PORT ARTHUR, Texas-- Moving hundreds of vehicles and tons to supplies and equipment from Hawaii to the U.S. may appear chaotic to the untrained eye. But to the U.S. Army, this type of activity is considered routine.

In a Sealift Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (SEDRE), Soldiers from 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) (7th TB (X)) out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis were tapped with the responsibility of moving the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s (2/25) equipment from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to the Ports of Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas in order for 2/25 to continue onward to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, La. for their Joint Readiness Exercise (JRE).

U.S. Army Pvt. Martavius Douglas, a Cargo Specialist (88H) with 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), directs a vehicle off the U.S. Naval Ship, Fisher, in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020.  The Joint Readiness Exercise allows the U.S. Army to assess the unit's alert and recall procedures, pre-deployment processes and transportation of personnel and equipment.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Army Pvt. Martavius Douglas, a Cargo Specialist (88H) with 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), directs a vehicle off the U.S. Naval Ship, Fisher, in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. The Joint Readiness Exercise allows the U.S. Army to assess the unit's alert and recall procedures, pre-deployment processes and transportation of personnel and equipment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Marygian Barnes) VIEW ORIGINAL

It's thousands of people of various MOS's and multiple units from different military bases, states and areas of the world, involved in moving tons of equipment and  personnel from one place to another, by land and sea- in the middle of a pandemic.

To the untrained eye, organized chaos.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Baria, a cargo specialist (88H) at 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Trans. Battalion, 7th TB (X), is the Operations NCOIC. He said that beyond the typical safety measures of moving equipment off a vessel (hard hats and reflective gear), there are now COVID-19 safety mitigations as well.

“My overall mission is to ensure everything is done safely and correctly,” he said. “When I say ‘correctly’, I mean that people aren’t walking backwards off the vessel, everyone is maintaining social distancing, and everybody has their masks on.”

COVID-19 has not stopped the U.S. Army from doing what it does best and is known for throughout the world: Being the globally responsive force ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

The U.S. Naval Ship Fisher carrying equipment assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division is docked in Port Arthur, TX, Sept. 24, 2020. The Joint Readiness Exercise allows the U.S. Army to assess the unit's alert and recall procedures, pre-deployment processes and transportation of personnel and equipment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathaniel Gayle, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Naval Ship Fisher carrying equipment assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division is docked in Port Arthur, TX, Sept. 24, 2020. The Joint Readiness Exercise allows the U.S. Army to assess the unit's alert and recall procedures, pre-deployment processes and transportation of personnel and equipment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathaniel Gayle, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Cassandra Price of 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), carries a ratchet chain binder during the unloading of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division equipment, in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division deploys/redeploys from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, La., using air and ship modes of transportation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Cassandra Price of 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), carries a ratchet chain binder during the unloading of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division equipment, in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division deploys/redeploys from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, La., using air and ship modes of transportation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

U.S. Army Capt. Joe Hayslett, Commander of 612th Movement Control Team, 53rd Trans. Battalion, 7th TB (X), just took command two months ago and is using this exercise to see what they need to work on as a unit- regardless of COVID-19.

“Our mission is to provide in-transit visibility to this equipment,” Hayslett said. “This exercise has created a great opportunity to test our unit’s capability.”

Spc. Zachary Teachey, a Transportation Management Coordinator (88N), runs one of the Portable Deployment Kits (PDK) that tracks the equipment off the vessel via Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. He recognizes the importance of training regardless of what is going on in the world.

U.S. Army Pvt. Christian Dejesus, a Cargo Specialist (88H) with 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), arranges equipment Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division deploys/redeploys from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, La., using air and ship modes of transportation.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pvt. Christian Dejesus, a Cargo Specialist (88H) with 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), arranges equipment Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division deploys/redeploys from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, La., using air and ship modes of transportation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Marygian Barnes) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. Michael Voss, a Transportation Management Coordinator (88N) with 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) demonstrates troubleshooting methods for the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Scanner in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. The Joint Readiness Exercise allows the U.S. Army to assess the unit's alert and recall procedures, pre-deployment processes and transportation of personnel and equipment.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Michael Voss, a Transportation Management Coordinator (88N) with 368th Seaport Operations Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) demonstrates troubleshooting methods for the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Scanner in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 25, 2020. The Joint Readiness Exercise allows the U.S. Army to assess the unit's alert and recall procedures, pre-deployment processes and transportation of personnel and equipment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marygian Barnes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Marygian Barnes) VIEW ORIGINAL
“The importance of this exercise is basically, so that Soldiers know the knowledge of a real-life mission,” he said.
“To be able to do their jobs in a real life mission, perfectly and on time.”

While the pandemic persists, so do the Soldiers of 7th TB (X). From the commanders of the units to the Soldiers , there is a shared understanding, a common goal: Readiness beyond adversity that they cannot control.