Soldiers making Camp Nathan Smith their own

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Ruth Pagan

Date: 06.22.2011
Posted: 06.22.2011 08:55
News ID: 72530

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Coming to a new place and making it feel like home can be difficult but it is essential for soldiers.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, and some elements of 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division have arrived on Camp Nathan Smith ready to make it their own.

Work has already begun to improve CNS, said Sgt. 1st Class Marvin Willis, the deputy mayor of Camp Nathan Smith with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 204th BSB.

Some of the things being worked on are the Post Exchange, Moral, Welfare and Recreation, and the aid station.

“The PX is going to be expanded and [Army and Air Force Exchange Service] has agreed to get us more products. We are planning to build a bigger MWR and we are getting Xboxes and TVs from the [United Service Organizations],” said Willis.

The aid station is building partitions for patients to give them more privacy and protection, said Sgt. Carlos Sesena, noncommissioned officer in charge of the aid station with Company C, 204th BSB

“We want to offer patients the same kind of care they would get in the states,” Sesena said.

Making improvements to a place isn’t the only way to make it feel like home. It is also about the company one has.

“CNS is a smaller camp so it’s more personal and everyone looks out for one another here; it’s more family oriented,” said Sgt. 1st Class Earl Schaffer, human resources NCOIC for 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Regt.