13th SC(E) Soldiers meet 103rd counterparts
Story and Photo by Cpl. Rich Barkemeyer
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Soldiers with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) preparing to redeploy met with their replacements from the 103rd ESC during a social June 20 at 13th SC(E) Headquarters at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
The 103rd ESC, out of Des Moines, Iowa, took over logistical support operations from the 13th SC(E) July 1.
“It was nice to finally meet the people that we’ve been corresponding with for so long,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Kohles, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of force protection with the 13th SC(E), and an Apalaka, N.Y., native. “We’ve been writing back and forth with the new people for months, so it was good that we got to put faces with names.”
The event was meant to be an icebreaker to help the two groups get to know each other better as they moved through the process of transferring authority, said Lt. Col. Steve Chambers, officer-in-charge of force protection with the 103rd ESC, and a Lenexa, Kan., native.
“We got to interface with the people that we’re taking over for, and we had a big table with the commanders and key leaders and we had a good discussion. I got some good advice about what I should be doing, and what I can look forward to,” Chambers said.
“It’s always good when you can meet people like this,” he said. “I thought it was a great idea.”
Sgt. Maj. Oliver Chisholm, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of operations with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and a Savannah, Ga., native, talks with Soldiers from the 103rd ESC during a meet-and-greet June 20 at the 13th SC(E) Headquarters at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The 103rd ESC, out of Des Moines, Iowa, assumed responsibility for providing logistical support throughout Iraq July 1. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Rich Barkemeyer)