Soldiers from the 543rd Composite Supply Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), bid farewell before embarking May 5, 2019, on a deploy-ment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield on Fort Drum, New York. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Cox)
543rd CSC Soldiers deploy to strengthen commitment to America’s European allies
Sgt. Brandon Cox
10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (May 8, 2019) – Soldiers from 543rd Composite Supply Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), cased their colors during a ceremony May 3 in preparation for their deployment to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR).
Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to reassure the allies and partners of America’s dedication to peace and stability in the European region. Multinational rotations like these improve interoperability, promote trust, and strengthen relationships with America’s allies.
The ceremony symbolizes the start of the
deployment. The colors will not be uncased until they arrive in Poland and complete a transfer of authority.
“Centurions, the mission in front of you is extremely important,” said Lt. Col. Anthony
Leaders of the 543rd Composite Supply Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), case their colors during a ceremony May 3, 2019, in preparation for their deployment to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Cox)
L. Wilson, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander. “Your presence is to enable maneuver forces to have a short presence in the region that will hopefully deter the enemy from future conflicts with us.”
Capt. Claire Betterbed, 543rd CSC commander, spoke about the preparation required for this mission.
“As we progressed through the buildup to deployment, we faced our share of triumphs and challenges,” Betterbed said. “Through each challenge, we became tougher, more confident in our abilities, and more competent in our core tasks.”
Approximately 135 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers will serve a nine-month rotation combined with 11 other active and National Guard units to support OAR, according to 1st Sgt. Christina Rivera, first sergeant for 543rd CSC. The unit will replace the 526th Composite Supply Company, from Fort Riley, Kansas.
“The 543rd is the most complex and diverse company in the 10th Mountain Division,” Wilson said.
Wilson added that the unit is composed of 17 military occupational specialties, to include water purification, fueling, and shower and laundry operations, which will provide the support required for many units and allied partners while deployed.
For Staff Sgt. Christa Page, this ceremony marks the beginning of her fourth deployment.
“I’m always open to new challenges and open to see different things,” Page said. “I’m really excited and proud to be a part of this unit.”
“The Soldiers of the 543rd CSC are ready,” said Betterbed. “I look forward to leading this team of trained and talented Mountain Warriors to accomplish the mission and come back to our Families and our homes at the 10th Mountain Division.”