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Jan112009

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~Snooper~

These stories and photo galleries are from July of 2008. I post them as a reminder what our Troops have accomplished and as an indictment of our alleged informative news services in the USA.

News:
Greenhouses Open As New Model for Agriculture
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – A series of four greenhouses in Mahmudiyah officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony, June 28.

“The greenhouses are definitely a dominant feature in the area; there is nothing else around them, and they can be seen well into the distance,” said Capt. Benjamin Neusse, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Civil Military Operations officer. “Hopefully it gives people the impression that progress is being made along agricultural lines.”

The four greenhouses are more than 500 square meters each, and use agriculture refill plastic sheets on the outside. The sheets convert ultraviolet rays into heat to produce a more acclimated environment for plants to grow.

“The greenhouse is a pilot project through the local agriculture union for research and development of agriculture technology,” said Neusse, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn. “The houses are on lease for one year to the union to educate local farmers on potential technology.”

There is a 60 cubic meter storage pond for the drip irrigation system. All of the houses have an independent valve, which means each can be individually selected for irrigation. [...] photo

IA, Rakkasans Detain Four Suspected Insurgents in Village of Mushada
By Staff Sgt. Amber Emery
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers successfully led a joint ground and air assault mission in the village of Mushada, June 27.

The operation’s intent was to disrupt enemy operations and detain suspected insurgents in the area.

“Today was very successful. The IA’s are taking four detainees with them so I definitely count it as a success,” said Capt. Geoffrey Earnhart, Company C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander.

Soldiers from 3rd Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division successfully completed the assault in Mushada, about 16 kilometer south of Baghdad, with guidance from Rakkasans Soldiers.

“We were conducting a supporting role in this operation . . . the main thrust of this was the IA coming in by ground,” said Earnhart, a native of Perrysburg, Ohio.

The operation demonstrated the ability of IA and coalition forces to react rapidly on an objective.

“So far I think they are doing very well. They were really quick to get on the target and they have shown a lot of professionalism and ability,” Earnhart said. [...] photos

Army Releases Account of First 18 Months of Iraq Occupation
By Kristen Noel
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON - A new book released by the Army examines the challenging period of transition from conventional combined-arms operations to full-spectrum and counterinsurgency operations in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in April 2003.

On Point II was written to provide a historical account for future Army leaders on the decisive 18 months following the overthrow of Saddam's regime, Army Col. Timothy Reese, an armor officer and one of the book's authors, told online journalists and bloggers in a teleconference yesterday.

"We tried to capture the improvisation and ingenuity of the average American soldier as they ... work through the challenges of detainee operations and working without enough linguists and trying to figure out how to oversee or supervise reconstruction operations," On Point II co-author Donald Wright added.

Reese explained that a period of uncertainty followed the regime's collapse, when the message wasn't clear on how U.S. and coalition forces would handle the turnover of power in Iraq.

"Was it an immediate turnover of power to ... some sort of Iraqi governing body, or was it going to be a multiyear process of allied occupation leading to a constitution and elections?" he asked.

"That (message) was certainly missing, and it was a message that changed radically in the course of 30 days, so that hurt," Reese said.

"You can imagine that, in that chaos, where assumptions are changing every day, it would have been very difficult for the military to sort of form this overall command message to the population about exactly where the coalition hoped to take Iraq and its citizens," Wright said. [...] no photos

Salah Ad Din Province Sees Over 600 Men Reconcile
By the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office

TIKRIT, Iraq - Recently a meeting between coalition forces and local Iraqi leadership took place June 26, regarding reconciliation in the city of Tikrit.

The governor of the Salah ad Din province, Hamad Hamood Shekti along with Col. Michael S. McBride, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) met with local governmental and military leadership to discuss the way forward for Iraqis wishing to reintegrate back into society. Since May, over 600 hundred men, have pledged to support the Iraqi government by taking the gun out of politics in the province, which is home to the key Iraqi cities of Tikrit, Samarra, Bayji and Balad.

By broadening the reconciliation process across the province, the Iraqi government, Iraqi security forces and the Bastogne Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division seek to provide an opportunity for former fighters and supporters of the insurgency to unite under the Iraqi flag.

“The purpose of this is to open doors for those who do not have anything to do with violence or killing of any Iraqis or coalition forces,” said Shekti.

The long time governor said that reconciliation is a window of opportunity that men who find themselves wanted by ISF and CF, should not pass up.

“The individuals whose names are on the roster should hand themselves in,” he said. “It is great chance to clear your name so you can continue with your life and to rebuild Salah ad-Din and Iraq.” [...] no photos

Iraqi Army, Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers Find Weapons Caches in Baghdad
Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army and Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers continued to uncover weapons caches July 1, in order to secure the area and increase local safety.

Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi army division, seized a weapons cache in the Sadr City district of Baghdad containing 13 full AK-47 magazines, two grenades, three fuses, 30 AK-47 rounds and a body armor vest at approximately 5 a.m.

