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June 22, 2008

Soldiers deliver toys to Iraqi girls’ school

Filed under: CentCom, children, good works, ME, MNF-I — Rosemary Welch @ 2:51 pm

by U.S. ARMY SGT Daniel Blottenberger
18th Military Police Brigade

CAMP VICTORY — When Iraqi Police and Coalition troops arrived at the Zainab Girls School in Hurriyah June 12, they were met by the smiling faces of more than 50 children and their caretakers in the Baghdad community. “This makes it all worth while,” said 1st Sgt. Thomas Gray, 64th MP Co., 18th Military Police Brigade, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, who is a native of Oxford, Conn., after boxes full of school supplies and toys were handed out to the grateful Iraqi children.

The Hurriyah IP brought toys and supplies to hand out to the children to help show the families of the area that IP were here to help protect and serve the community. “This event gives the IP an opportunity to interact with the people other than neighborhood patrols and checkpoint operations,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Reinsburrow, squad leader, 64th Military Police Company, who is a native of Towanda, Pa.

Reinsburrow and his squad of military police Soldiers have been conducting police transition team (PTT) operations with the Hurriyah IP for eleven months now. The PTT Soldiers are military police who interact, train and advise IP personnel from the local police officer, or “shurta,” to the most senior leaders as they conduct their day-to-day missions.

The mission for the IP on this day was to hand out school supplies and toys to the local children, many of whom are orphans.“It is always a good feeling when you can make an Iraqi kid smile,” said 1st Lt. Geneva Arnold, platoon leader, 64th MP Co., who is a native of Tucson, Ariz. The IP handed out backpacks, school supplies and soccer balls to the children, who were ecstatic upon receiving the items from the policemen and MND-B Soldiers. The operation helped further the relationship between the locals and the IP.

“The citizens of Hurriyah are not afraid to come and talk to the IP,” said Sgt. Angel Villegas, 64th MP Co., who is a native of El Paso, Texas. “On normal operation days at the station, there are lines out the door of people coming to get assistance from the IP.” The PTT Soldiers said they felt the Hurriyah citizens recognize the Hurriyah IP as a force dedicated to bringing the rule of law to the community. “The citizens see the IP are just out there doing their job as IP,” said Reinsburrow.

In the past year of working with the IP, the PTT has seen them become a well-recognized force that brings law and order to their local community. “When we got here, the IP were just getting a foothold in the area,” said Villegas. “Now, they are a force capable of operating on their own.”

The Hurriyah IP showed their ability to protect their community during an uprising by criminal groups in Baghdad.“The IP stayed at their posts and manned the checkpoints during the uprising,” said Reinsburrow. Now that violence has decreased in the area, IP can focus on building better relationships within their local communities.“The IP are making a positive impact on their citizens’ lives,” said Arnold.

After all the school supplies and toys were handed out, the IP and MND-B Soldiers mounted back up in their vehicles to return to their daily mission of keeping the citizens of Hurriyah safe. The 64th MP Co. is deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, and is currently assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Bde., MND-B.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Reinsburrow holds an Iraqi child June 12 in Hurriyah, while Iraqi Police and Coalition forces hand out toys and school supplies to the local children. (Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger).

Source: CENTCOM.

June 15, 2008

Outreach program aids Afghan villages

Filed under: CentCom, good works, security, SW Asia, weapons — Rosemary Welch @ 11:02 pm

by Sgt. Jessica Dahlberg
CJTF-101

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (June 11, 2008) – Task Force Gladiator soldiers of 101st Headquarters Support Company serve as the first line of defense here, manning entry-control points and ensuring base security. Their operations often result in supplementing their guard role with envoy-related responsibilities. “Maintaining security is not all just about the defensive posture,” said Army Capt. Stan Goligoski, 101st HSC commander. “We go out beyond the [gates] to interact and build relationships with the people in the local villages around us.”

As part of its Bagram Outreach Program, the unit works to provide local villages with water, power, security fences and anything else that may help. The soldiers went to the village of Gulam Ali on June 7, and brought fuel for service generators, which they acquired for the village six weeks ago. Later that day, on invitation from the village elder, they went to the opening of a new all-girls school. The soldiers attended the school’s opening to show respect for the culture and village elders, and even brought along the 101st Division Band to help celebrate the event. Still, their purpose in attending was two-fold, they said; they also went to check the school’s condition and resources.

Even though the school was new, it was in need of repairs as well as lacking standard items a school should have, Goligoski said. The HSC helped facilitate acquire missing items. For example, they provided wood so the school staff could build students’ desks. “We have established a good enough relationship with the village elders that we can go straight to them if we have a problem, and they can do the same for us,” Goligoski said.

Acting as sentries and “pseudo-ambassadors” are not the only tasks the HSC soldiers accomplish. They also sponsor a program that pays monetary rewards in exchange for information about weapons caches. “We get to know the people’s wants and needs, and in exchange, they provide us with information,” said Goligoski, who noted the program has been very successful. The Bagram Outreach Program and Small Rewards Program complement each other, he explained. For example, one village leader told HSC soldiers of two weapons caches. In return, he received a cash award. Later on, the same village leader witnessed HSC soldiers repairing his village’s windmills and generators. For their effort, he informed them of another weapons cache.

Similar mutually beneficial relationships are being forged in many villages around Bagram Air Base. Security is much more than manning a 24-hour entry-control point, the soldiers said. It is also about showing the Afghan people that coalition forces can provide a positive alternative to the violence enemy fighters offer.

Children from Gulam Ali village, Afghanistan, gather at the opening ceremony for their new all-girls school on June 7. Soldiers from 101st Headquarters Support Company and the 101st Division Band attended the school’s opening, and the HSC soldiers provided wood for the school staff to build desks. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica R. Dahlberg).

Source: CENTCOM.

