[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                         July 10, 2009
Mobilization

Laundry unit completes preparation, 
ready to tackle overseas mission

By Master Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge, The Real McCoy Contributor

Photo: Soldiers with the 464th Quartermaster Company, Lapeer, Mich., train on the Laundry Advanced System at Fort McCoy during their mobilization training. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge)
Soldiers with the 464th Quartermaster Company, Lapeer, Mich., train on the Laundry Advanced System at Fort McCoy during their mobilization training. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge)

As part of President Obama’s "Beef-Up" of American Troops to Afghanistan, the 464th Quartermaster Company from Lapeer, Mich., has deployed.

The Quartermaster Company, consisting of approximately 120 National Guardsmen, recently trained at Fort McCoy in support of its current mission, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The military occupational specialties of the National Guardsmen consist primarily of 63J (Maintenance of Laundry Advanced Systems or LADs) and 92S (Laundry and Bath Specialists).

The LADS is a portable unit with several industrial clothes washers and dryers mounted on a flatbed and moved from Contingency Operating Location (COL) to COL with a semi-tractor. The portable unit also consists of heavy-duty industrial pumps and heaters used to supplement the portable Soldier shower units that can be assembled on site.

Photo: Sergeant Dominic Agostini (Left), and Specialist Deanna D. Lippert (Right), Soldiers with the Lapeel, Michigan, National Guard, 464th Quartermaster Company, perform Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services on portable shower heater couplings during a Maneuver Readiness Exercise (MRX), at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 1, 2009. The unit is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in late spring 2009. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge) (An Extra to The Real McCoy Online)
Sergeant Dominic Agostini (Left), and Specialist Deanna D. Lippert (Right), Soldiers with the Lapeel, Michigan, National Guard, 464th Quartermaster Company, perform Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services on portable shower heater couplings during a Maneuver Readiness Exercise (MRX), at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 1, 2009. The unit is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in late spring 2009. 
(Photo by Master Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge) (An Extra to The Real McCoy Online)

The 464th also has renovation and repair specialists who operate industrial sewing machines for repair and maintenance of Soldier All Climate Uniforms, as well as barracks bags and tents.

The Michigan-based unit participated in a Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) at Fort McCoy under the operational order known as "Operation Tide."

Officer in Charge Maj. Mari Deporres of the 3rd, 335th Training Support Battalion (TSB), with assistance from Observer-Controller-Trainers from the 181st Infantry Brigade and 3rd, 335th TSB, Fort Sheridan, Ill., trained the quartermasters in combat operations.

Combat injects and scenarios the unit encountered were mortar attacks, sniper attacks, and performing repairs and maintenance on their various pieces of essential equipment in a hostile environment.

According to Deporres, the unit did an outstanding job during the MRX.

(DeBarge is with the 181st Infantry Brigade Public Affairs Office.)

 

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