OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (WAVY) - A local man is assigned to a team that assists service members in shipping containers to the United States.
Petty Officer First Class Eric Sobczak, from Chesapeake, Va. is assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment (RAID) , along with one other Coast Guardsman, Petty Officer First Class Alfred Jurison from Hawaii.
"We are advisors, we don't enforce any regulations," said Sobczak, a marine science technician. "We want to make sure the containers get back home safely."
RAID is responsible for evaluating containers to ensure each one is seaworthy to cut down on potential shipping problems.
"Shipping containers without proper documentation may slow down the process at its port of entry," Sobczak said. "It is rewarding helping Army units get home."
RAID, established in 2003, supports U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and is embedded with the 840th Transportation Battalion, 595th Transportation Brigade.
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