By Sgt. 1st Class Rhonda M. Lawson, 3rd Sustainment Brigade Public AffairsAugust 20, 2009
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion welcomed a new addition to the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Friday during the 495th Movement Control Team activation ceremony here.
The 495th, formerly stationed in Vicenza, Italy, deactivated in the spring of 2009 after a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan, and moved to Fort Stewart to join the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
"A great leader once said 'what our nation needs, it cannot buy. It needs Soldiers who consider service to their nation an affair of the heart,'" said 87th CSSB commander, Lt. Col. Kimberly Daub during the ceremony. "Ladies and gentlemen, that is precisely what the Soldiers on this field represent."
During their deployment, the 495th provided movement control functions to Forward Operating Base Salerno, and monitored inbound and outbound cargo. The 495th also provided support to Task Force Fury, which consisted of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
"The 495th has lived an illustrious career serving the Army as it moved here from Vicenza, Italy," Lt. Col. Daub said.
"We are a small, but growing company and a lot is going to be asked and required of you, but always remember hard work pays off," said 2nd Lt. Timothy McRae, 495th commander, said during the ceremony.
The unit is still setting up, but 495th first sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Leon Douglas said the goal is to get all of the Soldiers trained so they can help support the division, which is scheduled to deploy this fall.
"We want to make sure everything goes smoothly," he said.