By 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Coalition forces treated more than 100 Iraqis at a coordinated medical engagement near the village of al Sur in southern Arab Jabour, April 5.
The 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division doctor, physician's assistant and medics treated the patients at the engagement. In addition to medical aid, children received teddy bears and school supplies.
Battalion leaders said the CME was a success and will help build trust between the military and citizens.
"We are here to help and this CME lets the locals know that," said Capt. William Brown, from Owensboro, Ky., commander of Company A, 1-187 Inf. Regt. Brown and his Soldiers hosted the CME.
One platoon leader said he was happy to see the success of the CME and how it helps the local population learn to trust coalition forces.
"This is my first CME and I am ready to do more; the local people really seemed to enjoy the help and I'm glad to give it," said 2nd Lt. Steven Kripple, 2nd platoon leader, Company A, 1-187 Inf. Regt.