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The 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command has assumed command of the overall logistical support mission for Iraq, officials said Thursday. The unit takes over from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

“This is a historic event with the 316th being the first command to use the Army’s new modular force logistics structure. This structure changes the way we provide logistical support on the battlefields today,” Col. Karen Jennings, deputy commander of the 316th ESC, said in a news release.

“With the unit standing up in September 2006, just 10 months ago, the progress we have made is just outstanding.”

The 316th will now be responsible for “planning, monitoring and providing daily logistical support” for soldiers throughout Iraq.

During its time in Iraq, the 13th Sustainment Command did 35,000 combat logistical patrols, drove more than 19 million miles, and moved more than 780 million gallons of fuel, 3.2 billion gallons of bulk water and 28 million cases of bottled water to bases throughout Iraq, officials said.

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