News: 19th ESC sharpens aerial resupply skills in Area IV
Story by Spc. Bryan Willis
DAEGU GWANG'YEOGSI, South Korea - The 501st Sustainment Brigade conducted static load and aerial resupply training with 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Camp Carroll May 1.
“What we did today is called static load training, which enables the 501st to effectively resupply units in the field using Chinook CH47 helicopters,” said Sgt. 1st. Class Lee Gore, 501st SBDE, Support Operations Mobility Non-commissioned Officer in Charge.
This day’s operation was to deliver truck parts and equipment to Area I and to return retrograde items to the Theatre Distribution Center at Camp Carroll.
The 501st and 2nd CAB have been training together over the past month to be ready for this day.
“Initially we came down here to show the 501st how to build the pallets, and how to use heavy equipment to load the pallets onto the CH-47,” said Capt. Andrew Reake, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Pilot.
South Korea’s mountainous terrain provides U.S. and ROK forces a unique challenge in getting equipment to soldiers.
“These missions are going to happen a couple of times a week now that we are up and running, and we will get better with practice,” said Gore.
Although the armistice was signed in 1953, the North and South are technically still at war.
“We have to be ready to supply units in the field in case U.S. forces have to deter hostile aggressors in South Korea,” said Reake.