FORT DRUM, NY, UNITED STATES
Story by Pfc. Tiffany Mitchell
Soldiers from the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI) conducted their first Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container System training 6 September 2018 at Fort Drum, New York.
The MTRCS is a mobile, multi-temperature refrigeration system that will provide the ability to transport and store frozen, chilled, or semi-perishable ration components simultaneously on a single platform.
The purpose of the MTRCS training is to educate soldiers on how to maintain the system at an operator level and to help prepare 10th Sustainment Brigade for its role in Mountain Peak, which is set to take place in October.
“The system is essential for when we go to the field to keep rations cold and a general lack of knowledge on operator procedures causes them to be at a low state of readiness,” said Warrant Officer Steven Madison, an Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer from 110th Composite Truck Company, 548th CSSB. “Training like this is important so that we can make sure that the operators understand how to employ the system correctly.”
For Spc. Shkatoe Haywood, an Automated Logistics Specialist from the 543rd Composite Supply Company, 548th CSSB, believed the MTRCS training was beneficial.
“I learned a lot from the training because I’m normally inside of the supply support activity and stock control so I don’t really get to come out to do any of the hands on training with the vehicles,” said Haywood.
The biggest take away from the MTRCS training is actually seeing and understanding how the operator maintenance works, Haywood explained.
With Mountain Peak fast approaching, the brigade is planning to train more soldiers on the MTRCS.
“The MTRCS will be used during Mountain Peak for 1st Brigade to store most of their food,” said Madison. “A lot of these MTRCS will get sent out with the maneuver units for them to keep so we’ll try to schedule training with them like we just did with our operators to ensure that they understand how to employ the system as well.”