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Theater conference ensures smooth transition

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By STAFF SGT. JUSTIN SILVERS

3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

Leaders from the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and other units gathered together for a Theater Sustainment Reset Conference beginning in early August at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

During the TSRC, units briefed Maj. Gen. Darrell Williams, commanding general of 1st Sustainment Command (Theater). The conference allowed sustainment units to look into the future and start planning to reshape forces in theater to support future engagements that U.S. Army Central and U.S. Central Command are planning.

Maj. Christina Lewis, the distribution integration branch chief with the 3rd ESC, said the event brought together units from across Afghanistan to focus on future operations.

“The conference brought together sustainment units from across the CENTCOM area to open the dialogue between units who rely on each other for support, but don’t necessarily work for each other,” said Lewis. “For the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), this conference helped us to tell our story as forces and equipment are repostured to support Army missions worldwide.”

While the conference focused heavily on logistical aspects required as forces transition, an intelligence officer with the 3rd ESC also found the conference helpful.

“As an intelligence professional, the information I found most useful provided a better understanding of the complex sustainment battlefield,” said Maj. Steve Phipps, deputy G-2 officer with the 3rd ESC. “I can use that information to provide threat analysis on the effects to sustainment operations.”

The conference allowed the commands, which support more than 69,000 personnel, to come together and ensure they were providing the best sustainment possible as the theater resets and postures for future operations. During the two-day event units established a common understanding of what the CENTCOM, ARCENT and TSC priorities were, discussed future operations, as well as detailed discussions of the transition for sustainment mission command from Afghanistan to Kuwait’s operational command post.