MND-B Soldiers provide humanitarian aid to locals in Radwaniyah
By Spc. Kevin Holden, 2nd BCT PAO, 1st Armd. Div., MND-BMarch 9, 2009
BAGHDAD - Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers from Company C, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment; Radwaniyah Iraqi Police; and local sheiks joined together to provide food supplies, school bags and blankets for residents in Jari village March 6.
Sheik Abed Ali Mansor, city council chairman, estimated that 350 parents live in Jari village and will benefit from this humanitarian aid supply.
"There have been humanitarian aid supplies to the Radwaniyah region before, but this is the first humanitarian aid supply to the people of Jari village," said Sheik Mansor.
Sheik leaders from surrounding villages were also present to discuss how to provide school and food supplies for the other families in the region.
"Building good relations with local sheiks and tribal leaders has been an important mission to Coalition forces to make our humanitarian aid efforts a success," said 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, of Calumet Mich., a platoon leader with Co. C.
The 445th Civil Affairs detachment attached to Co. C has performed multiple humanitarian events like these in southern Baghdad since October 2008.
"The Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Jim Bradford, works with the 445th Company C, Civil Affairs Team to make all our missions a success and to assist the Iraqi people with humanitarian issues in their communities", said Sgt. Alexi Rodriguez, of Tustin Mich.