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Soldiers Build Playground for Iraqi Orphans
Defend America News ^ | Sep 1, 2005 | unattributed

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 Team’s 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 couldn’t 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 couldn’t 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 Team’s mission while deployed in north central Iraq. The unit’s mission also includes assisting Iraq’s new government, supporting economic development, facilitating communications and improving security and stability in the region.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: build; goodnews; iraq; iraqi; iraqichildren; oif; orphans; playground; soldiers
Photos here
1 posted on 09/01/2005 6:09:04 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

Time for a little sweetness post with good news from Iraq.


2 posted on 09/01/2005 6:09:50 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Wonderful news--thanks for something positive! ((((hugs))))

Love our awesome troops!


3 posted on 09/01/2005 6:12:48 PM PDT by LUV W (A BAD DAY FOR THE DIMS IS A GOOD DAY FOR THE COUNTRY!!!!!! GET CINDY OUTTA CRAWFORD!)
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To: SandRat
Look at the smiles on the faces of those kids! God bless & protect our military!
4 posted on 09/01/2005 6:15:43 PM PDT by zlala ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." -Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: LUV W

(((HUGS))) right back at ya.


5 posted on 09/01/2005 6:18:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Very welcome good news. Thanks. :)


6 posted on 09/01/2005 6:19:02 PM PDT by EsmeraldaA
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To: SandRat

bump!!


7 posted on 09/01/2005 6:20:46 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (Two Years of Poetry...)
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To: SandRat

Looks like our troops might have to be building new playgrounds right here in America before long---when the water recedes in the South.


8 posted on 09/01/2005 6:21:38 PM PDT by LUV W (A BAD DAY FOR THE DIMS IS A GOOD DAY FOR THE COUNTRY!!!!!! GET CINDY OUTTA CRAWFORD!)
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To: SandRat

Thank you! It's good to get a little good news, from Iraq or NOLA. The pics are great.


9 posted on 09/01/2005 6:26:59 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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Yes, I bet they wish they were back here helping fellow Americans right now.


10 posted on 09/01/2005 6:45:45 PM PDT by partialpressures
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To: SandRat

That is so sweet. He made the equipment from old humvee parts! I love those guys.


11 posted on 09/01/2005 6:49:09 PM PDT by Flora McDonald (got teufelhunden?)
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To: SandRat

Thanks for the good news!!

I'm sure it'll be all over the MSM tonight at 11pm. (sarc/off)


12 posted on 09/01/2005 6:50:12 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: partialpressures

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.


13 posted on 09/01/2005 6:50:57 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: SandRat

Oooh, I love this..thanks for posting! More good news from Iraq to pass around.


14 posted on 09/01/2005 7:00:02 PM PDT by FeeinTennessee (http://hometown.aol.com/feereports/feepolitics.html)
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To: FeeinTennessee

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!


15 posted on 09/01/2005 7:08:16 PM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo comes to mind...ulitimate control is never relinquished with ease)
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To: SandRat

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. : )


16 posted on 09/01/2005 7:12:43 PM PDT by skr
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To: SandRat

BTTT!!!!!


17 posted on 09/02/2005 3:03:43 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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