837th Trans. Bn. supports major exercise while conducting real-world mission
By Maj. Eric Gaddis, Executive Officer, 837th Trans. Bn.April 6, 2016
BUSAN, South Korea -- Operational tempo was extremely high at the 837th Transportation Battalion's home port of Pier 8 here March 6-9 as the battalion helped stand up the Combined Seaport Coordination Center for Exercise Key Resolve 2016.
While standing up the CSCC and conducting a battle handover with the 599th Transportation Brigade, the 837th also led a port operation March 6-9 on the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless in support of Exercise Foal Eagle, the Korean leg of Pacific Pathways 2016 deployment.
In a combined effort, the 837th, 25th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, and U.S. Forces Korea's strategic logistic partners safely downloaded, staged and moved more than 300 pieces of cargo to key locations across the Korean peninsula in record time.
Col. Park, Nam-Soo, the commander of Republic of Korea's Port Operation Group (ROKPOG) stated, "I was amazed at the seamless efforts of all involved to support a training exercise and execute a real world mission at the same time. This speaks volumes of the professionalism of the 837th."
All aircraft were assembled, fueled and flown from Pier 8 while rolling stock and containers were simultaneously loaded and moved via commercial line-haul.
"Safety, teamwork and good communication are key to the continued success of the (Korea Theater of Operations) logisticians responsible for this extremely important mission." said Lt. Col. Angela Hutcherson, 837th commander.
According to a U.S. Forces Korea press release, Foal Eagle is a series of joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea component commands spanning ground, air, naval, and special operations.