40th Quartermaster Co. wins DA-level ‘ROWPU’ rodeo

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Personnel participate in the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo, May 6, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Personnel participate in the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo, May 6, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 10th Press Camp Headquarters

JOINT EXPEDITIONARY BASE LITTLE CREEK-FORT STORY, Va. — The 40th Quartermaster Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, came away with first place after traveling to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story to participate in the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) Rodeo, May 5-9.

The rodeo is a lanes-based evaluation of ROWPU team skills, with teams competing for their proficiency of various water purification systems.

Spc. Bryon Nelson, a water treatment specialist with the 40th Quartermaster Company of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, deploys a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) intake screen during the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo on May 6, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. Nelson and his team were one of eight teams competing in the rodeo from around the world. From 1999 to 2003, the Quartermaster School’s Petroleum and Water Department, in conjunction with U.S. Army Forces Command’s G4, have hosted ROWPU rodeos at various locations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Spc. Bryon Nelson, a water treatment specialist with the 40th Quartermaster Company of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, deploys a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) intake screen during the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo on May 6, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.
Nelson and his team were one of eight teams competing in the rodeo from around the world.
From 1999 to 2003, the Quartermaster School’s Petroleum and Water Department, in conjunction with U.S. Army Forces Command’s G4, have hosted ROWPU rodeos at various locations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Hosted by U.S. Army Forces Command G-4, the competition’s objective is to train and educate water production teams. It is also a training management tool that commanders can use to assess the competency and readiness of their water purification teams.

According to many of the water purification specialists in attendance, their skill is one that is often taken for granted, until it’s needed.

“The teams competing this year said that this was a great event, and they enjoy the opportunity to compete against other organizations,” said Ken Madden, the assistant task monitor for FORSCOM G-4. “The rodeo is also a learning tool as some don’t get the opportunity to use the equipment until they come to an event like this.”

During the competition, teams were graded on various operations of the 3,000-gallon per hour ROWPU and Lightweight Water Purifier. Graded material included the proper set-up, operation and shutdown of the respective systems.

Teams earned and lost points based on their knowledge of each system and overall operations, with the least penalized earning the coveted Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano Award for Excellence.

“I enjoy interacting with the Soldiers as each team brings different strengths and weaknesses with them,” said Tammy Torell, FORSCOM Logistics Training Cluster site manager and senior instructor. “The rodeo is not just about the best team, but about coming here and learning new things.”

Teams participating in the rodeo traveled from as close as Fort Bragg, N.C., to as far away as Camp Humphreys, South Korea.

Participating in the competition were the 610th Quartermaster Co. (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), 348th Quartermaster Co. (Camp Humphreys, South Korea), 961st Quartermaster Co. (McAllen, Texas), 125th Quartermaster Co. (Worcester, Mass.), 249th Composite Supply Co. (Fort Bragg, N.C.), 40th Quartermaster Co. (Schofield Barracks, Hawaii), 127th Quartermaster Co. (Fort Bragg, N.C.) and the 753rd Quartermaster Co. (Greenbay, Wis.).

Personnel participate in the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo, May 6, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Personnel participate in the Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo, May 6, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Winning the 2014 Sgt. Maj. John C. Marigliano ROWPU Rodeo was the 40th Quartermaster Co., whose team said that while the competition was challenging, it learned a lot of valuable lessons it could take back to its unit.

“The materials and information that we received here were great,” said Sgt. Milka Paulina, a water purification specialist with the 40th Quartermaster Co. “I just loved the competition and instructors here. I definitely want to come back to defend our title.”

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