‘Chargers’ conduct water training at Ford Island

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Pvt. Sabino Garcia (left) and Pfc. Damon Neason, both of Co. A, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, inspect the water level of a micro-filtration feed tank connected to the TWPS, March 22.

Pvt. Sabino Garcia (left) and Pfc. Damon Neason, both of Co. A, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, inspect the water level of a micro-filtration feed tank connected to the TWPS, March 22.

Story and photos by
1st Lt. Andrew Hyres
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

FORD ISLAND — Soldiers of Company A, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Chargers,” 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, allowed their entire Fuel and Water Platoon to participate in water purification operations, here, March 22.

They exercised equipment and functionality of a Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) at the Water Training Site.

Nybert Joyce, Co. A, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, inspects a connection on the TWPS during training.

Nybert Joyce, Co. A, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, inspects a connection on the TWPS during training.

“Our purpose today was to cross-train to maintain our equipment and troubleshoot any operator deficiencies and to teach better operational processes,” said 1st Lt. Karen Wong, officer in charge, Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT.

“This allows everyone in the platoon an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and hands-on ability on this particular piece of equipment, which wasn’t used in Afghanistan,” Wong added.

Using the Army’s TWPS, the platoon has the capability to provide up to 1,300 gallons of purified salt water for drinking, bathing, cooking and laundry.

First, water is drawn from different sources through a filter in the TWPS before going through a micro-filtration process that uses reverse-osmosis elements to remove contaminants and impurities. Then, chemicals are added to make the water safe for use and consumption.

It is tested hourly to ensure the pH balance and temperatures are in acceptable ranges.

Each TWPS can produce 30,000 gallons of water a day to sustain operations for extended periods on the battlefield. The TWPS is also capable of filtering salt water for use by Soldiers.

Col. Brian Eifler (center), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, de-briefs the Fuel and Water Platoon following TWPS training.

Col. Brian Eifler (center), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, de-briefs the Fuel and Water Platoon following TWPS training.

“This training showed the platoon the work that goes into building a water site (and) what its equipment is capable of,” said Sgt. Dartagnan Baldwin, squad leader, Fuel and Water Platoon, Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT.

“Cross-training and getting the fuel section of the platoon were very beneficial, because their proficiency is needed if we fall short,” Baldwin added. “This training (also) benefits our new Soldiers just arriving to the unit; they get hands-on training and get involved and conduct in-depth maintenance.”

Experience gained, here, keeps Soldiers trained and ready for missions anywhere they are needed in the Pacific.

The Soldiers received even more motivation for their potential missions when Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens, senior enlisted leader, 25th ID, paid the platoon a surprise visit.

“Training went well. We have some solid expertise at the small-unit level, which can definitely be built on for the future,” said Capt. Guecheon Theobal, commander, Co. C, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT.

“It’s important that these Soldiers are proficient at their professional skills and be well-rounded in both fuel and water to make them more versatile,” Theobal added. “If we are called into action in the Pacific, it is our job to be trained and ready to go. It starts at the lowest level, and we rely on expertise of their craft.”

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