Support battalions transfer mission
Story and photo by Pfc. Lisa A. Cope
139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — The 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) passed its mission to the 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion April 19, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Memorial Hall at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
Lt. Col. John L. Blaha, commander of the 732nd CSSB out of Tomah, Wis., and a Sparta, Wis., native, said his Soldiers achieved transportation excellence by completing 210 missions and driving more than 1 million miles during their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Blaha commended each unit and section in his command on a job well done and introduced the 110th CSSB.
"We are on our way home to the great state of Wisconsin," he said. "But (we leave you with) … the outstanding Soldiers of the 110th, the most diverse, largest, most capable CSSB in the Iraqi theater of operations."
Col. Sean A. Ryan, commander of the 36th Sust. Bde. out of Temple, Texas, and a Cedar Park, Texas, native, worked with the 732nd CSSB for the past eight months. He presented both Blaha and Master Sgt. Doug Raabe, the acting senior enlisted adviser with the 732nd CSSB and a Tomah, Wis., native, with the Bronze Star Medal for successful completion of their mission.
"Soldiers of Task Force Badger, you have completed your tour with honor and distinction – a job well done," said Ryan. "We are honored by … your warrior, can-do spirit, and your commitment to excellence."
Ryan also expressed enthusiasm about the incoming unit.
"(Command staff with the 110th CSSB), you have already demonstrated the will and the tenacity to succeed," he said. "Your team seems very eager, and very ready for the mission. I feel very comfortable with the experience you bring to the fight. I am proud to have you as part of the team."
Lt. Col. Lawrence Goss III, commander of the 110th CSSB out of Tifton, Ga., and a Perry, Ga., native, said the 732nd carried out its mission well and set the 110th up for success.
"I want to say thank you to the 732nd for a seamless transition, the best of luck and a safe trip home," said Goss. "I stand before you today knowing that the 110th CSSB is prepared to support victory."
Lt. Col. Lawrence Goss III, commander of the 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Perry, Ga., native, and Sgt. Maj. Edward Andrews, the senior enlisted adviser with the 110th CSSB out of Tifton, Ga., and a Martin, Ga., native, uncase their unit's colors to symbolize the beginning of their mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Memorial Hall at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.