Lance Cpl. C. A. Roberts, son of Virginia J. Huddleston of Somerset and Anthony D. Roberts of Windsor, and more than 2, 000 Marines and Sailors assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), recently began the process of ensuring security and stability in the central Iraqi province of Northern Babil.
Operating from Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Roberts' unit's first order of business was to establish rapport with their neighbors and let them know they are prepared to help them in any way they can. The Marines drove throughout their area of responsibility, stopping to offer residents water and to talk with them about their living conditions and how the Marines could help them.
The Forward Operating Base provides security against insurgents and anti-coalition militia for hundreds of Marines in Roberts' unit.
Roberts' unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment.