News: Bringing Supplies to Those in the Fight
Story by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Flight crews from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted a resupply mission to soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, May 19.
The mission was one of several resupplies conducted to ground forces throughout Regional Command-South. Resupply missions bring emergency supplies to soldiers conducting operations in the field.
Task Force Hammerhead has completed more than 50 resupply missions transporting more than 1,500 tons of cargo since arriving in Afghanistan.
“I have conducted approximately 20 resupply missions,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Damien Anderson, a pilot assigned to B/3-25, and a native of Everett, Wash. “These operations are all about the guys on the ground and what they need to complete their tasks.”
When supplies are running scarce for soldiers in the harsh Afghanistan environment, the sound of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter approaching with much needed supplies brings a sense of joy with it.
“During my last mission, we ran low on food and water,” said Sgt. Derek Hoover, a team leader with Company F Pathfinders, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB, and a native of Penn Yan, N.Y. “This was my first time receiving a resupply while out in the field. I was happy to see the aircraft arrive with the supplies we needed.”
For soldiers on the battlefield away from the security of a forward operating base or on a remote outpost, resupply operations bring comfort for Troops and build morale with the knowledge the supplies will be there when needed.