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August 26, 2013

Leadership change for Guard brigade

New commander has 25 years with Indiana National Guard.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger and the commanding general of the 38th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Lonnie Culver, have announced a new command leadership team for the 38th Sustainment Brigade, headquartered in Kokomo.

Lt. Col. Troy Joslin will assume command of the brigade effective Dec. 1 with an assumption of command ceremony Dec. 8, 2013. Joslin was recently selected for promotion to colonel by the Department of the Army board. Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Shetler will assume responsibility as the brigade’s senior enlisted leader.

Joslin, with almost 25 years in the Indiana National Guard, is both logistics and quartermaster qualified. He has served in a variety of logistics-related assignments since 2001 with the former 38th Division Support Command and was the full-time officer-in-charge of the reorganization of that headquarters into the 38th Sustainment Brigade and its relocation from Indianapolis to Kokomo. He commanded the 38th Division Special Troops Battalion from 2007 to 2009 and then deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as part of the 38th Division Headquarters where he served as “mayor” (chief of operations) of the largest military operating base (and busiest airfield) in theater comprising almost 30,000 military and civilian personnel. He also served as a senior logistics planner during the last 38th Division “Warfighter” command post exercise in 2007. Joslin serves as the executive officer to the 81st Troop Command.

Shetler has served as the 38th Sustainment Brigade Rear Detachment noncommissioned officer-in-charge since May 2012. He has extensive experience as a command sergeant major, having served in that capacity for the 38th Sustainment Brigade (2009-2011), 190th Transportation Battalion (2007-2009), and 138th Signal Battalion (2003-2006). He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006-07 with the 38th Division Support Command where he served as the “sheriff” (mayor cell noncommissioned officer-in-charge) of Camp Victory. Shetler has over 27 years of military service including active duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and the Indiana National Guard. He is vice president of software development for Hertzler Systems Inc. in Goshen.

The 38th Sustainment Brigade is approximately a 300-person logistics management headquarters with nearly 1,300 soldiers assigned in subordinate formations stationed throughout Indiana. The headquarters returned from deployment in June 2013. While headquartered in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, the command was responsible for orchestrating sustainment, maintenance, and personnel in- and out-processing operations in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. They also supported the accountability, inventory, and return movement of military equipment and materials back to the United States.

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