Photo Credit: Spc. L.B. Edgar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
San Jose, Calif., native Lt. Col. Kurt Pinkerton, the commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, and Roundup, Mont., native Col. Paul E. Funk II, commander of the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, meet with local sheiks and residents in the village of Jubeb, near Abu Ghraib, Iraq Sept. 19. The meeting was part of a trend toward cooperation in Abu Ghraib, where an "awakening" of Sunni sheiks sparked the growth of a homegrown security force. These citizens grew tired of the violence of Sunni extremists in the area and took up arms in support of the Coalition.