Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge, The Real McCoy Contributor
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)
part of President Obama’s "Beef-Up" of American Troops to
Afghanistan, the 464th Quartermaster Company from Lapeer, Mich., has
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
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.
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
(Photo by Master Sgt. Jerome M. DeBarge) (An Extra to The Real
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.
Michigan-based unit participated in a Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX)
at Fort McCoy under the operational order known as "Operation
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.
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.
to Deporres, the unit did an outstanding job during the MRX.
(DeBarge is with the 181st
Infantry Brigade Public Affairs Office.)