"Lightning Support"



Colonel Gregory G. Boyd

Colonel Greg Boyd entered active duty as a Private First Class in 1984 serving in the 197th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, GA as an infantryman.  After being discharged in 1987; he enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He completed ROTC in 1989 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry.  After completing his degree, he returned to active duty in 1991.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UAB.  Additionally he has earned a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

In 23 years of active, commissioned service, Colonel Boyd’s key assignments include:

- Rifle Platoon Leader and Company XO, 1-505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division,    Fort Bragg, NC

- Shop Officer and Battalion S-2/3, 782nd MSB, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC

- Company Commander and Aide-de-Camp, 19th TSC, Republic of Korea

- G-4 Chief of Plans and Operations, Support Operations Officer, and BN XO, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC and Iraq

- Senior BSB Observer/Controller, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA

- Battalion Commander 82nd BSB, 3/82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC and Iraq

- G-4/Director of Sustainment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC

- Director of Stability, RC-S/CJTF-82, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Colonel Boyd is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Logistics Executive Development Course, Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Naval War College. His training includes the US Army Airborne School, the 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster and Air Movement Operations Schools, and the US Air Force Joint Firepower Course.

Colonel Boyd’s operational experience encompasses a career spent mostly in divisional units with two deployments to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan.  Also, he deployed to New Orleans to support Hurricane Katrina relief operations.

Colonel Boyd’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.  Colonel Boyd has earned the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Republic of Korea Master Parachutist Badge.


Command Sergeant Major Dana S. Mason Jr.

CSM Dana S. Mason Jr. is a native of Steubenville, Ohio. He entered the United States Army as a Unit Supply Specialist, and completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. During his career he served as a Supply Clerk, Supply Sergeant, Squad Leader, PBO NCOIC, S4 NCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, G4 NCOIC, First Sergeant, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, and his current position as the BDE CSM for 45TH Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Brigade

CSM Mason’s assignments include: USAISC-Pentagon, Bravo Battery 1/319TH Field Artillery 82ND Airborne Division, Alpha Co 1/3RD Special Forces Group Fort Bragg, North Carolina, HHC 1/5TH Calvary Fort Hood, Texas, HHC 1/75TH Ranger Regiment Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, 4TH Ranger Training Battalion Fort Benning, Georgia, HHC 1/75TH Ranger Regiment Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, 8TH United States Army G4, Korea, (First Sergeant) HHC 501st CSG Uijonjbu Korea, (First Sergeant) United Nations Command Honor Guard Company Yongsan Korea, (CSM) Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1ST Brigade Combat Team, 1ST Armored Division, (CSM) Headquarter and Headquarter  Battalion 1ST Armored Division, and (CSM) 407TH Brigade Support Battalion, 82ND Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

CSM Mason’s Military education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, First Sergeants Course, UASMA Course Class# 58, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Master Fitness Course, S.E.R.E. Course Level C, Standard Property Book System Revised, Small Arms Maintenance Course, Manpower and Force Management Course, and the Sing Load Inspectors Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and a Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.

CSM Mason’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal            (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Good Conduct Medal  (8th awd), National Defense Service Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal (w/ 3 Bronze Stars), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (S), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (K), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 4), United Nations Medal,  Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Valorous Award, Army Meritorious Award,  Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drivers Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Botswana Defense Force Parachutist Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge,  German Schutzenschnur Badge.



45th SB deploys to a theater of operations to plan, coordinate, synchronize, monitor, control, and assess (PCSMCA) logistics and personnel support operations.

 45th Sustainment Brigade Lineage

The 45th Sustainment Brigade was originally constituted on May 1, 1936, in the Regular Army as the 45th Quartermaster Regiment (Truck). It was initially activated on May 9 1942, at the Oakland sub-port of embarkation, California, as the 45th Quartermaster Truck Regiment.

Elements of the regiment separated on December 1, 1943, and received new destinations. The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment became HHD, 45th Quartermaster Group.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions (Mobile) respectively, Companies A through M were re-designated as the 346 1st through 247 2dd Quartermaster Truck Companies. The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 45th Quartermaster Group, then deactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on November 26, 1945.

On March 30, 1966, the Group was designated as headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Support Group. Activation followed on May 4, 1966, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The Group was deactivated on December 15, 1970, at Fort Lewis, Washington. On September 15, 1972 the 45th Support Group saw its latest activation at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

In August 1986, the 45th Support Group was reorganized to include command and control of the 7th Maintenance Battalion, the 124th Transportation Battalion, the 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy), the 29th Engineer Battalion (Topographic) and the 125th Finance Battalion.

On October 16, 1993, the 45th Support Group was re-designated as the 45th Corps Support Group (Forward), the 7th Maintenance Battalion was re-designated as the 17th Corpse Support Battalion, and the 124th Transportation Battalion was re-designated as the 524th Corps Support Battalion. Other subordinate units consisted of the 84th Engineer Battalion, 125th Finance Battalion, and the 29th Engineer Battalion.

The 45th Corps Support Group (Forward) was re-designated at the 45th Sustainment Brigade on 11 January 2006 in conjunction with the Army's Transformation Campaign Plan with assigned units of 45th Special Troops Battalion (STB), 524th Corps Support Battalion and the 17th Corps Support Battalion.

On July 7, 2006, the 45th Sustainment Brigade deployed to Q-West, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A milestone was achieved when command authority was transferred from one sustainment brigade to another in a Transfer of Authority ceremony on 29 August 2006. This marked the first of such a transfer in the history of the United States Army.

On January 2009, the 45th Sustainment Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Today, the 45th Sustainment Brigade consists of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 45th STB, 303rd EOD, and 524th Combat Service Support Battalion (CSSB).