‘We can make it happen’




Maj. Hilton McElvey of Cleveland cheers on his team at the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion's S-6 office Nov. 12. His team of dedicated soldiers took on several large initiatives around Sietz Annex, Iraq, and has made great progress in improving communications for the battalion and its subordinate units.

Maj. Hilton McElvey of Cleveland cheers on his team at the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion’s S-6 office Nov. 12. His team of dedicated soldiers took on several large initiatives around Sietz Annex, Iraq, and has made great progress in improving communications for the battalion and its subordinate units.

SIETZ ANNEX, Iraq – The 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade arrived in Iraq in early September, eager to start its mission and take on the challenges ahead. Individual shops conducted their mandatory transition process with their counterparts. The 398th CSSB conducted its transfer of authority ceremony Sept. 30 and since then each section in the battalion has made several improvements.

One section in particular is the S-6, the technology and communications shop responsible for making sure every one is able to communicate by phone, raido, and computer. It took the lead to increase the soldiers’ ability to communicate with families and friends and to cleanup the cluttered cables around the area.

The shop is led by Maj. Hilton McElvey, a native of Cleveland, Ala., and Sgt. 1st Class Roberta Turner of Muncy, Penn. Five other soldiers help maintain communications and enhance the battalion’s network on a daily basis.

One of the shop’s early wins was the enhancement of the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation internet cafe on Pad 21 or Sietz Annex, which it calls home. The team helped install all the new lines for the computers. The S-6 is running cable on Pad 21 and has been cleaning wires from all over the operations area to make it more presentable. This ongoing project will improve the look of Pad 21 tremendously.

So far, the S-6 has jumped onto a path to do great things and has no plans to leave that path anytime soon. We are dedicated to mission first and are continually enhancng unit operations in any way possible. Though many of the staff are junior soldiers, there is much experience in the S-6 shop, and we are confident we can handle any issues that come our way.