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Field Artillery Unit Delivers Water to Residents of Thumaniyah

Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd HBCT Public Affairs

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, delivered water and held a medical clinic for the citizens of Thumaniyah, a small village south of Baghdad, Jan.12. During their first visit to the village, the Soldiers delivered 400 cases of drinking water and treated 160 women and children at the local school.

“We picked out a spot we’ve never been that the council told us was pretty neglected,” said Capt. Chas Cannon, from Moultrie, Ga., commander of Battery A.

During the operation, Cannon talked with local residents and heard some of their issues firsthand.

“The main thrust of the operation was to deliver water, but since school wasn’t in session we used two empty classrooms to set up a small clinic,” Cannon said. “Our medics were able to help treat a lot of ear, throat and nose infections.”

Battery A has been working with the Sabbah Nissan council to help villages in the area in need of water and supplies. According to Cannon, many of the villagers around Sabbah Nissan feel they are overlooked by the local government because of the villages’ small size.

“As long as the council keeps requesting us, we’ll keep going,” Cannon said. “We’re looking out for people not getting attention.”

The 1-10th FA is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March 2007.

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