599th Trans. Bde. loads out from Barbers Point

| July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Strykers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, file up the ramp on the Motor Vessel Green Ridge during a loadout exercise here, July 7.

Strykers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, file up the ramp on the Motor Vessel Green Ridge during a loadout exercise here, July 7.

Story and Photo by
Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

BARBERS POINT — Members of the 599th Transportation Brigade spent the day by the sea as the brigade conducted its fourth loadout from Kalaeloa Harbor, here, July 7.

The cargo, belonging to four units, is headed to South Korea for an exercise.

Most of the cargo and all of the Strykers belong to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Greg Regpala (top) and Greg "Ben" Benjamin, both traffic management specialists with the 599th Trans. Bde., measure the height of a Stryker before loadout from Barbers Point, July 7.

Greg Regpala (top) and Greg "Ben" Benjamin, both traffic management specialists with the 599th Trans. Bde., measure the height of a Stryker before loadout from Barbers Point, July 7.

The 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) also shipped cargo, said John Manahane, traffic management specialist, 599th Trans. Bde.

July 2-3, the cargo was prepared for movement at Schofield Barracks’ alert holding area. The cargo was then trucked to the port in three convoys. Staging began at Barbers Point at 9 a.m., and was finished at 4 p.m., July 6.

“We made our first move from Barbers Point in December, but by now, using the port has become commonplace for us,” said Carlos Tibbetts, terminal operations chief, 599th Trans. Bde.

“This move was a concerted effort in coordination with a lot of people involved — the Directorate of Logistics, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii; Installation Management Command-Pacific; military units; the State of Hawaii; Central Gulf Lines — and we all played our parts and came together to make this a smooth operation,” said Greg “Ben” Benjamin, traffic management specialist, 599th Trans. Bde.

Besides advantages with the size and placement of the staging area and the more convenient drive from WAAF to Barbers Point, Manahane said it was fortuitous this particular cargo had been loaded out through Barbers Point instead of Pearl Harbor.

“Right now, with Pearl Harbor concentrating on the Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, exercise, cargo moves on commercial vessels aren’t going in and out of there,” he said.

Six members of the logistics support team, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, were also on hand at the port during the move.

“The stevedores can start and drive the Strykers, so normally they don’t need us,” said 2nd Lt. Robert Hawkins, officer in charge of the team. “But on the last move, there was an issue with starting one of the Strykers, so we brought out the team for support.”

Stevedores loaded the last item aboard the vessel at 3:26 p.m., July 7, and it sailed at 6:10 p.m.

The cargo is due in South Korea in about two weeks, where it will be offloaded by the 837th Transportation Battalion.

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