Atlantic Resolve logistics: Life on the highway

U.S. Army Pfc. Thomas Navarro (from left), automated logistical specialist; Sgt. Joshua Anderson, wheeled vehicle mechanic; and Chief Warrant Officer Steven Donohue, maintenance control technician, all 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, transfer supplies received from logisticians, Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Arm. Bde. Cmbt. Tm., in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Jan. 20.

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland — Paper clips, computer screens, fuel, beans, bullets, and virtually everything that can be shipped has a National Stock Number or a similar label assigned to it for ordering and resupplying purposes.

For the U.S. Army logisticians assigned to Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, deployed in Poland for Atlantic Resolve, two revolving questions persist, “What supplies are each unit in the field requesting and how do I get said supplies to various units separated hours from each other?”

“When we do our LOGPAC movements, what we do is move any kind of class of supply that the maneuver units may need,” said 1st Lt. Chase Wilson.
The crew completed a nearly 90-mile convoy from Skwierzyna, Poland, to here.
“Today,” Wilson said, “we moved Class IX repair parts … we also moved Class III fuel.”

As many Soldiers know, some convoys go much farther than 90 miles. Some convoys that support units conduct can become multi-day missions, carrying equipment and supplies critical to ground forces’ ability to complete their missions. These convoys are often time sensitive and require keen attention to detail — regardless of the distance required to deliver the supplies.
“It’s very important because without those logistics, those troops cannot move,” said Spc. Varlee Talawally, water purification specialist.
Spc. Devin Whitehurst said it raises morale when Soldiers have supplies and support units capable of moving out and supporting them wherever they are.
As famous battles in history have shown, the inability of one side to regularly resupply forces can easily decide the outcome of a conflict.
“I think it would have a negative impact,” Whitehurst said.

A U.S. Army convoy from Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducts a logistical mission in Poland, Jan. 20.

“At our level, we fuel the fight,” said the Houston, Texas, native. “If we can’t get the fuel to the fight, there probably will be no motivation to carry out the mission.”
The unit is slated to support Atlantic Resolve in various allied and partner countries, which provides an opportunity for Soldiers to experience different military cultures.
“I’m actually excited,” said Staff Sgt. William Hudson, water section leader, “I’ve never been to Europe; I’ve never worked with any NATO forces. It’s definitely going to be a new experience for me — it’s something I’m looking forward to!”

Hudson said he looks forward to learning from and sharing knowledge with his allied counterparts and to take those lessons back to the field.
The 3rd Armored Brigade is the first of back-to-back armored brigade rotations that will rotate through Europe as part of Atlantic Resolve. This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the U.S. ability to respond to potential crises and defend allies and partners in the European community. U.S. forces will focus on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training and exercises.