96th Trans Deploys Advanced Party, Fifth Deployment in four years
by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO
The 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 64th Corps Support Group, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and some of its Soldiers will be settling in Kuwait for the fifth time in four years; often talked about as one of the most deployed units on Fort Hood, the 96th Trans sent off its advanced party to Kuwait from Kieshnick Physical Fitness Center here Sept. 25.
Deploying to Kuwait later this year primarily for heavy lift transportation support, the 96th Trans advanced party, approximately 30 Soldiers, deployed prior to the rest of the company to ensure a smooth acceptance of the main body. The advance party will also setup billeting, receive equipment, and deal with any unforeseen issues that may occur.
Some Soldiers will be making this deployment their fifth with the unit. With four deployments under their belt, and one upcoming, Soldiers know the crucial role transportations units have in this ongoing conflict.
“Nothing moves until we move it,” said Staff Sgt. Jack S. Pitts, a truck driver with 96th Trans on his fifth deployment. “(The 96th Trans) has a mission to conduct and we are certainly one of the more experienced transportation units. We know how to get from point A to point B,” Pitts said.
Pitt’s has been with the unit since 2002 and deployed Sept. 29 with the advanced party.