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1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment hit the streets in Mamum

- Soldiers from A Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, conducted a routine presence patrol and checked up on public works in Mamum, a northeastern section of Baghdad on March 23.

Mamum is a part of Kamiliya, an area which has been the focus of much-needed coalition sewage projects and humanitarian assistance.

"We're here to show our presence, which can disrupt enemy activity, and to make sure the trash is getting picked up and the sewage lift station is operational," said 1st Lt. Walter Pridgen, A Co., 1-64, platoon leader. "When we walk around the neighborhood, it gives us a chance to speak with residents in person, so we can find out from them what the problems in town are."

After speaking with the operator of Mamum's sewage lift station, Pridgen found the station to be functioning well.

Mamum, a predominantly Shia area, is considered friendly toward coalition forces. A Neighborhood Advisory Council serves as the official liaison between 1-64 and residents.

Pridgen, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said the residents he spoke with feel the NAC represents them well and addresses their concerns.

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