• Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Bartee, the 15th Sust. Bde. senior noncommissioned officer, speak with Iraqi workers from the Al-Qayyarah pump house at a luncheon in their honor Nov. 3 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

    Iraqi water pump workers visit Q-West

    Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Bartee, the 15th Sust. Bde. senior noncommissioned officer, speak with Iraqi workers from the Al-Qayyarah pump house at a luncheon in their honor Nov. 3 at...

  • Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, gives a coin to pump foreman Abdullah Ahmed from the Al-Qayyarah pump house at a luncheon held in the pump house workers' honor Nov. 3 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq

    Iraqi water pump workers visit Q-West

    Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, gives a coin to pump foreman Abdullah Ahmed from the Al-Qayyarah pump house at a luncheon held in the pump house workers' honor Nov. 3 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating...

  • Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Bartee, the 15th Sust. Bde. senior noncommissioned officer, thank the Al-Qayyarah pump house workers with a plaque presented to Naif Dhahy, the pump house manager, Nov. 3 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, during a luncheon held in the workers' honor.

    Iraqi water pump workers visit Q-West

    Col. Larry Phelps, commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Bartee, the 15th Sust. Bde. senior noncommissioned officer, thank the Al-Qayyarah pump house workers with a plaque presented to Naif Dhahy, the pump house...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - A group of Iraqis who work at the Al-Qayyarah pump house attended a luncheon in their honor Nov. 2 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.


Col. Larry Phelps, the 15th Sustainment Brigade commander and a Greenville, Ala., native, presented a plaque to the workers and said it was a small "thank you."
U.S. Soldiers and the Iraqi workers got to know one another speaking through an interpreter.


"Our goal is to bring water to Q-West," said pump foreman Abdullah Ahmed.
The Al-Qayyarah pump house recently averaged 800,000 gallons of water pumped daily, said Capt. John Sutterfield, a Midway, Ga., native and public works director. He said the directorate of public works oversees major repairs using contractors, while the workers take care of day-to-day operations and maintenance.


"No pump house - no Q-West," Phelps said. "That's the truth."
Phelps said he was not impressed by the greatness of the pump house.
"It impressed me because it works well with what you've got," he said.
Some of the workers said they were grateful to be invited to the luncheon.
"(When someone does a good job), you invite them to eat bread with you," said Subaa Khamees, an assistant manager for an Iraqi engineering company.


Phelps told the workers he would have preferred to cook for them himself.
"There are many folks who think our cultures are different, but really they're not," he said.
Phelps said the two cultures were alike, in that meal invitations at home are reserved for friends and those people are fond of.
Naif Dhahy, the pump house manager, told Phelps, "We really appreciate you guys today and hope you come down to the pump house."

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