Deployed Forces: ‘Longhorns’ provide valuable service for task force logistics

| March 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq — While combat units are the key elements to fighting and winning wars, also critical is that these units learn to function in concurrence with their respective service support elements.

As the truism goes, “Tactics win battles, but logistics win wars.”

The Soldiers of Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Lightning Horse, are the forward support element for their task force.

The “Longhorns” provide motorpool maintenance, food service support and run two Forward Arming and Refueling Points for more than 405 Soldiers and civilians.

“Our troop’s primary mission is fuel and ammo support for the squadron,” said Capt. Cameron Maples, commander, Troop E, 2-6th Cav, 25th CAB. “We primarily support the Kiowa Warriors with fuel and armament, as well as fueling Black Hawks and Chinooks when the (Marne) Express comes through here.

“We run the FARP out of Forward Operating Bases Warrior and McHenry. Our main mission is to offer support through our FARPs, but we also provide ground maintenance for the squadron,” he continued.

For the complex mission it is charged with, Troop E has posted some impressive numbers that are far reaching throughout the squadron.

The motorpool has attained an operational rate of nearly 97 percent, and the troop has completed 32 services while compiling 4,500 hours of direct manual labor on vehicles and equipment.

Add the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week FARP operations, and the services and support the troop provides are undoubtedly critical to the task force, the 25th CAB.

“In the course of our mission, we provide all the Class I — the food,” said 1st Lt. David Hernandez, executive officer, Troop E, 2-6th Cav, 25th CAB “We have the capability to feed all our troops.

“In addition, we support all ground maintenance,” Hernandez said. “We do all repairs and services for all the vehicles in the squadron. We have more than 102 pieces of equipment right now.

“All of our missions are pretty important, but the most critical is the FARP,” Hernandez said.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Grant is the platoon sergeant for the distribution platoon. He and his platoon leader are chiefly responsible for ensuring the FARP is running properly.

According to Grant, the FARP provides between 4,000 and 7,000 gallons of fuel per day.

The output for the two FARPs for both fuel and ammunition varies with the frequency of the task force’s missions. However, Grant’s team, can fuel every type of rotary wing airframe.

“We give them all the fuel and all the bullets they need to complete their mission,” Maples said. “That’s our main impact.”

The Longhorns’ distinct mission within TF Lightning Horse is a great source of pride to Maples, who recently took command.

“It’s the largest troop in the squadron, and we don’t have aviation officers or warrant officers,” he said. “It’s more like a traditional Army company.

“The Forward Support Troop here plays a major role in our current mission, and we’re the only ones at Warrior, so we’re doing it by ourselves,” Maples added. “FARP is the money maker. It’s an immense job for a small group of Soldiers, but the Longhorns are getting the job done.”

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