Dagger Brigade Soldiers discuss security with villagers

By Sgt. Jon Soles, MND-B PAOJuly 1, 2009

BAGHDAD - Spc. Jon Morris of Lakewood, Ohio, a medic assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stands with an Iraqi soldier during a joint combat patrol of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. The Co. A Soldiers and Iraqi soldiers of 1st Company, 4th Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division walked through the village, meeting with locals and discussing security concerns.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Spc. Jon Morris of Lakewood, Ohio, a medic assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stands with an Iraqi soldier during a joint combat patrol of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. The Co. A Soldiers and Iraqi soldiers of 1st Company, 4th Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division walked through the village, meeting with locals and discussing security concerns. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jon Soles, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Sesilio Astorga, a platoon sergeant assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, takes down notes while discussing security and infrastructure concerns with Ali Matar Hussein in the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Astorga, a native of Rexburg, Idaho, said he gained valuable insight in his first meeting with Hussein. "It was good meeting him [Ali Matar Hussein] because of the hospitality he showed," Astorga said. "He voiced his opinion and let me know the people are able to work with us and the Iraqi Army."
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Sesilio Astorga, a platoon sergeant assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, takes down notes while discussing security and infrastructure concerns with Ali Matar Hussein in the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Astorga, a native of Rexburg, Idaho, said he gained valuable insight in his first meeting with Hussein. "It was good meeting him [Ali Matar Hussein] because of the hospitality he showed," Astorga said. "He voiced his opinion and let me know the people are able to work with us and the Iraqi Army." (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jon Soles, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Sgt. Brandt Faus accepts homemade bread from an Iraqi man in the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Faus, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, said the interaction with Iraqi citizens is a highlight of dismounted patrols. "It feels good when they like you," said Faus, a Phoenix native. "It's cool when you see them smile at you." The Soldiers of Company A walked through Al-Fallujean on a joint combat patrol with the 1st Company, 4th Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Sgt. Brandt Faus accepts homemade bread from an Iraqi man in the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Faus, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, said the interaction with Iraqi citizens is a highlight of dismounted patrols. "It feels good when they like you," said Faus, a Phoenix native. "It's cool when you see them smile at you." The Soldiers of Company A walked through Al-Fallujean on a joint combat patrol with the 1st Company, 4th Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jon Soles, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ramon Esparaza-Reyes (left) of Yuma, Ariz., and Spc. Michael Thornton of Dallas share a piece of bread given to them by an Iraqi man in the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Both Soldiers are infantrymen assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The Soldiers were on a joint combat patrol with Iraqi soldiers of 1st Company, 4th Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ramon Esparaza-Reyes (left) of Yuma, Ariz., and Spc. Michael Thornton of Dallas share a piece of bread given to them by an Iraqi man in the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Both Soldiers are infantrymen assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The Soldiers were on a joint combat patrol with Iraqi soldiers of 1st Company, 4th Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jon Soles, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ramon Esparaza-Reyes of Yuma, Ariz. greets Iraqi children during a patrol of the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Esparaza is an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ramon Esparaza-Reyes of Yuma, Ariz. greets Iraqi children during a patrol of the village of al-Fallujean in the Abu Ghraib area here, June 24. Esparaza is an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jon Soles, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL