Transportation Soldiers train sister brigade company
April 29, 2009
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Army motor vehicle instructors from the Fort Knox, Ky., based 233rd Transportation Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, trained 20 Soldiers on the heavy equipment transport system here April 14.
Soldiers from the 135th Quartermaster Co., 167th CSSB, 287th Sust. Bde., currently deployed at COB Adder, traveled to Speicher for the 10-day training.
"The 233d Transportation Co. has trained us in the past, at Fort Stewart," said Staff Sgt. Terrance Porter, 135th QM Co. "They always do a great job ensuring that every Soldier is given the tools necessary to become proficient with the HET system."
Porter, a Jackson, Miss., native, participated in the training with his Soldiers. The training lasted ten days and encompassed every aspect of the HET system to include preventive maintenance, winching, ground guiding, tying down loads, and maneuvering the vehicle through tight areas.
Sgt. Corey Case, heavy wheeled vehicle operator, 233d Trans. Co., gave the Soldiers instructions on maneuvering the HET system through tight areas.
"You have to be careful when driving through the Iraqi Army's checkpoints because you don't want to cause any damage to your vehicle, and you also don't want to disrupt any of the Iraqi's security efforts," said Case, a Storm Lake, Iowa, native.
The 135th QM Co. has been running truck tractor missions throughout central and southern Iraq, and will now be running HET systems throughout the area as well. This will provide support to units who require oversized vehicles to haul their heavy equipment.