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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

May 10, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-14


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MARINES OFFER SUPPORT TO IRAQI COMMUNITIES

AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq - Marines recently delivered supplies and provided funding in support of community improvements throughout the Al Anbar province.

Marines visited Al Budekil to repair damage done to a farmer's field after a Marine tank became bogged down in it. Marines paid for the damages and delivered supplies, including 50 tons of fertilizer and farming tools, to help local villagers with the planting season. They also handed out pens and pencils, soccer balls, nets and Frisbees donated by Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles.

Marines also met with a local sheik to plan future projects including street paving, warehouse and mosque repairs. The sheik told Marines he was eager to work with Coalition forces to bring further improvements to his village.

In Fallujah, Marines began renovations to the Civil-Military Operations Center. A shaded area is being constructed and access to water will be provided for visitors.

Finally, Marines in Ramadi met with the President of the Al Anbar Province University to discuss future projects and how to improve educational opportunities for Iraqi students. They also donated $7,000 for a laminating machine to produce identification cards at the university.

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