Thursday, August 19, 2010
The 79th United States Army Reserve Sustainment Support Command will be the headquarters for more than 20,000 Army Reserve soldiers across 14 Western states that specialize in combat sustainment support.
On October 1, the command will take leadership of units in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Their mission includes supporting troops with transportation, medical support, finance, and administration, to name a few.
“Our 79th family consists of soldiers, civilian employees, family members, contractors, and community members working together to improve and sustain the lives of our soldiers so they can concentrate on their duties,” said Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., commander of the 79th.
When fully staffed, the command headquarters will employ close to 200 people including full-time Army Reserve soldiers, drilling Reserve soldiers, and civilian support staff. Many of the full-time soldiers and civilians and their families live in the local community.
The new command is planned to have four subordinate, deployable units under it, called expeditionary sustainment commands. When deployed, these commands will provide support to fellow units in countries throughout the world.
It carries its lineage from the 79th Infantry Division, which fought in the Meuse-Argonne area of France in World War I and took part in the invasion of Normandy in World War II.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Army Reserve officials will hold a ceremony Sunday, Aug. 15 activating a new multi-state headquarters that will support thousands of Soldiers west of the Mississippi River. The organization touts lineage from the 79th Infantry Division, which fought decisive battles in World Wars I and II.
The 79th Sustainment Support Command is starting up following the December inactivation of the 63rd Regional Readiness Command, which has a long history at the base and in the surrounding communities.
The new command is planned to have four subordinate, deployable units under it, called expeditionary sustainment commands. When deployed, these commands will provide support to fellow units in the theater of operations.
The 79th invites both media and the community to attend the ceremony:
- What: Activation Ceremony for the Army Reserve 79th SSC
- When: August 15, 2010, 11 a.m.
- Where: Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, Yorktown Avenue outside
For more information or to coordinate media coverage and interviews, please contact Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen at (951) 892-8830.