109th Trans. Co. cases colors, prepares for move to Alaska

by Cpt. Lindsay Rowland
28th Trans. Bn. Unit Public Affairs

The 109th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command held its colors casing ceremony May 7 on the parade field at Coleman Barracks in anticipation of the unit’s move to Fort Richardson, Alaska, where the company will be based beginning in July.

The ceremony was attended by Col. Thomas P. Evans, 18th MP Bde. commander, and the 28th Trans. Bn.’s leadership, family and friends.

The 109th Trans. Co. returned from a deployment to Kuwait in October. There, the company ran theater-wide gun-truck escort missions in Iraq for 15 months. Since the company’s return to Germany, the focus has been on preparing the company to relocate.

“After spending the last year preparing to move the unit, there is a sense of elation to finally be nearing completion,” said Cpt. Kevin Howell, 109th Trans. Co. commander. “This process has been long and took a lot of work by a lot of people, not just the Soldiers in the unit.”

The company will relocate to Alaska with only 10 Soldiers.

“I am excited, and I am ready to go,” said Staff Sgt. Thomas Cossom, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Alaska cadre team. “It’s a change. This side of the work is done, and it feels good. We have been cleaning equipment, getting it inspected and … sending it to the port. Now we are getting the personnel ready to leave.”

Sergeant Cossom noted that the casing of the colors ceremony is a symbol of closure for this chapter of the 109th Trans. Co. in Germany. The next chapter will begin when the unit uncases its colors in July at Fort Richardson.