Sunday, October 21, 2007

Good News from Iraq: 21 Oct 2007

From MNF-I, Joint humanitarian, medical operation meets residents’ needs.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Coalition forces, Iraqi Army Soldiers and concerned citizens combined efforts to hold a humanitarian assistance and medical operation in Hawr Rajab, Oct. 13.

The operation was made possible by a recent shift in the area as local residents have come forward to work with Coalition troops to rid their neighborhoods of insurgent activity.

“The problem that we had in the beginning is that we didn’t have the support of the community leaders so in essence we were fighting the entire town,” said 1st Lt. Daniel L. Doverspike, a platoon leader for Troop A, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment.

Doverspike said that by gaining the respect of local leaders, 1-40th Cav. Regt. Paratroopers gained an ally in the fight against insurgents, resulting in safer neighborhoods for both parties.

The Paratroopers provided oversight as food, personal hygiene items, and toys were distributed to more than 500 residents.

Residents received food items, children received toys, and inside the concerned citizens’ headquarters those who sought medical treatment were seen.

Sgt. Michael J. Cavallo, a combat medic with Troop A, said that he received more than 200 people through his triage station and sent more than 50 in to see both U.S. and Iraqi medical personnel for further assistance.