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Posted: September 7, 2018 8:52 a.m.
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Truck company keeps 3ID moving


Pfc. Ashley Braze, and other Soldiers from 396th CTC, 87th CSSB, 3rd IDSB, hook up a Bradley fighting system to a HETS at Fort Stewart, Aug. 23.

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The 396th Composite Truck Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, supports the entire division in a variety of transportation operations. They are one of few companies on Fort Stewart with the capabilities to move heavy, up-armored equipment. They keep the division ready to tackle any mission by being their transportation support. 

“The company’s mission is to support the transport of troops, up-armored vehicles or equipment,” said Pfc. Ashley Braze, a motor transport operator with the 396th CTC. 

The Soldiers in Braze’s squad use Heavy Equipment Transport Systems to move large vehicles such as tanks, Bradley Fighting Systems or cranes, wherever they are needed. 

“My squad’s mission is to support the whole division when it comes to up-armored vehicles and any other vehicle that needs to be transported on a bigger trailer,” she said.

“We can transport tanks into the field and if there are vehicles that go down we can pull them out and bring them back to the motor pool,” said Spc. Cody Meredith, a motor transport operator with the 396th CTC. “If anyone needs ammunition, food or C-wire, we can transport that out there for them too.”

The company participates in exercises when the unit goes to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana or the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The also assist the National Guard to enable them to complete their mission.

“We’ll go out to the field when we’re transporting troops especially when we’re supporting the National Guard. We’ll transport them to the field and back as well as the stuff they need,” said Braze. “We’re always going to NTC or JRTC rotations, helping out the brigade or other companies in our division.”

No matter what mission comes the company’s way, they ensure that they are always ready to fight tonight.

“We look over our trucks every week and make sure they are good to go,” Meredith said. “We dispatch two vehicles per squad so if anything comes down last minute we have vehicles ready.”

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