Paratroopers provide security in advance of soccer events

By Staff Sgt. James SelesnickApril 21, 2009

A local Iraqi boy shares a laugh with Spc. Nicole Willson, of Hillsdale, Mich., during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Willson, a combat medic assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, along with her fellow Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity.  Paratroopers also distributed several soccer balls donated by the Kick for Nick organization. The organization honors the memory of a fallen U.S. Soldier, Pfc. Nick Madaras, whose wish was to share his love of soccer with the children of Iraq. Madaras was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations Sept. 3, 2006.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A local Iraqi boy shares a laugh with Spc. Nicole Willson, of Hillsdale, Mich., during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Willson, a combat medic assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, along with her fellow Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. Paratroopers also distributed several soccer balls donated by the Kick for Nick organization. The organization honors the memory of a fallen U.S. Soldier, Pfc. Nick Madaras, whose wish was to share his love of soccer with the children of Iraq. Madaras was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations Sept. 3, 2006. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. James Selesnick) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Nathaniel Wray, of Troutdale, Ore., provides security near a soccer field during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Wray, a team leader assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, along with Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. The London-based organization promotes the development of unity through soccer-based programs. The clinic is scheduled to take place in mid-May.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Nathaniel Wray, of Troutdale, Ore., provides security near a soccer field during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Wray, a team leader assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, along with Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. The London-based organization promotes the development of unity through soccer-based programs. The clinic is scheduled to take place in mid-May. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. James Selesnick) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Nicole Willson, of Hillsdale, Mich., bandages the injured arm of local Iraqi during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Willson, a combat medic assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, and her fellow Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. Willson has helped dozens of Iraqi citizens, mostly small children, with cuts and scrapes.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Nicole Willson, of Hillsdale, Mich., bandages the injured arm of local Iraqi during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Willson, a combat medic assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, and her fellow Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. Willson has helped dozens of Iraqi citizens, mostly small children, with cuts and scrapes. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. James Selesnick) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. John Palmer, of Dacula, Ga., secures an area during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Palmer, a team leader assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division -Baghdad, and his fellow Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity.  Paratroopers also distributed soccer balls donated in memory of a fallen U.S. Soldier, Pfc. Nick Madaras.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. John Palmer, of Dacula, Ga., secures an area during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Palmer, a team leader assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division -Baghdad, and his fellow Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. Paratroopers also distributed soccer balls donated in memory of a fallen U.S. Soldier, Pfc. Nick Madaras. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. James Selesnick) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Matt Bochiardy, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., uses binoculars to scan the area for threats while providing security during a visit to a soccer field during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Bochiardy, assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division –Baghdad, and Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. The London-based organization promotes the development of unity through soccer-based programs. The clinic is scheduled to take place in mid-May.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Matt Bochiardy, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., uses binoculars to scan the area for threats while providing security during a visit to a soccer field during a site assessment mission April 18 in the Al-Madain area of eastern Baghdad. Bochiardy, assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division –Baghdad, and Paratroopers were assessing soccer fields in the area in preparation for a series of soccer clinics and tournaments which will be organized by FC Unity. The London-based organization promotes the development of unity through soccer-based programs. The clinic is scheduled to take place in mid-May. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. James Selesnick) VIEW ORIGINAL