By Sgt. Cheryl Cox, 1st Cavalry Division Public AffairsDecember 27, 2007
FORT HOOD, Texas - Nearly 18 months after casing their colors in preparation for one year in Iraq, the 15th Sustainment Brigade returned to Fort Hood and uncased their colors following a 15-month deployment.
While in Iraq, the "Wagonmaster" brigade assumed command and control of four battalions that grew to eight battalions, and were dispersed between two separate locations in Multi-National Division - Baghdad's area of operations; Victory Base Complex in Baghdad and Camp Taji to the north.
With over four thousand eight hundred Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from 14 states, Puerto Rico and Germany, the 15th Sustainment Brigade was the largest single brigade in MND-B.
"It has been a fast paced 18 months since this Brigade left 'The Great Place', here at Fort Hood and settled in at Taji, Iraq, where we supported over 95,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Marines in MND-Baghdad, MND- North, and MND-Central. Our deployment validated the new construct of modularization as the Brigade grew to seven battalions and almost 5,000 soldiers in Iraq," said Col. Aundre Piggee, a native of Texarkana, Texas, and the commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade.
Beginning in January 2007, they were instrumental to the Baghdad Security Plan as well as the surge of almost 31,000 additional combat forces by transporting thousands of concrete barriers to 30 joint security stations and combat outposts in and around the Iraqi capital.
The past 15 months in combat proved to be a true baptism by fire for the Soldiers and family members of the 15th Sustainment Brigade. Through it all, they were dedicated, motivated, stimulated, exasperated and some times aggravated, but never replicated, said Staff Sgt. Tina McGruder, who hails from New Iberia, La., and provided the narration for the uncasing ceremony.
"Though we have just returned, the Wagonmaster team remains fully committed to meeting America's security challenges. Our team has and will continue to answer our nation's call. Our Soldiers are trained and ready for whatever the mission requires," said Piggee. "Be safe and continue to re-integrate yourself with your loved ones. We are getting ready for the holiday; make sure you enjoy your well deserved time off and be safe. I want to see all of you at the end of this holiday season. I need all of you as part of my team."