Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

On the Road with the Hell Hounds

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

On the Road with the Hell Hounds

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"We have problems every time we go out. A problem can arise at any moment."

AT the Navistar convoy-support center on the northern edge of Kuwait's border with Iraq, the sound of tapping valves under the dusty hoods of several Humvees fills the diesel-scented air.

It's 5 a.m. and the vehicles have just been "topped off" for the trip north. Already it's hot outside.

SSG Roland Sioris finishes up his threat-condition briefing to Soldiers from the 810th Military Police Company, an Army Reserve unit from Tampa, Fla.

Sioris tells the group about an improvised-explosive-device explosion that morning and warns the Soldiers about enemy ambushes.

They listen intently to the warnings of what might lie ahead on their next journey through Iraq.

"This is our mission now," said SGT Thomas Sirico, who said that since his unit's deployment to southwest Asia was extended in May 2004, the 810th switched from providing support to U.S. Customs Service operations in Kuwait to conducting convoy-security operations into Iraq.

"We meet the convoy here in the staging lanes, mesh into trucks as they depart, take them where they need to go and come back," Sirico said. To ensure the safety of the supply movement, the unit provides six heavily armed Humvees, traveling to some of the most northerly forward-operating bases in Iraq.

The drive to Baghdad may take as long as 16 hours. A more distant trip can take as long as four days, he said. …

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