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DATE: July 15, 2013 4:39:14 PM CDT

West Point Cadet learns active duty ropes

Cadet Crystal Christian, a human geography student with the United States Military Academy at West Point, completes paperwork at the Cow House Range here July 11. Christian was sponsored by 2nd Lt. Ronnie Madayag, with the 154th Transportation Company, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) during her active duty internship learning the ropes of the transportation environment.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson, 13th ESC PAO Cadet Crystal Christian (right), a human geography student with the United States Military Academy at West Point, receives a weapon familiarization briefing on the M249 machine gun from Sgt. Brian Britton, a range safety noncommissioned officer from 297th Transportation Company, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), at the Cow House Range July 11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson, 13th ESC PAO Cadet Crystal Christian (left), a human geography student with the United States Military Academy at West Point, receives instruction from Sgt. Brian Britton, a range safety noncommissioned officer from 297th Transportation Company, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), at an M249 machine gun range at the Cow House Range July 11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson, 13th ESC PAO Cadet Crystal Christian, a human geography student with the United States Military Academy at West Point, fires an M249 machine gun at a range with Soldiers from 297th Transportation Company, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), at the Cow House Range July 11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson, 13th ESC PAO

By Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson, 13th ESC PAO

As part of the United States Military Academy’s academic individual advancement development program, the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), hosted West Point Cadets for a preview of the active duty military experience prior to their senior school year at the Academy June 2 through July 13.

The Wranglers sponsored two groups of four West Point Cadets who took the opportunity to learn the sustainment and support operations of the Wrangler Brigade before commissioning into the Army.

Each group spent three weeks living the Soldier life and shadowing an active duty officer.

Cadet Crystal Christian, a human geography student at West Point, was sponsored by 2nd Lt. Ronnie Madayag, a platoon leader with the 154th Transportation Company, 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sust. Bde., during her active duty internship.

“She did a great job,” said Madayag. “She was very receptive of what was going on and contributed wherever there was an opportunity.”

Christian was given the chance to shadow 1st Lt. Jonathan Watson, a material handling equipment platoon leader with 297th Transportation Company, 49th MCB, as his unit conducted an M249 machine gun range at Cow House Range July 11.

What may seem as usually a routine training event for many units, provided Christian with her most valuable lesson during her visit; flexibility.

“We had a few hiccups attempting to open the range,” she said, “but we were able to make adjustments and conduct the training without additional issues. It taught me that no matter how solid the planning and preparation is, unexpected things will still happen and it’s important to be flexible and ready to make adjustments and move out.”

Overall, Christian said she experienced a lot during her time with 154th Trans. Co. and looked forward to graduating and earning her commission.

“It was a great opportunity to learn from the Soldiers and officers while I was here,” said Christian. “I was also able to take the lessons I’ve learned in school and apply those to the real life situations here, and will also take what I’ve learned here and apply that to my senior year and hopefully make me a better officer when I commission next year.”

Madayag said that he hopes she remembers her time spent interacting with the Soldiers. “The Soldiers are the most important asset for any officer. As she moves forward and is commissioned as a second lieutenant, it’s important to remember the number one goal of any officer is to take care of your Soldiers. If not for the Soldiers, we could not accomplish any mission.”

For more information contact:
13 SC(E) Public Affairs Office
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
(254) 288-7342
(254) 288-6410
Bldg. 39009, Support Ave.
Fort Hood, TX 76544
joseph.m.odorizzi.mil@mail.mil