News: Delivering life sustaining materials
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Spc. Anthony Davis, Jr., from Spokane, Wash., assigned to 1-1161st Transportation Company out of the Washington Army National Guard, is on his first deployment to Iraq.
Davis was expecting to do his job as a Motor Transport Operator and ride on convoys outside the wire like he had spent two months at Camp Atterbury, Ind. training for.
When he arrived on Camp Liberty and started the Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority process, he discovered he would be spending most of his time on the road inside the Forward Operating Base. His platoon, detached from the company, was assigned a very important mission which keeps them on the road every day but also keeps them inside the wire. Every member in Davis' platoon contributes to the mission providing life sustaining materials, mainly water, to almost every camp, DFAC, and Mayor Cell on Victory Base Complex, and also transports cargo out of the Central Receiving and Shipping Point. Spc. Davis has gotten fairly comfortable with the mission and he stated that he would not change it if he could.
Many of the roads Davis and his platoon members travel on VBC are not the most convenient for the beastly M915 Tractor and M872 Trailer. Victory Base Complex is filled with narrow unimproved roads, and not many turn-around spots for the big trucks. It provides good training for the drivers and has definitely increased safety awareness. Davis is proud to provide necessary life sustaining material such as drinking water to the Soldiers, civilians, and contractors working on VBC and with five months left in country he plans to rack up many more miles while doing so.
The 1st Platoon of Task Force 1161st could not be more proud of their Soldiers who have safely accomplished their mission every day providing life support all over VBC here in Iraq.