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Spc. Nicholas Mossburger, Scorpion Platoon, 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment driver, prepares his Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Armored Vehicle for convoy at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in the Diyala Province of Iraq March 6.
MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS, Iraq – Transportation may not be a glamorous job, but it's one that must be done.
"We are an important asset to not only Soldiers, but for civilians as well," said Staff Sgt. Apostolos Gregorious, a platoon sergeant with Scorpion Platoon, 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
"We have a wide variety of things we are tasked with, but mainly we conduct security for convoys, route clearance and provide escort for (psychological operations) and civil affairs," he said.
Being a small platoon has its advantages – especially if a detour has to be taken during a mission.
"Our job allows other maneuver units to conduct missions," said Sgt. Leonel Vazquez, a section sergeant with Scorpion Platoon, 5-1st. "It's very important that we are able to accomplish our mission so that the actual maneuver units (are able to complete theirs); the ones that do all the dirty work.
"We are not actually, per se, a maneuver platoon, but in the event that we are engaged by the enemy, we're trained to take care of things as needed," he continued.
Regardless of how big or small Scorpion Platoon may be, they always accomplish the mission.
"With this platoon, it's the Soldiers that make the missions happen," Gregorious said. "All we have is each other, so it is up to the Soldiers and my (noncommissioned officers) to make things happen."
With duty, pride and honor, Gregorious said the Scorpions continue to set standards in everything they do.
"We're very detailed, crisp and we're trained only to do the best," Gregorious said. "I feel that this platoon…of communications specialists, mechanics and a couple combat arms guys that were thrown together…through rigorous training we are excelling and doing it better than any other guys."
Working together as a team to get the mission accomplished is what the Army is all about.
"We are part of a team, and we're helping others along as well. For anything, Scorpion is always here to help," Gregorious said. "Even though we operate independently, we are still part of the big family in support of the mission 100 percent."