Smallest Unit Mobilized

 

Written by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Published March 22, 2004

   

The six members of Detachment 50 pose with their families before leaving for Kuwait to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

The six members of Detachment 50 pose with their families before leaving for Kuwait to support Operation Enduring Freedom. 

     The smallest unit in the Utah Army National Guard has been mobilized and is leaving for the Kuwait on Sunday, Mar. 28. Detachment 50, Operational Support Airlift, consists of six soldiers. There are four Warrant Officer pilots and two operations sergeants.

    Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet talked to the families and soldiers that were deploying. "Whether it’s six or 600 soldiers leaving, it never gets any easier," said Tarbet. Detachment 50 works closely with Tarbet and they have known each other for a long time. "I have a special spot in my heart for this unit because they fly me all over the place," said Tarbet.

Sgt. Craig Archuleta kisses his wife Corrie after she and Chief Warrant Officer Tim Thompson pin his sergeant stripes on him.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Sgt. Craig Archuleta kisses his wife Corrie after she and Chief Warrant Officer Tim Thompson pin his sergeant stripes on him. 

Tarbet thanked both the families and soldiers for their support and finished his comments telling the soldiers to "be careful over there."

     The unit flies the C-12 Huron, which is the same plane as the Beech King 200. The C-12 is a small plane, 43 feet long, powered by twin turboprop engines. It can carry a payload of 4,215 pounds, flying as fast as 344 miles per hour.

     According to Chief Warrant Officer Tim Thompson, the unit’s commander, Detachment  50 will have the call sign PAT. "We will fly priority packages," said Thompson. "Mostly we will fly dignitaries around."

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet congratulates Sgt. 1st Class Shane Goodman for the work that earned him the Army Achievement Medal.  Goodman is holding his daughter Skye,2, and next to his wife Nanette and his other daughter Sierra,5.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet congratulates Sgt. 1st Class Shane Goodman for the work that earned him the Army Achievement Medal.  Goodman is holding his daughter Skye,2, and next to his wife Nanette and his other daughter Sierra,5.

Spc. Craig Archuleta was promoted to sergeant before the unit deployed. Archuleta, an operations sergeant, said that he has "been ready to leave for quite some time," but he will have a hard time leaving his wife and two young kids. Their kids are 2 years old and six months old.

     The unit will be assigned to the Kuwait Regional Flight Center at Ali Al Salem Air Base.

 

From Left to Right)  Jordan Branch, Taylor Branch and Marcus Holder enjoy the food at the going away party.  Chief Warrant Officer Mike Holder is the father of Marcus and the uncle of the Branches.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

(From Left to Right)  Jordan Branch, Taylor Branch and Marcus Holder enjoy the food at the going away party.  Chief Warrant Officer Mike Holder is the father of Marcus and the uncle of the Branches.