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Friday, April 20, 2007

Supply Support Activities keep troops ready

Unit supply specialist Pfc. Alice Stokes, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, watches as Spc. Dwayne Jones, automated supply specialist, A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div., moves Stokes’ unit supplies to her vehicle April 12 on Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq. Stokes makes the journey to the Supply Support Activity warehouse daily to pick up valuable supplies for her unit. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley J. Clark, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

SR# 041507- 52
April 15, 2007

By Pfc. Bradley J. Clark
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq— The Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are always in need of supplies to make their jobs run smoothly. It’s the job of the automated logistical specialists of A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion to make sure the Soldiers get the supplies they need in a timely manner.

Company commander, Capt. Courtney Sugai, is in charge of the Supply Support Activities warehouse here and says the almost 4,400 items that the SSA stocks regularly, helps provide direct support to the 230 Department of Defense Activity Address Codes in the 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. area of operations.

The 230 different DODAACs each represent a different company’s supply sergeant or motor pool.

“After a soldier has requested something from their supply sergeant, the supply sergeant puts the order in the SARSS (Standard Army Retail Supply System),” said Sugai. “Once the order is in the SARSS, we check to see if it’s one of the items that we stock, if it is, then the storage section takes it over to the issue section and they put it in the unit’s pick-up box. If we don’t stock the item, then the SARSS system sends out the order to the company to have it shipped,” said Sugai.
Once an item has been ordered, it gets shipped to the SSA warehouse and the Soldiers in the receiving section are the first to see it.

“We wait for the trucks to come in,” said Spc. Margot Sinti, who works in the receiving section. “After the trucks come in, we pull the pallets down and sort through everything. After we sort through it all, we take it to where it needs to go, the storage section, the issue section, or the turn-in section. We do this pretty quickly. Sometimes it only takes us 30 minutes.”

“We have 24 hours to get everything to the different sections, but normally it only takes us a few hours,” said Pvt. Andre Barbosa, who also works in the receiving section, “We try to have everything ready the same day it comes in because we have customers that come in everyday. We get five to six trucks a day, seven days-a-week, at any time of the day. When the trucks come in, we have to check everything to make sure it’s accurate. If a box says it has 100 screws in it, then we have to count all 100 of them.”

After an Item has made its way through the receiving section, if it is something that the SSA warehouse stocks, it heads over to the storage section.

“When we get an item, we find out what it is and stock it in its proper location,” said Sgt. Theresa Sutton, storage section noncommissioned officer-in-charge. “If an item doesn’t have a certain location, then we create one for it, put the location in the SARSS, and then put the item in that location. After we see that a supply sergeant has placed an order for something that we stock, we send it over to the issue section so they can pick it up. We used to get 97 percent of the items that the receiving section would process, but now we only get about 5 percent of the items that come in due to authorized stock increases.”

The final stop an item makes before a supply sergeant can pick it up, is the issue section.

“After items have been received and checked in, they get brought to us,” said Spc. Dwayne Jones, who works in the issue section. “When we get the items, we sort them and put them in the proper customer pick-up areas. We have customers that come in everyday and then we have some that come only once a month because they are always in the field.”

When it comes to items that stand out in the SSA warehouse, the crew has thousands to choose from.

“We get anything from nuts that cost 1 cent to circuit cards that cost $20,000,” said Pfc. Ivan Martinez, also a member of the issue section. “Those circuit cards come in small boxes and you don’t think it’s anything, but it’s something.”
Even though the little items make a big impression in the storage and issue sections of the SSA warehouse, it’s the big stuff that stands out in the receiving section.
“We get everything from pens to engines,” said Barbosa. “The thing that amazed me the most was a tank engine that took up a whole pallet.”

Whatever it is that Soldiers need, the SSA warehouse makes sure that they get it as quickly as possible.

Automated supply specialist Spc. Dwayne Jones, A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, moves a pallet of supplies to a customer’s vehicle, April 12. Jones works in the issue section of the Supply Support Activity warehouse on Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley J. Clark, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Specialist Dwayne Jones, automated supply specialist, in the issue section of the Supply Support Activity warehouse, loads a pallet of supplies onto a vehicle for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, April 12. Jones is just one of the many Soldiers from A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. who run the SSA warehouse on Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley J. Clark, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Soldiers from A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, like Spc. Dwayne Jones, who is loading a pallet of supplies onto a customer’s vehicle April 12, work in the Supply Support Activity warehouse on Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq. The SSA warehouse provides direct supply support to the 230 different companies in the 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. area of operations. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley J. Clark, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

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ROUTINE INSPECTION — U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gil Alicea, of the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, removes panels from an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during a routine phase inspection at Balad Air Base, Iraq, April 16, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Doza

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In Today's News - Friday, April 20, 2007

Quote of the Day
“Too many people expect wonders from democracy,
when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.”

