• Sgt. Jose Lugo, a Killeen, Texas, native and a Soldier with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food to a resident of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29.

    Sgt. Jose Lugo, a Killeen, Texas, native and a...

    Sgt. Jose Lugo, a Killeen, Texas, native and a Soldier with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food to a resident of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29.

  • Sgt. Jeremy Brister, a Pleasanton, Texas, native and an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food to children in the village of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29.

    Sgt. Jeremy Brister, a Pleasanton, Texas...

    Sgt. Jeremy Brister, a Pleasanton, Texas, native and an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food to children in the village of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29.

  • Pfc Anthony Mariscal, a Houston native and a tanker mechanic with Company C, Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food from the back of his vehicle in the village of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29. Mariscal, along with other Soldiers from his platoon, distributed more than 100 bags of food to residents of the village.

    Pfc Anthony Mariscal, a Houston native and a...

    Pfc Anthony Mariscal, a Houston native and a tanker mechanic with Company C, Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food from the back of his vehicle in the village of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29...

  • An Iraqi policeman assisted by Soldiers from Company C, Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food to an Iraqi woman in the village of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29.

    An Iraqi policeman assisted by Soldiers from...

    An Iraqi policeman assisted by Soldiers from Company C, Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributes food to an Iraqi woman in the village of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Iraqi Police and Coalition forces helped the residents of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29, by distributing more than 100 bags of food.

Iraqi Police from Dibbis, a town south of Kirkuk city, and Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, handed out tomatoes, beans and lentils in the village.

"The residents of this village are all workers," explain the village mukhtar, Ali Mahmood Sayeed. "Since they were given this food, they can now use the money they make to buy something else that they need."

The "Mustang" Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Bde. Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. were out to do more than just deliver food.

"We are trying to present a good impression to the younger generation," said Sgt. Jeremy Blister, an infantryman.

By doing these types of missions, he continued, Soldiers of Co. C are able to show these kids that the security forces are helping them.

This is the first time Qushquaya has received humanitarian assistance from security forces in nearly four years.

The residents hope that they will continue to help us in the future, said Sayeed.

"The youth don't see politics; they see what is really happening," said Blister. "This is how we are really helping Iraq."

Although most of the residents did not speak much to the security forces, they were more than happy to flash a brief smile.

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