599th Trans. Bde. preps and stages cargo

| January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 599th Trans. Bde. partners with the 25th ID and Fleet Logistics Center personnel to lift a Black Hawk helicopter during upload operations. (Photo by Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

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Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR — When the 599th Transportation Brigade and its partners uploaded 25th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team for vessel movement this month, it represented the culmination of more than a month of cargo preparation and staging for the move.

Although the actual upload only lasted three days, preparation began before the end of November and ran through December until a pause for the holidays.

The 599th was able to fulfill a mentoring role for the move.

Cargo that has already been loaded awaits shipment during upload operations. (Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

“Our job at the 599th, in support of the 1192nd Reserve Transportation Battalion from New Orleans, Louisiana, and the 502nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element from Mission Viejo, California, was to ensure that they are able to run terminal operations. Because they don’t do this daily like we do, we are able to provide mentorship for them,” said traffic management specialist Frank Viray.

The 1192nd sent a Deployment and Distribution Support Team to assist with preparation at unit motor pools and staging at the Multiple Deployment Facility (MDF) on Wheeler Army Airfield before the unit moved its cargo and equipment to the seaport for the upload.

Maj. Hedgeman Carter was the 1192nd DDST officer in charge.

“This is a great opportunity for our DDST team,” he said at the MDF. “We are all moving from point to point here, so we get to see all parts of the staging. We stop operators if they aren’t right with their paperwork or with their vehicles. That way we won’t have to frustrate them at the port. The main problem we’ve had is that the fuel isn’t at the right point, so they have to burn it off and come back.

“We try to be flexible and be positive,” he added. “We can fix about 99 percent of the errors on the spot, so that the Soldiers don’t have to return to their unit. The speed of the operation is important, but safety is paramount. That’s the name of the game. We have to be ready to fight tonight.”

From left: 502nd ETOE personnel, Specs. Stephanie Velasquez and Crystal Santoyo, verify container numbers. (Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

An 836th Trans. Bn. transportation management team worked with 599th reserve partners, the 502nd ETOE, to in-process vehicles for staging at the port before the New Year.

“We’ve been processing vehicles nonstop all day down here,” said Bob Meno, 836th cargo distribution chief. “We were able to stop at lunch, but we ate here and just snacked from stuff on the tables.

“Hundreds of vehicles have been coming come through each day,” he said. “We had enough people manning the stations that we could create a third processing line to move them though. We had vehicles parked all the way back to the gates.”

Because of the size of the move, the 599th employed 24-hour-a-day operations for the upload.

“We implemented a tactical operations center (TOC) at the port to monitor upload operations, and everything fell into place,” said 599th marine cargo specialist Davey Flores. “Plus, there were no major safety issues, and we were able to finish the upload before our projected time.”

Capt. James “Jake” McConville, 599th Command Operations Center chief, was the nighttime battle captain of the TOC.

“We established the TOC to facilitate how to conduct the mission command during port operations,” McConville said. “We were in our crawl phase there. We wanted to monitor how one battalion with attached reserve units would load a single vessel. This way we were able to exercise how to do business to get to the walk and run phases.”

Pete Lujan, Guam Detachment chief, directs the placement of a container during 599th Transportation Brigade upload operations. (Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Clydea Prichard Brown, 836th Trans. Bn. commander, summed up the operation by noting the range and explaining the role of partners in uploading the brigade here.

“The 3rd BCT upload operation was an extremely successful total force partnership with the 502nd ETOE, an Army Reserve unit, as the lead port manager. The 836th’s Team Fuji served as mission command, training evaluators and subject matter experts as we coached, taught and mentored the ETOE during this real world mission. This joint effort supported by the Fleet Logistics Center, Navy active and reserve forces from cargo handling battalions enhanced 3-25 BCT’s (3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s) readiness and understanding of port operations.”

Cargo that has already been loaded awaits shipment during upload operations. (Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

The 599th Trans. Bde. partners with the 25th ID and Fleet Logistics Center personnel to lift a Black Hawk helicopter during upload operations. (Photo by Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

The 599th Trans. Bde. partners with the 25th ID and Fleet Logistics Center personnel to lift a Black Hawk helicopter during upload operations. (Photo by Shannon Haney, Fleet Logistics Center-JBPHH Public Affairs)

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