The 24th Transportation Company,
541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry
Division hosted its fourth annual reunion July 19 at Moon Lake.
More than 250 “Truckmaster”
Soldiers, veterans and families welcomed guest speaker Brig. Gen. John P. Sullivan,
U.S. Army Transportation Corps and School chief, to the event.
“I want you all to know there
is no other place I’d rather be,” Sullivan said.
The 24th Trans. Co. reunion
started as an idea of former Truckmaster Soldier and retired Staff Sgt. Ron Dunlap,
better known to his friends as “old retread,” a name he said he picked up
because of frequently blowing truck tires while out on missions.
“This all started back in 2009,”
Dunlap said. “It’s taken this long to get to this point.”
Dunlap said he always
wondered what his battle buddies were up to after their years of service. He
decided to get in touch with former and current 24th Trans. Co. Soldiers by
using social media.
With the help of fellow
Soldiers, he organized a 24th Trans. Co. reunion that has grown larger every
“As years go by, we keep gathering
more support,” he said. “This year’s support was the greatest it’s ever been.”
More than 250 current and former
Truckmaster Soldiers and their families turned out for food, fun, games and the
opportunity to catch up and exchange stories at this year’s event.
“We have 24th Trans.
(Soldiers) all the way back from Vietnam today,” Dunlap said. “I want to thank
you all for being a part of this.”
The event gave those
present an opportunity to catch up, exchange stories and connect over shared
experiences while serving in the 24th Trans. Co. For Capt. Chad Scott, 24th
Trans. commander, the reunion was his first after taking command of the company
“It’s a wonderful event
that brings previous Truckmasters together with current Truckmasters, so we can
share the great history of such a storied company,” Scott said. “We appreciate Gen.
Sullivan for taking time out of his busy schedule to honor us.”
As Sullivan addressed the crowd,
he attributed the success of the 24th Trans. Co., which has 28 campaign ribbons
and streamers, to the Soldiers who are serving and have served in the company.
“The success of any unit is
rarely explained by the resources or equipment available,” Sullivan said. “Much
more typically it’s due to the training, the cohesiveness (and) the esprit de
corps of the Soldiers who populate that unit’s ranks. That cohesiveness and
esprit de corps is very much in evidence this morning, and I feel privileged to
be able to be a part of it.”
Lt. Col. Ronnie D.
Anderson, 541st CSSB commander, said he was pleased with his Truckmaster
Soldiers, recognizing the individuals who made the event possible.
“I’m proud to be one of the
leaders that get to influence the Truckmasters,” Anderson said.
There are other truck
companies that have the same equipment, the same resources and that were
organized in the same manner as the 24th Trans. Co., Sullivan said, adding not
all those units have a record even remotely on par with the company’s.
“Your service has made the 24th Trans. Co.’s service
nothing short of legendary, and thank you as well for coming together to
celebrate your service in this fantastic unit,” Sullivan said. “By doing so,
you strengthen the bonds between those who have served in the past and those