13th SC(E) Commander Promoted to Brig. Gen

Story  and Photos by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas — Commanding general of the 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary), Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wentz, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in an advancement ceremony held in the east atrium of the III Corps headquarters May 1.

Wentz, who assumed command of the 13th SC(E) in Sept. 2007, commanded III Corps’ largest non-divisional major command, which includes more than 5000 personnel and spans several Army installations throughout Texas, more than 8 months before receiving his first star.

Commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, General Benjamin S. Griffin, presided over the ceremony and was joined by Wentz’s wife, Elian, in pinning the Army’s newest one-star general.

Griffin, Wentz’s mentor, said he was honored to pin the 28 year logistician with the rank of brigadier general.

During his address Griffin said Wentz’s track record and budding career were indicators of his future promotion to general.

"The Army promotes for two reasons, past performance and future potential. (Wentz) has demonstrated both of these. He commanded four times in his career, as a captain, as a lieutenant colonel, as a colonel and now as a brigadier general. He knows how to take care of Soldiers and families, and he understands how to efficiently apply resources to an Army."

Wentz, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, has served tours in Germany, Canada, Panama, Washington D.C, Iraq and recently Fort Lee, Va. as the executive officer to Griffin before commanding the 13th SC(E).

Wentz said he believes leaving the command in better condition than he received it is important.

In addition to the 1st Medical Brigade, the 13th SC(E) is comprised of two sustainment brigades, one of which is currently deployed.

Wentz also said ensuring Families of the 13th SC(E) are taken care of during current and future deployments is a top priority.

The 13th SC(E) has about one third of the command deployed at any given time and currently has about 1,700 of its troops deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Since receiving his commission in 1980, Wentz said the people and families have made his assignment memorable ones.

Wentz said Fort Hood is proving no different.