FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division keep things moving as they load vehicles on rail cars for transport to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
The loading and binding happened Jan. 3. Lt. Philip Anklin, 1-25th SBCT officer in charge of the operation, watched over 80 Soldiers and contractors as they performed the tasks of loading and securing 111 Strykers, five HEMTTS (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks) Load Handling Systems and four trailers.
"Safety is of the utmost importance when working in low light and cold of Alaska and all persons on site wear hardhats and reflective equipment," said Anklin.
Workers with the Alaska Railroad were contracted and responsible for securing all vehicles to the railcars. Anklin said, "Having the rail(road) tie down the vehicles is making it way more expedient." Even though the Soldiers are trained, having the two separate groups working side-by-side, allows each to focus on their particular task, "doing it efficiently and safely."