13th SC(E) Change of Command and Uncasing Ceremony

Story and Photos by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) conducted a change of command and uncasing ceremony at Sadowski Field here 9:30 A.M., Friday.

Col. Paul L. Wentz took command of the 13thSC(E) from Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry during the ceremony.

Wentz joins the 13th SC(E) after serving as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, Army Materiel Command.

Following his assignment with the 13th, Terry will move on to be the commanding general of the United States Army Security Assistance Command in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Terry highlighted the high level of deployment within the 13th SC(E), “This is the most deployed unit on Fort Hood, at any given time one third of our formation is deployed.”

Maj. Gen. Jeffery W. Hammond, senior mission commader, III Corps and Fort Hood and Commanding General, 4th Infantry Division expressed similar sentiments, “Throughout [Terry’s] command, they continuously trained and deployed multiple logistics units in combat operations throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.”

During Terry’s command, the 13th SC(E) Headquarters deployed to New Orleans in support of relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

The 13th SC(E) cased its colors July 12, 2006, prior to its deployment to Iraq.

While deployed to Iraq, the Sustainment Command had command and control of seven subordinate brigades, spanning the entire theater.

During the deployment, the SC(E) and its subordinate units provided 584 million gallons of fuel, more than one million cases of meals-ready-to-eat, and more than 28 million cases of bottled water to combat and support units across theater.

The extensive distribution network the command sustained was accomplished via synchronization of more than 35,000 combat logistics patrols and maximizing air assets to keep more than 36,000 ground vehicles off the roads.

The 13th SC(E) oversaw the receipt, sorting, storage and distribution of humanitarian assistance supplies from the non-governmental organization Operation Iraqi Children and private donations from tenant units and individuals on LSA Anaconda, in the U.S. and Germany. 

More than 20,000 school kits were distributed to five Multi-National Divisions throughout Iraq, directly impacting more than 50,000 children. 

The 13th SC(E) supervised the construction of water purification and bottling plants on key operating bases, further reducing the number of combat logistics patrols and Soldiers needed on the roads.

Wentz said during the ceremony, “The road ahead will not be easy, but we have the finest army in the world filled with the brightest men and women I have seen during 27 years of service.”

During Friday’s ceremony, the 49th Transportation Battalion, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Corps Materiel Management Center and the 13th SC(E) Headquarters uncased their colors and added the Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign streamer.