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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade Lifeliners to Conduct “Mire Pit” Training

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Sustainment Brigade will conduct a training exercise May 18th, 2012 to test the skills of its Soldiers on recovering vehicles from extreme terrain conditions.

The training will include vehicle recovery in a “mire pit”; Soldiers will be recovering a stuck or overturned vehicle inside a wet, mud-filled pit. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell Exercise trains unit Mechanics to recover Vehicles in Combat

 

Written by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Damaged nearly beyond repair, they work quickly to bring the vehicle right side up knowing one day bullets will accompany their struggles.

The reintroduction of recovering vehicles in the midst of battle is still a ways away for the Taskmaster mechanics, but their training started here at the ranges January 31st.

Soldiers of Company B, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work together to place their rigging system back in its place during wrecker training here at the ranges Jan. 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

Soldiers of Company B, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work together to place their rigging system back in its place during wrecker training here at the ranges Jan. 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

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A Justifiable Recovery

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldier with the 101st Sustainment Brigade are no strangers to the effectiveness of the Army’s new joint recovery and distribution system. It was their input and recommendations that directly resulted in the equipment’s fielding to Operation Enduring Freedom.

The vehicle’s effectiveness in a combat environment showed itself as the 584th Maintenance Company recently used the JRADS to recover a downed Apache helicopter. It took the recovery approximately four hours to safely recover and transport the aircraft back to Bagram Airfield, company officials said.

The joint recovery and distribution system is proving successful in vehicle recovery in Afghanistan. Here, soldiers with the 584th Maintainence Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, use the JRADS to recover a downed Apache helicopter. (Courtesy Photo)

The joint recovery and distribution system is proving successful in vehicle recovery in Afghanistan. Here, soldiers with the 584th Maintainence Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, use the JRADS to recover a downed Apache helicopter. (Courtesy Photo)

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Vehicle Recovery made easier

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Soldiers with the 101st Sustainment Brigade teamed up with the Boeing Company and USTRANSCOM one year ago to train and test out a new vehicle recovery system that would be fielded in Afghanistan.

The Joint Recovery and Distribution System, a flatbed trailer intended to load heavily damaged vehicles and bring them back to base, were tested and re-tested by 14 Soldiers assigned to the brigade’s Support Operations team during a two-week training back at Fort Campbell.

Lifeliners put new and improved JRADS to the test in Afghanistan. (photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes)

Lifeliners put new and improved JRADS to the test in Afghanistan. (photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes)

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Rakkasan Soldier recovers ‘unrecoverable’ vehicle

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktya Province, Afghanistan – Mountainous terrain, narrow passes, loose gravel and winding roads spell certain danger for U.S. and coalition forces here who must navigate them with a variety of vehicles and equipment.

When a 40,000-pound mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle and its onboard equipment, which cost nearly $300,000, recently tumbled down a steep mountainside lodging between a large boulder and a huge rock-formation, recovering it seemed nearly impossible.

In fact, three wreckers were taken to the scene in an attempt to retrieve the vehicle. Ultimately, all three were not only unsuccessful, but each piece of equipment broke during the recovery process.

A vehicle recovery crew from Company B, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division adjusts the cabling and ropes connecting their wrecker to a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle that had rolled off a steep mountain pass and lodged against a rock formation approximately 50-feet below. The recovery took the team four-days.  (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

A vehicle recovery crew from Company B, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division adjusts the cabling and ropes connecting their wrecker to a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle that had rolled off a steep mountain pass and lodged against a rock formation approximately 50-feet below. The recovery took the team four-days. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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