57th Transportation Company officially marks its inactivation
US Army, September 02, 2010 - by Sgt. Jared Crain, 10th Sustainment Brigade Journalist - Friends, Families and fellow Soldiers gathered outside on 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion’s parade field to watch as 57th Transportation Company cased its colors during an inactivation ceremony Friday.
“Today, we (inactivate) the 57th guidon, but we can never inactivate the impact that its Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers have left on each other, Fort Drum, the North Country and the nation,” said Lt. Col. Timothy White, 548th CSSB commander.
“For while we cased the guidon today, you cannot case the spirit of Soldiers such as Pvt. Davis Conner, Sgt. James Stewart or Spc. Toccaro Green, who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the 57th,” White added.
The casing of the 57th Transportation Company guidon is a symbol of dedication and appreciation for a unit that completed its service honorably.
“It is very evident that we have all just witnessed something truly historic and special,” said Capt. Rodney Landrum, 57th Transportation Company commander. “Every company in the Army has a distinctive flag known as the guidon (that) was assigned to the unit, which normally depicts some unique aspect of that command.”
“It has been an honor and privilege to command this unit for the last 15 months, and I am a better officer because of this experience,” he added.
The unit was constituted May 1, 1936, in the U.S. Army as D Company, 28th Quartermaster Regiment. It was given the name 57th Transportation Company on June 18, 1947. Over the years, the company has been reorganized, redesignated, inactivated and activated before it was relocated to Fort Drum on May 18, 1988.
The 57th Transportation Company has participated in many campaigns, including World War II, Vietnam, Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit also has served in many other places throughout the world, including Algeria, French-Morocco, Italy and many more.
The unit has earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer.
There is no doubt about it; this company is a distinguished unit with a distinguished history, White said.
The unit executed more than 100 missions transporting containerized and noncontainerized cargo to include thousands of Soldiers to training facilities on Fort Drum in order to prepare for deployment.
The company also provided support to organizations like the Cub Scouts and Trees for Troops, adding value to the community through selfless acts of service. These are just a few of the many tasks Soldiers executed and organizations they supported.
“As the unit completes its inactivation and its outstanding Soldiers move to other jobs in the Army, I want you to know how proud I am of the Soldiers and Families of the 57th,” Landrum said.
“Look at today, in terms the legacy that the thousands of people who served with the 57th have left and will leave, for the foreseeable future,” White said.
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