By Galen Putnam, ASC Public AffairsFebruary 29, 2008
The 411th Contracting Support Brigade was activated during a ceremony Feb. 6 in the Naija Ballroom of the Dragon Hill Lodge at U.S. Army Garrison - Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The brigade, commanded by Col. Daniel T. Cottrell, is headquartered at Camp Coiner, a sub-installation of USAG - Yongsan, and has subordinate units in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Korea.
"I need not tell you that without the work the 41 Soldiers of the 411th do to maintain over 3,000 contractor employees and their over 2,000 family members, our forces would be without a lifeline of support," said Maj. Gen. Robert M. Radin, commanding general of the Army Sustainment Command, who presided over the ceremony.
"I commend the unwavering, behind-the-scenes work the 411th has done, and will continue to do, for the warfighter. Services such as vehicle and weapon maintenance, installation food services, health care, minor construction and IT support may not be the stuff of movie scripts, but they are an integral part of what makes our Army strong," said Radin.
The 411th traces its roots to the establishment of the Eighth Army Procurement Agency (Provisional) in August 1954. The organization transitioned through numerous iterations, including redesignation as the U.S. Army Contracting Command Korea in 1993. The USACCK was assigned to the Army Contracting Agency, headquartered at Falls Church, Va., in 2003.
The unit's mission is to provide comprehensive contracting support to the joint warfighting commands on the Korean Peninsula during armistice, contingency, and war - while being prepared to support contingencies worldwide.