Community meets with Sustainment Command
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Justin Cox
Leaders from the 13th Sustainment Command, 4th Sustainment Brigade and subordinate units were hosted by Belton civic and community leaders at the Harris Community Center last Wednesday during the Adopt-A-Unit Partnership Meet and Greet.
The purpose of this reception, put on by the City of Belton, was to strengthen the ongoing partnership with the Adopt-A-Unit program, discuss past and future projects, and work out how the various community organizations could collaborate to serve the unit better in partnership.
Each major partner was presented with a framed plaque in honor of their leadership and aid.
Col. Mark Simerly, Commander of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th ESC said these events are a way to thank those members and businesses of the community who have donated so much time and effort to helping the military.
"This is a great night for us to meet with Belton leaders to thank them for what they do but also to build a spirit of camaraderie between us and the community we partner with," he said. "There are all sorts of initiatives that the organization takes that bring about success in a different way. When we come together, we get a chance to share these with each other. At the same time, we encourage soldiers to come out and help out in the community and be involved."
Jay Taggart, chairman of the military affairs committee for the Belton Chamber, said he's chartered to foster a sense of community with the units here and to partner up with the chamber and the community to bring greater benefits to both sides.
"I build relationships between relationships between the Fort Hood units that we support and the organizations that are helping them," he said. "It's a way to say thank you, but also a way to share with each other what all those partnerships are doing.
Those who attended the reception took part in learning about ongoing partnerships between the units and the Belton Chamber of Commerce, Belton Chamber Military Relations CTE, the City of Belton, the Belton Rotary Club, Belton Lions Club and the Belton Christian Youth Center.