Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public
Fort Campbell, KY – The deputy commanding general for United States Army Materiel Command, Lt. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, visited units here, August 9th.
“I want to know what is going well and what we need to do in those areas that are facing challenges,” said Wyche.
Wyche’s first stop was with the leaders of Fort Campbell’s Mission and Installation Contracting Command.
Angela Jacobs, deputy director for Fort Campbell’s MICC, shared the organization’s services and accomplishments. Two individuals from MICC received coins from Wyche for their outstanding work and performance.After the MICC, Wyche toured the Army Field Support Battalion – Campbell headquarters building where individuals, including Maj. Lucas Rand, Special Operations Force Logistics Support Team Chief with AFSBn-Campbell, briefed about the battalion’s capabilities.
Rand said the brief highlighted some of the services AFSBn-Campbell has on the installation as well as successes they have made while supporting the units on post.
Wyche also met with Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, acting commanding general for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to talk about the division’s current and future operations.
After the meeting, brigade and support battalion command teams from around the installation joined Wyche in a luncheon at the 101st Abn. Div. Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” dining facility. The luncheon gave command teams the opportunity discuss with Wyche any challenges they are facing with their equipment.
Following lunch, Wyche sat with the senior leaders from the “Lifeliner” Brigade to receive an overview about the brigade’s operations.
Lt. Col. Wally Vives-Ocasio, commander of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., briefed Wyche on her battalion’s personnel structure and current and future missions.
“I really wanted to emphasize what our special troops battalion, here, has to offer compared to other STBs in the Army,” said Vives-Ocasio. “We have a signal company, which most STBs don’t have, and a human resource and finance company that perform day-to-day missions, whether deployed or in garrison.”
“It’s about developing the next generation of leaders that will lead our great Army,” said Wyche about the session. “You have to take and make time to talk to these young upcoming leaders.”
Wyche stated that readiness is not just ensuring Soldiers are physically fit and proficiently trained on tasks and equipment, but making sure their Families are prepared for missions as well.
“We ask an awful lot from our Soldiers and especially their Families,” said Wyche. “We can never say thank you enough to all the Families supporting our Soldiers.”
After the LPD, Wyche recognized seven Soldiers on stage during a coin presentation ceremony.
Wyche said he had an ‘outstanding’ time, here.
“I was able to talk to senior leadership from around the installation and interact with Soldiers,” said Wyche. “I’m leaving with some rocks in my rucksack and hope to provide some aid to these challenges from my side.”