1710th Trans. Co. Soldier recognized as “Sustainer of the Month”

Spc. Callie Gajdica of the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company was selected as "Sustainer of the Month" for September 2013 by 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Afghanistan. (Contributed photo)

Spc. Callie Gajdica of the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company was selected as “Sustainer of the Month” for September 2013 by 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Afghanistan. (Contributed photo)

SANDSTON, Va. — Spc. Callie Gajdica of the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company was selected as “Sustainer of the Month” for September 2013 by 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Afghanistan. About 150 Soldiers from the 1710th are currently on federal active duty and stationed at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan where they are conducting transportation support operations. They mobilized for federal active April 1, 2013, and are scheduled to serve on federal active duty for 12 months.

Every month, 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion selects a Soldier from each unit for recognition as Sustainer of the Month. The selected Soldier plays a key role in retrograde operations, takes initiative in the accomplishment of missions, and goes above and beyond in the execution of his or her duties.

“Keeping the Unit safe,” Gajdica explained what motivates her in her work ethic. “That means making sure the system keeps flowing and making sure my guys get what they need,” she continued.

Conducting more than 240 dispatches of company vehicles a month, maintaining accountability of more than 150 bench stock items, and submitting all maintenance reports is only part of her role in the maintenance section. Gajdica is also the primary Army Maintenance Management System clerk, and she is responsible for high priority part turn-ins that enables the Army to recycle useable parts, saving the unit and military an exponential amount of money.

“Spc. Gajdica represents the model Soldier of today’s Army and institutes professionalism in the work place and across the Unit as a whole,” said Capt. Rodney Rhodes, commander of the 1710th. “Her work ethic is always focused to the support of mission and unit personnel. She is an extraordinary Soldier with unlimited potential and represents the 1710th Transportation Company very well. I am extremely proud to serve with her.”

The maintenance section of the 1710th TC is constantly running vehicles through the maintenance tent. From complete engine replacements to quality care checks before missions, the teamwork demonstrated daily by this section raises the standard across the company and battalion, he said.