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MND-B Soldiers renovate 3 schools
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA

Posted on 11/09/2009 3:47:41 PM PST by SandRat

Col. Maria Zumwalt, commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, chats with students at the Shab Female School in Baghdad, Nov. 5.  Photo by Sgt. Joshua Risner, Multi-National Division – Baghdad.
Col. Maria Zumwalt, commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, chats with students at the Shab Female School in Baghdad, Nov. 5. Photo by Sgt. Joshua Risner, Multi-National Division – Baghdad.
BAGHDAD — The Shab, Yassamin and Monte Tenaybo Schools were officially re-opened here, Nov. 5, thanks to the efforts of Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers.

The schools were in shambles before they came to the attention of Army Civil Affairs (CA) Soldiers, according to Staff Sgt. Frank Halstead, from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"All three schools had to be completely redone because they were a mess," he said. "They had to be painted and cleaned, the wiring had to be redone and the walls on the outside needed repair. Basically they were just the shells of buildings."

So Halstead and his fellow CA Soldiers set up the contracts and started the work. They arranged for repairs to be made and periodically checked the work to make sure things were being done to their specifications.

"We had to make sure they were done up to standard," said Halstead. "Finally it all came together and the people have schools now."

On opening day, the students gathered to sing songs and perform skits for the Soldiers and officials who came to see the work come to fruition.

"It feels pretty good because today you actually get to see the kids' reactions – it's not just a bunch of older people standing around talking to each other," said Halstead. "The kids were happy, they looked like they wanted to be in school; to me that's a good thing."

For 1st Lt. Lacey Rector, from Willoughby Hills, Ohio, assigned 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, the girls at Shab Female School were a welcome sight.

"It's nice to see females because you don't see them very often over here," she said. "It's nice to see that they are being educated as well."

The project is another example of the continued commitment of U.S. forces to helping the Iraqi people, according to Halstead.

"We're there to help them not to hurt them," he said. "They know if their children are being educated then that's going to help them in the long run. They appreciate it."

With three more schools operational in the Baghdad area, more children are getting the chance to better themselves and their communities through education.

(By Sgt. Joshua Risner, Multi-National Division – Baghdad)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: female; frwn; iraq; renovation; school

1 posted on 11/09/2009 3:47:42 PM PST by SandRat
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2 posted on 11/09/2009 3:48:48 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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All of these success stories should be plastered on the walls of Hasan’s hospital room.


3 posted on 11/09/2009 4:37:41 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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