News: Class I yard keeps troops fed and watered
By Sgt. Marshall Thompson
AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - The 840th Maintenance Company from Puerto Rico may keep 3rd Corps Support Command vehicles running at Al Asad Air Base, but at Camp Hit 840th Soldiers are trained and ready to run the Class I yard as well.
Sgt. 1st Class Rosael Font, from the 840th, is the Class I NCOIC at Camp Hit, a small Marine and U.S. Army outpost in western Iraq. She and her team have organized the food and water for the base and improved the services.
"We have to inventory everything that comes off the trucks," Font said as she and her team loaded and counted cases of soda that had just arrived from Al Asad. She has been at Camp Hit for over a month and although there are fewer Morale, Welfare and Recreation opportunities at her new home, she said she's happy to be there.
"We don't think this is so bad because we're doing what we like," Font said. "We like to do our job and that's it."
The improved organization of the Class I yard has made a better variety of food available on a more consistent basis to the Soldiers and Marines who run missions out of Camp Hit. Font said their success has come because of teamwork and an excellent commander.
"We cooperate well together," Font said. "Our OIC knows what she's doing. She is an excellent officer."
Capt. Juliana Ledgister, the Forward Logistical Element OIC from the 553rd Corps Support Battalion, deferred to her Soldiers when asked about how well the logistics run at Camp Hit.
"I have an outstanding team," Ledgister said. "I don't have to say anything and they just jump up and do it.
She said she enjoys being where the "rubber meets the road," and being able to see Soldiers and Marines receive and use the food and equipment that she helps deliver.
"Being out here, you're away from everything," Ledgister said. "But it's really great because you see things happen. We're just out here making things happen."
Servicemembers at Camp Hit are appreciative of the hard work.
Master Sgt. Alfonso Phillips, a logistical liaison NCO from the 109th Transportation Company, has been in Camp Hit for over six months and said that things are getting better every day.
"When we first got here, it was a little rough," Phillips said. "Now, we have better food and better support. Everybody did what they were supposed to do, and that's why it got better."