Operation Sealift was a success thanks to the combined efforts of units of the 77th Regional Support Command, Fort Totten, N.Y, and civilian stevedores and longshoremen.
Operation Sealift, held last July at Howland Hook, Staten Island, N.Y, was a mobilization exercise that tested the situations transportation units might encounter if deployed for a real-world mission.
The 24th Military Intelligence Battalion, Staten Island, kicked off phase one of the operation by initiating a recall of soldiers with the necessary job skills to begin the drill.
According to SSgt. Gregory Battle, motor sergeant for Detachment F, 24th MI, about 19 CUCVs, nine 2-1/2-ton trucks and 13 5-ton cargo trucks and expando vans were prepared for this mission.
"Most of the vehicles required minor maintenance, then vehicles were inspected to determine which were ready to go and which were deadlined," he said.
Using the hood of a CUCV covered with several log books as an impromptu desk, Battle controlled all vehicles from eight units needing keys, log books, completed inspection forms and fuel.
Of course, there must be soldiers to inspect, fix and drive the vehicles. 2nd Lt. Daniel Maguire, mobilization officer for Detachment D, 24th MI, learned just how time consuming and detail oriented a mobilization can be.
"A lot of consideration goes into taking care of the soldiers," he said. "Personnel records have to be updated, pay information has to be correct, insurance forms need to be reviewed. There's a lot of significant paperwork involved."
Phase two of the operation introduced the 1179th Deployment Support Brigade, Fort Hamilton, N.Y. SSgt. Derek Meadors, supervisor/coordinator of movement, was on the scene to ensure that a unit is deployable equipment-wise.
"It's our job to make certain all vehicles are prepared correctly, with lifting shackles, tie downs; make sure the bows are removed, etcetera," Meadors shouted above the rumble of revving motors. "We've had some minor …