CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK JUST CLICK “Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade”            Special troops battalio...
BATTALION COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR                                            RELIABLE 7Dear Reliable Soldiers and Family Me...
HHC, STB  SPC Mc Cray and SPC Cortez competing in the TF Reliable  Combatives Tournament.                                 ...
HHC, STBSPC Dedios was recognized with a certificate ofachievement by the 304th Military Police Company here onBagram, for...
647TH QUARTERMASTER COMPANY     As another month passes, the Soldier’s of the 647th QM Detachment have taken on themission...
230TH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT UNIT                                             The 230 FMSU family are proud to welco...
230TH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT UNIT      The New Year could not have had a better beginning! Our Executive Officer (XO...
63RD ORDNANCE COMPANY       Greetings from the 63rd Ordnance Company. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but our WolfpackSol...
444TH HUMAN RESOURCES COMPANY       As the hustle and bustle of holiday excitement filled the hearts and minds of the Amer...
444TH HUMAN RESOURCES COMPANYHRC Postal, and the United States Army. Sergeant Arius-Cruz originally hails from Columbia an...
396TH MILITARY POLICE                                           Holidays in Afghanistan                                   ...
304TH MILITARY POLICE       The 304th MP BN DET 5 had yet another highly successful event filled month. No matter the situ...
267TH SIGNAL COMPANY             Friends and family of 267 Signal Company Soldiers, we are four months down in thedeployme...
FEATURED ARTICLEReady to Rumble -- Captain Jimmy PlataTask Force Reliable held the first ever Army Combatives Tournament, ...
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  1. 1. CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK JUST CLICK “Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade” Special troops battalion, 1sb BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN Reliable Newsletter STB JANUARY 2013 – volume Iv BATTALION COMMANDER RELIABLE 6Dear Reliable Soldiers and Family Members, I am ecstatic to say that 2013 has arrived and is now officially underway. Weare all doing well and could not be happier to see 2013 for a number of reasons. Themost obvious, is that we will be coming home this year. Your Soldiers continue toamaze me each and every day as they show just how “Reliable” they truly are ataccomplishing their mission each and every day. This month was very busy as we accomplished our daily missions and on topof that we said farewell to three different units; the 1st Naval Postal Platoon, the 350thPLOPS, and the 376th Postal Platoon. We thanked them all at their end of tour awards ceremony and wished themgood luck as they redeployed back home. At the same time we welcomed the 909th Postal Platoon, the 22nd PostalPlatoon, and our own D/230th Finance Detachment from Fort Riley, KS. All of our units arrived safely and areready to assume their missions in Afghanistan. Along with our new units, we conducted some first time events here on Bagram. Task Force Reliablehosted a Combatives Tournament that was open to all Military Service Members on Bagram. This event was agreat way for our Soldiers to interact with other units on Bagram and also a great way to use their combativestraining in some friendly competition. The event was open to all Soldiers on Bagram and was divided intodifferent weight classes. This turned out to be a very successful event. 647th hosted a Leadership Development forall the companies. Task Force Reliable is very diverse and the best way I found to have the entire Task Forceunderstand individual missions was to have each company teach us their jobs. The Riggers started their brief witha presentation on their overall mission. Then they moved us into a tent where they build pallets and showed ushow they build them. Finally, they had all of us get into groups of four and build our very own pallets. The expertssupervised us as we built pallets, giving us tips, advice, and answering every question we had as we went along.The last piece of this training was when they showed us how they pack parachutes for their bundles. It simplyamazes me that we have such a unique set of capabilities and that our Soldiers have this kind of impact on ourefforts in Afghanistan. The Riggers exceeded my expectations on this event as it was great training and a greatway to get the team together for some development. I look forward to our next class with the 444th HumanResources Company as they go over postal operations next month. Finally, thank you to all of our Families and friends at home for everything you do to support us. We couldnot focus and execute our mission without you. We wish you the best in 2013. Respectfully, LTC Charles A. Stamm “Reliable 6” 1
