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NEWS | Nov. 25, 2022

Cal Guard’s 746 CSSB Hands off Mission to Colorado’s 68 DSSB

By Capt. Lena Witham, Joint Force Headquarters - Maine National Guard

POWIDZ, Poland - The 746th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion furled their colors during a transfer of authority ceremony with the 68th Division Sustainment Support Battalion Nov. 22. 

The 746 CSSB, known as the “Gunrunners,” served in Poland for about nine months supporting all units within the V Corps area of operation. 

Col. Amy Downing, commander of the 101st Division Sustainment Brigade, said the 746 CSSB completed 134 transportation and maintenance missions in support of the presidential drawdown authority — providing direct support to Ukraine. CSSB members drove 1 million convoy miles, hauling more than 10,000 pieces of equipment and supplies, over 80 million pounds of ammunition and 1.5 million gallons of fuel. Members also purified and delivered over 500,000 gallons of water.  

At the transfer of authority ceremony, Downing said the CSSB’s accomplishments came during an influx of U.S. forces in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine just 10 days before their arrival.

“Over the last nine months, the Gunrunners provided excellent support during a time in which the environment and conditions vastly changed within the European Theater,“ Downing said. “They did not miss a beat.”

During the transfer of authority ceremony, Lt. Col. Nathan Wall, 746 CSSB commander, praised the hard work and dedication of all the units under the battalion. 

“The Gunrunner’s deployment was defined by conducting first-rate transportation and maintenance in support of the presidential drawdown authority in support of Ukraine, training Soldiers above the standard, placing Soldier welfare at the forefront of decision making, and by placing mission accomplishment above all else,” he said.

Wall told the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Charles Greene of the 68 DSSB, also known as “Stagecoach,” the sustainment mission “is crucial to the Ukrainians, crucial to the region, crucial to Poland and NATO and crucial even to the world. I wish you and the rest of the Stagecoach family the best of luck.”

Greene commended Wall for his unit’s success during the deployment and said Stagecoach was ready to continue the mission.

“In this uncertain world, we never know what will be called of us. One thing you can be assured is this: We will be ready to answer that call. Excellence to the line, Stagecoach proud, let’s go!”
 

 

 

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