Wednesday, August 11, 2004

1st LAR Builds Forts for Iraqi Border Guards

"By putting these forts up, the IBP will be much more effective and they will have full-time patrols,' said Capt. Sean W. Pascoli, a 36-year-old from Wheeling, W.V. serving as commander for Weapons Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. 'The importance is to be in control of who comes in and out of the border. Border Police are at the tip of the spear.'

According to Pascoli, the border police have been shot at more than Marines since patrolling the borders.

'These guys have it just as bad as we do,' Pascoli said. 'They live in wooden shacks in 137-degree weather.'

The hard structured buildings will include small open squad bays, kitchen, showers, lounges and a guard post on each corner. The forts will house 40-50 border policemen."
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