News: 307th BSB Keeps Vehicles on the road
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Malone
LSA ADDER, Iraq - With the strain and wear the Iraqi roads put on vehicles used to transport supplies vital to the war, the Paratroopers of the 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, have the tough job of repairing and maintaining those vehicles.
From welders to air conditioner repair men, the 307th BSB has everything they need to repair anything that comes through their motor pool.
"There really isn't anything Bravo Company can't fix for you. We'll go out there and find somebody within our technical realm who has the expertise on it or find out how to fix a certain problem through email or the web and get it FMC (fully mission capable) for you as fast as possible," said 1st Lt. Raymond M. Everhart, a Burlington, N.C., native and maintenance control officer for Company B, 307th BSB.
The Paratroopers of Company B provide the entire brigade with support as far as repairing and maintaining vehicles and other tasks in the brigade.
"We provide support for everybody and anybody. We won't turn anybody away, if we can do the job, we will do the job," said Sgt. Ron Dail, a Fountain Hills, Ariz., native and Shop foreman for Company B, 307th BSB.
Although they can repair or fabricate pretty much anything that Soldiers and civilians bring in to their shop, there are certain things they need time to fabricate or repair.
"If we can't do it right there and then, we ask them to give us some time and we'll figure out a way to do it," said Everhart.
When a customer comes in with a problem or question, the shop members work with the customers to get them what they want in the fastest way possible.
"Almost everything that comes in is not cut and dry, when someone comes to us with a fabrication job, they usually have an idea of what they want, but we're the ones that actually help them figure out exactly what they need and how it should be put together," said Dail.
Prior to sending vehicles to be fixed, Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Romine, a Newark, Ohio native, and inspection shop non-commissioned officer in charge and his Paratroopers, inspect each and every vehicle that comes through the BSB motor pool.
"We inspect all vehicles prior to dispatch. We also inspect them prior to any maintenance being done on them. We check for anything that might break down out on the road," said Romine.
Romine and his men hold the important task of determining which vehicles are cleared for mission and which will be dead lined.
"When we find something wrong with a vehicle, I order the parts and then send the vehicle to whatever shop that does the work for whatever is wrong with them," said Romine.
In addition to inspecting the vehicles that come through his shop, Romine and his men also fix problems that can be done in his tent.
"When a truck comes in with a quick fix, I fix it in my own shop instead of sending them out to other shops," said Romine.
With vehicles constantly on the road there will always be a need for the mechanics to fix and maintain them.
"Our goal is to make sure the trucks don't breakdown out there for something we could have prevented," said Romine.