6th Civil Affairs Group takes reins in Al Anbar
Submitted by: 6th Civil Affairs Group
Story Identification #: 20051056224
Story by Cpl. Jeremy Gadrow
AL ANBAR, Iraq (Oct. 5, 2005) -- The 6th Civil Affairs Group has taken over operations from 5th CAG and has constructed additional plans for the future of Iraq's economic development.
Health care, education, electricity and water works, and many other facets essential to the infrastructure of the country are already under way.
"The work done by 5th CAG was a great stepping stone to further governance in Al Anbar," said Col. Miles Burdine, government support team commanding officer. "We are taking some of their initiatives and adding our own to help rebuild the government and encourage Iraqi leadership to take charge of the country."
The Marine at the PCMOC are also providing additional assistance. Recently, Chief Warrent Officer Duane Fish, a Marine reservist and pharmacist, took the time to see administer aid to a girl and calmed the father's fears about his daughter's illness. Fish works at the PCMOC as the director of health and sewage.
Al Anbar governor pins new Marine colonel
Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division
Story Identification #: 2005129235419
Story by Maj. Juliet R. Chelkowski
AR RAMADI, Iraqi (
Lieutenant Col. Anthony Graves-Buckingham capitalized on a once-in-a-lifetime experience when he asked the governor to participate in his promotion ceremony.
“This was a rare opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Graves-Buckingham said. “We’ve been working closely with the governor and have developed a great working relationship. By him being involved in this tradition shows how far we’ve all come. “Besides, how many people can say they’ve had an Iraqi governor pin on their new rank?”
Pinning rank insignia onto a Marine’s collar was a first for the governor as well, and he was flattered by the invitation.“It’s an honor to be here with you all today and Major GB,” Governor Ma’moun Sami Rasheed Latif said through a translator to the group of Marines he has come to know over the past two months. “I want you to know that this is a gift from me to you.”
Colonel Miles Burdine, the commander of the 6th Civil Affairs Group’s Government Support Team, which supports the 2nd Marine Division, said that in his 26 years in the Marine Corps he has never experienced anything like this. “It was the most unique promotion ceremony I have ever participated in,” said Burdine. “This promotion demonstrated the relationship that has developed between the Provincial Government and the United States Marine Corps.”
The Government Support Team established a
Coincidentally, the same threats of violence from criminals that attempt to prevent progress toward Iraqi self-governance also impacted the promotion ceremony. “I was going to get you a gift for this day,” Ma’moun said with a smile. “But I couldn’t get to the markets because of the dangers. I’ll try to get you something later.”