By 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary Public AffairsJuly 7, 2009
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Need rank sewn on, holes in your uniform repaired, new Velcro for your pockets, or maybe even your Kevlar cover fixed'
The South Bend, Ind., 855th Quartermaster Company opened the 10th Sustainment Brigade's Clothing Renovation Shop here June 13 and can help.
The shop's primary goal is to provide various mending repairs to zippers, buttons and Velcro on the Army Combat Uniforms, mechanic coveralls, flight suits and other military gear without charging a fee.
"We have the capability to repair damaged uniforms and save Soldiers money," said Col. Mark E. Drake, the 10th Sustainment Brigade commander. The Taji Renovation shop could save Soldiers $15 on average, per visit.
The shop accepts bulk turn-ins with coordination prior to turn-in and gives units located in remote bases the opportunity to get their clothing repair needs met.
First Lt. Stephen Ralston, a native of Niles, Mich., and officer in charge said, "Being able to repair Soldiers' uniforms and provide a good turnaround time for them is a great opportunity."
He said their standard operating procedures for the turn-around of uniforms are four days; however, depending on the work load, this high-speed team wants to have clothing back to the Soldiers within one to three days.
The 855th QM Co., has a set system of handling the items they receive.
"Soldiers come in and fill out the paperwork, tell us what they need done to their clothing. We bag it, tag it, and then make any alterations needed to the clothes," said Spc. Nikki Reyonlds, a native of Lebanon, Ind.