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  • Rakkasan Soldier recovers ‘unrecoverable’ vehicle

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer-2 Byrin D. Wheatley, an allied trades technician in the welding and machine shop of Company B, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, adjusts the flame of a welder in his shop at Camp Sharana. Wheatley, who is also an expert in vehicle recovery, recently orchestrated an extremely challenging vehicle recovery in Gardez saving the Army thousands of dollars. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Aug. 1, 2010) – Mountainous terrain, narrow passes, loose gravel and winding roads spell certain danger for U.S. and coalition forces here who must navigate them with a variety of vehicles and equipment.

    When a 40,000-pound mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle and its onboard equipment, which cost nearly $300,000, recently tumbled down a steep mountainside lodging between a large boulder and a huge rock-formation, recovering it seemed nearly impossible.

    In fact, three wreckers were taken to the scene in an attempt to retrieve the vehicle.  Ultimately, all three were not only unsuccessful, but each piece of equipment broke during the recovery process.

    When the situation looked the darkest, the battalion commander knew that there was only one man he could count on to accomplish the mission and get the vehicle back – U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Byrin D. Wheatley.

     

    Wheatley, who works as an allied trades technician in the welding and machine shop of Company B, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, has years of vehicle-recovery experience under his belt and a perfect record for accomplishing the mission no matter how difficult.

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 12:49
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