Army

August 30, 2012

171st MCC in charge of safe, efficient movement of personnel, equipment to NTC

A Soldier with 171st Movement Control Company, 1916th Support Battalion of the 916th Support Brigade, directs the off-loading of a vehicle at Marine Corps Logistic Base in Yermo, Calif., Aug. 24. The movement of vehicles and equipment for NTC Rotational Training Units is coordinated by the 171st MCC.

In the hot, dusty rail-yard at the Marine Corps Logistic Base in Yermo, Calif., Soldiers from a Rotational Training Unit offloaded military vehicles and other equipment, Aug. 24.
They worked under the watchful eyes of the Rail Movement Section, 171st Movement Control Company, 1916th Support Battalion of the 916th Support Brigade.

Rail Movement is just one of the sections of the MCC that monitors and manages movement of all personnel and equipment arriving for rotations at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.
According to Capt. Lashawnda R. Dockery, Commander 171st MCC, her unit is unique in the Army. The 171st consists of the Rail Section at Yermo, an Air Movement Section at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, and a Surface Control Section stationed at Fort Irwin.

In addition to the MCC the unit also has a Movement Control Team. Personnel from the Movement Control Team can deploy anywhere in the world to support movement of U.S. Army units deploying, just as the MCC supports movement to Fort Irwin.

“They do all the movement control of anything that moves by air, land, sea or rail,” said 1st Sgt. Tony D. Smith, first sergeant of the MMC. “We actually do our mission here the same way we do it down range. We do our job, day-in and day-out.”

The MCC monitors and manages every mode of transportation into and out of Fort Irwin.

“Without this unit the RTU would not be able to in-process well,” said Dockery. “Equipment that comes through the rail yard is off-loaded by the training unit, but the MCC controls the movement and pushes the movement to Fort Irwin.”

The Air Movement section at SCLA receives inbound Soldiers for the RTU, processes manifests and baggage claim, and then coordinates bus transportation for the personnel to Fort Irwin.

Units moving into and out of Fort Irwin, can bring up to 100 percent of their equipment, which can be a massive undertaking.

“For the last rotation we moved 1,039 pieces of equipment,” said Dockery.

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