Monday, November 07, 2005

In the Sandbox...

Holiday Cheers for Redeploying Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Family and friends of deployed 1st Corps Support Command Soldiers have received the best gift anyone can receive for the upcoming holidays; a chance to spend it with their Soldiers.

More than 200 Soldiers assigned to the 1st COSCOM were welcomed home during a redeployment ceremony at Pope Air Force Base’s Green Ramp Oct. 31 at 7:30 a.m.

“It’s a great day and opportunity to welcome this element that represented the largest command in Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Virgil L. Packett II, the acting commander for the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. “It is a great treat to have you all back here with your families.”

Members of the 1st COSCOM were deployed for a year to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 1st COSCOM continues to have more than 200 Soldier deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Over the course of the remainder of the year, these Soldiers are scheduled to redeploy, while others have recently deployed or are scheduled to.

Editor’s notes: 1st COSCOM Statistics
-Supported over 180 units

-Drove and transported over 3,000 vehicles

-Moved over 1,000 containers totaling over 785 tons of supplies

-Transported over 134 million gallons of fuel, at an average of 1.1 million gallons per day; enough to fuel 57,000 vehicles daily

-Driven or flown over 20,000 Soldiers.

-Installed over 4,000 up-armor kits

-Completed more than 13,000 combat logistics patrols

-Drove an average of 12,000 miles per month (equal to what the average American drives per year) and covered more than 29 million miles during combat logistics patrols

-Maintained a 95% ready rate for its fleet of more than 6,000 up armored HMMWV

-Conducted over 5,000 security escort missions each month

-Trained over 2,000 Iraqi National Guard truck drivers

-Produced and issued over three million gallons of water

-Transported 190,000 cases of bottled water and over 200,000 meals to forward operating bases throughout Iraq daily.

-Repaired over 30,000 pieces of equipment and processed over 170,000 requests for repair parts.

-By Capt. Sonise Lumbaca, 1st Corps Support Command Public Affairs (CentCom)

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