Soldiers with the same unit seized two AK-47s and a sniper rifle at approximately 7 a.m. in a separate operation.

At approximately 12 p.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received a tip leading to a cache in the Mansour district of Baghdad. The tip netted a rocket propelled grenade with launcher, three mortar rounds, a PKC and a 180 mm mortar round. [END]

Rakkasans Recover Cache Near Ghertema
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq –An informant’s tip led Rakkasan soldiers to a cache near Ghertema, June 29.

The informant led Soldiers from Company B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division to the cache about 14 kilometers south of Baghdad.

The cache included seven 120 mm high explosive mortars, four 120 mm white phosphorous mortars, two 120 mm Russian made mortars, two 105 mm mortars, one 102 mm Russian made mortar, one 100 mm Russian made mortar, one 60 mm Chinese made mortar, two Italian made landmines, one with detonation cord and other explosives.

The serviceability of the explosives was unknown.

An explosive ordnance disposal team performed a controlled detonation destroying explosives found in the cache.

"Many of these caches discovered by the Rakkasans are based on information from citizens concerned with the safety and security in their area,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Dolwick, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. brigade deputy commander. “Finding these caches not only weakens the enemy but protects the citizens of Ghertema." [END]

MND-B Soldiers Seize Munitions Throughout Baghdad
Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized weapons caches as they continued conducting operations to increase security in Baghdad, July 1.

Soldiers serving with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, found 80 cans of anti-air rounds, five rockets, 17 rocket tubes and several tubes of various sizes at approximately 9 a.m. north of Baghdad.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, seized a rocket propelled grenade with launcher, mortar rounds, a PKC and a 180mm mortar round in the Mansour District of Baghdad at approximately 12:20 p.m.

Approximately one hour later, Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, seized seven mortar rounds in the Rusafa area of Baghdad.

At approximately 4:40 p.m., Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, found a full AK-47 magazine, a pistol belt, a vest with magazine pouches, a washing machine timer, a bayonet and a primer connected to a power source in the Adhamiyah area of Baghdad.

Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mountain Division, found two flash bang grenades disassembled with fuses, an RPG sight, multiple AK-47s, 48 magazines, eight plate carriers with plates and an unopened box of 7.62mm ammo in the Rusafa area of Baghdad at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Approximately one hour later, Soldiers with the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div., found two Austrian artillery rounds, two 5-kilogram bags of TNT, a license plate and two steel barriers in new Baghdad. [END]

Rakkasans Recover Cache Near Abu Hillah
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq –Rakkasan soldiers recovered a cache near Abu Hillah, June 30.

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division discovered the cache while executing a mission about 16 kilometers south of Baghdad.

The cache included seven rocket propelled grenades, three 60 mm mortars, two 80 mm mortars, one 105 mm mortar, five anti-tank mines and various other explosives.

About 50 percent of the cache was serviceable.

An explosive ordnance disposal team performed a controlled detonation destroying explosives found in the cache.

"Rakkasan soldiers continue to comb our area of operations to rid it of these dangerous weapons,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Dolwick, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. brigade deputy commander. “Every mortar, every rocket, every weapon found during security operations directly contributes to the safety and security of the Iraqi citizens." [END]

Congressional Delegation Visit Rakkasans
By Spc. Justin Snyder
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – United States representatives from California, Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia visited Rakkasan Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at the Camp Striker dining facility during a congressional delegation visit, June 29.

Representatives included Brian Bilbray, representative of California’s 50th Congressional District, Mazie Hirono, representative of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, Travis Childers, representative of Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, Robert Goodlatte, representative of Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, and Thelma Drake, representative of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

Representatives visited Camp Striker to learn first-hand about coalition forces’ progress in Iraq. They took the opportunity to discuss day-to-day life with Soldiers over dinner.

Capt. Cornelius Wilbert, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, and a native of Vicksburg, Miss., said meeting Congressman Childers was a great experience. He was glad to see that one of his state’s representatives was taking the time to visit and show his support. [...] photos

Iraqi Army Soldiers Recover Cache Near Janabi Village
By the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers recovered a cache near Janabi Village July 1.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division discovered the cache while executing a mission about 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad.

The cache included one 82 mm mortar system, one 82 mm mortar tube, one 60 mm mortar system, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, one RPK rifle, one bolt action rifle, two 155 mm mortars, seven 82 mm mortars, seven 60 mm mortars, 28 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds, three 57 mm anti-aircraft round warheads along with various other explosives and IED making materials.

An explosive ordnance disposal team was notified, and a controlled detonation will be conducted at a later date.

"The Iraqi security forces continue to make significant discoveries of weapons and munitions as they diligently strive to safeguard the people of Janabi Village,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Dolwick, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) brigade deputy commander. “The ISF continue to demonstrate their professionalism as they rid the streets of Janabi Village of these dangerous weapons." [END]

55 Strike Soldiers Re-enlist During Ceremony in Baghdad
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – “In serving our nation in war, you are following the footsteps of millions of brave Americans who have done so before you for some 232 years since our founding fathers declared America’s independence on this day in 1776,” said Gen. David Petraeus, a native of Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., who serves as the commanding general of Multi-National Force – Iraq.

