Soldiers of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command are welcomed home by their friends and families during redeployment operations at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 15, 2021. The Soldiers returned from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after supporting 1st TSC's operations at the operational command post for six months. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris)
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command are welcomed home by their friends and families during redeployment operations at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 15, 2021. The Soldiers returned from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after supporting 1st TSC's operations at the operational command post for six months. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris) (Photo Credit: Spc. Kaylee Harris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Jimmie Baker, public affairs specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, is welcomed home by friends and family during a redeployment operation at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 15, 2021. Baker was deployed as part of the team that rotates forward to support operations in the 1st TSC's operational command post at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris)
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Jimmie Baker, public affairs specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, is welcomed home by friends and family during a redeployment operation at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 15, 2021. Baker was deployed as part of the team that rotates forward to support operations in the 1st TSC's operational command post at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris) (Photo Credit: Spc. Kaylee Harris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Michel M. Russell Sr., commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, welcomes home the team of Soldiers returning from deployment to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 15, 2021 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris)
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Soldiers and civilians of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command hold welcome home posters for the Soldiers redeploying from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 15, 2021 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris)
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Sgt. 1st Class, Jonathon Grape, support operations noncommissioned officer in charge, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, is welcomed home by friends and family during redeployment operations at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 15, 2021. The 1st TSC is continuously deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to provide mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris)
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FORT KNOX, Ky. – Members of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s Strategic Operations and Plans Blue Team returned to Fort Knox, Kentucky Dec. 15, after completing a six-month deployment to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where they helped plan and facilitate the rapid and historic exit of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan in July 2021.

Maj. Gen. Michel M. Russell Sr., commanding general, 1st TSC, welcomed his teammates home.

“Absorb this moment,” Russell said. “You became part of history.”

Nearly two dozen Soldiers returned to cheers from teammates and hugs from family members in front of the 1st TSC headquarters building where they departed from in June. Children were jumping up and down and loved ones waved “welcome home” signs as they waited for their Soldiers to return home for the holidays.

In addition to the Afghanistan operations, the SOaP Blue Team planned and facilitated the establishment of Theater Safe Haven Operations at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, in August 2021 and had many other accomplishments over the past six months.

As part of their ongoing mission, the SOaP serves as the 1st TSC Main Command Post’s constant forward presence, always ready to respond to contingencies and set the conditions for successful sustainment operations across the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

During periods of transition, the SOaP remains the continuity for the rotational Expeditionary Sustainment Commands supporting the 1st TSC and U.S. Army Central, helping to accelerate shared understanding and reduce the risk to the mission.

“On behalf of the command, thank you for allowing us the time we had with your Soldiers,” Russell said, addressing the assembled family members. “Now enjoy this Christmas together,” he said.

The commanding general added that he didn’t want to take any more of their time with a speech as he released them to their families.

The SOaP Red Team deployed in early December, replacing this team and carrying on the mission of ensuring warfighters have the supplies and transportation capabilities they need to accomplish their mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.