Soldiers Assist Locals in Meymaneh
April 19, 2010
MEYMANEH, Afghanistan - The Army has a long standing philosophy of leaving an area better than they find it, taking responsibility for mistakes and making them right. It was no exception, April 4, for the members of Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
The previous day, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle slipped off the road and damaged a ditch and walkway leading into the home of a man named Rafiq.
Rafiq's house is approximately 500 meters outside the gate of Forward Operation Base Meymaneh, and on a main route in and out of the base.
Soldiers from Bravo Battery arrived at Rafiq's home and Capt. Kurt Ruedisueli, the commander of Bravo Battery, 3-6 FA, informed him that they came to fix the damage to the ditch and walkway.
Rafiq was very pleased to see that U.S. forces took the time to come out and repair the ditch. Rafiq quickly called his sons to come and assist in the repairs.
"It's good to go out into the community and get to talk to the local people, especially the children," said Pfc. A.J. Smith, a gunner, Bravo Battery, 3-6 FA.
Rafiq's sons came out and began to repair the ditch and bridge with Bravo Soldiers lending a hand. Rafiq requested if it were possible to receive some lumber for the walkway, since the logs used in the walkway were all broken. Bravo Soldiers were happy to oblige.
After the ditch was repaired, Bravo Soldiers brought the lumber necessary to complete the walkway. After all the work was complete, Rafiq brought chai and sweets for the Soldiers to enjoy.
"One can really tell that the locals appreciated the gesture and were grateful," said Pfc. Jordan Fournet, a rifleman, Bravo Battery, 3-6 FA. "You can tell Rafiq was happy. He kept putting his hand to his heart and bowing with a smile."
It was a good break for the Bravo "Bulls" who are currently busy supporting FOB improvements and other missions for the Centaur Battalion and its Afghan national police partners in the Faryab province.