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Fort Lee unit NYC-bound for Hurricane Sandy recovery

November 2, 2012

By Mr. Stephen J. Baker, USAG Fort Lee Public Affairs Office

FORT LEE, Va. -- Soldiers from a local Army unit are on the way to New York City today to help pump water from flooded areas in support of recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Twenty-four men and women from the Fort Lee-based 108th Quartermaster Company were called to action Thursday and responded immediately. They spent the day preparing and loading gear and supplies, including a half-dozen 350 gallon-per-minute pumps, fuel, food, cots and other items needed to keep the equipment and troops operational.

First Lt. Melanie Wells, the platoon leader in charge of the troops during the deployment, said her unit is always ready for a humanitarian mission.

"They're ready to help their fellow man," she said of her Soldiers. "They're ready to get up there and see what they can contribute to help people get back in their homes."

While the Soldiers are scheduled to be deployed for one or two weeks, Wells said they are bringing enough supplies for up to two months of operations.

The 108th Quartermaster Company is organized under the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade.

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