The history of the 519th Transportation Association, Thailand is short and unique, first as an idea in the mind of this old veteran who wanted to know if there were others from his unit (the 519th Transportation Battalion) stationed in Thailand.
Beginning in 1995 quite a few snail mail letters were sent out, some even generated a number of return phone calls.
With the advent of a user friendly internet (Thanks Al Gore), in 1996 it was time to go online.
The initial name of our online veterans group was aptly called "The United States Army Transportation Association, Thailand" (Quite a mouthful). The focus was aimed at a particular segment of military veterans.
It became immediately apparent that Army transportation was but a small part of the military presence in Thailand. The scope was widened and the focus broadened to include ALL military personnel stationed in Thailand, regardless of branch or assignment dates. This change had a tremendous effect, enabling us to reach out to veterans of all types of units, even predating the Vietnam War years.
A direct result in this change brought on the need for an organizational name change and a new logo.
The name was changed to "The 519th Transportation Association, Thailand" and the logo is a hand drawn by our graphic arts folks (me) depicting the unit crest of the 519th Transportation Battalion surrounded by the group name.
The latest logo is the official illustration of the 519th Transportation Battalion logo, with The 519th Transportation Association, Thailand name superimposed in white lettering. This logo was adopted on 6 March 2012, and will be phased in to all of our web sites and email groups.
Additionally a patch was developed contains the title "519th Transportation Association" centered on top, with the 519th Transportation Battalion crest in the center, with the 9th Logistical Command patch to the wearers right, and the United States Army Support Command, Thailand patch to the wearers left, the word "THAILAND" is centered below. The bold gold lettering on a black background make this patch easy to adapt to cap, jacket, vest or ??
We now include and actively seek veterans and personnel (family and friends too) of ALL branches of service and civilians who served in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
Membership is free (No Membership Fee). We are a not-for-profit online veterans group with the goal of education of the general public, as well as other military personnel and veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
We encourage everyone to join us as an association member, and as a site member. Site members can post pictures, upload documents and share their experience with others on the guestbook and photo albums.
We encourage everyone to join us for our reunions (every 2 years - since 2002), so go to our reunion page for more details.
Today in 2011 we've joined in creating our sister organization the USARSUPTHAI Association and are striving to reach as many veterans, their family members and other interested persons to spread the word about our service in Thailand, and the after-effects of our service in an area so blatantly covered by AO chemicals.
Recent change is reflected in the development of a new logo, soon to make it's way into our website.
HOW WE'VE AFFECTED OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY
There have been numerous side effects stimulating out of this website since its creation. The first has been either the creation or enabling of other veterans organizations to go "online" with a web presence:
MUSEUM EXHIBIT - Efforts began in 2006 at the US Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia to create a historic display of United States Army Motor Transport Operations in Thailand. The 519th Transportation Association, Thailand provided personal items from our members, as well as official documentation to establish the efforts of a single transportation truck battalion in the Thailand Theatre of Operations from 1966 - 1976. Feel free to stop in at the museum when you are in the Fort Eustis, Virginia area and inquire on the status of this special display. Once the display is up, be sure to take photo's and email them to me at jjwilsonjr (at) yahoo (dot) com so they can be added on this website.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:
There is much more to this organization than one person can do, and your input is vital to keeping this site updated. (If you have sent photos or material that you'd like returned to you, please let me know and I'll get them in the mail as quickly as possible.)
HOW TO JOIN:
Membership in the 519th Transportation Association, Thailand is free and open to anyone with an interest in or connection to Thailand. Simply contact me with your basic information: NAME, UNIT, DATES, BASE, CURRENT HOMETOWN, & EMAIL ADDRESS). You will be added to our members page (no fee), and a website membership link will be sent to you.Joe Wilson - Truckmaster
What DA PAM covers maintenance?
DA PAM 750-8
What is a TM?
A Technical Manual, outlines the specific scope of repairs on equipment
What series of manuals refer to organizational maintenance?
The 20 series
Who is required to perform a PMCS?
Every operator who is assigned a piece of equipment
What forms are filled out at the time of dispatch?
• DD Form 1970- Vehicle utilization record
• DA Form 2401- Organizational control record for equipment
What is the DA Form 2407 used for?
To request support maintenance on a piece of equipment
Before a vehicle can be dispatched, what safety equipment must be present?
Fire extinguishers (up to date inspection tags), complete first aid kit and highway warning kit
What is a class 1 leak?
Seepage of fluid not great enough to form drops
What is a class 2 leak?
Seepage of fluid great enough to form drops, but not great enough to cause the drops to fall during inspection
What is a class 3 leak?
Seepage of fluid great enough to form drops and drip during inspection
What does the Acronym MAIT stand for?
Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Team
If you stayed with it this far I've got you hooked, Right?