Spc. India Silverthorne, 24, a wheeled vehicle mechanic (91B) assigned to the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, is helping the command in their relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s strike to the island on Sept. 20.
Recent work included helping to distribute water and MREs in a neighborhood in San Juan, said Sgt. 1st Class Donna Davis, public affairs operations noncommissioned officer, 3rd ESC.
It’s assistance that Silverthorne feels inclined to provide.
“If this were to happen to my Family, I would want all the help and support I could get,” she said by email from Puerto Rico. “I have provided maintenance support on multiple War Fighter exercises; Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Maria relief. Our team ensures a high operational readiness.”
Providing a sense of safety and being someone others could rely on to help protect and save them are some of the reasons Silverthorne said she joined the military in 2015.
“I also joined so I could make myself and my Family proud as the only female to be in the service,” she added.
For now, she works as a 91B because wheeled vehicle mechanics, she said, “keep the Army moving.” Her career plans are to become a K9 handler, college graduate and an officer.
Away from work, Silverthorne’s hobbies include photography, hunting, fishing and outdoor activities with her Family and dog.
The mission of the 3rd ESC, which is aligned with the XVIII Airborne Corps, is to provide logistics and distribution management anywhere, at any time, in any environment, against any adversary.