120th Infantry Brigade trains 311th ESC for deployment to Afghanistan
December 18, 2012
FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) participated in exercise "Unified Endeavor" during December at North Fort Hood. The exercise included both live and computer-aided virtual events, all focused on mission command training.
The 311th ESC coordinated its efforts on the Central European Time zone with U.S. Army units based in the United States, Poland, Norway, and Germany.
Working through numerous challenges as a unit, the 311th focused on resupply scenarios, retrograde operations, and force protection, each testing the unit's pivotal role in its upcoming deployment. Training replicated logistical operations throughout the Combined Joint Operational Area-Afghanistan.
"The exercise stressed mission command and made us more agile in our mission command functions," said Col. Andrew Wichers, the 311th's deputy commanding officer. "That increase in efficiency makes us better logisticians and leads to better support of the operational environment owners."
Once in theater, the 311th will be responsible for providing every class of supply within its area of operations, like managing the daily consumption of 1.54 million gallons of fuel and managing over 86,000 containers within the country.
The 120th Infantry Brigade provided support to the 311th's training at North Fort Hood, ensuring its readiness for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 120th Inf. provides the needed information First Army needs in validating the 311th prior to deployment.
These types of operations are not new to the 120th since, as the operations brigade at Fort Hood, it routinely trains Army Reserve and National Guard units that are mobilized for deployment worldwide.
The 120th is set to train over 55 units throughout 2013 for various operations worldwide.