• Helmets and body armor belonging to Soldiers of the 100th Brigade Support Battalion from Fort Sill, Okla., are lined up prior to departure at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in preparation for unit's flight to Afghanistan. The 100th BSB, an active-component unit from Fort Sill, Okla., was repositioned from Iraq to Afghanistan on March 28, to provide logistical support to Coalition forces there.

    Sustainers deploy to OEF from Iraq

    Helmets and body armor belonging to Soldiers of the 100th Brigade Support Battalion from Fort Sill, Okla., are lined up prior to departure at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in preparation for unit's flight to Afghanistan. The 100th...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Mathew T. Greene, the support operations fuel noncommissioned officer in charge with the 100th Brigade Support Battalion from Fort Sill, Okla., relaxes prior to leaving on a flight to Afghanistan with other unit Soldiers at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, March 28. The 100th BSB is one of the first Army units to deploy from Iraq to Afghanistan.

    Sustainers deploy to OEF from Iraq

    Sgt. 1st Class Mathew T. Greene, the support operations fuel noncommissioned officer in charge with the 100th Brigade Support Battalion from Fort Sill, Okla., relaxes prior to leaving on a flight to Afghanistan with other unit Soldiers at the passenger...

  • Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, the commanding general for the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), talks with Soldiers of the 100th Brigade Support Battalion at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, March 28. The 100th BSB, an active-component unit from Fort Sill, Okla., was repositioned from Iraq to Afghanistan on March 28, to provide logistical support to Coalition forces there.

    Sustainers deploy to OEF from Iraq

    Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, the commanding general for the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), talks with Soldiers of the 100th Brigade Support Battalion at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, March 28. The 100th BSB, an...

  • Soldiers of the 100th Brigade Support Battalion load onto a C-130 aircraft as they prepare to leave for Afghanistan from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, March 28. Beginning in December 2008, the 100th BSB provided logistical support to Coalition forces in western and central Iraq as part of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

    Sustainers deploy to OEF from Iraq

    Soldiers of the 100th Brigade Support Battalion load onto a C-130 aircraft as they prepare to leave for Afghanistan from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, March 28. Beginning in December 2008, the 100th BSB provided logistical support to Coalition forces in...

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 100th Brigade Support Battalion here was repositioned to southern Afghanistan on March 28, where they will provide sustainment and distribution support to Coalition forces.

The 100th BSB, an active component unit from Fort Sill, Okla., has the distinction of being among the first Army units to deploy to Afghanistan from Iraq. The move comes as a result of the increased capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces.

According to the Army's 44th Military History Detachment, this is also the first time a logistics unit has deployed from one combat theater to another unattached to a larger combined arms formation.

Lt. Col. Brent D. Bush, battalion commander of the 100th BSB, said he is excited about his unit's move to Afghanistan and appreciates the opportunity to command it.

"Historically, this is a big deal for this organization," said Bush who also noted that its current deployment to Iraq was the first ever for the 100th BSB.

"It's a new chapter and a fast moving chapter for this battalion," Bush said.

Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant D. Williams, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 100th BSB, said he is also excited for the move to Afghanistan.

"It's like anything - excited because we really get to work, the Soldiers really get to see what they can do," Williams said. "And ultimately it makes the tour go by faster."

Williams said the unit has kept busy by training for the new mission - training which included physical conditioning to prepare Soldiers for the environmental changes they will face in Afghanistan.

"Altitude is going to place some challenges on our Soldiers," Williams said.

Beginning in December 2008, the unit provided logistical support to Coalition forces in western and central Iraq as part of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

The unit also worked closely with Iraqi Security Forces logistical units to increase their capabilities.

According to current Department of Defense policy, the length of the 100th BSB's 12-month deployment will not be affected by move; the unit is still expected to redeploy to the U.S. as scheduled next winter.

(Photos and story by Sgt. Alex Snyder, 123rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 3d Sustainment Command public affairs.)

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