'King of the Road' Battalion Invade BLORA

By Pfc. Sean McGuire
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers and families of the 180th Transportation Battalion escaped the rigors of work Aug. 18 by enjoying an organizational day at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area, something their commander claimed was much deserved.

“We needed a day like this, and you all deserve it,” said Lt. Col. Robert Villalobos, while standing before hundreds during the awards portion of the day. “Fort Hood wouldn’t be so great without what you do,” he raved, to the delight of his troops.

Starting at nine that morning, members of the unit and their families, which fall under the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) descended upon BLORA for a day mapped out to include sports, fishing, barbeque and other activities.

“This was our effort to bring the Soldiers and families together,” said Warrant Officer Armando Lopez, an ammunition technician for the 664th Ordnance Company.

Groups of Soldiers and leaders began setting up and preparing for the day hours before anyone showed up, Lopez said. Once things got rolling, it was mostly noncommissioned and commissioned officers in charge of ensuring safety and smoothness of events for the remainder of the day.

“We did that so that all our Soldiers could enjoy themselves and be together,” he added.

The battalion had music and food available until the awards ceremony late in the afternoon. Many Soldiers and family members received battalion coins and certificates of appreciation.

2nd Lt. Justin Lucas of the 154th Transportation Company received an Army Achievement Medal for his involvement in a recent convoy live fire exercise, while 297th Inland Cargo Transportation Company 1st Lt. Lydia Koh received one for orchestrating the unit’s day at BLORA.

At the end of the day the 96th Transportation Company received the overall unit competition trophy for winning six different events, including flag football and volleyball.

 

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Lt. Col. Robert Villalobos, commander of the 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), watches as a Soldier prepares to attempt an accurate throw that would send him falling into the water below. The battalion held a unit wide organizational day at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area at Fort Hood, Texas Aug. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

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Soldiers of the 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) compete in a game of flag football Aug. 18 at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area at Fort Hood, Texas. Soldiers and their families enjoyed time away from work through an organizational day that featured a barbeque contest. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

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Soldiers and families of the 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) invade Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area at Fort Hood, Texas for an organizational day Aug. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)