21st TSC welcomes new commander

by Spc. Stephen Decatur
21st TSC Public Affairs Office

General Fontaine assumes command

Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine assumed command of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command from Brig. Gen. Scott G. West Feb. 26 in a change-of-command ceremony near Daenner Kaserne.

The ceremony was attended by U.S. Army, Europe and 7th Army Commanding General Gen. David D. McKiernan, Kaiserslautern Mayor Susanne Wimmer-Leonhardt and commanders, servicemembers and civilians from the Army, Air Force, and German armed forces. 

General McKiernan expressed his confidence in General Fontaine to fulfill his duties as the 21st TSC’s commanding general.

“No one is more qualified than you to take this command to the next level of transformation,” General McKiernan said.

General Fontaine, who last served as the G4 for USAREUR and 7th Army in Heidelberg, takes command after a 32-year career that included roles such as the G4 chief of plans for the 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield, the liaison officer to France’s 6th Light Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm, G4 of the 82nd Airborne Division, the commander of Special Operations Support Command, the G4 and the chief of staff of Special Operations Command, and the commander of the 1st Support Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom III. 

The 21st TSC underwent major transformation during General West’s two-and-a-half year tenure, including the unit’s redesignation from theater support command to theater sustainment command, the inactivation of the 37th Transportation Command, the 1st Transportation Movement Control Agency, and the 200th Theater Distribution Brigade, the activation of 16th Sustainment Brigade, the redesignation of General Support Center Europe to the Theater Logistics Support Center Europe and the consolidation of local national logistics support to that unit, as well as a host of battalion and company-level changes.

While that transformation was taking place, the unit was also training, deploying and redeploying Soldiers from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The time has come for us to say thank you to all our Soldiers and civilians for the support they’ve given us these past years,” General West said. “Ever present on our minds are the 1,200 Soldiers we have that are deployed today.”

General West is slated for promotion to the rank of major general and will take command of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, Mich.