Lifeliners uncase colors bringing all 101st units home to post

Colonel Peter Gilbert, commander of 101st Division Sustainment Brigade Lifeliners, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives remarks about his teams’ accomplishments Aug. 3 during a ceremony at the Division Parade Field. “We were able to balance operations and individual training throughout the deployment which takes a total team effort, from adaptive and agile leaders to motivated and dedicated Soldiers who really made this mission a total success,” he said.

For the first time in nearly 20 years, all of the Screaming Eagle’s brigades are home at Fort Campbell.

This landmark was achieved Aug. 2 when the Lifeliners of 101st Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), uncased their colors Aug. 2 during a ceremony at the Division Parade Field.

The ceremony marked the end of the Lifeliners 9-month deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shied. The Soldiers planned, integrated and executed sustainment operations providing support throughout the theater as the singular tactical sustainment formation to more than 4,200 assigned personnel in 62 units deployed to Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Lifeliners provided comprehensive operational and tactical sustainment planning and execution of logistics; human resource and finance support; executing theater distribution operations; coordinating the reception, staging, onward movement; and integration of forces throughout the U.S. Army Central Command area of responsibility.

“We are extremely proud of the dedication to mission accomplishment that our Soldiers and Families displayed this past year,” said Col. Peter L. Gilbert, commander, 101st DSB. “Executing complex military and logistics operations during the most decisive time in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility in the past three decades is no easy task.”

101st DSB elements were spread throughout the U.S. Army Central Command area of responsibility participating in training exercises alongside our nation’s partners and allied military forces. They provided force protection and sustainability throughout the region.

“Our team executed point of need logistics and managed sustainment operations from Afghanistan to the Arabian Peninsula and into the Levant,” Gilbert said. “We further enabled theater security cooperation initiatives and direct support to our interagency and intergovernmental partners all under pandemic conditions.”

Lifeliners directly contributed to the accomplishment of the U.S. Army’s Central Command overall mission in support of multiple overseas contingency operations to disrupt and defeat terrorism, respond to Iranian aggression, reassure allies, and strengthen partner capacity throughout the region. The operational environment challenged sustainment operations, requiring 101st DSB to maintain seamless sustainment across three combined joint operational areas.

Despite challenges, the unit remained focused on Soldier development and prioritized readiness, discipline, and safety standards.

“If I could choose one word or theme to characterize the deployment, the word would be teamwork,” Gilbert said. “We were able to balance operations and individual training throughout the deployment which takes a total team effort, from adaptive and agile leaders to motivated and dedicated Soldiers who really made this mission a total success.”

During the ceremony, Gilbert said he was grateful for the “extremely powerful” support network of Families, veterans, community leaders and regional partners at Fort Campbell.

“Your unwavering support enabled our Soldiers to focus on the mission and our safe return home,” he said.

He also thanked Lifeliner Soldiers for their professionalism.

“I will continue to stress to Soldiers the importance of staying accountable to yourself and others as you enforce high standards and discipline,” he said. “This is expected from every Air Assault trooper in the 101st Airborne Division. When you want it done, ask the 101!”