JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
Soldiers from the 410th Contracting Support Brigade uncased their colors during a ceremony Aug. 15 at the Army Medical Department Center & School Museum Medal of Honor Walk after their eight-month deployment to Qatar and Afghanistan.
Members of the 410th CSB returned to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Aug. 8 following their deployment, where they assumed the role as lead service for contracting from the U.S. Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command.
The brigade, led by Col. Jeffrey Burris, 410th CSB commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Williams served as the command and control element of Expeditionary Contracting Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
“Over this past deployment, they awarded and managed billions of dollars in contracts. While the dollars are significant, what they really provided with contracts for United States Forces Afghanistan and operations for the Afghan army was to enhance warfighter readiness,” said Brig. Gen. Paul Pardew, commanding general of the Expeditionary Contracting Command. “In the words of Col. Burris, they kept U.S. Force Afghanistan and the Army rolling along.”
“This deployment was not like other deployments; however, there were people there that wanted to hurt us. That was a constant threat to us 24/7,” Burris said. “A man is only as strong as the people around him, the community he serves and the family and the unit he is sworn to protect. Whatever strength he has he draws from them for them. He must be prepared to give everything -- his life or blood -- or else everything he has done has been for nothing.”
The 410th CSB’s mission is to plan and execute expeditionary and contingency contracting support for U.S. Army South and U.S. Southern Command in support of Army and joint operations throughout the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility and, on order, deploy worldwide to provide contingency contracting support.
Located at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the 410th CSB is made up of approximately 48 Soldiers and 49 civilian employees assigned to the brigade headquarters staff, Regional Contracting Center at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, and regional contracting offices in Miami, Florida, Key West, Florida, Soto Cano, Honduras, Bogota, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In fiscal 2016, the 410th CSB executed more than 2,000 contracts valued at more than $91 million.