225th BSB wrangles Strykers at logistics ‘rodeo’

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Emiliano Reyes, Spc. Christopher Baer and Sgt. Scott Hiszem, all with Co. B, 225th BSB, pay-out the winch cable to recover a mired vehicle as part of a Stryker recovery rehearsal. Recovering a bogged-down vehicle was the culminating event to the four-day Logistics Rodeo.

Spc. Emiliano Reyes, Spc. Christopher Baer and Sgt. Scott Hiszem, all with Co. B, 225th BSB, pay-out the winch cable to recover a mired vehicle as part of a Stryker recovery rehearsal. Recovering a bogged-down vehicle was the culminating event to the four-day Logistics Rodeo.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Johnathan Reilly
225th Brigade Support Battalion
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Most would call it the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s dirty work, but in the 225th Brigade Support Battalion, they just call it work.

Aug. 12-15, 225th BSB held a four-day “Logistics Rodeo,” a multi-echelon training exercise where each company established and operated their unique sustainment capabilities in a field environment.

Highlights of the exercise included demonstrations on casualty evacuation procedures and treatment from the point of injury to the Combat Support Hospital, sling load operations to provide critical supplies rapidly to remote locations, vehicle recovery operations and field feeding.

Like the offensive linemen on a football team, BSB Soldiers work behind the scenes. They are quiet professionals enabling combat arms Soldiers of 2nd SBCT to carry out their mission.

1st Lt. Laura Vitelli (right) and Sgt. Scott Hiszem, Company B, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, hook up a mired vehicle as part of a Stryker recovery rehearsals for the culminating event to the four-day Logistics Rodeo.

1st Lt. Laura Vitelli (right) and Sgt. Scott Hiszem, Company B, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, hook up a mired vehicle as part of a Stryker recovery rehearsals for the culminating event to the four-day Logistics Rodeo.

The cooks wake up at 2 a.m. to prepare a field breakfast to be served at 6 a.m. Mechanics covered in grease and oil pull engines on Strykers to repair them and get them back in the fight quickly. Fuel specialists and truck drivers log thousands of miles in convoys through hostile enemy territory to bring much-needed fuel and supplies. BSB physicians and combat medics evacuate and treat injured warriors.

BSB officers are initially trained in a specific branch and specialty area — quartermaster, transportation, medical service and ordnance — and then later become multifunctional logistics officers. The Logistics Rodeo provides junior officers an opportunity to see, touch and feel their sister companies’ equipment and operations, giving them a better understanding of the BSB’s function as a whole.

“(The Logistics Rodeo) allows our noncommissioned officers to become experts in their (military occupational specialty) as they establish their sections and prepare to train officers of their unit while simultaneously contributing to the development of junior officers, helping them to better understand how to plan and execute logistics operations,” explained Lt. Col. Michael Titus, 225th BSB commander.

The 225th BSB is organized into four companies, made up of nearly 800 Soldiers performing 144 different jobs. Each company has a specific sustainment mission.

•Heaquarters and Headquarters Co. provides field feeding teams to each battalion and the cavalry squadron. It also operates the Warrior Inn while in garrison.

•Alpha Company provides supply and distribution support to the brigade.

•Bravo Company provides maintenance support for every piece of Army equipment assigned to the brigade, from night vision devices to the brigade’s main weapon system, the Stryker.

•Charlie Company provides medical treatment and evacuation for the brigade, to include specialty services, such as X-ray, lab, dental, physical therapy, behavioral health and environmental services.

The sustainers of the BSB are entrusted with a crucial mission: Ensure the military’s number one resource, our Soldiers, remain fed, equipped and in the fight. As a result of the Logistics Rodeo, leaders from the BSB are better able to plan and execute logistics operations in support of the brigade’s mission.

(Editor’s note: Reilly is the adjutant at 225th BSB.)

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