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129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion un-case colors after their return to Fort Campbell from deployment

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, uncased their battalion’s colors during a ceremony January 30th, 2020 following a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

“The un-casing ceremony isn’t about me or the team that came back,” said Lt. Col. Eric Anderson, 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion commander, as he spoke to family and friends in the audience.

Lt. Col. Eric Anderson (right), commander of the 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Oudenhaven (left), 129th Div. Sust. Support Battalion senior enlisted advisor, uncase their battalion colors during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Jan. 30. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Eric Anderson (right), commander of the 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Oudenhaven (left), 129th Div. Sust. Support Battalion senior enlisted advisor, uncase their battalion colors during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Jan. 30. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“It’s important to thank the leadership that spent the nine months back here running the show while we were gone,” Anderson stated.

While deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve, “Lifeliners” Soldiers with 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion “Task Force Hammer” provided uninterrupted transportation of supplies and equipment throughout Kuwait in support of U.S. forces from April – December 2019.

Lt. Col. Eric Anderson (left), commander, 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and Sgt. Maj. Jesse Oudenhaven (right), senior enlisted advisor, 129th Div. Sust. Support battalion, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault) Sust. Bde., stand before the battalion during a traditional ceremony held to un-case the battalion colors, Jan. 30, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Eric Anderson (left), commander, 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and Sgt. Maj. Jesse Oudenhaven (right), senior enlisted advisor, 129th Div. Sust. Support battalion, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault) Sust. Bde., stand before the battalion during a traditional ceremony held to un-case the battalion colors, Jan. 30, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Taskforce Hammer touched nearly every piece of tactical sustainment materiel within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Whether that was supporting the draw down in Afghanistan, the re-alignment of forces and equipment in Syria, the redeployment of an Armored Brigade Combat Team, or enabling allies in Iraq.

The 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion played a critical role in support of transportation, maintenance, supply and services supporting 1st Theater Sustainment Command and U.S. Army Central priorities.

Taskforce Hammer executed more than 2,100 transportation movements, totaling more than 665,000 miles driven; executed 14 port debarkation missions; transported hundreds of containers to supply points throughout Kuwait and the drawdown in Afghanistan.

During the deployment, members of the Tennessee National Guard reported to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade to form a temporary command team for the battalion.

Soldiers of 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, render honors during the battalion’s colors uncasing ceremony, Jan. 30, at Fort Campbell. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, render honors during the battalion’s colors uncasing ceremony, Jan. 30, at Fort Campbell. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“We thank them for their service and dedication to the Soldiers that made the mission while sacrificing their normal day-to-day lives to sign up to be on active duty,” Anderson said.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Kearny, Tennessee National Guard, was the battalion commander during this time and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal along with 1st Sgt. Brian Goode, Tennessee National Guard, who served as the battalion command sergeant major.

Col. Stephanie Barton, commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to the Soldiers of 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion before the battalion’s uncasing ceremony, Jan. 30. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Stephanie Barton, commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to the Soldiers of 129th Division Sustainment Support Battalion before the battalion’s uncasing ceremony, Jan. 30. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“Saying good-bye was bittersweet,” Kearny said. “I’m going to miss this experience a great deal, but I’m thankful to have it none-the-less. This was an opportunity of a lifetime for a National Guardsman career.”


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