— Walter Winchell

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Just Another Brick in the Wall?
Gates: U.S. Patience Wearing Thin in Iraq
Use of death penalty surges in Iraq: Amnesty
Clashes erupt near west Baghdad mosque

Operation Enduring Freedom
Pakistan, Afghan forces clash on border

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Israeli PM invites Jordanian king to Jerusalem
Somali deaths mount, president downplays clashes
Al-Qaida chief appointed minister of war
Voicemail rant reheats Alec-Kim feud (Unbelievable. Horrible message he left for his 11-year-old daughter...)

Troops on Trial
Army Medic Released From Prison

Supporting Our Heroes
Military expanding Calif. amputee center
Gridiron Greats Visit Iraq

Other Military News
The All Americans in WWII
Policy Cuts Disability Retirements

Worldwide Wackos
Iran, EU to meet on nuclear stand-off
Iran dam said to threaten ancient sites
North Korea links IAEA visit to frozen funds
NKorea restates nuclear position

Homegrown (and Far-Flung) Moonbats
Reid: 'This War Is Lost' - Senate majority leader declares defeat (Treasonous jackass)
Embrace the Darkness, Kids!
FDNY Hierarchy Furious With Tom Cruise Over Scientology Detox for 9/11 Workers
Australia's hippy capital fears freedom at risk
Oliver Stone rolling with new ad against war

Politics / Government
McCain Revives Song Parody to Make Point on Iran (Heh - I remember that...and I like this version of the song better than the original...)
Coburn: Gonzales Should Resign Over Firings
Key Aides Keep Distance From Wolfowitz
Russian Police Raid U.S.-Funded NGO
Gore Shuns Uribe Over Death Squad Scandal
Gonzales defends firings, faces new calls to resign - Video
Liberals hesitant to oppose Iraq funding (But why, if they truly believe it's a lost cause?)
Clinton prods black leaders on health

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Virginia Tech Shootings:
Classmates Offer Clues About Killer
Did the Devil Make Him Do It?
Virginia Tech Massacre: The Victims
Former Classmates Say Virginia Tech Killer Was Picked on in High School (Oh, boo hoo. So was I. So were a lot of people. He didn't kill 32 innocent people because he was picked on in highschool)
Many campus threats after VTech shooting
Va. Tech band serenades victims
Govr declares day of mourning honoring Virginia Tech victims
Grieving parent: Remember our children
Rules should have barred weapon purchase
Colorado to remember Columbine, Va. Tech

N.C. Teenager Kills Himself After Threatening Fellow High School Students at Gunpoint
Preacher's Wife Mary Winkler Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter
South Dakota Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison For Dismembering Ex-Lover's Friend
Police Hunt Man in 19-Hour Torture of Columbia University Graduate Student
Calif. man who threatened killing spree turns self in
Nacchio convicted of 19 of 42 charges

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Media dilemma deepens over gunman video - Video

Science / Medicine / Technology
Shooting shows gaps in mental health safety net
Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds
Gene plays key role in embryonic, adult stem cells
Sudden sea level surges threaten 1 billion
Software upgrade behind BlackBerry outage: report
Nintendo's Wii again No. 1 new game console
China preparing to share bird flu samples

Mother Nature
Strong Quake Strikes Japan; No Tsunamis Detected
Wildfire Destroys Southeast Georgia Homes
Agency wants whales listed as endangered

'Sex Theme Park' Introduces the Spankometer
Boy, 7, Finds Nearly $9,000 Worth of Crack in Pocket
Russian Teen Brain Dead After Filmed Surgery
Man Sets Himself on Fire in City Hall
Love at first bite?
Berlin's polar bear cub Knut receives death threat - Video (What the...?)
Australian "ghost ship" mystery puzzles rescuers

Other News of Note
Helen Robson Walton, Widow of Wal-Mart Founder Sam Walton, Dies at 87
Crews Find Vehicle of Trapped Maryland Miner
Pet-food recall continues to widen

