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1189th Transportation Terminal Brigade

The 1189th Transportation Terminal Brigade is a Reserve unit in Charleston SC. The mission of the RC of all services is to provide trained, well-equipped units and individuals for active duty in time of war, national emergency, or at such times as the national security requires. The Army National Guard (ARNG) and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) constitute the RC of the Total Force of the United States Army.

In 1995 and 1996, when the United States mobilized to help restore democracy in Haiti, the Army Reserve's 458th Transportation Detachment was one of the first units ordered to active duty. Teams from three units - the 1185th and 1186th Transportation Terminal Brigades, and the 1188th Transportation Terminal Battalion went to a number of ports on the East coast. And every one of them was there voluntarily. There were a total of 86 men and women from those three units who just volunteered for the Haiti deployment. The 1189th Transportation Terminal Brigade moved quickly from Charleston, SC, to Savannah, GA, to load equipment and supplies onboard a ship destined for Haiti. They were on annual training. They jettisoned their normal training plan and worked together to get the job done, providing the critical technical skills and knowledge necessary in a time of crisis.

The Military Traffic Management Command's 841st Battalion joined with Army Reserve units to load 1,648 pieces of equipment onto the USNS Dahl from 31 August through 4 September 1999. This set a record for the most pieces loaded onto one of the Military Sealift Command's roll-on-roll-off vessels. The Dahl, one of the newest and largest roll-on-roll-off vessels, has deck space equivalent to eight football fields. The Dahl was one of three ships loaded at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Georgia, in preparation for Exercise Bright Star in Egypt. The other ships loaded were the USS Osprey and the USNS Capella, which loaded 800 and 700 items, respectively. Reserve units participating in the exercise included the 1173d Transportation Battalion of Brockton, Massachusetts; the 1181st Transportation Battalion of Meridian, Mississippi; the 1189th Transportation Terminal Brigade of Charleston, South Carolina; and the 6632d Port Security Company of Irvine, California.

The 824th Quartermaster Company considers themselves to be a "trusting family," and with their job, trust is a must. The 824th is a Heavy Drop Army Reserve Support Unit stationed at Fort Bragg. The unit consists of a large number of parachute riggers and jumpmasters, but their main focus is on rigging parachutes. They consider themselves to be a trusting family because its essential for survival. In the 824ths business, you have to know and trust both yourself and your fellow soldiers. When the riggers are packing parachutes they never know whether one of their "family members" will wear it or if they themselves will wear it. When they draw a parachute for a jump, the next available one is issued to them, and they said that they know if they didn't pack it. That's where the trust comes into play. They must trust their fellow soldiers to do as good a job as themselves.

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