Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Packages get passed along....


Mrs. Rankin,
I wanted to write and personally thank your for all of the support you and all the volunteers in Churchville and in the Shenandoah Valley are providing to the troops over here in Iraq. I am with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Division stationed in Kirkuk, Iraq. My mission here, as part of a Military Transition Team (MiTT), is to train the 2 Brigade, 4th Division Iraqi Army staff to assume control of and take the lead in counter-insurgency operations (operations against the terrorists in civilian talk). I am part of an 11 man team that lives on K-1, an Iraqi base approximately 8 kilometers away from the U.S. Forward Operating Base Warrior. My daily responsibilities include working with the civil affairs officer, the public affairs officer, the legal officer and the Imam (the equivalent to our US chaplain). I try to coordinate and synchronize all of the projects each of these officers are conducting as well as mentor, guide and professionally develop each one of them. I will tell you that they have come a long way since we first got here and appreciate the US troops and all of the support we provide them. The cities and villages within our area of operation also continue to improve and with the help of the Iraqi and US armies move ahead. Of of the things I have been blessed to be a part of is the civil affairs section here. Their job is to improve the public perception of the Iraqi Army and spend a lot of time and energy assisting the needy children and less privelaged in the local communities. I have attached some pictures from a couple of the joint Iraqi and US projects that we have conducted. Some of the supplies you provide go to these children while the rest go to very appreciative soldiers. Thanks again for all of your support. People like all of you enable us to accomplish our mission. I love you all and hope that God blesses each and every one you.


Richard Dixon
CPT, US Army


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