Hi everyone. What a hectic week at Camp Liberty, Iraq. I guess that is a good thing. It means time is passing by, and we're that much closer to accomplishing our mission.
Let me address my snapshot of that hazy day Friday. It's dust, plain and simple. You just learn to deal with it.
And now, here's the news. Soldiers with the 225th Engineer Brigade continue to train the Iraqi Army on engineering tasks like clearing routes of IEDs and general construction. We're also wrapping up projects in and around Baghdad - projects like school plumbing to make sure Iraqi children have drinking water and running bathroom facilities, and fixing up clinics and playgrounds.
My PAO team went on several other missions this week, including a visit to six schools and a hospital to check on when we call QA/QC, which stands for quality assurance/quality control, making sure any kind of job is done right. I will try to send photos when I get a chance.
One more note. I am not the only soldier who lives in the Ark-La-Tex in the 225th. In Bossier City, Curtis Smith worked for the school system for over 20 years. His wife is the former Robin Brady. They have one daughter that is in college.
Here in Iraq, Lt. Col. Smith is a liaison officer with the 225th who works on the staff in our higher headquarters, 1st Cav. Division. His staff helps with funding for essential services for Iraqis like trash pickup, clean water, electricity and waste removal. It provides important infrastructure for the future of Iraq. On a lighter note, Lt. Col. Smith reports that Iraq does not have golf courses and he misses a good round. And yes, he, like me, misses the best food in the world - the food back at home.