One hundred twenty soldiers from the Third Infantry Division set out for Mosul, Iraq, from Hunter Army Airfield last night. There are a lot of people in the 473rd Quartermaster Company who haven't had a lot of experience yet, but they're optimistic about how they'll perform.
For a lot of these soldiers, the waiting is the worst part. "I'm trying to not think so much, because it's a bit overwhelming," said Pfc. Lissette Borland.
It's not the first time the 473rd has been deployed, but it's its first trip to Iraq. Soldiers say they're ready for whatever comes their way.
"Teamwork and depending on each other, making sure we have our back, is pretty much the most important factor," said Pfc. Borland.
When they get to Iraq, the quartermasters have several missions. They'll provide convoy security and stand guard at camps, and provide laundry and shower facilities to other soldiers, with specialized mobile equipment.
Almaraz says just a simple shower can be a huge morale boost for people. "You're talking about an individual soldier who's out working 24-7. For them to stop and take a shower, that's a big relief."
These soldiers are all Third ID, but will mostly be working with the 101st Airborne Division when they get to Forward Operating Base Diamondback in Mosul.