By 1st Lt. Steven ScottFebruary 13, 2017
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Between October 2016 and January 2017, the 66th Transportation Company conducted a multitude of morale and training events that included driver's training in October, an M4 range in November, platoon field training exercises in December.
In December, Soldiers conducted approximately 20 missions to 15 locations in 11 different countries carrying more than 250 short tons of ammunition, vehicles, containers, and various military equipment. Even with a high operation-tempo, the Road Kings continue to conduct relevant and effective training during the driver's training academy, sergeant's time training, weapons ranges, and field training exercises.
The officers of 66th TC attended the driver's training academy during the last week of November. Capt. Steven Waugh, 1st Lt. Jonathon Lazo, 1st Lt. Steven Scott, and 2nd Lt. Kyle Vaccaro all attended the academy to certify their skills and obtain their licenses in order to better understand the requirements and expectation of their Soldiers.
"This training really helped us understand what our Soldiers are expected to know. It's definitely not as easy as they make it look," said Capt. Steven Waugh, commander of the 66th Transportation Company. "My hat is off to the young Soldiers who do this on a regular basis."
From November 30 through December 2, 2nd Lt. Kyle Vaccaro of second platoon's 'Wolfpack' conducted a range in order to maintain the Army standard for M4 qualifications, and to raise the unit's overall readiness. Despite having nearly 1/3 of the company on mission, Vaccaro managed to qualify 45 Road Kings and 5 Soldiers from other local units.
"I really wish we could have qualified more Soldiers, but this is the best we can do for now," Vaccaro said. "I am glad that we could help other units train as well. At the end of the day, we're all on the same team."
The company conducted an FTX the next week, which focused on site set-up, establishing a defensive perimeter, and improving defensive positions. The original intent was for the company to split into halves, which would rotate halfway through the week.
A portion of headquarters and maintenance with first platoon would take control of training area 3 in Baumholder on Monday morning, execute training, and switch with second platoon and the remaining HQ and maintenance Soldiers on Wednesday. Even though half of the first platoon 'Outlaws' were executing missions at the port of Bremerhaven, the 'Outlaws' managed to conduct several hours of training that was in line with the unit's mission essential tasks.
The unit managed to schedule two Family readiness group events for a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Mrs. Tyia Hill, the wife of 1st Platoon's Staff Sgt. Michael Hill, made all of the necessary arrangements for the entire Road King family to enjoy two holiday dinners consisting of a wide variety of home-cooked favorites. In addition, Mrs. Hill presented FRG spouses with gifts on behalf of the company for their hard work and dedication.