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Troops instrumental in success of surge

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By The Staff

I wanted to write and thank the community of Campbellsville for its support of our nation's sons and daughters serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Campbellsville and Campbellsville University hold a special place in my life.

I graduated from Campbellsville University in 1984 and have served as an Army chaplain for the past 16 years. I grew up in Hodgenville and still have family living there. My daughter is currently a freshman at CU.

To the citizens of Campbellsville, you should be proud of the work and sacrifices of the men and women serving here in Iraq. I am serving as the deputy division chaplain for Multi-National Division - Center, 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq. The 3rd Infantry Division (Task Force Marne) has been instrumental in the success of the "surge."

The troop surge is working; there is a significant reduction in the number of attacks to the military and to the civilian populace. In fact, there's been a 75 percent reduction in civilian casualties. When Task Force Marne stood up in April 2007, we were averaging about 25 attacks on our soldiers per day. Currently, the number of attacks per day is less than three. And of those three, only one is an effective attack that results in either a casualty or damage to equipment. There are some days when there are no attacks.

The support for the troops by you and other communities is greatly appreciated. Knowing that great Americans, like you living in Campbellsville, support the sacrifices of the men and women serving in our nation's military is a tremendous blessing. As a chaplain, it is an honor to live and work with America's finest. I have the privilege to witness not only the brave actions of our troops but also the work that God is doing in the lives of so many.

I would ask that you pray for God's continued protection and his favor. Again, thanks for your support of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who serve our great country.

Chaplain (Major) Randy Edwards.

Deputy Division Chaplain

Baghdad, Iraq