Soldiers from the 116th Motor Transport Army National Guard unit spent time this past year at White Sands Missile Range training, volunteering and helping with the WSMR mission.
During their training, the Soldiers worked with contractors and personnel at facilities like the Central Issue Facility and the Logistics Readiness Center. Spc. Stephen Weinkauf and Pfc. Jacob Ulibarri said their training included completing warehouse work, dispatching vehicles, and gaining experience driving vehicles.
“We have been working with civilians and contractors,” Weinkauf said. “It’s fun to work with them. It’s a different experience than working as a unit.”
The unit, headquartered in Grants, New Mexico, rotates its Soldiers every two weeks. Weinkauf and Ulibarri both completed their two-week rotation at WSMR.
“The LRC as a whole has benefited,” said John W. Sally, chief Logistic Support Team with the Logistic Readiness Center. “They have been assisting with the mission on post allowing us to do our mission.”
During their training, the Soldiers support the WSMR mission, but also take time to help the community. Some Soldiers from the unit volunteered during this year’s Bataan Memorial Death March. During their two-week stay at WSMR, Soldiers from the unit also volunteered at the El Caldito soup kitchen in Las Cruces four or five hours a week.
“In uniform, we represent the community,” Weinkauf said. “To give back is a good part of it.”
“When we wear the uniform, we represent something important out here,” Ulibarri added. “Helping shows that we care for the community.”