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Sustainer - October 2012


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Sustainer - October 2012

  1. 1. October2012 Sustainer Published in the interest of Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan Soldiers and their Families Interrogating border cargo Page 10540th MCT helps Afghan drivers Page 7
  2. 2. Volume5 Sustainer October2012On the inside ... From the editor:Commander’s Corner Welcome to the fifth edition of Sustainer mag- azine - a monthly publication by the Joint Sustain- Page 3 ment Command - Afghanistan Public Affairs Office.The Chaplain’s Office This magazine is for you - Soldiers and Fami- Page 3 lies of the JSC-A. We’d like to get your feedback on the content and anything you’d like to see in futureCSM’s Corner issues, so send me an e-mail, or write on our Face- Page 4 book wall ( operations I want to remind everyone that the deadlines for submitting absentee ballot requests are coming Page 5 up soon. It is extremely important that every Soldier and Family member takes the time to vote - it is aWorking with Germans right we defend, so we need to take the time to exer- Page 6 cise that right.Helping Afghan drivers Each state has different deadlines and re- Page 7 quirements, so head on over to to find the exact details for your home state, and as always, ifThird Army CG visits Bagram you have any questions, or need any help, please let me know. Page 9Interrogating border cargo As always, be sure to keep informed through the 3d ESC and FRG Facebook pages for the latest on Page 10 events and information. Hispanic Heritage Month Sgt. 1st Class Rob Strain Page 11 Sustainer EditorFrom the PMO Page 11Walk Aware and Walk Away Page 12And much more ... The Sustainer magazine is an authorized publication for members of the DOD. Contents of Sustainer are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs Office. Brig. Gen. Kristin French, Commanding General, 3d ESC Maj. Jim Bono, Public Affairs Officer Sgt. 1st Class Rob Strain, Sustainer Editor Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, Sustainer Staff Writer Sgt. Candice L. Funchess, Sustainer Staff Writer Contributing Writers: Sgt. Gregory Williams, 2nd Lt. Henry Chan, Spc. Alicia Smith The Sustainer staff can be reached by email at, by phone: (502) 624-8523, or by mail to 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), ATTN: PAO, 1747 Old Ironsides Ave, Fort Knox, KY 40121. ON THE COVER: Sgt. Robert A. Hamilton, a movement noncommissioned officer with the 276th Transportation Detachment (Automated Cargo Docu- mentation), works on a radio frequency identification interrogator system, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan border. The interrogator provides in-transit visibility of cargo that crosses over the Afghan border. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Page 2
  3. 3. Volume5 Sustainer October2012 Commander’s Corner - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Command Brig. Gen. Kristin FrenchSustainer Families and friends, and brigades, 3d ESC/JSC-A HQs took some cuts. I am fortunate to regularlyobserve the magnificent perfor- We have had to make somemances displayed daily by JSC-A tough decisions, but I’m confidentpersonnel in Afghanistan. Every- we can and will continue to ac-one is making a powerful impact. complish all our required mis- sions. Despite the hardships ofbeing in a difficult, unforgiving As we enter the finalenvironment, the Warfighters we ninety-plus days of deployment, wesupport have not wanted for any- must make the most of the timething. we have left here, make our hard work count and finish strong. It’s because of the incred-ible work our team of logisticians Whether here in Afghani-and support personnel are doing stan or serving back at home sta-as they plan and execute missions. tion, let the pride of your sacrificeIt is an honor for me to serve with give you strength to endure.all our Sustainers! decreased the U.S. footprint from We have all worked very JSC-A has made several 91K U.S. Forces serving in country hard and need to ensure that allchanges over the past thirty days. to 68K. Every major organization missions continue smoothly.Last year the President of the took cuts.United States directed that NLT To all Sustainers and theirOctober 1st, 2012, there would After a thorough review of Families and friends, thank yoube a force cap of 68K U.S. service all our subordinate units’ capa- for your sacrifices and service tomembers deployed/assigned in bilities and requirements, we off- our Nation. I am proud to be serv-Afghanistan. ramped over 500 JSC-A personnel ing alongside you. and relocated other Soldiers to Therefore, over the last alternate sites outside of Afghani- Sustaining the Line!nine months, the military has stan. Along with our