By Master Sgt. Shelia L. Cooper, 1st AD Sust. Bde. Public Affairs:
The Army activated the 153rd Quartermaster Field Feeding Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade, during a ceremony on the brigade’s field April 18.
The 153rd QM FF Co. is the second company in the U.S. Army activated to support the division and echelons above the brigade level.
“I thank you for joining us here today, to celebrate something special: the establishment and activation of the U.S. Army’s newest type of quartermaster unit,” said Maj. Corinthia Romain, executive officer for the STB.
The 153rd QM FF Co. is responsible for planning, managing, supervising and administering field feeding operations. This unit is also self-sustaining and equipped with its own military equipment, mechanics and human resource specialist.
“Much work has been done to get the field feeding company established and to its fully operational status and I’d personally like to thank all of you for your tremendous efforts that were essential to getting the unit on its feet and underway,” Romain said. “We are excited about the future and look forward to moving out on these initiatives to support others.”
The first field feeding company was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in January. The company was established to move culinary specialist across the battlefield to plan, prepare and feed the warfighters. These culinary specialists will provide hot meals in a field or austere environment or in a combat zone. The hot meals are a healthy alternative to the Meal, Ready-to-Eat.
During the ceremony, the commander of the 153th QM FF Co. spoke about military history.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the company commander of this formation at such a critical time in the U.S. Army’s history,” said Capt. Beth Brooks, commander of the 153rd QM FF Co.
Brooks said her company is developing tough and versatile culinary specialists who will have the ability to support military operations around the world.
At the end of the ceremony, Brooks thanked the brigade and STB command teams for allowing her to be the first commander of the field feeding company on Fort Bliss.
“I would like to thank Col. Lalor (Col. Michael B. Lalor, commander of the 1st AD Sust. Bde.) for giving me this opportunity to serve as the company commander,” Brooks said. “Sir, we are going to make it happen. There are no words to express how fortunate I was to work with you and learn from you over the past two years. A special thanks to STB command group for their guidance, mentorship and leadership in the past year.”
Although this unit is just activating, it has already supported units within the division and across the installation.
When not deployed or in an austere environment, these Soldiers will work in a dining facility on Fort Bliss.