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1st COSCOM conducts last airborne operation ^ | April 13, 2006 | By Capt. Sonise Lumbaca

Posted on 04/14/2006 6:09:00 PM PDT by davidosborne

1st COSCOM conducts last airborne operation By Capt. Sonise Lumbaca April 13, 2006

FORT BRAGG, N.C.(Army News Service, April 13, 2006) — More than 250 Soldiers of the 1st Corps Support Command took to the skies April 12 to conduct their last airborne operation as COSCOM members.

As a unit that is undergoing transformation, the 1st COSCOM will not only lose its airborne status, but will also change its designation to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command after April 18.

“There is a little sadness in as much as this is our last official airborne operation,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin A. Leonard, commander of the 1st COSCOM. “As we transform the 1st Corps Support Command into a theater sustainment command we will no longer be an airborne unit, so that comes with some mixed emotions.”

Prior to the jump, Leonard talked with the paratroopers letting them know that despite coming off of parachute status and changing from a maroon to the Army’s standard black beret, it doesn’t change who the Soldiers are.

“It doesn’t change the airborne spirit that each of us have inside, and so [we will] go forward and move on with this transformation and do what the Army needs for us to do,” he said.

Having over 22 years in the Army, Master Sgt. Ernesto Nieto, the senior medical noncommissioned officer for the 1st COSCOM, is one of many Soldiers who will no longer have the opportunity to jump.

“I like to jump. It is a big adrenaline rush,” Nieto said. “You just feel good and you can see all the beauty of what we call home [when exiting the aircraft].”

Even though Nieto will no longer wear the maroon beret he wants to emphasize that he and other members of the COSCOM won’t bring any less enthusiasm or dedication to the mission.

“The fact that we jump or not jump for a living does not change our purpose of who we are,” he said.

Airborne operations here are normally conducted by means of a C-130 Hercules or a C-17 Globemaster III, however, with the support of the United States Army Special Operations Command, the 1st COSCOM had the unique opportunity to jump out of a perfectly good CASA.

“This was my first CASA jump,” said Spc. Stephen M. Vosburg, a parachute rigger for the 647th Quartermaster Company, 264th Corps Support Battalion, 1st COSCOM. “It was a little intimidating at first because I didn’t know what to expect, but once I got into the aircraft I was comfortable.”

Being a young specialist in the Army, Vosburg’s chances of participating in another airborne operation is probably a lot better than some Soldiers in the COSCOM. However, it is being a member of the COSCOM that he said he will miss.

“It is always a good thing to be apart of something that is historical, so I feel a little special,” Vosburg said. “ It is sad that COSCOM is [going away]. I have been [in the unit] for two years and within those two years we have done a lot and I have worked real hard for a lot of good people.”

While the 1st COSCOM will inactivate and lose its airborne status, its transformation to the 1st TSC will bring a larger scope of responsibility where it will provide support to the Central Command area of operation.

“It was a great jump,” Leonard said. “It was a great opportunity for us to exit this CASA sponsored by the United States Army Special Operation Command here on Sicily Drop Zone for my paratroopers one last time.”

(Editor’s note: Capt. Sonise Lumbaca serves with the 1st Corps Support Command Public Affairs Office.)

TOPICS: Government; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 1stcoscom; airborne; army; fortbragg; military; supplylines
Any current or FORMER 1st COSCOM vets out there?
1 posted on 04/14/2006 6:09:02 PM PDT by davidosborne
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To: JennieOsborne; /\XABN584; 3D-JOY; 5Madman; <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; 1Peter2:16; ...

passing it on.. any 1st COSCOM Paratroopers

2 posted on 04/14/2006 6:10:44 PM PDT by davidosborne (
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3 posted on 04/14/2006 6:18:56 PM PDT by davidosborne (
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To: davidosborne

All right! The last hollywood jump! Sweet...

4 posted on 04/14/2006 6:36:56 PM PDT by earthman92
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To: davidosborne
Bro was 101st Army Ranger in Vietnam, but not COSCOM. Thanks for the ping, though!

Praise to those brave heros!

5 posted on 04/14/2006 6:54:35 PM PDT by NordP (I've seen enough "24" to know there are many things a President cannot talk about, yet must do.)
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Too cruel.

6 posted on 04/14/2006 6:55:34 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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As a new Army Reserve warrant officer in the 1990s, I visited Fort Bragg frequently to learn all I could from my active component counterparts. The 1st COSCOM and the 82d Airborne were two separate worlds. No communication. No camaraderie. Nothing. Warrants didn't know each other, if they didn't belong to one or the other.

And this was the maintenance side of the house.

7 posted on 04/14/2006 7:17:49 PM PDT by elcid1970
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8 posted on 04/15/2006 3:13:33 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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I appreciate your hard work on this list, but could you kindly remove my name from this list?

Thank you, booann777

9 posted on 04/15/2006 8:10:24 AM PDT by booann777 (keep the faith.. ba7)
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To: davidosborne

Me and Ernie joined The Army together back in Nov 1981.
We were Medics.

I am so proud to see my Old friend doing so well.

You are a Patriot.

Michael LeShane Hudgens

10 posted on 06/06/2011 4:52:27 PM PDT by hudgens91b20
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