News: Soldiers supply materials at training exercise
Story by Spc. True Thao
Soldiers with the 411th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company based out of American Samoa, are conducting vital training during Combat Support Training Exercise 91 held at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., July 9 through July 26.
The 411th EN BN FSC will be supplying units participating in CSTX 91 with material to build Southwest Asia huts and guard towers.
The mission for CSTX 91 is to support the other units by distributing the proper materials to them so they can complete their mission,” said Spc. Jordan Febenito, an automated logistics specialist with the 411th EN BN FSC.
Febenito, who was deployed to Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq during 2004-2005, says that this type of training is good for the soldiers because of the environment.
“It’s similar to what I was doing when I was deployed, but you just don’t hear mortar rounds and the sirens going off,” said Febenito.
Febenito, a 13-year veteran, says the training will help the unit prepare for deployment and will be very beneficial to them.
Because CSTX 91 is a sustainment-focused exercise specifically developed for units in Train/Ready-3 year of the Army Forces Generation model cycle, the 411th EN BN FSC will be ready when called upon.
Operation hours for the 411th EN BN FSC are usually from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., but because operations happen far into the evening for CSTX 91, the 411th is prepared to work after hours to make sure the necessary supplies are distributed to the units.
Sgt. Jamespaul Redona Duque, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the 411th EN BN FSC, says that time flies when he is busy filling orders and he often doesn’t mind working late knowing that this is good training for his Soldiers. Duque also says that he is glad to see that they are motivated to do the training.
“We have to be flexible because we never know when units will be coming in for supply,” said Duque.
Duque says that filling an order usually depends on what is needed for the mission. Sometimes orders take a couple hours because of large projects, and those can take anywhere up to two or three hours.
Having the right materials is important for accomplishing the mission, and he makes sure that is the case with every unit he supplies materials to.
With the CSTX 91 ongoing, the 411th EN BN FSC stands ready to provide the necessary materials for units to complete their missions.
“They have been working doing their jobs without any complaints, said Duque. “That tells me that they are enjoying it.”