News | June 17, 2011

15th Transportation Company transfers authority, concludes mission in Iraq

By None , 4th Sustainment Brigade

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – Applause filled Memorial Hall as Capt. Stacey Jelks, commander of the 15th Transportation Company,  749th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade,  310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a Fort Sill, Okla. native,  saluted Lt. Col. David Ceniti, commander of the 749th CSSB, and Sacramento, Calif. native, and said in a loud and thunderous voice;  “Sir, mission complete.”

Soldiers and civilians across Contingency Operating Base Adder gathered for the transfer of authority ceremony between the 15th Trans. Co., ,  and the 68th Trans. Co., 749th CSSB. The transfer of authority signified the end of the missions for the 15th Trans. Co. and the beginning for the 68th Trans. Co.

“It’s been a long year,” said Spc. Tiffany Zackery, a Shreveport, La.  native, and a unit supply specialist with the 15th Trans. Co. “I’m glad we came here and did what we were supposed to do: accomplished the mission. But most of all, everyone we came here with, we are going home with.”

As the 15th Trans. Co. said their goodbyes, many soldiers talked about all they accomplished throughout the year, and how they were eager to get back home and spend quality time with their friends and families.

“I feel that the unit is up to the job, all the training we had prior to the deployment has prepared us for the job we have been tasked to do,”  said Sgt. Matthew Gilson, a Cedar Ville, Ark., native, and a motor transport operator for the 68th Trans. Co.

The soldiers of the 68th Trans. Co. were standing tall as Capt. Tyler Olsen, commander of the 68th Trans. Co., and a Nephi, Utah native, let them know that all general orders, rules and regulations were still in effect and to get ready to start working.