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In Any Clime and Place

3rd MLG keeps water flowing for CG 13

By Pfc. Mike Granahan | | February 13, 2013

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A suction hose moves water pulled from the ocean to the tactical water purification system where the salt will be removed and it will pass through a series of filters making it safe to drink. U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group purified saltwater Feb. 10 to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Cobra Gold, in its 32nd iteration, is a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries. 3rd MLG is part of III Marine Expeditionary Force.

A suction hose moves water pulled from the ocean to the tactical water purification system where the salt will be removed and it will pass through a series of filters making it safe to drink. U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group purified saltwater Feb. 10 to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Cobra Gold, in its 32nd iteration, is a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries. 3rd MLG is part of III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)


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U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group operate a water purification system Feb. 10 in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Anywhere there is water, we can provide clean water, said U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Fantasia O. Langford, a basic electrician. U.S. involvement in CG 13 demonstrates commitment to building military-to-military interoperability with participating nations and to supporting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Langford is with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group operate a water purification system Feb. 10 in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Anywhere there is water, we can provide clean water, said U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Fantasia O. Langford, a basic electrician. U.S. involvement in CG 13 demonstrates commitment to building military-to-military interoperability with participating nations and to supporting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Langford is with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)


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U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group purify saltwater Feb. 10 in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. We train how we fight, said U.S. Marine Cpl. Omar E. Montero, a water support technician. Everything is set up the same way it would be in a real-life scenario. It's valuable training and a good chance for the younger Marines to gain some experience. Cobra Gold, in its 32nd iteration, is a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries. Montero is with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group purify saltwater Feb. 10 in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. We train how we fight, said U.S. Marine Cpl. Omar E. Montero, a water support technician. Everything is set up the same way it would be in a real-life scenario. It's valuable training and a good chance for the younger Marines to gain some experience. Cobra Gold, in its 32nd iteration, is a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries. Montero is with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)


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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Erick M. Mechelhoff prepares a generator Feb. 10 in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, that will power the tactical water purification system to support operations during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. The exercise includes humanitarian and civic assistance projects, a staff exercise and field training exercises. Joint and multinational training is vital to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of all participating military forces. Mechelhoff is a basic electrician with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group III Marine Expeditionary Force.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Erick M. Mechelhoff prepares a generator Feb. 10 in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, that will power the tactical water purification system to support operations during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. The exercise includes humanitarian and civic assistance projects, a staff exercise and field training exercises. Joint and multinational training is vital to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of all participating military forces. Mechelhoff is a basic electrician with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)


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SATTAHIP, Kingdom of Thailand --

As waves crash onto the beach in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, one may see the ocean as a way to escape the intense heat, but that does not quite quench their thirst. However, U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group turn the salty liquid into hydrating fresh water.

As part of their responsibilities during exercise Cobra Gold 2013, Marines from 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force, purified salt water Feb. 10 to provide clean water to multinational participants at many locations throughout Thailand.

The exercise is a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational, multiservice exercise that includes forces from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and observers from other countries in the region.

Water purification is essential to successful operations during the exercise, explained U.S. Marine Cpl. Omar E. Montero, a water support technician with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd MLG.

“The system is capable of producing up to 1,500 gallons of fresh water per hour, providing an invaluable resource to Marines in the field,” said Montero.

Using a tactical water purification system, the Marines are able to purify the water. It is a device that pulls salt water from the ocean, removes the salt through a process called reverse osmosis, and then runs it through a system of filters making it safe to drink, added Montero.

The purification process is perfected to the point where the purified saltwater is comparable to bottled water.

“It’s been tested before,” said Montero. “I pulled water from the Helmand River in Afghanistan, and it was fresher than the bottled water we had.”

The ocean is so vast that through the system it provides a virtually endless supply of fresh water wherever personnel may need it, enabling the expeditionary nature of the Marine Corps, according to U.S. Staff Sgt. Fantasia O. Langford, a basic electrician with 9th ESB.

“Anywhere there is water, we can provide clean water,” said Langford.

Providing clean water is vital to operations, especially in an environment like Thailand.

“This is important because without fresh water successful operations cannot occur,” said U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Erick M. Mechelhoff, a basic electrician with 9th ESB.

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