CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Spc. Dustin Rancher, a native of Arlington, Texas, and a cannon crewmember assigned to Battery B, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, hands out candy and toys to children from the al-Gharbi neighborhood, Jan. 9. Rancher's platoon escorted members of the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team during a mission to assess the renovations and improvements made to medical facilities in the area.

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Soldiers assigned to Battery B, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, provided security and assistance for the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team during a mission to inspect medical clinics in the city of Ashuar, near Mosul, Jan. 9.

The U.S. Soldiers ensured the safety of all personnel during the mission to assess recent renovations to the medical facilities of the al-Inan and al-Gharbi neighborhoods in Mosul.

"We provided support to the PRT during this mission by transporting them to these clinics, and making sure they have a secure work environment to assess the progress Iraqis have made," said Sgt. 1st Class Rocky Galmore.

The combined efforts of U.S. forces, the PRT and local Iraqi leaders ensured the renovation project will be completed and the medical clinics will be ready to treat Iraqi citizens.

"These clinics will do a lot of good for the community by allowing the people of Iraq to have more resources and further their independence," said Galmore, a native of Merryitt Island, Fla.

During the assessment, Soldiers met with community residents and provided toys and candy to local children.

"We always go out and assist the PRT as they talk with the Iraqis about improving the area, but it's always special to personally be able to give something back to the children that we see on the streets," said Spc. Dustin Rancher, a native of Arlington, Texas.

Soldiers of 5th Bn., 82nd Field Artillery Soldiers work closely with the Provincial Reconstruction Team while deployed to assist with the development of the infrastructure for people living in Ninewa province.

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