About 13th SC(E)
The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) was activated in September 1965 at Ford Hood, Texas as the 13th Support Brigade. As the Nation's involvement in Vietnam increased, it was tasked with training technical services units to assume combat service support missions in Southeast Asia.
The unit continued to evolve in the years following due to increased missions and changing roles, and was re-designated as the 13th Support Command (Corps) in 1980, then as the 13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM) in March 1989. As part of Army Transformation, the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) was reflagged in its current configuration on 16 Feb 2006.
Soldiers of the 13th SC(E) first deployed to Managua, Nicaragua to assist in earthquake disaster relief from 23 December 1972 to 15 January 1973.
In the fall of 1990, units from the 13th SC(E) deployed to Saudi Arabia to provide combat support and combat service support during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During Operation Desert Calm and Operation Provide Comfort, 13th SC(E) Soldiers served proudly in the Persian Gulf.
In 1992, 13th SC(E) Soldiers deployed to Cuba to aid Haitian refugees during Operation Safe Harbor, and later assisted victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida. Soldiers of the 13th SC(E) also led the way as III Corps units deployed to Kuwait to train and ensure the peace in support of Operation Intrinsic Action.
Responding to the declining situation in Somalia in 1992, the U.S. Central Command established United Task Force Somalia (UNITAF), and the 13th SC(E) was called to duty again. The command group and headquarters deployed to Mogadishu to serve as the nucleus of Joint Task Force Support Command, redeploying in May 1993.
From 1994 through 1998, the 13th SC(E) conducted numerous operations across a wide span of operational assignments by providing multifunctional sustainment support to Army Forces supporting Operation Vigilant Warrior in Kuwait; humanitarian and peacekeeping missions in Cuba as part of Operation Sea Signal V; Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti; support to Operation Strong Support as part of Joint Task Force-Bravo following Hurricane Mitch in Honduras; and as part of Stabilization Force (SFOR) 6 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 13th SC(E) also deployed their engineers to Thule, Greenland during this time for additional support missions.
Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the 13th SC(E) would be called upon yet again to support the Global War on Terror.
Operation Iraqi Freedom saw elements of the 13th SC(E) deployed including the 64th Corps Support Group, directly supporting the 4th Infantry Division. Elements of the 49th Movement Control Battalion had been continuously deployed in the region since 1997 and remained a critical node supporting all U.S. and coalition forces in theater.
The 13th SC(E) first deployed a Medical Evacuation Headquarters and an Air Evacuation Company on Feb. 12, 2003, to Kuwait. Eventually, the 13th SC(E) deployed both of its brigades in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while the Headquarters and separate units supported the Families at Ft Hood.
In August 2003, the call came for the Soldiers of the 13th SC(E) headquarters to participate in the ongoing operations in Iraq. In preparation for its first major deployment since Somalia, the 13th SC(E) colors were cased in a deployment and retreat ceremony on 18 December 2003.
On 31 January 2004, the 13th SC(E) completed a transfer of authority with the 3rd Corps Support Command at Life Support Area (LSA) Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, and assumed command and control to provide sustainment support to Coalition Joint Task Force â€“ 7 in Iraq; later re-designated as the Multinational Corps â€“ Iraq (MNC-I). During its time at LSA Anaconda, the 13th SC(E) processed 2,000 tons of mail; conducted a total of 62,000 convoys during the year which involving 750,000 vehicles; and was responsible for quality of life improvements for all joint forces they supported. On Dec. 12, 2004, the 13th SC(E) bid farewell to LSA Anaconda as it transferred authority to the 1st Corps Support Command. The 13th SC(E) redeployed and uncased its colors at Ft Hood on 21 January 2005.
In the midst of deploying and redeploying in support of the War on Terror, key elements of 13th SC(E) were called into action in support of Joint Task Force Katrina/Rita hurricane relief efforts in the summer of 2005. During this critical mission, the 13th SC(E) provided 100 million rations to people in need, was responsible for human remains collection, executed emergency engineering operations, and transported, distributed and stored over $1 billion dollars in humanitarian relief from both non-governmental and federal sources from across the Nation.
On 12 July 12 2006, the 13th SC(E) cased their colors once again in preparation for deployment to LSA Anaconda in support of OIF 06-08; departing from Fort Hood on 22 August 2006. During this deployment, the 13th SC(E) had seven subordinate brigades with more than 30 battalions and over 20,000 Soldiers; providing sustainment support and security throughout the theater of operations. On 8 August 2007, the 13th SC(E) bid farewell to LSA Anaconda for a second time and transferred authority to the 316th Sustainment Command; uncasing its colors Ft Hood on 14 September 2007.
Upon return from OIF 06-08, the 13th SC(E) completed its transformation from a legacy COSCOM structure to the modular ESC structure through the realignment of the 2nd Chemical Battalion under the 48th Chemical Brigade and the inactivation of the former COSCOM Special Troops Battalion (STB) and the 4th Corps Materiel Management Center.
On 17 July 2009, the 13th SC(E) headquarters again deployed to Iraq to Joint Base Balad (formerly LSA Anaconda) and assumed the mission for all theater logistics. During this deployment, the 13th SC(E) was faced with the largest movement of American forces and military equipment in more than 40 years to facilitate a responsible withdrawal from the Iraq theater of operation. Over the course of a year-long deployment, the 13th SC(E) brought more than $1 billion worth of equipment back into the U.S. Army supply system.
In December of 2011, the 13th SC(E) command group and portions of the headquarters company deployed to Afghanistan as augmentees to the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan. Upon arrival to theater, deployed members of the unit integrated into the Deputy Command of Support Operations and served both in the headquarters of the directorate at Camp Eggers, Kabul, as well as in all five regional support commands across Afghanistan; conducting logistics training and mentoring of Afghan partners.
Currently, the 13th SC(E) is Fort Hood's third largest unit with a local strength of over 3,500 Soldiers. The unit coordinates and provides sustainment support to all III Corps units across the Corpsâ€™ area of responsibility and provides reinforcing support to the Fort Hood Directorate of Logistics.