Scoring a refreshing blow against impending sweltering summer temperatures, Al Jadida officials decided to get their feet wet and dive headfirst into meeting the needs of the local populace.
A nearly three-month project to renovate Baghdad Al Jadida Pool Complex was officially complete when the swimming pool reopened to the public June 7.
A mixture of area residents, local Iraqi officials and religious leaders, and representatives of Multi-National Division â€“ Baghdadâ€™s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), attended the event to see if the grand opening would make a big splash. All indications are it did.
â€œIt was an excellent ceremony, and the sheikhs (are) very appreciative of all the effort that went into the renovation of the pool and the ceremony,â€ said Sayyid Abdul Hadi al Jazairy, a prominent Imam from Baghdad al Jadida. â€œWe hope for continued positive events in the future.â€
In a joint effort between Government of Iraq officials and Patriot Brigade leaders from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div., the existing Baghdad Al Jadida pool site was identified as one of four pools in Baghdad to renovate and put into operation for the summer months, explained Maj. Jeffrey Smith, Patriot Brigade civil-military operations officer in charge.
â€œThe renovation of the pool with Commanders Emergency Relief Program funds assists the government of Iraq in a return to normalcy for the civilian populace and, as a joint effort, became a major non-lethal offensive,â€ said Smith. â€œThe brigadeâ€™s objective is to ensure all remember and continue to look out for the kids of Baghdad: the future of Iraq.â€
The purpose of the CERP-funded project is to support Iraqi efforts to generate tangible signs of normalcy while initiating training and employment opportunities for Iraqis, emphasized Smith. Patriot Brigade leaders nominated pools within their operational environment to be refurbished based on justifying why the pools would provide the greatest benefit to their neighborhoods. The brigade coordinated with three political districtâ€™s beladiyahs, directors general, neighborhood councils and district councils in selecting and nominating pools, explained Smith.
The project began March 19. Renovations included replacing a broken diving board, painting the exterior wall, repairing and maintaining plumbing, cleaning bathroom facilities, demolishing buildings and creating a parking area. Officials spent more than $375,000 and employed 45 locally contracted workers during the project.
The brigade continues to coordinate efforts with the GoI to get pools operational and is working on refurbishing two more pools, said Smith.
â€œOur number one priority is security,â€ he stated, â€œand an operational pool will contribute to visible signs of normalcy for everyone.â€
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Coalition forces are helping an Arab Jabour physicianâ€™s assistant care for the people of his village.
Abd al-Amir Kadhim Nasir used to provide medical care to the 65 families that live in the Abd al-Salman village from a medical clinic attached to his home. Early last year, Nasir and his family were forced to flee the village, along with most of the residents, due to threats from al-Qaida in Iraq.
Through combat operations against extremists, Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division significantly reduced the threat of AQI in the area. Now, many families have moved back to their homes, including Nasir and his family.
Nasir was given a Commanderâ€™s Emergency Relief Program microgrant to purchase medical supplies and equipment to refurbish the clinic. The grant helped Nasir rebuild the clinicâ€™s two rooms, an examination room and a waiting room.
Nasir received the grant after Company B hosted a combined medical engagement in the Abd al-Salman village, March 19. They chose Nasirâ€™s medical clinic as the site to conduct the CME.
Lt. Col. Hee-Choon Lee, 1-30th Inf. Regt. surgeon, said the clinic provided the best possible way to currently address the medical needs of the community, even though Nasir had not yet returned to the village. Seeing the need for a medical care provider, the Soldiers and village leader contacted Nasir, reassuring him that security had improved and he could come home.
Nasir returned and set to work with the grant to improve the clinic. Until the repairs are complete, the living room of his home functions as a waiting room. Nasir said heâ€™s been seeing up to 20 patients a day since he moved back.
Coalition forces project the refurbished clinic to be up and running sometime in May.