Virginia Beach-based 529th CSSB to conduct departure ceremony June 22

vaguardlogoSANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group will conduct a departure ceremony June 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Birdneck Elementary School located at 957 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the 529th CSSB received a mobilization order in November 2013 to enter federal active service for duty in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Soldiers are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for approximately 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before deploying. Once they arrive in Kuwait, they are scheduled to operate as a mission command headquarters with the task of planning and executing combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region.

Most of the Soldiers in the unit are from the Hampton Roads area. About 10 Soldiers are from the Richmond area, approximately 10 are from the Southwest Virginia area, and about 5 are from the Northern Virginia area.

“The 529th Headquarters Soldiers are one of the most multi-talented staffs that I have ever served with,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy D. White, command sergeant major of the 529th. “The combination of their civilian skills and military training will make this staff resourceful for this type of deployment.”

FOR THE NEWS MEDIA: Reports and photographers should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to get interviews before the event starts at 10 a.m.

The situation in Kuwait is constantly changing, Lt. Col. Mike Waterman, commander of the 529th, explained in March as the unit was conducting final training and preparation for the deployment. The unit is expect to be responsible for providing mission command over several Army sustainment units as well as oversight and execution of multiple contracts.

“Some of our missions will be to provide control over distribution throughout Kuwait, management of a multi-class Supply Support Activity warehouse, two ammunition storage and distribution facilities, rigger operations and movement control operations,” Waterman said.

The mission should provide to be challenging, diverse and exciting, he said.

“We’re excited to see how our training and preparation pays off in a true sustainment mission,” Waterman said. “With a combination of more than 250 Soldiers and approximately 600-800 contractors within the battalion in Kuwait, we’ll be busy but we have a smart, motivated and trained staff to excel.”

The 529th was formed in December 2006 and is under the command of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group. While in Virginia, the 529th has command and control of the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company and the Blackstone-based 3647th Maintenance Company. A rear detachment element for the 529th will remain in place to provide command and control for those units.

This is the second deployment for the 529th. The unit previously deployed in March 2010, when it operated from the remote forward operating base at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. While there it pioneered logistical support operations as the first U.S. combat support battalion in the area to conduct operations. The battalion was responsible for building an expeditionary life support complex and infrastructure for the entire airbase while providing seamless sustainment operations for supported units as well as helping improve quality of life and promoting economic development in local Afghan communities.

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Recommended photos from pre-mobilization training conducted in March 2014:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/13155221683/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/13155413804/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/13146688885/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/13233589103/

Recommended photos from command post exercise conducted in January 2014:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/12195954194/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/12195545315/

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Photos: AG and SEL visit 529th CSSB training for federal mobilization
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Photos: 529th CSSB Soldiers prepare for upcoming federal mobilization
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157642340774193/

DMV 2 Go mobile office visits deploying 529th CSSB Soldiers in Va. Beach – May 19, 2014
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2014/05/19/5365/

529th CSSB Soldiers prepare for federal mobilization – March 25, 2014
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2014/03/25/5101/

Virginia Beach-based 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty in June 2014 – November 7, 2013
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2013/11/07/4605/

Va. Beach-based 529th CSSB receives national training award – September 30, 2013
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2013/09/30/4503/

529th CSSB welcomes new commander, receives recognition from Governor – June 20, 2013
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2013/06/20/3938/