Soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1436th Engineering Company load vehicles and heavy equipment onto flatbed semi-truck trailers for transport to Fort Polk, JRTC located in Leesville, La. March 9-11, 2016.
The commanding officer for the load out was 1st Lt. Barry Beranek, executive officer for the 1436th contingent. During this period of time Soldiers loaded civilian flatbed trailers with bulldozers, front end loaders, light medium tactical vehicles, light equipment transporters, and other heavy construction equipment. The operation culminated with the unit using a large crane to load pre-packed flatbed trailers onto the civilian trucks for transport.
“This is the first time the Michigan Army National Guard has done a commercial line haul of this size,” said Beranek.
The line haul consisted of 58 semitrailer flatbeds moving a majority of the unit’s heavy equipment and vehicles for support of the Soldiers mission in Leesville. Their rotation will take place at Fort Polk, March 18-24, 2016.