BUSAN, South Korea -- Members of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command successfully demonstrated its capability of providing movement control and transportation support utilizing both commercial ground assets and Army transportation assets throughout the Korean Peninsula during a coordinated exercise alongside an aviation unit assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division Jan. 9.
Twenty-four helicopters and over 180 pieces of containers arrived from Fort Riley Kansas were unloaded from the Green Bay vessel at Pier 8 in Busan by members of the 517th Movement Control Team, 25 Transportation Battalion.
The helicopters were assembled and checked by 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers prior to their return flight back to Camp Humphreys. Meanwhile, the containers were loaded on trucks and transported to their final destination, Camp Humphreys, stopping by several designated locations.
This exercise provided reception, staging, and onward movement training, which was designed to exercise movement control systems. The movement included 210 pieces of the 1-6 Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Squadron rotational forces' vital military equipment and material within the Busan metropolitan area and onward all the way up to Camp Humphreys.
"This kind of exercise is important because it provides our rotational units with their equipment such as helicopters and cargos so that they can execute their missions on the Korean Peninsula. More importantly, it gives us a sense of fight-tonight mindset," explained 2nd Lt. Karl D. Gross, 25th Transportation Battalion, 517th Movement Control Team Transportation Officer.
"517th MCT Soldiers from the 25th TRANS BN successfully conducted the onward movement, pre-departure safety checks, and cargo documentation operations in support of the 1-6 HARS rotation," said Cpt. Theodore A. Villasenorloya, commander, 517th MCT.
The 19th ESC will now use the lessons learned from this exercise to further improve movement control coordination with other units for future exercises.