Face of Defense: Convoys Truck Equipment Out of Iraq

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — The num­ber of con­voys leav­ing Iraq is grow­ing each day as Oper­a­tion New Dawn nears the end of its mis­sion.

A truck car­ry­ing Humvees leaves the depar­ture stag­ing area on Con­tin­gency Oper­at­ing Base Adder, Iraq, Oct. 25, 2011.
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Octo­ber has been a busy month here, said Army Staff Sgt. Erick Tor­res, con­voy com­man­der, 233rd Trans­porta­tion Com­pa­ny, as many mil­i­tary units on the base are pack­ing up and send­ing their equip­ment back home. “The most chal­leng­ing part of this job is load­ing the vehi­cles,” said Tor­res, who hails from Phenix City, Ala.

Con­voys of vehi­cles and equip­ment, he said, are being packed up and shipped out in prepa­ra­tion to exit Iraq.

Flatbed trucks car­ry­ing Humvees, tanks and mine-resis­tant, ambush-pro­tect­ed vehi­cles are backed up to a ramp where the vehi­cles are care­ful­ly loaded. Once the car­go is loaded onto the trucks and the paper­work is com­plete, Tor­res said, the con­voy is assem­bled at a stag­ing area to await depar­ture.

Mean­while, tons of equip­ment needs to be shipped out before the year’s end, Tor­res said, so sol­diers and civil­ian con­trac­tors work long hours to ensure all equip­ment is packed prop­er­ly and ready for tran­sit.

Part of a con­voy commander’s job, Tor­res said, is iden­ti­fy­ing vehi­cles and equip­ment by ser­i­al num­ber and match­ing them against unit ros­ters before they are shipped. It makes for long days, but it is a nec­es­sary part of the process, he added.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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