Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Lucas Cooper, 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard, inspects the tactical water purification system during water purification operations in Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a major NORAD and USNORT... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with the 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard purify lake water using the tactical water purification system for Ardent Sentry operations in Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a major NORAD and U... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with the 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard, purify lake water using the tactical water purification system for Ardent Sentry operations in Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a major NORAD and ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. William White, 741st Quartermaster Company, S.C. National Guard carries a hose from the tactical water purification system to fill a water supply tank "hippo," Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a major NORAD and USNORTHC... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. William White, 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard, carries a hose from the tactical water purification system to fill a water supply tank "Hippo," Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a major NORAD a... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with the 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard unload a water supply tank "Hippo" to be filled with purified water for Ardent Sentry exercise operations in Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a maj... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster Water Purification in Barnwell, SC
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 2nd Lt. Anthony Ross observes Sgt. William White and Sgt. James Peeples, 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard, dispense purified water from a tactical water purification system into "Hippo" water supply tank, Barnwell, S.C., May... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. William White and Sgt. James Peeples, 741st Quartermaster Company, S.outh Carolina National Guard, fill purified water from a tactical water purification system into "Hippo" water supply tank, Barnwell, S.C., May 18, 2013. The S.C. National Guar... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ardent Sentry, 741st Quartermaster water purification in Barnwell SC
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. James Peeples, 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina National Guard, tops off filling a "Hippo" water supply tank, Barnwell S.C., May 18, 2013. The unit is participating in a major NORAD and USNORTHCOM sponsored training exercise called Ar... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

BARNWELL, S.C.- The 741st Quartermaster Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, deployed their tactical water purification system (TWPS) during the Ardent Sentry training exercise at Barnwell's Lake Brown, May 18. Their mission was to purify lake water into potable water.

"The mission here is to provide 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of potable water on the ready for when the call comes for whoever needs it whenever they need it," said 2nd Lt. Anthony Ross from Darlington, S.C., second platoon leader for the 741st Quartermaster Company.

The 741st Quartermaster Company used this exercise to train on the newer TWPS, which is a quieter and more deployable piece of water purification equipment.

"You can take pond water or salt water and purify it to make it drinkable. It even clears the water of color because it dissolves solids," said Spc. Rod Turple from Columbia S.C., water purification specialist, 741st Quartermaster Company, maintains the TWPS.

Turple said that the water purification process takes water from something a person would not drink to potable water that is safe to drink.

"Overall the unit did really good considering the fact we have not had much practice with the TWPS, since this is a newer system," said Ross. "The soldiers came out and worked through the kinks through troubleshooting and were able to pump 6,000 gallons of water in three hours."

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