60 days, a lot of "Dark Nights"
January 28, 2011
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.