SDDC brigade leaders visit Kandahar detachment

595th Leadership Visits Kandahar Det.

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By 1st lt. Troy Goossen

Closing out the war means the detachment needs to be operating at peak performance to ensure nothing is overlooked and everything is taken out of theater on schedule.

The 595th Transportation Brigade commander, Col. David Banian, and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin McKeller, paid a visit to the Kandahar detachment May 6 to ensure operations were running as smoothly as needed.

Their tour began early in the morning when they met with the entire detachment to thank the Soldiers for the major role they are playing in such a historic event; the removal of U.S. equipment from Afghanistan to close out the war.

Spc. Marquis Williams inspects documentation to ensure it is accurate prior to cargo being lifted at the Redistribution Property Accountability Team yard at Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Spc. Marquis Williams inspects documentation to ensure it is accurate prior to cargo being lifted at the Redistribution Property Accountability Team yard at Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In the afternoon, the commander and sergeant major spent their time stopping at several areas involved in the overall 831st operation. The first of which was Entry Control Point 5. At ECP 5, Banian spoke with members of the 607th and 620th Movement Control Teams, or MCTs, who are responsible for the out-gate and in-gate of trucks for KAF. The 831st Detachment commander, Capt. Barry Gleeson, explained his vision for working more closely with the MCTs to increase the detachment’s visibility of equipment leaving the base.The second stop on the tour was the Centralized Receiving and Shipping Team yard, where Banian spoke with Warrant Officer Carlos Pena, officer in charge of the 831st redeployment team, about operations involving the returning of unit equipment to the states. Pena explained that the new standard operating procedure was for all units to bring their cargo to the CRSP yard. This will increase visibility of redeploying equipment and reduce the time it takes for the team to inspect documentation (team members currently travel all over KAF to locate pieces in different yards).The third destination on the afternoon drive was the CRSP overflow yard where more than 800 government-owned containers are stacked in what appears like a graveyard. Sgt. Paradeis of the 1742nd Transportation Company explained that they are awaiting a level III contract that should be signed in June. After the contract is signed, work will begin to either repair and reuse the containers, or they will be used by the Defense Logistics Agency to transport scrap metal.The final stop of the tour led Banian and McKeller to the Redistribution Property Accountability Team, or RPAT, yard where the 831st retrograde team handles the removal of all non-unit materiel from KAF.During the visit Sgt. Cody Cope gave the command staff a rundown of the entire process on his computer showing how he consolidates multiple reports to gain situational awareness of the cargo. McKeller was so impressed with the initiative Cope had taken in developing this process, he awarded him a 595th brigade coin.The command staff was then escorted back to the battalion area where they awaited their flight from KAF to the next location; another forward operating base they would visit to ensure retrograde and redeployment operations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility remain in good working order.