10th BSB earns 'Distinguished Unit of Regiment' designation
June 27, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. -- The Quartermaster Corps honored 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), as Distinguished Unit of the Regiment along with 16 Hall of Fame inductees during the annual Regimental Review here June 6.
Two units and 16 former quartermasters were honored during the ceremony.
"Today, we recognize two quartermaster units that join an elite group of only 112 others in our corps' history that received the highest recognition our regiment can bestow," said Brig. Gen. John E. O'Neil IV, the 52nd quartermaster general. "We are all so very proud of each unit's significant accomplishments in battle."
"It's a real honor for the 10th BSB to receive this recognition from the Quartermaster Regiment," said Lt. Col. Derek Jansen, 10th BSB commander, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the unit. "This is a testament to the skill, dedication and courage of our Soldiers, past and present, who have worked tirelessly supporting 1st BCT both at Fort Drum and deployed in support of contingency operations."
Maj. Doug Herrmann, rear provisional commander, and Master Sgt. Curtis Mosely, rear provisional sergeant major, represented 10th Brigade Support Battalion at the ceremony.
"It was a tremendous honor to represent all the Soldiers who are serving and have served with 10th BSB through multiple tough deployments," Mosely said.
The 10th Brigade Support Battalion has made significant contributions in executing its mission to plan, coordinate, synchronize and execute sustainment and health support to enable 1st Brigade Combat Team freedom of action across the full spectrum of operations.
Since September 2001, 10th BSB has deployed three times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq. The battalion was awarded Meritorious Unit Commendations for operational excellence during its deployments to Afghanistan in both 2003-2004 and 2010-2011 as well as its 2005-2006 deployment to Iraq.
Soldiers who have deployed with 10th BSB have much to be proud of for their superb efforts that led to the battalion being honored with the Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Regiment.
"It's cool, because when we were deployed (to Afghanistan), I didn't think much of it," said Spc. Dimetrius Dial, a logistics convoy security element gunner. "Leaders would tell us that we were making history. … At the time, I figured they were just trying to motivate us, but when you think about it, we really did do a lot."
During the time period from March 2010 to March 2011, 10th BSB again proved once again that it is a unit that "finds a way, or makes a way." The battalion's unparalleled success establishing a new logistics hub, providing 24-hour-a-day logistics support, covering the entire Regional Command North in Afghanistan, was another demonstration of true Warrior Ethos.
In the spring of 2012, 10th BSB, Liquids Platoon, conducted the first water purification operations on Fort Drum. Soldiers purified water from a lake in the local training area using the Light Weight Purification System. Once the water was purified, it was used as a sustainable, potable water source for drinking, showering and cleaning equipment.
This proven capability proved to be critical when 10th BSB was called upon to provide logistical support for Hurricane Sandy relief last fall. Members of A Company, 10th BSB, traveled to New Jersey to assist in fuel and water operations in support of disaster relief effort.
The battalion continues to demonstrate its tradition and motto, "Proud to Support," while it is deployed with 1st Brigade Combat Team in support of security force advise and assist operations in Afghanistan.
(10th Brigade Support Battalion)