FSC feeds 65th Eng. Bde. masses at PTA

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, move through the chow line at PTA.

Soldiers of the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, move through the chow line at PTA.

Story and Photos by
2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — Early last week, more than 300 Soldiers in the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, arrived here, for an extended field training exercise, or FTX.

This extended FTX provides Soldiers with an opportunity to refresh a variety of existing skills and to learn many new ones.

The PTA FTX is the culmination of months of planning and coordination, and focuses not only on individual Soldiering skills, but also many other advanced platoon and unit-oriented tasks.

Pfc. Juan Tamez (front) and Pfc. Negel Mohammed, both with FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, unpack fruit cups at the PTA dining facility.

Pfc. Juan Tamez (front) and Pfc. Negel Mohammed, both with FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, unpack fruit cups at the PTA dining facility.

With so much to be done, personnel work up an appetite; it is up to the 65th Eng. Bn.’s Forward Support Company to feed all these hungry Soldiers.

The day starts early for FSC Soldiers, with kitchen operations beginning around 3:45 a.m.

At this time, Pvt. Reggie Williams, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., is cleaning and sorting huge baking sheets, and Sgt. Robert Tupola, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., can be found in the food warehouse, the hub for everything coming into and going out of the kitchen.

“We break down each meal,” Tupola said. “We track how much is needed, and then send it over to the kitchen.”

Any setbacks in the hub means delays in the kitchen, which is unacceptable with so many hungry Soldiers to feed. During peak time, the kitchen staff of four could push out nearly 450 meals every day.

As physical training ends, Sgt. Robert Woodring, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., dishes up scrambled eggs, bacon and pancake-wrapped sausages for Soldiers filing into the dining facility for breakfast.

Hot chow is “a big morale booster, and we can’t miss a beat,” Woodring said.

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Category: Exercises, News, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa (USAG-Pohakuloa)

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