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Securing Mechanical Endurance for Personal Security

At the end of the day, the problems are fixed, and soldiers make sure the vehicles are clean and full of fuel for the next mission.

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Photos by: U.S. Army Specialist Anita VanderMolen
Oregon Guard 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq

(BAGHDAD, Iraq) - The mechanics of C Troop 1/82 CAV of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team are part of the Personal Security Detachment on mission at the Joint Visitors Bureau Hotel at Victory Base Complex.

The Soldiers take care of the tactical vehicles used to transport visiting dignitaries to VBC.

"We work on the Humvees and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles," said Sgt. Daniel Egbert, senior mechanic from Salem, Oregon.

The problems that arise are usually not critical. The PSD driving the VIPs make note of vehicle issues needing attention. They fill out paperwork and give it to the mechanics.

"After we get the paperwork, we troubleshoot to see what is wrong with the truck," said Egbert. "Usually it is just a switch not put in the position all the way and no fault is found. There are a lot of switches."

Many of the issues are due to idle time, leaving the vehicles sitting with the engines running.

"The vehicles are fired up in the morning and are not shut off until they come back here," said Spc. Jacob Olson, mechanic from Prineville, Ore. "The vehicles are left on during meetings. If the VIPs need to leave quickly then they can jump in the trucks, ready to go, and go when they need to go."

Idle time creates carbon build-up in the engines.

"Carbon build-up causes the engines to not last as long," said Olson. "One hour of idle time equals 33 driven miles."

At the end of the day, the problems are fixed. The Soldiers make sure the vehicles are clean and full of fuel for the next mission.

Photos by: U.S. Army Specialist Anita VanderMolen, Oregon Guard 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq


These vehicles are a part of the small fleet used by the Personal Security Detachment of C Troop 1/82 Cavalry of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The vehicles are used to provide security for visiting dignitaries to the Victory Base Complex, Iraq area.


Spc. Jacob Olson, a mechanic with C Troop 1/82 Cavalry of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, tests the throttle positioning sensor on a Humvee Jan. 10, 2010. The sensor tells the transmission control modulator when to shift the vehicle into a different gear. Olson, of Prineville, Ore., is stationed at Victory Base Complex, Iraq. The 1/82 CAV is the personal security detachment at the Joint Visitors Bureau Hotel. Their mission is to provide security to visiting dignitaries as they travel around the VBC area. The troop also manages and provides security at the JVB Hotel.


Sgt. Daniel Egbert, senior mechanic with C Troop 1/82 Cavalry of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, tests the throttle positioning sensor on a Humvee Jan. 10, 2010. The sensor tells the transmission control modulator when to shift the vehicle into a different gear. Egbert, of Salem, Ore., is stationed at Victory Base Complex, Iraq. The 1/82 CAV is the Personal Security Detachment at the Joint Visitors Bureau Hotel. Their mission is to provide security to visiting dignitaries as they travel around the VBC area. The troop also manages and provides security at the JVB Hotel.


A closer look at the job Spc. Jacob Olson, a mechanic with C Troop 1/82 Cavalry of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, has taken on. He is testing the throttle positioning sensor on a Humvee Jan. 10, 2010. Olson, of Prineville, Ore., is stationed at Victory Base Complex, Iraq. The 1/82 CAV is the personal security detachment at the Joint Visitors Bureau Hotel.




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Lee Bosch February 17, 2010 4:51 pm (Pacific time)

Think of it this way. If these soldiers continue to carry out their assignments, fewer people will get hurt by IEDs. Their efforts are appreciated.


Randal Hoppe February 17, 2010 8:28 am (Pacific time)

Why the diversion away from the current CIC? Just In Case You Cared-491 U.S. Soldiers, 4,481 Civilians have been Killed Since Obama Took Control in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, not including Pakistan and Yemen... and increasing daily.
Just in case you forgot, Americans are STILL fighting and dying in two overseas wars, and innocent civilians continue to die in horrible ways.
I can see how this could slip your mind, as you will no longer see ANY mention of these facts, AT ALL, on any alphabet network evening news shows.
The "Daily Death Count Update's!" on the 30 minute network news broadcasts ENDED on Nov 4,2008, the day Obama was elected. With a Democrat in the White House, American Soldier Deaths are no longer even WORTH reporting, as they now have more important things to cover, such as what Obama's dog pee'd on today, or what Micheal Jackson's doctor might have said!

Editor: Randal, do you know what site you are writing on right now?  You go from something about not mentioning the dead, to a slam on two black people.  You seem like you are pretty far from understanding very much.  I think you need to think about things you write, ok?  

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