With 1,215 U.S. troops standing before him at the Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory on July 4, Petraeus gave the oath of enlistment, marking the largest re-enlistment ceremony in history.

Of those 1,215 troops, 55 were Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“Through your sacrifice and commitment, through your professionalism and skill, you are adding a proud new chapter to the already rich history of America’s military service,” said Petraeus, a former commander of the 101st Abn. Div. “It is clearly a case of serving something larger than self and it is impossible to calculate the value of what you are giving to our country.” [...] photos

Task Force Rogue Troops Transfer Authority of Operational Environment
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – As a part of the final surge brigade into Baghdad, the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, commemorated the completion of their 15-month deployment during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Liberty, July 6.

The end of the deployment also marked the conclusion of the battalion’s third tour to Iraq since the war began in March 2003.

During the ceremony, the battalion handed over responsibility for its operational environment battle to the Soldiers of the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, who have been operating within the Strike Brigade area of operations since earlier this year.

The battalion deployed in April 2007, arriving in Baghdad in June 2007 under the command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and was assigned an operational area in the Mansour District of Baghdad.

In November 2007, the Desert Rogue troops then fell under the command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), when the Strike Brigade took over the reigns of western Baghdad. [...] photos

Explosion Kills One Civilian, Injures Seven in Mansour District
Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – One Iraqi citizen was killed and seven were wounded when an explosion occurred in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Yarmouk at approximately 8:52 p.m. on July 4.

Iraqi army soldiers with the 54th brigade, 6th Iraqi army division were first on scene to investigate the explosion and tend to the wounded.

Soon after, Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers from the 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, and the 731st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company arrived on scene to help investigate the explosion that started a vehicle fire.

At 9:38 p.m., Iraqi fire fighters reported to the scene and extinguished the flames.

Currently, the cause of the explosion is still undetermined.

“The Iraqi and coalition first responders are well trained and able to tend to these types of emergency situations,” said Maj. J. Frank Garcia, spokesman for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “The Iraqi firemen played a particularly key role and demonstrate the increased capacity of the Iraqi government to take care of fire emergencies.” [END]

Zawra Park’s Pool Re-opens After Recent Refurbishment
By Sgt. Jason Thompson
Multi-National Division-Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Summer days in Baghdad often rival some of the hottest days from across the globe; and until recently, many residents of central Baghdad’s Karkh District did not have any place where they could visit to escape from the heat.

Zawra Park officials worked closely with Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to reopen the park’s public swimming pool on July 5.

“This is a great day for the citizens of Baghdad,” said Salah Abou El Lail, park director, Zawra Park. “This pool will be a great and enjoyable destination for many Baghdad Families. Families already enjoy visiting the park and the zoo here, and the pool will be fun for everyone.”

The project to refurbish the swimming pool complex began more than four months ago and cost just less than $500,000 to complete.

Temperatures in Iraq regularly surpass 120 degrees during the merciless summer. But, for the Soldiers who patrol the streets in central Baghdad, the pool is a welcome scene which will help the people they’re here to protect. [...] photos

Tip Yields Cache Finds for IA, Rakkasans in Sayafiyah
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq– An informant in Mahmudiyah gave information to Iraqi army and Rakkasan soldiers, which led to a cache find in Sayafiyah, July 3.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 17th Iraqi army division and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division acted on the tip and found a total of eight caches in the area 35 kilometers southwest of Baghdad.

“Iraqi and coalition forces continue to make significant strides in taking munitions off the streets and out of the hands of criminals,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. commander. “When citizens come forward with this kind of information, it shows their commitment to making the Mahmudiyah Qada a safer place.”

The caches included one 23 mm anti-aircraft gun, one makeshift sniper rifle, one Russsian Draganov sniper rifle, four rocket-propelled grenade launchers, one homemade rocket launcher, two anti-tank mines (one rigged as an anti-personnel improvised explosive device), seven 82 mm mortars, four 120 mm mortars, three 60 mm mortars, five 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds, 23 RPGs, more than 1,000 rounds of assorted ammunition, fuses, multiple AK-47 components and miscellaneous primers, detonators and IED-making materials.

The items were taken to the Mahmudiyah IA Compound for later destruction. [END]

Iraqi, MND-B Soldiers Seize Weapons Caches, Detain Suspected Criminals in Baghdad
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers seized weapons and detained suspected criminals as they continued operations to increase security July 5.

At approximately 11 a.m., local Iraqi residents turned in various small-arms munitions to soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at a coalition forces forward operating base in the Adhamiyah district.. The munitions included 40 mm smoke grenades, 40 mm flare grenades, a 25 mm high-explosive round, loaded AK-47 magazines, .50-caliber rounds and a full M4 magazine.

