Soldier ‘maps’ out his deployment

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By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Specialist

Pfc. Fruquione Hervey, Headquarters Headquarters Company 149th Manuever Enhancement Brigade. (Photo by Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Specialist)

BAGHDAD, Iraq— Everything is changing in Iraq.  For U.S. Forces in theater, staying aware of these changes is crucial.   One resource Soldiers look to for guidance is terrain management, or maps.  With camps and areas closing or being turned over to the Government of Iraq, the boundaries on a map are always shifting.

In HHC, 149th MEB, the geospatial engineering responsibilities fall upon Pfc. Fruquione Hervey.  As a 12Y, or Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Operator, Hervey is tasked with updating the maps used by Command and Soldiers to continue the functions of Operation New Dawn.

“Without GIS, you are blind,” he said.  “Things here are changing everyday, so updates are necessary all the time.”

Hervey also addresses any issues regarding distances and terrain analysis.  He says he is adapting to life in Iraq and is excited about his job and his role in the deployment.

“Living conditions are pretty comfortable, better than I expected.  I am getting used to everything, but my favorite part is coming into the office and actually doing my job,” he said.  “And that I am making a difference in the Army, and contributing.”

As the Soldiers of the 149th MEB do their best to settle into a rhythm for the deployment, some like Hervey just want to keep it simple.

“I just look forward to doing a good job and staying on top of it and move forward and do great things for my country.”

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