Skip to comments.Soldiers Build Playground for Iraqi Orphans
Posted on 09/01/2005 6:09:00 PM PDT by SandRat
Innovative troops turn scrap metal into playground swings and slides for the children of a Kirkuk orphanage.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2005 Children at one Kirkuk orphanage now have a playground full of new equipment, thanks to the efforts of the headquarters company of the 116th Brigade Combat Teams Task Force 2-116 Armor who installed a custom-built playground set Aug. 19.
While doing an assessment of a Kirkuk orphanage back in March, the unit noticed run-down playground equipment that was inadequate for the number of children. One metalworker in the group, U.S. Army Sgt. Fenton Doyle, decided to use his talent to build new equipment.
The local children in the neighborhood all wanted a chance to try out the new equipment while the soldiers were there installing it. Many of them couldnt wait for it to be installed, but just jumped right on. U.S. Army Capt. Corey Dahlquist
Sgt. Doyle spent his spare time gathering and welding scrap metal, constructing several toys for the children of the orphanage, said Capt. Corey Dahlquist, a Task Force 2-116 personnel officer.
Doyle used old rims and half-shafts from military vehicles to build two spring toys. He built a slide to replace the broken one and a six-foot swing and swing set using old mud flaps for seats. He also built a set of monkey bars using scrap steel and half-shafts.
The soldiers of headquarters company painted all of these items and assisted in the delivery and installation of the toys, said Dahlquist. The local children in the neighborhood all wanted a chance to try out the new equipment while the soldiers were there installing it. Many of them couldnt wait for it to be installed, but just jumped right on.
Helping assess and meet the needs of the community is part of the 116th Brigade Combat Teams mission while deployed in north central Iraq. The units mission also includes assisting Iraqs new government, supporting economic development, facilitating communications and improving security and stability in the region.
Time for a little sweetness post with good news from Iraq.
Wonderful news--thanks for something positive! ((((hugs))))
Love our awesome troops!
(((HUGS))) right back at ya.
Very welcome good news. Thanks. :)
Looks like our troops might have to be building new playgrounds right here in America before long---when the water recedes in the South.
Thank you! It's good to get a little good news, from Iraq or NOLA. The pics are great.
Yes, I bet they wish they were back here helping fellow Americans right now.
That is so sweet. He made the equipment from old humvee parts! I love those guys.
Thanks for the good news!!
I'm sure it'll be all over the MSM tonight at 11pm. (sarc/off)
I'm sure they do. And I wouldn't be surprised to see those not actively called up helping there if they can, as some I know did after 9-11. But I think, at least the soldiers I personally know, are pleased and proud to be able to help the Iraqis build their country, be in at the rebirth, and the 'task' of building a playground must be doubly sweet.
Oooh, I love this..thanks for posting! More good news from Iraq to pass around.
Followed the link..saw both photos of this equipment and also, was soooooooo happy to see the look of absolute delight and joy on the children playing on the equipment. Just wow! I LOVE OUR TROOPS!
Yes, it is time for some good news; thank you for posting it! I suspect the big boys had as much fun making the equipment as the little boys are having trying it out. : )