541st CSSB return from yearlong deployment
Family and friends cheer for the Soldiers with the 541st CSSB Aug. 11 at a welcome home ceremony. The Soldiers returned to Fort Riley following a yearlong deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn. Photo by: Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Torres-Cortes, 1ST SUST. BDE.
Story by: Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Torres-Cortes
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First Infantry Division Families and friends gathered Aug. 11 to welcome home Soldiers with the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade from their yearlong deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn.
"We are glad to have you back," said Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, senior commander, Fort Riley. "You've accomplished a very difficult and important mission, and now is the time to reintegrate back home to your Families."
Since deploying to Kuwait late last year, Soldiers with the 541st CSSB have been responsible for overseeing the return and transfer of billions of dollars of Army equipment from the Iraqi theater of operations as part of the Responsible Drawdown of Forces phase of Operation New Dawn.
"Our purpose was to successfully account for and coordinate the movement of all equipment throughout the area of operations, with forces postured to support any follow-on mission," said Lt. Col. William J. Cain Jr., commander, 541st CSSB, 1st Sust. Bde. "We've established excellent conditions for success during the Responsible Drawdown of Forces phase of Operation New Dawn."
During their year away, the "Pacesetter" Soldiers were responsible for bringing $28 billion dollars worth of Army property out of Iraq and tracking more than 334,000 pieces of equipment.
Now that the Soldiers are home, the mission is still not complete.
"Your focus is to reintegrate back home, to your unit and your Families," said Col. Brian Tempest, commander, 1st Sust. Bde. "Enjoy the time you have with your Families."
Pvt. 1st Class Franciso Herrara, transportation management specialist, 541st CSSB, said he felt like he made his mark in the history books as a member of the unit.
"The greatest accomplishment was bringing home all the Soldiers from Iraq and Kuwait and ensuring their theater provided equipment was accounted for," he said. "Closing the Iraq combat zone was like being a part of history, which was a huge honor for me."