MESSAGE FROM CO – February 25, 2012

Families of Lucky ELEVEN, I know some of you have expressed concern about our safety after hearing in the news of the unintentional burning of Qurans by American troops in Bagram.  This was indeed a very unfortunate event that has offended many Afghans.  The Quran is extremely sacred to Muslims as it is believed to be the literal word of God.  This event has caused local protests in different regions of Afghanistan.   I want to reassure you that our Seabees are all safe and have been properly trained on how to handle the current situation if they encounter demonstrations during their missions.  All hands will receive training on the proper handling of the Quran to ensure we do not offend our Afghan hosts, those we are here to help.  Our Seabees are taking the necessary precautions and are remaining vigilant inside and outside established camps to mitigate the situation.  We are continuing with our missions and our Seabees continue to demonstrate the highest levels of motivation in the execution of their duties.   We thank you for your concern and your support and want you to know that we are all doing well.  Be assured that it is my intent to ensure safety is in the forefront of all we do.

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