‘Mustang’ 325th BSB provides invaluable support during Tiger Balm 16

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A double rainbow over the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s command post at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, July 22, 2016. Elements of the 3rd BCT, 29th Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard, and 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) participated in the two-week long bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16 on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

A double rainbow over the 3rd BCT, 25th ID’s command post at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit, Regional Training Institute , Waimanalo, Hawaii, July 22, 2016. Elements of the 3rd BCT, 29th BCT, Hawaii Army National Guard, and 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces, participated in the two-week long bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16 on Oahu and Hawaii islands.

 

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

WAIMANALO — The Soldiers of the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Mustangs,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provided necessary operational and logistical support during exercise Tiger Balm 16 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit, Regional Training Institute, here, July 18-30.

The Mustangs supported the 3rd BCT; 29th BCT, Hawaii Army National Guard; and the 9th Inf. Bde., 6th Div., Singapore Armed Forces, during the two weeks-long bilateral exercise.

The mayor cell leader, Capt. Adam Boyd, commander, Company B, 325th BSB, said their mission was to help all units involved be “able to execute their training with as few interruptions as possible.”

Spc. James Moody, combat medic, Company C, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, checks Spc. Michael Ramos’ blood pressure in the early morning hours inside the medical aid station at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, July 22, 2016. The 325th BSB provided essential operational and logistical support during the two-week long bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16 on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. James Moody, combat medic, Company C, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, checks Spc. Michael Ramos’ blood pressure in the early morning hours inside the medical aid station.

“We wanted them focused on their mission,” Boyd said. “We’re in charge of all catchall requirements, taking care of things people don’t necessarily think about right away.”

The mayor cell is comprised of two sections, operations and support operations, which manage the essential living requirements for the exercise.

“In the terms of operations, it’s really daily maintenance of the facilities, KP (kitchen police) details, security patrols, and gym and laundry guards. Anything you can think of really,” Boyd said. “My other section, which is support operations, really works the logistics of the field in the terms of water supply, food supply, our cooks and dining facility, fuel, getting maintenance support for our generators, and providing medical support to all of the participants.”

One of the members of the mayor cell, Spc. Devin Congdon, allied trade specialist, Co. B, 325th BSB, performed duties with the presence patrol.

“We do patrols around the perimeter, police calls, make sure all the gates and everything are locked,” Congdon said. “We ensure no one tries to jump the fence or hide. We check all the rooms, bathrooms, make sure everything is up to standard.”

The Mustang battalion’s medical company provided 24-hour medical services during the duration of the exercise.

“We’re providing medical coverage for the Singaporean service members, as well as our brigade and National Guard Soldiers,” said Capt. Travis Bentz, battalion surgeon, 325th BSB.

Bentz said sick call operations were conducted twice a day, as well as giving care for trauma emergencies throughout the day.

Spc. Chad Kincaid, radio repairer, Company B, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, washes the dining facility’s dishes at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, July 22, 2016. The 325th BSB provided essential operational and logistical support during the two-week long bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16 on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Chad Kincaid, radio repairer, Company B, washes the dining facility’s dishes, July 22, 2016.

The food, feeding and fuel section under the 325th BSB’s mayor cell had to contend with the difficult task of feeding more than hundreds of Soldiers from two nations.

“We’re feeding about 400 to 450, along with our foreign international defense partners,” said Staff Sgt. Jules Munoz, food, feeding and fuel section leader, 325th BSB.

However, it wasn’t the numbers that were the most difficult task for the Mustang Soldiers managing and working in the dining facility.

“There’s been some obstacles … because the Singapore troops are an integrated force, as we are,” Munoz said. “Some of their religious beliefs intersect with their dietary habits.”

Munoz went on to explain that a number of Soldiers from Singapore were Muslim and Hindu. Great care and consideration were given to avoid serving pork and beef within the dining facilities.

At the end of the day, the Soldiers of the Mustang battalion worked as a team to get the mission accomplished.

“It was a full effort across the battalion and the brigade,” Boyd said, “with a job well done.”

Sgt. Darrell Allen, team leader, Company A, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, guides a load handing system’s (LHS) food and beverage matrix onto the vehicle’s bed at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, July 22, 2016. The 325th BSB provided essential operational and logistical support during the two-week long bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16 on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Darrell Allen, team leader, Company A, guides a load handing system’s food and beverage matrix onto the vehicle’s bed, July 22, 2016.

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