battalions Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French Sustainer 6 The Chaplain’s Command - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Office Chaplain Collie FosterFacing the Challenges of Life “chadah” which means to make Scriptures teach us that positive glad, joined together, sharpened, influence should come from parent Have you ever tried to use grow. So to be sharpened as an to children, friend to friend, oldera knife only to find that it wouldn’t individual is to be ready, useful, men to younger men, older womencut? It was probably frustrat- and productive in life and society. to younger women, teacher to stu-ing – the problem: It needed to be It means to be joined with others dent.sharpened! King Solomon once and growing to meet the challeng-wrote, “As iron sharpens iron, so es that life will throw your way. Just as you tried to cutone man sharpens another.” So, something and found that yourwhat can we learn about this wise So what does that mean for knife was dull. You sharpen thesaying and the principle of how we Families of deployed Soldiers? It knife and think to yourself – Wow,can be sharpened. means that you must be intention- why didn’t I get this done earlier – al in developing relationships with this is GREAT! Just as a knife that isn’t individuals that you can influencesharp isn’t productive, useful, and that can influence you in a Remember, it is never tooor helpful the same goes for an positive way. I would not be a good late to get started.individual. The Hebrew word used chaplain if I didn’t give you somein this proverb for sharpen is scriptural principles to follow. Chaplain Foster Page3
  4. 4. Volume5 Sustainer October2012 Command Sgt. Command - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Maj.’s Corner Command Sgt. Maj. Karl RobertsGreetings from Kandahar Air- safe.” We have to remember thatfield, everyone is a safety officer, no matter the rank. Wow, Sustainers! I would much rather a low- It’s really hard to fathom er ranking Soldier tell me that I’mthat we’re now past the halfway committing an unsafe act, than tomark in our deployment, but we continue the act and possibly loseare. And what I want you to be my life as a result.proud of most is that we’ve accom-plished so much, in such a short So, what I’m asking is thatperiod of time. We, the Soldiers we look out for one another to en-of the 3d ESC and JSC-A, have sure that we take home every Sol-performed difficult tasks and mis- dier that we took to Afghanistan.sions at an efficiency that’s been As a team, if we work together, weunbelievable. can and will accomplish this goal. Now that we’re getting Thanks again for keepingshort, as it is so commonly re- us in your thoughts and prayers,ferred to, we have to understand and we look forward to joiningthat this period is also the time you, our family and friends, soon.that most accidents or incidentsoccur during a deployment. Sustaining the Line! CSM Karl A. Roberts As the senior enlisted boggling, these things are prevent- Sustainer 7leader, I’ve seen so many incidents able.happen because of complacencyor Soldiers just not being focused, What I want us to focusit’s mind boggling. But keep in on during this time is “doing themind that even though it’s mind right thing and keeping each otherFind something that worked - or didn’t work? Let CALL knowCALL Lessons Learned NIPR website:https://call2army.milArmy Professional Forums: SIPRNET Homepage: SIPRNET OEF Current Operations: Center for Army Lessons Learned rapidly collects, analyzes, disseminates and archives OIL, TTP and op-erational records in order to facilitate rapid adapation initiatives and conduct focused knowledge sharing andtransfer that informs the Army and enables operationally based decision making, integration, and innovation throughout the Army and within the JIIM environment. Page4
  5. 5. Volume5 Sustainer October2012Soldiers transport cargo during nighttime operations Sgt. Gregory Williams KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Sol-diers with the 25th Transportation Company trans-ported cargo and multi-class items to Forward Oper-ating Base Pasab, Afghanistan on August 30, 2012. The 25th TC sustains Soldiers in the fieldserving under the Joint Sustainment Command -Afghanistan by delivering mail, supplies, multi classitems, ammunition and military vehicles duringnight time tactical operations. The Soldiers prepared for the mission byconducting various battlefield drills varying fromreaction to small arms fire, to vehicular breakdownprocedures. Sgt. Jesus A. Alvarez, a truck commander with the 25th Transportation Company, escorts a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protective vehicle to an am- “We have to learn how to think ahead and munition point on August 30, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Thehow