At approximately noon in the Mansour East district, Iraqi army soldiers from the 54th Brigade, 6th IA Division, seized a weapons cache based on a tip from an area resident. The cache consisted of six explosively formed projectiles, two of which were rigged for immediate use, two sniper rifles, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, eight RPGs, eight RPG-7 rounds, a 50 mm mortar round, 16 AK-47 magazines and hundreds of 7.62 mm rounds.

Approximately three hours later, soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, seized a large munitions cache in the Kadhamiyah District, consisting of 69 60 mm mortar rounds; 16 82 mm mortar rounds; 13 100 mm rounds; 120 mm mortar rounds, a 130 mm artillery round, two Katyusha rockets, an 81 mm mortar round and an anti-aircraft weapons platform. An Explosive Ordnance Detachment team responded and destroyed the munitions. [...]

Graduation Ceremony Signifies Education, Hope for Hawr Rajab Locals
By Spc. Justin Snyder
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER – The second Village of Hope training center class graduated during a ceremony held at Patrol Base Stone in Hawr Rajab, July 3.

The graduating class of 58 Iraqi citizens spent 60 days training in electricity, carpentry and plumbing. Six of the students were returning trainees who took part in a newly created supervisors’ course.

The training program aims to teach local citizens of Hawr Rajab, about 10 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, a sustainable construction skill that will allow them to gain employment. Some of the graduates were former Sons of Iraq workers.

After attacks by al-Qaida left Hawr Rajab in ruins in November 2007, many houses were left inhabitable. Graduates of the first class began working on rebuilding those houses following their completion of the course in May, while the current graduates will soon begin work on a boys’ school in Hawr Rajab.

Air Force Capt. Michael Askegren, 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron officer in charge of the Village of Hope, said rebuilding the town is one of the biggest goals of the course. [...] photos

Cowboy/Soldier Hones Roping Skills While on Deployment in Baghdad
By Sgt. Matthew Vanderboegh
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – As Spc. Bryan Warman, a native of Dodge City, Kansas, winds up for his throw, eyes the plastic steer intensely and casts his hand out. The lasso finds its purchase and the slack is taken at a blinding speed.

This is an exercise he practices over and over until he finally feels satisfied that the old reflexes and muscles have not forgotten the proper technique.

Warman may be deployed to a small joint security station in Iraq, but with his love for competitive team roping he refuses to let his talent become rusty. As this cowboy turned infantryman would say “you have to be committed to it.”

Warman is currently serving as a radio operator for the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Before joining the military he worked as a cowboy for a feed lot operation. Additionally, he has worked in the beef and dairy industry and horse training facilities. [...] photo

Soccer Tournament Celebrates Sunni and Shia Unity in Yethrib
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Yethrib, Iraq – For the people of Yethrib, Iraq, it has been a long five years. For over half a decade, the Balad and Yethrib areas have been plagued with sectarian violence that has pitted rival Shiite Muslims and Sunni Arabs against one another. The bloodshed between tribes, at times, had turned into all out warfare that was waged in palm groves and fields near the Tigris River.

In 2007, the conflict between the Muslim sects had reached a boiling point and many throughout Iraq, described the situation as having elements of civil war.

But since then, things have drastically changed.

Over the course of 2007, the “tribal awakening” began to spread throughout all of Iraq. This awakening saw many high profile Iraqi sheiks turn their backs against the brutality of foreign led fighters and stand up, along with the coalition forces and Iraqi security forces, to take back the streets of their homeland. [...] photos

IA, Rakkasans Find EFP in Mahmudiyah Caches
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Divison

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - A tip from an Iraqi citizen resulted in two cache finds in Shunatir Village, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, July 5.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division and 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) followed the lead provided by the citizen.

The caches contained one six-array explosively formed penetrator, three RPKs (Russian-made machine guns), two AK-47s, one 7.62 mm sniper rifle, one rocket propelled grenade trigger mechanism, one 50-round drum for AK-47, 3,000 7.62 mm ball rounds, and one concussion grenade.

The EFP was taken to Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah for exploitation and disposal by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. The other items were secured by the IA.

“We continue to see the local citizens stepping forward and identifying cache locations to the Iraqi army,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. commander. “Iraqi security forces are shouldering the responsibility of securing their country for the people of Iraq." [END]

Rakkasans Find More EFPs in Consecutive Days
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – For the second day in a row, Rakkasan soldiers found explosively formed penetrators in separate caches in the Mahmudiyah area, July 6.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found a 10-inch EFP as well as a five-array EFP in different locations approximately 35 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Other items in one of the caches were two Bulgarian-made 40 mm high-explosive hand grenades, one Russian-made 85 mm rocket, one Russian-made 122 mm projectile, 150 rounds of small-arms ammunition, a Belgian M240 weapon system, a 7.62 mm machine gun and an 80 mm mortar system.

“The discovery and consequent destruction of weapons caches is an integral part of the ongoing objective of securing the people of Iraq,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT) commander.

