30 April 2005
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28 April 2005
Reconstruction efforts in the Salah ad Din province continue to return big dividends to the Iraqi people. In the Iraqi Reconstruction program, visible signs of progress are everywhere-with the two biggest events in March being completion of the Bayji Gas Turbine Upgrade, and renovated schools with their new doors open.
The Bayji project places an additional 260 megawatts of electrical power on the national grid. The rehabilitation project totaled $54million.
First Class of Highway Patrol Academy Heads for Iraqi Streets
TAJI, IRAQ - With cheers and chants of loyalty to the new Iraqi government, 247 exuberant recruits picked up graduation certificates from the Iraqi Highway Patrol Academy and headed for new jobs guarding their country's streets and thoroughfares.
26 April 2005
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08 April 2005
U.S. Army Soldiers deploy a robot to confirm a box on the side of San Juan Road is an improvised explosive device in Al Iskandariyah. The soldiers discovered the box had two mortar rounds inside, with metal shards, wired to a Motorola two-way radio. The soldiers involved are assigned to the 725th Ordnance Company. Pic: Airman 1st Class Kurt Gibbons III, U.S. Air Force
03 April 2005
02 April 2005
A U.S. Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment, 155th Brigade Combat Team, stacks up mortar rounds found during a series of raids near Forward Operating Base Dogwood in Babil. The joint mission, conducted with the Iraqi National Guard and Sailors from a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, resulted in the capture of over 25 suspected insurgents along with numerous weapons caches. Pic: Photographer's Mate 1st Class Brien Aho, U.S. Navy.
MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq -- Renovations and improvements are essential for the nation of Iraq to change for the better, and the 1088th Engineer Battalion, 256th Brigade Combat Team, is committed to making that happen.
Pay officers from 1088th traveled to Forward Operating Base St. Michael to join forces with the 407th Civil Affairs Bn. to pay Iraqi contractors for the work that they have done to improve the quality of life for their own people. Three contractors, and three projects, are on or near completion, and the community is already reaping the benefits.
They (insurgents) have been putting a lot of improvised explosive devices in the roads, so weve hired local contractors to fix the potholes, and to pave, clear, and widen the streets, said SSG Robert Bourgoyne, of Headquarters Company, 1088th. Bourgoyne, who is from Donaldsonville, La., is a pay officer for the 256th BCT, and says that this process is important and necessary for keeping Soldiers safe. By SPC Erin Robicheaux, Task Force Baghdad
According to Bob Hanacek, GRS resident engineer, the $10M contract includes improvements to the water, sewer, and power systems; roof replacement, heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems, medical supplies, and cosmetics.
"Every portion of the 260-bed hospital will be touched," said Hanacek. "The contract also includes new operating suites, tons of new medical equipment, and many donated medical supplies. We are re-equipping the entire facility."
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