News: Motor T busy as a bee
Story by Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos
QUANTICO, Va. - Quantico is known for producing some of the world’s best leaders of men. Marines train every day to be ready for when their country calls upon them. If it were not for Marines in Motor Transportation Operations, this training would not be possible.
The Basic School’s Motor Transportation Operations has a workload unlike any other in the Corps. In addition to supporting Quantico, it also provides tactical vehicle support to the five officer training companies of TBS, as well as Infantry Officer Company, Officer Candidates School and the entire National Capital Region.
“We do an average of about 20 to 30 missions a day,” said Maj. Christy McCutchan, executive officer of Combat Service Support Company, Instructor Battalion.
“What separates us from other bases is that we are one shop that supports multiple units,” said Sgt. Michael Hall, operations chief, Motor Transportation Operations, The Basic School, “whereas other bases have multiple shops to spread the work load evenly.”
The missions range from transporting water to 24-hour operations, said McCutchan.
From January to April, the Motor Transportation Operations dispatch has recorded more than 61,900 miles traveled and more than 3,305,075 pounds of cargo transported.
Despite their busy schedule, Marines from Motor T have not lost sight of what’s most important: safety.
“We haven’t had any recorded incidents this year,” said Anna Smith, safety officer, Motor T, The Basic School.
“The training we do reflects the safety record we have,” said Sgt Bryant Tune, platoon sergeant for Motor Transportations Operations. “We keep everyone up to date on their licenses. I’m constantly reminding them that attention to detail is crucial.”
Instead of buckling under the pressures of the strenuous work load, the less than 90 Marines assigned to Motor Transportation Operations that manage the more than 170 tactical vehicles, take it as a sense of pride.
“It’s always rewarding to know that you are literally driving the Marine Corps forward,” Hall said. “Without us, training wouldn’t be possible. We not only drive the Marines to and from training exercises, but we also deliver the ammunition needed. It’s fair to say that we are the real backbone of the Marine Corps.”
McCutchan also makes it a point to reward her Marines for their hard effort.
“We’re developing some new reward systems that will reward the drivers who have gone so many miles without an incident,” McCutchan said. “Nobody ever really stops to think about how much work these guys put in. I’m glad to see these Marines are getting the recognition they deserve.”