By Pfc. Sharla Perrin, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public AffairsApril 28, 2009
MOSUL, Iraq - A compound with two small buildings was encircled by an earthen wall, hot under the mid-morning sun. Within the enclosure, groups of girls wearing colorful scarves were gathered in the shade, observing the goings-on around them.
This primary school was reopened for classes April 22 with help from the local government and Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army and Coalition Force units.
The Al Shaheed Hassan School in Muhallabiyah, Iraq reopened after its renovation was organized with joint efforts from Abdul Rakman, the mayor of Muhallabiyah, the Muhallabiyah Iraqi Police, the 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, and C Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
C Troop is partnered with 1st Bn., 9th Bde., 3rd IA Div., led by Maj. Abdul Satar and the local Muhallabiyah Iraqi Police, led by 1st Lt. Najim according to Cpt. Dave Butler, the C Troop commander. He said that the troop and local civil leadership like the mayor, had worked together on the project from the concept phase to completion.
If the Iraqi Security Forces were the Indy 500, this project would be Danika Patrick taking her victory lap. After nearly a decade of efforts towards peace in the Middle East, the ISF have combined their strengths to provide homeland security and reconstruction to Iraq.
"It felt good knowing that the security situation in Muhallabiyah had improved dramatically as a result of CF and ISF efforts over time," said Butler. "It satisfied me to enable the civic leadership to make improvements that will benefit the local populace in the long run."