By Sgt. Terence EwingsMarch 19, 2013
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - As U.S. forces transfer bases to Iraqi control as part of their mission in support of Operation New Dawn, supply specialists and logisticians serve in a seldom seen role of returning and restocking large amounts of supplies from those installations.
U.S. Division-North and 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General-Support Brig. Gen. James F. Pasquarette recently recognized Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Brown, logistician for 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, for his hard work and expertise as a supply sergeant working to support the advise, train and assist mission.
"Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Brown has been instrumental in transitioning responsibility [for Joint Security Station Heider] over to the Iraqi government," said Pasquarette.
Prior to the transfer ceremony of JSS Heider, Pasquarette awarded the supply sergeant with an Army Commendation Medal for the logistics work Brown contributed to the squadron.
"Brown and the other 6th Sqdn., 8th Cav. Regt. troopers have done a great job setting the conditions so the Iraqi security forces can be successful in the future," said Pasquarette.
Upon arrival to Iraq in summer 2010, Brown coordinated and supervised the movement of the squadron's soldiers and equipment to Contingency Operating Site Sykes and five other remote combat outposts.
During the past year, Brown assisted in transferring three of the five outposts to the Iraqi government; most recently JSS Heider.
"It feels really good to see logisticians recognized for the hard work we put in behind the scenes," said Brown, a native of Luling, La. "This isn't a combat-specific military occupation, so it's nice to be known for doing what I do best."