599th Transportation Bde. sends 25th CAB’s equipment overseas

| January 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, prepare UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters for deployment to Afghanistan, by the 599th Transportation Bde., at Barbers Point Harbor, Dec. 7. This load out is the first time the 599th has used Barbers Point for operations in four years. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, prepare UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters for deployment to Afghanistan, by the 599th Transportation Bde., at Barbers Point Harbor, Dec. 7. This load out is the first time the 599th has used Barbers Point for operations in four years.

Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade 

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 599th Transportation Brigade loaded the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division’s cargo and equipment onto the M/V Green Lake vessel, for deployment to Afghanistan, from Barbers Point, Kalaeloa Harbor, recently.

Although the 599th had never used Barbers Point for a major move before, the unit decided to move 25th CAB from that harbor, said Carlos Tibbetts, terminal management chief, 599th Trans. Bde.

“If something happened where a lot of military units had to leave or come back to the island all at once, Pearl Harbor would be completely full, as would the commercial ports,” he said. “We need to keep all of our port options open.

“Second, flying aircraft in and out of Barbers Point is ideal,” he added. “You don’t have the restrictions that you have going in and out of Pearl Harbor or downtown Honolulu.

“Third, there is also much less congestion for moving cargo between Wheeler and Barbers Point than there is between Wheeler and downtown, for the commercial ports, or even between Wheeler and Pearl Harbor,” he continued.

“Fourth, the helicopter staging area at Pearl Harbor is not really far, but when you’re talking about towing helicopters, any distance and time you can save is important,” he said. “The size of the staging area at Barbers Point Harbor is huge — it’s about four football fields — right there on the dock at Barbers Point and all in one place.”

Soldiers from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, prepare UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for deployment to Afghanistan, at Barbers Point Harbor,  Dec. 7. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, prepare UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for deployment to Afghanistan, at Barbers Point Harbor, Dec. 7. (Courtesy Photo)

Capt. Philip Raumberger, 599th Trans. Bde. action officer for the load out, emphasized that the success of the move was the result of a group effort.

“It was teamwork that made this all come together,” he said. “The 302nd Transportation Battalion and other elements of the 9th Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve, were great assets during the move. The CAB took care of reception and loading its helicopters at the port. Additionally, each of the 599th’s three battalions sent Soldiers or civilians to work with members of the 599th to form a deployment and distribution support team that performed seamlessly.

Raumberger said close coordination was essential because of a short lead time.

“We decided to use Barbers Point the first week in November,” he said. “It was a very short timeline to when we had to execute the mission, so it took a lot of resources all working together.

“Working with the 599th was a privilege; they provided me every level of support and provided a proactive liaison between my unit and the Barbers Point personnel,” said Maj. Kimberly Nash, support operations officer and the special project officer for the move, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB. “I have worked with many (Surface Deployment and Distribution Command) units over my 15 plus years of service, and this was the best support I have ever received during an outload.”

Nash agreed that Barbers Point was a good location for the load out.

“Barbers Point Harbor offered us a location that was uniquely ours to operate in and around,” she said. “The sheer concrete space allowed us to easily maneuver helicopters and equipment while on the ground. Because there are not nearly as many flight restrictions, we were able to fly the helicopters in at a schedule that best facilitated the Combat Aviation Brigade’s requirements, as well as helped us accomplish the mission quickly and all in a matter of a few hours. This then reduced the noise impact to the civilians along the flight route, which is something that the CAB always considers when flying.”

(Editor’s Note: This is an online exclusive.)

 

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