BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- Lt. Col. Danny Robinson took command of the 401st Army Field Support Battalion-Afghanistan during a change of command ceremony, here, July 30.
Robinson assumed command from Lt. Col. Samuel Miller, who held the position since 2015. Miller is now slated to take over as the Transportation Proponent Chief with the Combined Arms Sustainment Command at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Col. Aaron Stanek, commander, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, presided over the ceremony.
"Today we gather to recognize, thank, and bid farewell to Lt. Col. Sam Miller after an outstanding year of command and honor the accomplishments of the unit," Stanek said. "He has the reputation of a team player and has truly dedicated 100 percent of himself to the battalion's mission, and has led with dedication and a commitment second to none."
Under Lt. Col. Miller's watch, the battalion provided mission command for two logistic task forces, two brigade logistics support teams, eight maintenance support teams, two maintenance contract teams, an ammunition abatement detachment, and a logistics support element.
"Sam took command of the Army Field Support Battalion-Afghanistan almost one year ago, and over the last 12 months has led his unit to phenomenal success during a decisive period of constraints and optimization," Stanek said.
To mark the transfer of command, Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Reese, sergeant major of AFSBn-Afghanistan, handed the unit colors to Miller, who then passed them to Stanek. Stanek continued the rotation to Robinson. With his position as commander established, Robinson then passed the colors back to Reese for safekeeping.
In his farewell remarks, Miller thanked his teammates and welcomed Robinson.
"We have accomplished a lot across the spectrum of sustainment maintenance, property accountability, retrograde and most of all, optimization," Miller said. "You all performed well and accomplished the mission.
"I believe the team has set Lt. Col. Danny Robinson up for success and I wish him the best of luck."
Robinson comes to Afghanistan from G4 (logistics) U.S. Army South, at San Antonio, Texas.
"In the past 72 hours of transition I have had an opportunity to walk footprint here and see the team forging critical items for the deployed force," Robinson said. "I look forward to continuing this support and welcome the continued interaction with supported units to ensure as the Army Materiel Command's face to the field we support excellence and remain in the band of excellence in sustainment."
The Commander of Troops for the ceremony was Maj. Tammy Bogart, brigade logistics support team chief, 401st AFSBn-Afghanistan. 401st Brigade Chaplain (Maj.) Mark Thompson gave the invocation. A singing of the national anthem was performed by Maj. Chantaline Caban from Task Force Iron Eagle.