New 307th ESB motor pool officially opens on HMR

| August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Devon Barrett (left) and Spc. Wesley Alfred, both with Company B, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command (Theater), load equipment into containers at 307th ESB's new motor pool, here, Aug. 2.

Spc. Devon Barrett (left) and Spc. Wesley Alfred, both with Company B, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command (Theater), load equipment into containers at 307th ESB’s new motor pool,  Aug. 2.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. John Maham
307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
516th Sig. Brigade
311th Sig. Command (Theater)

With a snip of the Signal orange ceremonial ribbon by its leaders, Soldiers of the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion opened an impressive new motor pool, July 22, that will vastly improve its ability to efficiently conduct maintenance, and train and deploy teams and equipment.

As Col. Cleophus Thomas Jr., commander, 516th Sig. Bde., and Sgt. 1st Class Travis Lamb, 307th ESB maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, jointly wielded the ceremonial shears, a collective sigh of relief could almost be heard from Soldiers gathered to witness the ribbon cutting.

Previously, getting to the motor pool meant 30 minutes of travel to Schofield Barracks. Once there, the old facilities were sorely lacking. Now, the new facility, across the street from the battalion headquarters, will enable increased productivity in a vastly improved environment.

Spc. Trent Leonard, Company B, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command (Theater), finishes attaching a trailer to a light-medium tactical vehicle in preparation for moving equipment from the 307th ESB's old motor pool, here, to the new motor pool.

Spc. Trent Leonard, Company B, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command (Theater), finishes attaching a trailer to a light-medium tactical vehicle in preparation for moving equipment from the 307th ESB’s old motor pool.

“Schofield was like working in the field compared to what we have now,” explained Lamb, one of the key 307th personnel responsible for movement coordination to the new motor pool. “It’s going to be easier to conduct proper maintenance. This new motor pool is outstanding, and it gives us opportunities for vast amounts of training to all 91 series military occupational specialties.”

Dismounting from humvee B6, the first vehicle to officially arrive at the new motor pool, Capt. Timothy Mussack, commander, Company B, greeted Thomas and Lt. Col. Mark Miles, commander, 307th ESB, signaling a significant step in the enduring and challenging task of moving 307th’s entire transportation and maintenance resources to the new location.

“Moving all equipment and clearing the old motor pool will test our ability to command and control, and show us where we’re at when it comes to maintenance,” Mussack said, as he walked towards Co. B’s portion of the pristine vehicle staging area.

Spc. Joshua Velez (left) and Cpl. Aaron Jones, both with Co. B, 307th ESB, 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command (Theater), conduct preventative maintenance checks and services on a humvee.

Spc. Joshua Velez (left) and Cpl. Aaron Jones, both with Co. B, 307th ESB, 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command (Theater), conduct preventative maintenance checks and services on a humvee.

The state-of-the-art tactical equipment maintenance facility is an impeccable structure. Composed of one large, primary building and a row of smaller, compartmentalized bays, it offers 307th ESB a tremendous increase in maintenance space and top quality working conditions.

Also located in the main building are classrooms and a host of additional amenities not available at the Schofield Barracks motor pool.

As vehicles successfully moved from Schofield Barracks to HMR throughout the day, it became evident that extensive preparation for the relocation had paid off. The move involved 53 vehicles, and was planned and executed as a tactical convoy to enhance the training value of the event.

“Everything went really smoothly, and we had no problems,” said Pfc. Tyrell Freeny, one of the drivers who made repeated trips between the old and new motor pools.

The event will be a memorable one for Thomas, who assumed command earlier this month.

“One of my first events as a brigade commander is cutting the ribbon for this tremendous motor pool,” Thomas said. “I know the 307th will take pride in the motor pool and ensure that it is well taken care of.”

“The upgraded maintenance facilities and convenient location will lead to a vast improvement in our overall ability to deploy our teams and equipment on short notice,” added Miles.

(Editor’s note: Maham is the 307th ESB supply officer.)

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