"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 Pang Shen.

Command Sergeant Major Pang Shen is a native of Athens, Texas and a graduate
of Athens High School.  CSM Shen enlisted in the United States Army in
October 1991.  He attended Basic Training in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri and
Advance Individual Training in Fort Lee, Virginia where he was awarded  MOS
92A (Automated Logistical Specialist).

CSM Shen's duty assignments include Material Control NCO and Personnel
Administration NCO, 557th Maintenance Company, Corp Support Battalion, Fort
Irwin, California; Detachment NCOIC and Supply Sergeant, 95th Maintenance
Company (TMDE), Fort Carson, Colorado; Supply Support Activity NCOIC and
Platoon Sergeant, Bravo Company, 64th Forward Support Battalion, 4th
Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; Operations NCO, Supply and
Transportation Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavlary
Regiment, Fort Irwin, California; Detail Recruiter, Ontario Company,
Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Mission Viejo, California; Supply
and Support NCOIC, Support Operations, 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd
Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis,
Washington; Logistical Support Team OIC for 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry
Regiment, 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington (in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom); First Sergeant, Alpha Company, 296th
Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis,
Washington, 2nd Infantry Division, G4 Sergeant Major, Camp Red Cloud (CRC),
Korea, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Command Sergeant Major,
CRC, Korea, and Raleigh Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Raleigh, North Carolina.

CSM Shen's awards and decorations include Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Valorous Unit Citation and the Combat Action Badge.

CSM Shen's military education includes the Warrior Leadership Course, the Advance Leadership Course, the Senior Leadership Course, the First Sergeant Course, Equal Opportunity, the Recruiting School and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.


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).