It was a clear crisp day as Soldiers with the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) came together for training on the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelters from Dec. 8 to 12, 2014, at Wright Field.
The Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter, more commonly known as DRASH, is part of the U.S. Armyís Standard Integrated Command Post System. DHS Systemsí most prominent product is the DRASH.
It is a quick erect, soft-walled shelter system that has been deployed by armed forces around the world, as well as numerous government and civilian organizations, according to the DHS website.
At a glance, the DRASH appears to be a labor intensive process, but with the new updated system, the set-up is a lot less dreadful said to Sgt. Christopher Westmoreland, G-2 noncommissioned officer.
For some, this was the first time training on the tent system while it was a refresher for others.
"The training was really good," said Westmoreland. "These guys know what they are talking about and they went step-by-step and showed us all the pieces that are required to set up the DRASH tent."
Under the supervision of subject matter experts from DHS Systems, Limited Liability Company, Soldiers were able to properly set-up and tear down all components of the tents.
DRASH hasnít changed in 10 years but the old tents the Army used to have were the SICP or standardized integrated command post system tents and the GP or general purpose mediums, said Kevin Shirey, deputy director of Field Operations for DHS. The nice part about the new system is everything is pre-attached so when you pull it out it is able to deploy a lot faster.
Although the 1st TSC has not needed the system recently, it is a valuable asset to have and maintain proficiency.
Master Sgt. Charles Neikirk, Movement Mobility Support noncommissioned officer in charge in the G36 Force Protection Cell explained that training is the first phase of a training plan to establish an operations center that can be set up in the event of an incident that disables the 1st TSC headquarters, or be established in an austere environment to provide mission support.
The training started with an inventory and orientation class of the equipment assigned to each of their sections followed by the set-up and tear down of the tents through a step-by-step process given by the DRASH experts.
"They did great," said Shirey. "The ones that were out there learned a lot of tips and tricks."
Neikirk added that the training was very successful and the unit was able to identify shortages and plan for the next phase of training.
(The 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) provides Single Sustainment Mission Command to Army, Joint, and Multinational Forces in support of U.S. Central Command Unified Land Operations to enable the combatant commanderís ability to prevent, shape, and win our nationís wars.)
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