Fort Bliss infantry platoon secures area for humanitarian aid, water delivery mission
POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 8:44pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 7:56am
CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan — First Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, joined both German and Afghan soldiers in support of flood victims in northern Afghanistan.
The platoon secured the helicopter landing zone as U.S. and German aviation units delivered more than 6,500 gallons of drinkable bottled water for the Afghan National Army to distribute.
Company D, also known as Team Deathmerchant, based out of Joint Combat Outpost (JCOP) Hairatan, were called on as the as the quick reaction force and security for the humanitarian aid mission in late April. Capt. Jonathon Woloshuk, commander, Co. D, received the mission late the night before and quickly prepared the unit to respond. Early the next morning, 1st Platoon loaded helicopters and staged themselves at Camp Marmal for a mission brief and the signal to go.
After a final check of their equipment, the platoon again boarded helicopters; this time headed west to Jowcjan Province. Upon arrival, 1st Lt. Michael Herb, 1st Platoon leader, quickly assembled the platoon and had them provide security for the landing zone.
Once security was in place, U.S. and German helicopters completed rotations from Camp Marmal delivering bottled water to the Afghan National Army soldiers who then distributed the water to civilians in remote villages in need of the fresh water supply.
The unit has conducted numerous training events with their Afghan and coalition partners in Regional Command-North, however, this was the first time a joint mission was executed.
“Team Deathmerchant was proud to participate in such a huge multi-national relief operation. It is not every day that the Afghan National Army is able to lead the way, with both German and U.S. forces in support. We assisted the more austere cities and villages of Afghanistan by delivering much needed humanitarian assistance,” stated Woloshuk.