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NDTA MILITARY UNIT OF THE YEAR AWARDS


Since 1966, NDTA has honored units of the military Services that have performed outstanding service in transportation or a related field. These units are selected for this recognition by each of the Services.


Army


US ARMY ACTIVE COMPONENT 2nd Transportation Company 1916th Support Battalion Fort Irwin, California


The 2nd Transportation Company (2d TC) Heavy Equipment (HET)


provides tactical relocation


Transporter of


heavy maneuver forces in support of the National Training Center (NTC). On or- der, provides transportation assets for the movement and distribution of container- ized cargo, general non-containerized car- go, and ammunition. 2d TC organized, hosted and conducted the NTC’s Third Annual Truck ROAD- EO. Twenty-two participants across NTC competed to be the “Best Truck Crew in the High Desert,” with 2d TC receiving top honors. 2d TC was crucial in the execution of the


NTC Joint Forces Exercise (JFE) during rotation 15-08.5. The training exercise was conducted on two separate installations: the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, CA, and Fort Irwin, CA. The JFE incorporated elements from the USAF who inserted US Army Special Forces and a Ranger Battalion while the USMC sup- ported operations out of Marine Corps Lo- gistics Base, Yermo Annex, CA. The company has continued to pro- vide the best transportation support to all Army, sister-service, and joint organi- zations upon their arrival to the National Training Center. During the 2015 calendar year, the company supported nine decisive action rotations through 145 mission sup- port requests. In total, 2d TC transported 1,169 pieces of tracked, wheeled, and support equipment while traversing more than 57,049 aggregate miles across some of Earth’s harshest and most demanding desert terrain. 2d Transportation Company also has its


own field feeding team, maintenance pla- toon, and soldier support staff (MOS 42A and 92Y). In November 2015, the com- pany’s food service personnel were recog- nized by the NTC Chain of Command


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for their outstanding preparation and ex- ecution of the Thanksgiving meal, which served over 600 personnel. Furthermore, the 49 Soldiers of 2d TC’s maintenance platoon have accomplished the seemingly impossible task of main- taining the assigned fleet of 96 M1070s and 96 M1000s at an average operational readiness rate of 95 percent. The unit’s two assigned 42As continue to maintain com- pany records and serve the soldiers of 2d TC with the upmost distinction.


US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD


COMPONENT 1244th Transportation Company 108th Special Troops Battalion N. Riverside, Illinois


The 1244th Transportation Company (1244th TC) has nothing less than an impressive record of success. In the last 12 months, the unit has conducted 47 transportation logistics missions, amass- ing nearly 150,000 miles. The unit and its soldiers remained competitive and set the standard for convoy logistics operations within the Illinois Army National Guard, the 108th Sustainment Brigade and the 1144th Transportation Motor Transport Battalion. Within those 12 months, the 1244th


TC executed training missions during IDT weekends and also conducted Year Round Annual Training (YRAT), a novel training experience for many Soldiers and leaders alike. Conducting the Annual Training (AT) in the YRAT format allowed the unit to maximize participation and efficiency by conducting several missions throughout the United States and Canada during Joint Operation Maple Resolve. The 1244th TC hauled equipment, vehicles, materiel, per- sonal gear, and containers. The 1244th TC ensured customers received their cargo in a timely manner at their respective locations throughout the country and overseas. The unit’s professionalism, dedication to safety, and thorough planning resulted in zero ac- cidents and no injuries. The 1244th TC is a battle ready, pro- ficient, motivated, and well-rounded unit. The men and women of the 1244th TC are Soldiers first, and skilled as an elite corps of transporters and logisticians. As the unit


motto is “where only the best may belong”, the Soldiers of this fine unit consistently exceed the standard, as well as continually surpass customers’ expectations.


Marine Corps


USMC ACTIVE COMPONENT Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan Marine Corps Installations Pacific


During 2015, Headquarters and Head- quarters Squadron (HQHQRON), Ma- rine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCI- PAC), provided full administrative and training support to MCAS Futenma while flying four Operational Support Airlift (OSA) aircraft in support of III Marine Ex- peditionary Force (MEF) and MCIPAC. The Marines of HQHQRON Futen-


ma excelled in direct support of exercises Keen Edge, Cobra Gold, Balikitan, Ulchi- Freedom Guardian, PHIBLEX and Blue Chromite while also supporting real world humanitarian, disaster relief, and theater security cooperation missions across the Pacific to include the earthquake relief ef- forts in Nepal. HQHORON Futenma Marines housed and supported six 1st MAW squadrons; flew nearly 3,000 mishap-free flight hours, 1,500 passengers, and 90,000 pounds of cargo while surpassing 100,000 mishap- free flight hours and innovatively expand- ing its mission set to include radio relays and 24 parts delivery; processed more than 2,000 flights, 700 passengers, 900,000 pounds of cargo, and 450,000 pounds of baggage; controlled more than 20,000 air operations; issued more than 3,000,000 gallons of fuel; and were recognized as the MCIPAC 2015 Mess Hall of the Year. Living up to its motto, “We Exist to


Serve,” and in recognition of its commit- ment and innovative approach to meeting the logistical and transportation challenges of units serving within the Pacific theater, the Marines of HQHQROM Futenma are worthy and deserving of the 2016 NDTA Unit of the Year Award.


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