Sgt. Matt Meadows
4th Brigade Combat Team
FORT POLK, La. – A call for help with the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina came here, and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) answered the call Sunday.
The 94th Brigade Support Battalion deployed about 150 Soldiers armed with Meals Ready-To-Eat, bottled water and medical supplies to help the victims, volunteers and paid professionals in the hurricane-ravaged region. The convoy was headed to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, where the 4th BCT Soldiers would hand out supplies and offer their assistance.
Lt. Col. Michael Howitz, 94th BSB and task force commander, said the knowledge and skills the Soldiers have received in training for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom has prepared them for missions such as the relief effort in New Orleans.
Sgt. Victor Wilson said he was excited about helping hurricane victims. Wilson knows first hand what some of the hurricane victims might be going through, as his family in Meridian, Miss., evacuated their home because of Katrina.
“We are going to get down there on the ground and give as much support as possible,” he said. “I am unbelievably proud and honored to be given this opportunity to go down and help out my fellow Americans.”
It is uncertain whether any additional 4th BCT Soldiers will get the call to help in the hurricane-stricken region. However, if 94th BSB Soldiers’ attitudes and actions are any indication, they will answer that call loud and strong.