News: Transporters help sustain force in Operation New Dawn
Story by: 1st Lt. Ronnie Patrick Jr.
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq— Soldiers with the 319th Transportation Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), currently serve as one of the main transportation units supporting the responsible drawdown in southern Iraq, for Operation New Dawn at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
“Despite a reduction in forces, and the end of combat operations, there is still plenty of equipment to be withdrawn from Iraq during 2011,” said Staff Sgt. John Jenerou, truck master with the 319th Trans. Co., 110th CSSB, and an Ann Arbor, Mich., native.
The tasks and missions have been far from simple for the unit. The company’s Soldiers have operated at full capacity during a high operational period during their time in theatre. The unit has hauled more than 5,000 tons of equipment and has traveled nearly 300,000 miles in Iraq using heavy equipment transport vehicles since the beginning of their deployment.
Another part of the 319th Trans. Co. mission, aside from supporting Operation New Dawn, also has Soldiers operating in other important logistical centers around COB Adder. This allows for increased efficiency in conducting logistical convoy operations throughout the southern and central regions of Iraq, as well as missions to further transport equipment out of the country, saving overall mission time and manpower.
“The Soldiers in 319th TC [Trans. Co.] have consistently demonstrated their outstanding operational capacity, motivation and perseverance with each mission since day one,” said Sgt. 1st Class Derryl Brown, 1st sergeant of the 319th Trans. Co., 110th CSSB, and an Orangeburg, S.C., native.