Major Jim Oliver
Major Jim Oliver of Gretna was deployed to Iraq and stationed
at the Al-Asad Air Base from September 2005 until September
2006 with the 67th Area Support Group. He was the Host Nation
Support officer. Oliver was instrumental in the 67th's role setting
up an election poll workers camp for approximately 650 Iraqis,
and assisting the IECI (Independent Election Commission Iraq)
officials who stayed at the camp during the country's 2005 elections.
Oliver also worked with Iraqi and third-country contractors on
objects were loaned by Jim Oliver
Propaganda piece found in Iraq. The writing roughly translates as "Get together,
be a union, reject terrorism as Samara citizens did. The tribe
and the people in Samara with support of Iraqi army and security
police got together to get rid of terrorism in their town."
Instructional poster used during the Iraq elections
Major Oliver found this drawing at an Iraqi election site.
The writing roughly translates as "One country, a promised
future, elected strongest one."
Major Jim Oliver sitting with Iraqi poll workers
An Iraqi man displaying his blue finger, indicating he voted
in the election.
Iraqi poll workers being transported in a
U.S. Army truck
Processing Iraqi poll workers. The workers were welcomed, rules were explained,
and they were given white bags containing items such as sleeping
bags, sweatshirts, and toothbrushes.
Major Oliver in front of the area set up
for Iraqi poll workers for the
elections held in October and December 2005.
Pieces of traditional Iraqi men's clothing given as a gift to Major Oliver by an Iraqi who
lived in the Al Anbar province along the Euphrates River.
from Byron Diamond regarding
the 67th's activities:
Update from Al Asad, 16 Oct 05
Update from Al Asad, 3 Mar 06
Update from Al Asad, 23 July 06
Maj. Gen. Roger Lempke
Maj. Martin Neal
Cpt. Cindy Mefford
Lt. Col. Tom Brewer
Spc. Andrew Rodriguez
Msgt. Martin Coleman
Spc. Jenny (Beck) Bos
Sgt. Sion Odom
Col. Thomas Schuurmans
Chaplain Brian Kane
Maj. Jim Oliver
Col. George Skuodas