Personal Security Team swings in to help local Iraqi School
January 1, 2009
JADDILAH SOFLIH, Iraq - A group of hardened combat veterans from the16th Sustainment Brigade put a lighter touch on their normal duties here, Dec. 17.
Soldiers from the Personal Security Team, Bravo Co, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sust. Bde., delivered a brand new swing set to the Jaddilah Soflih Elementary School.
Three Soldiers from the PST spent two days building the swing set. The idea came from one of the Soldiers who wanted to do something outside his normal vehicle commander duties.
"We did it for the kids," said Sgt. Nicholas Nipitella, vehicle commander, PST. "They don't have much and we'll do anything we can do to put a smile on their face for a little bit."
One child's father said it was a kind gesture from the US Army.
"We thank you very much," said Hussin Ismml. "We thank the Coalition forces and will do anything we can to help you."
All the kids rushed to the swing set once it was in place, each one wanting a turn on the school's new toy.
"It makes me feel good," said Nipitella as he watched the children swing. "It puts a smile on my face like it does theirs."
One Iraqi girl, a four-year old named Maehsen, summed up the good deed.
"I love it."
The roughly 4,000 Soldiers of the 16th Sust. Bde., based out of contingency operating base Q-West, conduct sustainment operations and logistical partnerships with Iraqi units across northern Iraq in support of Multi-National Division North.