TLW – Truck Rodeo tests driver skills with competition

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
WHEELER GULCH — Members of the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, maneuver their M1075A1 Palletized Load System prime mover truck and trailer through the Truck Rodeo course during the Tropic Lightning Week competition, Oct. 5, here. (Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

WHEELER GULCH — Members of the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, maneuver their M1075A1 Palletized Load System prime mover truck and trailer through the Truck Rodeo course during the Tropic Lightning Week competition, Oct. 5, here. (Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley

25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The concept is simple; provide a team of Soldiers a safe environment and an opportunity to demonstrate their technical and tactical knowledge of a vehicle and its capabilities to prove once and for all which unit of the 25th Infantry Division has the best drivers.

That’s just what members of the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, did Oct. 5 and 6, during the 25th ID’s Tropic Lightning Week.

The teams competed at a closed course upon which they connected a trailer, navigated a turn-around, reversed with the trailer into a marked stall, disconnected and maneuvered to a Flatrack, hoisted the rack and off-loaded prior to moving to the start-finish line.

WHEELER GULCH — Soldiers connect a trailer to a truck during the Truck Rodeo competition, here, Oct. 5. (Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

WHEELER GULCH — Soldiers connect a trailer to a truck during the Truck Rodeo competition, here, Oct. 5. (Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“The entire event is all about basic driving skills,” said 1st Lt. Joshua Schaffer, officer in charge and organizer of the event. “The teams are being graded on how well they can perform these basic 88M (motor transport operator) tasks.”

The teams competing in the event are composed of three Soldiers; a driver who must be a licensed and trained operator for the vehicle, a vehicle commander and a ground guide. The vehicle commander is also required to mount and dismount the vehicle to assist with ground guiding and the connecting and disconnecting of trailers. In most cases, the job, or military occupational specialty, was 88M. Holding the MOS 88M was not required.

“It’s an overall assessment of how much skill and experience the team has with the vehicle,” said Schaffer.

The “Roadmasters” of the 25th Transportation Company, 524th CSSB, provided the M1075A1 Palletized Load System trucks, equipment and personnel to run the competition.

After the teams from across the Tropic Lightning Division completed their runs, as quickly and as safely as they could, the 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regiment team was declared the best in the division after posting a time of 10 minutes, 34 seconds.

Second place went to the 524th CSSB with its time being 12 minutes, 2 seconds.

WHEELER GULCH — An M1075A1 Palletized Load System truck hooks and lifts a Flatrack during the Truck Rodeo competition, here, Oct. 5. (Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

WHEELER GULCH — An M1075A1 Palletized Load System truck hooks and lifts a Flatrack during the Truck Rodeo competition, here, Oct. 5. (Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Third and fourth place were taken by the 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., and 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.

The 25th ID is celebrating its 74th birthday to include the 50th anniversary of the Division’s entry into Vietnam with Tropic Lightning Week, held Oct. 5-8. This annual event is filled with competitions to enhance esprit de corps throughout the ranks of the Tropic Lightning Division and is open to all Tropic Lightning veterans, 25th ID Soldiers and family members.

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