Friday, December 4, 2009


CAMP TAJI — U.S. Soldiers here visited a local school in need to distribute school supply kits to the nearly 300 students as part of “Operation Back to School,” Nov. 22.

More than 40 members of the 96th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), including Col. C.J. Read, commander of the 96th SBDE, and a resident of Layton, Utah, and Command Sgt. Maj. Vicki Briggs, senior enlisted advisor to the 96th, from Roy, Utah, helped distribute the supplies.

Soldiers here have distributed almost 5,000 kits to local children as part of the program. The kits are assembled using donations from churches, civic organizations, and private citizens in the States.

"Basically, ever since the war started, Soldiers saw a need out there in the civilian populace with the Iraqis, to be able to give back," said Read. "They realized that we have so much, and we come from a great nation that does have a lot."...

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