June 9, 2008

U.S. Military and Iraqis complete Baghdadi Bridge

Filed under: bridges, CentCom, good works, ME, progress, Troops — Rosemary Welch @ 12:27 am

by Lance Cpl. Robert Medina
1st Marine Logistics Group

BAGHDADI, Iraq (June 4, 2008) – In the small community of Baghdadi, service members and local Iraqis worked together to finish the Baghdadi Bridge, and a new way of crossing the Euphrates River is now open to traffic. Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Iraqis worked together to complete the 301-meter bridge May 22, making it the longest floating bridge in Iraq, said Capt. Douglas R. Cunningham, company commander for Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group.

“I didn’t think the bridge would be so big until we got all the pieces together,” said Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Hardin, metal worker, from Lawrenceburg, Ky., with Maintenance Company, CLB-6, 1st MLG. “Previously the longest bridge was only two pontoons long, this bridge is seven.” Two Marines with Maintenance Company welded 1,600 feet of steel themselves. They worked alongside Navy Seabees and Army Engineers.

“This will cut down the six-hour convoy that it would take to go around,” said Pfc. John Z. Wilson, metal worker, from Houston, with Maintenance Company. “Convoys would have to go from Camp Al Asad up to Camp Haditha then back down.”

Hardin said they were the only two Marine welders out of seven between the different services. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 17, 1st Naval Construction Regiment, 1st Naval Construction Division, aided in the welding and assembling, as well as the Army’s 814th Engineer Company.

“It was great to have Maintenance Marines work on something like this,” said Cunningham, from Anchorage, Alaska. “Twenty years from now, they can tell their grandkids what they did in Iraq. They can be proud of something they did that will have enduring value for the Iraqis.”

With their “can do” attitude, Seabees assisted in the transportation of all the materials to the sight. They prepared the ground on both sides of the river. “Constructing a floating bridge here as opposed to a regular sky bridge is a lot faster, easier and it’s a more durable method,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer L. Donahue, operations officer, NMCB-17.

The local Iraqis helped in whatever way they could during this project. When it was time for the 814th to maneuver the pontoons into place, they found the river grass was effecting their operations. The local sheiks saw the problem and came up with their own solution. The next morning, several small boats with locals were raking the river bottom to clear the way for the Army. Then the project could proceed. “The (best part of this mission) was the opportunity we had to form partnerships with the Iraqis, to work with the Iraqis, and to develop something beneficiary to them,” Cunningham said. “It’s going to help them become more stable and self sufficient.”

This bridge will also benefit coalition forces in the area. Donahue, from Midland, Texas, said she was very proud of the Seabees who were on site for 54 days working on the project. “It’s a great contribution to know we are helping the Marines be able to cross the river,” sad Donahue. “It was all a joint effort between the Marines, Navy, Army, and the Iraqis. This would have never happened without everybody’s help.”

The newly constructed Baghdadi Bridge spans the Euphrates River, allowing local Iraqis and coalition forces to dramatically reduce the traveling time to reach the other side. Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Iraqis worked together to complete the 301-meter bridge May 22, making it the longest floating bridge in Iraq. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Medina).

Source: CENTCOM.

April 8, 2008

Soldiers help Iraqi girl see brighter future

Filed under: CentCom, children, good works, help, ME — Rosemary Welch @ 2:47 pm

by Kevin Stabinsky
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

FOB KALSU, Iraq (March 31, 2008) — Her hands run across his hand, her fingers explore his features. She asks her father: Is he fat or skinny? Tall or short? She is trying to learn about the man she cannot see, the one who strives to end the mystery surrounding him and the world around her.

First Lt. Michael Kendrick, platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, said it is his goal to replace the mental picture young Noor Taha Najee has of her father with the actual image.

Noor, a 5-year-old girl who lives in al Buaytha, has been blind since birth, a condition caused by poorly-developed corneas, said her father Taha. It is a problem that runs in the family. Taha’s brother, Mustafa, also suffers from the birth defect, one that prevents the eyes from registering anything other than light sensitivity. Although the condition is genetic, it is one that can be fixed through surgery. Kendrick, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and his unit have been working closely with doctors to try to get something done for the family.

“To have her see her family, her brothers, to put a face to the voice, it would be a blessing,” Taha said of the opportunity to help give sight to his daughter and brother. The Eye Defects Research Foundation, a nongovernmental organization based in Los Angeles, is already trying to schedule a surgery for the girl. On March 14, the Soldiers took Noor and her uncle to the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad to get an evaluation done on the two, which showed a higher potential for success with Noor.

“We’re on standby now, waiting for a doctor in L.A.,” Kendrick said. He said they are now trying to find a local Iraqi doctor who would be willing to travel with Noor and her family to California. An Iraqi doctor is needed who could be shown the necessary follow-up care.

Such a gift would seem appropriate for a girl who is described as very generous and giving by her father. “She’s different from many other kids,” Taha said. “She’s always sharing. She’ll give you anything.”

It is a personality trait which has endeared her to the 2nd Platoon Soldiers. “We’ve taken a real vested interest in the people here,” Kendrick said, adding his Soldiers spend a lot of time on the ground, interacting with residents. “We empathize with the people. It pays dividends winning the hearts and minds. It keeps things quiet.”

Noor has developed quite an attachment to Kendrick, Taha said. “She likes to sit by him, and is always asking me about him and loves it when I tell her stories about him,” he said. “She’s only like that with Kendrick.”

As a father of two young girls himself – Presley, 3, and Parker, 1, – Kendrick said he knows the importance of family and providing for them. While she may not be able to see what the Soldiers are doing for her, Taha said Noor can definitely sense the goodwill of Kendrick’s platoon. “Love begins in the mind, not the eyes,” Taha said.

