KHADAN, Iraq -Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 7th Brigade, accompanied by their Coalition partners, built relationships with children and villagers here during a special mission Dec 20.

Sustainers from the 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade from Everett, Wash., watched as Iraqi Soldiers handed out toys and blankets to the local children of the village.

"This mission provided an opportunity for the soldiers of the IA to demonstrate a commitment to the lives of the local people," said Lt. Col. Ken Garrison, commander, 81st BSTB. "The villages were selected by the IA Commanders based on their assessment of the need. These villages are seldom visited, and the people clearly appreciated the visit by their Soldiers."