58th MP Co. assists with humanitarian food drop

| September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments
Capt. Megan Spangler (right), commander, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, speaks with Shair Alam (left), a district manager, and a district assistant about the distribution of supplies at the humanitarian assistance food drop, held outside Police Sub Station 4, recently.

Capt. Megan Spangler (right), commander, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, speaks with Shair Alam (left), a district manager, and a district assistant about the distribution of supplies at the humanitarian assistance food drop, held outside Police Sub Station 4, recently.

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Spc. April York
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 4th Infantry Division

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Soldiers from the 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, partnered with Afghan Uniformed Police, or AUP, in Kandahar City, here, to conduct a humanitarian assistance food drop for needy families in the district, recently.

The drop was planned for the end of Ramadan to assist the people of the community while they celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which is a three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting.

Vouchers were handed out to more than 100 needy families in the district. Shair Alam, district manager, made sure the vouchers were handed out to local elders who then determined which families were most in need.

An Afghan Uniformed Police soldier observes the distribution of goods to families in need during a humanitarian assistance food drop sponsored by Soldiers from the 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, recently.

An Afghan Uniformed Police soldier observes the distribution of goods to families in need during a humanitarian assistance food drop sponsored by Soldiers from the 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, recently.

The families presented the vouchers at the food drop, where they received rice, flour, beans, cooking oil and small hand-held radios. The hand-held radios were an opportunity to allow the citizens to hear messages from AUPs in their area.

“The event was pretty positive,” said Capt. Megan Spangler, commander, 58th MP Co., who helped unload supplies. “We were able to have a lot of AUP participate and actively interact with the community.”

Missions like this one are a good thing, said Sgt. Brittany Deters, an automated logistics specialist with the 58th MP Co. Deters helped search Afghan women for weapons and improvised explosive devices during the drop.

 “It gives me a warm, fuzzy (feeling) helping out the community,” Deters said.

“It’s pretty exciting; this is actually one of the things my Soldiers and I really look forward to,” Spangler said.

“Giving food to the poor is a great thing,” said Mahazd Ghaiz, an AUP soldier, who pulled security at the drop-off location.

 

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