Today, the Army Reserve maintains more than 40 percent of the Transportation Corps responsible for moving supplies, troops and equipment anywhere on the globe. They are the backbone of the Army’s support and sustainment structure, providing advanced mobility on and off the battlefield.
Air traffic controllers, railway equipment repairers, and truck maintainers ensure the transfer of passengers, cargo, and equipment to and from air, land, and water.
In a recent, first-of-its-kind joint training exercise involving more than 300 reserve component Soldiers and numerous Canadian army troops, the 619th Transportation Company made a historic journey that took the small group of Soldiers—and truckloads of Canadian Army equipment—more than 2,000 miles across Canada’s countryside during Exercise Maple Caravan 15.
Among the challenges were making sure equipment was loaded in accordance with Canadian laws.
Above: Canadian Army soldiers out of Canadian Forces Base Valcartier assist Soldiers of the619th Transportation Company, Auburn, Maine, the 812th Transportation Battalion, Charlotte, N.C., and the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Coraopolis, Pa., in loading Army Reserve trucks with Canadian equipment as they begin a more than 2,500-mile journey across Canada.Soldiers experienced cross-border logistics, inclement weather conditions, operating on foreign roadways and interacting with the Canadian Army. This historic logistical exercise marks the first time an Army Reserve transportation unit has conducted a long haul mission across Canada