AR RUTBAH, Iraq -- The Governor of Al Anbar Province met with Rutbah City Council members on Thursday to discuss issues vital to improving the quality of life in the city.
Gov. Ma’moun and his Provincial Council members addressed topics concerning the critical infrastructure of power, water, fuel, education, sanitation, security and health care requirements in the city.
Alwani was accompanied by the Director Generals of Education, Electricity, a Provincial Council representative and Brig. Gen. John Allen, deputy commanding general of coalition forces in Al Anbar.
"We [15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capability)] did our part to make this meeting happen and this is the local government taking the lead in solving the problems of the city” said Col. Brian D. Beaudreault, commanding officer, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)/Task Force Bullrush.
“Rutbah needs the support of the Provincial Government to help solve the issues that were discussed today," he said. "Governor Ma’moun was very receptive to their concerns and he undoubtedly made a great impression upon the City Council as he opened up his checkbook to provide some immediate relief to their most urgent needs.”
During the meeting Gov. Ma’moun challenged the representatives to present possible solutions with each concern and pledged nearly $50 million Iraqi dinar to the city. He also called on the residents of Rutbah to support coalition efforts to bring security to the city and to come together to defeat the insurgent activity that seeks to sidetrack progress.
15th MEU(SOC) Forces, in conjunction with the Police Transition Team and Iraqi Police Liaison Officers, also did the final processing and manifesting for 70 fully qualified police recruits to attend the Iraqi Police Academy.
Currently there are over 200 Iraqi Police prepared to be employed once approved by the Minister of Interior. This was possible due to an aggressive coordinated recruiting effort supported by the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Highway Patrol, city leaders and most importantly, the brave Iraqis who volunteered to become one of “Rutbah’s finest.”
The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) is currently deployed to Al Anbar Province to ensure a secure, stable, self governing Iraq and to help set the conditions for continued economic and infrastructure development.