Special Olympics Torch To Be Carried From Tikrit To Honolulu
Baghdad– With so much security and battle that happens in Iraq, it is good at times when there is other news of positive events. One such event is scheduled to end in May, when United States and Coalition Forces will arrive with the Torch for Special Olympics Torch Run.
Troops from MNF Division, 18th Military Police Brigade, and 728th Military Police Battalion are participating in a 5-kilometer run at the Contingency Operating Base Speicher. The Torch left on its first leg of its journey March 15th.
The run is part of a commemorative run that has been held over the last 21 years in Hawaii. The name of the run is the “Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run,” and remembers a person active in Hawaii with the Special Olympics. Officer Troy Barboza was a Special Olympic Coach in Hawaii who gave his life in the line of duty in 1987.
“We are all American Soldiers and we wanted to participate in something positive that gives some recognition to a great program- Special Olympics,” said Lieutenant Colonel Brian Bisacre. Colonel Bisacre is the Commander for the 728th MP Battalion.
“Our goal is to show America that we are here, and supporting them just as they support us, and to do the right thing even during times that are hard for everyone,” said Colonel Bisacre.
The Special Olympics Torch will eventually make its way back to Hawaii, for the opening of the Special Olympics Games there May 22nd.