‘Road Masters’ roll out support to 3rd BCT

| February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
The “Road Masters,” members of the 25th Trans. Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, do what they do best: drive trucks. The transportation company hauled supply loads in support of the 3rd BCT, 25th ID, during its NTC rotation, Jan. 2-Feb. 2, at Fort Irwin, Calif. (Lt. Col. Jeffery Carter | 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade., 8th Theater Sust. Command)

The “Road Masters,” members of the 25th Trans. Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, do what they do best: drive trucks. The transportation company hauled supply loads in support of the 3rd BCT, 25th ID, during its NTC rotation, Jan. 2-Feb. 2, at Fort Irwin, Calif. (Lt. Col. Jeffery Carter | 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade., 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Capt. Brent A. Sohn
524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command

 

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — When the Army needs equipment, supplies or personnel moved in Hawaii or in a combat theater across the globe, the 25th Transportation Company “Road Masters,” stay “ready to roll.”

The 25th Trans. Co. responded with the spinning tires of trucks rolling out, when the call came to fill a transportation need for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during the brigade’s National Training Center rotation, Jan. 2–Feb. 2, at Fort Irwin, Calif.

The Road Masters, part of the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, provided all transportation support for the 3rd BCT and its 5,600-Soldier task force, comprised of nine battalions and approximately 16 attached units, including special operations forces, said Maj. Benjamin Dennard, chief of Support Operations, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde.

“I am very impressed with the conduct and support of the 25th Trans. Co.,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Elder, command sergeant major, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., who visited NTC with Lt. Col. Jeffery Carter, commander, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., to see the Road Masters in action.

Elder praised the unit’s preparation, professionalism and execution.

“The leaders and Soldiers of the Road Masters should be commended for representing themselves, their company and the 524th CSSB in an exemplary fashion,” he said.

According to Dennard, the Schofield Barracks-based transportation company helped sustain every level of the 3rd BCT’s training — everything from squad and live-fire training exercises to full spectrum operations — by moving more than 193 pallets, 74 containers and 53 flat racks containing subsistence, equipment, and medical and maintenance supplies.

The Road Masters lived up to their name as the Soldiers logged more than 7,000 miles while delivering supplies to five different forward operating bases scattered across the sprawling training area.

Every mile driven in the rough terrain of the California desert prepares unit leaders and Soldiers for the austere combat conditions in southwest Asia.

“The 25th Trans. Co.’s NTC rotation with the 3rd BCT has a two-part objective: first, to support the BCT’s mission readiness exercise, and second, to continue to train the unit towards (its) transformation from a medium-truck to a palletized-load system (or PLS) truck company,” Carter said. “This rotation for (the Soldiers) has been extremely resourceful in achieving both goals.”

Col. Dianna Roberson, commander, 45th Sust. Bde., cites 25th Trans. Co.’s performance at NTC as an indicator that the unit is on the right track in its transition to a PLS truck company.

“The 25th Trans. (Soldiers’) success in a tough, realistic training environment … is a testament to their commitment to excellence in customer support,” Roberson said. “The support provided to 3rd BCT was simply outstanding and provided a great opportunity for training.”

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