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Outsiders Deliver Food, Water, After Devastating Blasts
28 Aug 07
by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs
TAL ‘ AFAR, Iraq—Soldiers of D Troop, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, have a unique mission that requires several trips outside the security of Forward Operating Base Sykes.
Sgt. Marshall Wright, D Troop, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, helps members of his unit and the Iraqi Army distribute water in Al Jezeera, Iraq, Aug. 15, during a humanitarian mission. The mission, which was formulated after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated in the village on Aug. 14, was to deliver 10 pallets of water and eight pallets of food rations to the local people affected by the blast. Photo by Sgt. Paula Taylor.The Soldiers, who belong to D Troop’s “Outsider” Platoon, have conducted more than 350 re-supply missions since their operations began in November, said Spc. Joseph Moore, motor transportation operator.
Most recently, the Outsiders completed their 100th mission within the past two months, delivering food and water to local villages that were devastated by vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices that killed hundreds of local citizens.
Soldiers Help Iraqis Rebuild Pump Station
7 Sept 07
By Spc. Ben Hutto
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq — Amid various media reports of water shortages in Baghdad, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Heavy) continues to help the residents of the Mada’in Qada find short- and long-term solutions to insurgent-created water distribution problems.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Todd R. Ratliff, 42, commander Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Heavy), 3rd Infantry Division, talks with workers at the Al Bawi pump station, outside Salman Pak, Sept 4, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Hutto.Soldiers from the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Heavy), performed an assessment of the Al Bawi pump station, outside Salman Pak, Sept. 4.
Holland, Ohio, native Lt. Col. Todd R. Ratliff, 42, Brigade Special Troops Battalion commander, inspected the building, the pumps and the generators at the facility.
“This was an assessment to verify information we were getting from the Qada Council,” he explained.
The Mada’in Qada Council is working to rebuild the pump station damaged in an attack by Sunni insurgents, March 17. The insurgents targeted the station in an attempt to deny irrigation and drinking water to the Shia population in the towns of Nahrwan, Wahida and Jisr Diyala.
Maj. James Carlisle, 42, from Palm Beach, Fla., chief of Civil Military Operations, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said he is pleased with the progress of the station.
“The Iraqi government continues to install more pumps and increase water capacity,” he said. “The progress we see exceeds Coalition forces’ expectations.”
MNF-West Transition Team sees success in faces of Habbaniyah
29 Aug 07
By Cpl. Ryan M. Blaich, II
Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD)
HABBANIYAH, Iraq -- When a group of American military advisors deployed to Iraq and took over a small combat outpost on the outskirts of town recently, they knew the task ahead might get tough, but each day would be rewarding. The Marines and sailors that make up Military Transition Team 13, working alongside the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, are increasing the security of the area and the quality of life for local residents as well.
Lt. Col. Thomas Hoobs, team chief for Military Transition Team 13, talks to members of the Iraqi Security Forces during an inspection of a local bridge. Keeping roadways safe and drivable not only helps navigation of anti-terrorist traffic, but is part of a wider ranging civil affairs mission of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Iraqi Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division.They operate out of a dusty, war-faced outpost named the OK Corral. They usually work long hours, patrolling streets with Iraqi soldiers or standing post overlooking the Euphrates River. They cook each meal themselves, because there is no chow hall to feed the 14 Marines, two corpsmen and company of Iraqi soldiers. They have learned to adapt, dealt with sweltering heat and braved the roadways of a foreign land.
Many of the men of MTT 13 have been to Iraq before, making them ideal candidates for an advisory team. The soldiers that make up 1st Battalion are veteran war fighters as well; hardened by battles past, experienced in combat operations. Perhaps that is why the people in this area trust the Iraqi soldiers.
Small meds make big impact in Afghan village
28 Aug 07
by Capt. Bob Everdeen
U.S. Air Force Provincial Reconstruction Team Qalat
SHINKAY DISTRICT, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Provincial Reconstruction Team Qalat members left many Afghan villagers with a healthier outlook on life after an Aug. 22 village medical outreach in this remote region of Zabul Province in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Jill Renshaw prepares de-worming medication for Afghan patients during a Village Medical Outreach Aug. 22 in the Shinkay District, Afghanistan. Nearly 200 people were seen by Provincial Reconstruction Team Qalat medics. Photo Capt. Bob Everdeen.Nearly 200 people were seen by medics assigned to PRT Qalat and other military units stationed in the province.
The team's goal was to assess overall health in the village and to mentor local nurses who work at the clinic.
"We gave de-worming medication and vitamins to every patient," said Maj. Debra Roberts, a PRT Qalat medical officer. "And we treated each person according to their symptoms and our diagnoses. We noticed a lot of dental complaints here as well as abdominal pain, headaches, skin irritations and joint pain. We were able to treat all of the patients with the supplies we brought with us, but it will be up to the doctors and nurses here to continue with follow-up care."
The supplies were varied, but modest by American standards -- ibuprofen, eye drops, cough syrup, anti-allergy tablets, peroxide, creams and lotions. Each villager also had his or her vital signs checked before being seen by one of the medics.