Stop to Smell the Roses

I love this picture. It is not often that we are shown the human side of our Warriors! Today I am posting a handful of “Feel Good” pics of our men and women… sit back and enjoy!

Spc. Brice Sandefur, an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and native of Dallas, stops to smell a rose after searching a house located in the Iraqi capital’s Ghazaliyah neighborhood during operation “Arrowhead Strike 9” March 23.  Sandefur is a husband and a father expecting his second child in June. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Pfc. Joshua Ruth, an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and native of Elizabethtown, Ky., takes the time to talk to a local Iraqi boy during the joint security effort coined operation “Arrowhead Strike 9” in Baghdad’s Ghazaliyah neighborhood March 23. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

An Iraqi smiles after receiving a care package from Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and elements from the Iraqi Police in the Khadra neighborhood of Baghdad.  These packages were provided throughout February and March help Iraqis who have been unable to provide for themselves.  (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Jason Collins, Co. B, 1st Bn., 5th Cav. Reg.)

An Iraqi local resident takes a moment to talk to Soldiers from 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division who are conducting clearing operations in support of Operation Fardh Al-Qanoon in the Mansour Security District in western Baghdad, March 24. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Dawn Williams, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. Kelly Bandy walks through a freshly painted hallway March 22 at a school Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, is helping to renovate.  This main goal of the project is to improve the infrastructure and add classroom space for the growing student population of the Al Swaib School. Projects such as these provide employment for local residents. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Hammon, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division)

Spc. Renay Forney, Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, inspects a portion of the Unmanned Aerial System’s tail during her preflight check.  “This job is important because [the troops] might not be able to see what’s beyond a hill or what’s happening ahead of them,” said Forney.  “So we give the Soldiers an idea of what’s going on around them so they can get a better feeling of their surroundings and feel more comfortable [on the battle field.]” (U.S. Army photo be Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Capt. Matthew Phillips inspects an Iraqi boy for cavities during the health clinic operation in southern Ghazaliya. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Lopez, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment)

Sgt. Josh Cutty, of Pittsburgh, Penn., with Tactical Psychological Operations Detachment 1120, 303rd Psychological Operations Company, attached to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, gets to know some neighborhood kids while on a mission with Iraqi National Police in the Sha’ab area of the Adhamiyah district in Baghdad March 6. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

 

As city council members and tribal sheiks watch, Allentown, Pa. native Capt. Adrian Spevak, commander, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment assists an Iraqi boy with the cutting of the ribbon marking the grand opening for the youth center in Mushada, Iraq March 22. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Raymond Kokel, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

And I will end today with this gem…

Just prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Mushada youth center, a tribal sheik (left) and an Iraqi Police officer try out the new youth center’s ping pong table in Mushada, Iraq March 22. City council members, tribal sheiks, Iraqi Police and Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment were on hand to officially open the center which boasts ping pong tables, a weight room and other activities for youths in the area to enjoy. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Raymond Kokel, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

The War on Terror is not an easy win. But, we can see on the faces of the Iraqi people, it is well worth the fight.

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8 Responses to Stop to Smell the Roses

  1. velvethammer says:

    Well done!

    It isn’t all doom and gloom in Iraq. There is bright and shiny, smiling faces.

    Thank you Cav Mom. 🙂

  2. cavmom says:

    Life is not always sunshine and rainbows. But, it sure feels good to see smiling faces in the Sand Box!

  3. brat says:

    Thank you! I REALLY needed to see these today – especially the first one. A reminder that in the madness, there IS beauty to be found, if you keep your eyes and your heart open.

    God bless our troops. and thank YOU!

  4. yankeemom says:

    Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing those ~ This is one of the places I come to get my perspective back.

  5. Yankeemom says:

    […] Anyway, sometimes you just have to look around, stop and smell the roses. Spc. Brice Sandefur, an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rdnd […]

  6. cavmom says:

    It helps me to seek out the glimmers of hope. It reminds me exactly why we are sending our loved ones to war.

  7. David E. Zetwo Jr. says:

    Keep up the good work guys, the world will know that the Iraqis can make it with our help. Time will show this.

  8. louis wilson says:

    David E. Zetwo Jr. This man is fake beyond anything thing this world has ever produce! He is a back stabing coward! He ruins anything he has ever touch. Plus was fired for being drunk on duty!

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