• BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jason Traywick, a forward observer from Marshville, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, shows Iraqi children pictures he took of them with his digital camera in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. Traywick said he enjoys seeing Iraqi children when he's on patrols. "It makes me feel good because it reminds me of my little boy. I want like to see kids in this country one day have opportunities like my little boy has," Traywick added.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jason Traywick, a forward...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jason Traywick, a forward observer from Marshville, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, shows Iraqi children pictures he took of them with his digital camera in the Doura...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. John Beach of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., hands out candy to Iraqi children while on patrol in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. Beach is an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The "Old Hickory" Brigade of the North Carolina National Guard arrived in Iraq five weeks ago for its second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. John Beach of Roanoke Rapids...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. John Beach of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., hands out candy to Iraqi children while on patrol in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. Beach is an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team...

  • BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Robert Warmack of Cove City, N.C., an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, hands out candy to Iraqi children while on patrol in the neighborhood, here, June 12. Warmack is serving his second tour of duty in Iraq with the North Carolina National Guard's "Old Hickory" Brigade. Warmack said he has a big responsibility to keep his Soldiers and the Iraqi children safe while out on patrol. "Having kids of my own, I am prone to make sure their safety is taken care of along with my men," Warmack said.

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Robert Warmack of Cove...

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Robert Warmack of Cove City, N.C., an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, hands out candy to Iraqi children while on patrol in the neighborhood, here, June 12. Warmack...

  • BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Robert Warmack, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, hands out candy to an Iraqi child in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. Warmack, who is a volunteer firefighter back in home in Cove City, N.C., said his job on patrol is to constantly scan the area for any suspicious activity. He said his goal is for all his fellow North Carolina National Guard Soldiers to make it home safely. "I like to tell everybody, the idea is to bring everybody home safe without firing a single shot," Warmack said. "Our job as infantrymen puts us in harm's way and that's our choice, but the goal is to bring everybody home safe."

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Robert Warmack, an...

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Robert Warmack, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, hands out candy to an Iraqi child in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. Warmack, who is a volunteer...

  • BAGHDAD - Iraqi children watch as Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard's "Old Hickory Brigade" pull security duty in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. The Soldiers of Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, are responsible for security in the area. "I'm as alert as possible. I've got myself to worry about and all these guys so when I'm outside the wire, I try to do my job as best as I can," said Sgt. Gabriel Herrold, an infantryman from Jackson, N.C.

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi children watch as Soldiers of...

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi children watch as Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard's "Old Hickory Brigade" pull security duty in the Doura neighborhood, here, June 12. The Soldiers of Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat...

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