'Providers' bid farewell to 'Victory' Bn
June 28, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Victory Battalion said it's goodbyes to the Marne Family, June 21. The 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division, cased their colors for inactivation.
"After 45 years of continuous activity duty service to our Army and Nation we bid farewell," Col. Ron Novack said, commander of 3rd Sustainment Brigade. "It didn't take long for them to begin to write its proud history as selfless supporters."
For nearly 38 years, 260th QM Bn. actively supported Hunter Army Airfield and Savannah, Ga. "The city of Savannah opened their arms to the 260th and treated them like one of their own," Col. Novack said.
"Savannah went the extra mile to ensure our Soldiers and Families were cared for, they gave resounding send-offs, cheers them when they returned and mourned with them for their losses."
The 260th QM Bn. gave just as much back to the community by supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank for the homeless, Paint the town pink for breast cancer awareness, and volunteered at the Wesley Center for underprivileged children, and partnered with five local schools for mentorship.
"Regardless of the mission, regardless of the location, regardless of the conditions the soldiers of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion successfully executed their mission and maintained their sterling reputation," Col. Novack said. "It's not a reputation that is given, it is a reputation that is earned from tough realistic training, battle hardened with multiple deployments supporting America's wars long separations from their Families and yet the victory battalion supported every mission spectacularly and no American Soldier ever went without support as long as a 260th Soldier was participating in that operation."
The Victory Battalion has had five companies and over 900 Soldiers within the battalion at one point but only two companies remained for the inactivation ceremony. The two remaining companies have been moved to fall under Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Bde., 3rd ID.
"Remember the Legacy of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion will be long remembered and never lost," Col. Novack said. "The Command Team are two of the most outstanding leaders you will ever find in our Army today."
The most recent Command Team for 260th QM Bn., Command Sgt. Maj. Dexter Speights and Lt. Col. Jimmy Brown have had teams deployed 23 out of their 24 months of command, supporting combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. They are both gaining opportunities to better their careers.
Command Sergeant Major Speights will become the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. in Camp Henry, Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Brown will be Col. Novack's new Deputy Commanding Officer and help prepare the Providers of 3rd Sustainment Brigade for deployment in Afghanistan this winter.
"Commanding this Battalion has been the most professionally and personally rewarding experience of my career, I had fun every day," Lt. Col. Brown said. "It has been an absolute blast serving as one of [Col. Novack's] subordinate Commanders and I'm grateful for the leadership, mentorship, and the opportunity to continue to serve in the 3rd Sustainment Brigade."