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    Nothing happens until something moves

    Nothing happens until something moves

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton | Spc. Patrick Caven, orderly room specialty for 41st Transportation Company, 519th...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton 

    1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Soldiers continually groom and train the mind and body to handle stress for combat and life saving and sustaining operations. Just as parts of the body have different functions working to maintain total health, Soldiers also have different task to maintain mission success. The 41st Transportation Company (TC) carried their mission sustaining functions from Fort Polk, Louisiana, to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, July 16 to enable life-sustaining efforts during Vibrant Response 14 training.

    The Soldiers in 41st TC (Renegades), 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) trained with more than 5,000 military and civilian personnel from 28 U.S. states and territories, during Vibrant Response 14. Training was hosted by Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, July 21 to Aug. 7.

    Soldiers worked and trained alongside participants from the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and numerous other local, state and federal agencies, that helped aid and added to the realism of training.

    The training exercise simulated response to an attack on the United States at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and surrounding areas. Soldiers in 41st TC Renegades were staged and ready to provide critical support to the mission. First responders and various elements of support could not perform their duties without the vital supplies Renegades hauled during scenarios presented during the exercise.

    “We supply the blood to the operation,” said Capt. Freddy Rios, commander of 41st Transportation Company. “Just like the red blood cells, our team provides nutrients that are a necessary for freedom of movement.”

    Military and civilian authorities lean on one another during this exercise decisively bridging the gap between local authorities, military and civilian agencies to save as many lives as possible during tough and worst-case scenario training.

    “The Soldiers continue to prove how valuable they are,” said Col. Jesse D. Galvan, 1st MEB commander.

    The 41st TC provided a 25 Soldier detachment that was spread across three resource support centers at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center to enable timely support, which ensured mission success during training.

    Pfc. Latasha McReynolds, a transportation specialist in 41st Transportation Company, 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, said she learned to always be flexible and ready.

    "Nothing happens till something moves," which is the Transportation Corps motto, was proven during this training exercise through the hard work and diligence of the Soldiers from the 41st TC (Renegades).

    “Even at the last minute,” said McReynolds, “being ready to endure any task is vital to all missions to be fully mission capable. Everyone handled themselves in a professional manner, we all left training with new concepts and knowledge to react to the scenarios.”

    The mission for Soldiers in 41st TC was to maintain vehicles and equipment during disaster situations and to supply military and civilian authorities the necessary resources of food, water and fuel; enabling the first responders to continue to save lives and prevent ongoing suffering on American soil.

    “Our mission is an asset like moving oxygen through the body,” said Rios. We move all classes of supplies to help American people; water and food are vital.

    The most valuable thing from this experience was the teamwork between 41st TC and other units, said Pfc. Alex Potter, a driver for 41st Transportation Company. There were no enemy just Americans helping Americans.”

    Soldiers in 41st TC understand the importance of being a transporter and how their mission directly impact mission success.

    “The main mission was accomplished because of the support we provided,” said Sgt. Avery Humble, team leader of 41st Transportation Company. “Together we make it happen.”

    Galvan showed his support and pride in Soldiers of 1st MEB by presenting five coins for excellence during the visit checking on Soldiers' health, morale and welfare while training at Camp Atterbury.

    “The Renegades represented the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk with honor,” said Galvan.



    Date Taken: 08.04.2014
    Date Posted: 08.06.2014 15:48
    Story ID: 138494
    Location: CAMP ATTERBURY, IN, US 

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