Fox News
Pop Tarts: Angelina Jolie Was a Kissy Kindergartener

Reuters: Top News
Soldiers intercept rigged ballots in Nigeria
Africa, Middle East top global road deaths list: WHO
Loser Sanjaya could turn "Idol" fame into big win - Video
Daryl Hannah campaigns for biodiesel standard
Stocks Googled
Caterpillar gains on earnings, outlook
Euro eyes fresh highs, politicians not worried
Schlumberger shares up after earnings
London oil rises above $66
Gold rebounds, platinum hits new 5-mo high
Ethanol boom to lift natural gas prices?
Economy to turn in weak performance
Nor'easter may distort economic data
Pfizer earnings fall, hurt by charges, generics
Caterpillar profit tops estimates; raises outlook
McDonald's 1st-quarter earnings rise
H&R Block to sell subprime lender unit Option One
Xerox quarterly profit higher, beats forecast
GM says Delphi bankruptcy deal still possible

AP World News
Stocks point to higher open
Senators, Ducks advance to second round
Wild extinct as Ducks win in 5 games
Crosby's stay in playoffs a short one
Greg Oden will enter NBA draft
Report: Top NFL prospects admit drug use
Obituaries in the news
Poll: Show the Killer's Tape?
Op-ed: Media Massacre Madness
Warfighters Read Warfighter's Forum
Blog: Al Qaeda on the Offensive
Get Military News Via RSS Feed
Def Tech: Vasectomies in Space?

CENTCOM: News Releases

Command seeking market research from industry and academia on integrated, Web-based capability - podcast
Download the requirements for submission
Joint Individual Augmentee Training Program goes online - podcast
USJFCOM to co-host 2007 industry symposium - podcast

Iraq Must Not Become Terrorists’ Safe Haven - Story
Iraqis Need to Speed Up Reconciliation Process - Story
Marines in Anbar Express Optimism to Gates - Story
Gates: U.S. Committed to Relationship With Israel - Story
General Details Iraq, Afghanistan Operations - Story
Defense Department to Partner With Schools - Story
Opium Funds Taliban Operations, Hurts Economy - Story

More Headline News
Officials Work to Keep Environment Healthy
Gates Visits Israel During ‘Days of Remembrance’
Egypt Vital to Peace in Middle East, Gates Says
Gates: Iraq Resolution Important to Region, World
Program Offers Compensation for Deployments

Military News
‘The War Tapes’ Offers Look at Operation Iraqi Freedom
Military Runners Conquer Boston Marathon
DoD Policy Change Boosts G.I. Bill Eligibility

America Supports You
Communities Prepare for Walks
Groups’ Monkeys Offer Support
Association Honors Actor, Others
Group Helps Families Reconnect

War on Terror
Forces Thwart Terrorist - Story
Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Coalition Helps Iraq Secure Law
Multiple Car Bombs Kill 131 Iraqis

Service Integration Vital to Change
Joint Force Ops Industry Symposium
Sailors Will Need CAC to Log In

Face of Defense
Airman Awarded Bronze Star - Story
Iraqis Appreciate U.S. Military
New NCO in Charge Still a Scout
Brothers Reunite in Iraq

Corruption Ebbs as Iraqi Police Leadership Strengthens - Story - Audio - Bio

Anaconda's First-ever Chef Competition Sizzles - Story
New Iraqi Military Intelligence Academy Opens - Story
Community Improves, Al Kumait School Reopens - Story
Turkey Partners with U.S. in War on Terrorism - Story
Cargo Teams Move to Improve Customer Service - Story

'Bandido Charlie' Secures Western Iraq
Soldiers Support Iraqis with Help From Home
Seabees Build Modular Protected Billeting
Troops Embrace Pocket-Size Memories
Medics Bring Hope to Injured Iraqi Boy
Army Completes Reconstruction Projects

Security Team Trains Humanitarian De-miners
First Permanent Customs Building Opens
Joint Effort Continues at Jalalabad Airfield
Kabul Hosts Engineering Contractor Open House
Marines Prepare for Afghanistan Deployment

Air National Guard Crew Flies First C-5 to Djibouti
U.S. Military Conducts Human Rights Training

