8th TSC develops leaders, sets Pacific theater as region’s PREMIER sustainers

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Dustin Bussard (left), EOD team leader, 74th EOD Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and his team wait for a Black Hawk to land during the U.S. Army-Pacific EOD Team of the Year competition held July 13-17, here. The team was one of four teams to compete in this year’s weeklong competition hosted by the 303rd EOD Battalion.

Staff Sgt. Dustin Bussard (left), EOD team leader, 74th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., and his team wait for a Black Hawk to land during the USARPAC EOD Team of the Year competition, July 13-17.

8th Theater Sustainment Command
Public Affairs

In 2015, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command family of troops continued its commitment to serving as the Pacific Theater’s “PREMIER” sustainment team.

Across the region, TSC Soldiers focused on leader development, supporting Army forces and I Corps, and setting the Pacific theater, while strengthening relationships and capabilities among their diverse ranks and with their joint, multinational, interagency and industry counterparts.

Its warriors upheld their PREMIER tag by representing their units and U.S. Army-Pacific in regional and Army-level competitions.

130th Theater Eng. Bde. Sappers won the USARPAC Soldier and NCO of the Year competitions and competed in the Army’s Best Warrior competition. TSC troops also won the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year competition, the Honolulu Working Dog Challenge, the Joint Culinary Arts installation of the Year title and fielded the majority of the Joint Culinary Arts Team of the Year, the Army’s Equal Opportunity Advisor of the Year honors, and the USARPAC Paralegal Warrior of the Year and Broadcast Journalist of the Year awards.

The TSC also launched its Young Alaka’i leader development program, bringing together select junior to mid-grade captains, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers in the sergeant first class to master sergeant ranks for a dynamic in-stride broadening opportunity with executive leader mentorship and theater-level perspective. The pilot program earned regional and Army-wide attention, and the FY16 program is set to include joint and multinational participants.

Civic Action Team-Palau 84-03 shakes hands with the Emperor and Empress of Japan during their trip to visit the original American cemetery where many American lives were lost during the Battle of Peleiu, Peleliu Island, Palau, April 11. CAT-P 84-03, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command are part of a joint, rotational mission displaying the U.S. continued support and partnership with the Republic of Palau. Palau is part of the Micronesian region with a population of 18,000 and is a made up of 500 islands, consisting of 16 states.

Civic Action Team-Palau 84-03 meets the Emperor and Empress of Japan during their trip to visit the American cemetery on Peleliu Island, Palau, April 11. CAT-P 84-03. The U.S. continued its support and partnership with the Republic of Palau, a part of the Micronesian region with a population of 18,000, made up of 500 islands with 16 states.

As the senior Army logistics command in the region, 8th TSC troops employed their 167 different skill-sets and 35 unique capabilities during exercises, engagements and missions across the globe, demonstrating their dedication to posturing and preparing assigned forces, executing flexible mission command, synchronizing operational and theater sustainment effects and engaging regional partners.

8th TSC teams from multiple brigades deployed to support operations across the Pacific and Central Command areas, providing unique capabilities down to the team-level. TSC warriors participated in more than 25 major joint/combined training exercises and military-to-military engagements, to include watercraft assets supporting Pacific Pathways for the first time, divers supporting typhoon relief efforts in Saipan and Hawaii Department of Transportation Salvage operations in Honolulu Harbor, the 8th Military Police Bde. hosting a joint interagency working dog competition on Oahu, and engineers serving as the lead U.S. element during a six-month Civic Action Team-Palau mission.

The TSC also demonstrated its expeditionary nature through vital contributions to theater readiness by providing agile mission command variations, to include continued development of its Joint Logistics Coordination Elements and theater-wide humanitarian assistance/disaster relief readiness with its humanitarian assistance survey team (HAST).

TSC troops not only represented the Army and United States while serving in other countries this year, they also strengthened their ties with the Hawaiian community by volunteering thousands of hours to school partnership programs and other veterans and community outreach efforts and events across Oahu.

Military working dog handler Sgt. Veronica Pruhs, 520th Military Working Dog Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pushes herself as she lifts and stands up with her K-9 partner Jerry resting on her shoulders during an obstacle course event in the 2015 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Skills Challenge hosted by the 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, here, July 27-31.

Military working dog handler Sgt. Veronica Pruhs, 520th Military Working Dog Detachment,  pushes herself as she lifts and stands up with her K-9 partner Jerry resting on her shoulders during an obstacle course event in the 2015 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Skills Challenge hosted by the 728th Military Police Bn., July 27-31.

8th Military Police Brigade

The 8th MP Bde. continued its partner relationships with foreign nations, government agencies and the local community through exercises and community outreach.

The 8th MP Bde.’s headquarters participated in Warfighter Exercise 16.1 with 2nd ID to assess the brigade’s ability to conduct mission command of MP support to decisive action.

The brigade also tested, trained and built collaboration among first responders across the command and the community, to include its Special Reaction Team and Military Working Dog detachment.

Elements of the 728th MP Bn. participated in Exercise Keris Aman in Malaysia, building relationships with regionally aligned partners from 29 different countries.

Military Working Dog, Bike Patrol and other MP elements also provided security at Oahu installations and during several large community events, ensuring safety for military personnel and their families.

