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Cashion to return from Afghanistan Oct. 28

Posted: October 14, 2010 4:29 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Soldiers form the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Alabama Army National Guard, will return to Birmingham Oct. 28 after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is expected to return to the Birmingham National Guard armory.

A member of the South Carolina Army National Guard, SFC Joseph Cashion of Lugoff, deployed with the Alabama unit. Cashion deployed in April to fill a critical need for the Alabama unit.

While In Afghanistan, the unit, led by Brig. Gen. Reynold N. Hoover, coordinated sustainment operations for U.S., NATO and Afghan forces in the theater of operations.

The mission undertaken by the Alabama Guard unit is the largest logistical operation by the U.S. military since the buildup to World War II.

The 135th ESC, serving as the headquarters for the Joint Sustainment Command in Afghanistan, is responsible for managing the flow of equipment, materiel and troops as the number surged to more than 98,000 Servicemembers during the summer months of 2010.

The unit commands 17,000 Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors and civilian contractors and transformed the way logistical support is delivered to all U.S. Servicemembers in Afghanistan.

The 135th orchestrated and controlled all sustainment operations through the air, on the ground and by sea.  The sustainment mission included the delivery of nearly one half million gallons of fuel, 25 million pounds of ammunition issued and over 100 million meals served in Afghanistan.

The 135th ESC, nearly 300 soldiers strong, is concluding a deployment that began last November at Fort Hood when a member of the unit was injured during the Fort Hood shooting.

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