to anticipate delays we may face out on the 25th TC uses the MRAP to provide security for their convoy during night time tactical operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)road,” said Staff Sgt. Steven P. Maui, a convoy com-mander with the 25th TC. “It’s a collective effort After a two-hour trip, the convoy headed toto make sure the mission is complete because the the CRSP yard to offload its cargo, which consisted ofroutes and terrain is tough out here.” six loads of multi-class items and mail. Maui said it’s important to get mail to troops because hearing from Maui said even though he’s been deployed to a loved one can raise morale and help Soldiers focusboth Iraq and Afghanistan, he considers Afghanistan out in the be more difficult because routes are considerablymore dangerous. “Being a truck driver, I understand both sides of the coin because I used to be in field artillery so I Spc. Jonae T. Blackwell, a truck driver with know how important stuff like mail is.” Maui said, “Ithe 25th TC, said it’s very important for Soldiers to remember that great feeling of seeing the transporta-pay extra attention to their surrounding environment tion people during my eight years in artillery.”during the night. After unloading its cargo, the 25th TC picked “We all have to be more alert at night, espe- up two battle damaged vehicles and other retrogradecially the gunners, because it’s their job to look for equipment, which would be returned to the Unitedshadows so they can get positive identification on States for reset.whatever’s out there,” Blackwell said. “We don’t wantto cause any unnecessary damage so attention to The RESET process takes used vehicles, in-detail is critical to the mission success.” spects them and replaces any defective parts, refur- bishing the equipment to like-new condition. To work more efficiently, Soldiers paired off into teams of two’s as one Soldier would hold a flash- light while the other would secure the cargo straps. After the group finished securing its load, the convoy moved out and finished its mission two hours ahead of schedule. Blackwell said after completing more than 70 convoy missions, she takes pride in helping sustain troops in the field who don’t have the same amenities as those who stay on a base. “I would say this mission has been a big wakeup call, helping me to learn and live all the Army values,” Blackwell said. “The Army is one bigSpc. Walter G. Abad Yarleque, a truck driver with the 25th Transportation family and we don’t mind going out of our way to helpCompany, straps down cargo on the back of an M-915 heavy truck on Au-gust 30, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The 25th TC transports and supply other units.”cargo to forward operating bases during nighttime tactical operations.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Page 5
  6. 6. Volume5 Sustainer October2012Reserve Soldiers, German counterpartssustain fight in northern Afghanistan Sgt. Gregory Williams counterparts have processed more years ago we used to print out than 200,000 ISAF customers their paperwork for them for the MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Af- through the terminal. rotary section, but now they haveghanistan - Three years ago, an access to both the CJ-1 commandall-German staff was in charge “When you can speak and and Centrix systems,” explainedof the Camp Marmal fixed wing understand each other then you Rademacher. “Now sometimes thepassenger terminal. The Interna- can solve problems,” said German Americans have more informa-tional Security Force then decided 1st Sgt. Christian Rademacher, a tion than us, which helps us workto move Joint Sustainment Com- passenger terminal chief with the together better.”mand - Afghanistan Soldiers into Air Transport Wing 62.the terminal to run the rotary op- The Centrix system is a se-erations. What soon followed was Customers fly out of the cure web-based system that allowsthe beginning of a joint operation Camp Marmal PAX terminal from air operators to view online reser-mission between countries sepa- Mazar-e-Sharif to other destina- vations and flight information inrated by the North Atlantic Ocean tions within Afghanistan. real time. The U.S. military usesback home. the system to track contractor Soldiers and contractors helicopter flights, reservations and The 540th Movement book flights either through the cancellations. Even though theControl Detachment, known as an CJ-1 command or Airlift Passenger system is secure like all computerMCT, an Army Reserve unit from Reservation System. It was only programs, it can encounter glitch-Baton Rouge, Louisiana, works three years ago that Joint Sus- es due to information overload.with German soldiers to move tainment Command - Afghanistanmore than 1,000 passengers, or Soldiers could only help rotary “If our system went downPAX, through the passenger termi- passengers, but now they are in- we have a back-up through thenal every day. volved in the fixed wing operation German tower log system, which as well. gives the terminal an outline of all Since December 2011, the that day’s flights,” said Sgt. Justin540th MCT and their German “When I was here three L. McCubbin, a passenger termi- nal noncommissioned officer with the 540th MCT. “This is truly a coalition effort that helps us share vital information with each other.” McCubbin said commu- nication and sharing informa- tion are key to mission success because in some cases Soldiers are mission-essential person- nel. Whether it’s a general officer, chaplain or an enlisted Soldier, everyone has a mission that needs to be completed. “Helping a customer to fly out is critical because, in a way, their mission becomes my mission, and it’s good that most Germans here speak three languages so they still can help out the Soldier,” McCubbin said. “We help Soldiers get to other forward operating bases and even redeploy unit’s out of here as well.”Sgt. Maurice L. Daniels, a passenger terminal noncommissioned officer with the 540th MovementControl Detachment, and German Spc. Patrick Peter, a passenger terminal specialist with the High The Soldiers behind theFlight Staff 255th, work side by side at the Camp Marmal Passenger Terminal in northern Afghani-stan, Sept. 9, 2012. The 540th Movement Control Detachment and German forces average more than600 customers a day at the flight terminal. See GERMANS, next page Page6
  7. 7. Volume5 Sustainer October2012GERMANS, from previousterminal desk interact with hun-dreds of passengers everyday,which forces them to deal witha slew of different personalities.Rademacher said even though it’simpossible to make every custom-er happy, whoever is behind thecounter will try to help the cus-tomers as best they can. “I remember one time therewas a Soldier who had to go onemergency leave and I got on thephone with terminals in Manas(Kyrgyzstan), Alaska and Iowa,”McCubbin said. “Ultimately he gothome in two days and it’s mo-ments like that, which makes do- Soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, Sept. 9, 2012, at Camp Marmal, this job worth while.” The helicopter is used to transport passengers between various destinations throughout Afghani- stan, and its main cabin can hold up to 33 Soldiers. Even though the Soldiers and when it’s slow we all share have shown that it doesn’t matterare miles apart from there respec- photos, play table football and talk what uniform a Soldier wears. In ative loved ones, the Americans and about life,” Rademacher said. “We war zone, all it takes is a commonGermans have grown close to one treat each other like we’re one big goal to bring everyone together.another. family.” “We’re here every day sit- Together the 540th MCTting next to each other for hours and their German counterparts540th MCT helps Afghan drivers Sgt. Gregory Williams MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan - For Soldiersat an entry control point at Camp Marmal, it is veryimportant to get Afghan drivers escorted onto thebase as soon as possible. Not only do the Afghans transport vital mili-tary cargo from location to location, but they mustmeet mission deadlines as well. If a driver is not escorted onto the base within72 hours of their arrival, the U.S. government mustpay them an additional $140 in demurrage costs. Imagine how much money is wasted if hun- Spc. Ryan M. Sweeney, a transportation coordinator with the 540th Move-dreds of drivers cannot get their cargo to the proper ment Control Detachment, gathers a group of Afghan drivers in order to get them in contact with their escorts on September 9, 2012 at Campdestination. Marmal. The 540th MCT direct drivers to the correct drop off point when cargo needs to be delivered to the camp. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) If the cargo doesn’t get on base, everyone fromthe driver to the Soldiers suffer, so for the Louisiana sure the drivers link up with the carrier, but we alsoreservists there is no time to waste. have to make sure they get a memo to get paid,” said Sgt. Jamion J. Anderson, a national afghan trucking The 540th Movement Control Detachment coordinator with the 540th MCT.processes paperwork for Afghan drivers at CampMarmal. “Our unit is not only responsible for making See DRIVERS, next page Page7
