26 July 2006

B36 News - 26 July 2006

I hesitate to comment on the current conflict in Israel & Lebanon as I'm not there to experience it. However, reaction to the recent bombing of the UN post that resulted in the death of at least 2 peace keepers is, in my opinion, very knee-jerk. I've been trying to think, what would be the benefit to Israel for intentionally targeting UN personnel? It's a question that I don't have an answer for, but that's not to say that there isn't one.

Allies
PM Maliki and President Bush met again, but this time in Washington rather than Baghdad. They stood shoulder to shoulder and left little doubt that they were intent on beating terrorism and creating a safe, soverign Iraq.

"I have informed the President about the national reconciliation plan, which I have launched in order to attract more Iraqi forces which have not engaged in the political process yet. This initiative represents, in addition to building the Iraqi armed forces, one of the initiatives that will contribute to choking terrorism and defeating terrorism in Iraq." - PM Maliki
One of the many things that I appreciate about President Bush is that he relies heavily on the military to make military-related decisions. I'm sure that everyone can identify with this in their own way, when people who make decisions that have a great impact on you ask for your advice in making those decisions it's very appreciated. This is a quality of a good leader.

"And I explained to the Prime Minister that I'll be making my decisions based upon the recommendations of General Casey. And, obviously, the violence in Baghdad is still terrible, and, therefore, there needs to be more troops. In other words, the commanders said, what more can we do; how best to address the conditions on the ground. And they have recommended, as a result of working with the Prime Minister, based upon his recommendation, that we increase the number of U.S. troops in Baghdad, alongside of Iraqi troops. And we're going to do that." - President Bush
Innocent Iraq Children Get Wheelchairs
Thanks to a generous donation by Wheelchairs for Kids and ROC Wheels, US troops were able to deliver 12 wheelchairs to crippled Iraqi children. Sorry, you won't get a body count or smoking HMMWV here.

Aziz showed up at the Q-West Base Complex Civilian-Military Operations Center with a wide grin and a unique story.The young boy told Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment and the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion about his family and his siblings, five of whom suffer from a degenerative disease.Abdul Karim, Bishra, Mahmoud, Ra’ad and Raija Salman, each received a new set of wheels in the form of pediatric wheelchairs donated by charitable organizations in the United States and delivered by the Soldiers June 29 here.
(full story by SGT Rachel Brune of 101st Sustainment BDE posted in comments)

Iraqis Leading Reconstruction
For all of the money, time, energy and raw material that the Coalition is pouring into rebuilding Iraq, nothing is as effective as Iraqis doing it themselves. This story highlights the success that can happen when local Iraqi leaders step up and take the lead in rebuilding their own cities.


“We are going into areas in the northern sector of our area of operations, finding a large population who are putting the pieces back together on their own,” said Zaino.
Last week, Zaino met with Sheik Mohammed for the first time and found he and the surrounding tribes were working on a joint project on their own to improve the water system in their area. Mohammed solicited help from the Obide, Guerarie, Jabor and Gueranie tribes, along with his own tribe to assist with the project.
Operation Together Forward - Phase II
As Coalition and ISF troops secure Baghdad the bad guys are fighting back. And that's ok. What's not ok is if we didn't rise to the challenge the bad guys pose and overcome them. If we curl up in the fetal position and complain that we shouldn't send more troops then the bad guys win. This is a necessary step in securing the city that is at the heart of victory for both sides. As MG Caldwell said, Baghdad is a "must win."
This brings up an interesting point. What about the rest of Iraq? The rest of Iraq is very peaceful, only 4 of Iraq's 18 provinces experience more than 1 attack per day. Could it be because Baghdad is the terrorist's last stand?

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Blogger bandit.three.six said...

Sgt. Rachel Brune
101st Sustainment Bde

ZIHALILAH, Iraq (June 29, 2006) - Aziz showed up at the Q-West Base Complex Civilian-Military Operations Center with a wide grin and a unique story.

The young boy told Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment and the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion about his family and his siblings, five of whom suffer from a degenerative disease.

Abdul Karim, Bishra, Mahmoud, Ra’ad and Raija Salman, each received a new set of wheels in the form of pediatric wheelchairs donated by charitable organizations in the United States and delivered by the Soldiers June 29 here.

Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids and ROC Wheels provided 12 pediatric wheelchairs, six of which the 4-11th Counter Rocket Patrol, medics from the battalion aid station, and the 403rd delivered to the siblings, as well as to another disabled 19-year-old in the neighboring town of Ujbah.

Sgt. Jason Foy, of Indio, Calif., and Spc. Christopher McCuiston, of Ann Arbor, Mich., both combat medics, showed their fellow Soldiers and the Salmans’ family members how to fit the wheelchairs to each patient and make adjustments.

The medics were chosen for the mission due to their prior experience in fitting wheelchairs, said Foy. They received additional training from another medic as well as a training video included with the chairs.

Each wheelchair came with a Paralympic Champion Barbie Doll named Becky. Bishra, who appeared much younger than her 15 years, smiled when the Soldiers handed her the doll. Her older sister, Raija, passed the doll to a younger female relative, and instead offered one of her silver bracelets to the female civil affairs Soldiers fitting her wheelchair.

Spc. Nicole-marie Toledo, of Binghamton, N.Y., and Staff Sgt. Sayoko Stevenson, civil affairs specialists, fitted the wheelchairs with some assistance from Foy. Raija, a very shy, modest patient, preferred that the two female Soldiers help her with the wheelchair.

The family owned two wheelchairs already, which showed signs of extreme wear, originally donated by the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, according to Mohammed, a local doctor.

In the second village of Ujbah, Staff Sgt. Rolando Molina, CRP NCOIC, helped adjust the final wheelchair for Aziz Farouk. Molina, of the Bronx, N.Y., joked with Farouk, calling him “homeboy” as he helped him into the chair. Previously, Farouk moved around by dragging himself across the dusty courtyard of his family’s home.

For more information on the wheelchair donations, and how one can contribute to the project, visit: www.wheelchairsforiraqikids.com or www.rocwheels.org.

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