Note: I'm going to try and include as many of these as I can on my blog, because they are not getting the kind of dissemination they deserve. Also, some people seem to be able to access the Soldier Stories website where I get these, and others have written to tell me they can't get them to appear in their browser. In any case, here is the first one ...
July 28, 2006
TIKRIT, Iraq – Army Capt. Demechel Robinson likes helping people. From her job as the assistant logistics officer of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to her involvement in many charitable organizations, she spends most of her time giving something back -- to her community, her country, and her fellow Soldiers.
Robinson helps re-supply and sustain 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers by providing them an accurate and continuous picture of the brigade's combat power.
One of the biggest challenges she has encountered during her tour in Iraq is communication. The 3rd BCT covers a wide area of operation spanning an area roughly the shape and size of Vermont. Sometimes unit logistics specialists are not able to get supplies to the troops as fast as they would like, but they always get them there.
Robinson’s father, now retired, and her sister and two cousins have served or are serving in the Air Force, but she joined the Army, entering active service in 1991 as a private and eventually rising to staff sergeant in the Army Reserve before earning a degree in community health and accepting a commission.
"I hope to one day provide medical assistance to low-income people," she said. "That's one of the biggest things I see. Medicine has come so far, but so few can afford it."
Outside the Army, Robinson is active in the charitable sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
When asked what she would like to tell the people back home, Robinson quickly replied "I would like to let the American people know that we are over here doing what we need to do. I really feel good about what I'm doing over here."
(Editor’s note: Written by Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos of the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)
Photo Caption: Army Capt. Demechel Robinson (shown here as a first lieutenant), of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provides security for other Soldiers from a Humvee turret in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos, USA