Mortuary affairs Soldiers prepare for improbable
May 9, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. (May 9, 2013) -- You may have seen the images before: U.S. military personnel searching individuals and vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although it may take on the look of a casual or even random act, there is an order and procedure. The Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks details them step-by-step. Recently members of the 54th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sust. Brigade, received a block of training on the subject that included instruction and demonstration.
The 54th, a mortuary affairs unit, is not likely to encounter situations in which it will have to perform the procedures, but Staff Sgt. Justin Gaume, one of the trainers and a combat veteran, begs to differ.
"As an infantryman for nine years, I was amazed at some of the different MOSs who were coming out to work with us (during deployments)," he said.
Translation: in today's deployment environments, Soldiers and units don't have the luxury of not preparing for the least likely scenario. Preparation is key.