Soldiers of 13th SC(E) Re-enlist
Story and Photo by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
Thirty Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were administered the oath of reenlistment by the Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wentz, commanding general, 13th SC(E), during a ceremony at the 13th SC(E) Chapel Sept. 16.
The Soldiers came from all over the command, including two Soldiers from 31st Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Bliss, and three Soldiers from the 10th Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Carson.
Many of the Soldiers were Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom veterans. Despite the fact that they had already been deployed to combat, they reenlisted knowing that they could be deployed again.
Reenlisting during a time of war is extremely admirable, especially because the Army is trying to expand and it’s difficult to expand the force if Soldiers don’t stay in, said Wentz. He implored the Soldiers to encourage their peers to reenlist, as well.
For some Soldiers, this was the first time they reenlisted, while others were simply extending their time in service yet again.
“I decided to reenlist again because I come from a military family and I feel like I have an obligation to fulfill,” said Sgt. Marqus D. Reed, food service sergeant, headquarters and headquarters company, 13th SC(E).
Reed, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, is also a family man so supporting his wife and two kids was a big factor in his decision.
“It’s really all about fulfilling the mission and doing my part,” said Reed.
For some Soldiers, reenlisting gives them more time to do a job they love.
“I decided to reenlist because I want to be a better Soldier,” said Spc. Nykeesha M. White, automated logistical specialist, 53rd Quartermaster Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th SC(E). “My husband is a staff sergeant, so he inspires me to be an NCO one day.”
Even though 30 Soldiers reenlisted during the ceremony, there are many Soldiers who are undecided about reenlistment.
“Reenlisting is a good thing, especially in today’s society with the Global War on Terrorism going on,” said White.
“For Soldiers who are on the fence about reenlistment, I highly recommend it,” said Reed, “The Army takes care of you and it’s a great experience.”
Thirty Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were administered the oath of reenlistment by the Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wentz, commanding general, 13th SC(E), during a ceremony at the 13th SC(E) Chapel Sept. 16. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah)