58th Trans. Bn. puts pedal to metal
The 58th Transportation Battalion conducts Advanced Individual Training to develop motor-transport operators (88M) capable of operating in contingency and peacetime environments.
— 58th Trans. Bn. transitioned from 3rd Chemical Brigade to 2nd Brigade, 94th Training Division, becoming a tenant unit on Fort Leonard Wood.
— During the fiscal year, more than 3,700 Soldiers graduated from 88M AIT. The battalion adopted a more rigorous program of instruction to ensure trainees are prepared to meet the needs of the Army in 88M warrior tasks.
— Warrior tasks, battle drills and the regimental induction ceremony were revitalized. Implementation of the Readiness and Resiliency Program helped to achieve a graduation rate of over 98 percent.
— The battalion held a change of command ceremony between Lt. Col. Matthew Western and Lt. Col. Ramon Salas on June 21 while the change of responsibility between Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj. Darron Wilson occurred on March 22. On June 7, Company C welcomed its new commander, Capt. Gary Grantham.
— 58th Trans. Bn. trained and credentialed 54 cadre during fiscal year 2019. More than 40 cadre received Army Instructor Badges. Over 35 cadre were inducted into the Order of Saint Christopher, with one service member awarded the Ancient Order of Saint Christopher.
— Throughout the year, 58th Trans. Bn. Soldiers were recognized for their actions and excellence. Sgt. 1st Class Marianne Russell competed and won the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition. She competed for the Training and Doctrine Command Drill Sergeant of the Year Award Aug. 21.
— During the Army-wide audit on general equipment, 1st Lt. Kevin Galloway and Staff Sgt. Keith Pettway were commended for their excellence in the Command Supply Discipline Program.
— The National Defense Transportation Association awarded Sgt. 1st Class Wayne St. Croix Instructor of the Year. Staff Sgt. Zachary Evans was inducted into the prestigious Audie Murphy Club.
Marine detachment leads the way
Marine Corps Detachment Fort Leonard Wood, through the Transformation Enhancement Program, produces the required number of basic and advanced qualified warriors instilled with the key mission command tenets of integrity, decisiveness and sound judgement, who possess an aggressive bias for action; to sustain the Marine Corps with unparalleled Motor Transport Operators, Military Police, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialists, and Engineer Equipment specialists who are physically, mentally and spiritually fit for combat.
This fiscal year was marked by several accomplishments culminating in the effective training and qualification of 5,198 entry-level Marines, providing the operating forces with warriors capable of integrating into today’s dynamic battlespace.
— The relocation of the USMC Assault Breacher Vehicle Crewman Course from Fort Benning, Georgia, for consolidation with the Combat Engineer Heavy Tracks course aboard Fort Leonard Wood.
— Execution of Semi-Refueler Operators Course Mobile Training Teams to east- and west-coast units, as well as Outside the Contiguous United States commands in order to deliver advanced, specialized training to deploying forces.
— Provided subject matter expertise to occupational specialty operational advisory groups across the maneuver spectrum of Marine Corps warfighting functions to develop and maintain effective, current training methods and capability.
— Received noteworthy recognitions on functional programs identified by the inspector general.
— Provided doctrinal management, including NATO conscription recommendations for joint acceptance.
— Focused Transformation Enhancement for entry-level Marines, resulting in higher retention and readiness.
(Editor’s note: Both articles in this section were submitted to the GUIDON by 58th Trans. Bn. and Marine Corps Detachment Fort Leonard Wood, respectively. It is the sixth in a nine-part series.)