45th STB tests land, air, sea readiness capabilities

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two Soldiers with 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, tie-down a vehicle they loaded on U.S. Army Vessel CW3 Harold C. Clinger, a logistical support vessel, Sept. 11 at a loading dock at Waipio Point. The STB was conducting a Deployment Readiness Exercise which began Sept. 8. Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Public Affairs.

Two Soldiers with 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, tie-down a vehicle they loaded on U.S. Army Vessel CW3 Harold C. Clinger, a logistical support vessel, Sept. 11 at a loading dock at Waipio Point. The STB was conducting a Deployment Readiness Exercise which began Sept. 8.

Story by Sgt. Jon Heinrich,
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Photos by Capt. Jerry Garner,
45th Special Troops Battalion

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — To achieve “readiness” in the Pacific, a unit must be able to quickly prepare its equipment and troops for movement by land, air, and/or sea.

Soldiers from the 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, demonstrated their ability to maximize all three modes during a deployment readiness exercise (DRE) held at several locations on the island to validate the battalion’s capability of deploying at short notice, Sept. 8-12.

Soldiers convoyed their vehicles from Wheeler Army Airfield onto the deck of logistical support vessel CW3 Harold C. Clinger at Waipio Point.

The LSV’s crew of Soldiers from 163rd Transportation Detachment trained the 45th troops on how to load and secure their equipment on the deck.

But this was just part of the week’s operations, said 2nd Lt. Collin Hayward, movement control officer, 18th Transportation Detachment, 45th STB.

“We had the battalion’s capabilities spread between different nodes, so we were simulating both air and water deployment,” Hayward added.

While one group was loading its equipment onto the boat, another was also conducting the exercise with a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Photos by Capt. Jerry Garner,  45th Special Troops Battalion (Above and right) The 45th STB loads vehicles and equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

(Above and below) The 45th STB loads vehicles and equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The C-17 portion helped us work through the coordination piece with the Air Force and develop very realistic training,” said Capt. Jerry Garner, operations officer, 45th STB.

The troops loaded six vehicles and two trailers with tents onto the aircraft.

The groups said they learned that loading vehicles onto a ship is very different than loading them onto a plane.

“We learned how to band these vehicles, strap them down to the ship,” said Spc. Daniel Martinez, an ammunition stocking control specialist with 45th SB. “This was a pretty fun experience.”

Martinez has never deployed or been on a ship.

“I personally have never been on a ship, let alone strap something down as big as a vehicle to a ship,” he said.

When the exercise was complete, the Soldiers downloaded all their equipment from the vessel and the plane, and then convoyed back to Schofield Barracks.

Photos by Capt. Jerry Garner,  45th Special Troops Battalion (Above and right) The 45th STB loads vehicles and equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“It’s just a great opportunity to work with some of the biggest strategic assets here in 8th TSC,” said Hayward. “Getting the opportunity to actually work with an Army boat is definitely a good experience to get our Soldiers spun up on how to do vessel operations.”

The 45th STB’s current deployment status is tentative, but Hayward said it could always change at any time, making readiness key for the unit’s future success.

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