DVIDS – News – Joint partnerships: MSC joins forces for the Turbo Distribution exercise

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Recently, army units from Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) and navy units from Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One (NCHB-1) came together to train as part of US Transportation Command’s Field Training Exercise (FTX) Turbo. Distribution 22-4 (TD 22-4). USTRANSCOM’s TD 22-4, exercising Joint Task Force – Port Opening, Sea Port of Disembarkation (JTF-PO SPOD), provided a joint expeditionary capability to quickly establish and initially operate and clear a port of disembarkation and perform cargo handling, facilitating port throughput in support of combatant commander executed contingencies.

The exercise architects, USTRANSCOM-J37 planners, designed the TD 22-4 to overlap the actual maintenance cycle of the Army Prepositioned Stock (APS), stowed in the large medium-speed vessel Roll -on/Roll-off USNS Pomeroy (T-AKR-316) to provide the training audience with real military cargo and maximize training value. The training audience for the exercise consisted of the SDDC’s 832nd Transport Battalion, 597th Transport Brigade, 690th Port Rapid Opening Element and contract stevedores, MSC Expeditionary Port Units (EPU 109, 110, and 113), Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One (NCHB-1), and Army Materiel Command (AMC) contract stevedores, according to Austin Emery of the Joint Operations Directorate and USTRANSCOM logistics.

The Turbo Distribution Exercise program allows us to train the way we fight, and we fight to win, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Walters of the SDDC’s 832nd Transportation Battalion, 597th Transportation Brigade. “USTRANSCOM leverages our training and expertise to prepare us to respond quickly to real-world threats when called upon to provide this overseas combatant commander with rapid logistical support on the battlefield. Joint partnerships like this allow us to come together easily in order to respond effectively and efficiently to the needs of the warfighter. »

Exercise Turbo Distribution 22-4 was a contingency scenario-based exercise designed to merge the components of USTRANSCOM, working side-by-side, in a port operations environment. “No war or contingency can succeed without a joint military effort. The exchange of knowledge, skills and service-based policies is invaluable in developing decisive common policies for an integrated response in the event of a national or global crisis,” said EPU 113 CDR Kate Gilpin.

The exercise was divided into two phases, according to marine transportation specialist John McAninley of the SMC detachment office in Charleston. In the first phase, the SPOD Joint Assessment Team (JAT) insertion was tasked with rapidly assessing a contiguous seaport outside the United States (OCONUS) (aka Wharf Alpha at Joint Base Charleston) for an emergency operation, with monitoring of port opening, dumping, and distribution operations conducted in phase two.

After evaluating and establishing the JTF-PO distribution network in the first phase, the USNS Pomeroy took center stage, providing the model platform for the various partners to come together and work. “As a component of USTRANSCOM, it is vital for MSC to be able to provide rapid response in the event of an emergency, through its sealift capability and port coordination. As evidenced by this exercise, no single service can qualify for cargo movement and onboarding to the overseas combatant commander.This is a joint effort between services and commands (USTRANSCOM, SDDC, MSC and NCHB) that requires all to ensure mission success,” said Linda Shepard, MSC Exercise Branch Chief.

Phase Two consisted of the JTF-PO Commander (832nd Transport Battalion, 597th Transport Brigade), Deputy Commander (Commander MSC EPU) and support staff from the 597th BDE and 690th RPOE of the SDDC, a mix of personnel from MSC EPUs 109, 110 and 113, and NCHB-1. NCHB-1 performed all Load-on/Load-off (LO/LO) crane operations and SDDC contracted stevedores performed all Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) unloading operations. MSC EPUs provided full support to the ship and her crew while liaising between the ship and the JTF-PO partnership for timely offloading operations, Shepard said. “Synchronization between the NCHB-1 and AMC’s stevedores was critical for seamless cargo offloading. MSC EPUs were on hand to monitor and coordinate with the vessel for any damage during cargo operations and to support effective communication and coordination with other port officials. Together, working as one, the team worked tirelessly during the 13+ hour shifts to meet the deadline for unloading the vessel of 161 containers and 1,080 Roll-on/Roll-off vehicles, totaling 1,249 cargo pieces, weighing 12,827 tons, McAninley said. “It was no small feat. It took the expertise and experience of all the partners who leaned forward to carry out the cargo exercise safely. MSC’s two Charleston office representatives, John McAninley and John Woods, provided ongoing consultation and guidance to MSC’s EPUs for responsive ship support, reporting requirements and effective training.

Throughout the offloading operations, safety remained a vital part of the exercise and USTRANSCOM’s top priority. Seven Navy Medical Corps members provided medical support during the exercise – four from NCHB-1 and three from MSC. Two HMs were constantly positioned near the crane operations. A sick call tent has been set up in the survival area (LSA), marked with a red cross. Working in scorching temperatures in the upper 80s, the joint medical team provided hourly rotations to check staff for possible heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “Through the coordination of the corpsmen with the direction of the training public, additional awnings have been installed in the muster watch areas, and regular deliveries of water and ice have been made to better protect personnel. HM1 Kerry Huston, a full-time paramedic when not supporting the Navy, was also instrumental in setting up a red-crossed medical shuttle for expedited medical response,” Shepard said. .

Unloading operations ended on May 26, with 100% of the cargo unloaded from the vessel. Partial redeployment of the TD 22-4 training audience began the same day, with MSC EPU staff clearing the redeployment on May 27. Although the offload mission was complete, there was still work to be done to support USNS Pomeroy. Many EPU personnel provided post-exercise operational support by finalizing damage reports, providing support to the ship’s captain and crew, and even providing manpower. to hoist and secure the bridge before the ship’s departure on May 29.

“Exercise Turbo Distribution 22-4 did more than increase the readiness of JTF-PO SPOD, and did not simply provide a joint training opportunity for element partners, it connected soldiers and sailors across the joint force to better prepare them to unite in meeting tomorrow’s challenges in support of combatants,” Emery said. Building a more integrated and lethal force is one of the three lines of effort at the heart of the national defense strategy.







Date taken: 14.06.2022
Date posted: 14.06.2022 09:57
Story ID: 422893
Location: CHARLESTON, SC, USA





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