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U.S. Army Pfc. Justin Blakeslee, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. Isaac Rosas, with the 331st Transportation Company, provide additional guidance to a Rough Terrain Cargo Handler loading a container onto a rail car at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, November 16, 2022, as a part of Operation Deep Freeze. The supplies within the containers will support the 3,200 scientists, researchers, and support personnel at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (U.S. Air Force photo by Abraham Essenmacher)

U.S. Army Pfc. Justin Blakeslee, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. Isaac Rosas, with the 331st Transportation Company, provide additional guidance to a Rough Terrain Cargo Handler loading a container onto a rail car at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, November 16, 2022, as a part of Operation Deep Freeze. The supplies within the containers will support the 3,200 scientists, researchers, and support personnel at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (U.S. Air Force photo by Abraham Essenmacher)

Operation Deep Freeze gets underway at JBLE

Story by Abraham Essenmacher, Joint Base Langley-Eustis

December 2, 2022

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – Approximately 100 U.S. Soldiers with the 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) and the 331st Modular Causeway Company have been loading equipment and supplies to support Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

ODF is a multi-national effort supporting science and research efforts for the National Science Foundation (NSF), at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Each year the U.S. and NSF deploy about 700 people to perform scientific research, as well as 2,500 people to operate and maintain year-round research stations and logistics in support of this research.

Railcars that were loaded by Soldiers with the Army Reserve’s 411th Engineer Company with military vehicles and equipment are shown Nov. 17, 2022, at Fort McCoy, Wis. Overall the company loaded 128 items on to railcars over the multi-day rail movement at the installation to deploy the equipment eventually to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Five personnel with the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) assisted with the rail movement and its coordination. The 411th is the latest of many units over the last decade to hold rail movements at Fort McCoy. As a matter of fact, for the many decades of Fort McCoy’s existence, the capability to transport cargo and equipment to and from the installation by rail has always been there. And it’s a capability that will continue, Fort McCoy LRC officials said. During World War II, for example, the railroad at Fort McCoy was one of the main forms of transportation for bringing troops in for training and home after the war as well as for moving cargo and equipment in and out of the installation. The 411th is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Railcars that were loaded by Soldiers with the Army Reserve’s 411th Engineer Company with military vehicles and equipment are shown Nov. 17, 2022, at Fort McCoy, Wis. Overall the company loaded 128 items on to railcars over the multi-day rail movement at the installation to deploy the equipment eventually to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Five personnel with the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) assisted with the rail movement and its coordination. The 411th is the latest of many units over the last decade to hold rail movements at Fort McCoy. As a matter of fact, for the many decades of Fort McCoy’s existence, the capability to transport cargo and equipment to and from the installation by rail has always been there. And it’s a capability that will continue, Fort McCoy LRC officials said. During World War II, for example, the railroad at Fort McCoy was one of the main forms of transportation for bringing troops in for training and home after the war as well as for moving cargo and equipment in and out of the installation. The 411th is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.)

411th Engineer Company equipment deployment by rail movement at Fort McCoy, Part IX

Story by Scott Sturkol Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office

December 1, 2022

Fort McCoy, Wis. – Railcars that were loaded by Soldiers with the Army Reserve’s 411th Engineer Company load railcars with military vehicles and equipment are shown Nov. 17, 2022, at the rail yard at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Overall, the company loaded 128 items on to railcars over the multi-day rail movement at the installation to deploy the equipment eventually to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Five personnel with the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) assisted with the rail movement and its coordination. The 411th is the latest of many units over the last decade to hold rail movements at Fort McCoy.

Soldiers assigned to 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 25th Infantry Division, 599th Transportation Brigade, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, Department of Defense Contractors, and elements from the U.S. Navy downloaded military vehicles and containers as part of the Army Prepositioned Stock 3 Fix-Forward (Afloat) from the U.S. Naval Ship Watson at Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 29, 2022. The APS-3 mission demonstrates the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s command and control of the APS-3 operations and assesses the operational flexibility to ensure strategic readiness. As the U.S. Indo-Pacific materiel integrator, the 8th TSC synchronizes capabilities and resources across the theater, enabling both our land forces and those of our allies and partners. Our mission is to plan, integrate, and synchronize theater distribution and sustainment operations with our joint logistics enterprise partners, stabilizing and securing the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. (Photos by Sgt. Kyler L. Chatman, 8th TSC Public Affairs))

Soldiers assigned to 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 25th Infantry Division, 599th Transportation Brigade, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, Department of Defense Contractors, and elements from the U.S. Navy downloaded military vehicles and containers as part of the Army Prepositioned Stock 3 Fix-Forward (Afloat) from the U.S. Naval Ship Watson at Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 29, 2022. The APS-3 mission demonstrates the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s command and control of the APS-3 operations and assesses the operational flexibility to ensure strategic readiness. As the U.S. Indo-Pacific materiel integrator, the 8th TSC synchronizes capabilities and resources across the theater, enabling both our land forces and those of our allies and partners. Our mission is to plan, integrate, and synchronize theater distribution and sustainment operations with our joint logistics enterprise partners, stabilizing and securing the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. (Photos by Sgt. Kyler L. Chatman, 8th TSC Public Affairs)

APS-3 Dynamic Employment Begins on Oahu

Story by Sgt. Maj. Shelia Cooper, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

November 29, 2022

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR – HICKAM, Hawaii – The U.S. Navy Ship Watson arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam today for the first time ever to begin the dynamic employment of Army Prepositioned Stock-3 (Afloat) Fixed Forward operations in support of Operation Pathways 23.

Along with other materiel on board, the historic USNS Watson transported approximately 500 pieces of Army equipment, to be used throughout the Pacific, in support of Operation Pathways 23.

APS operations such as this allow the 8th Theater Sustainment Command to execute sustainment as a warfighting function in direct support of the Joint Force.

Between Nov. 29, 2022 and Dec. 6, 2022 approximately 500 pieces of equipment will be downloaded, transported, and staged in preparation for home station inspections conducted by the Department of Agricultural Fishery and Forest.

Engineers from 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade erected partially notional obstacles as defense against a possible counter attack by opposing forces during Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 23 (JPMRC-23) at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Big Island, Hawaii Nov. 3, 2022. All obstacles are partially notional on PTA due to restrictions on digging and cutting off roadways.(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Engineers from 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade erected partially notional obstacles as defense against a possible counter attack by opposing forces during Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 23 (JPMRC-23) at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Big Island, Hawaii Nov. 3, 2022. All obstacles are partially notional on PTA due to restrictions on digging and cutting off roadways.(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

8th TSC supports 25th ID during Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 23

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

November 22, 2022

FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII - The U.S. Army plays a critical role in enabling the joint force in the Indo-Pacific, and one significant role is in setting the theater. The Army Watercraft Systems are one of the capabilities utilized by the Army in support of the Joint Force. Of that fleet, the Logistical Support Vessels allow a combatant commander to have increased options for positioning military forces in the Indo-Pacific. Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center, the U.S. Army's regional Combat Training Center provides an opportunity for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command to employ this capability. This training center facilitates unit readiness in the region and allows commanders to train their forces in unique environments and conditions where they are most likely to campaign and be employed in the event of crisis or conflict. JPRMC leverages the unique joint training environments and offers allies and partners exceptional, multinational training opportunities in live, virtual, and constructive environments.