1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Soldiers of FSC E keep vehicles rolling
MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION BAGHDAD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20080605-10
June 5, 2008
Soldiers of FSC E keep vehicles rolling to COPs, JSSs
1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt., 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq
The Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad, recently completed their second month
deployed to Forward Operating Base Falcon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
For the Maintenance Soldiers of Forward Support Company E,
assigned to the Regulars Bn.
of the 22nd Inf. Regt., motorpool operations bring long hours for the mechanics,
who support the 1st BCT in its ongoing mission to provide stability and security
for the Iraqi people of the Rashid district in southern Baghdad.
The Soldiers put in long hours of knuckle-busting work to stay on
schedule and at times get a little dirty,
explained Staff Sgt. Brandon Pszanowski, platoon sergeant of the Maintenance Platoon assigned to FSC E.
The Soldiers work to ensure that 1-22 Inf. Regt.s
tactical vehicles are maintained at peak operating conditions
because hot weather and an austere environment take a serious toll on the units equipment, he said.
The platoon jumped into completing the battalions
scheduled services after finishing two hard weeks
of back-to-back convoy missions, said Pszanowski.
Completing services is a real time consuming process, but
it is a major factor in maintaining the fleet,
explained Spc. Calvin Drake, a light-wheeled mechanic assigned to FSC E.
The Soldiers worked for several days to complete services on
for the battalions Quick Reaction Force. The vehicles were in need of quality maintenance,
said Staff Sgt. Rafael Rodriguez, a light wheeled mechanic and squad leader in the maintenance platoon.
We had several issues come in the way of
completing the services on time,
but my mechanics overcame all obstacles with ease and got the vehicles back on mission, he said.
The crews responsible for Mine Resistant and Ambush
Protected vehicles have also been busy
assisting the distribution platoon with convoy security and barrier emplacement missions.
During their down time, the Soldiers mounted lights on their MRAPs to help them see the roads better.
Soldiers preparing to mount their MRAPs and heading off on
said they find working with their fellow Soldiers in the vehicles helps build a sense of unity.
I enjoy the special bond built between myself and
my fellow Soldiers while spending long hours out on missions
telling jokes., said Spc. Andrew Mixon, FSC E.
The Soldiers use their MRAPs during combat logistics patrols in
where they are responsible for delivering the food, water, ammunition and supplies
to the combat units operating at combat outposts and joint security stations in Rashid.
OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq Pfc. Chad Bloom, a combat
engineer from Madison, Wis.,
assigned to Forward Support Company E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad, conducts routine maintenance on his M1152 Armored humvee
May 31 at Joint Security Station Jihad in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.
"Regulars" Soldiers of the 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt., 1st BCT, conduct daily preventive maintenance,
checks and services on their vehicles at the motorpool located on the patrol base.
The services ensure that the vehicles are maintained to standard and remain mission-capable.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, 1st BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B
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