  2. 2. BATTALION COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR RELIABLE 7Dear Reliable Soldiers and Family Members, The start of a new year signifies change, opportunity, and the excitement ofnot knowing what lies ahead. Every day brings new challenges and new solutions.2013 started off with a bang here in Afghanistan as we get closer and closer toredeployment. We have been doing outstanding things without missing a step onour everyday missions. This being a new year, I wanted to do some things differently. To start offwith, I had my Operations Section organize a combatives tournament for the entireBagram Airfield. What better way to start off the year than with Soldiers competingin a supervised event where they get to be the main stage and use the training they’ve acquired through ourvarious classes. Our very own Private Michael Dayton took second place in the tournament for his weightclass. For their efforts the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place winners were awarded Army Commendation Medals, ArmyAchievement Medals, and Certificates of Achievement. My next objective was to have our Task Force Units teach classes to us on their specific specialties. Ifound this was the best way for everyone to understand each mission and just how critical they are to theoverall mission in Afghanistan. First up was the 647th Rigger Detachment from Fort Bragg, NC. They did notdisappoint, there training was excellent and exceeded all expectations. At the end of the block of instruction weteamed up and rigged our own pallet and my group built our pallet the quickest; I even had time to go helpLTC Stamm’s group. The 647th invited me back down anytime to assist in rigging pallets. Our next visit will beto our 444th Human Resources Company. I look forward to learning all the complexities of postal operationsand having a better understanding of their mission; which I now know is more than licking stamps. Finally, I’d like to wish you all a prosperous and fantastic 2013. May you all achieve the goals you setthis year. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all very soon. “Always Reliable” CSM Thomas R. Moore “Reliable 7” Soldiers struggle to gain the dominant position Competitors sprawl for position as the head for the win. referee monitors the match. REQUEST FOR THE NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL: jimmy.plata@afghan.swa.army.mil
  3. 3. HHC, STB SPC Mc Cray and SPC Cortez competing in the TF Reliable Combatives Tournament. Happy New Year to all of our friends and family! It’s been another great month for the Black Knights here in Afghanistan. Our Soldiers have taken part in many events, activities and missions throughout the holiday season, producing outstanding results every step of the way. Some of the wonderful events included Christmas celebrations, the New Years Eve celebration at the “Clam-Shell,” and the Task Force Reliable Combatives Tournament. Upon arrival, the HHC Maintenance Section was charged with the daunting task of revitalizing a decayingmaintenance program. The section’s first hurdle was to establish aworking relationship with the Brigade Support Battalion (BSB)maintenance elements, as well as their civilian counterparts onthree outlying Forward Operating Bases (FOBs). Tenant units ofthese outlying FOBs possessed equipment that had been Non-Mission Capable (NMC) for over 200 days in some cases;neglected to a point that units were in jeopardy of faltering onmissions due to a lack of available equipment. SSG Luth developed CW2 Burke, CW2 Bennet and 1LT Barnes sing Christmasa maintenance assistance visit schedule that would address the CarolsNMC equipment and alleviate any future maintenance relatedissues of this nature. PFC Bosse attacked yet another obstacle for the section by restructuring the SAMS-Esystem. SAMS-E is an automated system which is at the heart of all maintenance operations and essential todaily operations. SPC Nelson and SPC Semour are yet two other shining stars within the maintenance section that have played vital roles in the maintenance sustainment of five supported Units. Despite this being PFC Griffin’s first deployment and initiation into the Army maintenance field, he has proven himself as an essential member of the team. The sections newest NCO, CPL Carder has worked diligently to procure repair parts, greatly reducing wait time and increasing the Units’ Operational Readiness Rates. Shortly after arriving in country it was discovered that the consolidated Petroleum and Lubricants (POL) point was in