Saturday, August 28, 2004

Alpha Co. 1st LAR Escorts Water

Escorted by a Light Armored Vehicle from Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marines are delivering a critical item of first priority to Iraqi residents in the desert: WATER. "We were trying to search for some way to have an immediate impact, to introduce ourselves to our Iraqi Neighbors," said Maj. Thomas O. Mayberry, force fires coordinator and information operations officer for the MEU. "That's where the idea of water came up. We slapped a [water tank] full of fresh water on the back of a 7-ton truck," said the Leawood, Kan., native. Although the water was received with mixed reactions, the Marines did learn of ways they could help their neighbors. One resident mentioned an Iraqi howitzer a couple hundred yards from his home, close enough for his children to play on it. He asked the Marines to remove it and offered an insight into the needs of the local residents.

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