By Jacqueline Crawford, Special to the Fort Eustis WheelSeptember 16, 2009
FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Sept. 16, 2009) -- The U.S. Army Transportation School conducted its first Greening Course Aug. 24 to 28. Seven new employees attended the 2 and 1/2 day orientation designed to connect newly appointed civilians (GS-05 and above) to the Army history, organizational structure and the T-School mission.
Briefings included an overview of the Army's history and mission, history of Fort Eustis and the Transportation Corps, followed by a tour of the Transportation Museum led by Richard Killbane, transportation historian, and Marc Sammis, museum curator. Sgt. Maj. Jeff Skinner, T-School sergeant major, provided a briefing on the Army values and taught the new employees ways to recognize military rank structure and job classification, better known as military occupational specialties. Eating at the dining facility for the first was a time to build relationships with co-workers, have good conversation and get a meal inexpensively. On the second day, the new employees were introduced to several cargo handler simulators, including the Rough Terrain Container Handler, a tour of 3rd Port, and a visit to the Forward Operating Base, escorted by members of the 88H Committed, Maritime Training Department. For several of the employees, the highlight of the day was training on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 simulator, coordinated by David Vergason and operated by Brian Zumwalt.
The final day of this course, the new employees received a guided tour of Anderson Field House led by James Meek, a one-hour workout on the equipment of their choice, and a briefing on the T-School Fitness Program signed by John C. Race, assistant commandant, encouraging participation in the program.