  8. 8. Volume5 Sustainer October2012DRIVERS, from previous if we’re trying to provide the best customer service to the drivers, they know the universal sign language “We have usually dealt with over 100 cases for ‘pay me.’”a month where drivers are missing paperwork andcan’t get paid.” The Soldiers understand the hardships driv- ers may have to endure, which is why the government The Soldiers must act as the middleman, compensates them. Hayner said drivers have sharedmaking sure both the driver and carriers communi- stories of paying off Taliban fighters at make-shiftcate to ensure the readiness of future convoy opera- check points in order to get to the base.tions. Once a driver arrives, they have to spend ad- “Even a mistake in paperwork can delay a ditional money on food while they wait for an escort,truck getting on base, which can affect everyone on which can sometimes take more than three days.base from the Post Exchange to the dining facilities,”Anderson said. “We don’t want any mistakes on our “Doing this job has given me a new perspec-end causing a missed meal.” tive on the war because I’m starting to see that most of these drivers aren’t combatants,” Hayner said. “We Not only do Soldiers on the base rely on the try to make the drivers feel comfortable enough tocargo that is on the back of the truck, but the Afghan come back and do more convoys for us, which is adrivers depend on the cargo being delivered in order part of the counter insurgency doctrine.”to get paid. As surrounding forward operating bases start Staff Sgt. Anthony J. Hayner, an entry control to shut down due to U.S. Forces pulling out, there arepoint noncommissioned officer with the 540th MCT, still Soldiers out in the field who depend on convoyssaid it’s funny how communication isn’t the problem to get valuable supplies.between the Soldiers and Afghans, but it’s trackingdown the carrier who has to pick up the load that’s “Our mission is to help sustain the warfighterthe hard part. and cargo can’t make it from camp to camp if we don’t do our jobs,” Anderson said. “Anything we can “Our interpreters taught us phrases that help do to make sure that the drivers don’t lose moneyus do our job, but hunting down the carriers is the and the government doesn’t spend more money, we’rehardest part because most of the time we’ll have going to do.”phone numbers that don’t work,” Hayner said. “EvenSoldiers with the 540th Movement Control Detachment take cargo straps off of a pallet on September 9, 2012 at Camp Marmal. The 540th MCT buildspallets, which are transported by Afghan drivers to other bases. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Page 8
  9. 9. Volume5 Sustainer October2012Third Army commander visits Bagram Retrosort Yard 2nd Lt. Henry Chan and Spc. Alicia Smith BAGRAM AIRFIELD,Afghanistan -- Third Army Com-manding General, Lt. Gen. VincentBrooks, visited the Soldiers of theBagram Airfield Retrosort Yard,Sept. 16, 2012. The Soldiers of the BagramAirfield Retrosort Yard, BAF RSY,is operated along with two otherretrosort yards in Afghanistan un-der the 18th Combat SustainmentSupport Battalion, or CSSB. The success of the BAFRSY is contributed to the effortof Soldiers from the 18th CSSBfrom Grafenwoehr, Germany, the10th Sustainment Brigade of FortDrum, N.Y., the 427th BrigadeSupport Battalion of the New York Lt. Col. Michelle Letcher and Sgt. 1st Class Edward Dowd brief Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks, Third ArmyNational Guard and the 1462nd commander, on how the Retrosort Yard at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is operated and its capabili- ties on Sept. 16, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Henry Chan, 18th Combat Sustainment SupportTransportation Company of the Battalion)Michigan National Guard. the month of August, the BAF RSY As the visit drew to an end, After a warm welcome, the produced more than 400 TEUs Brooks recognized five Soldiers for18th CSSB senior leadership led (Twenty Foot Shipping Container their hard work and dedicationBrooks to the main processing Equivalent Units), far exceeding all in running the facility. Staff Sgt.tent to provide an overview of the historical productions. Daniel Scroggins, Sgt. Kevin Root,Retrosort Yard, or RSY, and how Spc. Justin Fivecoat, Pvt. Anthonyit ties into the other CENTCOM With high spirits, the group Klenk and Cpl. Jennifer Malone allMateriel Retrograde Elements. proceeded to tour other areas of received coins from the three-star- the RSY. general. The Retrosort Yard is avital facility in the reduction of Sgt. 1st Class Edward “My first general [visitingthe amount of excess materiel in Dowd led Brooks to view recently our yard], my first coin,” FivecoatAfghanistan. Between the three opened shipping containers full of said. “It was exciting and new. Hemain Retrosort Yards in the Af- used tires, vehicle parts and even left an impression.”ghan Theater, the Bagram Yard is the cab of a 5-ton military trans-the highest producing facility. In port truck. Malone was pleased to have the General visit the yard to see Staff Sgt. Barry Ruger and how operations were run. Spc. Brian King introduced the newly built “Virtual Warehouse” “It was great to see the to the