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Truck handover brings hope of clean future

Feb 27

By Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, MND-B PAO

FOB LOYALTY, Iraq -- Twenty waste sanitation trucks were turned over to the Government of Iraq during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Loyalty, Feb. 25.

The new trucks, used for sewage maintenance and repair, give the Iraqis additional capacity to work out sanitation problems in eastern Baghdad, said Conrad Tribble, the chief of the Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

"It's a tangible sign of what the U.S. government is doing to help Baghdad really address concrete needs. We're not doing this to make ourselves look good, but to make their country better," explained Tribble.

"Ultimately, the goal is to increase the capacity of the municipal government and government legitimacy," said Maj. Brad Hofmann, the civil military operations chief, 401st Civil Affairs Battalion, 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div.

Hoffman and his team purchased the sewage trucks with Commander's Emergency Response Funds to enable the municipal governments of Baghdad's Karadah, Rusafa and 9 Nissan districts.

The trucks are going to fix the sewage and people are going to love it," said Abel Hassan Al Fetlawi, the chief engineer of the New Baghdad province. "This is a pretty good thing."

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