DVIDS – News – Deliver in clutch: 1034th CSC delivers clean water to Northern Strike
CAMP GRAYLING, Mich .– Northern Strike 21-2 is well underway at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the most important resource on planet earth is in the front and center of the exercise. Seventy percent of the Earth is covered with it; sixty percent of the human body is made up of it; he is responsible for weather conditions and the preservation of ecosystems; and, it is a necessity for humans to consume and cleanse. Yes, it is H2O.
Water purification specialists assigned to the 1034th Composite Supply Company, 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, are in place at Hawkeye Base Camp producing and supplying this vital resource to all participating units in support of the Northern Strike Exercise.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Scheer, the water purification non-commissioned officer in charge of the waterhole at Howe Lake, says the process to start producing clean water, choosing an appropriate site, is imperative.
“We do a water survey before we select a water purification site,” Sheer said. “We are testing a site for total dissolved solids, turbidity and pH levels to make sure we select an appropriate site to purify our water. It is also important to identify a site near the water where our Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) can set up. It needs a flat surface to function properly, no more than ten degrees one way or the other.
Once the spring has been chosen as a suitable place to produce water, it’s time for the eight Howe Lake water purification specialists to get to work. Scheer says the process can be complicated and time consuming.
“We first set up the strainer, which receives the water from the source and then feeds the raw water pump,” Scheer said. “From there, the microfiltration pump takes water from the microfiltration system via the reverse osmosis process, removing all impurities and dirt from the water. We then add chemicals to the water to include chlorine to kill and remove all bacteria before we send our water.
Reverse osmosis is a water purification process that uses a partially permeable membrane to separate ions, unwanted molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. While it may seem like the process can take a long time, Scheer says that once TWPS is up and running, it can produce incredible amounts of clean, potable water.
“The TWPS can produce up to 15,000 gallons of water from a freshwater source,” Scheer said. “We have four Cargo Handling Water Tank Racks (HIPPO) that each hold 2,000 gallons that we use to deliver water to the Northern Strike area of operations. We also have three flexible tanks on site that each hold 3,000 gallons that we can serve our customers’ water buffaloes and other small water demands.
Sheer added that so far they estimate that 30,000 gallons have been distributed in Hawkeye Base Camp and other areas in the Northern Strike area and are expected to produce about 100,000 gallons of water by the time. end of the year.
Besides the obvious vital purposes for clean water like potable water and water used for cooking in country kitchens, one of the biggest clean and bulk water needs comes from the 126th Quartermaster Company, Illinois. Army National Guard, also participating in North Strike.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Sears, a non-commissioned officer assigned to the 126th QM CO, said their water requirement was quite high.
“We operate the shower system with a 3000 gallon bladder and the laundry system with a 3000 gallon bladder,” Sears said. “From a doctrinal point of view, we can support 500 soldiers per day with this amount of water and facility.”
Sears also says it has discovered a way that may be more efficient when it comes to showering operations in the field.
“Typically our shower operation takes place in a large tent the size of a service bay,” Sears said. “We realized that our shower system could actually fit inside a small general purpose tent (GP small). Instead of having the shower stalls face to face with a single aisle, we placed them back to back, creating two six-stall stalls for the showers.
This allowed the 126th QM CO maximum flexibility, as if necessary the showers can be conducted by men and women simultaneously with maximum privacy.
Laundry operations for the 126th QM CO are also a well-oiled machine. Sears described the process of performing bulk laundry services.
“The soldiers bring their laundry to our head table and we place their load in a mesh bag with a number on the bottom. This number ends up on their laundry slip to keep their clothes separate, ”Sears said. “That way we can maximize the amount of laundry we can wash, which is about 25 to 30 bags per load. ”
While it may require a large amount of fuel to operate and with an initial fill of 460 gallons of water, the mobile laundry facility has a unique way to be efficient in other respects when it comes to to operate the installation.
“This laundry system only has seven gallons of water per finished load,” Sears said. “Not only that, but the remaining water will be recycled throughout the system itself and be refilled. We can operate ten hours before an hour of maintenance is required on this system.
Sears was a shower, laundry and clothing repair specialist throughout his 11-year career in the National Guard. He says that while the job can be thankless at times, coming up with climactic training events like Northern Strike is worth it.
“You don’t really see the appreciation for our craft until you see the morale of the soldiers on the ground change,” Sears said. “After hot days and hard work, it is evident that these soldiers greatly appreciate the services we provide.”
Northern Strike is a multinational, multi-component exercise designed to enhance readiness and improve interoperability with Coalition Forces to Fight and Win, held July 31, 2021 through August 14, 2021. L The exercise provides sustainment brigade and sustainment battalion commanders with a low-cost exercise that emphasizes personnel interaction, planning and decision-making allowing units to practice their core mission sustainment in a realistic and constructive training environment.
|Date posted:||08.08.2021 15:57|
|Place:||GRAYLING, MI, United States|
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