News: Day and night, they’re on duty
Story by Sgt. Phillip Valentine
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — “Along the road, along the track…we get ‘em there, we get ‘em back” – U.S. Army Transportation Song.
Two movement control teams assigned to the 39th Joint Movement Control Battalion, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, conducted a transfer of authority ceremony here April 18.
The 386th MCT, based in Vicenza, Italy, replaced the 99th MCT, which will return to its home base of Aviano Air Base, Italy.
The 99th, as the only MCT at Camp Leatherneck, has the third largest installation logistics throughput in theater and moved over 34,000 trucks in and out of base. They supervised 47 civilian contractors and were responsible for contracts worth almost $4 million. Additionally, the 99th maintained positive accountability of over 9,000 containers entering and exiting Leatherneck, ensuring leased containers were returned quickly, saving the U.S. taxpayer thousands of dollars in container detention fees.
“I’ve been really impressed,” said Salt Lake City native Capt. John Bennion, commander, 99th MCT. “As much as we have moved, they have done really well. We came together as a team and made it happen.”
Bennion said that the mission is still not over and they have to stay aware of their return and no matter how well they did in theater, they still have to get home safe.
Incoming 386th MCT commander and Ontario, Calif., native Capt. Lyall Morell, said he is looking forward to assuming the mission and the challenges and opportunities that will follow.
“Working with NATO and Marines as well as civilian contractors is something we are used to in Italy,” said Morell. “I just want to make sure all my guys succeed. This is an outstanding unit and we are going to do good things.”
Lt. Col. Michael Knapp, commander, 39th, spoke during the ceremony.
“They performed their mission with duty and honor,” said Knapp about the outgoing 99th MCT. For the incoming 386th, “I know your MCT will succeed. Good luck and take care of your soldiers.”