Vehicle recovery training

Vehicle recovery training

When the Army’s heaviest vehicles get stuck, it takes an even heavier one to get them out. Staff Sergeant Bernardo Fuller shows us how soldiers are training to put tracks and tires back on the road as they prepare to deploy to Iraq. [engine rumbling] [Fuller] Track vehicle mechanics from the 3rd ACR Regimental Support Squadron practice battle drills as well as maintenance in California at the National Training Center, or NTC. Any conversation on this net radio check, over. [beeping] [soldier on radio] 3, this is 1, over. [Fuller] A crew of three man the M88A2 Hercules, a full track heavy armored recovery vehicle capable of towing up to two tanks or lifting 90,000 pounds. The crew can maneuver the 150,000-pound Hercules over rough terrain that wheeled vehicles couldn’t even touch. The team rehearses rigging up disabled vehicles such as this armored personnel carrier in hostile environments to move it to safety. NTC initiates a lot of new soldiers into what will become routine downrange. I won’t be so nervous about what’s going to happen because I’ve kind of gotten an overview here. If there are any situations as far as if we get mortared, I’ll know what to do. I won’t panic. [Fuller] When the 3rd ACR deploys to Iraq, they’ll back up the Iraqi military and employ the skills they honed here at the NTC. Army Staff Sergeant Bernardo Fuller, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Fort Irwin, California.


  1. The rigging at 0:55 is wrong- poor set-up and dangerous. The hook point is stressed, and the chain is close enough to the point to ride off. The chains should be in a shackle which is then engaged by the hook. Hooks are designed and rated only to carry the load directly below the line or block.

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