Pacific waterborne warriors deploy to Kuwait to support CENTCOM

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldier-shipmates of the 163rd Trans. Det. load duffle bags into an airport-bound bus, June 20. The Army mariners will be deployed on a nine-month mission to Kuwait to operate in the Persian Gulf and possibly outside the Straits of Hormuz.

Soldier-shipmates of the 163rd Trans. Det. load duffle bags into an airport-bound bus, June 20. The Army mariners will be deployed on a nine-month mission to Kuwait to operate in the Persian Gulf and possibly outside the Straits of Hormuz.

Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sust. Command

 

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Hawaii-based Army mariners bid farewell to their loved ones and fellow Soldiers, here, Saturday, as they departed for a nine-month mission in Kuwait supporting Central Command transportation operations throughout the Persian Gulf.

The 30 crew members from the 163rd Transportation Detachment, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, typically operate the Army Logistic Support Vessel 4 Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker, but will fall in on LSV6 SP/4 James A. Loux in Kuwait.

 \ Col. Greg Boyd, commander, 45th Sust. Bde., wishes  members of the 163rd Trans. Det. luck as they board a bus bound for Honolulu International Airport to deploy to the Persian Gulf.  Sound for the Honolulu International Airport, June 20.

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Col. Greg Boyd, commander, 45th Sust. Bde., wishes members of the 163rd Trans. Det. luck as they board a bus bound for Honolulu International Airport to deploy to the Persian Gulf. Sound for the Honolulu International Airport, June 20.

The tight-knit group of mariners is in great shape for this mission and will provide premier support, said Lt. Col. Donald Logsdon, commander, 524th CSSB.

“The Soldiers of this waterborne team are unique in the Army in their mission and capabilities they provide,” said Logsdon. “As such, they are called on, once again, to deploy halfway around the world to assume an important mission.”

Col. Gregory Boyd, the 45th Sust. Bde. commander, applauded the Soldiers and their families. “This company, in my mind, is the most deployed company in U.S. Army-Pacific,” said Boyd. “Whether it’s doing the missions, here, the Big Island, or what you’re about to do now, you always do your mission with excellence and professionalism.”

Capt. John Tansioco, commander, 545th Trans. Harbormaster Detachment, 45th Sust. Bde., said this is mission that these Soldiers are extremely prepared for, as they’ll be providing maritime cargo transportation like they regularly do for the Pacific theater – only they’ll now be operating within the Persian Gulf and possibly outside the Strait of Hormuz supporting the CENTCOM theater.

Tansioco said that the mission will also offer an opportunity to increase readiness and Army Watercraft Systems’ capabilities in the Pacific, as many of the Soldiers are currently only licensed to operate the LSV, and not the smaller Landing Craft Utility vessels that are not permanently stationed in Hawaii.

The deployment will expose those Soldiers to training on the smaller LCU vessels, increasing crew options for LCUs involved in critical Pacific sustainment operations, such as Pacific Utility and Logistics Support Enabler-Watercraft, and other joint logistics over the shore operations, once the newly licensed mariners return here.

 

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