shambles. SPC Pollard spearheaded the effort in resolving these issues, turning in 825 gallons of used POL products to the Bagram PFC Bosse and SPC Montalvo assist in the completion of Hazardous (HAZMAT) Materials Yard and establishing a annual service for one of the Command Security Team’s MRAP vehicles manageable HAZMAT area. Although Specialist Montalvo is a power generation equipment repairer, she has made great strides inproviding necessary assistance in the wheeled vehicle mechanic arena. The Distribution Section had a successful four months here in Afghanistan. The Durable Distro crewoperates out of three locations here on Bagram; the Air Mobility Cell, the Ground Mobility Cell and theSustainment Operations Center. The Air Mobility Section is responsible for tasking six rotary wing aircraftthat moves passengers and cargo throughout Eastern and Northern Afghanistan, as well as to 10 differentlocations in the Capital. A critical team player in the Air Mobility Section is SPC Joel Dedios. He workshard daily to ensure Soldiers outside the wire receive the air support needed to carry out essential operations. 3
  4. 4. HHC, STBSPC Dedios was recognized with a certificate ofachievement by the 304th Military Police Company here onBagram, for his exceptional support to their operations. The Ground Mobility Section is responsible fortruck movements throughout eastern and northernAfghanistan, as well as the Capital. They plan and monitorhundreds of truck movements on a daily basis. One of thekeys to their success is the daily distribution meeting.During this coordination meeting the Ground Sectionbrings together units from all over the country and frommultiple commands. SPC Demarcus Guice is the key player that ensures meeting success. Without hisattention to detail and relentless efforts, the meeting would fail to provide the coordination required in theconstant change of ground operations. This month we had the honor of promoting eight Soldiers, including CPT Ben Brock and MAJ Tim Powlas. Our Humanitarian Assistance Yard Soldier SGT Kiad, SSG Dettman, SSG Lopez and SFC Remily were all awarded Army Newly promoted Sergeants: SGT Kell, SGT Schild, and SGT TF Reliable Commander, LTC Stamm administering the Oath Torres of Office to newly promoted CPT Brock and MAJ Powlas Achievement Medals for their great work in bringing the yard up to a commendable level on their lastinspection. Additionally three Soldiers were awarded Good Conduct Medals. Most notable was the hardwork on behalf of our HHC Mail Clerks, PFC Farmer and SPC Smith, who received Company Coins forExcellence. These dedicated Soldiers were responsible for delivering much Holiday Cheer over the last fewmonths, overseeing postal operations for Task Force Durable Soldiers. They took great pride in their longhours (most days were 18-20 hours) and provided our Soldiers a piece of home for the Holidays. Best Regards, “VAN” “TOP” C.P. VAN DELIST ROBERT P. MCELYEA Captain, Logistics First Sergeant, U.S. Army COMMANDING FIRST SERGEANT 4
  5. 5. 647TH QUARTERMASTER COMPANY As another month passes, the Soldier’s of the 647th QM Detachment have taken on themission full steam ahead. We have now dropped over 1,000 bundles and over 1.5 millionpounds of supplies and equipment to the War Fighters. While the riggers of the 647th don’tget to see the results of their work, they know they are making a contribution to resupply theSoldiers in Afghanistan. SPC Sparacino and SPC Hernandez have continued to exercise initiative and resemble therigger motto of “I will be sure always”. For their hard work and dedication these two deservingsoldiers were recognized by the Chain of Command and promoted from Private First Class toSpecialist. SGT Cook will be competing for top honors at the NCO of Quarter Board forBrigade where I have the utmost confidence he will do outstanding. SGT Cook will also beattending the Sergeant Audie Murphy Board the following day. As of 15 January 2013, we will no longer have any Soldiers assigned to Kandahar. As thesmall group returns, they have completed the closing of conventional rigging in Kandahar.This requires all Airdrops to be scheduled and conducted here on Bagram. This is a majormilestone for our Unit and we can now concentrate fully on the mission from one location. Loads are prepared for Airdrop 5
