Largest Reserve Command in Texas Returns

By Courtesy Story | 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command | May 24, 2016

May 7, 2016 — FORT HOOD, Texas -- Families and friends joined the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) May 7 for a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Award Program Recognition Ceremony to honor the returning Soldiers and give thanks to the families, friends, and employers who have been supportive throughout the entire mobilization process.  
 
The 4th ESC Soldiers were deployed in support of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), directly aligned with U.S. Army Central and III Corps Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.  The Soldiers conducted operations in five countries within the CENTCOM area of operations.
 
The 4th ESC commanding general, Brig. Gen. Kenneth D. Jones, a native of Bryan, Texas, applauded the returning Soldiers and also recognized the supportive family members and employers.  
 
“Today’s welcome home ceremony not only represents a change of mission for  these Soldiers, it is a transition for families as they welcome home their warrior–citizens who answered the call to duty by putting their boots on the ground and making a difference in a distant land,” said Jones.
 
Maj. Gen. Mark Palzer, 79th Sustainment Support Command commanding general, also welcomed the returning Soldiers and highlighted some of the many unit accomplishments, including losing 1,200 pounds of body weight and running a collective total of over 29,000 miles during the month of January.
 
Palzer also pointed out that today’s Army Reserve is an integral and essential element of the Total Army which enables meeting high operational demands the ability to support our nation’s worldwide commitments.
 
The ceremony included recognizing Soldiers who completed their first deployment by presenting them with a Welcome Home Warrior Citizen flag and certificate.  The Soldiers were able to spend some time with their loved ones before continuing their out-processing.