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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-05 10:27 AM
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7. The consensus of his unit was "we'll live longer being respectful
Edited on Sat Jan-22-05 10:34 AM by Solly Mack
than being aggressive"

His commander said as much before they left.

They had some problem soldiers, to be honest. Those people were dealt with and the local tribal leader was always involved. He couldn't determine the military punishment but he did get a say. I know a couple of soldiers that were banned from having direct contact with Iraqis in the city because of disrespectful attitudes and remarks. This was the tribal leaders call too. They weren't allowed to shop at local markets for one thing...that might not seem a big deal but it was..especially since local markets were the only place to buy needed items in some places.

The more egregious were brought up on charges and sent home pending the outcome of those charges. That's another story and one that's truly shameful. It was only 2 soldiers but 2 is 2 too many.

My husband's old unit has a new commander now and he does not think the same way. I'm told they are having a lot of problems now. The old unit is currently heading a TIF camp.

As you know I'm in Germany now and well out of that unit. I worry a great deal since a "new attitude" has taken hold of the unit.



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