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Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team spent time interacting with Iraqis in Tikrit on Wednesday, helping an a woman with her bad hip and talking to Tikrit city officials about the eventual reduction of U.S. troops in the area.

Sgt. Ronnie Cothren, a psychological operations soldier, hands out stuffed animals and coloring books to children in Tikrit. “I try to show the kids a picture of my daughter. Normally they’re not as shy after,” Cothren said.

Spc. Frank Giovanelli, a medic with the 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, uses a fluorescent light to study the X-ray of a 70-year-old woman’s hip.

Spc. Frank Giovanelli uses an interpreter Wednesday to tell a woman in Tikrit how to take medication for her hip.

Sgt. Ronnie Cothren, left, listens as a city official in Tikrit, Iraq, talks about the eventual reduction of U.S. troops in the area. The soldier on the right is unidentified.


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