Samurai Soldiers Welcomes New Commander
SAGAMI ARMY DEPOT, Japan- The 35th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion held a change of command ceremony June 24th at Sagami Army Depot on mainland Japan.
Soldiers, civilians and family members were on hand to see the exchange of the unit’s colors from Lt. Col Joseph O. Ritter, who led the samurai for the past two years, to Lt. Col. Brian A. Lesiak.
The 35th CSSB was activated in at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts in March of 1944. After training and fitting with equipment, the unit was deployed to Okinawa to fight with the 10th Corps in the Ryukus Campaign where it served with distinction. Following WWII, the 35th served in support of the Korean War and then made its home in Germany until it was inactivated in 1972. Fourteen years later, in 1986 the 35th was activated here at Sagami General Depot to oversee the care and maintenance of Army Propositioned Stocks and Equipment valued at over $300 million. Over the last 18 years, the 35th distinguished itself providing outstanding logistics support to U.S. Army Japan, setting the standard for the U.S. Army in the maintenance of Army War Reserves resulting in combat ready equipment.
The 35th is a unit of action and deploys to facilitate mission command to execute combat sustainment support operations by providing logistics support to combatant commanders.
Lesiak comes to mainland Japan after serving as a combat developer at the Combined Arms Center at Fort Lee, Va.
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