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Cargo Transfer Platoon Returns from Duty in Iraq

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Story Number: NNS070813-15
Release Date: 8/13/2007 5:37:00 PM

By Lt. Karin R. Burzynski, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Public Affairs

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 returned Aug. 12 upon completion of their mission conducting air cargo handling operations in Iraq.

The 26 Navy cargo handlers first touched down at Fort Dix, N.J., then boarded a charter bus arriving six hours later at their parent command, NCHB-1, to welcoming arms, smiles and happy tears from family members, shipmates and friends.

They deployed as Cargo Transfer Platoon (CTP) 2 in January 2007 to provide cargo handling and air terminal services to combat and other units in the area for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Sailors worked directly for the Army at two airfields in Iraq, consolidating material as it arrived for onward transportation.

The Sailors are all from NCHB-1 and were led by Lt. Christopher Koprivec, CTP-2 officer in charge. The Sailors were released to their families and friends after a quick muster.

“CTP-2 mission complete, sir,” Koprivec reported as he saluted Cmdr. Joe Newbury, NCHB-1 commanding officer.

Newbury thanked them for their service and said their contributions to the war effort are significant.

“You have been widely recognized and praised for completing this mission smoothly and efficiently, without incident or loss of life,” Newbury said.

During their deployment, they moved nearly 6,000 air pallets of cargo, about 30.5 million pounds total, Koprivec said.

“We consolidated material as it arrived for onward transportation, reducing the numbers of convoys along the dangerous supply routes throughout Iraq,” Koprivec said. “They can be proud of what we accomplished.”

“We worked diligently with the other services to streamline and integrate joint (Army, Marine Corps and Air Force) cargo operations, assuming more and greater responsibilities for logistical support in the area, and worked throughout our time in Iraq to expand the capabilities of the airfields,” Koprivec said.

They were relieved by CTP-3, another detachment from NCHB-1, which will continue this mission for the next six months.

NCHB-1 is Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group’s active-duty cargo handling battalion. NAVELSG is part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), a global force provider of adaptive force packages of expeditionary capabilities to joint warfighting commanders. NECC serves as a single functional command to centrally manage the current and future readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of the Navy Expeditionary Force.

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