By Mollie Miller
Killeen Daily Herald
FORT HOOD One of the most deployed commands in the U.S. Army changed its name Thursday during a redesignation ceremony on Guidon Field at Fort Hood.
During a short ceremony marked by the removal of the commands old sign, the 13th Corps Support Command became the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
Today, we change not only the name of our organization but our structure ... to become more efficient in order to provide the common foot soldier what he or she needs to fight and win, said Col. Laurie Sattler, the commands deputy commander.
Our name has changed, our structure is changing ... but our mission to provide service and support to the soldier remains the same.
Sattler said her team is transforming as part of a larger Army plan that will move the force to a more modular structure.
The transformation is going to make us more efficient so we can provide better support to the soldier, she said.
Sattler, who acted as reviewing officer for the ceremony, was a last-minute stand-in for sustainment command leader Brig. Gen. Michael Terry. Terry was unable to attend Thursdays redesignation because he was attending a memorial service for Pvt. 2 Adam Hess. Hess, a member of the sustainment commands 62nd Engineer Battalion, died Sunday following a car accident in Haltom City.
General Terry sends his regards to all in attendance here today, but is where he needs to be, with the family of Private Hess, one of our Nations treasures who answered the call to duty ... when his nation needed him, Sattler said.
Terry was not the only member of the sustainment command team missing from the ceremony.
Absent from the colorful field of billowing unit guideons were the colors of the 1st Medical Brigade, the 64th Corps Support Group, the 180th Transportation Battalion, the 553rd Corps Support Battalion, the 62nd Engineer Battalion, the 61st Area Support Medical Battalion and 22 of the commands 51 company guidons.
These colors and guidons and the soldiers they represent are at war, Sattler said. They are engaged in fighting the enemy and providing critical sustainment to soldiers who need it on battlefields far away.
Following in the footsteps of many of their subordinate units, the sustainment commands headquarters will deploy later this year to take over the logistics mission in Iraq.
While their transformation to a leaner force will continue through the deployment and not be completed until they return from Iraq, Sattler said the formation now known at the 13th Sustainment Command will certainly be ready for whatever awaits them on the other side of the world.
We have a few short months to finish our preparations before we embark on perhaps the most critical stage of this conflict, Sattler said. I can assure you that the command and these soldiers are ready.
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