For more than two years, a schoolhouse in Baghdadi, Iraq, hasn’t been used to teach local children.
Instead, it’s served as headquarters for 3rd Battalion, 27th Brigade, 7th Iraqi Infantry Division, which maintains security in the area.
But soon the children will reclaim their school due to a construction project in which the Okinawa-based Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 took part, according to a Marine Web site.
"This is a great opportunity for the Marines and Iraqi Army to give something back to the town," 2nd Lt. Crystal Serrano, MWSS-172’s combat engineer platoon commander, was quoted on the Web site.
The squadron was part of a multi-unit task force that fortified a new headquarters site with barrier and concertina wire and built guard houses and barracks.
Earlier this month, the squadron also modified or built key helicopter landing zones in the province, according to the Web site.
"Every landing zone we create or modify brings us another step closer to catching the enemy," Staff Sgt. Donald E. Stehley Jr. was quoted as saying on the site.
More than 500 Marines with the squadron left on the seven-month deployment in late March to support Multinational Force West operations in the Anbar Province of Iraq.