169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

169th Combat Sustainment Support BattalionMission: Provide command and control structure for assigned and/or attached units in order to support operational and tactical-level logistics by planning and managing sustainment and replenishment operations. On order, conducts Domestic Support Operations in support of state and federal agencies to protect life and property within Kansas.

Command Leadership and Unit Structure

The battalion commander is Lt. Col Luke Foster.

The senior noncommissioned officer is Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Dillon.

The unit is composed of the following:

  • Headquarters, Fort Leavenworth
  • 137th Transportation Company, Olathe and Topeka
  • 731st Truck Company, Great Bend, Liberal, Wichita, Fort Riley
  • 1077th Medical Company Ground Ambulance, Lenexa
  • 117th Area Support Medical Company Wichita

2022 Unit Highlights

The battalion conducted its annual training July 16-30. The battalion-level training event began with each unit conducting convoy operations from their home station to Camp Guernsey, Wyoming. It culminated in a field training exercise that included tactical lane training and expeditionary tactical operations. This year's annual training was significant as the battalion's first collective post-COVID-19 training event. This exercise allowed the Soldiers to practice fieldcraft training while building depth in their chosen career management fields. Each company participated in lanes training and was evaluated on convoy and cargo recovery, cargo exchange point, react to contact, casualty exchange point and vehicle recovery. The headquarters exercised the Army's seven-step Military Decision-Making Process in both tactical and garrison environments.

The 731st Composite Truck Company's annual training was split between two locations in 2022. While most of the unit joined the 169th CSSB at Camp Guernsey, one platoon conducted annual training at Fort Riley, licensing over 20 Soldiers through the Heavy Equipment Transport Qualification Course.

The 117th Area Support Medical Company concentrated on equipment maintenance and recruiting Soldiers. The unit conducted a separate annual training at the National Guard Sustainment Training Center in Camp Dodge, Iowa. This training focused on collective technical and tactical sustainment with a concentration on medical training, including Role I Tactical Combat Casualty Care and patient stabilization at Role II Military Treatment Facility. Training also incorporated the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care system to transport patients received at Role II facilities.

The 1077th Medical Company participated in training with local civilian organizations to increase Military Occupational Skills and promote awareness of the Kansas National Guard's capabilities and presence. The unit also continued work in its community partnership with Shawnee Mission School District's Project Blue Eagle, an education program that introduces students to and builds a foundation for careers in public safety.