answered the call to arms.

With units such as the 96th Transportation Company and other frequently deployed units, the 13th SC (E) is no stranger to the Arabian Peninsula.

“Soldiers from throughout the command are already (in Iraq) and have been on the front lines defending freedom since our nation took up arms against global terrorism four years ago,” Terry said in his address before deploying in 2006.

“Since our nation rose up to combat terrorism and tyranny – to once again battle those who would deny us life, liberty and happiness, to once again send our sons and daughters across the seas for a greater good – Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command have always been there, Terry continued.

“Since that time, the sun has not set in Texas without Soldiers of the 13th deployed in harm’s way.”

In addition to commanding well over 20,000 Soldiers, the 13th SC (E) also trained Iraqi military units to conduct logistics operations.

With the return of the advanced party, the 13th SC (E) is set to redeploy the remaining Soldiers from the headquarters unit through mid-August.