8th TSC strengthens relationships, partnerships, leadership in the Pacific

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Members of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's newly-formed Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team transport and set up their expeditionary command post as part of a validation exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 2-6. The exercise prepared the team for its first three-month rotation as U.S. Army Pacific's primary on-call HAST element by assessing its ability to self-sufficiently deploy, survey, and facilitate requested humanitarian assistance throughout the region within 12-24 hours of notification. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s newly-formed Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team transport and set up their expeditionary command post as part of a validation exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 2-6. The exercise prepared the team for its first three-month rotation as U.S. Army Pacific’s primary on-call HAST element by assessing its ability to self-sufficiently deploy, survey, and facilitate requested humanitarian assistance throughout the region within 12-24 hours of notification. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/Released)

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In 2014, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command family of troops continued its commitment to serving as the Pacific Theater’s “PREMIER” sustainment team by strengthening relationships, building partnerships and developing leadership throughout its diverse ranks and among its joint, multinational and interagency counterparts.

Soldiers with the 130th Eng. Bde. work on building a drainage ditch in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia.  The ditch presented rough conditions the engineers had to work through.  The soggy ground and humid weather is common in many areas of the Pacific, especially in the smaller islands.  (Photo courtesy of 643rd Engineer Company)

Soldiers with the 130th Eng. Bde. work on building a drainage ditch in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. The ditch presented rough conditions the engineers had to work through. The soggy ground and humid weather is common in many areas of the Pacific, especially in the smaller islands. (Photo courtesy of 643rd Engineer Company)

As the senior Army logistics command in the region, 8th TSC troops employed their 167 different skill-sets and 35 unique capabilities during exercises, engagements and missions across the globe, demonstrating their dedication to posturing and preparing assigned forces, executing flexible mission command, synchronizing operational and theater sustainment effects and engaging regional partners.

8th TSC teams from multiple brigades deployed to Afghanistan and countries throughout the Pacific, providing unique capabilities down to the team-level. Troops from across the TSC’s brigades participated in more than 25 major joint/combined training exercises and military-to-military engagements, to include watercraft assets, divers and sustainment troops playing major roles in several operations during the world’s largest international exercise, Rim of the Pacific 2014.

The TSC also continued to develop its expeditionary nature with vital contributions to readiness with its “Logistics Innovation Initiatives in Sustainment Mission Command” and agile mission command variations, to include its early entry command post (EECP) and newly created humanitarian assistance survey team (HAST).

In addition to the TSC’s three Hawaii-based subordinate brigades, its 175th Financial Management Support Center also conducted theater finance operations and provided technical oversight for all finance operations across the U.S. Army-Pacific area of responsibility, and its 8th Human Resources Sust. Center provided human resource services in nearly every exercise in the region, to include the Army’s first Pacific Pathways rotation.

TSC troops not only represented the Army and America while serving in other countries this year, they also strengthened their ties with the Hawaiian community by volunteering thousands of hours to school partnership programs and other veterans and community outreach efforts and events across Oahu.

8th Military Police Brigade

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

The brigade’s headquarters also served as the higher headquarters for the diverse subordinate units of the130th Engineer Bde. and 45th Sust. Bde. while the two brigades’ headquarters where deployed to Afghanistan.

A 7th Engineer Dive Detachment troop works to installs an anchor frame on a large anchor block during a two-month long breakwater repair project that concluded Oct. 18 in Ketchikan, Alaska. The project also increased individual and collective unit proficiency in cold water diving and underwater construction tasks, which are similar to the tasks required following tsunami relief and other contingency operations in the Pacific.

A 7th Engineer Dive Detachment troop works to installs an anchor frame on a large anchor block during a two-month long breakwater repair project that concluded Oct. 18 in Ketchikan, Alaska. The project also increased individual and collective unit proficiency in cold water diving and underwater construction tasks, which are similar to the tasks required following tsunami relief and other contingency operations in the Pacific.

The 8th MP Bde.’s headquarters supported joint forces interoperability during Keen Edge 2014 in Japan, and conducted an “All Hazards Exercise” on Oahu that tested, trained and built collaboration among first responders across the command and the community, to include its Special Reaction Team and Military Working Dog detachment.

Elements of the 738th MP Bn. supported units during rotations at the Joint Readiness Training Center and the National Training Center, and the battalion’s MP troops provided security at Oahu installations and during several large community events, ensuring safety for military personnel and their families.

The 71st Chemical Co. deployed to Kuwait in November, and its troops are currently conducting site survey and sampling missions in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Troops from the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bn. won the Department of the Army’s EOD Team of the Year Competition. The battalion also supported nine Joint Personnel Accountability Command missions, two subject matter expert exchanges with other countries militaries, and 11 other humanitarian related missions throughout the Pacific theater, and responded to 136 missions in support of Homeland Defense. The 303rd troops also provided security for the United Nations General Assembly and the president’s tour of the region.

45th Sustainment Brigade

The 45th Sust. Bde.’s headquarters deployed and returned from Afghanistan this year, completing its eight-month mission as the final brigade to headquarter the U.S. Central Command Materiel Recovery Element (CMRE) charged with sorting, tracking and recovering all U.S. military equipment from an operational area roughly the size of the state of Texas.

The CMRE oversaw the retrograde process for 6,755 pieces of theater-provided equipment valuing more than $300 million, and the brigade also took command of two engineer battalions and a combat sustainment support battalion with troops at 46 bases conducting deconstruction and retrograde operations across Afghanistan.

While its headquarters element was deployed, the 45th Sust. Bde.’s subordinate units continued to provide flexible sustainment capabilities and readiness throughout the Pacific.

In addition to its usual joint cargo transportation missions to and from the Big Island, the unit’s Logistic Support Vessels also played a major role during surface/vertical lift, causality evacuation scenarios and “Logistics over the Shore” operations during RIMPAC 2014, and its Harbormaster Command and Control Center (HCCC) provided command and control during the exercise’s port operations.

The unit’s watercraft operators also deployed to Kuwait, supporting a six-month cargo delivery operation in the Persian Gulf.

The brigade’s units also provided movement control, signal, finance, human resources, transportation, quartermaster, and maintenance support and capabilities across the region.

130th Eng. Brigade

The 130th Eng. Bde.’s headquarters redeployed from Afghanistan in June after serving nine-months as the Theater Engineer Brigade Headquarters mission of training and advising the Afghan National Army’s National Eng. Bde., while synchronizing deconstruction efforts across the theater.

The brigade’s 65th Eng. Bn., which also redeployed from Afghanistan in June, was re-aligned to the 2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team (SBCT), 25th Infantry Division, in the Armywide transition of engineer battalions to brigade engineer battalions (BEBs), making the SBCTs more self-sustaining and increasing engineer asset readiness across the theater.

84th Eng. Bn. units conducted construction and training missions throughout the Pacific region, enhancing military training facilities on island and providing quality control and training for construction projects with multinational counterparts across the theater. The units’ engineers all augmented Joint Readiness Training Center rotations.

The 7th Eng. Dive Det. deployed to Cambodia for a month to partner and train Cambodian Mine Action Center divers, spent two months in Alaska repairing floating breakwaters and training in cold-water, deep-water situations, and conducted port reconnaissance during RIMPAC 2014.

The 95th Eng. Co. conducted constant training to test and strengthen its combat engineer tasks to increase combat readiness and prepare for Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises (EDRE) and other contingency operations while serving as “PACOM’s unit of choice.”

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