Mayor Of Tal Afar Thanks 3rd ACR At Fort Carson
Najim Al Jibouri, mayor of Tal Afar, Iraq, hugs Col. H.R. McMaster at a ceremony Friday morning at Fort Carson for the 3rd Armored Cavalry.
On the 160th birthday of the 3rd Armored Cavalry regiment, the troops stationed at Fort Carson got a special thank you, from the mayor of Tal Afar, Iraq, Najim Abdullah Al-Jobouri (video of the speech and ceremonies):
"You made the smiles of our men and women and children, or rather the smile of our city go from ear to ear," said Mayor Al-Jobouri, addressing the soldiers through a translator.He added. . .
Members of the 3rd ACR spent months rooting out insurgents in Tal Afar.
"If I were to spend the rest of my days writing of the attributes of the 3rd ACR I could not do you justice," Al-Jobouri said.
"Are you truly my friends?" he asked through a translator. "Yes. I walk a happier man because you are my friends. You are the world to me. I smell the sweet perfume that emanates from your flower of your strength, honor and greatness in every corner of Tal Afar. The nightmares of terror fled when the lion of your bravery entered our city."Al Jibouri recognized the part the 3rd ACR had in ridding Tal Afar of "insurgents":
"One year ago today, not even a bird used to be inside the city of Tal Afar because of all the shooting that happened continuously," he said. "All of the schools were closed and all the government facilities were closed completely. Killing and murdering was allowed - even of the children."The note of thanks and warm wishes was well received and certainly well-deserved by the soldiers and their families:
The mayor patted his hand on his heart and made the peace sign as a crowd of soldiers and their families gave him a standing ovation.
Public acknowledgement of the sacrifices and achievements, rather than the hyped "failures" and "mistakes" of the men and women in our armed services--often made for political gain--is a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Too bad this did not get the national play it deserves from the MSM.
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