Working long, hard hours is something logistical supply specialists know all too well. Logisticians of D Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, are no exception.
The tech supply Soldiers will deploy with their unit to Afghanistan this fall. Despite the group’s small numbers, they are responsible for the ordering and tracking of aircraft parts for the entire task force, and they are determined to get the job done right.
“I think that the biggest challenge … is the workload,” said Pvt. Israel Perez, a supply specialist with 3-10 GSAB. “We’re capable of handling it, though. The Soldiers working in our tech supply are performing above and beyond to complete the mission.”
All but one of the logisticians came directly from advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Va. They have the task of thoroughly learning their job in the next three months. Sending individuals to the High-Altitude Mountain Environment Training at Fort Carson, Col., is one way these Soldiers will acquire the knowledge needed to successfully accomplish their mission while deployed.
“I think (HAMET) will be excellent training. It will get me out of my comfort zone, which will broaden my perspective and open my mind to new ideas that will help me perform better as a Soldier,” Perez said.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Glenn Felton is the officer in charge who oversees tech supply. Upon returning from their last tour supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom 2008-2009, he requested that tech supply be reconstructed to make it more efficient.
The Unit Level Logistics System-Aviation, on which all tech supply operations are based, was overhauled and made more efficient. Doing this meant completing a 100-percent inventory, reinserting more than 10,000 lines of catalog information and location sites, as well as doing daily work tasks manually until the system was completely functional.
“(Having) just rebuilt the whole system, it’s kind of hectic right now, but we have a great group of people,” Felton said. “They’re working really hard.”
With the organization of the task force, the supply section now supports four airframes – the CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Blackhawk. The unit had two airframes during the previous deployment. With the addition of new aircraft and more capabilities, more work is placed on tech supply – work that Felton believes the group is equipped to handle.
Felton said his main goal for tech supply is to become an efficient, well-organized team that provides excellent customer service to all units they support.