  6. 6. 230TH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT UNIT The 230 FMSU family are proud to welcome four new Outlaws (from left to right) SFC Bounds, SSG Thomas, SSG Green and SGT Moore. These Noncommissioned Officers were late deployers due to unforeseen circumstances but we are glad they are here. Upon their arrival, an immediate impact to the mission was felt throughout the organization. Our command team began its first of many Battle Field Circulations (BFC) with the 176 FMSD in Camp Marmal. The Soldiers were extremely motivated and professional. It was a great way to start the BFC! While this is one of our smallest detachments, they have an enormous responsibility and take great pride in their mission of supporting the war- fighters. During our visit, we had the opportunity to reunite with some oldfriends and sister unit, 573 MCT, CPT Schmidt and SFC Brown from ourown Fort Carson, CO. Next we went to see the 1/376 FMSD at FOBFenty. The Soldiers are a close nit group and genuinely enjoy each other’scompany. The Soldiers have a tremendous MWR program and haveoverwhelming support from their home community as indicated by thenumber of care packages they receive. While trying to keep morale high,we took a shot at their “undefeated” spades team. Their record was shortlived after they were handed a surgical shellacking from the Commanderand Sergeant Major. Final score: (532 to 41). Don’t worry, thedetachment command team was prepared and ensured both Soldiersreceived spiritual counseling from the Chaplain prior to our departure.The Soldiers names are omitted to protect morale.176 FMSD 1/376 FMSDThe 230 FMSU and B/15 FMSD Soldiers were in the spirit of holiday celebrations as they celebrate “OperationSanta Claus” with a 4-Mile Road March. SGM La Fond had a unique holiday “Dallas Cowboys” theme, whichdrew lots of snickering as we knew how their season would end. He even had a small white Christmas tree inhis Rucksack with Cowboys ornaments. SGM was over shadowed by the presences of SSG Hedges whocarried a full size Christmas tree in his Rucksack and placed second in the rucksack overall decorationcompetition. 6
  7. 7. 230TH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT UNIT The New Year could not have had a better beginning! Our Executive Officer (XO), CPT Summersell,welcomed a baby girl into the world back at Fort Carson on 1 January 2013. Addison Emma Summersell wasborn at 11:40 am MST, weighing 7lbs 10oz, 19.5in. Jimin (Mother) and baby are doing great!!! This is CPTSummersells second child. His son, Skyler, is a little over 16 months old now and is excited to be a big brother.Keeping with tradition, Soldiers took the opportunity to celebrate the youngest member of the Outlaw family bysmoking cigars and drinking near beer! The 13 TFMC Command Team (COL Zellars and SGM Tillman) recognized SGT Milton J. Moore andSPC Ongela K. Hilliard for their immediate and continuous impact on FMSU operations. Sincerely, Carydaniel Cegledi Commander 7
  8. 8. 63RD ORDNANCE COMPANY Greetings from the 63rd Ordnance Company. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but our WolfpackSoldiers have more than met the expectations placed upon them. The mission at the Ammunition Supply Point(ASP) is well under way, and the transition from the 60th Ordnance Company was quick and smooth. Arriving in Bagram amidst heavy snow, we were able to quickly complete in-theater training and beginour work at the ASP. The 60th Ordnance Company spent a week training us on their SOPs, all while weconducted inventories and served customer units. The professionalism of both organizations shone through asour predecessors prepared us for success in the transition and our Soldiers accepted their new responsibilitieswith enthusiasm. The company has excelled in taking the lead in ammunition shipments across Afghanistanand in managing and re-warehousing amnesty ammunition stores. While the 63rd is spread out across seven distinct locations in Afghanistan, Bagram stands asheadquarters and locus of authority for company operations across RCs North, East, South, and Capital. Inaddition to the ammunition mission, the Bagram detachment has provided material and administrativeoversight to subordinate detachments, principally those located at Camp Marmal and Camp Phoenix. Arrival in theater concluded with the transition of authority ceremony, conducted in concert with the60 Ordnance Company. Both companies gathered in the ASP motor pool to formally case the 60th guidon, thconcluding their authority over the ASP mission and uncasing the 63rd’s, initiating our mission in full. The 60thalso conducted their end of tour award ceremony, highlighted by the command team and battalioncommander’s special recognition of key Soldiers. As we enter into our time at Bagram, the Soldiers of the 63rd Ordnance Company stand ready andresolved to meet the needs of local and theater-wide units through superior ammunition support. Wolfpack, noslack. Uncasing the 63rd Ordnance’s SFC Bush, recognized by LTC guidon during the transition of Stamm for superior service while authority. serving as NCOIC of the ASP. 8
