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Tacoma, WA – Pacific Welding Supplies, LLC, is providing free welding training at its Auburn, WA, location for about 75 members of Fort Lewis’ 602nd Forward Support Company before they are deployed to Iraq in September.
PWS Trains Soldiers- 7/22/2009
Only four members of the company’s maintenance platoon knew how to weld, and two are expected to be assigned to a different location in Iraq when the company deploys, says Sgt. Chris Anderson, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the company’s welding shop.
Each day, 10 to 15 soldiers attend the nine-hour course, which alternates between PowerPoint presentations and practicing various techniques, such as stick welding and plasma cutting. The company is also giving each soldier a pair of gloves, safety glasses and a guidebook that offers quick instructions on welding under various circumstances to bring to Iraq.
“When we heard the troops were looking for our help, we jumped all over it,” says Kelly Hopkins, who handles government sales for Pacific Welding Supplies. “It’s really a part of giving back to the guys who are defending us.”
The 602nd will deploy in support of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and work on the maintenance of the unit’s military vehicles. Much of the welding work will be done modify the body of a vehicle for possible safety or tactical enhancements, like adding a sniper screen or extra armor for taller soldiers standing in a gunner’s hatch.
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