The Locals at Anaconda
People are people all over the world. Most of them really couldn't care less who's running the country as long as they get a decent price for their vegetables in Balad. They are also hugely generous, and very friendly. Frankly, I wish more Americans were like them.
|Bandaid and Kids||Our medic with two locals.|
|Morrow gets Adopted||My driver...|
|Breaking the Boredom||If you can't talk to 'em.. tickle 'em!|
|Fieldwork||Yours Truly distracts a local landowner from his work|
|Ali the Barber||Invited in for a spot of tea/Chai. My 1-2 is with me|
|Bread and Veggies||The bread is standard fare, and the cucumbers are equally common for guests. 1-4G there|
|Another local visit||My most famous photo. Front page of the Army Website for a day!|
|Local forces as well||As much as possible, I tried to get the ING/IA involved. Didn't always work.|
|Wiltsey and the Kids||I've seen this photo around a lot on the
Web as well.
SPC Wiltsey (1-2D) quietens kids before handing out sweets.
|Goodies galore!||My then-1-1G with a bunch of goodies they
insisted we take.
They'd give us more than we could eat, I'm afraid to say we threw away or wasted a lot.
|More local kids||Random kids|
|Yet more kids||Three lasses|
|More locals||The thumbs-up shown here was easy.
We finally got them doing the Vulcan live long and prosper thing, can't find a picture of it though.
|Social Call||1-4 and 1-3 enjoy an evening with the locals|
|Keeping cool||On several occasions during the summer we considered emulating this act ourselves.|
|Proper military courtesy!||Kids saluting as we drive by. (Iraqis use the British style)|
|Tea at the Tank||Locals bring out chai (tea) to us when we park nearby|
|Tea at the tank 2||1-4 engages the locals.|
|More fun at games||1-4 enjoying the moment.|
|Tractor||There doesn't seem to be a minimum driving age. I saw 10-year-olds driving pick-ups.|
|Food Trade||We'd give out the odd MRE, they'd come out
to us with food as well.
By the way, stay clear of the lactic acid, it looks just like milk
|Popular||Our arrival was always a great event...|
|Arrival!||The tanks are here!!! Charge!!!!|
|Kids at the tank||Talking to the driver. The blond one has a blond brother. His father has no idea how that happened.|
|Swamped!||1-3 giving out goodies.|