• TAJI, Iraq - Capt. William Salisbury, of York, Pa., 328th Brigade Support Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, meets two students from the school at the al-Boreyap, June 4. Salisbury and Soldiers of his unit visited the students to provide school supplies and hygiene supplies to young Iraqi children.

    TAJI, Iraq - Capt. William Salisbury, of York...

    TAJI, Iraq - Capt. William Salisbury, of York, Pa., 328th Brigade Support Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, meets two students from the school at the al-Boreyap, June 4. Salisbury and Soldiers of his unit...

  • TAJI, Iraq -Staff Sgt. Christopher Diehl, of York, Pa., 328th Brigade Support Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, hands supplies to a young girl at the school at the al-Boreyap, June 4.  Diehl and his unit were taking part in a humanitarian mission to provide supplies to students of two local schools.

    TAJI, Iraq -Staff Sgt. Christopher Diehl, of...

    TAJI, Iraq -Staff Sgt. Christopher Diehl, of York, Pa., 328th Brigade Support Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, hands supplies to a young girl at the school at the al-Boreyap, June 4. Diehl and his unit were...

  • TAJI, Iraq - A young student is laden down with school equipment and hygiene supplies, June 4, at the school at al-Boreyap. The supplies were given to the girl by Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers in a joint effort with Iraqi Security Forces.

    TAJI, Iraq - A young student is laden down with...

    TAJI, Iraq - A young student is laden down with school equipment and hygiene supplies, June 4, at the school at al-Boreyap. The supplies were given to the girl by Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers in a joint effort with Iraqi Security Forces.

TAJI, Iraq Aca,!" Teamwork between Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers and three local Iraqi sheikhs led to a June 4 distribution of essential supplies to two local schools, north of Baghdad.

Although philanthropy is not a part of the unitsAca,!a,,c stated mission, Soldiers from the 328th Brigade Support Battalion and 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National DivisionAca,!"Baghdad managed to accumulate several boxes of supplies by appealing to private citizens and organizations back in the United States

Iraqi Army and police officers provided security as over 320 children received school materials and hygiene items. The American soldiers found themselves driven to help local schoolchildren.

Aca,!A"Every kid got something today,Aca,!A? said Lt. Steven DeSanzo, of Ellwood City, Pa., of Company B, 1st Bn., 112th Inf. Regt.

After coordinating with Sheikhs Awad, Naif, and Yasin, the U.S. troops were able to offload the supplies at the al-Bowasick and al-Boreyap schools.

The students were given handbills to assist in identifying personnel and groups wanted by regional authorities. They were also given instructions on how to inform their local police officers.

The Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers involved in the effort said most of the children present are too young to fully comprehend the reasons behind the conflict in their nation but said selfless acts like these will ensure that the children will have positive memories of the United States and its Soldiers.

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