YIR: 8th TSC ensures warfighting readiness worldwide

| December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
PEARL HARBOR — Soldiers with the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC, man the rails of the 9th Mission Support Command’s Logistic Support Vessel 7 during a Noncommissioned Officer Induction, here, June 7. (Photo by Sgt. Tiffany Fudge, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

PEARL HARBOR — Soldiers with the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC, man the rails of the 9th Mission Support Command’s Logistic Support Vessel 7 during a Noncommissioned Officer Induction, here, June 7. (Photo by Sgt. Tiffany Fudge, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

In 2013, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command family demonstrated a continual commitment to its vital role as the senior Army logistics command in the Pacific.

Its diverse formation of troops answered the call during exercises, engagements and missions throughout the region this year, employing 167 different skill sets and 35 unique capabilities, while supporting a full range of operations, to include Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts.

Through training, equipping and tailoring forces; planning and generating expeditionary capabilities; and providing timely and robust support of joint and combined elements, the 8th TSC reinforced its dedication to ensuring warfighting readiness and ongoing peace and stability.

8th TSC teams deployed to and continue to serve in Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and other Pacific countries. Its troops participated in more than 25 major joint and installation training exercises, and welcomed their counterparts from other countries during military-to-military engagements that built lasting learning relationships.

The unit’s expeditionary nature shined during Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian, and its ability to provide uniquely tailored capabilities via land, sea and air was evident through its roles in Cobra Gold, Balikatan, Talisman Sabre, Operation Airborne Tomahawk, and Combined Joint Logistics over the Shore 2013.

8th TSC Soldiers also strengthened their ties with the Hawaiian community by volunteering nearly 3,000 hours to elementary schools, veterans organizations and shelters across the island of Oahu, earning Hawaii-wide community recognition this year for their selfless volunteer efforts.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 520th Military Working Dog Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, conduct training soldiers from the K9 Battalion, Philippine army, as part of a week-long subject matter expert exchange on military working dogs, here, July 21-27. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 520th Military Working Dog Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, conduct training soldiers from the K9 Battalion, Philippine army, as part of a week-long subject matter expert exchange on military working dogs, here, July 21-27. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

8th Military Police Brigade

The 8th Military Police Brigade continued its partner relationships with foreign nations, government agencies and the local community through exercises and community outreach.

Watchdog Soldiers supported operations in Afghanistan, Australia, Columbia, Germany, Guam, Japan, Laos, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 71st Chemical Company, 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, maintained a “prepare to deploy” status in support of and response to any humanitarian crisis and disaster relief efforts throughout the Pacific.

The 728th Military Police Battalion provided more than 200 MPs daily to meet the law enforcement commitment on U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, while the 303rd EOD Bn. provided EOD response throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. controlled landmasses throughout the USARPAC area of responsibility.

MPs took the lead in crowd security and assistance at large events, such as the annual Schofield Barrack’s Fourth of July Spectacular with a crowd estimated at 30-40,000 people.

Watchdog Soldiers continued to support the local community, highlighted by the annual “Cop on Top” event in which MPs helped raise thousands of dollars for Special Olympics-Hawaii, and the 303rd EOD Bn.’s ongoing partnership with Sunset Beach Elementary School, Haleiwa.

45th Sustainment Brigade

After redeploying from Afghanistan in December 2012, the 45th Sust. Bde.’s headquarters jumped headfirst into a busy 2013 by providing logistics support to units across the Pacific.

The brigade’s watercraft assets, specifically Logistical Support Vessel 4, home docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, played a huge role in Combined Joint Logistics over the Shore 2013 in Korea, the largest joint-combined exercise of its in kind conducted in the Pacific in two decades.

The 524th Combat Sust. Support Bn. deployed to Afghanistan in June to provide logistics support centered on supplies, water purification, signal, transportation, finance, shower and laundry.

Troops from the brigade headquarters participated in Australian Joint Training exercise Talisman Sabre with items like food, water and vehicles, and were heavily involved in the planning and set up.

The 18th Movement Control Team departed for the Philippines in November to provide support to Operation Damayan and Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. While there, it worked with Joint Task Force 505 to coordinate the flow of supplies throughout the country.

HONOLULU — 1st Lt. Ashley Sorenson (in suit), 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, attempts a new world record in a fully functional bomb disposal suit at the University of Hawaii-Manoa track, here, Sept. 23. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

HONOLULU — 1st Lt. Ashley Sorenson (in suit), 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, attempts a new world record in a fully functional bomb disposal suit at the University of Hawaii-Manoa track, here, Sept. 23. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

130th Engineer Brigade

The 130th Engineer Brigade’s headquarters deployed to Afghanistan and formally assumed command of the Theater Eng. Bde. in October. Joint Task Force Sapper uncased its colors to take on the mission of advising Afghanistan’s first-ever National Engineer Brigade and multiple theater engineer missions.

As the JTF lead, the 130th is responsible for National Guard, active and reserve engineer components from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Also deployed to Afghanistan this year, the 65th Eng. Bn. assumed responsibility for engineering capabilities in Regional Command-South, Southwest and West, a responsibility previously held by three separate engineer battalions.

The 84th Eng. Bn. spent the first six months of 2013 deployed to Guam in support of Pacific Fleet operations in Oceania. For the first time in five decades, the Army assumed responsibility of naval requirements in the South Pacific in support of the 30th Naval Construction Regt.

Strategically, the 84th provided engineering capacity to deploy within 48 hours in response to any humanitarian crisis throughout the Pacific.

The battalion executed a Civic Action Team and multiple Construction Civic Activity Detail teams in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Philippines, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

Sapper companies trained on route clearance and assured mobility specific to Pacific environments, and the 561st Eng. Co. built and repaired roads at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Schofield Barracks and East Range.

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