By Capt. Chris LeCron and Master Sgt. Kevin YoungMarch 20, 2008
CHARLESTON NAVAL WEAPONS STATION, S.C. - (March 20, 2008) - The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 841st Transportation Battalion recently shipped the 2,000th Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle by sealift to the Middle East in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
"MRAPs are the top priority mission for us," said Isabel Geiger, 841st Transportation Battalion operations officer. "We expect to continue moving this cargo at a high pace."
The largest sealift shipment of MRAPs out of Charleston consisted of more than 500 vehicles on one Navy cargo ship. Transporting the same amount of vehicles by airlift would require approximately 150 Air Force cargo planes.
"To date, we have shipped over 2,400 MRAPs without incident," said Lt. Col. Haufe, 841st Transportation Battalion commander.
"The 841st manages a dedicated workforce of civilian longshoremen that provide superior labor. Without the local 1422 longshoremen, we would have to bring a large group of qualified Soldiers to the port to act as our labor force," said Kristine Sports, 841st Transportation Battalion contracting officer representative.