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Lance Cpl. Brandon Kjartansson, a 21-year-old native of Yonkers, New York, scans the Iraqi country side during a recent resupply mission conducted by Combat Logistics Detachment 115, June 25, 2006. The Marines of CLD 115 recently delivered three mobile kitchens to Camp Commando, a forward operating base occupied by the Iraqi Army and military advisors in the city of Ramadi. Logistics missions that support Iraqi forces have become more common as coalition forces focus on aiding in the construction of the new Iraqi Army.

Photo by Cpl. Stephen Holt

Logistics det delivers kitchens to Iraqi soldiers

28 Jun 2006 | Cpl. Stephen Holt

Iraqi soldiers living on meals ready to eat at Camp Commando, a forward operating base in Ramadi, are eating better since a mobile detachment of Marines recently delivered three convertible kitchens.

Platoon sergeant Staff Sgt. Kenneth Ryals, Combat Logistics Detachment 115, said the kitchens, which resemble pop-up campers pulled by pick-up trucks, will lift the soldiers’ spirits: “The only type of meals you saw at the base were meals ready to eat. After talking with the U.S. Army captain (who advises the Iraqi unit), you could tell (the Iraqis) will love the new kitchens.”

Marines from the detachment have said their mission further demonstrates the American resolve to aid in Iraq's reconstruction.

“It lets the Iraqi army know we’re here to help and that we care about them,” said Ryals, 31, of Bay Minette, Ala.

CLD-115 recently detached from Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, to provide support to coalition and Iraqi security forces in Ramadi.

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