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    43rd SB responds vibrantly



    Story by Sgt. Benjamin Kullman 

    4th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – The 43rd Sustainment Brigade participated in Exercise Vibrant Response, the nation’s premier disaster response exercise, April 20 – May 10 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

    “We were tasked with two missions: provide the theater level logistics in the joint operating area in the command post exercise (CPX), and execute real life administrative missions such as the reception of personnel, equipment, supplies, billeting, non-tactical vehicles, and contracting support,” said Maj. Toshihide Sasaki, support operation transportation officer, 43rd SB.

    The Rough Riders formed three teams to maximize their ability to respond to different aspects of the mission. Once they arrived, the 43rd maximized their resources by addressing known mission issues.

    The Rough Riders met with representatives from Department of Logistics and ARNORTH daily to identify concerns and materiel requirements that changed since the early planning conference.

    “Nothing happens until something moves,” said Sasaki. “The 43rd Mobility Team was responsible for the reception of all equipment and personnel from home station and back.”

    Material handling operators were provided by the 430th Inland Cargo Transfer Company from Baltimore, Maryland; tactical vehicle maintenance support was provided by the 1st Support Maintenance Company from Fort Riley, Kansas, and the 15th Transportation Company from Fort Sill, Oklahoma provided local haul capabilities that ensured the JTFs were provided with a full spectrum of sustainment support during the exercise.

    “Vibrant Response was a rare opportunity that allowed the brigade to train as a culminating event in order to validate their training objectives,” said Sasaki.

    The Soldiers of the 43rd consisted of primary and support operations staff who made decisions in order to provide sustainment support.

    “I think the staff performed extremely well,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, command sergeant major, 43rd SB. “After a couple of days of developing the concept of support the team invited the Task Forces and higher headquarters so they could articulate that concept of support.”

    Garza said he is extremely proud of his Soldiers.

    “With every Task Force we met, everyone had nothing but good things to say about the 43rd,” said Garza. “I walked around with my chest out because I felt like we provided a lot of support … I’m very pleased with the staff.”


    Date Taken: 05.22.2015
    Date Posted: 05.28.2015 12:11
    Story ID: 164786

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