325th BSB “Mustangs” complete final phase of JRTC redeployment

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
The USS Fisher is inbound from stateside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, on July 9, 2015. The vessel is holding equipment used at the Joint Readiness Training Center. Cpt. Ryan Chanko/325th Brigade Support Battalion

The USS Fisher inbound from stateside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, on July 9. The vessel is holding equipment used at the JRTC.

Story by 2nd Lt. Garrett Wattier, photos by Capt. Ryan Chanko
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division


SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The training mission for Soldiers of the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos” 25th Infantry Division entered its final phase as the USNS Fisher docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and began downloading all 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s equipment as it returned from Fort Polk, Louisiana, here, July 9.

Over 1,800 pieces of mission critical equipment such as vehicle mounted anti-tank missile systems, bulldozers, helicopters, containers, a myriad of trucks and trailers rolled back onto the scenic shores of Hawaii.

“Hundreds of Soldiers have been busy driving vehicles off of the vessel, staging them in lots, and coordinating the movement of 276 shipping containers off of the deck.  Shifts of Soldiers ran 24-hours a day through rainstorms and oppressive humidity,” said Capt. Reinaldo Aponte, redeployment officer-in-charge, 325th BSB, 3BCT.

Military vehicles are staged in preparation for convoy operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, on July 10, 2015.

Military vehicles are staged in preparation for convoy operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, on July 10.

To get everything back to Schofield Barracks, 3BCT Soldiers utilized the Multiple Deployment Facility (MDF) located at Wheeler Army Air Field. Its purpose is to act as the central hub for deploying and redeploying an array of equipment. Convoy operations started in the morning and ran continuously around the clock. Thanks to the hard work and awe-inspiring dedication displayed by the Soldiers convoy operations only took four days to complete.

Meanwhile, back at the Port, all of the shipping containers were picked up by the 25th Sustainment Brigade and transported north to the MDF. The first two days consisted of 14 trucks and trailers running nonstop between Wheeler and the Port to deliver all 276 containers. Once the containers arrived they were then sorted, staged, and delivered to the units over a span of three days.

“The safe and efficient redeployment from JRTC is mission critical for the reset of our equipment and 3BCT’s preparation for upcoming missions, such as the Contingency Response Force (CRF) and Pacific Pathways, said Maj. Scott Gum, support operations officer, 325th BSB, 3BCT, 25ID. Our Soldiers and leaders keep readiness in mind, knowing we may be needed for any contingency at any time.”

In total, the entire operation took nine days from the time the USNS Fisher arrived at Pearl Harbor to the last container and vehicle leaving the MDF back to their units. The success of this mission is highlighted by the 1,800 pieces of equipment that was transported safely without injury, vehicular accident, and with minimal impact to civilian roads or highways.

Containers inventory for accountability off a vessel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, on July 10

Containers inventory for accountability off a vessel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, on July 10.

“The brigade’s JRTC rotation truly didn’t conclude till the completion of vessel download operations and 100% accountability of the brigade combat teams equipment. It truly was a brigade effort to safely download the massive amount of equipment and safely relocate to Schofield Barracks,” said Ltc. Col. Patrick Disney, commander, 325th BSB, 3BCT. “I’m very proud of how quickly the brigade rallied to make it a safe operation.”

 

 

 

 

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