News: Mechanics maintain medic's motors
Story by Spc. Charlotte Fitzgerald
FORT HUNTER LIGGET, Calif. - When you think of Global Medic, you would probably not think of mechanics. However, the members of the 371st Combat Service Support Battalion from Riverside, Calif., and 329th Quartermaster Company from Moreno, Calif., who both fall under the 304th Sustainment Brigade, are providing support for Global Medic here, June 10-15.
Global Medic is a medical training exercise composed of joint forces training in a simulated environment.
Although they do not participate in the simulated scenarios during the medical training exercise, the mechanics do play an important role in the "real world" setting. The 304th SB mechanics support everything from the air conditioning units and generators to light medium tactical vehicles. The Soldiers support approximately 47 air conditioning systems, their respective generators and all the vehicles in Global Medic.
"We provide Global Medic combat support and fix any maintenance issues that Global Medic has," said Pfc. Alex Juaregi, a Pomona, Calif., native and chemical equipment repairman with the 329th QM Company.
The mechanics, each with their own skill set, perform preventive maintenance checks and services on the vehicles and generators. Their mission as a dual level support unit means that one Soldier has the ability to work on more than one specific unit or problem whether it is on site or at their housing area.
"We have heavy equipment mechanics, air conditioning mechanics, generator mechanics and more," said Sgt. Cesar Cisneros, a Perris, Calif., native and supply non-commissioned officer for the 329th QM Company.
The Soldiers are from two different California units that fall under one brigade. They joined to train and work during their annual training in support of Global Medic.
"This is our first time doing an exercise like this and I think it's good training," said Cisneros. "We have three Soldiers from one unit and four from another, and it's good to work with other units and build a good rapport."
Because the Soldiers all have different occupational specialties, they regularly call on one another to assess and learn about the different systems they work with.
"There is a lot of diversity here. We have different units from different places to train in a joint environment," said Pfc. Juan Vargas, a Riverside, Calif., native and a generator mechanic with the 371st CSSB.
The Soldiers also use Global Medic as an opportunity to expand their skills.
"On our downtime, we have classes on how to run generators and the other equipment," said Vargas. "With this we become more flexible, and in case something happens to one of us, we can maintain the knowledge in the shop to keep it running."
When there's something broken in the neighborhood, who are you going call? The mechanics supporting Global Medic!