  9. 9. 444TH HUMAN RESOURCES COMPANY As the hustle and bustle of holiday excitement filled the hearts and minds of the American people backhome during the 2012 Holiday Season—so did the anticipation of receiving Holiday Mail, capture the awaitingAmerican Soldier in Afghanistan. With dutiful, hard working Soldiers within the postal community working24hr operations, the Bagram APO successfully received over 3.7 million pounds of mail that entered theAfghanistan Theater and pushed 1.2 million lbs of mail to the outlying FOBs during the month of Decemberthrough the middle of January. Mail Call hours have now returned to 0900hrs to1500hrs Monday throughSaturday and from 1200hrs to 1600hrs on Sunday. As another inexhaustible year ends; so did the deployment for the 350th HRC Postal Platoon and the 1stNavy Postal Platoon postal mission in Afghanistan, culminating with a presentation of an end-of- tour awardsceremony presentation led by MAJ Kimberly Burke, Commander, 444th HRC Postal. Extreme loyalty andacting on their military ethos could be considered the definition for those of the 350th HRC PLOPS (Plans &Operations) as they volunteered to deploy providing postal technical support within the Afghanistan Theaterconducting postal rodeo missions to those who do not have readily available postal services. Not only did theyassist the Bagram area of operation, they assisted FOB Fenty with additional support for postal rodeo missionsand conducted oversight at the Regional Mail Distribution Center. Personnel from the 1st Navy Postal Platoon(1NPP) comprised of reserve and active personnel were also a group of volunteers to help with the TF Durablepostal mission providing postal services at FOBs Sharana, Salerno, Orgun-E and Postal rodeo missions to threeCOPS. Both Army and Navy platoon leadership chose two military personnel from each platoon who exhibitedhonorable military values to receive the Task Force Reliable Coin from LTC Stamm, for their consummateprofessionalism and dedication to the unit mission. Left to right are SPC Beal, SGT Thomas, PO1 Aveytia andPO1 Dacsin. Both military units will return to Fort Dix, New Jersey for their redeployment processing. The350th PLOPS will then return to their home station in Dallas, TX to complete their future endeavors such ascollege and stateside employments, while 1NPP will return to their bases of assignment. Considering all the vital operations and copious attention to detailed roles and responsibilities within aMilitary Post Office, the 444th HRC Postal would like to recognize Sergeant Diana Arias-Cruz who assumes theposition as the Custodian of Postal Effects (COPE) NCOIC. During her tenure at the Bagram APO, SergeantArias-Cruz has done an excellent job and for this she has been recognized for her significant contributions insupport of the International Corruption Task Force (ICCTF), in fighting fraud and corruption in the southwestAsia Theater of Operations. Her exceptional performance of duty reflects great credit upon herself, the 444th 9
  10. 10. 444TH HUMAN RESOURCES COMPANYHRC Postal, and the United States Army. Sergeant Arius-Cruz originally hails from Columbia and currentlylives in Maryland since 2003. This is the first time she has assumed the duty as a COPE and it has challengedher to learn and hone in on her management skills. This position has helped her develop her leadership anddecision making skills. She states that, “taking care of customers is the best part of her job, because she feels shehas an important role in the mission supporting the units.” In other news within the USPS—the price of Postage has gone up effective 28 January 2013, First ClassLetters (1 oz.) will increase by one cent from $0.45 to $0.46 and each additional ounce will cost an extra$0.20 (no change). First Class Flats (1 oz.) will increase by two cents from $0.90 to $0.92 and each additionalounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change). Postcard rates will increase by one cent from $0.32 to $0.33. PriorityMail Commercial Base (online postage) rates will increase by an average of 6.3% and will start at $5.05(previously at $4.90). Express Mail Commercial Base (online postage) rates will increase by an average of 5.8%and will start at $13.09 (previously at $12.85). First Class Mail International packages will be renamed FirstClass Package International Service. The service now includes Commercial Base discounts of up to 10% offretail rates. It will also include free electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International for packages beingdelivered to Canada. For Priority Mail International Flat Rate service, a special rate will be offered for deliveryservice to Canada. Mexico is now included with “all other countries”. New Product! A Global Forever Stampis being introduced to send a one ounce letter or postcard to any country in the world for $1.10 “Mission First, Soldiers Always, Second To None” Where the NCO’s Lead the Way 10
