The 4th Sustainment Brigade has four lines of effort while deployed to Afghanistan, said Col. Timothy D. Luedecking, brigade commander.
“First is just sustainment in general,” said the colonel during an interview last month from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The brigade deployed nearly four months ago with about 200 soldiers, and is on target to be the only U.S. Army sustainment brigade in the country.
The brigade’s core mission is to sustain bases across Afghanistan, even as that number decreases with the implementation of the Resolute Support mission.
Next is supporting base closures.
“We inherited a construction management team that helps us manage base closures across Afghanistan,” Luedecking said. “The next is the redeployment and retrograde — right-sizing the materials we have in Afghanistan.
“The last one and most important to me is how we preserve what we call the Wrangler team,” he added. “That’s just keeping our soldiers resilient, keeping them occupied and making sure we’re taking care of our team members.”
Also deployed with the “Wrangler” Brigade’s headquarters is its 4th Special Troops Battalion, the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 49th Transportation Battalion.
“It’s really us along with other team members here together. Those guys come home just a bit before we do,” Luedecking said. “There’s a Wrangler patch at every corner of Afghanistan. It doesn’t matter where you go out here, you’ll find a Wrangler soldier. We have 15 to 20 soldiers on every small-, medium- or large-size forward operating base you visit.”
So far, he said the missions have gone well, with the brigade meeting all of its goals for fiscal year 2014. Goals are in place for this year and everything is on track to meet them.
“We in our unit, always stress discipline and our unit lives by a motto — just get it done. Just get it done the Wrangler way, with trust, discipline and commitment. That’s what our soldiers are doing every day. Getting after it and getting it done.”