By 1st Lt. Michael Cirillo, Company A, 46th ECB (H), 225th Eng. Bde., MND-BJune 30, 2009
BAGHDAD -Ask any company commander or executive officer and they will tell you the supply system is extremely vital to the overall success of the unit and mission. The supply Soldier is responsible for literally millions of dollars worth of property and while deployed, the days are long and tiresome, but are filled with new experiences that might not be possible in the garrison environment.
Spc. Aljalel Eaddy, unit supply specialist and armorer for Company A, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, a native of Gresham, S.C., believes performing his job in Iraq is a great opportunity to hone his craft. Working in the supply field in combat gives Eaddy the opportunity to see several different supply systems throughout the theater of operations. Eaddy knows that while in combat, when a Soldier needs a vital piece of equipment, his day does not end until he can provide for the mission.
Eaddy, who enlisted in the Army in October 2006, chose the supply field because of his desire to help people.
"I like logistics and I enjoy helping Soldiers," stated Eaddy.
As a junior enlisted Soldier, Eaddy took on the additional task of a unit armorer, without hesitation.
"Being an armorer is a cool job. It gives me even more responsibility," Eaddy said. "I'm a Specialist and a hand receipt holder."
The unit armorer is responsible for the accountability and maintenance for unit weapons and other sensitive equipment and the job requires impeccable organizational and analytical skills. The added responsibility will give Eaddy the knowledge and experience required to advance in rank and reach his goal of becoming a non-commissioned officer.
"He is always eager to learn, he's always asking questions. He has really got some great organizational skills and he's really mature," stated Sgt. Ryan Kindhart, Eaddy's team leader, a Iowa City, Iowa native.
Spc. Eaddy's future plans are to use his training as an armorer outside of the military and return to Iraq as a contractor. He is excited about his future assignment to Fort Stewart, but even more excited to see his wife, Brittany.
"I can't wait to get home. I learned a lot, but it's been a long deployment," he said.