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    289th CSC Supplies Fresh Water to Pegasus Forge IV

    289th CSC Supplies Fresh Water to Pegasus Forge IV

    Photo By Spc. Calab Franklin | Sgt. Yoko Reklai, a Water Purification Specialist, 289th Composite Support Company,...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Calab Franklin 

    1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

    Wagonmaster water purification specialists with 289th Composite Supply Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, kept the water running on Jan. 25 to provide a clean and healthy source for thousands of Soldiers during Pegasus Forge IV on Fort Hood.
    “They need water to sustain themselves, be strong,” said Sgt. Yoko Reklai. “Strong enough to fight.”
    Reklai’s five-man team of water purification specialists work to support the Soldiers and units participating in Pegasus Forge IV, a large-scale training exercise designed to evaluate and validate 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, prior to their deployment to the National Training Center.
    “Our job is to make sure Soldiers drink, not just water, but quality water,” said Pfc. Kingsford Asare. “If the water is contaminated they could get sick, which means the mission cannot be accomplished.”
    The tactical water purification system (TWPS) purifies 15-hundred gallons of water an hour from a natural water source for consumption, food preparation, showers and laundry. Water purification operations are critical to sustaining Soldiers in an expeditionary environment.
    “Without water, nothing can be accomplished,” said Asare. “I’m providing one of the essentials.”
    The 289th CSC has two TWPS on site to provide up to 60-thousand gallons of water each day to sustain Pegasus Forge IV training operations and ensure Soldiers meet readiness objectives for future training exercises and real-world operations. Then, the water is stored until distributed to the force for use through integrated and synchronized sustainment operations.
    “We can purify anything from salt water to fresh water, to well water; pretty much everything,” said, Reklai. “The water that comes out of our system is basically way better than any bottle of water a store sells.”
    Reklai added they test their system’s water against bottled water and “it goes with flying colors.”
    Water purification specialists are part of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, the oldest logistics branch in the Army. “Supporting Victory” is engraved on the insignia Asare and Reklai are proud to wear.
    “The front line depends on Quartermasters,” said, Reklai. “When I purify this water, I know it’s going out for good use.”
    Water purification, storage, distribution and field support are just a few of the many logistical and support capabilities the 289th Composite Supply Company brings to the front line. CSCs also provide multi-class supply support activity, fuel storage, distribution and quality surveillance capability all to sustain the fight and maintain readiness.



    Date Taken: 01.25.2019
    Date Posted: 01.28.2019 10:04
    Story ID: 308397
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 
    Hometown: GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, US
    Hometown: KILLEEN, TX, US

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