By Spc. Bradley J. Wancour
Third Army/ARCENT Public Affairs
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait --Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group Task Force 11 transferred authority to the 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group here Oct. 15.
The 1108th TASMG will be assuming TASMG TF 11's mission of maintaining and supporting Army aircrafts in Third Army's area of responsibility.
"Soldiers of Task Force 11, almost 11 months ago I stood here and challenged you to do three things during this deployment," Col. Paul J. Cisar, TASMG TF 11 commander and resident of Aberdeen, Md. said. "First and foremost, to take care of each other; second, to work as a team; and lastly, I asked for your best efforts."
Cisar went on to say the Soldiers under his command accepted the challenge and took it to the next level.
"There are several numbers that measure success," Cisar explained. "Some would point to the 230 Army aircrafts we repaired, or the hundreds of work orders and thousands of man hours we executed."
For Cisar, the numbers which truly mattered were not the number of aircrafts repaired, or the amount of time spent, but something else entirely.
"Zero; the number of Task Force casualties suffered, despite having 13 combat action badges awarded," Cisar stated. "Ninety seven percent, the overall Army Physical Fitness Test pass rate. And 100 percent, the amount of feedback I received from each and every subordinate commander."
Cisar explained these numbers showed, without a doubt, the TASMG TF 11 met the three goals he laid out for them nearly a year ago. However, there was one more number significant to Cisar.
"Regrets, I have only one. I will never again have the privilege and honor of serving with such a great team," Cisar said.
Despite the regret of his predecessor, Col. George R. Berry, 1108th TASMG commander and native of Madison, Miss., had nothing but good things to say about his Cisar and TASMG TF 11.
"You've made your nation proud, you've made the Army proud, you've made the National Guard proud, and your individual states proud," Berry said.
Berry also emphasized the importance of Soldiers taking care of Soldiers.
"If we take care of each other, I am fully confident we can accomplish our mission here," Berry stated.
Berry asked two visitors to stand and introduced them as Air Assault Soldiers.
"Their lives are in our hands," Berry said. "We must never lose focus of that fact during our deployment."
Units like TASMG TF 11 and 1108th TASMG are shaping the future for Third Army and Servicemembers in theater by working hard to provide support whenever and wherever needed.