71st Chemical Co. troops returned from their first-ever, company-wide deployment to Kuwait, where they provided Central Command and the Kuwait National Guard with expert chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training and support for nine months. The company’s Soldiers also supported Kazakhstan military forces with CBRN exchanges during joint training exercises.

Troops from the 303rd EOD Bn. won the Army’s EOD Team of the Year Competition for the second year in a row. The battalion also supported Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency missions, subject matter expert exchanges with other countries’ militaries, and humanitarian-related missions throughout the Pacific theater.

The battalion’s Soldiers also responded in support of Homeland Defense and provided security support for events and distinguished visitor operations.

U.S. Army divers with 7th Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, gather up all of their equipment after raising the Judy K off of the bottom of the harbor Sept. 23 at Honolulu Harbor. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Divers with 7th Dive Det., 130th Eng. Bde.,  gather their equipment after raising the wreck of the Judy K off of the bottom of Honolulu Harbor, Sept. 23  (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs)

130th Theater Engineer Brigade

The 130th Theater Eng. Bde. continued to shape its identity as “PACOM’s Unit of Choice” and its commitment to strong families with the brigade, its units and its individuals earning a variety of excellence awards and recognition while accomplishing its forward deployed theater mission with 1,767 Soldiers in more than 20 countries throughout the year.

These achievements included USARPAC’s Best Soldier and NCO of the Year, USARPAC Paralegal NCO of the Year, the MacArthur Leadership Award, the Sturgis Award, various De Fleury medals, Na Koa and ASYMCA volunteer awards.

The unit continued to reach out to the community through its school sponsorship program and regularly provided color guard support to events across the island. The brigade also worked to support credentialing programs with the Directorate of Public Works.

The brigade headquarters began the year focused on preparation for the mission command Warfighter Exercise 15-04, where the 130th TEB played the lead role in assuring mobility for the 25th ID, including a division wet gap crossing operation. The staff also participated in the PACOM Joint Engineer Working Group providing significantly diverse and expert planning insight and capabilities.

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships.

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships.

In an effort to improve mission command effectiveness across the theater, the 8th TSC also reorganized its 8th Special Troops Bn. under the 130th TEB this year. The 8th STB brought with it a variety of unique capabilities to include the 545th Trans. Co. and its 605th Trans. Detachment watercraft assets and troops who completed a deployment across 8,000 nautical miles for eight port calls at six different ports across three different host nations: Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia in 139 days, in support of USARPAC’s Pacific Pathways concept.

Its 163rd Trans. Det. also deployed to Kuwait in support of the CENTCOM AOR. Other deployments from the battalion included 545th Theater Harbormaster Operations Det., the 8th Human Resources Support Center, and the 175th Finance Management Support Center.

The brigades’ 84th Eng. Bn. units conducted a variety of tactical and technical training across the Pacific, to include Hawaii and mainland United States, to include Joint Readiness Training Center and National Training Center rotations. Its engineers also participated in Theater Security Cooperation Program (TSCP) missions to include Engineer Civic Action Projects (ENCAPs) as part of Cobra Gold, Hanuman Guardian, Balikatan, Pac Angel, and Civic Action Team-Palau exercises.

On island, engineers completed major construction projects for the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, and USAG-HI’s DPW and Directorate of Emergency Services, and 25th ID training facilities on Schofield Barracks and Pohakoloa Training Area.

In September, its 95th Eng. Co. and Task Force Ready deployed to Korea in support of a nine-month rotation as part of U.S. Army Pacific’s Korean Rotational Force.

The battalion’s 7th Eng. Dive Det. and 5th Geospatial Planning Cell also continued their theater level support and deployments for the PACOM and USARPAC.

7th Dive deployed to Saipan to conduct vital port surveys in support of disaster relief efforts and helped the Hawaii Department of Transportation during a salvage operation to remove the Judy K ship from Honolulu Harbor. The team worked alongside Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to repatriate the remains of fallen American service men in Palau and Vanuatu.

The 5th GPC provided critical geospatial products to the NGA, ROK Joint Chief of Staff Terrain Analysis, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts in Nepal and during expert exchanges in Mongolia.

The Soldiers of Task Force Ready conduct a pass in review during a deployment ceremony, Sept. 2, at Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Task Force Ready is activated for a nine-month deployment to the Republic of Korea and is comprised of engineers from 95th Clearance Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and more than 250 engineers from 59th Mobility Augmentation Company and 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company from Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC, Public Affairs)

Task Force Ready conducts a pass in review during a deployment ceremony, Sept. 2, at Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks. Task Force Ready is comprised of engineers from 95th Clearance Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC and more than 250 engineers from 59th Mobility Augmentation Co. and 74th Multi-Role Bridge Co. from Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC, Public Affairs)

 

25th Sustainment Brigade (formerly 45th Sustainment Brigade)

In June, the TSC’s 45th Sust. Bde. cased its old colors and uncased new colors to realign under 25th ID as the 25th Sust. Bde. While the brigade’s troops’ mission had always been to provide sustainment solutions to Army forces across the Pacific, the change followed the Army’s directed realignment of sustainment brigades to divisions to maximize unit cohesion and mission command effectiveness.

The brigade continues to provide more than 30 unique capability sets enabling regionally engaged, globally responsive, campaign quality, expeditionary Army operations across the theater.

As the senior sustainment command in theater, the TSC still synchronizes and coordinates the brigade’s operations across the Pacific’s Joint Logistics Enterprise Network.

 

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