Deploying isnít what it use to be.† At least, not in the sense that most Soldiers who have deployed over the last two wars have experienced.† Getting back to an expeditionary way of deploying has not been an easy road for many Army units, as displayed in recent inspections conducted across the force. †
The 330th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control) aims to assist units with their programs by providing support packages before, during and after deployment exercises.† This concept was recently exercised in support of the 44th Medical Brigade during their recent emergency deployment readiness exercise.
Despite long days and wet weather, the 330th MCB performed inspections, in-transit visibility and highway regulation for 44th MED from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2.† Starting on Sept. 25, the 330thís Deployment Support Team-Expeditionary and the 329th Movement Control Team provided teams to assist with the Unit Loading Area Control Center inspections. †
The primary checklist items ensure the vehicles are safe to drive in a convoy, including operational blinkers, mirrors not cracked, fire extinguishers present and working lights, among others. †
Once vehicles passed the inspections according to standard, they were processed through the installation transportation deployment support area where the vehicles were inspected again during the central loading area control center.† Upon completion, the vehicles were staged and prepared for their movement the following week.
In order to provide in-transit visibility, the 330th Transportation Bn. positioned three teams throughout their route in order to maintain tracking.
The first team stayed at the ITDSA as they copied down bumper numbers, number of personnel, convoy commander, and relayed the time they left to the receiving team at Camp Mackall. Upon reception of the convoy, the team at Camp Mackall recorded the same information in order to keep visibility of all equipment being tracked.
The convoy was then pushed to the third team located at Forward Operating Base Patriot, located right outside the Fort Bragg entry gate. This support allowed the units to focus on the mission at hand and know where all of their equipment was at any given time. †
The 330th MCB constantly seeks to improve all XVIII Airborne Corps unit deployment and outload programs with upcoming support to 1st BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, 525 Military Intelligence Battalion and the 20th Engineer Brigade. †
As the saying goes, when an event happens that requires a response from America, a phone rings at Fort Bragg.
The 330th MCB is here to make sure that whoever receives the call will make it to their destination.