Brig. Gen. Michelle A. Schmidt, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commanding general – support, passes the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade colors to Col. Erin Miller during a change of command ceremony held June 3, 2020, at historic LeRay Mansion on Fort Drum, New York, as Col. Matthew S. Bresko, outgoing commander, looks on. Left: Col. Erin Miller addresses the audience for the first time as the new 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade commander. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Brandon Cox, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office)
10th Sustainment Brigade welcomes new leader
Sgt. Brandon Cox
10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (June 3, 2020) – Col. Erin C. Miller assumed command of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Sustainment Brigade, from the unit's outgoing commander, Col. Matthew S. Bresko, during a change of command ceremony today at historic LeRay Mansion on Fort Drum.
Brig. Gen. Michelle A. Schmidt, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commanding general – support, served as the reviewing officer for the ceremony.
"The Sustainment Brigade requires the best leaders that we have," Schmidt said. "This organization is incredibly complex. They are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Latvia, Germany, Greece, Romania, Kuwait, and recently deployed for COVID efforts in the states in New Jersey, New York, and New England."
Miller's arrival comes at a time where the operational tempo is high as the brigade headquarters is soon to be deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
“I am humbled and excited to join your ranks today and to serve alongside you as we exploit the opportunities and tackle the challenges that lie ahead,” Miller said.
Bresko, who led 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade for nearly two years, had a message for his Soldiers.
"To the officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, and families of this brigade, the true heroes. My thanks will never be enough, but I am proud of you, and I am proud to be a member of the history of this brigade," Bresko said.
Miller, who most recently served as an Army War College Fellow in the Center for Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is no stranger to Fort Drum. She served as operations officer for 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), in a previous assignment.
“It’s truly an honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly,” Miller said. “It’s great to be back.”