SEATTLE - The 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, a U.S. Army Reserve unit headquartered at historic Fort Lawton here, began a new era today as it assumed command and control of Reserve units in seven states.

The 364th ESC, known as "The Puget Sound Sustainers," is a logistics command which provides supply, maintenance, transportation, and human resources services to the Army and joint U.S. military forces. Its motto is, "Sustain the Fight!"

As the major Army Reserve command in the Pacific Northwest, the 364th ESC oversees more than 40 units located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. The units have more than 4,000 Reserve soldiers and more than 345 full-time soldiers and civilian employees.

"This is a major step forward for the Army Reserve in the Pacific Northwest, and in the Western states," said Brig. Gen. Jonathan G. Ives, commanding general of the 364th ESC. "The capabilities and experience these units bring to the table mean we're able to provide logistical support to operations anywhere, at any time."

The 364th ESC's new major subordinate units include the 654th Regional Support Group in Tacoma, the 652nd Regional Support Group in Helena, Mont., and the 96th Sustainment Brigade, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Capt. Christopher Larsen is the public affairs officer for the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.