The items were turned over to explosive ordnance personnel for further exploitation. [END]

Rakkasan Soldiers Take Part in Mass Reenlistment
By Spc. Justin Snyder
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – “I, your name, do solemnly swear,” began Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general of Multi-National Force - Iraq.

Twenty Rakkasan Soldiers, amidst a total of 1,215 service members, repeated those words, took part in a mass re-enlistment ceremony at the al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, July 4.

“That I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” continued Petraeus, with the re-enlistees right on his heels. “And that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

With those final words spoken, they shouted a thunderous “Hooah” that could’ve woken the spirits of their forefathers; those who gave the very first oath of enlistment in 1776.

The ceremony began with a slideshow, where the patriotic music of country superstars Hank Williams Jr. and Toby Keith serenaded the crowd. [...] photos

Top Guns Patrol Iraqi Family Village, Attend Council Meetings Weekly
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Daily, Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, patrol the streets of the Iraqi family village. The area, near the Victory Base Complex, is relatively safe, and is home to citizens from all throughout Iraq.

Once the war kicked off in 2003, many families fled their homes to come to this once abandoned orphanage on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Their mission is simple – keep the Iraqi people within the village safe and work with their local council to improve the quality of life for these struggling residents.

1st Lt. Andrew Bowling, a native of Medfield, Mass., said he believes a great deal of them were once wealthy, but when the war began they fell on hard times and needed to flee their area because of the fighting, leaving behind their lives and jobs.

The Soldiers of HHB are working tirelessly with the local council to improve their everyday lives in anyway they can.

They are currently conducting a census to gather as much information about the village as possible. This gives them a better understanding of who lives where, how many people live in the household, the occupation of those presiding, which in turn, helps gain a better understanding of the village as a whole. [...] photos

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Photo Gallery
Strike Brigade Enlisted Troops Compete for Top Honors
101st Soldiers Patrol Western Baghdad Neighborhood of Hurriyah
Hard Rock Troops Continue to Patrol Western Baghdad Neighborhood of Hurriyah
Air Assault Troops Patrol Streets of Baghdad Daily
Soldiers Begin Independence Day With Prayer
Iraqi Troops Patrol West Baghdad
MND-B, IA Troops Patrol Western Baghdad
Aviation Brigade Holds Talent Show on Striker
Fourth of July Mass Reenlistment Ceremony
Yethib Nahi’a Holds Multi-village Soccer Tourney; First of Its Kind in 5 Years
101st Airborne Participate in an Air Assault Mission

Friday
Jan092009

War News: Voices From The War Continues

~Snooper~

This series being revived here at Take Our Country Back is merely a taste of the GREAT work and GREAT news from The War. It is a pity that the Lame Stream is too cowardly to make this known. Political correctness is the cancer...

News:

General Cites Work to Improve Communications With Pakistan
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. and Pakistani military officials are working hard to improve communications and collaboration between their organizations, especially with regard to operations along the 450-mile-long Afghanistan-Pakistan border, a senior U.S. officer posted in Afghanistan said today.

U.S.-Pakistani relations were roiled after Pakistan claimed that 11 of its troops were killed during a, June 10, U.S. air strike aimed at insurgents operating near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

A joint U.S., Afghan and Pakistani military investigation of the incident is ongoing, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and 101st Airborne Division told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference.

"When I met with my counterpart there in Pakistan, I expressed condolences to any loss of life, and we agree that we look forward to collaborating and communicating better," said Schloesser, who arrived in Afghanistan in April and also heads counterinsurgency operations for NATO's Regional Command East.

Schloesser has made three trips to Pakistan over the past three months, he said, to meet with senior Pakistani army leaders.

Insurgents travel back and forth along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, he said. Some insurgents, he said, also are known to maintain camps in the federally administered tribal area in Pakistan's remote northwestern region. [...]

General Cites Security, Development, Governance Gains in Afghanistan
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON - U.S., coalition and Afghan security forces are hunting down the Taliban and other insurgents operating in Afghanistan, while vital reconstruction and governance programs continue to spread across the country, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

Steady progress is being made in Afghanistan in the areas of security, development and governance, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and 101st Airborne Division, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference.

"We're clearly not done, and I'm nowhere near yet able to say that we've reached irreversible momentum," said Schloesser, who arrived in Afghanistan in April and also heads counterinsurgency operations for NATO's Regional Command East. "But I do know that we're making good progress, and each and every day we're making a difference in the Afghan people's lives."

Noting a 40-percent increase in enemy attacks in his sector in the January-to-May timeframe compared to a year ago, Schloesser pointed out that attacks on U.S., coalition and Afghan security forces have gone up each year since 2002. The general also acknowledged that 40 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and civilians have been killed since his command took responsibility for the region in early April. [...]

