By Cpl. Jessica R. HamptonAugust 3, 2010
FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers of the 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and family members looked on as the Wranglers uncased their colors during a small ceremony here July 16.
During their most recent deployment to Iraq, the Wranglers were responsible for the country's finance and human resources missions.
The 15th STB took control of the Contingency Operating Location Q-West mayor cell, and they were responsible for 1,200 Soldiers from Basra in southern Iraq to Habur Gate on the northern border with Turkey and played a vital part in the transfer of Q-West to the Government of Iraq.
The Base Closure Team executed their mission with dignity and honor, Lt. Col. Paula Lodi, commander, 15th STB, 15th Sus. Bde., 13th ESC said.
"There was no greater sense of satisfaction for our team than ending the mission on time and on target," Lodi said.
Lodi and Master Sgt. Donald Hutchinson, rear detachment senior noncommissioned officer, 15th STB, 15th Sus. Bde., 13th ESC, uncased the colors signifying the end of a nine month tour in Iraq and officially marking the battalion's return to Fort Hood.
"We are back in the saddle ready to continue our tradition of taking care of families while accomplishing the mission," Lodi said.
During the ceremony, Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Support Command (Expeditionary) recognized the Soldiers assigned to the 15th Sus. Bde. rear detachment, "Team Wagonmaster", for their support throughout the deployment.
The rear detachment successfully executed an important mission of handling things on the home front, so that the brigade could focus on the mission forward, Phelps said.
Speaking from experience, Phelps explained to "Team Wagonmaster" that he understands that being on rear detachment is an important, but not-so-easy, mission.
Both the Wranglers and Wagonmasters are scheduled to relocate to Fort Bliss later this year.