CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan --
Ushering in a new era of logistical support equipment, Marines attached to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward)’s G-4 Licensing section began operator training on the Logistics System Vehicle Replacement 16 Tractor, Dec. 18.
Seven motor transportation operators from the 2nd MLG (FWD) and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD) participated in the week-long course to familiarize themselves with the new asset and the robust set of capabilities it offers.
In addition to introductory classroom instruction, students were required to log 50 miles behind the wheel with and without a trailer and an additional number of miles while actually hauling a load, noted Sgt. Justin Jackson, the licensing chief for 2nd MLG (FWD).
“We really want them to get a feel for how this thing operates, its characteristics,” said Jackson, of Dierks, Ark.
The LVSR 16, touted as “heavy duty hauling for the heavy duty fleet” by its manufacturer, Oshkosh Defense, features several notable improvements when compared with current fleet equipment.
Older LVS models and “7-ton” Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks currently shoulder the brunt of logistics operations in Helmand province, but that may change in the near future. The LSVR 16 combines many of the positive qualities of its predecessors and then enhances them even further, which enables a more efficient means of resupply and retrograde. This leaves platforms like the MTVR for smaller, more specialized tasks.
“It’s the Cadillac of Marine Corps motor transportation,” said Cpl. Kory Frens, a licensing instructor for the LVSR 16, who temporarily joined 2nd MLG (FWD) G-4 for the course from his parent command, Combat Logistics Battalion 6.
Prior to deploying, Frens attended a week-long course at the factory in Oshkosk, Wis., where he learned the particulars of the vehicle. In addition to a 600-horsepower engine and 18,500 pounds of torque, the new truck also incorporates a 60,000 pound self- recovery winch, he noted.
“I think it’s the best thing to hit the fleet in the five years I’ve been in the Marine Corps,” said the Grant, Mich., native. “It features better armor, it’s more powerful than the current vehicles and the hauling capabilities are greater.”