New Company Established at Fort Stewart

The 135th Quartermaster Company.
The 135th Quartermaster Company.

Even with most of the Third Infantry deployed to Iraq, soldiers continue to come to Fort Stewart. Another company made its official arrival today as soldiers unfurled for the first time the flag of the 135th Quartermaster Company.

Capt. Katresha Bailey could hardly contain her excitement. "This is the day you dream of as a captain, to be in charge of soldiers and take command and do what the Army wants you to do."

Assigned to Fort Stewart, the unit will be trained and equipped to deliver fuel to other soldiers in combat. The men and women of the 135th are excited about making their own history.

"It's a new unit, we set the standards and set the tempo," said Sgt. Travis Williams. "There's a lot of unit morale because it's a small unit, 18 of us right now but it will grow."

"We're just getting established today, so as the Army sees need, they'll push soldiers to us," said Capt. Bailey. "So hopefully within the next year, we'll have 100 percent of our soldiers and equipment."

That would be 225 strong. At this point, there's no plan for the unit to join the rest of the division in Iraq. They're training for whatever the Marne Division does after they return home.

"I came here expecting to deploy, but was put in quartermasters," said  Spc. Leann Jennings. "We've just been activated but not speaking for everyone, just for myself, I'll be ready."

The company was originally the 84th Quartermasters and dates back to 1941. It first served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Reported by: Dal Cannady,