MNF-I Commander visits 3d ESC
July 27, 2009
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Gen. Ray Odierno, Multi-National Force - Iraq commander, visited the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) here, July 21.
Escorted by Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, 3d ESC commanding general, Odierno received a tour of the 3d ESC headquarters, where he recognized several Soldiers in the process.
During the visit, Odierno was briefed on operations run by the 3d ESC's joint operations center as well as the support operations fusion cell.
Odierno thanked the 3d ESC's Soldiers for their hard work during their 15-month deployment and assured them that MNF-I does not take for granted the sustainment support that the command supplies.
"The ESC is carrying out today's mission efficiently and professionally, and thinking ahead to how to carry out redeployment," said Odierno. "Thanks to the ESC for all the hard work you do across a large theater and battlespace."
"You all continue to make the complex look easy," he added.
Odierno was also briefed by Lally on the 3d ESC's operation-covering the mission expected of the ESC in the future. Odierno stated that with the frequently changing environment in Iraq, Coalition forces will continue to need the leadership of the ESC for sustainment.
Before departing, Odierno presented coins to Soldiers hand-selected by the command for their contributions to the command's mission.
"Thank you for your service and the hard work you do on a daily basis," Odierno told the awardees.