Providers of quality laundry service, 540th QM Co. readies for deployment

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

The 540th Quartermaster Company cases its unit guidon at Schofield Barracks during its deployment ceremony, April 29, at Schofield Barracks.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For most Soldiers, gathering for an afternoon formation is business as usual. 

But that wasn’t the case for Sgt. Margaret Martz, a laundry and bath specialist with the 540th Quartermaster Company, who recently found herself back, here, participating in the unit’s deployment ceremony, here, April 29, preparing for its return to Iraq.

Seven years ago, Martz left Advanced Individual Training for her first duty station, here. The following year, she deployed with members of the 540th QM to Iraq. Then, soon after returning, she landed in Texas for a new assignment at Fort Hood.

Now back in familiar territory, Martz observed that while the people and roles are different, the standard of excellence within the 540th QM Co. remains.

“This is the unit I have deployed with,” Martz said, adding that she is excited to get back to helping Soldiers.

“I have so many stories of people going into the showers, hooting and hollering since they haven’t had a shower in three days or two weeks and they are like, ‘Wooh!’” she said, smiling. “They are happy, and I am happy they are happy, and now they are clean.”

Capt. Tyonne Carter, company commander, 540th QM, explained the unique and vital mission her unit provides.

“The 540th will be the only quartermaster company in Iraq that provides laundry, shower and clothing repair services,” Carter said. “The company is postured and prepared to support 21,000 Soldiers on six forward operating bases with services that otherwise wouldn’t be available.”

Carter added that the 540th QM Co. recently completed a training rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. While there, the unit provided laundry and showers for  4,000 Soldiers who were also training.

Candice Butler, wife of Spc. Joshua Butler, 540th QM Co., said that the 540th’s Soldiers aren’t the only ones preparing for deployment.

“We have a couple of home videos ready,” she said, “so whenever our son asks ‘Where’s Daddy? I want to see Daddy!’ I can pop in a video and I can tell him, ‘That’s Daddy, and Daddy is in Iraq. helping to get rid of the bad guys.’” 

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