General. The Virtual Ware- general and for him to see how the house is a successful program yard works,” she said. devised by the Soldiers of the BAF RSY to re-distribute high demand Brooks ended his trip by items back to units with a higher speaking with all of the Soldiers at level of customer service. the RSY.Spc. Brian King (right) explains to Lt. Gen. Office supplies, computer “We needed [the mission]Vincent Brooks, Third Army commander, how cables, “Chem-lights” (disposable to be done,” Brooks said. “Wethe Virtual Warehouse operates to re-circulatehighly-demanded items to local units in the chemical light sticks) or similar gave the mission to the 1st TSCbattlefield. This program effectively saves the items collected from the process- (Theater Sustainment Command),U.S. taxpayer money in supplying Office sup- and they gave the mission to you,plies, computer cables, “Chem-lights” (disposable ing area are gathered here forchemical light sticks) or similar surplus items issue to local units with no charge because we knew that you’d get itto units in-need. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. to the unit. done.”Henry Chan, 18th Combat Sustainment SupportBattalion) Page 9
  10. 10. Volume5 Sustainer October2012Sustainers use ‘interrogator’ to track cargo atAfghanistan-Uzbekistan border Sgt. Gregory Williams HAIRATAN, Afghanistan - With the drawdownof U.S. Forces already in full swing, the importanceof cargo movement throughout Afghanistan is atan all time high. Units redeploying to the U.S. mustbe able to track their cargo, whether it’s in or out ofcountry. At the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan border, oneArmy unit is working to prove how effective thenorthern distribution system could be. This system could possibly give the Armymore options during the redeployment process. Soldiers with the 276th Transportation Detachment (Automated Cargo Documentation), provide security around the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan The 276th Transportation Detachment (Auto- border, Sept. 21, 2012. The unit provides security for field representatives,mated Cargo Documentation) uses a radio-frequency VIP’s and other Soldiers who visit the border. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)identification interrogator system to track cargowithin the northern Afghanistan area. good because a unit won’t have to waste unnecessary manpower,” Mannis said. “All the Soldiers need to do The interrogator provides in-transit visibility is set up a pole, boot up the system and plug it into aof cargo and is used to formulate daily transportation power source.”reports to Joint Sustainment Command - Afghani-stan. Mannis said maintaining the interrogators’ operational readiness doesn’t take much effort and Sgt. Robert A. Hamilton, a movement non- even if it did, the unit would do whatever it took tocommissioned officer with the 276th ACDD, said keep the system running because they know othertransportation Soldiers are usually confined to of- units depend on the data it collects.fices and he’s happy his unit was given this uniquemission. “It’s important that we keep track of contain- ers coming in the country through the Uzbekistan “One of the most rewarding parts of the mis- border because we help other units save time whension is to have the opportunity to get Soldiers out on they do inventory,” Mannis said. “Cargo is moving allthe road and out of the office,” Hamilton said. “Most the time so we can see if it came through this check-transportation coordinators work out of an office so point or not.”it’s a good to give these Soldiers road experience.” As the Afghan National Army guards the Soldiers with the 276th ACDD not only gain checkpoint and interrogator, Hamilton said the 276thexperience outside the wire, but have the opportunity ACDD expects to collect more data from the systemto show there are more redeployment options besides as the drawdown continues.the Pakistan Ground Lines of Communication, orGLOC. “Once the larger elements start to drawdown we expect to track more cargo,” Hamilton said. “In “There is a lot of potential at Hairatan border the future we also hope to facilitate the movement ofthat could help with the redeployment process and frustrated cargo as well so the busier we are, the bet-drawdown,” Hamilton said. “The interrogator by the ter because it will make the Soldiers happier.”border is mission critical, so it’s important for Sol-diers to make sure it’s always operational.” The 276th ACDD is hoping to show the Army there is a golden opportunity to the north of Afghani- Spc. Joseph D. Mannis, a transportation stan.coordinator with the 276th ACDD, has worked withinterrogators in the past and said the system is not Hamilton said an opportunity that if it is re-only an important asset to transportation missions, vised could be more than tracking cargo, but movingbut is also easy to set up. it out at a faster rate, which would help everyone go home just a little bit quicker. “Setting up the system can take two to threeSoldiers if they know what they’re doing, which is Page10
