By Sgt. Kerensa Hardy
First published in
SFOR Informer#106, February 7, 2001
In the United States Army, it is said of the Transportation
Corps, "Nothing happens until something moves."
The same statement can be applied to Camp Butmir's Transportation
Company (TRANSCOY), a very integral part of the daily operations
of the Stabilization Force.
79 personnel assigned to this agency cater to every transportation
need of the more than 1,000 SFOR personnel at Camp Butmir.
TRANSCOY is at the nucleus of every action here. It supports Headquarters
SFOR by providing transportation support for any mission - big
The company has a fleet of 189 sedans and 4x4 vehicles, 45 mini
buses, seven large buses with 24 drivers. It also operates the
scheduled bus line that travels around Camp Butmir into downtown
Sarajevo, as well as to Rajlovac. Approximately 380 passengers
travel on this bus line daily.
But that's not all. The 49 soldiers and 30 civilians of TRANSCOY
are the ones who ensure roads get cleared when they are covered
with snow and ice.
Though TRANSCOY is one entity, it is made of several essential
Administration: This section takes care of all administration
aspects of the company.
A Platoon: All requests for drivers and/or vehicles come through
this section. When organizations want to go on outings, this is
where they need to start.
Operations Room: Transportation requests for sedans or 4x4 vehicles
are handled by this office.
Aid Detachment (LAD): This section is responsible for the inspection
and maintenance of all HQ SFOR green-plated vehicles. Monthly,
about 80 vehicles are repaired or maintained by the LAD. This
section is also responsible for maintaining more than 5,000 spare
parts to ensure that all vehicles can be repaired in a timely
manner without having to wait for parts to be shipped in.
A/Tech: This office runs the database for TRANSCOY.
There is a dispatcher on duty 24 hours daily. A recovery team
and duty mechanic are also always on duty in the event that a
TRANSCOY vehicle is in an accident or has problems on the road.
If all the available resources are any indication of the capabilities
of this company, it seems they can handle just about anything.
So, if you have any transportation needs or problems, chances
are TRANSCOY can help.
SFOR at Work