A Feel Good Post – just for me

From time to time I find myself searching the web for stories to boost my spirits. Today I stumbled on several feel good pictures and wanted to share.

From the 1st Cav – “Hey Mister!”

Spc. Trey McKinney, of Amarillo, Texas, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, touches fingertips with a little boy from outside his window during a cordon & knock operation in the Al Beida neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District April 28. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs).

Spc. Trey McKinney, of Amarillo, Texas, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, touches fingertips with a little boy from outside his window during a cordon & knock operation in the Al Beida neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District April 28. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

(Notice the English alphabet on the wall!)

Staff Sgt. Brian Long, with Company A., 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division delivers a teddy bear to an Iraqi child in Baghdad’s Mansour district April 15.

Hooray!
Lt. Col. John Luttrell, battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Brigade Combat Kentucky National Guard, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, meets with a class of Iraqi students in the Al Rasul Primary Elementary School in the Makasib village, west of Baghdad, April 17.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland)
Toys bring smiles in any culture
Master Sgt. Coco Gunther, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, gives an Iraqi baby a beanie baby during a combined cordon and search operation conducted by Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and Iraqi Army troops in Baghdad’s Mansour district April 4.

(Photo by Spc. Alexis Harrison 2-1 Cav. Public Affairs)
Hip, hip, hooray!
Capt. Chris Dawson, a native of Lima, Ohio and commander of Troop B, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, leads a playful chant with some Iraqi children in Baghdad’s Karkh neighborhood April 5.
1st Lt. Bradley Smith greets a young patient during a medical operation conducted by Soldiers from Task Force 1-14 in Baghdad’s Karkh District May 26. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

1st Lt. Bradley Smith greets a young patient during a medical operation conducted by Soldiers from Task Force 1-14 in Baghdad’s Karkh District May 26. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) I love this picture. It warms my heart seeing the Soldier reaching out to the child.

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9 Responses to A Feel Good Post – just for me

  1. Hi there. I was led here by a post you made on Velvet Hammer.
    Thank you so much for this post. I write a lot about this war and the lack of (balanced) coverage it gets. Over time it’s easy to let the anger consume you…
    After looking through these pictures and reading the descriptions- I wept. Couldn’t help it.
    Those children. Those babies. The little smiles. The innocent trust. That’s a whole new generation of Iraqi’s who have the chance to experience life in a way that those before them never had.
    I wept because seeing those soldiers doing these good things is going largely ignored.
    I pray that our foolish government will stop playing games and let these selfless heroes continue to do what they’re doing.
    I pray that those children will be able to continue to smile. That their world will hopefully be different/better/safer than the world their parents and grandparents had to grow up in.

    Thank you again for this post. There’s nothing like the smile of a child to sand away the rough edges.

  2. cavmom says:

    CerebralDebris (catchy name) Thank you for stopping by. This is my little oasis. A spot to get a glimpse of the human side of our men and women in the Service.

    Because I am not dependant on retaining viewers, I do not have to sensationalize the blood. Leaving myself free to post topics that the main stream media will not waste their time with.

    I too pray that the government will quit playing political chess with the military, and they will unite long enough to allow our Warriors to succeed.

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  4. BTW- I wasn’t trying to ruin your feel good post. It IS a feel good post. Just stirs up a lot of other stuff for me too, that’s all.

    (=

  5. cavmom says:

    CerebralDebris ~ I appreciate your comments. They did not detract from the post in any way. 🙂

  6. AirForceMike says:

    Master Sgt Coco Gunther is the greatest! And she’s my dear friend who just arrived back home, last night. I’m very proud of you Coco!

  7. cavmom says:

    Thanks AirForceMike! News like that really turns this into a “Feel Good Post!”
    Give her a hug from us. 🙂

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  9. Kylie McKinney says:

    I know this is about a year late—

    but the first pic of Spc. McKinney touching that kids hand through the glass is of my husband!!! He returned home from that 15month deployment about a month ago. Thank you for allowing me to see this picture…he has shown me so many terrible ones its nice to see it.

    regards,

    Kylie McKinney- Proud Army Wife

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