Noor Taha Najee gives 1st Lt. Michael Kendrick a goodbye kiss near the end of a March 26 visit to her house in al Buaytha, Iraq. Noor, whose corneas are underdeveloped, has been blind since birth. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky).

Source: CentCom.
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March 17, 2008

National Heroes Tour Update

Filed under: good works, Heroes, milblogs, otb, Troops, Vets, Video — Rosemary Welch @ 9:17 am

Blackfive, Uncle Jimbo, Jonn, the Troops, Gathering of Eagles, Eagles Up, and many others have taken videos of the events that transpired Friday when the National Heroes Tour started their three week tour. They also kept an eye on those weasely ‘people’ who held the ‘Winter Soldier II’ this weekend. Below are some links to their videos.

First I have Uncle Jimbo’s Skydivers (Navy SEALs) onto the USS Midway. He also has the introduction to Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor. Oops. Had the intro. I’ll check into that to see if I can get it for us. This post is at Blackfive’s site.

Uncle Jimbo has written another post about the American Hitmen. This is a band of 5 Marines who were in Fallujah when they decided to create this group. Here is their sound, but I believe a lot of people are checking it out. I can’t get the link to work at this moment, but I believe it will work eventually. Also in this post is David Bellavia (author of House to House). He gave what UJ likes to call ‘an entertaining’ talk which you can see right here. LTC Steve Russell also spoke, and you may see that here.

Uncle Jimbo believes these are great men (as do I), and it has been a privilege to be with them and here their stories about their experiences and why the only answer is victory. So true, my dear friend.

Now for some links from Blackfive. These links are from some livebloggers who covered the ‘Winter Soldiers II’ for us so we didn’t have to soil our brains. There are many links, so here goes.

Live Blogging Winter Soldier II (Part 1).
Live Blogging Winter Soldier II (Part II).
Live Blogging Winter Soldier II (Part III).
Live Blogging Winter Soldier II (Part IV).
After Action Report.
Eagles Up and GOE at Winter Soldiers II.

These include This Ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here, Marooned in Marin, Eagles Up and Gathering of Eagles and a few hundred troop supporters. Hooah! The first one is Rally For The Troops, and the second one is March for the Troops.

Remember to check with Vets For Freedom to see if the National Heroes Tour is in a town near you! I would also like to thank everyone who showed up in Washington DC to make sure that no one gets away with smearing our brave men and women. Unfortunately, there are some that are either not so brave or confused. I’ve heard some of the tripe. If it is true, they themselves have taken part in war crimes, and I want them prosecuted! That’s all for right now. I’ll have more later. 😉

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February 27, 2008

Military News: Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya

Filed under: Africa, CentCom, CF, CJTF-HOA, good works, ME, recon, SW Asia, weapons — Rosemary Welch @ 7:03 am

I have eight articles for your pleasure today and afterward, I would like to comment on Sen. Obama’s knowledge (or lack thereof) of our missle defense systems. In order to keep this post clean, I will provide the title and a small summary.

IRAQ.

Iraqi National Police graduate Carabinieri training.
by MC2 Erica Gardner
MNSTC-I

BAGHDAD (Feb. 19, 2008) – Iraqi National Police graduated from the second Carabinieri-trained Iraqi National Police Course Feb. 19 at Camp Dublin in Baghdad.

More than 500 graduates were commended by Iraqi Army Gen. Babakir, chief of staff for the Iraqi ground forces; Iraqi Police Maj. Gen. Hussein, Iraqi National Police commander; U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, NATO Training Mission – Iraq commander; Italian Maj. Gen. Alessandro Pompegniani, NATO Training Mission – Iraq deputy commander; U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Phillips, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, Coalition Police Advisory Training Team commanding general; and Italian Ambassador Maurizio Melani. [Continue reading.]

These men have been trained by the Ministry of the Interior, and they are known as the Carabiniere (I think). These are the professionals, and they are being trained to be able to provide security and train others so that they are not dependent on foreign governments for their security.

Joint operation helps displaced families return home.
by Kirby Rider
MND-N PAO

BAQUBAH, Iraq (Feb. 20, 2008) — Families displaced from a town near Baqubah, Iraq, were escorted back to their homes by the Iraqi army and Coalition Soldiers Feb. 13 during Operation Fierce Thrasher.

Soldiers from Company F, 52nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash., helped 39 families dislocated due to fear of terrorist attacks return to their homes in the town of Durah, Iraq.

“Today’s mission was to secure the village of Durah to allow the repatriation of the Sunnis into the village,” said Capt. Troy Mills, commander of Company F. [Continue reading.]

This is a great article. Not only are these families moving back home, but they are setting up a Sons of Iraq group. The people are willing to work with the Iraqi Police, Coalition Forces, and against al Qaida. Another town turned. This is a good thing not only for us but for them as well.

Iraqis rebuild power line towers in Sayafiyah.
by Luis Delgadillo
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

FOB KALSU, Iraq (Feb. 20, 2008) — With assistance from coalition troops and Iraqi security forces, ministry of electricity workers are rapidly reconstructing three high-tension power line towers in Sayafiyah, 25 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Soldiers of Troop A, 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and members of an Iraqi police security detail are providing security for 130 workers from the MoE rebuilding the structures, which form part of Baghdad’s ‘power belt.’

“There is a 400 kilovolt distribution ring that goes around Baghdad and this (section) is the southern part of it,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Shoop, electrical projects engineer, 2-3 Brigade Troop Battalion, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. [Continue reading.]

I do not know too much about electricity, but I do know about human behavior. Once these men were reassured of their safety, they were ready to get to work. I am proud of them.

First basic recruits graduate from IP Academy.
by Elvyn Nieves
MND-B PAO

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 24, 2008) — History was made when the inaugural class of more than 1,100 Iraqi police recruits graduated from a two-week Basic Recruit Training Course, Feb. 21, at the Furat Iraqi Police Training Academy in Baghdad.

