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Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 25, 2006 at 12:03 pm |
August 25, 2006 12:03 pm

Capt. Matt James

On the 3rd Brigade’s last trip to Iraq, Capt. Matt James was a fire support officer with the brigade commander, Col. Mike Rounds, and spent his days driving all over northern Iraq as part of the boss’s team. (Read about now-Brig. Gen. Rounds’ new job here.)

This time, James is commanding a company in the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment – a job any captain would prefer.

“This picture was taken in the Al Magrab neighborhood in western Mosul (a few blocks from the Yarmouk traffic circle),” James, a Seattle native, Steilacoom resident and a Husky, wrote in an e-mail Friday. “The mission was actually a sort of meet and greet for the Iraqi army and police with the people. We … walk down the streets together, knocking on doors and introducing themselves to the people.

“I was walking around behind them, going up to people and telling them how proud they should be of their army and police, gathering feedback,” James wrote. It was a “pretty successful mission as the people normally see these guys just driving by with their sirens blasting. Getting them to dismount and interact with the people (like our beat cops would) is our goal.”

James says things are going well.

“I feel, just like I did last time, that progress is made every day,” he wrote. “The Iraqi security forces up here are ready (my opinion) to take over whenever they want to make that decision.”

Bonus points because his gear is all on right.

U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Sam Kilpatrick

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