New equipment to boost unit morale downrange

| October 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Omar Reeves, food service specialist, 40th Quartermaster Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, changes the dials on the new MTRCS, which will allow Soldiers to store food and other items at below-freezing temperatures.

Pfc. Omar Reeves, food service specialist, 40th Quartermaster Co., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, changes the dials on the new MTRCS, which will allow Soldiers to store food and other items at below-freezing temperatures.

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Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Latest refrigeration unit store food, supplies for 800 Soldiers for longer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with 8th Theater Sustainment Command and 25th Infantry Division received the opportunity, here, recently, to get some hands-on training with new equipment designed to sustain the force for longer.

The training allows Soldiers the opportunity to learn about and get firsthand knowledge on the multi-temperature refrigerated container system, or MTRCS, a refrigeration unit that will be able to provide approximately 800 Soldiers with fresh meals for three days.

“The biggest difference between this refrigeration unit and the older one is that the newer unit is able to hold two different temperatures at the same time because of a removable dividing wall,” said Larry Ellison, new equipment trainer, Advanced Design Corporation, the company that designed the MTRCS. “The older model was not able hold temperatures below freezing points.”

Besides the ability to run off of a generator, the new refrigeration unit has a self-sustaining motor that runs off of diesel fuel, allowing one hour of refrigeration for each gallon of the unit’s 75-gallon tank. But, because of its new onboard computer system, the 75-hour lifespan of the unit is actually the bare minimum amount of time the MTRCS unit can run.

“Once temperatures have been reached within the unit, it will automatically turn off to reserve power,” Ellison said. “(The designers) have taken proven commercial equipment and designed it for military use. They aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel in regards to refrigeration.”

Soldiers at the training applauded their civilian trainers and are excited to test MTRCS in the field.

“This machine will provide refrigerated storage to Soldiers downrange, allowing them to have fresh food for longer, which will help sustain the force and boost morale,” said Spc. Aubrey Cochran, food service specialist, 40th Quartermaster Company, 524th Combat Sust. Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th TSC.

Although its primary purpose is to store and transport food, Ellison said the MTRCS provides a wide range of uses, including storing medical supplies, like plasma or blood for transfusions, or extending the shelf life of some medicines.

“I think we have barely scratched the surface of the future of this machine,” Ellison said.

 

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