IA, Rakkasans Conduct Patrols Near Fetoah
By Staff Sgt. Amber Emery
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers conducted a cordon, search and patrol of the Fetoah area, June 18, to disrupt enemy operations and detain any insurgents in the area.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division were assisted by Rakkasan Soldiers from 3rd platoon, Company B, 1st Bn., 35th Armored Division (attached). The combined effort successfully gained intelligence about the area and demonstrated the capabilities of IA to the local populace.

“The people in the houses we visited today were very calm and collected and wanting to help the IA find what they were looking for,” said Cpl. Raymond W. Miller, 1st squad A, Co. B, 1-35 Armd. Div. team leader.

The IA actively participates in every phase of the planning process for these missions, said Sgt. Ryan Hamilton, 1st squad leader, Co. B, 1-35 Armd. Div.

“The number one thing (the IA) did today was they listened. They performed everything that we expected of them and really gave 110 percent,” said Hamilton, a native of Mocksville, N.C. “I think they are capable of doing these types of missions and completing these types of missions with flying colors.” [...] photos

Citizen Tip Leads Iraqi Army, Multi-National Division-Baghdad Forces to Seize Vehicle With 11 IRAMs, Detonate Munitions, Vehicle on Site in Hurriya
By Multi-National Division - Baghdad

IRAQ - 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, acting on a tip, discovered a vehicle with 11 improvised rocket-assisted mortars rockets in the bed of the vehicle at approximately 4:40 p.m., June 24.

Iraqi and MND-B Explosive Ordinance Detachment personnel were notified of the munitions-laden vehicle; the forces arrived on to the scene and determined the best method to dispose of the ordinance was by controlled detonation.

The hazard reduction, which consisted of a series of three controlled detonations, began shortly after 11:30 p.m. The controlled detonations were conducted safely, with no injuries to local citizens or damage to private property.

“These rockets endanger people’s lives” said Col. William Hickman, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “Extremists placed the lives of families and their homes in danger. Because of the tip provided by a concerned citizen, and the skill of the explosive ordinance disposal team, no one was injured.”

A concerned citizen called into the national tips hotline that led to the prevention of this potentially deadly attack, said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff, MND-B and 4th Infantry Division.

“The ministry of interior sponsors the national tips hotline that lead Iraqi army and U.S. Soldiers to seizing this IRAM,” said Batschelet. “Coalition forces will continue to exploit intelligence provided by the concerned Iraqi citizens in cooperation with the MoI to further develop information that will lead us to those responsible for these heinous weapons.” [END]

Hurriyah Residents Graduate From Business Training
By 2nd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Fifty-five Hurriyah residents graduated from a five-day course at the Small Business Development Center in the Karadah District of Baghdad, June 17.

The five days of training focused on “How to Start or Improve a Business” and is geared toward helping local residents become constructive in their communities.

The Small Business Development Center, which opened in December 2006, began due to required financing, capacity building and training for a large proportion of the small businesses in Iraq. Since that time, more than 700 Baghdad residents have attended the course.

The graduation was a real watershed moment for a considerable number of the graduates. The training has helped to transform their thinking and improved their prospects for the future.

Qasima Habib, a mother of three, said she has a long history in the hair dressing business.

“I have been in the business of hair dressing now almost 25 years; my husband is retired, and we as a family are totally dependant on my business,” Habib said. "Since 2006, I saw a downturn in business activity and revenue decreased.

“This in large part was due to the escalating violence in Hurriyah and peoples’ reluctance to seek hair dressers. Since then, my business that was supporting me financially has become a burden because I have to bear the rent of the facility and the cost of keeping the place open and thought very much about selling the business and seeking employment else where.” [...]

Day in the Life... Supply Sergeant Meets Needs of War Fighters
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Without supplies, it would be virtually impossible for the Army to conduct its peace and war time missions.

Without supply sergeants, such as Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s Staff Sgt. Jeremy Reynolds, a native of Arlington, Texas, it would be extremely difficult for his company to accomplish its mission as well.

In few, yet simple words, Reynolds said “supporting the war fighter” is his mission.

“To me, my job is what makes or breaks how well our company (runs). Without the support from supply how well would we operate? Not very well in my eyes,” he said. “Supply is all about supporting the mission and the war fighter. I guess what I'm saying is supply is one of the most important jobs the Army has to offer.”

Reynolds, 28, said he always knew the Army was the place for him. While growing up and playing sports, especially enjoying rugby, he dreamed of the day he could don a military uniform. [...] photos

Citizen Tip Leads Iraqi Army, Multi-National Division-Baghdad Forces to Seize Vehicle With 11 IRAMs, Detonate Munitions, Vehicle on Site in Hurriya
By Multi-National Division - Baghdad

IRAQ - 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, acting on a tip, discovered a vehicle with 11 improvised rocket-assisted mortars rockets in the bed of the vehicle at approximately 4:40 p.m., June 24.

Iraqi and MND-B Explosive Ordinance Detachment personnel were notified of the munitions-laden vehicle; the forces arrived on to the scene and determined the best method to dispose of the ordinance was by controlled detonation.

