Peters assumes command of 595th Transportation Brigade

Col. Andrew Peters, the commander of the 595th Transportation Brigade (SDDC), speaks during the change of command ceremony Aug 10. The 595th is stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army Photo)

By Sgt. 1st Class Adam Stone
316th ESC

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Col. Andrew C. Peters took command of the 595th Transportation Brigade from Col. James B. Stanford at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Aug 18.

The 595th’s mission is to provide surface deployment and distribution operations to meet national security objectives in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.  The brigade covers operations in 20 countries and 71 seaports.

“The biggest challenge — not only for the [Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command], but the Army as a whole – is expediting the retrograde out of Afghanistan so we can reset the Army,” Peters said.  “That’s the whole purpose is to get as much equipment back to the United States so it can get refurbished and renovated and get it reset so it can deploy worldwide.”

Peters earned his commission in 1989 and has served in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The change of command ceremony symbolizes the passing of the command flag from the outgoing commander, through the commanding general, to the incoming commander.

Stanford said this was one of the most challenging commands of his Army career.  He gives this piece of advice to Peters, the incoming commander: “Patience.  The number one virtue of this job is patience.  There are so many things we don’t necessarily understand when we embark on a new project, where we will receive pushback from host countries.  Frankly the enemy has a vote.  Moving cargo into Afghanistan is tough business.”

Peters will lead the 595th for the next year as they focus on the Afghanistan retrograde.

Outgoing 595th Transportation Briagde commander, Col. James Stanford, passes the 595th colors to Maj. Gen. Thomas Richardson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. Richardson presided over the change of command ceremony.  The passing of the colors from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander symbolizes the passing of authority from one commander to another.  The 595th is stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army Photo)

Outgoing 595th Transportation Briagde commander, Col. James Stanford, passes the 595th colors to Maj. Gen. Thomas Richardson, commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. Richardson presided over the change of command ceremony. The passing of the colors from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander symbolizes the passing of authority from one commander to another. The 595th is stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army Photo)