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Left: Oct. 29, 2010 - TerraGroup Corporation's President Primo L. Acernese speaks about the success of the LWPS during a visit from PA Representative Jennifer L. Mann and US Congressman Charlie Dent.

Right: March 16, 2012 - Completed LWPS system modules at the TECWAR SYSTEMS manufacturing facility.

 



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2017

 

NEW CALEDONIA 06.27.2017 III Marine Expeditionary Force

Water Dogs, TONGATAPU ISLAND, TONGA 07.17.2017

U.S. Marines train Ugandan Soldiers in water purification

CLB15: Water Purification during Alligator Dagger DJIBOUTI 09.10.2017 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

NAVFAC Training Support Agency Trains Seabees on Lightweight Water Purification System

 

 

15TH MEU LCE CREATES ELIXIR OF LIFE

By Lance Cpl. Jacob Pruitt, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

August 24, 2017

PACIFIC OCEAN --

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed as a crises response and contingency force in the 7th Fleet’s area of operation and prepared for a multitude of mission capabilities, from full-scale raids to humanitarian assistance-disaster relief efforts.

The Logistics Combat Element is specifically trained in the latter and contains platoons, which provides logistical support in the form of capabilities such as medical assistance, general engineering, aviation landing support and water purification.

Water purification is vital to the 15th MEU, not just for humanitarian assistance, but for Marines deployed in underdeveloped and austere locations. Potable drinking water isn’t always available and dehydration is a serious detriment to mission accomplishment. For situations such as these, the 15th MEU employed the Lightweight Water Purification System, which is a portable water purifier used to turn fresh and salt water into potable drinking water for Marines to stay hydrated on ship and in the field. 

“We set up and started the LWPS so that we could cross train our other engineers and share some basic knowledge of operations,” said 1st Lieutenant Ryan Hedgcorth, the combat logistics detachment officer in charge, “In situations where my support water technicians, engineers and other elements of [the LCE] are spread too thin, this diversity in training allows us to be flexible and efficient when it comes to mission accomplishment.” 

Now that the 15th MEU is in the 7th Fleet area of operation the LWPS system is getting its first taste of the Pacific waters. Taking only a few hours from set up to purified, the water support technicians work together with combat engineers to assemble and disassemble the purifier.  

“We do this type of training to ensure, not only we know how to operate our own systems,” said Cpl. Kyle Ussery, a water support technician. “But setting up and running the LWPS also helps ensure all the different moving parts and individual systems run smoothly. Disassembly and reassembly is an opportunity to conduct maintenance if needed.”

The LWPS System is capable of purifying over six hundred gallons of potable drinking water an hour, and can purify fresh and salt water enabling the use of the purifier almost anywhere.

“Simply put everyone needs water,” said Ussery “The most satisfying part of doing what I do is knowing that without me and my team a lot of what everyone else does here on deployment would be impossible, and the people I provide for really appreciate us.”

With the LWPS the 15th MEU has the capability to provide not only for itself but also with an opportunity to help out those in need.

 


 

U.S. Marines train Ugandan Soldiers in water purification

Uganda LWPS

 

UGANDA 09.06.2017 Video by Staff Sgt. Rebekka Heite  U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe and Africa

  
U.S. Marine assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa logistics combat element are training Uganda People’s Defence Force soldiers in water purification techniques during an eight-week training mission at Camp Jinja, Uganda, from August to October 2017. SPMAGTF-CR-AF LCE is deployed to conduct limited crisis-response and theater-security operations in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite/Released)


 

NAVFAC Training Support Agency Trains Seabees on Lightweight Water Purification System




170921-N-N0443-001 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 21, 2017) Seabees learn how to install nuclear, biological and chemical filters on the Lightweight Water Purification System (LWPS) during training onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Using reverse osmosis technology, the lightweight, modular, highly transportable, self-contained LWPS is capable of purifying up to 75 gallons per hour of salt water and 125 gallons per hour of fresh water. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Training Support Agency offered the training as part of a cohesive integrated product support strategy for the LWPS. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Builder Wesley Harris/Released)





170920-N-N0443-001 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 20, 2017) An instructor explains the components and pre-checks before starting the Lightweight Water Purification System (LWPS) during training for Seabees onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Using reverse osmosis technology, the lightweight, modular, highly transportable, self-contained LWPS is capable of purifying up to 75 gallons per hour of salt water and 125 gallons per hour of fresh water. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Training Support Agency offered the training as part of a cohesive integrated product support strategy for the LWPS. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Builder Wesley Harris/Released)




170919-N-N0443-001 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 19, 2017) Seabees learn how to electrically start the water pump component of the Lightweight Water Purification System (LWPS) during training onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Using reverse osmosis technology, the lightweight, modular, highly transportable, self-contained LWPS is capable of purifying up to 75 gallons per hour of salt water and 125 gallons per hour of fresh water. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Training Support Agency offered the training as part of a cohesive integrated product support strategy for the LWPS. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Builder Wesley Harris/Released)


UNITED STATES

09.22.2017

By Amber Vaglica, Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering 


UGANDA
12.05.2017
Photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick Osino 
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe and Africa     

A U.S. Marine assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa hosts a static display for Department of State officials and Ugandan military leaders during a water purification exercise in Jinja, Uganda, Dec. 5, 2017. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is deployed to conduct limited crisis-response and theater-security operations in Europe and Africa. (U.S Marine Corps Photos by Lance Cpl. Patrick Osino)