Marines make progress in Iraqi village.



Submitted by: 1st Force Service Support Group

Story Identification #:200491422815

Story by 1st Lt. Robert E. Shuford

Photos included with story:

Through the help of an Arabic translator, Maj. Luke W. Kratky, information officer for 3rd Battalion,

Through the help of an Arabic translator, Maj. Luke W. Kratky, information officer for 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, speaks with locals about future projects the Marines are planning for the town of Qaryat al Jaffah and gather opinions on what needs to be done. Such projects include pumping freshwater to the town and rebuilding a rundown school. Three-24, a reserve unit from St. Louis, Mo., has focused on establishing good relations with local Iraqis since their deployment earlier this year. With their ticket home coming next month, they are preparing the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who recently arrived here, for the work ahead. The morning visit to the town of a few hundred was part of an ongoing effort to strengthen community relations between the Marines and the citizens of Iraq. Kratky is a 33-year-old Bridgeton, Mo., native. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 

Marine Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey A. Price, ordnance officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment,

Marine Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey A. Price, ordnance officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, shows off digital images to three Iraqi girls during a civil affairs mission at Qaryat al Jaffah Sept. 12, 2004. The morning visit to the town of a few hundred was part of an ongoing effort to strengthen community relations between the Marines and the citizens of Iraq. Third Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit from St. Louis, Mo., has focused on establishing good relations with local Iraqis since their deployment earlier this year. With their ticket home coming next month, they are preparing the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who recently arrived here, for the work ahead. Price is a 36-year-old Stow, Ohio, native. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Service members from the following hometowns are included in either the story or in an accompanying photo: Cleveland, Ohio  Bridgeton, Mo.  Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

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