By 2nd Lt. Jay Twitty
1st Cavalry Division public affairs
JOINT SECURITY STATION BASRAH OPERATION COMMAND, Iraq - Throughout most of their deployment, soldiers of Crazyhorse Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, have participated in the weekly humanitarian aid program implemented by the battalion's stability transition team.
This program is considered one of the most important tasks performed by those stationed at the Joint Security Station Basrah Operation Command. It is a joint effort executed by three separate units who join together weekly to successfully complete this task.
The stability transition team, soldiers of Crazyhorse Company and the Iraqi police provide much-needed humanitarian aid to the less fortunate families within Basrah.
This weekly program has been one of the primary focuses of the team. Every Sunday, Iraqi police meet with Maj. Bill Mott, the team's deputy team chief. Mott then coordinates with the Crazyhorse soldiers to provide assistance with the food drop.
The number of soldiers usually matches the number of police, and it demonstrates the work is distributed equally between the two forces.
Once assembled, the two units work together and construct the humanitarian aid food bags. About 25 bags are made with each one including beans, rice, sunflower oil, powdered milk, tea, sugar, lentils and tomato paste.
The bags are stored until the following Iraqi police visit, which occurs on Wednesdays. The purpose of the visits are to pick up the 25 bags of humanitarian aid, along with 25 large bags of flour. The policemen then depart to distribute the goods to the Iraqi families who are in need.