FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009) – The Army Logistics University stood up the 71st Student Battalion (Provisional) during a ceremony Oct. 1.
The battalion, comprised of five companies, is responsible for managing the cadre and student load throughout the university.
Col. Shelley Richardson, ALU president, started the ceremony by casing the colors of two companies which were charged with supporting the students of the Army Logistics Management College.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company from ALMC, and Echo Company from the 244th Quartermaster Battalion, deactivated at the start of the ceremony to be reflagged as the Staff and Faculty Co. and Bravo Co., respectively. Richardson praised the companies for their efforts during the transition from ALMC to ALU.
“Both units swelled to support our initial student transitions and as you displayed great patience and agility during physical moves across post and multiple changes of command, I commend you all on a job well done,” she said. “I challenge you to keep up the great transition as we bring these new company teams.”
Echo Co. holds a special place in Richardson’s Army career: she said it was the first unit she signed into 29 years ago as a new quartermaster officer.
“The unit has a long legacy of supporting quartermaster officers,” Richardson said.
After the deactivation of the two companies, Richardson uncased the colors for the 71st Student Bn. (Provisional) and turned the reigns over to Lt. Col. Tim Gilhool, a former ALMC instructor.
“He brings a fiery spirit and dedication to doing the right thing every day to ensure the university’s success,” said Richardson.
The student battalion will provide command, control, administration and logistics support to more than 300 military cadre members. More than 2,300 students daily will benefit from the battalion’s student services.
Gilhool said he looks forward to working as commander in the new unit.
“It is a singular honor to be here, and to have the opportunity to lead, train and mentor Soldiers as commander of the 71st Student Battalion (Provisional),” he said.
The 71st Student Bn. (Provisional) takes its lineage from the 71st Transportation Bn., currently located at Fort Eustis.
“Thanks go to the Transportation Center and School for the battalion heritage and legacy which this provisional battalion will proudly share and honor for the next year,” said Richardson. “The 71st Trans Bn. will complete its move and transition here as part of the Base Realignment and Closure next summer.”
After the activation of the new student battalion, Gilhool performed command ceremonies for each of the new companies under the 71st Student Bn. (Provisional).
Companies of the 71st Student Battalion
Staff and Faculty Company “Black Lions”
Formerly: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Logistics Management College
Commander: Capt. Toni Hill
First Sergeant: Sgt. 1st Class Reneah Porter
Mission: Provide training and support to cadre and faculty of ALU.
Alpha Company “Avengers”
Commander: Capt. Danielle Parker
First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Dexter Fells, acting first sergeant
Mission: Charged with the sustainment and support of the Captain’s Career Course students at ALU.
Bravo Company “Black Knights”
Formerly: Echo Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion
Commander: Capt. Tabitha Reid
First Sergeant: 1st Sgt. Kortez Dixon
Mission: Charged with the sustainment and support of the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leadership Course students of ALU.
Charlie Company “Cougars”
Commander: Capt. Jeff Carlson
First Sergeant: 1st Sgt. Teon Wright
Mission: Charged with the sustainment and support of the Ordnance Basic Officer Leadership Course students of ALU. Next summer, they will be charged with the sustainment and support of the Transportation BOLC students as well.
Delta Company “Diamondbacks”
Commander: Capt. Nikolitsa Wooten
First Sergeant: 1st Sgt. Chay Blount
Mission: Charged with the sustainment and support of the warrant officers, Theater Logistics Studies Program and Operations Research and Systems Analyst students of ALU.