'Saber' Squadron, Iraqi partners provide water pumps to local farmers
May 27, 2011
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 2, 1011 -- Radwaniyah, Iraq, is much different from its close neighbor, the bustling city of Baghdad. Unlike the urban landscape that dominates Baghdad, Radwaniyah is covered with farm land.
A drive through Radwaniyah is much like a drive through any other farming community in the world: miles of farmland with only a few families in between working tirelessly to produce a fruitful harvest to support their way of life. Much like any other farming community, the families of Radwaniyah are always looking for the ability to produce more out of their land.
Over the past several months of their partnership, leaders of the 6th 'Saber' Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, and the 4th Federal Police, or FP, Division have sought ways to help the farmers of Radwaniyah enhance their farming capabilities.
One such way that Saber Squadron and the 4th FP devised to help the local farmers was by providing water pumps to ten local farmers. The water pumps that these farmers previously had were inefficient and quickly broke down, so Saber Squadron and the 4th FP decided to provide more efficient and reliable diesel water pumps.
On May 18, 2011, the leaders of the partnered units went out to the farms where these water pumps were installed and are now successfully operating.
"These water pumps will allow these farmers to grow more and new crops which will allow them to generate more wealth. We are very thankful for what [the 6th Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt.] and the 4th FP have done for us," said Sheik Aiad, the local leader of Radwaniyah.
For Saber Squadron, providing these water pumps was a welcomed opportunity to aid the Iraqi people.
"It is a part of our mission to reach out to local population and offer our support in any way possible, and we are glad that we could help provide these water pumps to these farmers," said Capt. Dean Mathis, commander of Apache Troop, 6th Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt.
Equally important in providing these water pumps was the support and coordination provided by the 4th Federal Police Division throughout the project. The 4th FP Division is currently responsible for all security needs in the Radwaniyah area.
"It is important the people of Radwaniyah see that the 4th Federal Police Division can adequately provide for their basic security and living needs. I, and the rest of the Soldiers of Saber Squadron, know that the 4th FP is an outstanding and very capable unit, but the Iraqi people need to see that as well," said Lt. Col. Cameron Cantlon, commander of the 6th Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt.
"And I believe through their efforts in this project, the people of Radwaniyah saw the same characteristics of the 4th FP," said Cantlon.