By Capt. Cain S Claxton (593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command)October 5, 2017
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. -- Soldiers of the 140th Movement Control Team returned to base Sept. 10 after spending a week in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts near San Antonio, Texas.
About 20 Soldiers of the MCT deployed in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. One of their first orders of business was to trans-load needed supplies for families with small children sent by Canadian forces aircraft Sept. 3.
The 140th MCT Soldiers assisted the Royal Canadian Air Force unload the supplies at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, and put them on trucks heading for Houston.
"The experience was very rewarding," said Capt. Brian J. VanBreemen, 140th MCT commander. "Even though we were three hours away from the incident site, our mission was directly affecting people in the most needed areas."
Soon after arrival, however, the 140th MCT found itself playing a pivotal role in posturing Army forces in Texas for another humanitarian response as Hurricane Irma moved across U.S. territories in the Caribbean and threatened extensive damage across Florida.
"We began to oversee retrograde operations for units to either move on to support Irma relief efforts or redeploy to home station," said Capt. Brian J. VanBreemen, 140th MCT commander. "We started to receive, prep and inspect cargo."
VanBreemen said he was proud of his Soldiers' dedication and focus during their short deployment.
"I'm really proud that they conducted themselves in such a professional manner," he said. "We did our job supporting a humanitarian effort."