  11. 11. 396TH MILITARY POLICE Holidays in Afghanistan By SPC Courtney Miller Holidays are big for everyone. The holidays are hard without your family. Everyone is away and theholidays just aren’t the same. The Army and our unit try to make everything more like home. No Christmas in Afghanistan would be complete without a ruck march. About a week before Christmasthe Battalion put on a 5K Christmas toy march. A couple of people from the unit, including myself, participated.People were encouraged to donate toys or money to all the needy families back home that didn’t have money forpresents. They also had a Best Decorated Ruck Competition. A few people even carried fake trees with lights onthem. It was all in good fun. As a tribute for Soldiers deployed during the holidays, there was a concert. One of the special guestsincluded Kellie Pickler. They had a comedian and a few celebrities. Some of the Soldiers from our unit enjoyedthat. They had a great time and even got to meet and take pictures with a few of the performers. This year for the holidays the unit tried to do something special. We had a present opening get-togetheron Christmas Eve. Everybody sat upstairs in the break room as we passed out presents. There was a smallChristmas tree at the front of the room. It had decorations made by the FRG back home. The lights on it weretwinkling. The only thing we were missing was a fireplace and stockings. We all waited until they were allpassed out, then we tore into the presents. SGT McKeough’s church was nice enough to send us all presents forthe holidays. A few of the guys got nerf guns. At the end of the present opening there was a nerf war. Dartswere flying everywhere. It was a great time. The next morning there was an FRG event. They opened presents and anyone who wanted could seethem through Skype. They had a Santa there for little kids. A few of the people from our unit got to haveChristmas digitally with their families. New Years Eve wasn’t a very special event for anyone in our unit. Most people just slept. The base didhave a few things going on for people who wanted to celebrate. The base and the Army are taking good care ofus especially around the holidays. 11
  12. 12. 304TH MILITARY POLICE The 304th MP BN DET 5 had yet another highly successful event filled month. No matter the situation,whether it’s sub-zero weather or any other challenge, DET 5 performs with great precision when it comes toCustoms Operations. We processed and cleared over 16,000 passengers redeploying to the United States alongwith their 23,000 bags. Additionally, we retained two Soldiers, took flight with the Air Force, and also met thevery cool band “Hip Kitty” from our hometown Nashville, TN. DET 5’s Soldiers are dedicated to their mission as well as their careers within the military. CPLBarnett’s 6 year reenlistment demonstrates his commitment to make the United States Army a career. There’sno doubt that the Army and CPL Barnett will both greatly benefit from his decision. SPC Fuller also reenlistedfor 6 years. Her light hearted but always mission first and positive attitude is always welcomed by all withinDET 5. Their commitment to the U.S. Army is an inspiration to all. During January, DET 5 was fortunate enough to get slots on KC-135 Orientation flights. CPL Brooker,SPC Elola and SPC Farrell were able to ride along and experience the Air Force’s aerial agility. They learnedabout many of the Air Force’s capabilities, missions, and the importance of their presence in the skies above.While on their flight they were able to see the refueling of other aircrafts that were currently on mission. “TheAir force’s ability to keep flying for an extended amount of time without having to land is a great asset to anyforce” stated SPC Elola after his trip. CPL Brooker stated that he enjoyed the experience and it would besomething that he will never forget. While always on the forefront of operational readiness, we still like to have a little fun. The rock bandHip Kitty from Nashville, TN had two great performances on back to back nights here at Manas. DET 5enjoyed their music and even a moment with the band on stage. After their final performance SPC Lopp treatedthe band to a tour of the Customs facility and a brief about our operations. We also squeezed in some photoopportunities with our hometown celebrities! The 304th MP BN DET 5 remains highly motivated and ready to serve. “SHAKE ‘EM DOWN!” CPL Barnett’s (left) and SPC Fullers’ (right) SPC Elola (left) getting ready for his Orientation reenlistment! flight. Air Forces’ refueling operations (right). 12
