By Sgt. James Geelen
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Soldiers with 573rd Movement Control Team, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, returned home July 16, 2019. They were welcomed with a ceremony at the brigade headquarters where Family, friends and Soldiers gathered to celebrate their return.
The MCT deployed in November to western Poland in support of Atlantic Resolve for U.S. European Command to provide support to the 330th Movement Control Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“We provided all modes of transportation support,” said Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Blim, detachment first sergeant, 573rd MCT, 4th STB, 4th SB. “It didn’t matter how the equipment moved, whether by rail, highway, sea or air, our Soldiers were involved.”
The Soldiers were an integral part of the mission and played a key role in operations.
“They were the gateway for everything coming into and out of the area of operations for Atlantic Resolve,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Paul J. Ellis, battalion sergeant major, 330th MCB, 82nd SB, 82nd Airborne Div. “The 573rd Soldiers moved thousands of pieces of equipment, provided custom clearances for everything and anyone moving into and out of western Europe, and handled everyone very professionally.”
Many Soldiers experienced this mission as their first deployment, and after the nine-month deployment are happy to see familiar faces.
“I’m happy to be able to say that I’m home,” said Pfc. Ivan Martinez, diplomatic clearance inspector, 573rd MCT, 4th STB, 4th SB. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my wife, Itzaira, and hanging out with friends.”
Family and friends were just as excited for the Soldiers’ return.
“I’m very excited to see Caleb,” said Michele Cordero, wife of 1st Lt. Caleb Cordero, operations officer, 573rd MCT, 4th STB, 4th SB. “We just had our daughter; she’s 5 months old. So he’ll get to spend time with her now.”
The unit’s hard work and dedication to the mission was noticed by leadership, Ellis said.
“573rd MCT, a job well done by a team of professionals,” Ellis said. “The ‘Heart of the Dragon Battalion’ has been successful because of the MCT’s drive and determination of getting after the Army’s business. The commander and I appreciate all you have done.”