Anaconda Soldiers help Iraqi schoolchildren start the new school year in style


LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq — Anaconda-based Soldiers are helping local Iraqi children start the new school year with new schools and new school supplies during October.

Soldiers from the 29th Signal Battalion kicked off the new school year Oct. 2 by distributing school supplies to 130 children in Al bu Hassan. The first day of classes at the battalion sponsored $78 thousand new school was made extra special by the visiting Soldiers' donations.

Continuing the supply donations for the month of October, the 226th Medical Logistics Battalion delivered school supplies and sports equipment to 120 students at Al Hydria School Oct. 4.

Under Operation Anaconda Neighborhood, Soldiers from LSA Anaconda will distribute school supplies to more than 3,800 students at 10 local schools during the month of October.

Since their arrival in January the 13th COSCOM has funded more than $4.2 million in infrastructure improvements, school construction projects and water treatment facilities in the areas surrounding LSA Anaconda.