Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wisconsin soldiers hold hill in southern Iraq

Staff Sgt. William Poor is in charge of a recon unit stationed on Safwan Hill, about 6,676 miles from home in Juneau, Wisconsin. The National Guard released this video and the accompanying photos yesterday. You can read the National Guard press release here.

The press release includes photos of some of the soldiers from the units on the hill. They are based in Appleton and Fond du Lac. All the images were made by Specialist Tyler Lasure.

Spc. Stephan McEssey, Fond du Lac, keeps watch from the outpost atop of Safwan Hill. McEssey and other Company C soldiers provide a bird's-eye view for troops down below.

Staff Sgt. Poor (left), shows Command Sgt. Maj. Edgar Hansen (right) around the outpost.
Hansen is based in Baghdad.

The brothers of Safwan Hill: Specialist Kyle Bestul (right) and Specialist Kory Bestul (left) of New Holstein.

Pfc. Kevin Lewis, Kaukauna, mans an M-240B machine gun at one of the guard towers on the hill.

The units on Safwan Hill near Camp Bucca are Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Fond du Lac, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-127, Appleton- Steve