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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Peace Through Puppets

Soldier Takes Hands-On Approach To War, With Mom's Help
Puppets help to ease anxiety for Iraqi kids
By Steve Vogel , The Washington Post
Published on 8/12/2007

Washington — The reaction was immediate when Army 1st Sgt. Bruce Reges strode into the classroom in the Baghdad suburb of Baqubah, in the volatile Diyala province.

At 6-foot-5 and wearing full body armor, Reges, 57, looked fearsome to the schoolchildren. Outside, two Stryker armored vehicles blocked the street. A heavily armed security detail was checking out the roof and other classrooms.

Reges is assigned to an Army civil affairs unit out of Fort Bragg, N.C., working to reconstruct and support schools, irrigation projects and honey farms in Diyala. The team was visiting the school in May to assess what could be done to help, but the young students were terrified. (Read More)

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