News: Gateway to Warex
Story by Spc. Robert A. Van Tuinen
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. - The 364th Theater Gateway Team out of Coraopolis, Pa. is in charge of gateway operations for inbound personnel at Camp Roberts, Calif., for Warrior Exercise 91 13-01, which is being held at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.
The unit’s mission is gateway operations which involves processing personnel into and out of the theater of operations whether they are military personnel or civilian contractors.
Capt. Robin Simmons, the Operations Officer in charge of the 364th Theater Gateway Team, spoke of maintaining real-time boots on the ground accountability of all personnel within the theater of operations. Currently, this theater of operations spans from Camp Roberts to Fort Hunter Liggett. Having no room for error, their small, 10 soldier team maintains strict accountability despite problems with CAC cards not being read and 24 hour operations as personnel arrive to Warex. Lt. Col. Greg Toth, Director of the 364th Theater Gateway Team, said that gateway operations are accountable to the Secretary of Defense for all personnel in the theater of operations, military and civilian contractors. According to Toth, the 364th can process a Brigade Combat Team, 3000-5000 personnel, through a gateway in a single day. Toth also said, “Our unit is a small unit but with intelligent people that are very dedicated to the army mission.”
In addition to accountability, the 364th is in charge of the in briefings for personnel just arriving to Warex to train here.
These briefings feature a welcome video from Brig. Gen Jon D. Lee and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Chatman of the 91st Training Division which is in charge of the Warex here, a Safety brief and video, a Judge Advocate General brief and a Chaplin’s brief. “The briefings that they receive here are extremely important to the whole operations of Warrior Exercise.” said Simmons. The briefs also go over General Order number 1, which prohibits alcohol consumption, and safety for things like “daisy chaining” surge protectors which can be incredibly dangerous. “We want every soldier here whether they’re at Pegasus, Schoonover or Camp Ward to be safe and to get a lot out of this training experience.” said Simmons.