838th Transportation Battalion
In June 1999 heavy combat equipment from the 1st Infantry Division deployed from Germany to support peacekeeping forces in Kosovo. The equipment and supplies were shipped from the port of Bremerhaven, Germany to Thessoliniki, Greece, where they were moved forward to support Task Force Falcon and the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division in Kosovo. A total of about 7,000 U.S. Army personnel based in Europe and the United States deployed to participate in Operation Joint Guardian. The soldiers were part of the Kosovo peace implementation force, known as KFOR. Most of the U.S. contingent, designated Task Force Falcon, occupied the "multi-national brigade sector, southeast" in Kosovo. Operating components of the Military Traffic Management Command's 598th Transportation Terminal Group, and the Military Sealift Command, Europe, were on-site at Bremerhaven, to oversee the onload of equipment aboard two large Navy cargo ships. MTMC's 838th Transportation Terminal Battalion and the 950th Transportation Terminal Company loaded the U.S. Naval ships Bob Hope and Soderman. The ships transported thousands of wheeled and tracked vehicles, including M1A1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, howitzers, armored combat engineer vehicles, heavy moving equipment, and various supplies.
The Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) program will completely rebuild every M1A1 Abrams tank in U.S. Army Europe over three years. The AIM program is a part of the Recapitalization Program that was established to extend the life of the Army's aging legacy equipment. AIM will provide long-term sustainment of M1A1 Abrams tanks through fiscal year 2025. Higher-than- normal mileage for the tanks during operations in the Balkans and training in Germany made the overhaul necessary. The Military Traffic Management Command's (MTMC's) 838th Transportation Battalion at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, received the first tanks for shipment to the United States in September 2000. Up to 75 percent of the tanks were not operational. MTMC transported the tanks to Anniston Army Depot, Alabama, where they are disassembled. The hull, turret, engine, and other parts will be sent to the tank production plant in Lima, Ohio, to be reworked. MTMC will return the rebuilt tanks to Europe, where they will be swapped one-for-one with tanks that still need repair. The first shipment of rebuilt tanks arrived in Europe in fall 2001.
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