1032nd Trans. Co. troops transport U.S. Navy target boats from Norfolk to Fort Pickett

Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company prepare to transport seven unserviceable target boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett, April 12, 2014. Thirty seven Soldiers from the 1032nd Trans. Co. and the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, both of which fall under the 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group,  took part in the mission transporting the boats to Fort Pickett where they will serve as targets on Range 13. In addition to spending valuable time on the road, the 1032nd Soldiers gained experience planning and conducting convoy operations, while the 266th Soldiers practiced escort and security procedures. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company prepare to transport seven unserviceable target boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett, April 12, 2014. Thirty seven Soldiers from the 1032nd Trans. Co. and the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, both of which fall under the 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, took part in the mission transporting the boats to Fort Pickett where they will serve as targets on Range 13. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company drove from Fort Pickett to Norfolk and back during their drill weekend April 12, 2014, to transport seven unserviceable target boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett.

The boats, known as High-Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets, are remote controllable tow targets that were used for live fire, off-shore exercises. They were transported to Fort Pickett’s Range 13 where they will now serve as targets alongside several other shipments of excess Navy target boats which were given to the Virginia Guard.

A Soldier with the 1032nd Transportation Company secures a U.S. Navy target boat for the movement from Norfolk to Fort Pickett April 12, 2014, at Naval Station Norfolk. In addition to loading and securing the cargo on their trucks, Soldiers of the 1032nd gained valuable experience planning and conducting convoy operations. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

A Soldier with the 1032nd Transportation Company secures a U.S. Navy target boat for the movement from Norfolk to Fort Pickett April 12, 2014, at Naval Station Norfolk. In addition to loading and securing the cargo on their trucks, Soldiers of the 1032nd gained valuable experience planning and conducting convoy operations. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Thirty-seven Soldiers from the 1032nd Trans. Co. and the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, both of which fall under the Virginia Guard’s 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, took part in the mission. Four vehicles from the 266th MP Co. escorted the 12 vehicles from the 1032nd Trans. Co. on the mission, which required driving more than 300 miles round trip.

“This was a chance for Soldiers to reinforce all their skills and training,” said 2nd Lt. Christopher Davis of the 1032nd Trans. Co., who served as the convoy commander.

While the 1032nd troops gained experience planning and conducting convoy operations, the Soldiers from the 266th had the opportunity to practice real-life escort and security procedures.

“This mission required great coordination between the two units,” explained Master Sgt. Jeff Wroblewski of the 266th MP Co. “There was good communication back and forth on the road, keeping tight intervals and making sure everyone got here safe.”

“The Navy target boat transport is one of many partnership missions the units of the 329th RSG and 1030th Trans Bn. have sought out,” said Maj. Tim Pillion, commander of the 1030th Trans. Bn. “Each of these unique missions offers our Soldiers realistic training with entities in which we normally don’t operate and provides those entities with a low cost service.”


Photos: Va. Guard troops transport U.S. Navy target boats from Norfolk to Fort Pickett – April 12, 2014

2nd Lt. Christopher Davis (center) of the 1032nd Trans. Co., shakes hands with U.S. Navy civilian employees and contractors after receiving seven unserviceable target boats April 12, 2014, at Naval Station Norfolk. Davis led a convoy of 16 vehicles from Fort Pickett to Norfolk and back to deliver the boats, which will now be used as targets at the Fort Pickett range. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

2nd Lt. Christopher Davis (center) of the 1032nd Trans. Co., shakes hands with U.S. Navy civilian employees and contractors after receiving seven unserviceable target boats April 12, 2014, at Naval Station Norfolk. Davis led a convoy of 16 vehicles from Fort Pickett to Norfolk and back to deliver the boats, which will now be used as targets at the Fort Pickett range. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)