  11. 11. Volume5 Sustainer October20122012 National Hispanic Heritage Month JSC-A Equal Opportunity Office celebrate their Independence Day on 15 September. This year’s National Themeis “Diversity United, Building Mexico on 16 SeptemberAmerica’s Future Today”. (not on 5 May/”Cinco de Mayo”). The Theme refers to the Chile on 18 September.vital role Hispanics play in the Columbus Day, “Día de la Raza”,moments that shape our country, is also celebrated during Hispanicand during Hispanic American Heritage Month.Heritage Month, the U.S. Armyrecognizes the achievements and 1988. For years, the Army hascontributions of these individuals. forged relationships with Hispanic The celebration heightens associations, and will continue to America’s diversity is a our attention to diversity and the support and sponsor professionalsource of strength, and Hispanic many contributions Hispanics development forums.Americans have not hesitated to have made to enrich the Uniteddefend and show their allegiance States. Through these relation-to this nation in many ways, but ships, the Army further increasesespecially through military ser- The observance com- awareness among key Hispanicvice. mences on 15 September to co- audiences of the educational and incide with the day several Latin career opportunities available in Originally a week-long American countries celebrate their the Army.celebration approved by Presi- Independence Day.dent Johnson, National HispanicHeritage Month (15 September – 15 Costa Rica, El Salvador,October) was enacted into law in Guatemala, Honduras, NicaraguaA word from the Provost Marshall The month of October marks seven months Don‘t leave items lying around unsecured justthat we have been here. inviting someone to walk off with your stuff. Now is not the time to get complacent about Don‘t leave valuables inside of a vehicle,securing not only government equipment but person- locked or possessions as well. Take the time to secure government and per- Theft is on the rise and many of the incidents sonal property; don‘t let your stuff become someoneare crimes of opportunity. Remember to lock your else‘s treat and a trick on you.door when you leave your room. 1 Page1
  12. 12. Volume5 Sustainer October2012Complacency Can Kill: Walk Aware & Walk Away JSC-A Safety Office tem to mitigate this hazard. Safety! A dictionary defines com-placency as “self-satisfaction CSM Roberts (3rd ESC/especially when accompanied by JSC-A) states; It’s very importantunawareness of actual dangers or that we stay on course- Thingdeficiencies”. called complacency- if you allow complacency to set in, you have During combat deploy- now slipped on your “A” game andments the mid-tour and last 100 become a victim. You must remaindays service members can lose situational aware at all times.focus on the mission. Enhancing situational The results can lead to awareness allows troops to bettermore injuries, equipment damage plan and mitigates the risks of theor worse - loss of life. mission. They are able to make de- cisions at any given moment that In order to protect our- reflect the current environment,selves from accidental losses we rather than making a decisionmust perform to standard, be based on a static picture takendisciplined in our actions, avoid prior to the start of the mission.unnecessary risks, and stay situ-ationaly aware of our surround- Keep situational awarenessings. of your mission and don’t allow complacency to end the mission. Use the battle buddy sys- Stay alert, Stay Alive! Sustainer Page12
  13. 13. Volume5 Sustainer October2012 Surgeon Cell takes care of Soldiers health needs JSC-A Command Surgeon Cell Since arriving in theater, the Surgeon Cellhas been committed to ensuring all JSC-A Soldiersthroughout the Combined Joint Operations Area -Afghanistan maintain access to medical care andhealth support during the Troop drawdown. The section’s missions have included: work-ing to continue Role 1 coverage for Soldiers at CampMarmal, Phoenix, Pasab, Dedahdi and Shindand;planning and executing theater-wide vaccine admin-istrators; aiding in medical equipment retrograde;screening Soldiers for the walking blood bank; andvisiting our higher, lateral and subordinate leaders future, organize volunteer support for the Warriorand medical staff. Recovery Center, and exercise the first ever JSC-A MASCAL plan. In all of the actions, the JSC-A SurgeonCell has assured the medical needs of all Sustain- The Surgeon Cell serves as the senior medicalers across the CJOA-A have been met, which allows advisors for the JSC-A. The cell