The North Carolina National Guard’s 113th Sustainment Brigade returned to North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 27. Friends, family and fellow soldiers welcomed back the nearly 300 soldiers, who are based in Greensboro and Lenoir.
The soldiers deployed to Kuwait and served in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Oman, Iraq and Jordan in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom. They executed part of one of the largest logistical drawdowns in U.S. Military history with the withdrawal from Iraq. The brigade’s Soldiers are experts in command and control for combat service and combat service support units.
Their missions ranged throughout Southwest Asia, the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean and Red Sea supervising the transport of billions of dollars of equipment over thousands of miles and supporting combat operations in Afghanistan. They managed the deployment of thousands of military personnel daily across the war zone.
The soldiers earned 224 Army Commendation Medals, 76 Army Achievement Medals, 76 Meritorious Service Medals, 10 Bronze Star Medals and one Legion of Merit Medal.