Wednesday, February 21, 2007

We Are Making a Difference in Iraq

Here's a great story of how one soldier is making a difference in Iraq. The story is courtesy of -- "Staff Sgt. James Lee looked like a proud father. A group of Iraqi Strategic Infrastructure Brigade soldiers, who Lee has been helping to train for six months, huddled around him after showing off their warrior skills during a demonstration for Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander Multi-National Division North and 25th Infantry Division."

"The 1st SIB is charged with protecting the oil infrastructure here, including various pipelines, said Lt. Col. Jack Pritchard, commander 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Achieving Iraq's full oil production capacity is a key to its economic recovery and rebuilding the refineries, wells and pipelines and keeping them safe from insurgent attacks is crucial.

Lee and his fellow 3-7 Soldiers have been working with the 1st SIB four days a week to improve their defense of strategic facilities."

And, here's the best part of this article:

"The SIB has always seemed happy not just to have us around but to learn from us," said Pvt. Balladine, 3-7. "They're squared away and usually eager to show us what they can do."

In an effort to get the SIB to train on their own, Lee has encouraged leaders to emerge. While unsure of themselves at first, Lee said that a few soldiers have taken charge and are training the group on their own."

To read the complete article, please go to this page on

Staff Sgt. Lee is one soldier who is doing his job and keeping us safe while training others to keep themselves safe. That's the way it supposed to be. Thank you, Sgt. Lee.

Make it a great day!


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