By Pat Young, Fort Stewart Public AffairsAugust 15, 2008
FORT STEWART, GA -- The 3rd Sustainment Brigade continued its redeployment from Iraq with the arrival of 150 Soldiers at Cottrell Field Aug. 7.
The Soldiers returned after a 15-month deployment to northern Iraq where it provided logistics support for 25th Infantry and 1st Armor Division units.
As the Sustainment Brigade Soldiers marched onto Cottrell field they were greeted by music performed by the 3rd Infantry Division Band, and the thunderous cheers of more than 300 friends and Family who waited for the returning heros.
Among that crowd, looking for their father Sgt. Leslie Davidson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Sustainment Brigade to return home, I'Auvion, 6 and Treshawn, 8, said they looked forward to spending time with their dad and going to Disney World with him.
The Davidson Family echoed the feelings of pride in their success, which was noted by the guest speaker.
Brigade support operations officer Lt. Col. Russell Holscher welcomed and praised the Soldiers for their success in northern Iraq.
"Thank you for the absolutely phenomenal job you have done over the past 15 months," Holscher said. "You did a fantastic job and you can be very proud of what you have done over the past 15 months. Welcome home!"
Holsher, who was tapped to take command of the Brigade's Special Troops Battalion later in the year, commented on his pride in the Sustainment Bde.'s performance. He said the unit was responsible for maintenance and logistics across Iraq, including the re-fueling aviation units in Northern Iraq, bottling and providing water across the battlefield, and ensuring dining facilities in a 15,000 square mile area were properly supplied. He said their mission was Herculean, and they surpassed expectations.
Earlier in the week, 70 Sustainment Bde. Soldiers returned in a welcome home ceremony Aug. 4. Redeployments will continue throughout the month.
Understanding that many Soldiers and Family members will experience stress, which is normal for individuals re-integrating at home, Army Community Services provided briefings about services available to those in need including military Family Life Counselors whose council is on a casual, non-recorded basis.