45th STB conducts joint load exercise with 535th Airlift Sqdn.

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Donald Burton (in vehicle), Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, backs up his humvee and trailer onto a C-17 Globemaster, while fellow Soldiers and Airmen standby, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 17.

Sgt. Donald Burton (in vehicle), Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, backs up his humvee and trailer onto a C-17 Globemaster, while fellow Soldiers and Airmen standby, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 17.

Story and Photo by
1st Lt. Michael Heim
45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command 

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — As any Soldier who has deployed can testify, preparing equipment for transportation and deployment can be a daunting task. Soldiers from Company B, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command recently took on that task.

The 45th STB Soldiers concluded a loading exercise that had lasted for several weeks, Dec. 17. The training culminated with a joint exercise with 535th Airlift Squadron Airmen to practice the necessary steps to prepare and deploy equipment, and to improve overall unit readiness.

“I thought it was a really good refresher for the Soldiers who have deployed, and really important for the newer Soldiers to get hands-on (training),” said 1st Sgt. James McPhee, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde. “They were able to go from ‘A to Z’ with the whole process. Now, they have an advantage over others who haven’t trained in those areas.”

The training consisted of preparing all vehicles and equipment necessary for deployment, including physically loading the vehicles and equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster, a military transport aircraft designed to transport both troops and equipment.

The lengthy process was led by 2nd Lt. Frank Guizar and Sgt. Geoffrey Calloway, both from Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde. Soldiers inventoried six M1097 humvees, a M1152 humvee with attached Joint Network Node Shelter and three Satellite Transport Terminals; then packed and loaded equipment into nine containers.

Once all equipment and vehicles had been prepared, Soldiers had the containers and vehicles inspected and certified by the Directorate of Logistics. Finally, once cleared for travel, Soldiers transported the vehicles and equipment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and loaded them onto the planes for transport.

The final stage, loading the vehicles and containers onto a C-17 Globemaster, was conducted with the Airmen. Both Co. B and the 535th utilized this training as an opportunity to train Soldiers and Airmen on the proper procedures for loading and securing vehicles and containers onto a C-17. Soldiers practiced backing up the humvees with attached trailers, while Airmen guided them.

“It was awesome to train with the Air Force in a joint training mission, and that they were able to get something out of it also,” McPhee said.

“It was a good learning experience since I have never deployed before, and now I know more about what the Air Force does and how they help us deploy,” said Pvt. Daniella Wilson, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde.

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