Brig. Gen. Lally tours CRSP and bids farewell to 259th CSSB Soldiers
June 22, 2009
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, commanding general of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), from Fort Knox, Ky., toured the central receiving and shipping point and the 259th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion headquarters building to evaluate improvements and procedures here June 7.
All cargo that arrives on base moves through the CRSP for distribution to units on JBB and other forward operating bases.
"He hadn't been down there in a while and he wanted to get the full brief to see what (has) been going on and see what the 155th (Inland Cargo Transfer Company) has done with their processes," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dobbs, the senior non commissioned officer for the 259th CSSB, from Denver, Colo.
After Lally's visit to the CRSP, Dobbs briefed the visiting commander at the 259th CSSB headquarters of the improvements made on their building since moving from the building next to the Blackjack Education Center to a building located near the post exchange.
Improvements to the headquarters included the addition of barriers placed strategically around and between the headquarters buildings to minimize traffic flow cutting through the open area which leads to the civilian housing area behind the headquarters, Dobbs said. He also coordinated with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to set up lights around the headquarters area to minimize accidents.
"We turn (the lights) on every night because we have a lot of people walking back and forth to the PX, H-7 and H-5 (housing areas) through this area," said Dobbs.
During Lally's visit to the 259th CSSB headquarters, he presented coins to Soldiers that according to Dobbs, "(worked) behind the scenes (and) have done a great job to support the battalion."
Lally talked to the redeploying Soldiers about their accomplishments and their upcoming transfer of authority.
"I appreciate everything you've done for our nation and I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors," Lally said. "I hope you are giving a good hand off (to) the guys coming in here behind you. Good luck!"