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NEWS | Nov. 15, 2016

841st participates in tactical exercise

By Sergeant First Class Damon Holland, NCOIC 841st Transportation Battalion Operations

Accompanied by 90 of their battalion and company grade officers and noncommissioned officers, U.S. Army Col. Jay Walker, commanding officer and Command Sergeant Major Edward Baptiste of the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, visited the 841st Transportation here, Nov. 2, 2016, to conduct a Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT).


During the exercise, Lt. Col. Dennis Major, 841st battalion commander and Maj. Helen Wallace, 841st executive officer, conducted an operational overview and terrain walk of Charleston, S.C. and Wilmington, N.C. strategic ports.


Major said, “It’s always a pleasure to share what we know with those who need to know. “    


Chris Zahner, supervisor, Traffic Management Division, delivered a rail operations brief and Carnall Williams and Trenny Jenkins, 841st Marine Cargo specialists, demonstrated port rail operations using the 841st shuttle wagon.  During the demonstration, the audience received instructions on the safety and procedures for loading, moving and staging railcars for onward movement.


The 525th completed their visit with a tour of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) vessels CAPE Decision and CAPE Douglas at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.


The commander and leadership of the 525th MI BDE were happy to gain valuable knowledge about port operations, the 841st Transportation Battalion and the multi-modal training platforms available at Joint Base Charleston.    


Major commented, “The Chief of Staff of the Army’s number one priority is readiness. Coupled with the U.S. TRANSCOM commander’s intent, our 841st team works hard to find innovative ways to enhance units’ readiness by hosting leader professional development engagements and other training events.” 


Walker and Major agreed, “This engagement was a win for both the 841st Transportation Battalion and the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade.”