‘Wolfhounds’ conduct load out for PTA

| January 29, 2016 | 1 Comment
Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Pvt. Monique Engman, watercraft operator (88K), USAV CW3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2), teaches Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, on how to tied down a vehicle aboard the U.S. Army logistics support vessel at Waipio Point, Hawaii, Jan. 15, 2016. The vehicles and equipment from 2-27th Inf. Regt., are to be used during a training exercise at the island of Hawaii.

Pvt. Monique Engman, watercraft operator (88K), USAV CW3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2), teaches Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, on how to tied down a vehicle aboard the U.S. Army logistics support vessel at Waipio Point, Hawaii, Jan. 15, 2016. The vehicles and equipment from 2-27th Inf. Regt., are to be used during a training exercise at the island of Hawaii.

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

WAIPIO POINT — Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, loaded vehicles, trailers and equipment onto the U.S. Army logistics support vessel CW3 Harold C. Clinger at a slip, here, Jan. 15.

The cargo was to be transported to the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii for future exercises and training.

1st Lt. Robert Johnston, assistant operations officer, 2-27th Inf. Regt., stated that the vehicles and equipment from Bravo and Hotel companies were to be used as an opposing force in support of the 2nd BCT, 25th ID, during the Lightning Forge exercise, next month.

“We’re also going a little ahead of time to maximize the PTA training area,” Johnston said. “There’s some good training opportunities there that are not on Oahu, so Bravo Company is going to get to do some individual and collective training up to a squad live fire.”

Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Crew members of the U.S. Army logistics support vessel USAV CW3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2) stand watch as the vessel prepares to lower its ramp at a slip at Waipio Point, Hawaii, Jan. 15, 2016. The vessel is to transport vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, to the big island of Hawaii.

LSV2 CW3 Harold C. Clinger stand lowers its ramp at an unimproved slip at Waipio Point, Jan. 15.

Sgt. Steven Burns, movement noncommissioned officer, Co. H, 2-27th Inf. Regt., was one of the leaders responsible for the load aboard the vessel.

“Today, I roughly have 22 vehicles and 36 pieces altogether,” Burns said. “To load up today, I’m hoping to get done within four to five hours.”

This was not his first time performing a load out with vehicles and equipment from the unit.

“I uploaded and downloaded the vehicles on several occasions from Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia,” he said, “so it was the same crew that I worked with.”

Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Pvt. Trevor Calfo (left) and 1st Lt. Robert Johnston, both from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tie down a vehicle aboard the U.S. Army logistics support vessel USAV CW3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2) at Waipio Point, Hawaii, Jan. 15, 2016. The vehicles and equipment from 2-27th Inf. Regt., are to be used during a training exercise at the island of Hawaii.

Pvt. Trevor Calfo (left) and 1st Lt. Robert Johnston, both from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tie down a vehicle aboard the LSV2 CW3 Harold C. Clinger.

The crew members of the massive CW3 Harold C. Clinger did their part to help with the load out with taking control of the ground guiding once the vehicles touched the vessel’s ramp.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bobby Irvin, second mate, USAV CW3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2), was one of the crewmembers who helped to load the vehicles and describe the capabilities of the vessel.

“It is a 274-foot by 60-foot of beam, cargo vessel designed for loading and unloading equipment on improved or on unimproved ports,” Irvin said. “It’s designed to beach and retract, allowing logistics to occur in not-so-improved ports.”

The CW3 Harold C. Clinger itself was tied down with its ramp lowered at an unimproved slip while the vehicles were loaded aboard it.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Crew members of the U.S. Army logistics support vessel USAV CW3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2) loaded aboard the vessel at Waipio Point, Hawaii, Jan. 15, 2016. The vehicles and equipment from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are to be used during a training exercise at the island of Hawaii.

The distance between Oahu and Hawaii is a rather short one for the vessel, compared to the global sailing it is capable of on other missions.

“It takes 15 to 18 hours, depending on the weather, at about 10 knots,” Irvin said.

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  1. SFC Tomaso A. Santomauro USA/Ret (88L40) says:

    Aloha, nice to see the old lady still sailing proud, excellent work. Fare winds and following seas!

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