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Local soldier values support

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Vickie Harper
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- For more than a year, Sgt. Vickie Harper has been deployed in Iraq.

Harper, 49, a member of the Indiana National Guard, deployed last year with the 38th DISCOM known as "Task Force Indy," where she works at Camp Victory as an administrative assistant.

The 4th of July in Baghdad has a sky filled with a different kind of fireworks.

"Don't give up on us, or the mission." Harper said. "The support is very important."

The 38th DISCOM provide the services such as billeting, electricity, water, Internet, transportation and waste removal.

They take care of the needs of soldiers fighting outside the base. When returning to the barracks, or when passing through the Victory Base Complex (VBC), the 38th DISCOM makes sure the soldiers are as comfortable as they can be.

Outside the barrier and razorwire of Camp Victory, the war rages on.

Explosions are seen and heard regularly, throughout the day and night.

The work of the 38th DISCOM has not gone unnoticed.

General David Petraeus, top military commander in Iraq, recently commented that "Task Force Indy has done a magnificent job."

"Overseeing a multitude of security and logistical tasks, the members of the Task Force enable tens of thousands of our troopers at the Victory Base complex to focus on their jobs and leave the rest to Task Force Indy," he continued.

"The members of the Task Force are a credit to the Indiana National Guard and America's Army."

Harper looks forward to returning home this summer to her husband, children and grandchildren.

"I just want to be a grandmother for a while and kick back a bit," she said.

The 38th DISCOM will return home before the end of the summer.

Editor's Note: Caleb Schaber is a war correspondent with Northern Nevada News Wire.

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