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Why I Serve : Radio Operator Effective Communicator for his Platoon
By 1st Lt. Michael Meyers II, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment
Jan 22, 2007 - 4:53:03 PM
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Capt. Charles Griswald (left to right), 1st Lt. Michael Meyers and Pfc. Mohamed Omar, all from Company E, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, meet with Iraqi children during a barrier emplacement operation. Omar is a radio operator who uses his native Arabic language skill to communicate with Baghdad residents. (US Army photo by Cpl. John Androski, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment)
Blackanthem Military News, BAGHDAD, Iraq - Often, a foreign national who serves in the U.S. military dreams of one day becoming a U.S. citizen. Many speak other languages, a useful skill for the military.  Some are currently serving in Iraq as Soldiers providing freedom and security to the people of Iraq. 
   
One of these Soldiers is Pfc. Class Mohamed Omar.

“I just want to listen to the people and hear their issues,” Omar said about serving in the Iraqi capital. “Maybe I can help.”

Omar provides his platoon a unique attribute - he speaks Arabic.  He has been on a variety of missions with Company E, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, which is attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Omar, originally from Somalia, left his homeland when he was 16 years old. 

He joined the Army in 2005, and has been a valuable asset to his company. Omar serves as his platoon leader’s radio operator and often engages in conversations with the local residents. He listens to their issues and conveys them to his leadership while out on a patrol.

Omar is currently working on his packet to apply for citizenship, and said he’s excited about serving in the U.S. Army. His profound dedication to his new country, his much-needed native language skill and his enthusiastic approach to the mission in Baghdad equips him, and his platoon, for success. 

Omar’s leaders think of him as a “diamond in the rough.”  His skills are now being used to effectively communicate important issues to Baghdad residents.

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