U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District soldiers and civilians help the people of Iraq everyday through the construction of quality hospitals, schools, water treatment facilities, security facilities and infrastructure projects.
But, recently, the USACE Southern Area Office (SAO) implemented a program that will help the Iraqi’s in a different way – by providing them with clothes, hygiene products, toys, school supplies and treats for school children.
The Adopt-A-Project program (AAPP) brings together stateside schools and other charitable and/or private organizations and companies that would like to adopt “like Corps projects” within the SAO area of responsibility.
According to Maj. Kurt Hense, deputy officer in charge of the SAO the goal of the AAPP is to help build good working relationships with Iraqi contractors, public figures, families and leadership that are vital to the successful completion of USACE projects.
“Apart from the simple humanitarian aspect of giving to those less fortunate than you, there are several other reasons for developing these types of important relationships within a post-war Iraq,” said Hense, of Woodbridge.
“While combat operations have technically ceased, daily incidents targeting the 50,000 troops and several thousands of U.S. and allied civilians remaining have not. Developing relationships while working with Iraqi contractors and public figures and leaders is vital to completing our projects.”