One Fort Hood commanding general told Cove business leaders that despite the U.S. president’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, more troops are scheduled to deploy to the region in the coming weeks and months.

Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters spoke to chamber members and soldiers and spouses of 13th Sustainment Command at the Military Affairs Committee chamber dinner.

He said soldiers of 4th Sustainment Brigade will deploy in July followed by the 13th’s headquarters this fall.

While deployed, the logistical command provides sustainment and distribution support echelons to units above a brigade level.

Support includes distribution of health and comfort items, uniforms and individual soldier equipment, tents, tools, housekeeping supplies and equipment. The 13th also provides fuel, construction and barrier materials, ammunition, and repair parts.

“We provide the bullets, the fuel, and the parts. Without us, things don’t run,” LeMasters said.

While at Fort Hood, the 13th provides sustainment support to all units on the installation, including the 1st Cavalry Division, six different brigades and several other tenant organizations. The command also provides reinforcing support to the Directorate of Logistics.

LeMasters and Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Burton were honored with baseball caps embroidered with the Dawg logo from the Copperas Cove Independent School District.

“It is spelled correctly. The ‘w’ in Dawg stands for winners because we are about winning in Copperas Cove,” Deputy Superintendent Katie Ryan said.

The unit also was presented a certificate by chamber officials and City Council members. Chamber President Betty Price said the military affairs council dinner is hosted by the chamber eight times annually.

“We do this not because it’s part of our job, but because we genuinely want to do this. We love our military and we hope that you will love Cove,” Price said.

Council member Marty Smith emceed the event, which about 75 people attended. Every soldier was partnered with a Cove official or business leader to enjoy dinner and learn more about the Copperas Cove community.

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