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Today in History
0295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1505 - Jews are expelled from Orange Burgundy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1551 - John Dudley becomes English Earl Marshal
1653 - Cromwell routes English parliament to house
1657 - Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1702 - Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth
1770 - Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
1775 - British begin siege of Boston
1777 - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
1792 - France declares war on Austria, Prussia & Sardinia
1799 - Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1809 - Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1836 - Territory of Wisconsin created
1841 - 1st detective story (Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue") published
1853 - Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad
1861 - Battle of Norfolk, VA; Colonel Robert E Lee resigns from Union army
1871 - 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus)
1879 - 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1902 - Marie & Pierre Curie isolate radioactive element radium
1910 - Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
1916 - German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
1917 - Pravda (Lenin names Russia "Free land of world")
1919 - Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
1920 - Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi; Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1926 - 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across the Atlantic
1931 - British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
1934 - Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector for the Prussian secret state police
1936 - Jews repel an Arab attack in Petach Tikvah, Palestine
1939 - New York World's Fair opens
1940 - 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia PA
1941 - 100 German bombers attack Athens
1942 - German occupiers forbid Dutch access to their beach; Heavy German assault on Malta
1944 - Dutch Communist Party-resistance fighter John Postma sentence to death
1945 - Soviet troops enter Berlin; US 7th Army & allies forces capture Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany; German occupiers flood Beemster & Fencer; US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
1947 - Frederik IX becomes King of Denmark
1948 - UAW president Walter P. Reuther shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
1951 - Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1958 - Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
1962 - NASA pilot Neil A. Armstrong takes X-15 to an altitude of 63,250 meters
1962 - OAS-leader ex-General Salan arrested in Algiers
1965 - People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1967 - US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during the Vietnam War; US Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
1968 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada's PM; South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
1970 - Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
1971 - US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
1972 - Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
1973 - Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1977 - Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on New Hampshire licenses
1981 - Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
1983 - Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock; President Ronald Reagan signs a $165 billion bail-out for Social Security
1984 - Russian offensive in Panshirvallei, Afghánistán
1987 - Sri Lanka Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead; US deports Karl Linnas, charged with Nazi war crimes, to USSR
1988 - US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
1993 - Uranus passes Neptune (occurs once every 171 years)
1994 - Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze, Bosnia - 47 killed
1994 - Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
1999 - Deadly school shooting at Columbine High School, Littleton CO -- 13 killed, 23 wounded

0121 - Marcus Aurelius, 16th Roman emperor (161-80), philosopher
1442 - Edward IV, King of England (1461-83)
1494 - John Agricola [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister
1592 - John Eliot St. Germans Cornwall, English MP/author
1726 - Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian earl/General/cartographer
1745 - Philippe Pinel, physician, founder of psychiatry
1808 - Louis-Napoleon [Napoleon III], Emperor of France (1852-71)
1809 - John Smith Preston, Confederate Brigadier General
1824 - Alfred Holt Colquitt, Confederate Brigadier General
1827 - John Gibbon, Union Major General
1839 - Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914)
1860 - Charles Gordon Curtis, US attorney/inventor (Curtis Turbine); Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch MP (SDAP)
1889 - Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi Germany (1936-45)
1890 - Adolf Schärf, President of Austria (1957-65)
1912 - Ed Jones (Representative-TN)
1920 - John Paul Stevens, 103rd Supreme Court Justice
1926 - Harriett Elizabeth Byrd, politician (Wyoming House of Representatives)
1927 - Karl Müller Switzerland, superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
1931 - Lee H. Hamilton, (Representative-IN)
1936 - Pat Roberts (Representative-KS)
1938 - Johnny Tillotson Jacksonville FL, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion)
1939 - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Premier (1981-82, 86-89, 90- )
1950 - Itumeleng J. Mosala, South Africa President (Azanian People's Organization)
1955 - Donald R. Pettit, PhD/astronaut

1164 - Victor IV [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64)
1314 - Clement V [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14)
1317 - Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint
1534 - Elizabeth Barton [Nun of Kent], British prophet, executed
1632 - Nicolas Antione, converted to Judiasm, burned at the stake
1812 - George Clinton, 4th US Vice President, dies at 73 - 1st Vice President to die in office
1821 - Franz K. Achard, German physicist/chemist, dies at 67
1836 - Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal, dies at 75
1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
1941 - Barend ter Haar Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
1947 - Christian X King of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
1962 - Jesse G Vincent engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
1974 - Mohammed Ayub Khan premier/President (Pakistan)
1990 - Horst Sinderman RDA 1st minister (1973-76)
1991 - Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74)
1995 - Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician (1945-54)
1996 - Tran Van Tra, North Vietnamese general, dies at 77

Reported Missing in Action
Butler, Phillip N., USN (OK); A4C shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive as of 1998

Shea, James Patrick, USN (CA); A1H shot down, KIA / BNR

Abbott, John, USN (CA); A4C shot down, DIC, DRV returned remains March, 1974

The following USMC personnel reported MIA when their UH1E was shot down (all KIA / BNR):
Cestare, Joseph Angelo (NY)

Walker, William J. (CA)

Zutterman, Joseph A., Jr. (KS)

Mahan, Douglas F., USAF (MO); F105D shot down - remains recovered July, 1972

Amos, Thomas H., USAF (MO); AC130 shot down (w/Burnham) - remains ID'd November, 1999

Burnham, Mason I., USAF (OR); AC130 shot down (w/Amos) - remains ID'd November, 1999

Elias, Edward K., USAF ; RF4C shot down - released in Hanoi September, 1972

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