Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Polex 2001: Indiana Reservists Brave Tarantulas, Storms during AT

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Polex 2001: Indiana Reservists Brave Tarantulas, Storms during AT

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FORT BLISS, Texas-High temperatures, sand storms, and tarantulas were prevalent for an Indiana-based Army Reserve unit at McGregor Range Camp here.

Members of the 380th Quartermaster Company (Petroleum Pipeline and Terminal Operations, PP&TO), from Evansville, Indiana, moved more than one million gallons of water during the unit's Annual Training held in the desert outside of El Paso, Texas.

Members of the 380th recently participated in the Inland Petroleum Distribution System (IPDS) portion of the Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Exercise, or POLEX.

POLEX is an annual exercise at various locations around the nation. At Ft. Bliss, it starts with engineer units performing environmental studies in the training areas and installing the pipeline and equipment. Petroleum units rotate throughout the summer, practicing their skills. At the end of the exercise, the last petroleum unit drains the water into an oxidation pond and engineer units return and disassemble the equipment.

They performed their jobs well according to their commander.

Capt. Robert Reisz said, "it says something about the troops that they performed so well given the working conditions they perform under." Reisz, from Evansville, Ind., is the company commander for the 380th.

Daytime temperatures approached 100 degrees in the desert. The heat "was definitely a challenge," said Reisz

The terminal crews of the 380th have a lot of young troops being led by young troops.

"We had about 51 soldiers three years ago and started an aggressive recruiting drive. We have 139 soldiers now," said Reisz. Corporals, instead of sergeants, lead the terurinal crews, some with only two to three years in the military.

Corporals like Brooke Cummings, who was a specialist for two months, then promoted to corporal eight months ago, now leads a crew of six. So does Cpl. …

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