CAMP ROBINSON MANUEVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. — About 25 soldiers with the White Hall-based National Guard unit departed North Little Rock early Monday morning in a convoy of 12 military vehicles heading to Fort Sill, Okla., where they are delivering equipment to support another Arkansas unit’s training.
The soldiers, members of Det. 1, Alpha Company of the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Brigade Support Battalion, specialize in transportation and distribution support for the state’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The unit was tasked to line haul military vehicles, containers and equipment on their fleet of flatbed trailers in preparation for a sister unit’s upcoming training.
The unit rallied early in the morning to perform final checks and safety inspections despite below-freezing temperatures reportedly reaching 12 degrees. The unit convoyed to Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, where they will remain overnight before completing the trip Tuesday.
“I’m really proud of our soldiers and their readiness to take on this mission. They’re just proud of the opportunity, because this is what they have trained to do,” said Capt. Stephen McCulley, commander of Alpha Company. “This is one of those unique jobs in the military that might translate over to a civilian occupation due to the training and experience they’ve earned on the road.
“And I should really thank the employers of our soldiers who are already employed,” said McCulley. “Without that employer’s support, we couldn’t do what we do.”