Kolasheski meets tribal leaders

Lt. Col. John Kolasheski, commander of the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, along with civil affairs leaders from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, met with sheiks and tribal leaders throughout the brigade’s area of operations Tuesday at Forward Operating Base Hammer.

The main objective: to discuss future and ongoing civil projects for the Mada’in Qada, which is equivalent to a stateside county. Discussion centered on ways of improving water, local schools, garbage and sanitation needs. The sheiks expressed their concerns to Kolasheski, who agreed to facilitate the sheiks’ prioritization of the necessary projects.

During the meeting, Kolasheski, a native of Loudon, Tenn., agreed to release nine detainees to the custody of the sheiks.