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77th Sustainment Brigade

In September 2008, the 77th Infantry Division was reactivated in the Army Reserve as the 77th Sustainment Brigade, following the deactivation of the 77th Regional Readiness Command on 7 September 2008. The 77th Sustainment Brigade inherited the lineage and honors of the 77th Infantry Division and its successor commands, and its soldiers wear the "Statue of Liberty" patch, which has been associated with the 77th since it was first organized at the time of World War I. The 77th SUS BDE has its headquarters at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Officers, warrant officers, and non-commissioned officers of the grade of E-5 or above, of the 77th Sustainment Brigade are eligible to join our Association, and applications from them are warmly encouraged. Click here to go directly to the Membership tab on this web site.

Change of Command Ceremony
77th Sustainment Brigade
7 May 2016

On 7 May 2016, COL Pamela L. McGaha assumed command of the 77th Sustainment Brigade, 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), in a ceremony which was relocated from Sharpe Field to the Doughboy Gym at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, due to inclement weather.

The ceremony was held, under the regulations for outdoor ceremonies, in front of an assembly in formation of some of the Soldiers of the 77th SUS BDE.


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The ceremony included the traditional transfer of the Brigade Colors from the Outgoing Commander, COL Deborah L. Kotulich, to COL McGaha.

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It also featured remarks by BG Richard C. Staats, Commander, 316th ESC; COL Kotulich, and COL McGaha.

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Attending the ceremony on behalf of our Association as guests were the following Directors: COL Louis H. Sudholz, Jr., President; COL Ivan Cornielle, Vice President; COL Edwin G. Logan, Treasurer; and Mr. Malcolm R. Schade, Secretary. Also attending as guests were COL McGaha’s father, COL Doyle McGaha (Ret), and BG Alan V. Davis, USA (Ret), New Jersey Army Reserve Ambassador. Our Director, LTC Thomas P. Sullivan, and Association member LTC Lisandro L. Murphy, Jr. also attended as members of the 77th SUS BDE.

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These and additional photos of this event can be viewed on the
Photo Albums page under the “News & Events” tab of this web site.

 

Welcome Home Ceremony
389th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th SUS BDE
13 November 2015

On 13 November 2015, a Welcome Home Ceremony was held for members of the 389th Command Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sustainment Brigade, who are assigned to Fort Totten. These Soldiers, and other elements of the 389th, had been deployed to Afghanistan since January 2015 in a mission to assist in the return or dismantling, or turnover to the Afghan Armed Forces, of U.S. military equipment and installations in that country, and to provide logistical support to the U.S. and coalition military personnel who remain in that country as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
The ceremony, which was held in MG John W. Kaine Hall, Ernie Pyle USAR Center, Fort Totten, was hosted by COL Deborah L. Kotulich, Commander, 77th SUS BDE.

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Numerous family members and friends of the returning Soldiers had assembled in Kaine Hall prior to the ceremony, waiting to greet their loved ones.

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Also assembled to greet the returning Soldiers were members of the VFW and American Legion, who had provided refreshments for the Soldiers, family members, friends and other guests.

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The returning Soldiers were also greeted upon their arrival by a corps of Breezy Point (NY) Bagpipers and Drummers, and by officers of the New York City Police Department.

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The returning Soldiers included LTC Thomas P. Sullivan, Commander, 389th CSSB, who had led the deployed Soldiers in Afghanistan. LTC Sullivan is also a Director of our Association.

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Also returning from Afghanistan was Battalion CSM Brian R. Ladlee, 389th CSSB, who also has been a loyal supporter of our Association.

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After arriving at Kaine Hall, the returning Soldiers mingled with family members, friends and guests prior to the commencement of the formal ceremony.

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Besides COL Kotulich and LTC Sullivan, the speakers during the ceremony included Deputy Commissioner Catherine R. LaPorte, NYC Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. In addition, an Invocation was offered by CHAP (CPT) William H. Allen, IV, 389th CSSB, who accompanied the deployed Soldiers to Afghanistan. Chaplain Allen previously participated in our Association’s Annual Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at Fort Totten on 2 November 2014.

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The ceremony included a formal uncasing of the 389th Unit Colors and HHQ Company Guidon, symbolizing the resumption of command of the Battalion at Fort Totten from its Rear Detachment.

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The ceremony also included the presentation to the returning Soldiers of Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Awards by COL Kotulich, LTC Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner LaPorte and COL Louis H. Sudholz, Jr. (Ret), President of our Association.

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Besides COL Sudholz, attending the ceremony on behalf of our Association as guests were the following other Directors: COL Seymour Kaplan; COL Edwin G. Logan; LTC John W. Peterkin; SGM Sammy C. Sablan, 99th RSC (former Brigade CSM, 77th SUS BDE); and Mr. Malcolm R. Schade. Also attending as a guest was Association member SFC Ronald I. Peters.
These and other photos of this event can be viewed on the Photo Albums page.


77th Sustainment Brigade Dining Out 2015

On 11 September 2015, four members of our Board of Directors attended or participated in the Seventh Annual Dining Out of the 77th Sustainment Brigade at The Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey, hosted by COL Deborah L. Kotulich, Commander, 77th SUS BDE.
(Click here to see the Sequence of Events and Toasts for the Seventh Annual Dining Out.)


Besides COL Kotulich, the Official Party included COL Louis H. Sudholz, Jr. (Ret), Association Director and President; and COL Edwin G. Logan (Ret), Association Director and Treasurer. It also included the following additional members of the 77th SUS BDE: Brigade CSM Sammy C. Sablan (who is also a Director of our Association) and SPC Emmanuel Frank.

COL Sudholz was a guest speaker during the “Opening Remarks” portion of the event. Numerous members, spouses and guests of the Brigade were in attendance.

The other Director of our Association who attended was Mr. Malcolm R. Schade.
Photos of this event can be viewed on the Photo Albums page under the “News & Events” tab of this web site.