By Maj. Lakesha WarrenMay 24, 2011
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Senior leadership for the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, conducted a town hall meeting with Family members and Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, via video teleconference at the brigade's headquarters at Contingency Operating Base Adder May 18.
Col. Ron Kirklin, a Killeen, Texas, native, and commander, 4th Sust. Bde., and his staff met with the Family members to answer questions or concerns that they had regarding the brigade's deployment, mission and the support provided to the people of Iraq.
One of the largest topics of discussion was the timeframe of Soldiers returning home to their Families.
"The big question: 'When are we coming home'' This is still an unanswered question, but I can tell you to keep the mindset of 12 months," said Kirklin.
Kirklin and Lt. Col. John Hickey, commander, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sust. Bde., and native of Killeen, Texas, discussed topics that ranged from initiatives taken at Fort Hood, support from local leaders in the Central Texas area, Mayor Cell duties in Iraq, newsletters, social media and bringing the troops home safely to their loved ones.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Kirklin expressed his gratitude to all the Families back home for the sacrifices they've endured by sending their Soldiers to support the mission.
"I appreciate what everyone is doing and sacrifices everyone has made, because of what you do we are able to stay focused on the mission out here," said Kirklin. "You're the best! I brag about you all the time, we are truly a great team and family. I am blessed to have your support."