Hands-on FTX leads to improved logistical support, confidence

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Petroleum supply specialists and motor transport operators from the Distribution Platoon, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, watch a demonstration of how to measure a tanker truck’s fuel level.

Petroleum supply specialists and motor transport operators from the Distribution Platoon, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, watch a demonstration of how to measure a tanker truck’s fuel level.

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2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Logisticians are the pillars of every fighting force throughout history, and as their doctrines and technologies change, so too must logistics.

Soldiers, here, continue to look for new ways to improve current logistics procedures by getting hands-on with equipment and refreshing their knowledge of military occupation specialties-specific doctrine.

Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, recently returned from an extended field training exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii. The training provided Soldiers with an opportunity to hone their skills in an environment similar to what they would experience downrange.

Now that they are back in garrison, Soldiers from the 65th Eng. Bn.’s Forward Support Company are taking lessons learned during the FTX and applying them to future training plans.

2nd Lt. James Beebe, platoon leader, Distribution Platoon, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., has been coordinating with similar support companies from across the logistics community to develop a standard operating procedure that would allow his unit to better support the engineer battalion’s objectives.

“The logistician’s mission can be so different from those we serve,” Beebe said. “(The other units) may not always understand our capabilities and what we can do to support their mission.”

Nine petroleum supply specialists studied existing fueling procedures, particularly operations used to support the battalion’s FTX, in an attempt to enhance future training.

“At PTA, I was able to do what I trained for at (Advanced Individual Training) — fueling vehicles and operating the fueler,” said Pvt. Antonio Plumber, petroleum supply specialist, Distribution Platoon, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “It was much more hands on than we usually get here in garrison. It was really great training.”

Even combat veterans like Spc. Danielle Salyer, motor transport operator, Distribution Platoon, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., found the training useful.

“I’ve deployed three times,” Salyer said, “and I always seem to learn something new (as a result of) field training operations. There’s just so much to discover when Soldiers get hands-on.”

 

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