'Kings of the Road' close final chapter of storied history
October 20, 2011
FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 20, 2011) -- The Kings of the Road - the 64th Transportation Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 49th Quartermaster Group - closed another chapter in its history during an inactivation ceremony Friday at the Post Field House.
The 64th, first activated in 1936 as a quartermaster truck regiment, operated at a number of installations including Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Knox, Ky., Okinawa, Japan, Fort Bragg, N.C. and Fort Lee.
"It is with great pleasure and honor that I am a part of this historical ceremony," said Lt. Col. Albert Tapp, 530th CSSB commander.
"The 64th is one of the most decorated units in the 49th Group," Tapp said. "With its 10 streamers signifying its proud history, the guidon will soon travel to the Department of Heraldry until called for activation again if needed."
Tapp went on to commend the company and its leadership during the processes leading to the unit's inactivation.
"I have to say the unit's performance was outstanding and the best I have seen," he said. "I wish the best for all Soldiers assigned to this unit as they move on to new assignments, many to units outside of the Fort Lee area.
The unit's commander, Capt. Taron S. Dukes, thanked the members of the unit for making his job easy.
"All of the successes of this company, I have enjoyed because of the excellent Soldiers, NCOs and leaders under my command," he said. "I am honored to have served with each of them."
The members of the 64th recently completed a yearlong deployment to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Other significant combat tours include support of World War II in New Guinea, and a tour to Vietnam in 1966.