Brigade History

The 16th Sustainment Brigade was constituted Oct. 29, 1965, as the 16th Corps Support Group (CSG) and activated Dec. 10, 1965, in the Dominican Republic. On Oct. 25, 1968, the unit was inactivated at Fort Benning, Ga. and re-designated Sept. 16, 1987, in Germany.

On May 1, 2002, the 16th CSG was re-aligned to include the 181st Transportation Battalion located at Turley Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, and the 485th Corps Support Battalion (CSB) located on Hutier Kaserne, to increase their combat service support capabilities.

In March 2003, the 16th CSG and its battalions deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where it provided logistical support to include direct support maintenance, transportation and supply support to all units in the theater.

The 485th CSB established base camp operations in Kuwait and then assumed the role of convoy support operations at CSC Peterbilt and Kenworth before relocating to FLB Dogwood and finally to Al Taji Military Base, then returning to Germany in 2004. Commanding and controlling over 3000 logistical Soldiers, Team 16 armed, fueled, fixed, moved and sustained Combined Joint Task Force 7 forces for a year during combat and stability operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 181st Transportation Battalion established base camp operations in Kuwait at Camp New York, Camp New Jersey, Camp Pennsylvania and Camp Udari before 'crossing the berm' into Iraq to establish convoy support operations at Cedar, Bushmaster, Dogwood, Taji and Anaconda. The battalion's assets played an important role in not only local-haul, but also long-haul missions carrying every class of supply.

In addition to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 16th CSG also participated in operations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Kosovo.

In January 2007, the lineage and honors were designated to be transferred to the 16th Sustainment Brigade. On July 16, 2007, the 16th Sustainment Brigade was activated in Warner Barracks, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany, composed of the 16th Special Troops Battalion, Bamberg; the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Bamberg; and the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Grafenwoehr.

In July 2008, the brigade deployed to Iraq and provided sustainment, combat support, and force protection operations in support of Multi-National Division-North through expert life support and logistical operations.

Today, our units play a major role in operations across the European theater, supporting Atlantic Resolve and countless missions, exercises and operations as part of the U.S. Army Europe 'Strong Europe' campaign.



The colors scarlet and buff are the traditional colors associated with sustainment units. The embattled chevron,illustrating the merlons and crenels of a castle, alludes to strong defense. The crossed battle-ax and key denote joint effort to provide warrior and logistical skills on the battlefield. The red wedge symbolizes support.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective July 16, 2007.


The colors scarlet and buff are the traditional colors associated with support units. The fort symbolizes a strong defense and military preparedness. Its multi-faceted sides allude to the organization's various components and commitments. The chevron is a traditional symbol of strength and support. The color blue connotes perseverance, strength and loyalty to the military's mission.

A red scroll is inscribed with the word "Logistics" at the top and "The Key to Win" at the bottom, in gold letters.



Colonel Michelle K. Donahue

Colonel Michelle K. Donahue, a Distinguished Military Graduate, received her commission in the Quartermaster Corps from Duke University in 1996. She also holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University and the National Defense University.

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Command Sergeant Major


Command Sergeant Major Frank M. Graham Jr.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham Jr. is the senior enlisted advisor of the 16th Sustainment Brigade. Graham entered the United States Army Sept. 30, 1991, as a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, MOS 63S.

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