By 1st Lt. Aaron Rogers
594th Transportation Company
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Flexibility is the key word for a transportation company.
From theater and regional line-haul missions, to convoy security, a transportation company must adapt to the ever-changing operations.
The 594th Transportation Company, 101st Airborne Division, arrived in theater recently and hit the ground running.
The unit is truly one of a kind, serving as the only company in the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, to operate flatbed tractor trailers, up-armored Humvees, and the new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, known as MRAPs.
As the newest piece of equipment within the Wrangler Brigade, MRAPs have been the focus as the company has prepared soldiers to operate this new piece of equipment. The MRAP vehicles are a family of armored fighting vehicles designed to survive roadside bomb attacks and ambushes. The MRAPs will be integrated into convoy escort teams to help protect Wrangler combat logistics patrols throughout the theater.
Within the first few months of arrival, the unit received four MRAPs and immediately began training the soldiers to operate them. The training consisted of a nine-day training event that allows Soldiers to participate in classroom instruction, driver's training, situational training exercise lanes and a convoy live fire range.
The unit has sent two teams north on convoy and successfully returned with no problems.
Staff Sgt. Stephen King a convoy escort team commander was the first from the brigade to take a team north.
King said that he has no doubt that the MRAPs will be able to handle a bomb blast better than the up-armored humvees.
Lt. Col. Stacy Townsend, the 4th Sustainment deputy commander also accompanied King's team to get a first-hand view of how the MRAPs are operated.
"They preformed wonderful and lived up to expectations," Townsend said. "The ride was also more comfortable due to the larger size, one I appreciated more than the Humvee."