‘Broncos’ go on maintenance, supply, terrain walk

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, division deputy commanding general-support, 25th Infantry Division, speaks to 3rd Brigade Combat Team executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s), and maintenance control officers inside the 325th Brigade Support Battalion main motorpool bay at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 15, 2015. The officers and warrant officers present were participants of the maintenance terrain walk for their Leadership Development Program. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, division deputy commanding general-support, 25th Infantry Division, speaks to 3rd Brigade Combat Team executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s), and maintenance control officers inside the 325th Brigade Support Battalion main motorpool bay at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 15, 2015. The officers and warrant officers present were participants of the maintenance terrain walk for their Leadership Development Program. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, attended a terrain walk throughout various maintenance and supply areas, here, Oct. 15.

The terrain walk is a form of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) for executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s) and maintenance control officers from the various battalions throughout 3rd BCT.

“The purpose of the terrain walk is to educate officers on field level and sustainment level maintenance,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kent Shepherd, senior ground maintenance warrant officer, 25th Sustainment Brigade.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Johnny Sanchez (far left), armament repair technician, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to 3rd Brigade Combat Team executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s), and maintenance control officers about maintaining a proper CBRNE and arms room. The officers and warrant officers present were participants of the maintenance terrain walk for their Leadership Development Program. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Johnny Sanchez (far left), armament repair technician, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to 3rd Brigade Combat Team executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s), and maintenance control officers about maintaining a proper CBRNE and arms room. The officers and warrant officers present were participants of the maintenance terrain walk for their Leadership Development Program. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Shepherd said that the Soldiers present were to start at the 325th Brigade Support Battalion motor pool, visit 325th BSB’s Supply Support Activity (SSA), the arms and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) rooms, a look at the 536th Support Maintenance Company, and an introduction to the Logistics Readiness Center at East Range.

“There’s a lot of hierarchy in terms of maintenance,” he said, “so we want to give them a mountaintop overview of the hierarchy functions and where to find those support agencies across Schofield Barracks.”

1st Lt. Victoria Lee, an officer assigned to 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., was one of the more than 50 officers and warrant officers present.

“I’m here to learn how the processes work for our brigade when it comes to any kind of sustainment, maintenance and supply,” Lee said.

Kicking off the terrain walk was Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, division deputy commanding general-support, 25th ID, who spoke to the leaders present at the motor pool.

“Knowing what your maintenance activities are in your formation is an important thing to think about, then putting them all together to solve all of the problems that you have been told to solve,” Matlock said.

Matlock stressed some of the old school values being brought back into maintenance and supply issues, and strong reminders of where maintenance activities exist.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kent Shepherd, senior ground maintenance warrant officer, Sustainment Brigade, speaks to 3rd Brigade Combat Team executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s), and maintenance control officers inside the 325th Brigade Support Battalion main motorpool bay at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 15, 2015. The officers and warrant officers present were participants of the maintenance terrain walk for their Leadership Development Program. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kent Shepherd, senior ground maintenance warrant officer, Sustainment Brigade, speaks to 3rd Brigade Combat Team executive officers from brigade to company, battalion supply officers (S-4s), and maintenance control officers inside the 325th Brigade Support Battalion main motorpool bay at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 15, 2015. The officers and warrant officers present were participants of the maintenance terrain walk for their Leadership Development Program. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

“The motor pool is the obvious maintenance activity,” he continued. “That’s the one everybody thinks of immediately. Your arms room is a maintenance activity. Your CBRNE room, that’s a maintenance activity. Your commo room is a maintenance activity.”

After the motor pool visit, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Johnny Sanchez, an armament repair technician assigned to the 325th BSB, gave the arms and CBRNE maintenance activity to the visiting officers.

“I just want to show what right looks like,” Sanchez said. “I basically want to show that cleanliness is the main process we need done at the unit level, small user level, and that will help us bring our weapons maintenance focus into a clearer picture.”

Before the officers, he stressed the key factor for the proper maintenance of arms to keep them working for the long haul.

“I cannot work on a weapon if it’s dirty,” he said.

At the 325th BSB’s SSA, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Cadena, accountable officer assigned to Co. A, 325th BSB, explained the importance of not only proper ordering, but also picking up ordered parts and supplies once they arrive at the SSA.

“They know this is something they need to incorporate into their weekly battle rhythm to come down and check on their Soldiers – to make sure they’re doing the right thing and they’re doing their due diligence on picking up their supplies on time,” Cadena said.

At the end of the day, the officers and warrant officers of the 3rd BCT and HHBN gained a valuable understanding of the Army standards within the maintenance and supply activities throughout Schofield Barracks.

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