84th Engineers’ Forward Support Company competes in rodeo

| May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Dequeshaun Johnson and Spc. Abraham Sanchez from Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, put tension on the floating function strainer to ensure its anchor stays secured in the water. (Photo by 1st Lt. Eugene Molisso, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Sgt. Dequeshaun Johnson and Spc. Abraham Sanchez from Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, put tension on the floating function strainer to ensure its anchor stays secured in the water. (Photos by 1st Lt. Eugene Molisso, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Story and photos by
1st Lt. Eugene Molisso
8th Theater Sustainment Command 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Five members from the Distribution Platoon of 84th Engineer Battalion’s Forward Support Company competed in the 2017 U.S. Army Hawaii Water Purification Rodeo, or ROWPU, May 1-5.

The competition’s target audiences were water treatment specialists and petroleum supply specialists.

The 25th Sustainment Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, hosted the competition allowing five teams from across Oahu to compete in multiple challenges on Mokuleia Army Beach near Dillingham Airfield.

The intent of the competition was to build esprit de corps through the sustainment ranks, increase readiness and test individual Soldier’s proficiency in multiple water purification systems.

“We have fit and competitive Soldiers who can compete in a multifunctional logistics environment, so I knew that we had to participate in this competition,” said Staff Sgt. Airjordan Pene, the noncommissioned officer in charge of FSC’s team.

The rest of the team included Sgt. Dequeshaun Johnson, Sgt. Ricky Ramirez, Spc. Abraham Sanchez and Spc. Juan Delacruz.

Throughout the week, the teams took an Army physical fitness test, two written evaluations, and were timed and evaluated on setting up the Forward Area Water Point Supply System, Lightweight Water Purifier and Tactical Water Purification System.

The teams also had to operate the equipment as well as disassemble it according to the technical manual.

“Our unit does not have this equipment or capabilities, so a lot of us have not seen it since Advanced Individual Training. It was a great training opportunity for our Soldiers,” said Johnson, a water treatment specialist on the team.

In the end, FSC’s team won 1st place in overall team APFT score. Ramirez, a petroleum supply specialist on the team, placed 1st in individual APFT score.

“Now that we have a taste, we can definitely come out next year and win this competition outright,” remarked Delacruz.

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