512th PSD makes unique 'pit stop'
November 26, 2010
- 512th Quartermaster Co. PSD visits "Hands of Victory" in Iraq
<b>INTERNATIONAL ZONE, Iraq </b>- It's a rare opportunity for a personnel security detachment to be able to make a planned detour from their normal trips to various forward operating bases throughout Iraq, but for the 512th Quartermaster Company PSD team, they were able to see a unique glimpse of Baghdad during their last trip into the heart of Iraq. Soldiers from 512th Quartermaster Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), out of Hunter Army Airfield, were afforded the distinctive chance to see the Hands of Victory, an iconic monument of Iraq.
After a routine mission to various FOB's throughout the Baghdad area, the crew took the short ride through the International Zone, a secured area housing everal embassies and other recognizable monuments. The Hands of Victory, which was built in 1990, was the perfect backdrop to stop and take a break from the normal mission set. Their visit to the historic site stemmed from the battalion command team's desire to expose the team to more sites throughout Iraq.
"It wasn't what I expected, but it was definitely an exceptional experience," said Spc. Roberto Cornejo, a driver for the PSD team and a San Antonio, Texas, native. He said he hopes it's the first of many more arranged pit stops, and added that it's important to take advantage of being in Iraq and seeing their history as well. "I felt like I was really in the heart of Baghdad."
Specialist Joseph Comeau, a member of the PSD team and a Lynn, Mass., native, also said that seeing a part of Iraq's history was a unique experience.
"I had seen those swords on television so many times when the war first started, but to see it up close seven years later was very exciting," he said.
He said that he looked forward to seeing something different and going to a new place when the convoy commander first briefed the team about the stop.
"It was a great opportunity for the team to take photos at such a notable place, reflecting on the sacrifices by Coalition and Iraqi Forces who have helped set the conditions for a secure and prosperous Iraq," said Maj. Michael Halley, the battalion support operations officer and a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "This will be one of those moments that all the Soldiers here will remember."