During the initial phase of their training, the graduates successfully completed training on weapons familiarization, law, ethics, crime scene, handcuffing and various additional skills during the course. [Continue reading.]

This is outstanding! This is the largest number of volunteers I have seen yet. Some say they joined because of the violence caused by the terrorists. They want to protect their country. Very admirable.

AFGHANISTAN.

ANA adds new capability to arsenal.
by Timothy Dinneen
CJTF-82 PAO

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Feb. 19, 2008) — A new program instructing Afghan National Army soldiers to effectively provide indirect artillery fire is due to graduate its first platoon in Paktya Province Feb. 25, according to a Combined Joint Task Force-82 official.

The 21-day program instructs ANA soldiers on NATO firing tactics, techniques and procedures converting them for use with Russian 122 mm howitzers. The field artillery course focuses on fire direction and gun-line procedures allowing the ANA to compute all firing data. [Continue reading.]

I am going to admit that I do not understand indirect-fire, but these Afghan National Army soldiers are learning how to be effecient using these weapons. Once they’ve been trained how to use these weapons (as they do in NATO–er, huh?–), then they will be able to stay where they are. See, they usually just yank these men away whenever they need someone, and that is not good for cohesion. Oh, this is a new ‘toy’ for guys. (They are the same everywhere, I swear! lol)

Police grads bring ‘hope and peace’ for Afghan people.
by Steven Parks
ARSIC-S Public Affairs Office

A color guard of Afghan National Policemen from the Bala-Beluk district listen to a speaker during their graduation ceremony Feb. 21. (U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Votroubek)

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Feb. 21, 2008) — On Feb. 21, 259 Afghan National Police from Zabul province graduated from the Focused District Development eight-week training initiative at the Regional Training Center here.

The graduation ceremony included numerous ANP and Coalition senior officers, as well as the governor of Kandahar, Assadullah Khalid, all of whom offered congratulations to the proud and well-trained graduates.

“With you graduating, it gives us hope and peace; you are the ones who stand against the bad people,” Governor Khalid said. [Continue reading.]

It appears that there are many natives graduating from training to be either police officers, national police, or Army personnel in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a good thing. It has taken many years, but there is hope that we are turning or have turned a corner. Let us pray for all of men and women to remain safe, and that they come home in one piece when it is time for them to come home. God, please watch them and protect them. Thank You. Amen.

Troops provide ton of aid to Kandahar.
Bagram Media Center.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Feb. 24, 2008) — Afghan national security forces, assisted by Coalition forces, provided medical treatment to 210 patients and provided more than one ton of humanitarian aid for 400 Afghans in Hajyano-Qala in the Arghandab District of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 19.

Kuchi elders attended a community development council recently and requested medical and humanitarian aid from the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan representatives. [Continue reading.]

I don’t know why (yeah, right), but for some reason the new name of Afghanistan REALLY bothers me. Anyway, they are doing good works.

KENYA.

Vets treat hundreds of animals in Kenya.
by Michelle Halpin
CJTF-HOA.

MANDA BAY, Kenya (Feb. 16, 2008) — A Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa civil affairs team worked side by side with host nation veterinarians and other locals to vaccinate and treat more than 400 animals for various ailments during a veterinary civil action program that kicked off on Manda Island in Kenya’s Lamu District, Feb. 14.

…All the animals were treated for internal and external parasites and ticks…The Manda “cattle crush” is the first of several sites the 350th CACOM FXSP and their Kenyan partners visited in the region…”It was a great first day. We (also) got to work with the Kenya Red Cross and the National Youth Service. They did a great job helping move the goats and working with the animal herdsman. I was really pleased with their [Kenyans] work ethic. They were willing to get in there and get dirty and get the herds run through. I think it’s going to be a great mission,” said Army Capt. Karin Hamilton, 350th CACOM FXSP veterinary corps officer…The VETCAP personnel expect to treat over 20,000 animals during their current mission, where at its peak they expect to take care of over 10,000 animals in a single day. [Continue reading.]

It is good that they made their way into Kenya. I swear I hope they did more than just take care of the animals. I love animals, but come on! There’s a freakin’ war going on in Keyna and the whole region. Sheesh.

Now to discuss our missle defense system. Are you aware that, according to Barack Obama, that our system does not work. Oh? Then explain to me how, HOW, did we hit a satellite moving at the speech of 15-20,000 mph that is was the size of school bus and at the point of impact hit the fuel tank which was only 14 inches at a distance of 130 miles above the earth and it only took one minute for the missle to get there? Yes, we got it. We don’t know if it hit the fuel section, but daggone! What a shot! Whoohoo! Heh hem, Sen? Better go back to school, eh? lol.

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February 20, 2008

News: Vets4Freedom, CentCom, Islam, Free Speech

Filed under: CentCom, CF, econ, Free Speech, good works, HOA, jihad/ists, laws, ME, weapons — Rosemary Welch @ 10:52 pm

There is much news today, while I will admit some of it is already known. This for those who may not heard it yet. There is much chatter about the Islamists, the intent of Saddam Hussein to use WMD and it being ignored, the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood in the USA, and some ‘secret papers’ reveal threat to London by The Saudi prince. Let’s say we get started, eh?

The first thing I would like to bring to every Vets attention is this:

Vets for Freedom is gathering our nations veterans for a second “Vets on the Hill” event on April 8th. So, if you are a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, or another theatre of the Global War on Terror; sign up today to travel to Washington DC and tell Congress that support of General Petraeus and our fellow troops is a must for continued success in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Go here to sign up and find much more information.]

Please sign up and go. Even if you cannot go, at least go to this site. There is also a blog and much more news. It is a great site. Here is some information on the update of the Heroes Tour.

I am going to introduce the titles of these articles from CentCom along with a little summary. Please read them. We so rarely get good news about brave men and womens’ accompliments that these articles can really bring a smile to your heart.

