Friday, February 22, 2008

3-1 Cav. Regt., Iraqi National Police Conduct Joint Operation in Tameem

Multi-National Division – Center

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – Soldiers from Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment conducted an operation with the 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police Division, supporting the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force and Sons of Iraq in Tameem, a small village southeast of Baghdad, Feb. 18.

Salam Bedin, the nahia council chairman, Lt. Col. Emad, commander of the 3/1 NP, and Sons of Iraq planned the operation, which led to the establishment of several SOI checkpoints, and allowed the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force to conduct cleaning projects in the village.

“The future of Iraq is about cooperation between all players working toward a common goal,” said Capt. Darrell Melton, from San Antonio, Texas, commander of Troop C. “Today, the nahia leaders, the national police, the Sons of Iraq, the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force and coalition forces were all working together to make the operation a success.”

Soldiers from Troop C brought materials to assist in the construction of the checkpoints. The 3/1 NP provided security while the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force removed trash that had accumulated in the town’s canals and streets.

Leaders in Troop C believe the project will help pave the way for continued economic prosperity in the village.

“The work being done today will provide for the next generation of Iraqis,” said 1st Lt. Jeffery Ritter, Dallas, government lines of operation officer for Headquarters Troop, 3-1 Cav. Regt.

The 3-1 Cav. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March.

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