Farewell ceremony planned for Bartlesville soldiers

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Updated: 12/31/2013 2:52 pm Published: 12/31/2013 2:52 pm

The U.S. Army Reserve 481st Transportation Detachment will conduct a farewell ceremony, Saturday, January 4 at 2 p.m. in Bartlesville.

The ceremony is in preparation of their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Bartlesville Mayor Tom Gorman along with City Manager Ed Gordon, as well as Col. David Hammons, Commander, 90th Sustainment Brigade and Lt. Col. Robin Stephens, Commander, 316th Quartermaster Battalion, are scheduled to attend and provide remarks at the ceremony.

The 481st has been tasked to provide trained and skilled transportation U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to augment a nine month logistics movement control mission responsible for container retrograde operations.

Their primary responsibility will be to assist with Operation Enduring Freedom providing coordination, tracking and command and control over the transportation of personnel, containers, vehicles and material.

In addition to transport operations, the 481st will assist with training and oversight of Movement Control Team (MCT) operations for fellow coalition and Afghani soldiers and civilians.

The 481st Transportation Detachment was established in 2008 with the initial mission of acting as a small, easy to coordinate movement control team with the sole focus on logistics.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2013 6:18 PM
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Good luck and good fortune to our brothers and sisters in arms. The global benefit that we receive is an untold value from sacrifice of the lives lost. It can never be appreciated enough.
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