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How long does it take you to get ready? If you are moving at the speed of war, like the Soldiers assigned to the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., then you’ll be ready to deploy within 12 hours of being notified.

It’s one of the fastest response times in the Army, according to Maj. Christopher Fields, commander, 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, 832nd Transportation Bn., 597th Transportation Bde.

The unit maintains around the clock readiness is by maintaining a “go bag” packed with all the essentials for a trip of unknown duration anywhere in the world: insect repellent, sun screen, appropriate CBRNE, spare change of clothes.

The Soldiers must also be ready financially, legally, spiritually, logistically and medically ready.

But the most critical parts of the mission is making sure that the equipment is always ready for liftoff.

Soldiers with the 690th RPOE demonstrated they are ready to answer the call during a realistic training scenario this week. Check out the photos and stay tuned for more.