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One Brave (Iraqi) Cop

From the Marines in Iraq comes a story about one brave Iraqi policeman who will fight to protect and serve:

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Iraqi Police Station Ferris' newest commander reviews and edits the stations' standards of procedures Nov. 10. The new commander is the fourth to take over the station in the last year, and is the most hopeful from Fallujah district headquarters. The new commander immediately began working on pay problems, uniform problems and the standards of procedures as soon as he stepped through the Ferris doors. (photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan Eberly)

New commander takes over Ferris
Story by Lance Cpl. Bryan Eberly

FERRIS, Iraq - (Nov. 11, 2006) What a difference one determined Iraqi can make.

The Police Transition Team under RCT-5 introduced Ferris to their newest commander, and immediately the new leader began whipping the station into shape.

"He's a fresh face for the station," said Army 2nd Lt. Jill M. Glasenapp, the 23-year-old PTT platoon leader from Mauston, Wis. "He's prepared to be the rock the holds this station up."

Within the first half hour of his arrival, the commander was already pushing his team.

"We had a mortar attack as soon as we arrived," Glasenapp said. "He immediately posted security around the station."

The commander also immediately began issuing uniforms, weapons and a hefty paycheck to each member of his team.

"He even began re-writing the stations standards of procedures," Glasenapp added.

"The new lieutenant is definitely taking over smoothly and quickly," said Cpl. Steven A. Dickson, a 24-year-old amphibious assault vehicle driver and security team member from Bakersfield, Calif. "You can see the IP's are listening to him and following his orders. He's really putting them in gear to work."

This will be Iraqi Police Station Ferris' fifth commander in the last year.

"We've had problems with the last four," explained Army Staff Sgt. Brian S. Leslie, the 30-year-old PTT team chief from Crystal River, Fla. "The first commander was shot, the following three ran off to Syria with money and supplies."

The new commander was selected by Iraqi Police District Headquarters in Fallujah after being recommended by the executive officer, Leslie said...

"He was identified as a strong leader," Glasenapp said. "Plus he lives in the area, so he was an obvious choice to command the station."

If something happens at the station, the new commander is always available to help out, Glasenapp added.

"He's responsible for everything that happens in the station," she said. "He oversees all their missions and investigations. He has the last word and is always on call."

Iraqi Police Station Ferris is expected to be increasingly productive with their new commander in charge. The policemen are eager to please their new commander and are working hard to do it.

"They see him as a hero since he brought discipline, order, and most importantly, paychecks," Glasenapp said. "Hopefully he'll be here for a long time, and we'll always see great things from his leadership."

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