396th Transportation Company ready for action

Story and photos by Pfc. Brynn Stoll
396th Transportation Company
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — The 396th Transportation Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has spent weeks training on their post-attack reconnaissance procedures to remain prepared if an enemy attack occurs on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.

The PAR team consists of seven 396th Trans. Co. Soldiers. So the team can respond at any time, PAR Soldiers do not run missions outside of COB Adder. Pfc. Shawn Anglin, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic with the company and a Meridianville, Ala., native said,

“I volunteered to be on the PAR team because I want to be on the front line,” Anglin said. “Being a part of the PAR team reminds me that I am a Soldier and we are in a war zone.”

The team has medium tactical vehicles and humvees designated for PAR operations and drills.  Both vehicles are equipped with medical equipment, traffic cones, engineer tape, flashlights, batteries, and equipment to protect them from nuclear, biological and chemical attacks, Anglin said.

Spc. Andrew Govier, a personnel actions clerk with the 396th Trans. Co. and a Plymouth, Minn., native, is in charge of operating the radio while the rest of the team conducts security procedures.

“My job is to report back to (our) operations (center) every 15 minutes,” he said. “The most important responsibility I have is, if there happens to be a casualty in our (area of responsibility), I need call up the nine-line (medevac).”

If an indirect fire or chemical attack occurs, all 396th Trans. Co. Soldiers who are not on the PAR team will take cover in the nearest bunker or hardened building and will not leave until the area has been determined as safe.

“You’ll see a few people who don’t take the (indirect fire) exercises seriously,” said Spc. Willie Peguero, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic with the 396th Trans. Co. and a Syracuse N.Y., native. “(But) just because (a base) doesn’t receive fire very often doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for the worst.”