SDDC Ships 2000th MRAP to Theater
March 28, 2008
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Army News Service, March 28, 2008) -- The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 841st Transportation Battalion here recently shipped the 2,000th mine resistant ambush protected vehicle by sealift to operations in the Middle East.
"MRAPs are the top priority mission for us," said Isabel Geiger, 841st Transportation Battalion operations officer. "And we expect to continue moving this cargo at a high pace."
The largest sealift shipment of MRAPs out of Charleston consisted of more than 500 vehicles on one Navy cargo ship. Transporting the same number of vehicles by airlift would require approximately 150 Air Force cargo planes.
"To date, we have shipped over 2,400 MRAPs without incident," said Lt. Col. Randolph Haufe, 841st Transportation Battalion commander.
"The 841st manages a dedicated workforce of civilian longshoremen that provide superior labor. Without the local longshoremen, we would have to bring a large group of qualified Soldiers to the port to act as our labor force," said Kristine Sports, 841st Transportation Battalion contracting officer representative.