FORT POLK, LA — Family, friends, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk leaders and the 41st Transportation Company, 88th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade gathered at 1st MEB Field to bid farewell to the 383rd Modular Movement Control Team, 88th BSB, 1st MEB May 31.
The 383rd MCT supports JRTC rotational units and Fort Polk 24/7. "They are the Fort Polk 'face' every unit encounters when they come here for a JRTC training event," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey D. Witt, 88th BSB commander. "They're also the last 'face' Fort Polk units see when they deploy and the first one they meet upon their return," he said.
The "Assassins" have been tasked to assist units manifesting and moving personnel, cargo and convoys to and from forward operating bases in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The team will make deployments, redeployments, realignments and the eventual drawdown in Afghanistan smooth, efficient and accurate, said Witt. "There is no greater honor as a Soldier than to serve our nation and Army in harm's way," said Witt. "Greater though, is to do it as a logistician supporting other Soldiers so they can accomplish their missions."
The 20-man logistics team will return when their mission is complete. Pfc. Mercedes Carter, the 383rd's youngest Soldier, joined the Army less than two years ago as a means to travel and enjoy new experiences.
"I'm anxious to get over there to see what it's like," said Carter. "I'm also anxious to see the mission through so I can come back home."
While focused on their undertaking, the "Renegades," "Muleskinners," "Guardians" and all of Fort Polk will have your back, said Witt. "Your Families are our Families. We will care for them as we would our own - waiting with them for your return and helping them remain strong." Dante Alighieri, medieval poet, said, "A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark." That's exactly what the 383rd plans to accomplish as a small unit with a big mission.
"We're going over there to make history," said Capt. David Amadu, 383rd commander. "We're only 20 men strong, but we're bringing back 30,000 Soldiers and equipment to end America's longest war."
The 383rd's past deployments include three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one for OEF.