109th trains, protects in Afghanistan
Fort Richardson’s 109th Transportation Company, two months into its Afghanistan deployment, is one of the main elements providing transportation security in eastern Afghanistan.
This is the unit’s first deployment since activating at Fort Richardson in July 2009.
“My main focus is to ensure the safety of my Soldiers as they complete the mission given to them,” 109th Company Commander Capt. Kimberly Zallo said. “Our morale is high and the level of Soldiers we have is of the highest caliber that I could hope for.”
In addition to providing route security, the unit is helping to train the Afghan National Army in logistical movements. Several 109th Trans. Soldiers are embedded with the Afghan Army and are training them first-hand while supervising the outcome of their training.
The company’s first sergeant said he’s impressed by the Soldiers’ motivation.
“The Soldiers’ drive to excel and eagerness to get on the road to complete missions is assisting in the strategic success of our mission here,” 1st Sgt. Robert Walker said.