About Us

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The 143d ESC has command and control of more than 110 units and approximately 10,000 Soldiers located throughout ten states in the southeastern United States.


The specific mission of the 143d ESC is to provide an expeditionary presence for the Theater Sustainment Command; command and control units; provide logistical planning and support operations; and provide trained and ready combat service support forces capable of supporting the full spectrum of logistics operations.

The 143d ESC provides trained and ready Army Reserve Soldiers and units with Army values, warrior ethos and the critical combat service support capabilities necessary to support the nation’s strategy during peacetime, contingencies and war, both at home and worldwide.  With a focus that covers the full spectrum of logistics, the mission statements of subordinate commands and units vary widely depending on each unit’s specific area of combat service support responsibilities.

To achieve these objectives, the command relies heavily on its training programs, readiness initiatives and integrating family support into unit activities.
The specific wartime and peacetime missions are as follows:
Wartime Mission
On order, the 143d ESC mobilizes and deploys to establish theater level transportation systems and aerial and sea ports of debarkation and inland motor and rail operations.  It also provides common user transportation support services throughout the theater of operations. 
Peacetime Mission  

The 143d ESC provides command and control for assigned or attached subordinate units.  It is responsible for the readiness, training, personnel administration and deployability of subordinate units.  The 143d ESC mission is broken down into several primary areas of responsibility—reception, staging, and onward movement—all which to ensure an incremental build-up of combat power proceeds according to the combatant commander’s plans.


The 143d ESC provides a trained and ready sustainment force that is a significant operational enabler for America’s Army.

The unit’s command philosophy are:

  1. Create a balanced command climate that empower Soldiers; that exhibits care for its soldiers and families; and that fosters retention in the Army Reserve.

  2. Build a fundamentally sound organization that is rooted in three basics acts: caring, maintenance and training.

  3. Develop an expeditionary sustainment command in which training readiness is the focal point with emphasis on wartime missions – preparing the headquarters and all subordinate units to support the war fighters so that they can win in battle.

  4. Build an organization that is characterized by Soldiers and NCOs who understand their mission, and whose love for their job is illustrated by their intensity in carrying it out.


Constituted as a transportation brigade on Nov. 24, 1967, in the United States Army Reserve and activated in Orlando, FL. The 143d ESC became a transportation command on Oct. 1, 1985, and was the Army Reserve’s only echelon above corps transportation command and control unit.

From December 2001 through December 2006, the unit kept a presence in Kuwait as the 143d TRANSCOM (Forward) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Responsible for the ports of debarkation and embarkation and theater common user land transportation, the unit performed admirably for five years while deployed. 

In December 2006, the 143d ESC handed over its mission in Kuwait to other logistics units so as to focus on transformation and the command and control of several additional brigades.

On Sept. 16, 2007, the unit was officially activated as the 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (ESC).

In January 2009, the unit mobilized for the first time as an ESC and deployed to Afghanistan one month later. The 143d ESC operated as the Joint Sustainment Command Afghanistan (JSC-A) from February 2009 thru December 2009.