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Soldiers break through Arabic, English barrier with music

    BASRA, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 1, 2011) — Soldiers deployed to Iraq often find difficulty in communicating with local nationals without the use of an interpreter. Even so, there are other communication tools that are easily understood worldwide, such as body language, hand gestures and music.

    One group of Texas National Guardsmen with the 36th Infantry Division deployed to Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, since December, learned how to break down the language barrier by speaking in the universal language of music.

    “We’re having classes for faculty and students from the University of Basrah from the fine arts department there,” said Chief Warrant Officer Two Jeff Lightsey, 36th Inf. Div. band commander. “We’ve had classes our entire deployment here. It’s basically music classes, music enrichment classes, on Western music. They performed for us on their native instruments. But they are seeking information, background and education on Western music and Western history.” READ MORE HERE

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