Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona is home to a dry, arid climate. Immersed in this desert environment, Marines attached to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) and Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 271 report for duty in the high temperatures and rugged desert mountain terrain, intent on fulfilling their duty for training other active duty Marines.
A semi-annual seven-week training cycle characterized by rigorous tactical instruction and continuing education of advanced training, the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) equips Marines with the certifications necessary to uphold a high standard of unit instructor qualifications. The successful completion of the WTI serves as a method built to sustain warrior readiness within Marine aviation.
In a training setting where basic resources are scarce or entirely unavailable, water is a valuable and necessary tool for the progression of training. Introduced by the Army Force Provider Program, the Shower Water Reuse System (SWRS) is a portable and independently sustainable, free-standing water recycling system able to efficiently and effectively filtering up to 12,000 gallons of water resulting from sink and shower use each day with the ability to salvage upwards of 9,000 gallons of gray water daily for potential reuse.
The potential for the widespread use of the SWRS throughout the Marie Corps, especially in a combat setting shows promise for providing more than relief for the environment – it may save lives. With the ability to reduce the need for convoys through enemy-filled provinces on roadways littered with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the system has the potential to limit risk of enemy engagement. Reducing fuel and resources typically required for water acquisition, the financial benefit of cost reduction is an added bonus.
Before implementation of the SWRS becomes a standard throughout the Marine Corps, it must successfully perform during a trial period to ensure that the equipment is combat-ready and free of significant issues that may interfere with operational readiness. Currently, the SWRS is being evaluated by MWSS-271 to assess its compatibility with established equipment, as well as its usefulness in a simulated combat setting. Having already been awarded testing and safety credentials in 2010, the system now boasts 7 years of successful employment within the field setting.
As Marines continue to integrate the new technology of the SWRS into the field setting, they are becoming more comfortable in working with and operating the equipment. At this time, there have been no reports of flawed mechanics and the equipment continues to operate as intended.
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