FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers assigned to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command gathered for a deployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall, hosted by Col. Timothy M. Gallagher, chief of staff, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, May 25.
The Red Team, as the 1st TSC forward deploying Soldiers are referred to, their families, friends, and other 1st TSC team members assembled to say good-bye, as they prepared to travel to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where they will relieve the Blue Team, who will be returning home soon. Designated Red, White, and Blue Teams, comprised of Soldiers from the 1st TSC, continuously complete 6-month deployment rotations.
“This team, and the specialized skill sets that each of its members were chosen for, will serve as the connective tissue between our current operations and the future needs of our Warfighters on the battlefield,” Gallagher said.
They are trained human resource specialists, automated logistics specialists, petroleum, communication, and legal specialists – just to name a few.
As part of their ongoing mission, these Soldiers augment 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 USCENTCOM AOR.
“Additionally, during periods of transition, they remain 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,” Gallagher added.
They prepared for their mission with months of training, which included dozens of classroom and individual readiness training exercises to include marksmanship, medical, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, and a whole host of other preparatory tasks.
The deploying team plans on a Winter 2023 return to Fort Knox and their families.
Gallagher emphasized to the deploying Soldiers and family members that they can always rely on the 1st TSC for assistance – day or night – and that “we will always be standing by to support you and help with any needs that arise.”
“Reach out to us here if you need anything at all, and please do not leave the ceremony today without knowing who to call if needed,” he added.
The 1st TSC provides centralized sustainment Command and Control and executes predictive and precise operational-level sustainment to the Army, Joint Force, and Unified Action Partners to enable multi-domain operations in support of the Combatant Command (U.S. Central Command) and the Theater Army/Combined Forces Land Component Command.