1030th Transportation Battalion heads to Fort Polk for annual training

1030thSANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., to conduct annual training May 10-30, 2015.

“This was an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers of the 1030th to train at an operations tempo and level of realism that you just can’t replicate during a drill weekend or traditional annual training,” said Maj. Timothy Pillion, commander of the 1030th Trans. Bn.

During its annual training the 1030th assumed command and control of five units from both the active and reserve component, including the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company. The battalion provided logistical support and served as the Echelons Above Brigade combat sustainment support battalion enabler to the Hawaii-based 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division during the Decisive Action Training Environment rotation at JRTC.

“The 1030th is a transportation battalion and operated as a combat sustainment support battalion during this rotation, which required utilizing officers and NCOs from the 329th RSG to augment the staff,” Pillion said. “The staff quickly melded together and worked seamlessly to provide support to the 3/25.”

The 1030th operated out of the Intermediate Staging Base at Alexandria, La., and assumed mayoral duties for the ISB. This included feeding, housing, and life support for its battalion and all the other units operating from the ISB.

“Although the missions of a transportation battalion and a CSSB are different, this exercise was really about mission command and managing available resources, which the 1030th does very well,” Pillion said.