• OSAN AB - Han, Kyu-Ung (left), an inspector with 52nd Ordnance Company, checks the functionality of the safety equipment on a 35th ADA Brigade cargo truck with Pfc. Bryant Newsome, a mechanic with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA, behind the wheel, Feb. 27.

    Preventative maintenance check

    OSAN AB - Han, Kyu-Ung (left), an inspector with 52nd Ordnance Company, checks the functionality of the safety equipment on a 35th ADA Brigade cargo truck with Pfc. Bryant Newsome, a mechanic with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA, behind...

  • OSAN AB - Sgt. Raymond Calhoun (right), a supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA Brigade, passes crates of ammunition to Pfc. Bryant Newsome, an HHB mechanic, during an ammunition retrieval exercise, Feb. 27.

    Soldiers unload ammo truck

    OSAN AB - Sgt. Raymond Calhoun (right), a supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA Brigade, passes crates of ammunition to Pfc. Bryant Newsome, an HHB mechanic, during an ammunition retrieval exercise, Feb. 27.

  • OSAN AB - Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Pfc. Rhee (right), Zion listens while Spc. Benjamin Fork (left), briefs the ammunition retrieval crew on the upcoming mission here, Feb. 27. Both serve with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

    Ammo retrieval brief

    OSAN AB - Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Pfc. Rhee (right), Zion listens while Spc. Benjamin Fork (left), briefs the ammunition retrieval crew on the upcoming mission here, Feb. 27. Both serve with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air...

  • OSAN AB �" Sgt. Raymond Calhoun, a supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA Brigade, ensures his vehicle�'s communications equipment is functioning prior to rolling out on an ammunition retrieval exercise here, Feb. 27.

    Communications check

    OSAN AB �" Sgt. Raymond Calhoun, a supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th ADA Brigade, ensures his vehicle�'s communications equipment is functioning prior to rolling out on an ammunition retrieval...

"Driving to the ammunition depot, loading, securing and returning with the cargo is merely the tip of the iceberg, the easy part," said Sgt. 1st Class Royce Wilcox, Headquarters Platoon Sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

The Soldiers of Headquarters Platoon suited up in helmets, protective vests and had their chemical protective gear on hand as they moved out in their tactical vehicles to successfully accomplish an ammunition retrieval exercise, Feb. 27.

The devil is the details, according to Spc. Benjamin Fork, a Patriot missile launching station enhanced maintainer/operator with Headquarters Platoon, who spent many long hours preparing for the event.

"Allotments [of ammunition] change each year," said Fork. "And since accountability is critical, keeping paperwork up to date and correct, including ammunition recently turned in, takes a lot of attention to detail."

Teamwork is vital in such a complicated task.

"We train on this regularly to bring new Soldiers up to speed," said Fork. "The personnel at the ammunition depot are also one of our greatest assets, especially the [Republic of Korea] nationals who have worked there for several years."

Han, Kyu-Ung, a vehicle and ammunitions operations inspector is one such Korean citizen working on the depot.

"Specialist Fork and his team have always done a good job when coming to the depot," Han said.

Han's U.S. counterpart, Sgt. Robert Polmateer, a customer service noncommissioned officer with the 52nd Ordnance Company out of Camp Humphreys, agreed with Han's assessment.

"[35th ADA] has always been on it," Polmateer said. "Our teams work well together."

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