Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra
10th Sustainment Brigade PAO
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghan-istan – The 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners" from Fort Campbell, Ky., relinquished their authority over sustainment operations and retrograde support in Afghanistan to the 10th Sustainment Brigade "Muleskinners" from Fort Drum during a transfer of authority ceremony here Sunday.
For some Soldiers, it may seem like only yesterday that they were part of the ceremony.
The Lifeliners previously relinquished their authority over sustainment operations, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, to the Muleskinners in November 2011.
“There’s a reason these two brigades are called upon,” said Col. Willie Rios III, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander. “It’s because the Soldiers, officers and NCOs within our ranks represent the finest warriors in our Army.”
The mission ahead is not the same one Muleskinners tackled in the past.
They will be the only American sustainment brigade operating in Afghanistan, an area slightly smaller than Texas.
Although the mission is larger in scale, confidence runs high among Soldiers and leaders.
“I feel very confident that 10th Sustainment Brigade is going to come in and continue to support our warfighters, and logistically, we will not miss a beat,” said Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, 1st Theater Sustainment Command commander.
Col. Charles R. Hamilton, 101st Sustainment Brigade commander, praised his Soldiers and highlighted several accomplishments, which included approximately 400 convoy escort team missions and more than 70,000 miles driven on Afghan roads.
“The 101st Sustainment Brigade did an exceptional job ensuring the wealth of knowledge they possessed was absorbed by the Muleskinners during weeks of transition,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jose A. Castillo, 10th Sustainment Brigade senior enlisted leader.
“As days passed, Muleskinners assumed the lead role in briefings and execution of tasks as our great teammates, the Lifeliners, ensured they were readily available for assistance and guidance.”
The brigade will support the 10th Mountain Division (LI), who command Regional Command East, and various other regional headquarters in the theater of operations.
“This brigade is ready,” Rios concluded. “We are prepared to execute.