Atlantic Resolve Logistics: Life on the highway
By Staff Sgt. Timothy Hughes, 24th Press Camp HQ January 21, 2017
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland -- Paper clips, computer screens, fuel, beans, bullets, and virtually everything that can be shipped has a National Stock Number or a similar label assigned to it for ordering and resupplying purposes.
For the U.S. Army logisticians assigned to Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, deployed in Poland for Atlantic Resolve, two revolving questions persist, "What supplies are each unit in the field requesting and how do I get said supplies to various units separated hours from each other?"
"When we do our LOGPAC movements," said 1st Lt. Chase Wilson, "what we do is move any kind of class of supply that the maneuver units may need."
The crew completed a nearly 90-mile convoy from Skwierzyna, Poland, to here.
"Today," Wilson said, "we moved Class IX repair parts ... we also moved Class III fuel."
As many Soldier know, some convoys go much further than 90 miles. Some convoys that support units conduct can become multi-day missions, carrying equipment and supplies critical to ground forces ability to complete their missions. These convoys are often time sensitive and require keen attention to detail -- regardless of the distance required to deliver the supplies.
"It's very important because without those logistics," Spc. Varlee Talawally, water purification specialist, said, "those troops can not move."
Spc. Devin Whitehurst said it raises morale when Soldiers have supplies and support units capable of moving out and supporting them wherever they are.
As famous battles in history have shown, the inability of one side to regularly resupply forces can easily decide the outcome of a conflict.
"I think it would have a negative impact," Whitehurst said.
"At our level," said the Houston, Texas, native, "We fuel the fight. If we can't get the fuel to the fight, there probably will be no motivation to carry out the mission."
The unit is slated to support Atlantic Resolve in various allied and partner countries, which provides an opportunity for Soldiers to experience different military cultures.
"I'm actually excited," said Staff Sgt. William Hudson, water section leader, "I've never been to Europe; I've never worked with any NATO forces. It's definitely going to be a new experience for me -- it's something I'm looking forward to!"
Hudson said he looks forward to learning from and sharing knowledge with his allied counterparts and to take those lessons back to the field.
The 3rd Armored Brigade is the first of back-to-back armored brigade rotations that will rotate through Europe as part of Atlantic Resolve. This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the U.S. ability to respond to potential crises and defend allies and partners in the European community. U.S. forces will focus on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training and exercises.
U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned in its 51 country area of responsibility to advance American strategic interests in Europe and Eurasia. The relationships we build during more than 1,000 theater security cooperation events in more than 40 countries each year lead directly to support for multinational contingency operations around the world, strengthen regional partnerships and enhance global security.
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