JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 visited 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) logistics operations here to assess theater operations throughout Iraq, Feb. 18.

Escorted by Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, 3d ESC commanding general, Stevenson visited the 3d ESC public affairs office, Corps Distribution Center, Forward Redistribution Point, the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade and received briefings on sustainment operations at Joint Base Balad ranging from public affairs to a viewing of Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles and fire suppression systems.

Stevenson visited these key sustainment logistics operations to assess the equipment distribution process during the transformation process allowing Iraqis take an active role in their National distribution system in Iraq.

Serving as the Army G-4, his office enhances Soldiers logistics readiness by proving integrated policies and programs that can be sustained in a joint operations environment.

Stevenson spoke briefly about the sustainment mission performed, executed by the 3d ESC.

"The Sustainment Brigades are the face to the customers," he said. "They tell the customer what he needs to know and the things he don't need to know."

Throughout the afternoon, Stevenson visited the 3d ESC public affairs office. He was briefed on how the PAO plays a vital role in telling the "Sustainer Story," by reaching hometown communities. The PAO staff said some of the success is created by utilizing available media outlets and marketing networks like the Digital Video and Imagery Distribution system (DVIDS), radio interviews and video conferences.

Stevenson's other visits to Joint Base Balad logistics operations were the 259th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion who monitors major distribution operational activities for the Corps Distributions Center and Forward Redistributions point.

The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade provided a static display of the MRAP vehicles and the Fire Suppression System. Two of his final stops during his sustainer visit were the Redistribution Property and Assistant Team (RPAT) yard, and the Convoy Support Center.

While his visit was part of assessing the 3d ESC logistics operation in Iraq, he continued his visit to Camp Taji, Iraq where he was welcomed by 10th Sustainment Brigade and toured the Taji National Maintenance Depot (NMD) and General Transport Regiment (GTR). He was briefed by the Fort Drum-based sustainment brigade on their partnership and training the Iraqi Army of logistics operations.

Story by First Sgt. Reginald Smith