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    Class I yard accepts Iraq-wide mass turn in

    Class I yard accepts Iraq-wide mass turn in

    Courtesy Photo | The Class I yard managed by the 639th Combat Sustainment Support Company, 620th Combat...... read more read more

    BAGHDAD, IRAQ

    10.27.2009

    Courtesy Story

    13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

    By 1st Lt. Erik Oberg

    CAMP STRYKER, Iraq — The Class I yard, run by the 639th Quartermaster Company, 620th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 96th Sustainment Brigade, has been tasked for another extremely important mission: the mass turn-in of food rations from all corners of Iraq.

    The job is simple: take all expired food rations from all over Iraq, organize them, sort them, and either have the food inspectors extend the shelf life of them and issue them to soldiers or condemn them and burn them. It may sound simple, but the quantities involved in a process like this can be mind boggling, not to mention the nine years the military has maintained operations in Iraq.

    The yard receives food operational rations from areas such as Forward Operating Bases Falcon, Hammer, Prosperity, Al Asad, Mahmudiya, and even from the camps here on the Victory Base Complex. This will be a project that is so big it will continue beyond the 639th's deployment to our replacements. This will allow for an important and incremental step in turning Iraq back over to the Iraqi people.

    According to Staff Sgt. Nicholas Bedwell, the noncommissioned officer in charge for the Class I yard and a Kalispell, Mont. native, the 639th handled over 3.2 million dollars of expired rations and have saved the government over 1.8 million dollars by re-issuing expired rations cleared by the food inspectors. This is all in addition to the normal day-to-day operations the company is dedicated to. "We take great pride in the unique position of tackling such a daunting task," said Bedwell.

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    Date Taken: 10.27.2009
    Date Posted: 11.01.2009 16:35
    Story ID: 40933
    Location: BAGHDAD, IQ 

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