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Published:December 14th, 2006 02:58 EST
Red Bulls validate vehicles at boarder crossing

Red Bulls validate vehicles at boarder crossing

By SOP newswire

FORWARD OPERATING BASE TREBIL, Iraq – A small group of Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry and a handful of Florida Army Reserve Soldiers play a huge role in moving commodities from Jordan to Al Asad.

They ensure that contracted trucks and trailers are able to make the 300-mile one-way trip by inspecting each rig near the Jordan border for “road worthiness.” Reasons these trucks would be rejected and sent back to the Jordan border include bald tires, missing spare tires, cracks in the frames of the trailers and massive engine oil leaks. The driver or the driver’s company is responsible for the repairs.

Maj. Todd Aarhus of Marshalltown, Iowa, the officer in charge of the Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, said his team has inspected more than 14,000 trucks and had more than 110 convoys leave Trebil since arriving in April.

“It is a very, very high profile port of entry here and the 133rd and the 1st Brigade play a big part of that,” Aarhus said.

He said this port of entry is among three into Iraq. The other two are on the Kuwait and Turkish borders. Unlike those two which take a minimum of 45 days to move the commodities, Trebil takes less than a week.

Aarhus said these commodities include, fuel, vehicles, armored parts, material for living quarters, and food for the bigger dining facilities in Iraq.

“The commodities that we’re moving across here are of extremely high importance,” he said.

Aarhus said there have been days with as many as 205 trucks and days with only 70 trucks in the convoys.

Aarhus’ team lives in air conditioned and heated wooden huts. There is also a small dining facility, a shower trailer, a restroom trailer and a day room where the group can watch American Forces Network TV.

“We’re getting by OK,” Aarhus said.