Story by Capt. Bonnie Hutchinson
2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
FARAH, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police and their partners from the military police platoon and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, delivered supplies to the Sur Village School Sept. 11.
After a meeting with village elders, Task Force Lonestar learned that school supplies were running low, and they stepped in to help.
In an effort to connect the police to the people and as a gesture of American goodwill, an emergency resupply of school supplies was decided upon.
“I believe that this project is very important to the students in Sur,” said Sgt. Joshua Keltner, a training room non-commissioned officer with HHC, 2nd STB. “I think it will make a difference in their ability and desire to continue to learn.”
“The children were genuinely excited to see us and receive their school supplies,” said Capt. Orande Roy, HHC commander. “Although the gesture seemed small to us, it meant a great deal to the children who are unable to buy supplies on their own and are eager to learn. These children are the future of Afghanistan and without their hearts and their minds, our mission to achieve a peaceful and independent Afghanistan is unattainable.”
The event also meant a lot to the Task Force Lonestar soldiers and their Afghan police partners who planned and conducted the school resupply.
“I am proud that we could be a part of helping out the younger generation in Sur Village,” said Sgt. Michael Dade, a combat medic with HHC.
“This is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Sgt. Elton Lambert, a squad leader with HHC.