By Pfc. Nathaniel SmithApril 4, 2007
BAGHDAD - Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, cut the ribbon to officially open a new internet cafe at Forward Operating Base Falcon, April 1.
Three Soldiers from Company C, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4 IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., Sgt. Robert Hussey, of Mableton, Ga., Spc. Derrick Rencher, from Los Angeles and Orlando, Fla., native Pfc. Mark Capo were instrumental in the opening of the center. They were the Soldiers who put their sweat and muscle behind renovating the facility.
When the 4th IBCT assumed responsibility for FOB Falcon, the cafAfA was left in a state of disrepair. To ready it for Dragon Brigade Soldier use, the three Soldiers cleared it out and painted it among other time consuming tasks.
Named after Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell, a Soldier who served in Baghdad with the 214th Military Police Company and was killed in October 2003, the internet cafAfA contains new computers, and voice-over-Internet-protocol phones, which allow Soldiers to call back to the States.
"This is an important morale, welfare and recreation outlet for Soldiers doing great things in Iraq," said Gibbs, a Harker Heights, Texas, native. "It helps them stay connected to the loved ones at home."
Spc. Shawn Hayden, a topographical analyst with Headquarters Company, 4th IBCT, from Fort Myers, Fla., said the location of the cafAfA, adjacent to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment headquarters, is good for Soldiers.
"I feel it's probably better that it's closer to the infantry," he said. "It would help them out since they live in tents. It's a way for us to have a little bit of home while we're here."