• Incoming and outgoing battalion command staff salutes the Colors during the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based out of Rockville, Md., transfer of authority ceremony with the 620th CSSB from St. Louis, Mo., at Victory Base Complex, Iraq July 2.

    Sustainment Bn., mission complete, with courage

    Incoming and outgoing battalion command staff salutes the Colors during the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based out of Rockville, Md., transfer of authority ceremony with the 620th CSSB from St. Louis, Mo., at Victory Base Complex, Iraq...

  • Lt. Col. William C. Arther III of Eldersburg, Md. and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald C. Merritt of Rockville, Md., leaders for the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, case their battalion colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Victory Base Complex, Iraq July 2.  The ceremony was the last official act of mission complete for the 398th CSSB prior to returning to the United States.

    Sustainment Bn., mission complete, with courage

    Lt. Col. William C. Arther III of Eldersburg, Md. and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald C. Merritt of Rockville, Md., leaders for the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, case their battalion colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Victory Base...

  • Lt. Col. Douglas H. Stubbe of Webster, Wis. and Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky A. Elcan of St. Louis, Mo. uncase the battalion colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Victory Base Complex, Iraq July 2. Stubbe, commander of the 620th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion assumed the mission from the 398th CSSB.

    Sustainment Bn., mission complete, with courage

    Lt. Col. Douglas H. Stubbe of Webster, Wis. and Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky A. Elcan of St. Louis, Mo. uncase the battalion colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Victory Base Complex, Iraq July 2. Stubbe, commander of the 620th Combat...

VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - The Rockville, Md., 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted a transfer of authority ceremony with the 620th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from St. Louis, Mo., here July 2.


The 398th CSSB, led by Lt. Col. William C. Arther III, an Eldersburg, Md., native and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald C. Merritt, of Rockville, Md., cased their battalion colors to formally complete the unit's mission in Iraq.


Arther said to his troops, "Especially to the officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers of battalion headquarters, I want to give my thanks and my deepest appreciation for the outstanding job well done. We started together over a year ago from many when we arrived and are leaving together as one team."


He continued by wishing the 620th CSSB, "The best of luck and a successful, completed mission to also include a deployment back to your Families soon."

The 620th CSSB uncased their colors to formally accept the mission from the 398th CSSB, and led by Lt. Col. Douglas H. Stubbe, of Webster, Wis., and Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky A. Elcan, a native from St. Louis, Mo.


Stubbe thanked the 398th CSSB, "As we prepared to come over and take this mission from you." He said they will continue the excellent service that the 398th had already established.


The ceremony ended with the singing of the Army Song by all Soldiers present. Other leaders present were Lt. Col. Robert J. Dixon, commander of the 260th CSSB.

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