IRAQ.

Iraqi leaders, Coalition troops resettle families.
by Spc. Nathaniel Smith
MND-B PAO

Iraqis line up at a school in southern Baghdad’s Saydiyah neighborhood, Feb. 9, to stake their legal claim to property they had previously departed because of violence. A deed or an active lease was required before people were allowed to begin moving into their homes. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Smith) [Read the whole article.]

On Feb. 9, 2008, the MND-B and Iraqi Officials started helping over 200 people reclaim their property which they fled during the most violent years. Yes, they are coming home!

Recruits graduate from Camp Fiji IP Academy.
by James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Iraqi Policemen stand in formation during their graduation ceremony Feb. 2 from the Iraqi Police Academy at Camp Fiji in Baghdad. More than 490 new policemen graduated from the academy and will soon begin patrolling the streets of Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James P. Hunter) [Read the whole article.]

Many of these new police officers belonged to the Concerned Local Citizens. It is truly amazing the good works and the good report that is now being felt throughout Iraq. They are indeed stepping up to protect others in their community, and they do not have to wait for someone else to it for them.

More jobs available at brick factory.
by Ray McNulty
MND-C PAO

Bricks are stacked in the kiln before being fired and glazed at the Brick Factory complex in Narhwan. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

Due to the new stability in Iraq, there are several factories opening and hiring people. The stability is making it possible for the oil to flow. In return, more goods and services are able to be provided. As the need is already there, the supply shall soon be available so the economy can grow. (That is my take on this.)

ISF, MND-B Soldiers deliver school supplies.
by Ben Washburn
4th BCT PAO, 1st Inf. Div.

Two policemen with the 1-5-2 National Police unload a chair from a truck during a school supply mission in southern Baghdad Feb. 4. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

Baghdad Soldiers and Iraq Security Forces banned together to distribute school supplies such as tables, chairs, book cases, a sofa and backpacks for the children. This is awesome! Great job, guys. Keep up the good work. (While this is happening, our troops are generally in the background watching. These Iraqis seem to be getting the hang of it.)

Large cache discovered in southern Arab Jabour.
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.

Soldiers discovered a large cache while on patrol near Minori Village in southern Arab Jabour, Feb. 8. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

A local citizen led our coalition forces to a weapons cache. Pretty hefty cache, but then again, what do I know. I thought we were at war! (sarcasm)

Airmen deliver school supplies, soccer balls to school.
MNFI Press Desk.

Second Lt. John H. Bergmans hands an Iraqi teacher school supplies in Safwan, Iraq, Feb. 7. The donation is part of an area-wide effort near Forward Operating Base Bucca to aid the surrounding citizens in maintaining their newly returned province. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brandon C. Hubbard) [Read the whole article.]

This is another drop off of school supplies, except this time at Umm Qasr. This one had some hand-sewn bookbags and other donations by the Girl Scouts. Go Girl Scouts! This area is the 9th that has been turned over to the Iraqis in January. The Army, Air Force, and NAVY has been standing in the background to protect this young free province.

Adwaniyah residents see brighter future.
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.

Coalition troops and leaders of Adwaniyah, Iraq, have worked hard to establish trust and confidence within the community to improve the security and economic situation for the town. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

This was a town that became engulfed by AQ-I, and they decided that this was a step backward. So they joined with the Coalition Forces, the Iraq Security Forces and the Sons of Iraq to rid their town of al Qaida in Iraq. The town is now better along with the economy, employment, and government relations.

Al Qaida leader’s diary reveals organization’s decline.
by William Selby
Armed Forces Press Service.

The diary found by U.S. troops on patrol contained records about manpower, operations, weapons and finances, and also showed that al Qaida is hurting badly in the belts of Baghdad. [Read the whole article.]

This is the doosy! The diary of the enemy. Need I say more? Okay, it belong(s?) to Abu Tariq, it is 16 pages long, and it contains information. He unfortunately is not the only high ranking AQ-I in Iraq, so we cannot let our guard down.

Company D keeps the peace in Jisr Diyala.
by Ben Hutto
3rd HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division PAO.

Soldiers move debris as they look for weapons caches during a search operation in Jisr Diyala, Iraq, Feb. 9. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

This is an article about a nervous townspeople who they are not sure if these people are waiting for the ceasefire to end or for them to clean up their town. Either way, they continue to search for weapons caches and enemies.

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan children begin school in Oruzgan.
Bagram Media Center.

Students at Oshay School, in the Shahidi Hasas District of Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, show off their new notebooks on the opening day of classes Feb. 10. (U.S. Army photo) [Read the whole article.]

Some of the Soldiers wanted to show their support for the school, teachers and the 120 students by providing notebooks, pens, pencils and other school supplies. The headmaster of the school, during an assembly, told the students that they were the future of Afghanistan. He even went so far as to let them know that one day, if they studied hard and did well, they could even become president!

ANSF, Coalition help farmers endure harsh winter.
CJTF-82 PAO.

Shib Koh District village elders allocate veterinarian supplies so all the villages in the district can care for their animals during the winter.(U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Marie Schult) [Read the whole article.]

As we used to do here in the USA, the animals are a very important part of the Afghanistanis work. It is very important to keep them well. They are aware of this in the government and the Coalition Forces, so they started a process to protect those who are in the western part of Afghanistan which are very difficult for them to travel during the harsh winters.

ANA receive hands-on medical training in Farah.
CJTF-82 PAO.

An Afghan National Army medic examines the ears of a baby girl brought into a clinic near the Farah fire base for an ear infection, Jan. 8. (U.S. Army Photo) [Read the whole article.]

The Afghan National Army and Coalition Forces medics worked together as a means of training the ANA medics to help them to be able to help their fellow soldiers and the Afghanistan citizens.

