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    441st Trans Co. has their handlers full

    441st Trans Co. has their handlers full

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Hector Corea | Spc. Arturo Flamenco (left), a heavy equipment operator with the 441st Transportation...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Hector Corea 

    302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    MILITARY OCEAN TERMINAL CONCORD, Calif. - Soldiers of the 441st Transportation Company (Seaport Operations), based in New Orleans, Louisiana, provided logistical support and transportation services to more than 750 Army Reserve Soldiers involved in the Army Reserve "Big Logistics-Over-The-Shore, West" exercise on Military Ocean Terminal Concord, California, July 25-Aug. 7, 2015.

    “We are out here loading and unloading shipping containers off of flatbeds, boats, and railcars,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel Fontenot, a platoon sergeant with the 441st Transportation Company. “Our role is important because it teaches the Soldiers how to track, locate, load and unload any pieces of equipment needed to accomplish the mission.”

    This logistical support is part of the larger Big Logistics-Over-The-Shore, West exercise, designed to prepare Army Reserve Soldiers for seaport and harbor logistics operations that may be used for future expeditionary and contingency deployments.

    The Big Logistics-Over-The-Shore, West exercise also provides an opportunity for Soldiers of the 441st Transportation Company to better their proficiencies with their equipment. This includes the Rough Terrain Cargo Handler, which allows 441st Soldiers to move cargo containers weighing up to 50,000 lbs.

    “This training gives our Soldiers the opportunity to better themselves with time on the equipment,” said Staff Sgt. Dennis Bordelon, a cargo specialist, platoon sergeant, and Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, native with the 441st Trans. Co. “Getting this hands-on practice pays dividends.”

    “I love what I do and I love being able to come to California and travel, see new places, meet new people, and do the job the Army expects of me,” said Spc. Jake Larson, a motor transport operator with the 441st Transportation Company, and Mandeville, Louisiana, native. “It’s exciting and I enjoy learning and practicing my job.”

    Soldiers of the 441st Transportation Company will have ample opportunities to support fellow Soldiers and practice their occupational specialties for the rest of the Big Logistics-Over-The-Shore, West exercise, ending on Aug. 7, 2015.

    “Our Soldiers are in high spirits, and coming out here and giving them an opportunity to train on their equipment keeps them motivated,” said Bordelon.

    Story and photos by SGT Hector Corea, 302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment



    Date Taken: 07.30.2015
    Date Posted: 08.01.2015 01:51
    Story ID: 171814
    Hometown: MANDEVILLE, LA, US
    Hometown: NEW ORLEANS, LA, US

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