25th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control)
'Consider it Done'
In September 2004, the 34th Area Support Group was inactivated as product of the drawdown of US Forces in Korea and the process of transforming the US Army to the new modular force structure. The 25th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control) was eventually reassigned to the reorganized US Army Materiel Support Center - Korea.
Prior to the transformation, the 25th Transportation Battalion was responsible for transporting machines, materials, and manpower throughout the Republic of Korea. The mission of the 25th Transportation Battalion was to provide movement control services and transportation management during Armistice and Contingency to include the Common-User Land Transportation (CULT) system for personnel and material movements into, within, and out of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in support of the 19th Theater Support Command (previously designated as the 19th Theater Army Area Command), Eighth United States Army (EUSA) and United States forces Korea (USFK).
The 25th Transportation Battalion was initially organized with 2 regional movement control teams (RMCTs). The 1st RMCT was co-located with the 25th Transportation Battalion in Seoul and provided movement control in the northern sector. The 2nd RMCT provided movement control for the southern sector of the Korean peninsula. The 1st RMCT supported 2nd Infantry Division. Later the Battalion took responsibility for 2 movement control teams, the 662nd and 665th Movement Control Teams (in Seoul and Daegu respectively), 2 port movement control teams, the 138th and 517th Port Movement Control Teams (in Osan and Busan respectively), and a Division Support Team, the 584th Division Support Team.
The 25th Transportation Battalion provided the movement control services including: Contract line haul trucks and buses, Coordinate freight movement by rail, commercial/military line haul and containers, coordinate for road use with the ROK Army (ROKA), provide a direct link to the Korean National Railroad for special train services, task US owned railcar fleet according to the CINC priorities, area support through local MCTs.
Convoy clearances during Armistice were approved by ROK movement control elements. US MCTs only informed the RMCTs and 25th Transportation Battalion of US movements. During contingency operations, requesting units prepared and submit the Combined Highway Clearance Request (CHCR) to the servicing MCT at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled move. The MCT coordinated with the ROKA MCC for the convoy clearance approval numbers.
The 2nd Infantry Division maintained a rail capability to conduct rail movements for deploying equipment to training exercises, receiving and offloading equipment, and loading equipment for turn-in. Based on unit movement requirements the DTO coordinates with the 25th MCT for rail cars and schedules. The 25th Transportation Battalion procured and inspects the cars, and coordinated with the Korean National Railroad (KNR) for load and tie down inspections. The KNR was the final authority on accepting rail loads for movement.
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