HORN OF AFRICA.

CJTF-HOA welcomes new commander.
by Sgt. Charles Siler
CJTF-HOA.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines stand at parade rest during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa change of command ceremony held at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Feb. 8. Rear Adm. Philip H. Green Jr. took over as the new commander of CJTF-HOA during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Jeremy Lock)

Rear Adm. Phillip Greene, commander, CJTF-HOA, assumed command of the task force from Rear Adm. James Hart, who will be retiring from military service and taking a Senior Executive Service position within U.S. Africa Command. [Read the whole article.]

Congratulations men, and may many blessings be yours.

USA.

Third Army now U.S. Army Central.
U.S. Army Central Public Affairs.

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2008) — Since the end of World War I, nearly 90 years ago, the circled A shoulder patch has been associated with Third Army. The proud heritage of the famous unit continues on today, but under a new name and with an expanded role for the 21st century.

No longer designated as Third Army, the unit nicknamed “Patton’s Own” is now U.S. Army Central, or USARCENT.

Although the Third Army name has passed into the rolls of history, USARCENT commander Lt. Gen. Jim Lovelace expressed satisfaction that its lineage and honors would continue under the USARCENT banner. [Read the whole article.]

This is a very moving article. You would be better off reading it than my description of it. (Actually, I just want you to read it. lol)

Next we delve into the dealings of the Muslim Brotherhood in America with Douglas Farah. The title of his article is, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America Defined as “Threat Organization” in DOD Memo“, and this will give you some background. This is as up to date as I have any links to (as of today). It is important to know this. It will be brought up time and again once you are aware it is out there. It’s good to know what is ACTUALLY happening.

Here is another piece of information for you. ACT! for America has sent out a warning about this site: Revolution Muslim. This site was on a flyer being passed out IN NEW YORK CITY! Please, be prepared. Do not sleep like so many other fools are doing. We must be ready to face and fight our enemies, even on our home land.

Here is a very interesting article about CAIR. I wonder why the Democrats are still in their pocket, or is it the other way around? Hmm. This information is from IBDEditorials.com:

Devil May CAIR.
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, February 08, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Homeland Security: In a new court filing, federal prosecutors describe the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a supporter of terrorists. So why are Democrats still supporting the organization? [Read the whole article.]

Hmm. Quite interesting indeed.

Next we have an article by Ron Kessler about Media Ignore Saddam’s WMD Intent.

When FBI agent George Piro recently described debriefing Saddam Hussein for seven months after his capture, he disclosed that the Iraqi dictator admitted his intention to re-start his weapons of mass destruction program within a year.

That plan included developing nuclear weapons capability, according to Saddam.

The revelation should have hit Page One of every newspaper.

It would have further justified President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, a key issue in the coming presidential election. But many in the mainstream media could not bear to hear that Bush may have done something right.

When Piro’s interview came out in my book, “The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack,” NBC Nightly News, Fox News, and Newsmax ran the news of Saddam’s admission, but few newspapers published a story. [Editor’s Note: Get Ron Kessler’s book FREE — go here now.]

CNN ran a story on the debriefing of Saddam but made no mention of Saddam’s plans to resume his weapons of mass destruction program, including developing nuclear capability. Instead, CNN said that what Saddam told Piro “throws more cold water on the justification for war” because Saddam admitted he was bluffing about having weapons of mass destruction. [Continue reading.]

Anyone want to make a guess as to whose side of this war CNN is on? I didn’t think so.

This next article is from a Muslim who has been working tirelessly to warn of political Islam. He is a Muslim, and he is Chairman of the site, ‘American Islamic Forum for Democracy‘:

AIFD Chairman, M. Zuhdi Jasser, visited the Netherlands from December 12-16, 2007 in a visit organized by the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Embassy of the United States in the Netherlands reports: Dr. Jasser met with Dutch audiences to speak about Islam, citizenship, and democracy and to discuss the threat of political Islam. His interview with the Dutch Muslim Broadcaster NMO was broadcast Sunday, February 10, 2008.

The interview with Dr Jasser is available on the NMO website at the this link.

The interview on NMO Dutch Muslim Broadcasting which aired on February 10, 2008 is also available at these links: Part 1 and Part 2.

AIFD welcomed the opportunity to bring a pro-liberty, pro-religious freedom, and anti-Islamist message about the threat of political Islam to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences in the Netherlands.

His site has many links to some very good articles. Go check it out.

Try reading this without having your blood boil over, “BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince.” Here’s a little peek into this article:

Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced “another 7/7” and the loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE. [Continue reading.]

President Bush, I don’t give a damn who you think you are, this scorge of the earth is NOT to step one foot in America ever again!

Daniel Pipes has written another remarkable article which we should all read.

Westerners must mount a united front against Islamic law.

Westerners opposed to the application of the Islamic law (the Shari’a) watch with dismay as it goes from strength to strength in their countries — harems increasingly accepted, a church leader endorsing Islamic law, a judge referring to the Koran, clandestine Muslim courts meting out justice. What can be done to stop the progress of this medieval legal system so deeply at odds with modern life, one that oppresses women and turns non-Muslims into second-class citizens? [Continue reading to find the solution.]

It can be done, and we must do it. There is still time. Put on your armor of God, pray, and pass the ammo…

Oh, this is beautiful. I just wish they would do their homework FIRST.

Embattled Muslim aide to leave Pentagon job.
Hesham Islam’s ‘resume didn’t add up,’ official says.

In a stunning turn of events, a high-level Muslim military aide blamed for costing an intelligence contractor his job will step down from his own Pentagon post, WND has learned.

Meanwhile, his rival, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, a leading authority on Islamic war doctrine, may stay in the Pentagon, moving from the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the office of the secretary of defense. However, sources say a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey is trying to block his new contract.