oversees the Armythem to continue their important sustainment and Health Support (AHS) and Force Health Protectionretrograde missions. Additionally, the Surgeon Cell (FHP) of over 4,500 JSC-A Soldiers located through-has successfully initiated plans to maintain the cur- out levels of medical providers in the JSC-A in the JSC-A EO and SHARP reinforce awareness JSC-A EO and SHARP at Bagram and Kandahar Airfield. The Sexual Harrassment Students attending the SHARP and Assault Response Prevention MTT received training that is program reinforces the Army’s designed to prepare Soldiers and commitment to eliminate inci- Department of the Army civilians dents of sexual asault through a to serve as victim advocates and comprehensive policy that centers Sexual Assault Response Coordi- on awareness and prevention, nators. training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and The SHARP program is a accountability. comprehensive integration and transformation of the Army’s Army policy promotes sen- The Joint Sustainment Sexual Assault Prevention and sitive care and confidential report-Command - Afghanistan’s Equal Response (SAPR) Program and ing for victims of sexual assault.Opportunity and Sexual Harass- Prevention of Sexual Harassmentment and Assault Response Pre- (POSH) efforts.vention Offices has been tasked bythe commander to ensure that all The SHARP program re-commands minimize discrimina- inforces the Army’s commitmenttory practices and sexual harass- to eliminate incidents of sexualment/assault incidents. harassment and sexual assault through awareness and preven- All Soldiers within the tion, training, victim advocacy,JSC-A should be able to report in- reporting and accountability.cidents without the fear of reprisalin an effort to maximize human During the training atpotention and ensure fair treat- Bagram and Kandahar Airfield, 35 The Joint Sustainment Command - Afghani-ment for all. Soldiers from JSC-A units gradu- stan Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention coordinator, Sgt. 1st Class Loretha ated and started their new duties Alexander, conducts training to Headquarters During the month of Sep- to serve as victim advocates and and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainmenttember, two SHARP Mobile Train- Sexual Assault Response Coordi- Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers. (U.S. Army photos by Master Sgt. Adam Eckstein)ing Teams (MTT) were conducted nators. Page13
  14. 14. Volume5 Sustainer October2012MRB supports maintenance efforts JSC - A Materiel Readiness Branch The Support Operation’s MRAP-Recovery Vehicle, and average Operational ReadinessMateriel Readiness Branch pro- Heavy Equipment Transporter rate of 93% for ground equipmentvides theater wide oversight of sys- fielding. and 83% for aviation fleets. tematic maintenance trends andanalysis for the Joint Sustainment The section has also pro-Command - Afghanistan. vided g uidance to internal and external units on maintainance The JSC-A MRB supports procedures, resulting in an the Combined Joint OperationsArea - Afghanistan by coordinat-ing all maintenance efforts oflateral and subordinate units, co-alition and joint forces in conjunc-tion with the Army Field SupportBrigade and contract maintenanceactivities and other strategic part-ners. The MRB has monitoredand assisted with the SecurityForces Assistance and AdvisoryTeams, Operational Reserve Force, Religious support team provides spiritual guidance JSC - A Religious Support Team spread throughout the CJOA-A. Care for Soldiers, ci- vilians and contractors is important and takes place in all regions of Afghanistan. Religious support is provided from members of the JSC-A, brigade and battalion RST’s to reach the hearts and souls of those we came to serve.Support behind the scenes. Can you find Chaplain Collie Foster in the pho-to above? He is running right beside Chaplain David Vanderjagt. The waythe photo was shot, he is hidden by the runner, with the exception of hisright foot. Much of what the Religious Support Teams do is hidden “behindthe scenes.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Candice L. Funchess) Spiritual resiliency is built by many un-seen ministries. Last month, there were 606 min-istry events across the CJOA-A. In all, these eventstouched the lives of 13,741 personnel. These eventsincluded convoy prayers, Bible studies, chapel min-istry, hospital visits, training events and many other The Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan Religious Support Teamspiritual ministries. is comprised of Master Sgt. Wyman Loveless, Chaplain David Vanderjagt, Staff Sgt. Florence Thornton, Staff Sgt. Daniel Letters and Chaplain Collie The JSC-A RST’s are bringing God to Sol- Foster. (Courtesy Photo)diers, and Soldiers to God. Chaplains and chaplain assistants are Page14