Marines Ask for Humanitarian Air Drop
By Capt Stewart T. Upton, USMC
| | December 11, 2001
CAMP RHINO, Afghanistan -- U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft dropped more than 17,000 food pockets along the Arghanab (pronounced ARE-GHAN-AHB) River Tuesday.
The humanitarian aide was requested by Marines for the villagers after they stopped in a village and asked for directions last week.
The Marines were looking for a place on the river shallow enough to tow a vehicle across. Soon after asking the question, the Marines noticed the villagers throwing rocks into the river. Later, after many, many rocks had been thrown, a bridge to the other side appeared.
The food packets were Humanitarian Daily rations (HDR's) and are said to be even too much for a western stomach to eat in one sitting.