The hazard reduction, which consisted of a series of three controlled detonations, began shortly after 11:30 p.m. The controlled detonations were conducted safely, with no injuries to local citizens or damage to private property.

“These rockets endanger people’s lives” said Col. William Hickman, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “Extremists placed the lives of families and their homes in danger. Because of the tip provided by a concerned citizen, and the skill of the explosive ordinance disposal team, no one was injured.”

A concerned citizen called into the national tips hotline that led to the prevention of this potentially deadly attack, said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff, MND-B and 4th Infantry Division.

“The ministry of interior sponsors the national tips hotline that lead Iraqi army and U.S. Soldiers to seizing this IRAM,” said Batschelet. “Coalition forces will continue to exploit intelligence provided by the concerned Iraqi citizens in cooperation with the MoI to further develop information that will lead us to those responsible for these heinous weapons.” [END]

Citizen Tip Leads MND-B Forces to Seize Vehicle With 9 IRAMs
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers discovered a vehicle with 9 improvised rocket assisted mortars in the bed of a vehicle in the Kadamiyah District of Baghdad at approximately 4:40 p.m., June 24.

The Soldiers discovered the IRAMs based on a tip from a local Iraqi.

Iraqi and MND-B explosive ordnance disposal personnel were notified of the munitions-laden vehicle. They determined the best method to dispose of the ordnance was by controlled detonation.

A series of three controlled detonations rendered the rockets safe to approach. The controlled detonations were conducted safely, with no injuries to local Iraqis or damage to private property. Then, the IRAMs were removed from the site for disposal.

“These rockets endangered people’s lives,” said Col. William Hickman, the commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “(Criminals) placed the lives of families and their homes in danger. Because of the tip provided by a concerned citizen and the skill of the explosive ordinance disposal team, no one was injured.”

The concerned citizen called into the National Tips Hotline.

This tip led to the prevention of a potentially deadly attack, said Col. Allen Batschelet, the chief of staff of MND-B and 4th Infantry Division.

“The Ministry of Interior sponsors the National Tips Hotline that lead Iraqi army and U.S. Soldiers to seizing these IRAMs,” said Batschelet. “Coalition forces will continue to exploit intelligence provided by the concerned Iraqi citizens in cooperation with the MoI to further develop information that will lead us to those responsible for these heinous weapons.” [END]

Largest Public Works Substation in Baghdad Opens
By Sgt Whitney Houston
Multi-National Division - Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces, civic leaders, local townsmen and coalition forces gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Ameriyah community in Mansour District of Baghdad, to acknowledge the opening of the biggest public works substation in Baghdad, June 25.

Public works substations provide essential services to local communities such as trash pick up, street cleaning and other services deemed necessary for proper community maintenance.

The opening of the Ameriyah substation marks an important milestone for residents of this area who have not had these services in more than two years.

“These basic services used to be centralized into only one station located in the Eastern Mansour district of Baghdad, creating a deficit in other parts of the city,” said Col. Louis Fazeka, of the Pennsylvania National Guard, assigned to the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, the team that was overseeing the construction of the station. [...] photo

Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers Seize Cache in Ameriyah Following Tip
Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized a cache in the Ameriyah neighborhood in west Baghdad during a patrol at approximately 12:30 p.m. June 26.

Acting on a tip from an Iraqi civilian, Soldiers from the 10th Cavalry Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, seized 122 mortar rounds, 17 rocket propelled grenades, eight rockets, three sniper rifles, a machinegun, three TNT sticks, five mortar tubes, 100 blasting caps, five tank rounds and miscellaneous detonation cord, fuses and homemade explosives.

“These items could have caused a lot of harm. Fortunately, no one was hurt.” said Maj. J. Frank Garcia,a spokesperson for MND-B. “We appreciate the assistance of concerned citizens. This tip assists our Soldiers in removing dangerous items from the streets and helps create a safer environment for the people of west Baghdad.” [END]

Sky Soldiers Win 101st Soldier and NCO of the Quarter Competition
By Staff Sgt. Brandon Aird,
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Two Sky Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team were announced the winners of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier and Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter competition conducted on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jeremy De Jesus, from Waterbury, Conn., and Spc. Amy Penn, from Cave City, Ark., both members of Charlie Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, swept the competition away, said Sgt. Maj. Lyle Womack, 173rd ABCT operations sergeants major.

Six Soldiers and five NCOs participated in the competition, according to De Jesus.

The eleven Soldiers were selected by their chain of command as being the best Soldiers to represent their unit in the competition.

“It was a little intimidating,” said Penn. “We were the only Soldiers not wearing a 101st patch.”

The Soldiers were tested on physical fitness, weapons, warrior tasks, written tests and appeared before a board of senior NCOs.

“We had to take apart an M-9 Pistol, M-4 Carbine and M-240B Machine Gun in two minutes,” said Penn. “Then we had to put them back together.”

