Story and photos by Spc. Glenn M. Anderson
221st Public Affairs Detachment
Spc. William Battle Jr., a transportation coordinator with the 793rd Movement Control Team, 7th Civil Support Command, guides a Next Generation Small Loader operated by Spc. Maisonobe Fokwakengne, a movement coordinator specialist with the 793rd MCT, during a validation exercise Feb. 29-March 1, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The exercise helped prepare the 793rd for a future deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - The 793rd Movement Control Team, 7th Civil Support Command, conducted a Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement and Integration validation exercise Feb 29- March 1 here in preparation for a future deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“It started out a little slow and with a few bumps,” said 2nd Lt. Michael Mendes, a 793rd MCT mobility officer, “We got some kinks worked out and have been able to persevere.”
The 793rd MCT is trained for ground, rail, sea and air movement control operations and will be primarily involved with air operations during their imminent deployment.
“I think our validation and training is going great,” said Capt. Stephanie Mann, the commander of the 793rd MCT. “After this exercise they all have that warm and fuzzy feeling they can go downrange and accomplish their mission.”
Soldiers from the 793rd Mobile Control Team, 7th Civil Support Command, learn how to use heavy loading equipment during a validation exercise Feb 29-March 1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Air Force assisted the 793rd MCT with hands on training by showing how cargo could be loaded.
The 793rd MCT has been training for three months by taking classes and participating in hands-on training. Although many of the Soldiers have different experiences in their civilian capacity, they came together and worked as a team, according to Mann.
Mann continued by saying that by being at Ramstein, it is possible to see how things worked on a larger scale, which provided the unit an opportunity to get some hands-on training on some of the equipment they will be using on their mission.
The Soldiers loaded pallets, weighed and measured vehicles and simulated loading aircraft as a part of their training.
“The 793rd MCT has improved 500 fold,” said Col. Ardis Ferguson, the commander of the 209th Digital Liaison Detachment, 7th CSC. “The 793rd is a very young unit, so in comparison to the beginning I am very impressed, and feel extremely confident that this unit will do very well on this mission.”
Although the 793rd MCT is a reserve unit and all the Soldiers have civilian jobs, they feel confident that they will be able to perform their military jobs flawlessly.
Soldiers from the 793rd Mobile Control Team, 7th Civil Support Command, learn how to use a Next Generation Small Loader during a validation exercise Feb. 29-March 1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany in preparation for a future deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The 793rd MCT not only worked on heavy equipment such as forklifts and pallet loaders, but also completed the necessary paperwork associated with the loading of equipment onto the pallets.
“I finally get to see what happens on the other team and have learned how to load and process packs and pallets,” said Sgt. Gregory Williams, a movement control non-commissioned officer with the 793rd MCT and bulk storage facility operations manager at Ramstein in his civilian capacity. “Attention to detail is most important here, as planes cannot do their mission without us doing our job in a timely manner.”
The Air Force assisted the 793rd MCT during the exercise and offered equipment and advice to assist the unit.
“This is the first time I have done this type of training with an Army unit,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher P. Abbott, an assistant noncommissioned officer in charge of combat readiness with the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Ramstein Air Base. “The 793rd MCT is doing extremely well, and is learning very quickly how to integrate with the Air Force in a joint atmosphere.”
Col. Ardis Ferguson (top left), the commander of the 209th Digital Liaison Detachment, 7th Civil Support Command, oversees soldiers of the 793rd Mobile Control Team as they load cargo onto a simulated aircraft during a validation exercise Feb. 29-March 1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany in preparation for a future deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“One of the largest problems was the translating Air Force jargon into Army terminology and vice versa, but we adapted quickly and were able to train well with one another,” said Abbott.
At the end of the two-day validation exercise, the 793rd MCT received their validation, finalizing them to deploy and perform their mission at the highest level.
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