The top Pentagon aide, Egyptian-born Hesham H. Islam, came under a cloud of suspicion after reports raised doubt about his resume and contacts he had made with radical Muslims. He is expected to leave the government next month, officials say. [Continue reading.]

Finally, something I can laugh about. LOL. In your rotten egyptian face!

Well, it appears I’ve cleared my inbox on these issues. Whew! I hope this isn’t too much, but it is all good to know. Have fun! 😉

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Samantha Burns’ OTA:

Wednesday: S. The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: Wednesday’s OTA, W. third world county (W, F.), W. Gribbit’s Word (W, S.), W. Stop The ACLU (W, S.), W. Stuck On Stupid, W. Right Truth, W. Chaotic Synaptic Activity, W. The Pink Flamingo, W. Pet’s Garden Blog (W, F).

Thursday: Th. Diary of the Mad Pigeon.

These I am unfamiliar with, but it would be fun to check them out: W. The Trouble With Angels, W. This May…Or Not, W. rashbre central, W. Cigar Intelligence Agency (W, Wknds), W. Jack of All Trades, W. Maggie’s Notebook (W, Wknd), Th. Liberal Common Sense, Th. TMH’s Bacon Bits, Th. customerservant.com, Th. A Quiet Noise, Th. Mental Rhinorrhea, Th. Sed Vitae (Th, F), Th. Republispin.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest and other sites:

Random Yak, A Newt One, Outside the Beltway, Dumb Ox Daily News, Right Voices, Pursuing Holiness, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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February 15, 2008

Videos from Berkeley

Filed under: anti-war/Bush, good works, ota, otb, protests, Video — Rosemary Welch @ 11:51 pm

Thanks to Leaning Straight Up, I have some links to share with you from the city council, the mayor, and some of the good people who were/are involved in this debacle at Berkeley. It took him hours to put this together, and there should be more to come. Here we go:

There is a wonderful address by Debbie Lee. Then, Rep Houston explains the reality of the Soloman act. If you watch closely, Council Member Maio (who is standing near the mayor who is in the middle) is waving to code pinko to be quiet. Funny thing is, she is the one who alerted them to show up and fill up those seats as I reported earlier.

These are the people who started this outrage: Mayor Bates, Councilperson Woniak. Well spoken voice of reason…and ignored. Councilperson Worthington (twice). Councilperson Capitelli. Councilperson Spring. Councilperson Anderson. Councilperson Olds. Councilperson Moore. Councilwoman Maio.

They are all here on YouTube.

To read previous post of mine on this topic:

Pro-America protest at Berkeley City Council 2.12.08.
‘Peaceful protest’ at Berkeley’s Recruiting Center.
Code Pinko vs. Move America Forward.
Berkeley Protest(s) and updates.

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Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Samantha Burns’ OTA:

S. The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: OTA Weekend, F. Stix Blog, F. Pirate’s Cove (M, F), F. The World According to Carl, F. Woman Honor Thyself, Wknd. Leaning Straight Up, Wknd. 123beta (F, Wknd), S. LyfLines, Su. Onemanbandwidth, Su. Grandinite, Su. Free Constitution, Su. Conservative Culture (Su, T).

These do not have a post for OTA, but they are good sites: S. Church and State, Su. The Amboy Times, Su. Stageleft, Su. walls of the city, Wknd. Blue Star Chronicles, Wknd. The Uncooperative Blogger, Wknd. Stuck On Stupid, Wknd. The Bullwinkle Blog, S. Point Five.

These are sights I am unfamiliar with, yet they still may be in use and pretty good. The links above are divided in a different manner. The first group has a post link, the 2nd group I am waiting for their post. 😉

These sites are still active: S. 7 Deadly Sins, S. Selective Amnesia, S. Case Notes from the Artsy Asylum, Su. InMuscatine, Su. Miceland, Su. Peakah’s Provocations, Su. Otimaster (Spanish).

These sites haven’t written for months or I could not connect to them: S. Steeljaw Scribe, Su. The Blazer Blog, Su. Where are my socks?, Su. The Dissentators (Su, M).

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third world county, The World According To Carl-1, The World According To Carl-2, The World According To Carl-3, The World According To Carl-4. Stuck on Stupid. Oblogatory Anecdotes – Open Trackbacks, Pirate’s Cove, third world county, Diary of the Mad Pigeon, Blue Star Chronicles-1, Blue Star Chronicles-2, Blue Star Chronicles-3, Blue Star Chronicles-4, Blue Star Chronicles-5, Blue Star Chronicles-6, Faultline USA, Right Truth, Woman Honor Thyself, The Virtuous Republic.

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February 11, 2008

Military News: Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)

Filed under: CentCom, children, CJTF-HOA, good works, HOA, News — Rosemary Welch @ 7:47 pm

This first article was written by Joel Langton from CentCom Public Affairs, and it is a very inspiring one at that. Just imagine, people who do not speak the same language, we have different cultures, yet…music is a window into the souls of men, women and children. Please read on:

CENTAF Band wins hearts, minds of Djiboutians through music.

Tech. Sgt. Henrique DeAlmeida, CENTAF Band, Drummer involves the local children while performing for the village of Chebellier, Djibouti, Africa on January 23, 2008. (U.S. Air Force Photo By: Staff Sgt. Christina M. Styer)
DJIBOUTI (Jan. 23, 2008) — The U.S. Central Command Air Forces rock band “Live Round” is falling in love with the country of Djibouti during their five-day tour of the African nation.

“The people here are awesome,” said Master Sgt. Jeremy Laukhuf, bass player. “What makes it so enjoyable to play for them is the appreciation they have for the music. Everyone wants to be part of the performance.” [Continue reading.]

