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Cargo Transfer Platoon 1 Returns from Mission in Iraq

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070215-09
Release Date: 2/15/2007 11:30:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Gearhiser, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Members of Cargo Transfer Platoon (CTP) 1 returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 12 after a seven-month deployment in Iraq.

CTP 1, a detachment of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, is part of Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG). The group delivers expeditionary logistics and equipment to theater commanders in support of the national military strategy.

While in Iraq, CTP 1 moved more than 11.5 million pounds of cargo during the first five months. They returned to Norfolk having set records and standards for other cargo battalions to meet.

“They were working side by side with some other units that work with the U.S. Air Force, Marines and Army,” said Command Master Chief (SCW) Evan Wheeler of NCHB 1. “Their job was to retrieve cargo and make sure it went to its final destination -- whatever unit in theater had requested it. They did an excellent job.”

The detachment moved air cargo for the Army’s 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. CTP 1 worked hard to get the job done, despite facing some challenges.

“It was difficult because we were dealing with Army personnel and Army terminology,” said Equipment Operator 1st Class (SCW/SW) Brian Oelke, the lead truck driver for CTP 1.

NAVELESG manages the manning, training and equipping of expeditionary Sailors and has about 1,000 Sailors deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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