Needy Iraqi youth receive aid from ‘Wolfhounds’

| April 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Dale Aebischer, fire support officer, Co. B, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, talks with IA soldiers while distributing aid to Iraqi children in Tikrit, April 7.

1st Lt. Dale Aebischer, fire support officer, Co. B, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, talks with IA soldiers while distributing aid to Iraqi children in Tikrit, April 7.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Coltin Heller
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — Less-fortunate children received supplies of clothing and blankets at a police station in Tikrit, here, April 7.

Soldiers assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, made the distribution in collaboration with Iraqi army soldiers.

The 2nd BCT is just one of the brigades in U.S. Division-North that received supplies. The Wolfhounds had begun planning their distribution back in January.

Civil Affairs had purchased $350,000 worth of supplies — from clothing and jackets to blankets and shoes — to be distributed through the brigades. Civil Affairs serves as a bridge between Iraqi civilians and U.S. forces, informing commanders on the status of local populations, as well as assisting those populations by coordinating infrastructure renewal projects and delivering supplies and aid, such as clothing and blankets.

Wolfhound Soldiers linked up with Iraqi army soldiers and transferred the seasonal wear and blankets to two large IA vehicles to be delivered to the police station.

Fifty Iraqi children gathered around as the brightly colored blankets and brand-new shoes were unloaded and passed out. Children toted their gifts away, beaming from ear to ear.

“I’m very thankful for all the clothes and blankets,” said Saife, an Iraqi teen who received several blankets and a new pair of shoes during the humanitarian event, here.

A large portion of the aid remained after the event, as fewer children than anticipated showed. The remaining shoes and clothes were reloaded and taken down the road to an orphanage.

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