• Spc. Robert McBride, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, undertakes the grueling task of securing tent pegs while working to set up a simulated forward operating base, June 9, at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan training site in the past week to conduct their annual training exercise.

    A Different Kind Of Party

    Spc. Robert McBride, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, undertakes the grueling task of securing tent pegs while working to set up a simulated forward operating base, June 9, at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the...

  • Army Sgt. Michael Brown, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, Ohio Army National Guard, helps to secure a tent against strong winds during a quartering party,  June 9, at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan training site in the past week to conduct their annual training exercise.

    A Different Kind Of Party

    Army Sgt. Michael Brown, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, Ohio Army National Guard, helps to secure a tent against strong winds during a quartering party, June 9, at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan...

  • Army Sgt. Michael Brown, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, Ohio Army National Guard, helps to secure a tent against strong winds during a quartering party,  June 9,  at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan training site in the past week to conduct their annual training exercise.

    A Different Kind Of Party

    Army Sgt. Michael Brown, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, Ohio Army National Guard, helps to secure a tent against strong winds during a quartering party, June 9, at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan...

  • Soldiers from the 237th Personnel Services Battalion have learned that broken mallets are commonplace while setting up barracks at Forward Operating Base Sustainer during Annual Training 2008 at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan training site in the past week to conduct their annual exercise.

    A Different Kind Of Party

    Soldiers from the 237th Personnel Services Battalion have learned that broken mallets are commonplace while setting up barracks at Forward Operating Base Sustainer during Annual Training 2008 at Camp Grayling, Mich. More than 2,200 Ohio troops...

  • Pfc. Allison Dingus, 371st Sustainment Brigade, Ohio Army National Guard, helps to assemble the barracks at Camp Grayling, Mich., where she and other Soldiers will be living for the next few weeks. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan training site in the past week to conduct their annual training exercise.

    A Different Kind Of Party

    Pfc. Allison Dingus, 371st Sustainment Brigade, Ohio Army National Guard, helps to assemble the barracks at Camp Grayling, Mich., where she and other Soldiers will be living for the next few weeks. More than 2,200 Ohio troops converged on the Michigan...

CAMP GRAYLING, Mich. (Army News Service, Jun. 10, 2008) -- Like a G.I. party to clean up the barracks, the quartering party for the 2008 annual training here, June 9, had nothing to do with beer and barbeque.

Before the main body of Soldiers from Camp Grayling could move out to "Forward Operating Base Sustainer" to engage in training operations, quartering parties spent the day preparing the site.

"The quartering party is designed to set up the FOB to accept the main body of exercise participants and to speed up operational readiness," said Master Sgt. Donald E. French, noncommissioned officer in charge of the advance party to FOB Sustainer.

French said the FOB being prepared at Camp Grayling is much like what Soldiers would have experienced in Iraq, had they deployed there early on in the conflict.

"It's much more rustic," he said.

The quartering parties were formed from representatives of all participating units. Soldiers from the 237th Personnel Services Battalion, for instance, unloaded the ropes, pegs and tents that would become their FOB during the training. They spent the rest of the day pounding those pegs into the ground to support their new barracks and work areas.

"Basically, we set up the area of operations where our Soldiers will sleep, eat and work," said Sgt. Michael Brown, a section leader with the 237th.

After a long, hard day preparing the FOB for their comrades, the quartering party mounted their Humvees and returned to their barracks to spend one last night before joining the main element moving back out to FOB Sustainer for the remainder of annual training.

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