599th redeploying 2nd SBCT cargo from Fort Irwin

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Among the helicopters returning from National Training Center are eight Apache helicopters that are in Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific Exercise.

Among the helicopters returning from National Training Center are eight Apache helicopters that are in Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific Exercise.

 

Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR — The 599th Transportation Brigade is facilitating the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, to redeploy cargo and equipment from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Members of the 599th who are working the move noted that coordination with interested parties was the key to success.
“In conjunction with 25th ID, we are tracking all cargo from the port to the installation, and we act as the liaison between the carriers and the shipper,” said John Fisher, shipper quality control regional office chief.
The first ship arrived June 8 at Honolulu Harbor Pier 52, and by the time all cargo and equipment is offloaded, about 1,650 pieces will have national redeployed.
“The 599th’s role is to serve as the Department of Defense’s single port manager for ports in the Pacific command,” said Carlos Tibbetts, 599th terminals management team chief. “We liaise with the units and track incoming cargo. We also send transportation management specialists to the ports to assist.”
Each ship is on its individual schedule. The carriers bidded for and were awarded the contracts to move the cargo under the provisions of the Jones Act. Military cargo was added to vessels that had already been scheduled to come to Hawaii.
Daniel Martinez, 599th deputy director of operations, appreciated the chance to broaden the brigade’s horizons by participating in such a big
operation.
“This NTC redeployment was a good opportunity to remind us of the significant coordination that’s required across all logistical partners to ensure a successful move occurs,” Martinez said. “In particular, this was the first time in recent memory that a brigade-size element was moved utilizing an entirely commercial solution, requiring space in nine commercial vessels for deployment and upwards of 20-plus commercial vessels for the re-deployment.”

A cargo ship loaded with military vehicles docking.

Gary Hofheimer Photography
HONOLULU — The Matsonia pulls into Pier 2, June 17, loaded with 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, rolling stock as part of the redeployment of cargo and equipment from NTC at Fort Irwin, Calif.

The 836th Trans. Battalion and the Guam Detachment also sent a four-person deployment and distribution management team to Hawaii, June 11-21. The team inventoried cargo on the docks, June 17,
after it had been offloaded at Pearl Harbor, and then spent several days training Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor personnel in tracking systems — the Global Air Transportation Execution System and CK61 handheld scanners — necessary for manifesting military cargo. The team appreciated the chance to get to know Pearl Harbor personnel.
“This was a great opportunity to work with the Pearl Harbor personnel and to enhance our good relationship with them,” said team member Pedro “Pete” Lujan, 836th Trans. Bn. terminal operations chief. “To ensure continuity, we also gave them telephone numbers for our team members in Guam so that if they have any trouble, they can call them anytime for help.”
Martinez said he looks forward to capitalizing on the lessons learned during the operations.
“We will be re-looking at processes across the logistical spectrum to ensure that we achieve a seamless move process all the way through to the payment to our commercial partners, an initiative known across SDDC POST-PB (Plan, Order, Ship, Track, Pay, Bill),” said Martinez. “Whether future deployments occur purely through commercial partners or using Military Sealift Command assets, end-to-end audit ability will be key to complying with (Army and Secretary of Defense) mandates.”

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