‘Fighting Fuelers’ Close Chapter in QM History

FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 22, 2009) – After more than 68 years of service to the country, the 58th Quartermaster Company, 240th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group, deactivated Oct. 15 in a ceremony at the Post Field House.

After the traditional casing of the unit colors, Lt. Col. Skip Adams, 240th QM Bn. commander, addressed the unit and guests gathered.

“Today we say farewell to a phenomenal unit with an accomplished history of service to our nation,” Adams said. “A superb organization passed into history today and it is important to recognize the tremendous legacy of the 58th.”

The unit was first activated in 1941 at Camp Shelby, Miss., and was reorganized and re-designated before arriving at Fort Lee as the 58th Quartermaster Company in 1998.

Known as the Fighting Fuelers, the 58th deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, June 7, 2005. The mission marked the unit’s first deployment at Fort Lee.

Adams reflected on the years in which 54th Soldiers provided service to their nation in times of peace and conflict.

“We commemorate the history, traditions and people that made the 58th QM Co. such a dynamic unit,” Adams said. “Whenever the nation called upon this unit, its Soldiers proudly stepped up.”

Adams thanked the unit’s Soldiers for their great work and wished them well on their new assignments.

Capt. Antoine J. Rhodes, 58th QM Co. commander, said it was a bittersweet moment to bid farewell to the unit.

With emotion heavy in his voice, Rhodes individually thanked the members of the unit for their dedication and support during his command, to battalion leaders and his fellow company commanders.

The Soldiers assigned to the 58th QM Co. will now transfer throughout the 49th QM Group to meet military occupational specialty requirements in other units, said Capt. Sheila Moffett, 49th QM Group public affairs representative.