• More than 250 Soldiers salute the colors during the 257th Movement Control Battalion transfer of authority ceremony on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. The 257th MCB transferred authority to the 49th MCB, who will take over joint movement control operations in Bagram and Kandahar. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)

    257TH MCB transfers authority to 49th MCB

    More than 250 Soldiers salute the colors during the 257th Movement Control Battalion transfer of authority ceremony on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. The 257th MCB transferred authority to the 49th MCB, who will take over joint movement control...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. James C. Vickers, the senior enlisted leader for the 257th Movement Control Battalion (left) and Lt. Col. Kevin F. Meisler, commander of the 257th MCB, prepare to case the colors during a transfer of authority ceremony on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield.The 257th MCB transferred authority to the 49th MCB, who will take over joint movement control operations in Bagram and Kandahar (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)

    257TH MCB transfers authority to 49th MCB

    Command Sgt. Maj. James C. Vickers, the senior enlisted leader for the 257th Movement Control Battalion (left) and Lt. Col. Kevin F. Meisler, commander of the 257th MCB, prepare to case the colors during a transfer of authority ceremony on July 18...

  • Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, commanding general, Joint Sustainment Command " Afghanistan (bottom middle), talked and posed for photos with Soldiers from different movement control teams on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. Soldiers from the movement control teams attended the 257th MCB transfer of authority ceremony as guidon bearers for their units. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)

    257TH MCB transfers authority to 49th MCB

    Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, commanding general, Joint Sustainment Command " Afghanistan (bottom middle), talked and posed for photos with Soldiers from different movement control teams on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. Soldiers from the movement...

  • Spc. Justin Lyles, an operation specialist, 558th Movement Control Team (left), Sgt. 1st Class Joenathan Mcallister, a first sergeant, 558th MCT and Cpt. Anthony Calingo, commander, 558th MCT, eat cake after the 257th Movement Control Battalion transfer of Authority ceremony on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. The 558th MCT is one of 19 MCT's under the movement control battalions command. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)

    257TH MCB transfers authority to 49th MCB

    Spc. Justin Lyles, an operation specialist, 558th Movement Control Team (left), Sgt. 1st Class Joenathan Mcallister, a first sergeant, 558th MCT and Cpt. Anthony Calingo, commander, 558th MCT, eat cake after the 257th Movement Control Battalion...

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan. (July 18, 2012) -- The 257th Movement Control Battalion based out of Gainesville, Fla., transferred authority of all joint movement control operations to the 49th Movement Control Battalion during a ceremony on July 18, 2012 at Bagram Airfield.

More than 250 Soldiers attended the ceremony including Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, commanding general, Joint Sustainment Command -- Afghanistan, who gave the opening remarks for the event.

"I'm so proud of our unit because usually a movement control battalion has ten movement control teams under its command, but we managed to effectively command 19 teams between Bagram and Kandahar," Lt. Col. Kevin F. Meisler, commander, 257th MCB said. "It feels great to leave Bagram knowing we did our job."

With more than 500 U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and U.S. Air Force service members making up the 257th MCB, the battalion was responsible for the $2.16 billion Host Nation Trucking Contract closeout.
The 257th MCB also had oversight and management of $984,000,000 National Afghan Trucking contract and improved the In-Transit Visibility database saving the U.S. government more than $700,000.

Lt. Col. Charles H. Blumenfeld, commander, 49th MCB said his unit will continue to improve the foundation the 257th MCB has laid throughout Afghanistan.

"The great thing about the Army is not only how we prepare to carry out missions, but how Soldiers respond to challenges they may encounter," Blumenfeld said. "I believe my Soldiers are not only dedicated to our mission, but will strive for excellence while we're here."

For the 257th MCB, it is the end of a mission that spread their battalion throughout thirty locations in Afghanistan and gave them the opportunity to not only work with other services, but form relationships with Afghan citizens.

Meisler said he wants his soldiers to hold their heads high because even though they didn't have the most glorified job in theater, they sustained the war fighter in one of the most austere logistical locations on earth.

"We never dropped the ball once," Meisler said. "The camaraderie, mentorship and friendship between all of our brothers and sisters at arms made the deployment bearable and enjoyable making me proud to be a soldier."

Page last updated Mon July 23rd, 2012 at 10:13