By Staff Sgt. Alexander BurnettOctober 21, 2013
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's headquarters and 16th Sustainment Brigade assisted the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command's 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery with equipment inspections Oct 7-18 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.
The 18-soldier team inspected 72 containers and 181 vehicles for basic mechanical service ability, safety and transportation readiness in support air defense operations. The 'First in Support' Soldiers worked tirelessly, for up to 16 hours a day to ensure each piece of equipment met the standard for international transport, said Staff Sgt. Tyler P. Jackson, the transportation movement and installation staging area supervisor with the 21st TSC and a native of Queens, N.Y.
"This team was comprised of Soldiers from throughout the 21st and this is really their first time working together," Jackson said. "They put in a lot of hard work and they worked some long hours, but they got the job done."
Prior to the inspections, Jackson gave a class to the entire team how to properly conduct their mission and interact with their 5-7 ADA counterparts.
"For most of these soldiers this is their first time working on a mission like this so it is important for them to understand what is inspected and how to do it right," Jackson said. "They handled this mission professionally and worked very well with the air defense soldiers."
During the first week of inspections, the 21st TSC team worked side-by-side with soldiers from 5-7 ADA. Each container and vehicle was inspected from top to bottom and the documents for each piece of equipment were reviewed by both units. If a fault was found, the units worked together to fix the equipment and prepare it for rail load, said Sgt. 1st Class Kimberlie S. Harris, the staff movement noncommissioned officer with the 21st TSC and a native of Albany, Ga.
"The inspections, services and documentation checks are all done to ensure this equipment does not get held up in transit," Harris said. "As these containers and vehicles go through international ports and customs, they will be inspected over and over again. By doing our own checks now we ensure that it goes through without problems."