Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
Lt. Col. David Alvarez, commander of the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and Master Sgt. Tamari Lewis, senior operations noncommissioned officer for the 87th CSSB, uncase the unit’s colors in a ceremony at Marne Garden Oct. 14 on Fort Stewart.
Support battalion uncases colors
The 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, uncased the unit’s colors in a ceremony Oct. 14 at Marne Garden on Fort Stewart.
“Ten months ago, this battalion cased its colors and deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in support of Operation Spartan Shield,” said Lt. Col. David Alvarez, commander of the 87th CSSB. “While it was a very successful mission, it is definitely good to be back in Georgia, the home of the Dogface Soldier.”
While deployed the 87th CSSB performed sustainment operations in support of forces across six countries providing logistics, services and maintenance.
“The battalion has a lot to be proud of,” said Col. Steve Erickson, commander of the 3rd SB. “Every senior leader I spoke to said they did the heavy lifting.”
The unit proved their readiness while facing unique challenges while deployed ranging from supporting the short-notice reception, staging, integration and onward movement of the 82nd Airborne as they deployed in response to Iranian aggression to conducting sustainment operations while mitigating COVID-19.
The 87th CSSB has deployed to provide sustainment support from World War 2 to the recent operations in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. With their return to Fort Stewart, the 87th will continue to provide the world class sustainment support they are known for.
“Now that we are back, our battalion is ready for the continued logistical support and readiness for the 3rd Infantry Division,” said Alvarez.