Home : Media : News : News Article View

Putting It All Together: Guard Transporters Deliver Success at Rising Thunder

By Spc. Shaylin Quaid | 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 10, 2019

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A common saying in the Army is that everyone is a Soldier, no matter their primary duty position. The truck drivers and maintenance personnel of the 1844th Transportation Company take that to heart. While their primary duty is to ensure the prompt transport of troops and supplies, these Illinois Guardsmen have shown that they aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to protect their convoys and fellow Soldiers.

During the past week and a half, Soldiers from the 1844th, part of the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 108th Sustainment Brigade, conducted improvised explosive device, medical evacuation, vehicle recovery, and hostile environment lane training in preparation for the culminating event of their annual training experience at Rising Thunder 2019 here at the Yakima Training Center.

The truck drivers came to Yakima Training Center with the primary mission of transporting the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. However, the resources and equipment the training center provided enabled the East Saint Louis-based transportation company to engage in several training scenarios they weren’t able to replicate back home.

From Sept. 6-7, the Soldiers went on a two-day field training exercise where they conducted base defense and sent their platoons out on transportation missions for their final objectives.

“The culminating event was a combination of all of the training they received over the last week and a half, spun up into a fast-paced, two-day ,” said Sgt. 1st Class Gary Cunningham, a platoon sergeant with the 1844th.

Upon leaving the field, Soldiers faced a lane that, unbeknownst to them, would push them to utilize all of the skills they had been sharpening since arriving at the central Washington training installation. The company employed basic and squad-level warrior tasks such as react to fire, care of casualties, use of radio communication, knowledge of how to send a situation or casualty report, and spotting IEDs.

“Our Soldiers are primarily vehicle operators with a small vehicle maintenance section.” said 1st Lt. Jamie Gunning, a platoon leader with the 1844th. “It isn’t often that we get the opportunity to work with other [military specialties], but in this training environment we’ve been able to. We worked side-by-side with medics from HHC 2-130, and Infantry from the 178th, and they’ve all taught us so much. This training has not only helped us learn how to operate in different tactical units, but we’ve also learned how to support them better.”

The 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, are also Illinois Guard outfits on site at Rising Thunder 19 conducting their own annual training exercises. The 1844th has a long history supporting its combat arms units, whether from the Guard, regular Army, or Army Reserve.

From medical evacuation helicopters to training alongside medics and infantrymen from the 178th Inf. Reg., the training at Rising Thunder brought a new level of realism to the 1844th’s training. Cunningham was especially proud of the Soldiers who jumped into action to fill the roles of their higher-ups when things got chaotic. His desired take-aways from Rising Thunder are teamwork and individual initiative.

“I hope our Soldiers remember that they have to know more than just their job,” said Cunningham. “They have to be willing to step up and do more than just their position at any given time.”

Like Us
Follow Us



Ceremony Broadcast from Hallowed Pearl Harbor to Honor 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway
The national ensign waves from the mast aboard the USS Midway Museum during a ceremony held in observance of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
June 5, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM -- Commander Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle

Journey to Service
Lt. Emily Rosenzweig, a chaplain assigned to 3rd Radio Battalion Religious Ministry Team at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, reads a Hebrew prayer aboard the USS Arizona Memorial during an Interfaith Prayer service and Floral Tribute. The event allowed religious leaders from the U.S. military, Hawaii, and Japan to engage in prayer to honor the fallen service members. Dec. 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. Since Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region.
June 5, 2020 - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Throughout the country and across the globe are a universal set of

Service Members, Civilians Bound By DOD Rules During Election Campaigns
James Brady, 14th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist and installation voting assistance officer, talks with Air Force Staff Sgt. Cory Henning, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, during Armed Forces Voters Week in the base exchange on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., June 27, 2018. Though federal election years have a large effect on the voting community and activity, elections are happening across the country every year.
June 5, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- It's election season again, when federal, state and local political campaigns kick

Humphreys Community Celebrates Graduating Students
More than 250 cars from the Humphreys community joined a reverse parade, June 3, to show their support for the graduating seniors. While the seniors stood by decorated light poles, the community drove by in cars, waving and shouting to congratulate them on their achievement.
June 5, 2020 - CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- The Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific and

USS Theodore Roosevelt Departs Guam Mission Ready
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Apra Harbor July 4, 2020. Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt is returning to operational tasking during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific.
June 4, 2020 - APRA HARBOR, Guam -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed Apra Harbor to continue its scheduled