Iraqi Police, U.S. Soldiers distribute generators, humanitarian aid
July 15, 2009
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq-In the city of Dibbis, in the Kirkuk province of Iraq, public electricity has been intermittent for several years, and some don't have any at all.
Dibbis residents who live away from the central power grid had not been able to receive any electricity.
To help the residents alleviate this issue, Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,1st Cavalry Division, distributed seven generators to Dibbis residents.
In conjunction with the generator distribution, a combined Dibbis Police, and Co. D patrol visited families and distributed more than 150 bags of humanitarian aid and school supplies, explained 1st Lt. Alex Hoffman, the fire support officer for Co. D.
"The local nationals in the area received the food with some gratitude and were thankful to have security forces in the area," he continued.
While moving through the city, the Soldiers also distributed the seven generators, all to families who were not on the power grid and had no other way of getting electricity, said Hoffman.
"The local nationals in Dibbis have been struggling with power failures...the seven generators handed out today are the start to solving their problem," he continued.