Resupply ops bring critical supplies, boost morale in Afghanistan
By Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public AffairsJune 1, 2012
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (June 1, 2012) -- Army flight crews conducted a critical resupply mission, May 19, to support ground forces throughout Regional Command-South.
It was flight crews from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, who conducted one of several resupply missions meant to bring emergency supplies to Soldiers conducting operations in the field.
Task Force Hammerhead has completed more than 50 resupply missions, and has transported 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 CH-47 Chinook pilot. "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 Chinook approaching with much-needed supplies brings a sense of joy with it, said one Soldier.
"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. "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 who are away from the security of a forward operating base, or who are on a remote outpost, resupply operations bring comfort for troops and build morale with the knowledge the supplies will be there when needed.