This is a touching article which shares the differences between Afghanistan and Africa when it comes to diversity. Mostly Africa is a much more easier place to be. This article, written by Staff Sgt Jennifer Redente for CJTF-HOA on February 5, 2008, is refreshing. It will give you a peek into the true character of our men in the armed forces. Go ahead and read the whole thing. 😉

Servicemembers spend special time with orphans.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Francisco J. Hernandez, left, and Air Force Maj. Lanny B. Greenbaum enjoy playing with infants at an orphanage near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. (US Air Force Photo)
Personnel supporting the mission to protect coalition interests, promote regional stability, prevent conflict and protect coalition interests in order to prevail against extremism, also differ through a large number of community outreach and volunteer opportunities.

These opportunities include English discussion groups and visiting orphanages in Djibouti.

Three days a week, servicemembers are given the opportunity to assist French nuns at the Djibouti baby orphanage to help care for more than 60 babies and toddlers.

The visits to the orphanage are the highlight of the week for one communications and information officer who deployed in September from the Air Force Global Cyberspace Integration Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va., to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti.

“For a period of time, I am allowed the luxury of forgetting about myself, about being deployed to Africa, about being 7,000 long miles away from my family, my home, my wife and my daughter,” said Air Force Maj. Lanny B. Greenbaum, CJTF-HOA information management officer. “In the simple act of feeding a bottle to a baby, my heart fills with love for the children and reminds me of my family waiting for me in America.” [Continue reading.]

Now let’s give it up for our fantastic women! Since I am a woman and love children, this one really touches my heart. It was written by Staff Sgt Jennifer Redente for CJTF-HOA on January 31, 2008.

Volunteers donate book bags, supplies to orphans

Navy Senior Chief Legalman Alicia Barnes hands a book bag containing school supplies, flip flops, soap, shampoo and treats to a young girl at The Center for the Protection of Women and Children, the largest orphanage in Djibouti. (U.S. Navy photo)
DJIBOUTI (Jan. 31, 2008) — Female service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa donated more than 50 book bags containing school supplies, flip flops, shampoo, soap and treats to girls at Center Aicha Bogoreh in Djibouti Jan. 27.

Volunteers from the English as a Second Language Team received the donations from fellow service members, family, friends and organizations including three chapters from the Federally Employed Women Organization, the Department of the Leadership, Ethics and Law, U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Legal Service Office Southeast.

“The girls are eager to learn, but lack resources for language acquisition as we know it in the United States,” said Army 1st Lt. Jody L. Glover, CJTF-HOA Cryptologic Services Group officer in charge and Signals Intelligence liaison officer. “The writing supplies will enable them to practice dictation and repetition. The notebooks ensure continuity in their studies, so they can review their work over time. The fun treats, like markers, crayons and candy, surely make learning fun.” [Continue reading.]

I must confess, I have a soft spot for babies, children, our fellas and gals, and the Horn of Africa. These are tremendous people. You may continue to follow the progress over there by going to the Horn of Africa’s website. Thank you, and have a great day.

Update: Military News: Afghanistan.
Military News: Iraq.

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January 23, 2008

Church donates school supplies to Djibouti school

Filed under: CentCom, Chaplains, Church, CJTF-HOA, good works, Troops — Rosemary Welch @ 4:07 pm

Source: CJTF-HOA and CentCom.

by MC1 Mary Popejoy
CJTF-HOA
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DJIBOUTI, Horn of Africa (Jan. 09, 2008) — Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa personnel took time out of their busy schedules to donate school supplies and clothing to Horsed Private School of English, Jan. 7. The 35 boxes of supplies were sent by Living Waters Foursquare Church in Mooresville, N.C., to Army Staff Sgt. Rex Hipp, 1132nd Engineering Detachment well drilling team. Hipp is a member of the church’s congregation who is currently wrapping up a one-year deployment in Djibouti.

The boxes were filled with backpacks, books, pencils, paper, shoes and clothes. “The 75 church members raised $1,500 so they could buy school supplies and clothing that would benefit the children of Djibouti,” Hipp said. Having his church make such a thoughtful gesture allows the 1132nd well drillers to make one last impact before they return to Mooresville this month.

“For the past year, when we’ve drilled and repaired wells we’ve given out flip flops and school supplies to villages near some of our well sites as another way to help the Djibouti people,” Hipp said. “Now that we’re wrapping up our deployment, it was nice to coordinate with the CJTF-HOA Chaplain’s office and the school director to donate items that will improve the students’ quality of life in a big way,” Hipp said.

Marine Sgt. Derico Cooper, CJ-6 Tactical Networking, was on hand to deliver the supplies and see firsthand just how grateful the school staff was for the gifts. “Their standard of living and educational facilities are far different than what we have in the states, so anything we can do to help them out is greatly appreciated,” Cooper said.

Hassan Mahamed, a teacher at Horsed Private School of English, said he appreciates donations from American friends. “We appreciate everything the U.S. military does for us, because a lot of the families cannot afford to buy these items, which prevents students from having the proper items for school,” Mahamed said. “It’s nice to know that their friends stateside wanted to do something nice for our students here.”

Wayne George, chief religious programs specialist, CJTF-HOA Religious Ministries Department, said donations like these represent the true spirit of America and what it truly means to do something nice for people they’ll never meet. “I have observed thousands of charitable items donated by caring Americans who expect nothing in return,” George said. “They have done it in silence without expectations of recognition because it’s not about the cost, but the smiles it will bring to the faces of the children half a world away.”

Army Staff Sgt. Lisa Dumire, 1133rd Engineering Detachment well drilling team operations non-commissioned officer-in-charge, receives a box from Hassan Mahamed, Horsed Private School of English teacher, while unloading boxes of school supplies that were donated by Living Waters Foursquare Church in Mooresville, N.C. The congregation of Living Waters sent the boxes to Army Staff Sgt. Rex Hipp, 1132nd Engineering Detachment well drilling team, who is a member of their congregation.
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