Command of Area Support Group-Kuwait passed from COL Christopher L. Eubank to COL Steven G. Cade at a ceremony held 4 August 2014 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
COL Cade is a 1987 Distinguished Military Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University.
COL Cade has served in various positions with deployments to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, Korea, Italy and Iraq. While deployed to Korea, COL Cade was recognized by the Republic of Korea Army, CFC Deputy Commander, GEN Kim with a Letter of Commendation for his efforts during UFL exercise 2004.
COL Cade’s last assignment was with the United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I) as the Chief of Plans, Operations and Readiness, Engineer Directorate, in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
Area Support Group-Kuwait was activated as the Combat Equipment Group, Southwest Asia in November 1991 as part of the new Defense Cooperation Agreement with Kuwait after the liberation of Kuwait from Iraq. Combat Equipment Group, Southwest Asia was later re-designated as the United States Army-Kuwait and then US Army Training and Security-Kuwait.
In September 1996, after Kuwait agreed to a continuous presence of a US Battalion Task Force in Kuwait, USARCENT-Kuwait supported forces executing Operations Desert Thunder, Desert Thunder II and Desert Fox.
Between 2001 and 2002, USARCENT-Kuwait supported one of the largest build-up of forces in its history as a result of the terrorist attacks in the United States. This effort included support for the first Coalition Forces from Britain, Australia, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic.
From 2002 to 2004 USARCENT-Kuwait directly supported Operation Iraqi Freedom, resulting in largest rotation of combat forces since World War II, with more than 250,000 US and Coalition Forces transiting through Kuwait.
In May of 2004, USARCENT-Kuwait Headquarters relocated to its new Headquarters at Camp Arifjan and was re-designated as Area Support Group-Kuwait.
ASG-Kuwait continues to implement the Defense Cooperation Agreement on behalf of USARCENT with the Ministry of Defense and support USARCENT in providing safe, secure base camps for tenant and rotational forces.
Attending the Change of Command Ceremony on behalf of the AUSA Kuwait Chapter were First Vice President Matt Rayford, Treasurer Billy Henao, and VP of Membership Samar Mansour.