Units at Fort Bragg, whether they are deploying or conducting training exercises, are supported by many organizations on the installation to ensure they are ready and equipped to successfully complete their mission.†

During a training exercise at Fort Bragg last week, organizations from throughout the XVIII Airborne Corps worked together to test their deployment, coordination and synchronization.

Three of those organizations included the Supply Subsistence Management Office and the Installation Transportation Deployment Support Activity, both components of the Logistics Readiness Center-Bragg, and the Heavy Drop Rig Site, an 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade function.

SSMO

Troops need to eat. When they are in a field environment, deployed or traveling to their destination, they must have meals. The SSMO provides meals ready to eat, meal kits, First Strike rations, modular operational ration enhancement, or MORE, meals and heater meals, explained James Ramey, Food Program manager, LRC-Bragg.

The type of mission or

movement a unit has will determine the type of meal they receive.

For example, Soldiers traveling to overseas locations will receive meal kits for the airplane ride. Meal kits include items that donít require heating. First Strike rations are nutritionally dense food items meant to be consumed while on the move during high-intensity mobile combat operations.

The SSMO supports 150 field accounts, Ramey said. Those accounts submit their requests and requirements to the SSMO, where they are prepared for pickup by the unit and handed out at a designated distribution point by unit personnel.

Whether a unit is training at Fort Bragg or deploying overseas, the SSMO will support their operation.

In addition to providing convenience meals, the SSMO issues JSLIST, or Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology, to units. JSLIST items protect service members from chemical attacks.

The SSMO warehouse was built less than two years ago and is equipped with space to store hundreds of thousands of meals, wire-guided forklift systems and multiple bay doors for fast and streamlined operations.

ďThis is a state-of-the-art operation,Ē Ramey said.

ITDSA

Before any tactical vehicles leave the installation for surface-deployment, whether itís by line-haul, rail or convoy, they are inspected by ITDSA personnel to ensure safety and mobility of the vehicles, said J.D. Farley, Materiel coordinator and ITDSA inspection supervisor.

Additionally, any vehicles that cross highways during training exercises must also be inspected by ITDSA.

The vehicles go through a 40-point inspection for things such as working lights, horns and windshield wipers. ITDSA personnel process all the required documentation before clearing vehicles for transport.

By inspecting vehicles at Fort Bragg, the ITDSA helps avoid potential safety problems when the vehicles arrive at the ports in preparation for shipment overseas.

Heavy Drop Rig Site

When units in a deployed environment need supplies such as vehicles or artillery, the personnel at the Heavy Drop Rig Site can help get them what they need and where they need it.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tommy Young, 151st Quartermaster Company (Aerial Delivery), 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd ADSB, said the unit rapidly prepares equipment and supplies for aerial delivery.

Items for aerial delivery are staged, prepped, wrapped, placed on a drop platform, strapped and transported to Pope Army Airfield to be loaded on aircraft for delivery within hours.

The job the riggers perform is important because if items units need donít get to them fast and to their location, there could be dire consequences, Young said.