25th CAB wrangles logistics in Unit Movement Officer rodeo

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from Task Force Wings compete in the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Unit Movement Officer Rodeo, to build skills necessary for a successful redeployment.

Soldiers from Task Force Wings compete in the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Unit Movement Officer Rodeo, to build skills necessary for a successful redeployment.

Story and photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Soldiers from Task Force Wings competed in the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Unit Movement Officer Rodeo, here, recently, to build skills necessary for a successful redeployment.

More than 87 Soldiers, divided into groups, represented different units in Task Force Wings.

1st Lt. William Haselberger, UH-60 MEDEVAC Black Hawk pilot, Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, currently attached to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, writes down the weight of a humvee to be shipped back to the states as part of the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB Unit Movement Officer Rodeo Competition, part of pre-redeployment training, Aug. 15.

1st Lt. William Haselberger, UH-60 MEDEVAC Black Hawk pilot, Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, currently attached to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, writes down the weight of a humvee to be shipped back to the states as part of the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th CAB Unit Movement Officer Rodeo Competition, part of pre-redeployment training, Aug. 15.

The rodeo gave the Soldiers the opportunity to ask questions of the same experts they will coordinate with during redeployment while also performing hands-on training.

“Our intent for this was to train the representatives on the procedures and logistics, so we can fix whatever issue we might have before we begin to redeploy,” said Staff Sgt. Julius Thomas, mobility noncommissioned officer in charge, 25th CAB, 25th ID. “The Soldiers were motivated to do this training and were willing to learn.”

During the training event, movement experts from across Kandahar trained Soldiers in tasks, including the automated air load planning system, customs joint inspections and container inspections for sea worthiness.

Soldiers also learned how to properly label hazardous material for shipment and to weigh and mark vehicles.

Scenarios included weighing a humvee with a trailer and locating and completing all documents, labels and certificates for all equipment.

Soldiers also trained on the Transportation Coordinators-Automated Information for Movement System II, or TC-AIMS II, which the Army uses to manage equipment and personnel deploying in and out of theater.

“The training is very important,” Thomas said. “Other brigades are moving at the same time we are trying to redeploy.

It is important to have this training that will allow for a smoother transition back home,” Thomas added.

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