March 6, 2015

Water purifiers hit their targets

Story and photos by Sgt. Hector Corea
302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
A Soldier with 968th Quartermaster Company unloads equipment for a Tactical Water Purification System, Feb. 7. Soldiers of the 968th QM Co. conducted weapons qualification training and familiarization with M16, M249, and M203 weapons platforms along with military occupational specialty tasks.

Soldiers of the 968th Quartermaster Company conducted battle training assembly including range operations here, Feb. 7.

The Tustin, California-based unit practiced their water purification mission and honed their marksmanship proficiencies during their two-day stay.

“We’re out here doing realistic training and also trying to get more experience on the water purification systems,” said Sgt. 1st. Class Cindy Gudino, first sergeant of the 968th QM Co. “My Soldiers, know, love, and breath water.”

Soldiers of the 968th trained on the Tactical Water Purification System that purifies up to 1,500 gallons per hour for drinking, cooking or bathing purposes.

“When it comes down to it, the TWPS meets all the water needs of the Army,” said Spc. Robin Ko, a water treatment specialist with the 968th QM Co.

“Water is a necessity since you need it for drinking, showering and cooking,” said Spc. Nam Yun, a water treatment specialist with the 968th QM Co. “The best part of my job is that is helps meet the needs of fellow Soldiers.”

Soldiers of the 968th QM Co. also conducted weapons qualification training and familiarization with M16, M249, and M203 weapons platforms.

“The M203 had a really strong kick, but it was exciting,” said Pfc. Melissa Ferguson, a horizontal construction engineer with the 968 QM Co.

“It’s great shooting practice,” said Spc. Robert Silva, a water treatment specialist with 968th QM Co. “It’s nice to focus on our Soldiering abilities.”

In addition to their training, the 968th QM Co. bonded over an evening barbecue. The multiple training days served to strengthen teamwork and camaraderie.

“I’m blessed with great Soldiers – they always make it happen,” said Gudino. “I see us as a family, and we’ve really come together as a family.”

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