Photo by Pfc. Elorina Santos
Staff. Sgt. Jessica Young, an instructor with 396th Composite Truck Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, demonstrates the proper way of loading and unloading flat racks from truck to trailer during training on the Palletized Load System July 21 on Fort Stewart. The training, held July 20-24, was conducted to ensure that the 396th CTC Soldiers are certified to operate the PLS while conducting logistic support missions for the division
Roadrunners stay ready
Soldiers with the 396th Composite Truck Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, conducted training on the Palletized Load System July 20-24 on Fort Stewart.
The Palletized Load System is a truck-based logistics system that performs line haul, local haul, unit resupply and other support missions in the tactical environment to support modernized and highly mobile combat units. It provides rapid movement of combat configured loads of ammunition and all classes of supply, shelters and containers.
“The purpose of this drivers training is to train new Soldiers and to re-certify Soldiers that had already trained on the PLS’s before so they can further support not only 396th’s missions, but also the Division’s missions,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Manlove, a motor transport operator with 396th CTC, STB, 3ID SB.
The PLS drivers training consisted of negotiating serpentines (forward and back through the cones), straight line backing, transfer of flat racks from truck to trailer, loading and unloading trailers and preventive maintenance checks and services.
“For serpentine, it helps for the Soldiers to get used to effectively use their mirrors as well as the turn radius,” Manlove said. “These Soldiers must operate their equipment the safest way possible to ensure we prevent any sort of accidents or incidents.”
The training gave the non-commissioned officers from 396th CTC a chance to impart their experience from their recent overseas mission to new Soldier who recently arrived to the unit from their advanced individual training.
“From my past experience this training is good knowledge for new Soldiers getting in from AIT. They are getting the basic concept and operations of the equipment, doing proper PMCS on their vehicles, making sure that they properly work. They are given the understanding and confidence that they can go out and complete the missions given to them,” said Staff Sgt. Hendry Mitchell, a motor transport operator with 396th CTC, STB, 3ID SB.
The insight provided was well received by the trainees and will assist in making the motor transport operators more efficient in conducting logistic support operations.
“I feel this drivers training will benefit my peers and me for the simple fact that it’s going to make us more proficient with our vehicles and better in our jobs,” said Spc. Phillip Ingram, a motor transport operator with 396th CTC, STB, 3ID SB. “It will also play a huge part with safety because this training also teaches us to safely operate our vehicles and equipment.”
The driver training for new Soldiers will help them with upcoming missions, will build on their basic skills and refine the skills of qualified operators. As for this being a refreshers course for some of our Soldiers, the training will keep them confident and ensure that they still know how to properly operate the vehicle for present and future missions.