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226th gears up for DCRF logistics mission

September 22, 2011

By 2nd Lt. Amanda Cookman, 226th Quartermaster Company, 87th CSSB

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The 226th Quartermaster Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division continues to train to be ready to respond to potential catastrophic incidents in the United States.

The company is preparing for the highly anticipated assumption of Task Force Logistics, part of the Defense Chemical, Radiological, Biological, and Nuclear Response Force mission, Oct. 1. The mission will last for one year.

Many of the Soldiers from the 226th trained under U.S. Northern Command and received commendable ratings on their performance at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The training provided learning points for the unit in order to be fully prepared for the upcoming mission.

Only half of the company was authorized to attend the training at Camp Atterbury. The company and leadership worked together to ensure the rest of the Soldiers are fully prepared to take on any support mission within the company's capabilities.

Back at Fort Stewart, 226th QM conducted recovery operations to ensure all of their equipment and Soldiers were fully mission capable. The unit recovered its entire rolling stock, washed all vehicles, and conducted full inventories on all personal gear.

The Soldiers are currently training on sling-load operations which include providing rapid movement of supplies, the ability to bypass terrain, direct deliveries to a unit, and greater ground support for unit commanders. Sling-loads ensure rapid re-supply of logistical support to units in order to support the civilian population.

The high anticipation of the mission assumption has Soldiers making preparations to ensure the unit's ability to deploy quickly.

"There were a lot of lessons learned at Camp Atterbury," said Capt. Rory Foster, the 226th QM commander. "We're taking all of those lessons and ensuring that the entire company is ready to go once our nation calls us."

Concurrently, CBRN training has been a prime focus, as the 226th QM will be part of the federal military initial CBRN response forces. CBRN training ensures all Soldiers have proper fitting chemical suits and protective masks, as well as ensuring they all know proper decontamination procedures.

The first sergeant for 226th QM, 1st Sgt. Michelle Maxwell, said she has extreme confidence in her Soldiers.

"I feel we will be fully prepared to take on the mission on Oct. 1," Maxwell said.

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