Alpha ‘Mustangs’ perfect tactical convoys

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Spc. Yaima Mesa, assigned to Alpha Co., 325th BSB, connects a chain to the front of a M1120 LHS that has suffered a simulated deadline attack.

Spc. Yaima Mesa, assigned to Alpha Co., 325th BSB, connects a chain to the front of a M1120 LHS that has suffered a simulated deadline attack.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — For three days, Soldiers from Alpha Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Mustangs,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took to Wheeler Gulch to perfect their tactical convoy operations, Jan. 13-15.

“This training is to better prepare the Soldiers’ driving proficiency in convoy operations,” said Capt. Antonio Monserrati, commander, Co. A.

Soldiers from Alpha Co., 325th BSB, driving three M1120 LHS, unload their cargo at a designated logistic relief point during a convoy exercise at Wheeler Gulch, Jan. 15.

Soldiers from Alpha Co., 325th BSB, driving three M1120 LHS, unload their cargo at a designated logistic relief point during a convoy exercise at Wheeler Gulch, Jan. 15.

Over the course of the first two days of training, the Soldiers went through different classes on mobile distribution drills and how to react to contact during a convoy.

To begin the training, the Mustang Soldiers were broken down into six small groups. They were then rotated through six stations. Stations included the flat rack pickup and drop off; container roll-in/roll out platform; transfer from load handling system to trailer, trailer exchange; fuel bulk to bulk transfer; water bulk to retail transfer; and pallet building.

For the second day of training, the Soldiers were organized into two convoy serials with six vehicles per convoy and conducted basic convoy battle drills.

The battle drills learned were how to properly mount and dismount a vehicle, react to contact while maintaining movement, react to contact, what to do when a vehicle is forced to stop and how to properly break contact with the enemy.

According to a company platoon leader, this training is helpful for all the Soldiers in the company.

“During their time out here, the Soldiers are getting a good opportunity to cross-train,” said 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Oclese, platoon leader, Co. A.

On the last day, the Soldiers conducted a complete convoy involving all aspects they had just learned over the last two days.

“The last day is important, because when you are in combat, muscle memory is what will help you be successful,” said Monserrati.

At the end of the training, the company commander said his “expectations were met” as he watched a group of Soldiers finish with their convoy operations.

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