May 14, 2010

229th MP Company Soldiers make positive impact on Iraqi children

Staff Reports

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company are making a difference in the lives of local children while they are deployed to Iraq.  


Virginia Guard Soldiers from the 229th Military Police Company teach archery to Iraqi children participating in a Scouting Day event in the International Zone May 2. (Courtesy photo)

On March 24, the 229th MP Company’s 1st Platoon, 2nd Squad returned to the Furat School near Victory Base Complex to continue its humanitarian mission of installing new windows to the classrooms. During its visit, the squad replaced seven seven broken windows in several of the classrooms which had posed a hazard to the students, according to Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Jones, operations section sergeant for the 229th MP Company.
While the work was being completed in the classrooms, another part of the squad was handing out school supplies to the children, including pencils, notebooks, pens, crayons and many other needed supplies. The unit plans to sponsor another trip to the Furat School to replace more windows and also doors to some of the classrooms, Jones said. The unit is still receiving school supplies from individuals back in Virginia and will continue to donate additional items soon

In addition, Soldiers from the 229th participated in a Scouting Day event for Scouts in the International Zone May 2. The Joint Area Support Group- Central hosted the event and the Virginia Guard Soldiers joined U.S. military members from multiple branches, as well as civilians and local nationals, in volunteering at the event.

Approximately 130 boys and girls participated in the event. It was held in a wooded, concrete walled-in area, which previously served as a hunting area for Saddam Hussein. The events included the rope bridge, archery, arts and crafts, gardening, orienteering, camp display, fire trucks/fire safety, first aid, and the three-legged race.  Lunch was served and goody bags and toys were given out to participants.   

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