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12 May 2008
Combat Team Heeler opens An Nasr School Project

Australian soldiers in Dhi Qar have opened a school refurbishment project in the city of An Nasr, topping off a series of projects in the area.

Diggers from Combat Team Heeler opened the school project, amid crowds of local children.

Overwatch Battle Group (West) CIMIC funded the construction of six new classrooms and a security fence at the school.

The school refurbishment was the last of three projects in the area, following on from a land reclamation project and the construction of a civic park and playground.

The 516 soldiers of Overwatch Battle Group (West) 4 are mostly drawn from units of the Brisbane-based 7th Brigade. The Battle Group is comprised of the headquarters and cavalry squadrons of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry), operating Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAVs); an Infantry company from the 6th Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) operating Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles (IMVs); and specialists from the 7th Combat Services Support Battalion.

OBG(W) 4 is based at Tallil Air Base from where it undertakes a security overwatch role for Al Muthanna and Dhi Qar Provinces as part of a larger Coalition Force.

The security role supports the Iraqi Security Forces’ (ISF) and Provincial Government’s efforts to build a secure and stable Iraq. In this role OBG(W) 4 undertakes security patrols, develops ISF capabilities and supports reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. OBG(W) 4 operates as part of the Multi National Force - Iraq (MNF - I).