Story and photo by Sgt. James Geelen | 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Soldiers with 32nd Composite Truck Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, returned home Jan. 12, 2020, from a nine-month deployment. Friends, Family and colleagues welcomed the Soldiers home at a ceremony held in the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center on Fort Carson, Colorado.
The Soldiers deployed in April to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in support of Operation Spartan Shield for U.S. Central Command. Their mission was to provide supplies and equipment to numerous units that helped enable current operations to progress.
“Our Soldiers were moving tanks, Bradleys, ammunition and a lot of other equipment,” said Capt. Jennifer Weaver, commander, 32nd CTC, 68th CSSB, 4th SB. “We drove a total of 450,000 miles, moved about 25 million short tons of equipment while completing over 420 missions.”
One of the primary missions was to locate and remove unused equipment from bases within the area of operations.
“My platoon would go to camps or locations that had equipment laying around, we would sort it out and then ship it to other locations,” said Staff Sgt. Roger Lumibao, squad leader 32nd CTC, 68th CSSB, 4th SB. “By redistributing the equipment to other locations, we were able to help units accomplish their missions.”
The Soldiers are happy to be home to spend time with their loved ones.
“I’m excited to see my kids,” said Staff Sgt. Fritz Alokoa, squad leader, 32nd CTC, 68th CSSB, 4th SB. “It’s going to be nice to relax for a little while and then maybe take a vacation.”
This was the second deployment to Kuwait for the 32nd CTC since 2014, and the Soldiers impressed their commander.
“We deployed with a lot of new people, and to see them grow together over the past nine months has been phenomenal,” Weaver said. “This team has been amazing and I’m going to miss them as my wife and I begin our transition to Japan for my new position with the United Nations.”
The rest of the Soldiers will focus on reintegrating with the 4th Inf. Div.