40th Quartermaster Co. keep rations on the move

Story and photos by Sgt. Jorge L. Anaya
40th Quartermaster Company unit public affairs representative

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — Soldiers with the 40th Quartermaster Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) are keeping Soldiers fed and hydrated in Iraq by running operations at the Class I yard at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.

The Class I yard is a storage and issue facility for supplies such as, rations, bottled water, and U.S. Central Command approved supplements.

“From the movement of large bulk parts and equipment taking place in the joint distribution center yard, to the receiving and issuing of parts to customers in the supply (support) activity, though this is a section not large in size, its mission is very important, the Class I yard,” said Sgt. Queshawnia Franklin, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the yard with 40th Quartermaster Co., and a New Orleans native.

“We support all of COB Adder in addition to seven outlying forward operating bases within the southern region of Iraq,” she said. “On a daily basis, we prepare pallets going to the flight line for transportation to other forward operating bases containing supplements and rations.”

Franklin said she believes that without her Soldiers performing their duties, other units on bases around Iraq would be insufficiently sustained.

“Our job here at the Class I yard plays a key role in daily operations, because we ensure that Soldiers and civilian personnel have the most vital components necessary for survival in the desert — water and rations, she said. “The supplements we carry are a bonus and help to build the morale of the Soldiers and civilians.”

Every Soldier working in the yard plays a vital role in the unit’s performance.

Spc. Christopher Rodriguez, a clerk with the 40th Quartermaster Co. and a Dallas native, ensures all orders are confirmed so customer’s needs are met.

“We simply want for the customers to know that a request received is an order placed,” he said. “We will follow up and confirm the orders, therefore providing (peace) of mind since there are so many other missions taking place.”

“We don’t work according to time…we work until we are certain that all customers are taken care of,” Rodriguez said.

Much of the success of the Class I yard is accredited to the Soldiers’ dedication to customer service and work ethic.

Franklin said the Class I teams are the unsung heroes of mission-sustainment for many isolated bases. The section with the 40th Quartermaster Co. at COB Adder might be a small section, but their contribution to the mission is instrumental and essential for survival.