• Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd Quartermaster Company shower, laundry, and clothing repair specialist and Sanelizario, Texas, native, discusses what repairs need to be done on a uniform with a customer here Jan. 8. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, 15th Sustainment Brigade public affairs)

    Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd Quartermaster...

    Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd Quartermaster Company shower, laundry, and clothing repair specialist and Sanelizario, Texas, native, discusses what repairs need to be done on a uniform with a customer here Jan. 8. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew C...

  • Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd Quartermaster Company shower, laundry, and clothing repair specialist and Sanelizario, Texas, native, repairs a uniform here Jan. 8. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, 15th Sustainment Brigade public affairs)

    Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd Quartermaster...

    Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd Quartermaster Company shower, laundry, and clothing repair specialist and Sanelizario, Texas, native, repairs a uniform here Jan. 8. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, 15th Sustainment Brigade public affairs)

CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers of the 263rd Quartermaster Company, 395th Combat Service Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), operate a free clothing repair facility on Q-West open to service members and civilians.

The repair shop replaces hook and loop fasteners, zippers, mends tears, and sews on patches for work uniforms, and makes book covers amongst other things.

According to Spc. Agapito Reyes, a 263rd QM shower, laundry, and clothing repair specialist and Sanelizario, Texas, native, the shop attempts to fulfill any clothing related needs customers may have. Once, the shop even turned a one piece flight suit into separate pants and a jacket.

"A lot of people come in and ask us and we just do it," he said, referring to unusual requests such as the flight suit.

Reyes said that he was surprised at how many people are unaware of the free services that his shop and those like it on bases across Iraq provide. Often, people go to commercial tailors and pay for work that they could have had done for free and with better quality, Reyes noted.

"For small stuff it's a same day turn-around," Reyes said of his shop's speed.

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