Category Archives: Iraq

U.S Navy Captain Robert Lansden recently dropped in on a kindergarten class in Basra, Iraq. “I want to thank them for being such beautiful children,” he told a translator. The children may not realize it, but Lansden played a vital role in the rebuilding of their classrooms. Watch the Fox 8 News Report Below: For Lansden, a naval reservist, it’s been an unlikely journey that began on August 29th, 2005. The day Katrina hit his hometown of New Orleans, Lansden was captain of the U.S.N.S. Pollux, a merchant marine ship docked on the riverfront for repairs. “I knew the city,” he recalled. “I was from there. I knew the high ground from the low ground.” The Pollux happened to be marooned in New Orleans as Katrina roared ashore, undergoing repairs. Its engines were out, but it was loaded with several hundred thousand gallons of diesel fuel and fresh water. In a…

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Vice President Joe Biden (then-vice president elect) meets with Capt. Robert Lansden, U.S. Navy, and Diego Abdellaoui, special advisor to the U.S. Embassy, in Basra, Iraq, in January. Lansden, a member of American Maritime Officers now serving on active duty in the Navy, is directing revitalization work as Civil Military Operations chief of the Multi-National Force Southeast in southern Iraq to develop the region’s maritime transportation system. Five ports are being revived, as well as a major bridge, with funding under the stewardship of Capt. Landsen’s office. SOURCE: American Maritime Officer – February 2009 issue