By Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley

15th Sustainment Brigade

public affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Paul Wentz, commander of the 13th Sustainment Command, participated in a 15th Sustainment Brigade, commander's conference Thursday.

Col. Larry Phelps, 15th Sustainment Brigade, commander and Greenville, Ala., native, along with the commanders and command sergeants major of each "Wagonmaster" battalion, met with the general to receive his guidance, brief him on battalion-level affairs and ask questions.

The conference was the second of its kind since the 15th took over U.S. military logistical operations for northern Iraq in October, Capt. Elaina Hill, a Fairbanks, Alaska, native and the 15th Sustainment Brigade adjunctant, said. The commanders met the first time to discuss the effects of the transfer of authority from the 16th Sustainment to the 15th Sustainment Brigade and future operations. This time, Hill explained, the conference was needed because four additional battalions have come under "Wagonmaster" control since the start of the new year.

The conference was intended to ensure that the 13th Sustainment Command's priorities were understood and followed at the battalion level and for the battalion commanders and command sergeants major to receive the general's guidance personally, Lt. Col. Joe Dixon, commander of 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, and Chicago native, said.

"(It's) so he can look battalion commanders and command sergeants major in the eye," Dixon said.

According to Dixon, one of the main topics of discussion was Strategic Reposturing of Equipment and Personnel or SREP - part of the Army's continuing effort to reduce its presence in the country.

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