Sgt. Rice, Ashly 101st Sustainment Brigade
3 December 2005
HABUR GATE, Iraq - In the hustle and bustle of the Convoy Operations Center located within the mountainous landscape of northern Iraq, Soldiers with various missions move about during the day and night.
In order for the Habur Gate Convoy Operations Center to be successful, units under the 101st Sustainment Brigade send Soldiers to support the center with communications, medical services and food service expertise.
Company A, 101st Brigade Troops Battalion, provides four soldiers to provide Secure Internet Protocol Routing communications to the personnel who work at the center. They also assist missions that may arrive with any radio problems.
The Co. A Soldiers arrived at Habur Gate at the beginning of November 2005. Sgt. Bradley Schmidt, communications section NCOIC, of Warrensburg, S.C., oversees the communication operations of three Soldiers, Spc. Eduardo Jones, of Newport News, Va., Spc. Brandy Stanford, of Logan, Kan., and Pfc. Christopher Kunkel, of Virgina Beach, Va.
Company B, 101st BTB, provides two combat medics who offer around-the-clock medical services.
Since September, Sgt. Shannon Moss, of Elizabethtown, Ky. and Pfc. Ross Wortman, of Eagle River, Alaska, handles Level 1 medical support, from minor cuts and scrapes to medical evacuations.
Moss and Wortman also have missions planned to assist the surrounding towns with medical instruction in hygiene and infection prevention. They have helped deliver clothes and supplies in the Kurdish area.
Master Sgt. Robert Carribou, of Kemmerer, Wis., heads the food service section of the Convoy Operations Center. His team of three Soldiers prepares the food in a mobile kitchen trailer with 12 local nationals who work in the dining area.
Carribou is attached to the 142nd Corps Support Battalion. Spc. Michael Greenwald, Spc. Katrina Oster and Spc. Christopher Galvin are assigned to the 142nd and rotate with other food service Soldiers every thirty days to help assist at the Convoy Operations Center.
Approximately 100 Soldiers eat at the Center daily. The meals consist of brunch, dinner and breakfast served at 2:30 a.m. to accommodate early morning mission arrivals.
The food service section made improvements to dining services at Habur Gate, that include a better draining and plumbing system and new water and diesel tank. Future goals are to set up another MKT and to train locals on sanitation procedures.
"[The Convoy Operations Center] is doing an excellent job," is a statement often heard from missions passing through, Carribou said.