599th Trans. develops leaders from earth to sky

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo by 599th Transportation Brigade Members of the 599th Transportation Brigade observe a "K Loader" in action during a tour of the 735th Air Mobility Squadron cargo terminal at Hickam Air Force Base,  Nov. 7.

Photo by 599th Transportation Brigade
Members of the 599th Transportation Brigade observe a “K Loader” in action during a tour of the 735th Air Mobility Squadron cargo terminal at Hickam Air Force Base, Nov. 7.

Story and photo by Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

The 599th Transportation Brigade held leadership and professional development training with the 735th Air Mobility Squadron, which runs Hickam Air Force Base’s Air Mobility Command passenger and cargo terminals, Nov. 7.

Because the 599th Trans. Bde. works mostly with the Army and Navy for surface transportation missions, it does not often get a chance to see air-transportation operations.

Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pettengill, 599th Trans. Bde. sexual assault response coordinator, is also a transporter as his primary military occupation specialty. He worked at Hickam AFB before coming to the 599th in June.

“When I worked on Hickam, I had to coordinate the Air Force part of training missions,” Pettengill said. “I worked for the 15th Air Wing at Hickam, so I knew members of the 735th Air Mobility Squadron from dealing with them for the 25th Infantry Division for emergency deployment readiness exercises and contingency response force missions.

“I thought this would be good refresher training since the Army and Air Force transporters work together in other capacities,” he said. “Although we don’t do that here at SDDC, when we go to different units, we will be dealing with Air Force and air transport more. We will do movement control missions, such as arrival departure air control group missions in other transporter positions.”

Attendance at the leadership and professional development training was also open to 599th civilian personnel.

“It was great to see the upgrades in how pallet loads are assembled and how more pallets are handled on and off of the planes with their cargo ‘K Loaders,’” said David Bertao, traffic management specialist.

“On the passenger side, I also noticed that their space available passenger moves are up again. They were at a minimum before because of post 9-11 support. I also liked how they are upgrading the terminal and seem more in tune with passengers now,” he added.

“It was a good refresher in that they went over all of the general knowledge for the passenger terminal and cargo handling,” said Sgt. Derick Pierce, 599th command operations center, “but I’m a frequent flyer with Space-A, so I was already pretty current on terminal ops. When I got to Hawaii, I was just a private, so I made a lot of Space-A trips to see family.”

“It’s good to learn procedures and share ideas with our sister-service units,” said Capt. Paul Conrad, Headquarters and Headquarters detachment commander. “We can take feedback from them to incorporate into our own processes, and figure out the best solutions to problems with teamwork.”

Members of the 599th Transportation Brigade meet with the 735th Air Mobility Squadron at the Hickam Air Mobility Command passenger terminal conference room during leadership and professional development training, Nov. 7.

Members of the 599th Transportation Brigade meet with the 735th Air Mobility Squadron at the Hickam Air Mobility Command passenger terminal conference room during leadership and professional development training, Nov. 7. (Photo by 599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs)

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