Local legion members send supplies to Iraq

Beth Rumsey

Staff Writer

Students attending the Vocational and Technical School in Balad, Iraq, will be able to continue with their studies thanks to the efforts of Second Lt. Amanda Thompson and the 732nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Facility Engineer Team 2 (FET 2) as well as the American Legion Post #173 of Versailles.

The school, built in 1943, is the only school in Balad where students could learn trade skills such as carpentry, electrical, and automotive as well as computer skills. It was in need of repairs due to deterioration as well as bombing and insurgent activities.

FET 2 team designed a full facility upgrade that included new roofs, replacement of doors and windows and cosmetic improvements to the interior and exterior walls as well as electrical upgrades.

In an effort to support one of their members’ projects, the American Legion Post #173 of Versailles, along with the Sons of the Legion, sent three care packages of school s
upplies to be distributed to the students of the school in Iraq.

Lt. Thompson is an Air Force civil engineer stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix. She is the daughter of Lee and Marla Thompson of Holton.

Pictured are members of the Versailles American Legion Post #173 getting packages ready to be shipped to Iraq. The legion members: Jess Westmeyer, commander, Richard "Soap" Sutherlin, secretary, Dale Irvin and Sandy Becker, were busy getting the boxes filled with supplies ready to be mailed to a school in Balad, Iraq. There Second Lt. Amanda Thompson and the Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Facility Engineer Team would put the school supplies to good use as they rebuilt a school there.