  13. 13. 267TH SIGNAL COMPANY Friends and family of 267 Signal Company Soldiers, we are four months down in thedeployment and still going strong. Despite the expected hick-ups, hang-ups, and snags, our signal Soldiers havenow managed to settle in and while not on duty have the ability to enjoy their personal time. The Soldiers have various resources available to them for personal time, ranging from personal laptopsto MWR facilities. All of our signal Soldiers do their duty and work for many hours a day, accomplishingnecessary tasks for supporting tasks in our area of operations, however, our personal time is effectively ours.Though scattered across Afghanistan, all of our Soldiers have access to some form of recreation beyond theirlaptops. Camp Pratt Soldiers live in close quarters with each other, having several Soldiers residing in eachliving area, but do not worry; males and females have their own separate tents. Despite the cramped conditions,Soldiers here do get to have fun as well. Near the Soldiers living area is a small MWR tent for the benefit of theSoldiers. On the base is also a USO with a movie theatre, two bazaars, and a PX. Recently completed at JCOP Hairatan, home of the majority of 267 Signal company, is our ownpersonal morale tent, complete with computer workstations, plasma televisions, and heat; critically importantduring the winter. Significant time was invested in its establishment. Previously, it had been a storage area thatwas so crowded that you could not walk from one side to the other without wading through equipment andsupplies piled waist high. Furthermore, entry and exit from the tent was hampered by the door itself, which wasdragging on the floor due to a poorly constructed doorframe, and of course there was the problem with heat. Noheating unit was present at the beginning, so we had to find one. The first heater we found took significantmaintenance before we found a replacement. The current heater also required a lot of fixing, but now is up andrunning, and with it the 267th Signal Company’s Morale Tent is both relaxing and comfortable. Special thanksgo to SPC Powell who donated the most time to the tent, SPC Cash who completely rebuilt the door to ourmorale tent from the ground up, and to SPC Gardner who almost literally worked for days to ensure the tent hadheat. The Soldiers on this base also have an additional MWR tent, which is used by all personnel on base.Each Soldier at Hairatan has their own room in a tent, which although cramped is their own personal space,which makes life enjoyable. Sincerley, SPC Jacobson of Joint Network Node SFC Davis of JNN Platoon lends out a (JNN) Platoon runs coax cable to the AFN hand and assists in running the cable to the SPC Jacobson newly refurbished tent. dish to the MWR tent. 13
  14. 14. FEATURED ARTICLEReady to Rumble -- Captain Jimmy PlataTask Force Reliable held the first ever Army Combatives Tournament, January 11, 2013 at Bagram Airfield,Afghanistan. The two day event started with matches in four different weight classes. The winners automaticallyadvanced to the next day, while the losing opponent took on a second fight in order to stay in the tournament.After losing two matches the competitor would be eliminated from the tournament. In order to win the match,the competitors had to make their opponent surrender by “tapping out,” or by having the most points at the endof the bout. Points were received from different reasons, to include achieving a dominant position and escaping adominant position.“The event was a great esprit de corps builder,” said Pvt. Michael Dayton, 267th Signal Company, 1034thCombat Sustainment Support Battalion, Task Force Durable.Pvt. Dayton who has been in the Army for two years and stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. is currently serving on hisfirst deployment placed second in the tournament for his weight class. The event greatly benefited Soldiers because it helped us become fearless on the battlefield, explained Sgt. LeviWilkonsin, 396th Transportation Company, 157th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Task Force Durable.Sergeant Wilkonsin who is stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. is on his first deployment and greatly enjoyed theopportunity to challenge himself.“Thank you to the Task Force Reliable Chain on Command for hosting the event and allowing me to do this,” heexclaimed.First place winners in each weight class were awarded Army Commendation Medals while the second placewinners received Army Achievement Medals and third place winners received Certificates of Achievement fortheir motivation and efforts during the tournament.Task Force Reliable is very proud of all the competitors and looks forward to hosting a Reliable challenge in theupcoming months. Submission by straight arm bar. Submission by bent arm bar. 14

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