LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, receive supplies by low-cost, low-altitude drop, an alternative delivery method at Forward Operating Base Waza Khaw.
The LCLA drop is a supply method in which an aircraft fly closer to the ground and release palletized supplies from the cargo area. Once the pallets exit the aircraft, parachutes are released and slowly lower the supplies to a specified location on the ground.
“We only receive resupply by air,” said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Brian D. Gemmil, first sergeant from Co. D, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., and native of Carmel, Ind.
With the limitations of available flights, these LCLA drops not only provide necessary supplies, but other additional improvement to traditional delivery choices.
“This drop system is important and very efficient,” Gemmil said. “These drops reduce the risk to Soldiers because they do not have to leave the post, and to aircraft because they do not have to land and unload.”
Not only does the LCLA drop provide a safer alternative, this form of delivery helps with the mission at hand.
“The LCLA drop is fast and efficient which helps us better maintain mission readiness,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James D. Summer, a platoon sergeant from Co. D, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., and native of Colorado Springs, Colo.
After the drops are coordinated, the Soldiers on the ground wait until the planned time, and then go to the landing zone to bring back supplies, said Gemmil.
“This most recent drop supplied us with things like toilet paper, (Meals-Ready-To-Eat) and cold-weather gear,” Summer said.
Cold-weather gear is essential for fighter maintenance and allow patrols to continue conducting night missions, Gemmil added.
The LCLA drop is a more recent alternative utilized by the Soldiers at FOB Waza Khaw.
“So far, this is only our second supply drop..,” Summer said. “So far, it has been working well for us.”
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