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    Testing the Waters

    Testing the waters

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Lasonya Morales | First Lt. Marie McCreary, platoon leader, 289th Quartermaster Company QM, 553D Combat...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Lasonya Morales 

    1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

    The 289th QM Co. has been testing their Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS), and the Light Water Purification System (LWPS) to ensure the functionality of the equipment and the soldiers’ proficiency and understanding of the systems. The LWPS is a lightweight, modular, highly transportable, self-contained water purification system capable of purifying up to 75 gallons per hour (GPH) of salt water and 125 GPH of fresh water. However, the TWPS is the center of focus because of its ability to produce at least 1,500 gallons per hour (GPH) of potable water from a fresh water source and 1,200 GPH from a seawater source.

    To ensure the water purification specialists were on target, William Madasc, a maintenance instructor from Fort Story, Virginia, provided a full spectrum of training on Army water purification equipment, quality assurance, and storage and distribution equipment.

    “I have the responsibility of training soldiers to ensure they are proficient and they understand each level of maintenance,” Madasc said.

    He continually guided and assessed the soldiers as they performed their task and performed each process to the proper standards.

    “I enjoy doing this training here because we have everything we need in one localized area,” said Madasc. “I think this is the most realistic training we can give these soldiers, especially when they have to deploy or assume missions where they have to do their job.”

    The soldiers sharpened their proficiency in the water purification system that consisted of setting up, operating, maintaining and shutting down the TWPS. The day was long and grueling, as the soldiers persevered through the heat and humidity.

    “The TWPS has not been used in the last eight years and to see what these soldiers have done over the last two months shows that they have been dedicated to my vision,” said Capt.Tremaine Moore, commander, 289th QM Co., 553D CSSB, 1CDSB

    He said that this was a great opportunity for the unit since they are scheduled to participate in the Defense CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive) Reactionary Force (DCRF) mission in June.

    “This training gives 289th QM Co. an opportunity to grade the soldier’s proficiencies skills and validate equipment serviceability before going to Camp Atteberry, IN,” said Moore,

    The 289th QM Co. will be taking two of their TWPS systems to Indiana for the DCERF mission. They have to be capable of successfully purifying water from any type of environment.

    “Clean/potable water is absolutely essential for our survival and everyday mission,” said 1st Lt. Marie McCreary, platoon leader, 289th QM Co. “This training was very relevant and very realistic for the company and everyone here has learned the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures, which puts us at a great advantage.

    At the end of the day 289th QM Co validated two TWPS and two LWPS and the soldiers were trained.

    Moore explained the key to the success of the exercise was the collaborative work with the civilians who came out to assist and 289th being the executive agent. “With all of us working together improved the unit and individual readiness, which positively impacts the entire brigade, he said.



    Date Taken: 03.23.2018
    Date Posted: 03.31.2018 01:36
    Story ID: 271361
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 

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    Testing the Waters