HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD Ga. -Approximately 200 Soldiers from 3rd Sustainment Brigade deployed to Iraq, April 24. Their mission is to plan, coordinate and execute the movement of equipments from Iraq during the next 12 months.

"The challenges these Soldiers will face will undoubtedly be among the most formidable any logisticians have faced in the history of warfare," said Capt. Christopher Yeazel, S3 officer in charge, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade.

Prior to boarding the aircraft, Col. Shawn Morrissey, 3rd Sustainment Brigade commander, once again thanked the Soldiers.
"What you do for this nation is remarkable," he said. "For you all to volunteer to do what you do for this great nation is beyond my comprehension. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do. We are going to do an historical mission and Command Sgt. Maj. [Clifton] Johnson and I are very proud to be your command team."

Command Sergeant Major Johnson, 3rd Sustainment Brigade command sergeant major, reiterated the importance of safety in his speech to the Soldiers.

"Safety - from the time we cross the border of Iraq (to the) time we get back to our loved ones - safety," he said. "This is going to be a great tour, and my battle buddy and I are excited about it. We've got a great team, we trained well and we are ready to go execute the mission."

He concluded by asking the Soldiers if they were motivated, and with a thunderous response that shook the building, they said "HOOAH" and headed to the flight line to board the plane for Iraq.