In addition to their regular duties, the 119th
Support Battalion, at an undisclosed operating
location in Iraq, recently went on a series of
humanitarian missions visiting area Iraqi families giving
them food, water and presents for the children.
In the first photo (starting at the top left)
Lt. Col. Sharon
Tootell and Sgt. 1st Class Rosa Cosme enjoy tea with
an Iraqi family (the woman hugging Cosme lost her
husband fighting Saddam). Next Maj. William Peace
(center of photo) passes out water. In a separate
humanitarian mission, the unit visited area Bedouins
and presented them with gifts. In the third photo Spc.
Lisa Hatcher gives some school supplies to one of the
children. Next, members of the 119th clear a canal.
The sunrise service at Ur (Mesopotamia) – the
birthplace of civilization, went very well. Chaplain
(Maj.) Jan Kozera assisted in the preparation of an
Easter Sunrise Service for members of the 119th
CSB and other Soldiers at their posts. “I had about
60 who came with me to attend; we were driving every
conceivable armored vehicle down the road, it was
great fun,” stated Chaplain Jan Koczera.
The service, which included music, prayers and
brief sermon, was attended by many of the 119th CSB
Soldiers and civilian government employees from
surrounding military camps. The service was
conducted on a platform built on a house believed to
been owned by Abraham. Saddam Hussein had it
restored for a planned visit by Pope John Paul VI in
1999, which was cancelled at the last moment when Saddam
said that he could not ensure the Pope's safety.