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The 589th Brigade Support Battalion began its second deployment to Iraq in June 2008. As a BSB their mission was to provide Combat Service Support to the 41st Fires Brigade and all units on FOB Delta to include armed forces from seven coalition countries. The battalion would also provide Combat Service Support at fixed site locations throughout the Wasit Province of Iraq.
The support that the 589th BSB provided ensured that each unit was logistically postured to successfully accomplish their mission on FOB Delta as well as to train the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in the Wasit Province. 589th BSB served as a logistics combat multiplier for the entire Wasit Province by providing full spectrum Combat Service Support that included field maintenance operations, Service Support Activity (SSA) management for all classes of supply to include a bulk ration break point, Ammunition Transfer and Holding Point (ATHP) oversight and management, medical support, material handling and transportation support, mortuary affairs, airfield operations, and the execution of Combat Logistics Patrols (CLPs) in support of the 41st Fires Brigade. The 589th BSB accomplished every mission during the course of the deployment. Willing and capable accurately describe the 589th BSB as they continually took on more responsibility and provided the best logistical support in theater.
The 589th BSB was the first Brigade Support Battalion to set up logistics support operations on FOB Delta in Al Kut, Iraq. Upon the arrival of the 41st Fires Brigade, FOB Delta was largely dominated by allied forces. The original mission for the support battalion was to set up support operations for the 41st Fires Brigade and other American forces on FOB Delta; this mission quickly expanded after 589th BSB’s arrival. The maintenance company set up a fully operating motorpool to service all military vehicles and equipment. The distribution company built and stood up an SSA with supply to include 500 lines of aviation repair parts, a retail fuel point, a bulk ration break point to support the checkpoints occupied by our patrol sets, supply operations to support the seven coalition countries on the FOB and assumed control of the ATHP. We stood up a medical company consisting of medics from all units in the 41st Fires Brigade and attachments from the medical brigade in MNC-I. The support operations section (SPO) took on planning, coordination and management of all logistics and maintenance functions for units operating in the Wasit Province.
They ran the PAX Terminal which received as well as pushed out fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft daily, supporting all Coalition Forces on FOB Delta. To date, the 589th Movement Control Team (MCT) has moved six of the seven coalition partners and their equipment, back to their home countries via air and ground. Military forces from Georgia, Poland, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, El Salvador have been redeployed. This section has tracked and managed 13,110 passengers, 1630 Air Force 463L pallets, over 630,000 lbs of mail, 792 fixed wing flights, and 1710 rotary flights to date.