• Lt. Col. John Hickey, the commander of the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and an Alexandria, Va., native, handed off the ceremonial key and microphone to Col. Richard Kaiser, the commander of the 20th Eng. Bde., and a Milwaukee, Wis., native, as he prepares to take command of the Mayor Cell operation days before the official Transfer of Authority dinner on Contingency Operation Base Adder. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Angiene L. Myers)

    4th STB relinquish command of Mayor Cell to Eng. Bde.

    Lt. Col. John Hickey, the commander of the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and an Alexandria, Va., native, handed off the ceremonial key and microphone to Col. Richard Kaiser, the...

  • Lt. Col. John Hickey, the commander of the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and an Alexandria, Va., native, and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Coleman, command sergeant major for the 4th STB, and a Beaumont, Texas, native, handed coins to the Airmen of 467th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, for a job well done during the week leading up to the Mayor Cell Transfer of Authority on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, July 14. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Angiene L. Myers)

    4th STB relinquish command of Mayor Cell to Eng. Bde.

    Lt. Col. John Hickey, the commander of the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and an Alexandria, Va., native, and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Coleman, command sergeant major for the 4th STB, and a...

  • Col. Richard Kaiser, the commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade, and a Milwaukee, Wis., native, and Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick, the command sergeant major for the 20th Eng. Bde., and a Brooklyn, N.Y., native addressed service members during the Transfer of Authority dinner of the challenges that lie ahead on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, July 14. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Angiene L. Myers)

    4th STB relinquish command of Mayor Cell to Eng. Bde.

    Col. Richard Kaiser, the commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade, and a Milwaukee, Wis., native, and Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick, the command sergeant major for the 20th Eng. Bde., and a Brooklyn, N.Y., native addressed service members during the...

  • Service members from the 4th Special Troops Battalion and the 20th Engineer Brigade gathered into coalition dining facility for a Transfer of Authority dinner on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, July 14. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Angiene L. Myers)

    4th STB relinquish command of Mayor Cell to Eng. Bde.

    Service members from the 4th Special Troops Battalion and the 20th Engineer Brigade gathered into coalition dining facility for a Transfer of Authority dinner on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, July 14. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Angiene...

“A change in mission for the STB headquarters is fairly routine,” said Lt. Col. John Hickey, the commander of the 4th STB, and an Alexandria, Va., native. “We have gone through three major changes of mission since I took command. The staff has really developed the ability to re-orient and reorganize to make sure the right focus is in the right place to do our job.”
Hickey expressed the advantage of initially having the 4th STB take command of the Mayor Cell mission and then handing it off to the 20th Eng. Bde., as the base prepares to close out at the end of the year.
“What we ended up with is, the perfect combination of having a sustainment brigade take the Mayor Cell and work through all those logistic tasks. Get it organized, get it postured and hand it off to the Engineers,” he said. “They are well suited to deal with facilities planning and the more mathematical requirements of facilities engineering towards the end.”
After both command teams handed out coins to deserving Soldiers and Airmen who helped make the Mayor Cell mission and the TOA a success, Col. Richard Kaiser, commander of the 20th Eng. Bde., and a Milwaukee, Wis., native, addressed the harsh realities of what’s to come on COB Adder.
“The mission is different ladies and gentlemen. If you haven’t figured that out yet, you will in the next few weeks,” he said “We are about to enter into a different phase of being here and for all my friends at the 4th STB, who will run operations out of the south post, you’re going to be pretty busy.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick, the command sergeant major for the 20th Eng. Bde., and a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, backed his commander by expanding on what lies ahead.
“We have an awesome mission ahead of us,” said Kendrick, “No one has ever done this before and it will be a leadership challenge. All Soldiers have to be engaged and we have to finish strong.”
Kendrick concluded his remarks by thanking the Soldiers of the 4th STB for greeting the 20th Eng. Bde. with open arms and helping them make a smooth transition from Joint Base Balad to COB Adder.

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