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Coalition forces give aid to flooded village

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Roy Mercon Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain)

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Parwan Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment distributed much needed supplies to the village of Bashikal in Parwan province during a humanitarian aid mission August 25th.

The village was recently affected by flooding that caused damage to several villages in the area.

“What we [coalition forces] are trying to do is to distribute aid to those villages affected by the floods,” said U.S. Army Capt. Terrance McIntosh, a civil affairs officer from Phoenix. McIntosh and his team went to the village to distribute aid, including rice and cooking oil, among other items.

U.S. Army Capt. Terrance McIntosh, a Phoenix native and civil affairs officer from Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, distributes much needed supplies to the villages of Bashikal in Parwan province during a humanitarian aid mission Aug 25th. Distributing humanitarian aid to these villages is also helping the relations between the local villagers and coalition forces, said McIntosh. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Roy Mercon, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team [Mountain])

The flood damage caused emotional damage to the villagers, as well as physical destruction to their homes. This makes their situation that much more difficult, said McIntosh.

“The damage is pretty devastating for the people’s morale and spirits,” He said.

Distributing humanitarian aid to this village is also helping the relations with the local villagers and coalition forces, said McIntosh. The Malik, or village elder, of Bashikal was particularly impressed with the actions of the Coalition Forces during this difficult time.

“I would like to thank the Coalition Forces for coming to our aid during this difficult time,” said the Malik. “It is great to see the Soldiers come to help us from down the road. All the children know that help is coming when they see the trucks.”

“In a long line of efforts of the coalition forces being here, it’s important that we do whatever we can to help out if we see our neighbors in need,” said McIntosh.

U.S. Army Capt. Terrance McIntosh, distributes much needed supplies to the village of Bashikal in Parwan province during a humanitarian aid mission Aug 25th. The village was recently affected by damaging floods and with the locals observing the holy month of Ramadan, the aid, which included bags of rice and cooking oil, provided a huge boost in morale for the villagers. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Roy Mercon, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team [Mountain])
U.S. Army Capt. Terrance McIntosh, distributes much needed supplies to the village of Bashikal in Parwan province during a humanitarian aid mission Aug 25th. The village was recently affected by damaging floods and with the locals observing the holy month of Ramadan, the aid, which included bags of rice and cooking oil, provided a huge boost in morale for the villagers. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Roy Mercon, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Mountain)
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