Sgt. Travis Wright, of Monticello, was among 19 Soldiers representing six states who graduated from the Motor Transport Operator Reclassification Course April 18 at the Illinois National Guard Regional Training Institute, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.
“You have graduated with skills to safely transport people and equipment over long distances,” Lt. Col. Michael Hough, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 129th Regiment (RTI) told the Soldiers. “These are wonderful skills to have. Motor Transport Operator is a crucial Military Occupational Specialty in the Army today.”
“As transporters, you are the spearhead of logistics,” CW2 John Tierney, Mobility Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 108th Sustainment Brigade. “I challenge you to be the best you can be.”
“As you travel to your homes, I want you to feel gratitude that you have a profession of Arms that teaches you how to defend our country and provides you with a skill that really helps the Army on the battlefield,” Hough said.
“I know you’ve all heard the saying that nothing happens until something moves,” Tierney said. “In our jobs as transporters, bad things happen if nothing moves.”
Tierney urged the Soldiers to be prepared to learn more about their jobs when they arrive back at their units.
“Commanders at every level depend on you to move their equipment,” Tierney said. “We are first in, last out Soldiers. When you get back to your units, be a leader, seek out initiatives and be resilient.”
The two-phase course honored a Distinguished Honor Graduate and Honor Graduate from each phase. Sgt. 1st Class Brian Lange, of Urbana, Illinois was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for Phase I. Sgt. Travis Wright, of Monticello, Illinois and Sgt. William Lewis, of the Alabama National Guard, were selected as Honor Graduates for Phase I. Sgt. John Hodge, of the Alabama National Guard, was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for Phase II. Spc. Nathan Gamez, of Chicago, Illinois, was selected Honor Graduate for Phase II.