• Sgt. First Class Dustin Sinkes of Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and Sgt. First Class Daniel Noble of C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, speak with a citizen of the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals".

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    Sgt. First Class Dustin Sinkes of Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and Sgt. First Class Daniel Noble of C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, speak with a citizen of the fictional country North Keelung...

  • Spc. Joanna Williams, a medic with C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, "treats" a citizen of the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals".

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    Spc. Joanna Williams, a medic with C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, "treats" a citizen of the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry...

  • Sgt. First Class Daniel Noble, a treatment platoon sergeant with C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, speaks with citizens of the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals".

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    Sgt. First Class Daniel Noble, a treatment platoon sergeant with C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, speaks with citizens of the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of...

  • Lt. Col. Matthew Shatzkin, the battalion commander of 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks with the "mayor" of the fictional country North Keelung, Hye C. L. Apache, left, and her interpreter. Paratroopers with 2nd BCT jumped into North Keelung to conduct a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 20. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals".

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    Lt. Col. Matthew Shatzkin, the battalion commander of 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks with the "mayor" of the fictional country North Keelung, Hye C. L. Apache, left, and her interpreter...

  • Military Policeman, Sgt. Michael McQuillan of Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducts crowd control in the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals". McQuillan is from Belleville, Illinois.

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    Military Policeman, Sgt. Michael McQuillan of Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducts crowd control in the fictional country North Keelung during a humanitarian assistance...

  • Citizens of the fictional country North Keelung look through the contents of a box of MREs given to them by Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals".

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    Citizens of the fictional country North Keelung look through the contents of a box of MREs given to them by Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of...

  • A citizen of the fictional country North Keelung carries a box of MREs given to her by Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise in which 2nd BCT troopers provided medical attention, food and water to the "locals".

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    A citizen of the fictional country North Keelung carries a box of MREs given to her by Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during a humanitarian assistance mission on Oct. 29. The mission was part of October's Joint...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A large crowd of people gathered at the edge of town, yelling and waving their arms at the oncoming forces. From a distance, the group may have looked hostile. However, the citizens were welcoming soldiers into their city, knowing that help had arrived.

"I've done quite a few humanitarian assistance missions before," said Sgt. First Class Daniel Noble, a treatment platoon sergeant with C Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, "but this is a worst-case scenario."

For this mission, the citizens of the fictional country North Keelung were without food, water and medical supplies, as well as an adequate place to give medical attention to their injured.
Paratroopers with 2nd BCT came to North Keelung on Oct. 29 as part of October's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise to provide temporary relief for the citizens as well as increase the locals' support for the United States.

Sgt. First Class Dustin Sinkes, the civil affairs non-commissioned officer in charge for Headquarters Company, 2nd BCT, and a native of Saginaw, Michigan, was the first Paratrooper to reach the crowd of villagers.

The citizens were happy that the soldiers brought food and water, as well as medics to treat the wounded, Sinkes said. Due to the excitement of the crowd, the soldiers had to hold the people back until they were ready to organize them, he said.

To instill order in the group, the injured were taken to the hospital while others began to collect their rations.
The citizens filled cups with water from a tank hooked to the back of a military vehicle, and carried away boxes of Meals Ready to Eat. As they opened the boxes, they smiled and passed the meals around, happy to finally have food.

At the same time, medics were seeing patients at what was left of the town's hospital. Spc. Joanna Williams of C Co., 407th BSB, a native of Tucson, Arizona, treated many different injuries including a knee injury, a belly wound and a missing eye.

Sinkes and Noble both spoke with the English-speaking citizens to find out what the soldiers could do to help the town reconstruct itself.

"The idea is to find out what North Keelung needs to do to unify the country and the medical capabilities to sustain 10,000 people and ensure the hospital can be opened," Noble said.

While giving handouts may help the people now, it's what they do for themselves that will build them up in the long run, he said.

The greatest way to help the people of North Keelung is to give them the ability to take care of themselves and to see the faces of their own people rebuilding their country, he said.

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