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    837th Transportation Battalion pushes new Bradleys forward

    837th Transportation Battalion pushes new Bradleys forward

    Photo By Spc. Bryan Willis | Soldiers and civilian workers from the 837th Transportation Battalion check and load...... read more read more

    BUSAN, 27, SOUTH KOREA

    06.24.2011

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Twana Atkinson 

    19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

    BUSAN, South Korea - Soldiers and civilian workers from the 837th Transportation Battalion conducted a logistical railhead transport operation at Pier 8 in Busan June 29 to transfer 168 pieces of equipment to Camp Casey.

    “This movement is a total package fielding for the Bradley M3A3s. A total of 116 Bradleys consisting of a combination of M2A2 Operator driver simulators, M3A3s, M3A3 Bradley fire support teams and M2A3s will be fielded to the 2nd Infantry Division,” said Lt. Col. Stacie Hatten, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command support operations distribution management center chief.

    The upgraded Bradleys feature commander and squad leader flat panel displays for improved situational awareness and commander’s independent viewers with additional thermal sight. They also carry improved Bradley acquisition sub-system ballistic fire control solutions and digitized integrated electronics for better unit fighting and improved diagnostics.

    Once soldiers from the 837th Transportation Battalion loaded the upgraded equipment onto railcars at Pier 8, soldiers from the 517th Movement Control Team transported the equipment to their ultimate locations within the 2nd Infantry Division via the Korean railroad system.

    “2nd Infantry Division currently has 116 Bradleys, and Army Prepositioned Stocks 4 has 118 Bradleys. There are a total of 234 Bradleys on the Korean peninsula,” Hatten said.

    The new Bradleys have a 45 percent faster target acquisition, 70 percent faster target hand-off, 32 percent better target reporting, 400 percent better target acquisition capability, 200 percent increase in lethality and reduced fratricide risk.

    The objective of the mission was to unload 168 pieces of equipment off the commercial vessel, MV Greendale, which transported them from Pennsylvania, and then push the equipment forward to Camp Casey and Camp Carroll over a six month period.

    “The Bradley fielding started July 2010 and will be ongoing until October 2011,” said Maj. Gary Whittacre, 837th Transportation Battalion executive officer. “Once the new Bradleys are properly fielded to the unit, the ones currently on hand will be retrograded once disposition instructions are received as is complete to the Red River Army Depot.”

    The mission to field the upgraded equipment is not conducted solely by military personnel, but jointly conducted with various Korean companies including the Korea Railroad Corporation and Hanjin Logistics.

    “Once in Korea, the equipment is put on a cargo train, and Korail provides logistical support to the destination point,” said 1st Lt. Steven Sequera, 517 MCT executive officer. “Hanjin provides logistical support at the pier. As we continue to upgrade equipment, we hope to maintain a close partnership with local companies.”

    The upgraded equipment will be utilized during joint field missions between the U.S. and ROK armies.

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    Date Taken: 06.24.2011
    Date Posted: 07.15.2011 01:13
    Story ID: 73764
    Location: BUSAN, 27, KR

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