Reservists help move cargo during 101st Airborne Division's sea deployment readiness exercise
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Dilan Labbie, a transportation management coordinator with the 502nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element, 841st Transportation Battalion, provided cargo handling support aboard the USNS Mendonca in support of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division's sea deployment readiness exercise at the Port of Charleston, S.C. Aug. 24.
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841st Transportation Bn. supports Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Equipment belonging to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was loaded on two vessels during the unit's Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in conjunction with their rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, during a vessel loading operation at Charleston, S.C. Aug. 24-25.
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U.S. Army Reserves support sea deployment readiness exercise
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Jungya Song, a cargo specialist are from the 502nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element inspects cargo inside the USNS Medonca during the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division's sea deployment readiness exercise at the Port of Charleston, S.C. Aug. 24.

The 502nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element was conducting annual training and worked with the Army Surface Deployment & Distribution Command’s 841st Transportation Battalion to move over 1,000 pieces onto two vessels in under 24 hours. (Photo Credit: Julie Kelemen)
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Simultaneous vessel loading operation challenges unit
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Equipment was loaded on two vessels during a vessel loading operation in support of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airoborne Division (Air Assault) Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise at Charleston, S.C. Aug. 24-25. (Photo Credit: ...) VIEW ORIGINAL
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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.— U.S. Army Reservists assigned to the 841st Transportation Battalion provided cargo handling support aboard the USNS Mendonca in support of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division's sea deployment readiness exercise at the Port of Charleston, S.C. Aug. 24.

The reservists are from the 502nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element and are conducting annual training with the 352nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element, who are on a one year assignment, according to Maj. Andrew Deel, Operations Officer, 841st Transportation Bn.

Sgt. Dilan Labbie, a transportation management coordinator with the 502nd Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element, worked inside the vessel during the 12 hour loading operation.

"I was stoked when I got my orders to come here for our Annual Training mission," Labbie said, "Due to quarantine, I felt like I was doing nothing even though I was working a 9-5 job."

Inside the USNS Medonca, Labbie ducked through tight spaces between vehicles while he sketched a blueprint of the cargo, while being careful not to get lashed by chains used to secure the cargo.

Transportation management coordinators are primarily responsible for scheduling and selecting the modes of transportation for personnel and equipment. They organize, plan and oversee the movement of those vehicles, personnel and cargo worldwide.

After the cargo was accounted for, the vessel departed for Port Arthur, Texas, for the next phase of the 3rd Brigade's Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise.

The 597th Transportation Brigade is a part of the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, responsible for integrating and synchronizing surface deployment and distribution capabilities in the Continental U.S, deploying and sustaining the Armed Forces off the East and Gulf coasts in support of global operations and U.S. Southern Command.