CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- The 5th Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Battalion cased its colors and handed the LOGCAP support mission to the 4th LOGCAP Support Battalion during a transfer of authority ceremony here, Oct. 11.
The 5th LOGCAP Support Battalion worked during the last nine months to improve quality of life and enable mission success for U.S. forces and coalition partners across 28 base camps supporting three named operations in four countries.
The 4th LOGCAP Support Battalion will continue oversight of the LOGCAP mission of providing logistic and base life support throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility under the command of Lt. Col. Shanna Spears.
Col. Jeffrey Niemi, commander, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, presided over the ceremony.
"I've had the opportunity to plan and actually use and consume LOGCAP support over the years," Niemi said. "The Logistics Civil Augmentation Program is a critical enabler for our nation and the Army. It enables the Army to have flexibility with regard to force structure and provide logistics support that fills gaps that the Army components can't provide."
To mark the transfer of authority, the 5th LOGCAP Support Battalion command team cased their unit colors, then the 4th LOGCAP Support Battalion command team uncased their unit colors, which will be posted for the duration of their deployment.
In his farewell remarks, Lt. Col. Torrie Jackson, commander, 5th LOGCAP Support Battalion thanked his unit and his family, and welcomed the 4th LOGCAP Support Battalion.
"I want to thank the Soldiers of the 5th LOGCAP Support Battalion for their sacrifice and most of all for supporting me," Jackson said. "My success as a commander is a reflection of the hard work and professionalism of the 5th LOGCAP team. Everyone I came into contact with, no matter the conversation, you all had a positive effect on me."
LOGCAP provides base life support services, warehousing and materiel management services, transportation services, maintenance services, engineering and construction, emergency services, and additional special services.