Hulman Field becoming face of 'total force'
By Staff Sgt. Chris Jennings , 181st Intelligence Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 24, 2008
HULMAN FIELD, TERRE HAUTE, Indiana -- Not long after the 181st Fighter Wing's final fly day, the new image of Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Ind., started to materialize. As buildings begin to change, so has some of the personnel on base, most noticeably, the increase of Army National Guard members. The 519th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has moved into the unoccupied areas of the hangar, and now calls Hulman Field their home.
"We're still in a transition period, but once at full strength there will be approximately 49 Army National Guard members here," said 1st Lt. Jeremy Lainhart, 519th Headquarters Company Commander, who is a traditional Guardsman from Brownsburg, Ind. "This is a step up from where we were before."
Lainhart pointed out that the 519th CSSB was originally stationed at the Army National Guard armory on Maple Ave., just west of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. The facilities are not the only aspect of the transition that Lainhart and other ARNG members appreciate about their new home.
"Being on a base provides a higher level of security," Lainhart explained. "Plus, it's nice to be around other soldiers when we are at work."
The 519th CSSB has three main components; Headquarters, Supply, and Maintenance, along with three separate commanders. The 519th's overall mission is as a logistical command for an entire battalion.
"We sustain the force," Lainhart said. "We are here to support the brigade."
Providing support to a brigade can mean anything from ordering supplies, to performing all types of maintenance on equipment. The 519th has already taken over the majority of the hangar's West side and will continue to fill up space with the equipment they need to perform their mission. They currently have several store rooms with supplies and equipment, and the need for storage will only increase.
Lainhart mentioned that he worked with Air Force personnel on a daily basis when in Iraq and was impressed with the way they performed.
"Army and Air Force personnel seem to work very well together," he said. "Our transition onto this base was tough, but everyone here was very helpful, and it was good to see the welcome you all gave us."
Moving ahead into the future has been a common theme at Hulman Field for the last year, and with more Army National Guard personnel working on base, the future of Hulman Field is obviously leaning more toward the U.S. Military's main goal - a total force.