Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers deliver food in Kirkuk province
By Pfc. Justin Naylor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public AffairsJune 22, 2009
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Iraqi Police and Coalition forces helped the residents of Qushquaya, Iraq, May 29, by distributing more than 100 bags of food.
Iraqi Police from Dibbis, a town south of Kirkuk city, and Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, handed out tomatoes, beans and lentils in the village.
"The residents of this village are all workers," explain the village mukhtar, Ali Mahmood Sayeed. "Since they were given this food, they can now use the money they make to buy something else that they need."
The "Mustang" Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Bde. Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. were out to do more than just deliver food.
"We are trying to present a good impression to the younger generation," said Sgt. Jeremy Blister, an infantryman.
By doing these types of missions, he continued, Soldiers of Co. C are able to show these kids that the security forces are helping them.
This is the first time Qushquaya has received humanitarian assistance from security forces in nearly four years.
The residents hope that they will continue to help us in the future, said Sayeed.
"The youth don't see politics; they see what is really happening," said Blister. "This is how we are really helping Iraq."
Although most of the residents did not speak much to the security forces, they were more than happy to flash a brief smile.