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DFAC under new management


DFAC under new management

By Sgt. Philip Klein
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
COMBAT OUTPOST OLD MOD, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers stationed at Combat Outpost Old MOD have a few changes at the dining facility that are designed to help the staff excel at customer service and support the mission needs.
Task Force 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, based out of Baumholder, Germany, and now attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assumed responsibility for the Old MOD dining facility, June 6, and has continued to work to improve the service for Soldiers who roll out daily on to the streets of Sadr City to bring security to the people of Baghdad.
"The first thing I did when my crew took over was to expand the time we served chow," said DFAC Manager Sgt. Patrick Hiebert. "We now serve food from 7 a.m. to midnight to meet the needs of the Soldiers whose missions each day don't always allow them to sit down at normal meal times."
Hiebert, a native of Belgrade, Maine, said the changes are about customer service and the missions Soldiers at Old MOD do every day.
"Expanding the hours of the DFAC is a simple and effective idea I learned from the sergeant first class who trained me back in Germany," he continued. "Job requirements don't always allow Soldiers to set regular schedules, but with our expanded hours they can come in, sit down and eat a hot meal.
"Currently we are preparing between 1,500 and 1,600 meals a day and my crew is always in motion preparing meals and restocking plates, eating utensils and beverages," said Hiebert.
Hiebert gives all credit to the Soldiers who work for him, saying that because of their dedication to the job, together they are able to pull off the nearly constant meal preparations.
One of Hiebert's crew is Spc. Hector Ayvar, a native of Arecivo, Puerto Rico. Ayvar is proud of the work done as Task Force 1-6 has taken over operations at the Old MOD DFAC.
"Currently we are preparing food for about 300 Soldiers, but in the next few weeks we expect to expand our operations to feed 800 Soldiers," he said.
Hiebert's plans for the DFAC sometimes have to be adapted as, June 15, meals we scaled back due to shortages of plates and utensils.
"This is just a temporary measure until we get supplies back up, but once we do, we will be back on our DFAC's regular schedule,' he said.
"Shortages in a combat zone happen and we will adapt to any situation we run into, but the bottom line is our team is committed to bringing the Soldiers here at Old MOD the best service we deliver."

DTAC moves 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers forward


Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

Story by Spc. Philip Klein

DTAC moves 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers forward

By Spc. Philip Klein,
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — The 4th Infantry Division began deploying in early November to Kuwait for final preparations before taking over as the Headquarters element of Multi-National Division – Baghdad.
To help facilitate the movement of Soldiers through Kuwait and into Baghdad, the Division Tactical Advance Center at Camp Buehring stood up to provide final training of MND-B Soldiers as they move to the combat zone to assume their duties.
The DTAC team is responsible for organizing inbound and outbound flights, logistical concerns such as water, ammunition and setting up training for Soldiers.
Perhaps the most important section of the DTAC is the Division Transportation Office that is responsible for moving Soldiers, equipment, and supplies.
"Nothing happens till something moves," said Staff Sgt. Lonnie Johnson, the G4 logistics DTO non-commissioned officer, 4th Inf. Div, and native of Hollywood, Fla. "We are responsible for all incoming and outgoing flights, all vehicle moves for 4th Inf. Div. as well as other MND-B units arriving in Kuwait."
Another important section in the DTAC is the Joint Network Node team. They are responsible for setting up communications, running phone lines and setting up the satellite trucks coordinating with Division G6 communications and electronics.
"We are responsible for managing the communications network, installing communications in the Tactical Operations Center and keeping the Brigade Combat Teams in contact with MND-B," said Pfc. Joshua Turner, signal support specialist, Company C, Special Troops Battalion Atlanta, Ga., native.
The G1 personnel office and the G3 operations and training office are responsible for inproccessing Soldiers in Kuwait and seeing to their final training such as improvised explosive device recognition, fratricide prevention training, weapons ranges and counter remote control improvised explosive device electronic warfare.
The G4 logistics section's role is to see to the needs of the Soldiers while they are in Kuwait, dealing with issues of water, ammunition and food. They are also responsible for tracking down equipment Soldiers need before moving on to Baghdad and maintenance issues that might arise while in Kuwait. This mission encompasses all the Soldiers that fall under MND-B.
The communications and electronics helpdesk also plays a crucial role in the transition.
"We help keep the TOC running, solving any computer problems that may pop up while we move our Soldiers and equipment to Kuwait," said Sgt. Owen Martin, G6 helpdesk NCO, a native of Sioux City, Iowa.
The 4th Inf. Div. advanced team pre-deployment preparations enabled a smooth transition from Kuwait to Baghdad for the Division headquarters and the Soldiers of MND-B.

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