Retired Gen. Jack Keane shakes hands with Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., from Prince George's County, Md., commander of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, March 20, at Combat Outpost Carver, Iraq. Keane, who helped shape the concept of The Surge, visited with leaders of 3rd HBCT to discuss effects of the surge on the Mada'in Qada. The retired general said coalition forces need to take credit for the success they are achieving in Iraq. Regarding the Mada'in Qada, he said, "You got the Sunnis to stop fighting so they can get processed into this mainly Shia government. Over 100,000 Sunnis are not fighting and are seeking reconciliation and acceptance from the government."
Sheik Ali, leader of a Salman Pak Sons of Iraq group, talks as Col. Majid, deputy commander of 1st Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, listens during a meeting, March 20, at Combat Outpost Carver, Iraq. Ali spoke with Retired Gen. Jack Keane (not pictured). "You are doing right for your people and the people of Iraq," Keane said. "You bring together your men to work with us and stop the fighting." Ali replied through a translator, "We want to work together in fighting the insurgency and rebuilding the area."
Retired Gen. Jack Keane talks to Lt. Col. Jack Marr, from Minneapolis, commander of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, attached to 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, during a patrol though Salman Pak, Iraq, March 20. Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Moore, from Waverly Hall, Ga., 1-15th Inf. Regt., provides security.
Retired Gen. Jack Keane talks to a local shop owner March 20, during a patrol though Salman Pak, Iraq. Keane asked the merchant how successful his business is and what he thinks about the security situation in Salman Pak. The merchant was happy with security and said he believes the security improvement in Salman Pak is why his grocery store is successful.
Spc. Stephanie McCulley, from Uniontown, Pa., a medic attached to Headquarters Troop, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, puts a bandage on a local boy's arm March 20, during a patrol through Salman Pak, Iraq.