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‘Regulators’ prep vehicles, more in training exercise

Email   Print   Share By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bridson, 4th Sust. Bde. Public Affairs
August 15, 2013 | News
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Spc. Anthony Ramirez, a heavy equipment mechanic, assigned to 53rd QM Co., 553rd CSSB, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC ground guides a vehicle through the battalion motor pool before heading to the railhead Aug. 1. Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bridson, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC Public Affairs
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Trucks belonging to the 53rd QM Co., 553rd CSSB, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC line up inside the battalion motor pool in preparation for movement to Camp Atterbury, Ind. Approximately 50 Regulator Soldiers are taking part in Exercise Vibrant Response 13-2 at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., a joint service exercise involving approximately 8,000 military and civilian personnel from 27 different states that will be faced with a multitude of scenarios involving simulated terrorist attacks and natural disasters in the United States. Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bridson, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC Public Affairs
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A vehicle leaves the gates of the 53rd QM Co., 553rd CSSB, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC motor pool. Approximately 50 Regulator Soldiers are taking part in Exercise Vibrant Response 13-2 at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., and will be supporting the training exercise by providing fuel for vehicles, generators and possibly aircraft during the exercise. Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bridson, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC Public Affairs
Approximately 50 Soldiers from the 53rd Quarter Master Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) have spent the past few weeks preparing their vehicles and Families for an upcoming training exercise in Indiana.

The Regulator Soldiers are taking part in Exercise Vibrant Response 13-2 at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., and will be supporting the training exercise by providing fuel for

vehicles, generators and possibly aircraft for the next two weeks.

Vibrant Response is a joint service exercise involving approximately 8,000 military and civilian personnel from 27 different states that will be faced with a multitude of scenarios involving simulated terrorist attacks in the United States.

“We will be supporting other military units to include Marines, Navy and Air Force, and we will also be supporting civilian agencies, such as fire departments, police departments and other civilian organizations,” said Capt. David Garcia, commander of the 53rd QM Co. “This is actually our second year on this mission at Camp Atterbury to conduct this training.”

Because of budget restraints across the militarys this year, the 53rd QM Co. will be taking fewer vehicles, equipment, and Soldiers to Indiana for the exercise, but they are fully prepared to tackle the mission at hand.

“We have done a lot of NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) training, as well as … we have been doing the fuel supply mission every day,” Garcia said. “That will be the easy part. The hard part is going to be the short-term notice on all the taskings we will get while we are there and reacting to those.”

While their loved ones are away training, the Families of the Regulator Soldiers will be well looked after with various programs in place to help them, if needed.

“We have an FRG (Family readiness group) within the unit so we can keep all the Families informed as to what’s going on, and we also have the rear detachment here in case any problems come up while we are gone,” Garcia said.

Cpl. Dietra Dycks, a fuel supply specialist with the 53rd, is participating in her second exercise at Camp Atterbury and is ready for anything Vibrant Response throws at her.

“I went last year, so I know a little bit about what is going to happen,” Dycks said. “We have been training for a while for this mission and the Soldiers are ready. They have been training hard,” she added.

In the past few months, Dycks has been serving as a legal assistant within the unit and is looking forward to gaining some more experience in her career field.

“We train as we fight,” Dycks said, “and I always want to be prepared because you never know what is going to happen. So, I am hoping to gain some good experience from this training.”
 
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