News: Quartermasters controlling the liquid logistics
Story by Sgt. Dalton Smith
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The planning process started over a year ago for the 528th Movement Control Team’s part in the 2014 Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise (QLLEX), operationally controlled by the 633rd Quartermaster Battalion here.
Army, Marine and Navy Reserve service members are training together to have the first ever “complete” multi-component, multi-service, multi-echelon, multifunctional exercise.
“Even though the uniforms may be different, we’re all one team,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rivera, a transportation management coordinator with the 528th MCT based out of Perrine, Florida. “It’s great that we’re all combined and sharing our diverse mentalities.”
After the 528th MCT returned from their deployment in early 2013, they learned they would be participating in QLLEX. Their staff started the initial planning for it in September. In January, staff started mapping roads, making contacts with their civilian customers and determining fuel sites. In April, they completed the planning process by working with every unit participating in this exercise together.
“The 12-14 days at QLLEX is a short mission for us to view our true strength to help gauge our true potential of planning and executing for a deployment,” said Rivera, of New Britain, Connecticut.
Rivera’s team tracks all movement for QLLEX. That includes personnel, missions, fuel delivered, miles driven, maps, points of contact, destinations and whatever else is needed for a smooth work flow.
A total of three transportation companies, supervised by the 528th MCT, have delivered 208,817 gallons of fuel to Mackall Auxiliary Airfield, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Bragg Superstructure, with the assistance and support of Defense Logistics Agency, the Army Quartermaster School, the Army Petroleum Center and the Army Forces Command.
The civilians of the Defense Fuel Support Point in Selma inspected the 79 M916 light equipment transporter tanker trucks of the 319th Transportation Company, 414th Transportation Company and 773rd Transportation Company before they provided the fuel.
“Working with civilians gives us the opportunity for great training,” said Rivera. “Because our Soldiers who do not perform these services every day on the civilian side need to stay on their toes, and QLLEX is the best way for them to stay up-to-date on these skills.”
Along with bulk amounts of fuel being delivered, the 301st Quartermaster Company, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has purified 126,071 gallons of potable water. This water has been used for the daily preparation of food by the food service specialists with the 894th Quartermaster Company, 319th TC and several other food preparation quartermaster units.
The shower/laundry and clothing repair specialists with the 430th Quartermaster Company, based out of Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, also use this water every day to provide shower and laundry services for the over 1,100 troops in the exercise.
“QLLEX is a complex exercise designed to challenge and develop battalion and group's staff military decision making skills,” said Lt. Col. Richard Sayre, 475th Quartermaster Group executive officer. “The battalions have to plan their annual training with units from outside their regular peacetime chain of command, and be able to execute their mission while being assigned to a location that can be hundreds or in some cases thousands of miles from the group headquarters.”
Date Posted:06.14.2014 13:22
Location:FORT BRAGG, NC, US
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