Fort Buchanan, PR- Approximately 60 soldiers assigned to the 393rd Combat
Sustaintment Support Battalion (CSSB), US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, arrived
to Puerto Rico from Afghanistan, 12 April, after being mobilized close to a
year.

"We are deeply proud of each one of you. I realize that your mission was not
easy. It was a high visibility mission and a critical one, and you executed
it flawlessly", said Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernandez, Senior Army Reserve
officer in the Caribbean.

The troops conducted logistic operations and coordination of supplies and
sustaintment at Camp Leatherneck, the largest Marine base in Afghanistan.
They also provided critical support to the Southwest and West regional
commands.

The soldiers supervised over 260 tactical convoys, traveling approximately 1
million miles over some of the most dangerous zones in a Afghanistan.

As part of their mission, the members of the largest US Army command in the
Caribbean transported over 38,000 tons of sustainment, 760,000 gallons of
fuel and retrograding more than 4,800 pieces of equipment during their
tenure.

"The numbers speak volumes for the soldiers of 'Logistical Task Force
Taino,'" said Lt. Col. Louis Feliciano, commander of the 393rd CSSB.

Sgt. Ramon Russe, a Morovis, PR native, was one of the soldiers who returned
home.

"I am extremely happy to be back in Puerto Rico. I am ready to see my family
and my children", said the Chemical Operations Specialist, who has four
children.

A group of energized family members gathered at the Luis Muñoz Marin Airport
in Carolina, PR to receive the troops.

The 393rd CSSB is the second US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico unit that has
returned from Afghanistan in 2013.

The Army Reserve-Puerto Rico has mobilized over 5,000 soldiers since the
year 2001.