316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Fact Sheet

Third Army/United States Army Central
Headquarters, 316th ESC

99 Soldiers Lane

Coraopolis, PA 15108
COMM: 412-523-1478   e-mail: ESC316PAOFTS@usar.army.mil


316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

The 316th is a model for future military operations around the world with a deployment mission to provide command and control of all sustainment forces in an operational theater.

The 316th Sustainment Command is the U.S. Army’s first transformation-era modular ESC unit, and the first to deploy to Iraq. The 316th transformed from a traditionally structured force to one designed to better address sustained military operations and missions and the nation’s emergency rapid response. 

The 316th is a reserve component organization that falls under the 377th Theater Sustainment Command.  The 316th ESC consists of 30 units spread over ten states in the northeastern United States.  They are a diverse organization that is capable of providing full-spectrum logistical support for any mission. Their focus is on an assigned area of operations (AO) and those units deployed in the AO (corps or divisions).  The ESC synchronizes the AO distribution systems and provides distribution oversight.  The ESC can assist in tracking where requests are in the supply system and coordinates distribution assets when appropriate to redirect essential items based on the priority of support and the division or corps commander’s priorities. 

Two of the 316th ESC’s major units are the 55th Sustainment Brigade and the 300th Sustainment Brigade.  When deployed, sustainment brigades provide physical distribution and distribution management of materiel to brigade combat teams and echelons-above-brigade units as part of a theater-wide distribution process and area support to units within an assigned AO, normally under the command and control the TSC or its ESC.

The transformed unit proved effective in 2007 when the 316th ESC, comprised of more than 20,000 sustainment Soldiers, synchronized and provided logistical support to U.S. units (165,000), Multi-National Coalition partners and Iraqi Forces in support of all operations. That support translated into everything from bullets to beans, fuel to maintenance parts and coordinating certain human resource services (liaison teams, personnel replacements, finance).

The 316th ESC is currently deployed to Kuwait to support the redeployment, retrograde and reposturing of forces (moving Soldiers and equipment) in the Central Command area of operation.

Their mission is to stage the future for logistics operations in the Middle East. Along with our strategic partners – contractors, other services, and Department of Defense contractors – they are a key player in the support operations in the post-Iraq era.

In addition, the logistical capabilities will play a vital role in the transportation, shipment, and all other logistical processes in the early stages of the drawdown in Afghanistan.

The original 316th Logistical Command was constituted on November 17, 1950 in the Organized Reserve Corps and activated on December 1, 1950 at Knoxville, Tenn.  On January 17, 2006, the command was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 316th Sustainment Command (Exp­editionary) and was activated on September 16, 2007 at Coraopolis, Pa.

As of August 16, 2012