The 2nd Transportation Company is known for doing the heavy lifting at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.
The unit, under the 1916th Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, supports rotational training units and the installation with hauling equipment and supplies. After all, they have the tools needed – Heavy Equipment Transporters and Palletized Load System trucks. Their Soldiers are skilled transportation operators – the key word being: Soldiers.
And like any professional Soldier in the United States Army, 2nd TC Soldiers know how to perform their mission under duress, under fire and with competence. That aptitude was displayed during training rotation 12-10, when the company’s Soldiers provided the usual support to the visiting unit, while being part of training scenarios.
“We were targets,” said 1st Lt. Bruce Martin, executive officer with Maintenance Platoon, 2nd TC. “We were part of the role playing force. We were in play this time.”
The transportation unit drove through several Situational Training Exercise lanes, where they encountered mock improvised explosive devices and were attacked by ‘insurgents.’ Scenarios were changed, providing the unit challenges each time they went through one.
“You have to think on your feet, because there is no standard, there is nothing written on a piece of paper that says, ‘This is what you’re going to do’,” said Staff Sgt. Alec Glanville, a squad leader with 3rd Platoon, 2 TC.
Martin said that his Soldiers practice basic soldiering skills during Common Task Training days, and going through STX lanes allows them to put those skills to use. Training scenarios also allows leadership to identify deficiencies that need to be addressed. At the conclusion of scenarios, After Action Reviews were conducted with Observer Controller Trainers from Operations Group, identical to what a Rotational Unit would perform.
Participating in training scenarios is significant for Soldiers such as Pfc. Brittany Dias, a track vehicle repair technician with Maintenance Platoon, 2nd TC. The young Soldier is relatively new to the Army, with the NTC and Fort Irwin being her first duty station.
Dias explained that preparing to go on a resupply convoy during the training provided her with invaluable experience; experience beyond anything she saw at Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training.
The command sergeant major for 1916th Support Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Nicol Williams, explained the significance of the training opportunity for 2nd TC.
“It’s important that 2nd Transportation Company takes part in every single rotation as we need to validate their competencies as transporters, who provide a great asset to this installation, and for preparation in case of deployment,” Williams said.
“The 2nd Transportation Company … is able to deploy at a moment’s notice. Here at the National Training Center, taking advantage of the training opportunities on rotations, gives us a great advantage to exercise what we will do for our go to war mission.”