New Sustainment Center patch signifies 'One Team'
October 1, 2009
FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 1, 2009) -- As the sustainment community continues to grow at Fort Lee, history was made Sept. 25 with the unveiling of the Sustainment Center of Excellence patch and colors.
Maj. Gen. James E. Chamber, Combined Arms Support Command, SCoE and Fort Lee commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. C.C. Jenkins, CASCOM, SCoE command sergeant major, unfurled the new colors and swapped their former CASCOM patches for a newly designed insignia inclusive of all sustainment elements.
"The new patch signifies that we're one team," said Chambers. "The SCoE serves as the home and advocate for all sustainers, whether it is education, technical training, or for sustainment operators in the field."
As the narrator read the orders assigning all members of the Combined Arms Support Command to the Combined Arms Support Command and the Sustainment Center of Excellence, Chambers also placed a lapel pin with the same design on William Moore, deputy to the commanding general. The lapel pin is issued to SCoE civilians and symbolizes the unity between Soldiers and civilians. Chambers said that both share a mission and a bond.
"Symbolism has a long history in the Army, and today's patch changing ceremony symbolizes the common bond between the Soldiers and Civilians of the SCoE, and the shared visual statement of commitment and support to the warfighter," Chambers said.
The red, white and blue colors in the insignia represent the national colors, while the gold indicates excellence. The torch of knowledge symbolizes the training functions of the Center of Excellence to transform military members and civilians into logistics leaders. The five stars signify the major functions of sustainment - maintenance, supply and field services, transportation, human resources and financial management.
The SCoE is a milestone in the Army's journey toward transformation, modernization and realignment, Chambers added.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Soldiers, civilians and family members raised six flags representing the SCoE and its five subordinate elements - the Quartermaster, Ordnance and Transportation Schools, the Soldier Support Institute and the Army Logistics University.