• A line of M2 Bradley (Infantry Fighting Vehicle’s) belonging to the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division enters the motor pool at Dona Ana Range, New Mexico in order to be transported back to Ft. Bliss, Texas by the Soldiers of the 47th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Allen Johnson, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade)

    A line of M2 Bradley (Infantry Fighting...

    A line of M2 Bradley (Infantry Fighting Vehicle’s) belonging to the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division enters the motor pool at Dona Ana Range, New Mexico in order to be transported back to Ft. Bliss, Texas by the Soldiers of the 47th Transportation...

  • Soldiers with the 47th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, prep M2 Bradley’s (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) for transport from Dona Ana Range, New Mexico to Fort Bliss, Texas in support of the 4th Brigade, 1st Armor Division gunnery mission. (U.S. Army Photo by 1st Sgt. Allen Johnson, 47th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade)

    Soldiers with the 47th Transportation Company...

    Soldiers with the 47th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, prep M2 Bradley’s (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) for transport from Dona Ana Range, New Mexico to Fort Bliss, Texas in support of the...

  • An M1070/M1000 HET (Heavy Equipment Transport) system pulls into the Dona Anna Motor Pool in preparation for transporting equipment back to Fort Bliss in support of 4th Brigade, 1st Armor Division gunnery mission. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Allen Johnson, 47th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade)

    An M1070/M1000 HET (Heavy Equipment Transport)...

    An M1070/M1000 HET (Heavy Equipment Transport) system pulls into the Dona Anna Motor Pool in preparation for transporting equipment back to Fort Bliss in support of 4th Brigade, 1st Armor Division gunnery mission. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Allen...

FORT BLISS, Texas - Soldiers of 47th Transportation Company "Dark Nights", 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade provided transportation support for the 4th Brigade, 1st Armor Division gunnery mission conducted at Dona Ana Ranges in New Mexico during November and December.

For 60 days and nights, the "Dark Knights" operated M1070/M1000 HETs (Heavy Equipment Transporters) traveling an excess of 15.9 thousand miles, hauling over 19.2 million pounds worth of equipment in support of the garrison mission.


"This is what we are good at.

"Day or night we can make it happen," said Sgt. Erich Schmitt, a Convoy Commander for the "Dark Knights".

The "Dark Knights" completed this mission is support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11 said Schmitt, a Twin Lakes, Wisconsin native.
"We did it in support of OIF 09-11 and it feels really good to transport equipment here in Garrison."

According to Staff Sergeant Eric Montanez, a San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico native and Platoon Sergeant with the 47th Trans. Co, supporting the war fighter in a Garrison environment brings new challenges to Soldiers and leaders.

"I've been on about ten missions since we've been back and it's been pretty tough...it's definitely a learning experience," Montanez said.

"We didn't have our families with us in Iraq.

"And completing the mission here means dealing with all kinds of distracters," added Montanez.

The prior deployment experience of the unit and continued mission load while in Garrison has kept the "Dark Knights" ready to deploy.

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