Penn and De Jesus spent four months preparing for the competition. They studied alone, together and even came up with their own ways of retaining information. [...]

Former Sailor Builds Future As Soldier
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq — Thirteen years in the Navy taught Craig Bedard to fight fires. He transitioned to the Army to continue serving his country, and learn a new skill he hopes to practice after his time in the military comes to an end.

Staff Sergeant Bedard now works as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) force protection non-commissioned officer-in-charge. Working with the Rakkasans, Bedard conducts assessments to make sure things are running smoothly with the systems at different bases. His work, though much different from his years as a fire fighter with the Navy, is very valuable to him.

“Dealing with surveillance systems is something I plan to continue doing outside of the military,” Bedard said. “I’m looking into becoming an aerostat technician at the U.S.-Mexico border as a FSR,” he said.

This is Bedard’s first deployment since transitioning to the Army two-and-a-half years ago. He made the transition through a program known as Blue-to-Green, which helped him continue his service uninterrupted. [...] photo

Overwhelming Sense of Patriotism Brings Soldier Into Army
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – “I was 16 years old when 9/11 happened, and being the hot-blooded person that I am, I joined the Army on my 17th birthday,” said Spc. Jontel Watson, a 3rd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment combat medic. “I graduated (from high school) early and went to basic training in 2002.”

Watson, who was raised in a military family, planned to join the Army even before the events of 9/11.

“I was going to go to college and get a degree first,” he said. “After I finished college, I was planning to come in as an officer, until 9/11 happened. For me it was the final nail in the coffin toward joining, I was going to do it right away.”

Watson graduated from Basic Combat Training in Fort Benning, Ga., and received the Soldier of the Cycle award.

“I felt proud; I felt unstoppable,” he said. “I had just gone through what people told me would be the most difficult place for basic and I came out on top.” [...] photos

IA, MND-B Soldiers Seize Weapons, Munitions Throughout Baghdad
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers working to secure Baghdad seized weapons and munitions throughout the area June 27.

Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraq Army Division, seized an AK-47, an MP-5, three AK-47 magazines, a set of night vision goggles, two grenades, a set of body armor and six CDs belonging to a criminal group in the Sadr City district of Baghdad at approximately 9:30 a.m. June 27.

An hour later, Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, seized nine 120 mm mortar rounds, seven 80 mm mortar rounds and three 60 mm mortar rounds west of Baghdad.

Later in the day, IA soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th IA Div., found three 60 mm mortars rounds in the West Rashid area of Baghdad at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Approximately 30 minutes later, Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, found three AK-47s, a bolt-action rifle and an aviation helicopter breach kit at approximately 3 p.m. in New Baghdad.

Later in the evening, Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found five pounds of homemade explosive material in the Mansour area of Baghdad at approximately 10:35 p.m.

At approximately 11:46 p.m., Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, found two hand grenades, a smoke grenade, two rocket-propelled grenade boosters, an AK-47 assault rifle, three AK-47 magazines, and unknown amount of 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm ammunition.

“Iraqi army and MND-B Soldiers continue to scour Baghdad to rid the area of these dangerous weapons,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman, MND-B and the 4th Inf. Div. “Together, they are diligent in protecting the Iraqi people for a brighter tomorrow.” [END]

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Photo Gallery:

Humanitarian Assistance Still a Top Priority for 2-320th FAR During Operation Balls DiMaggio
2-320th FAR Operation Aims to Deter IDF, Weapons Trafficking, and Caches in Vicinity of Joint Base Balad Anaconda
Soldiers Fly Off After Cache Search
Security for Soldiers
Taking Guard in Mahmudiyah (my son is in one of these!)
On the Hunt for Uniforms
Iraqi Children Receive School Supplies From Iraqi Police
USMC and USArmy Together

Videos:

Rakkasans Enjoy Country Music Night
Sgt. George Feature
Iraqi Forces Join Rakkasans for Air Assault Operation
Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces Detain Suspects
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Friday
Jan092009

War News Voices From The War


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Iraqi Soldiers Continue Seizing Caches in Sadr City
By the Multi-National Division – North Public Affairs Office

TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, uncovered several weapons caches in Sadr City, Baghdad, June 7.

The soldiers seized a weapons cache at approximately 5:30 a.m. consisting of an explosively formed projectile, a 155 mm artillery round, an improvised-explosive device, explosive wire, two anti-tank rockets and an anti-aircraft rocket.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., soldiers in the same unit discovered two more caches, the first of which consisted of two 60 mm mortar rounds, three machine guns, four Russian sniper rifles, five AK-47 magazines and 200 AK-47 rounds.

The second cache consisted of a rocket propelled grenade, five grenades, an RPG-7 round, three SPG-9 anti-tank rockets, a 20 mm round, three fuses made up of explosive wire, a radio and an IED with a 155 mm mortar round.

Another cache found at approximately 9 a.m. included two IEDs, two RPGs, four propellant RPGs, two anti-tank mines, an anti-personnel mine, wire and a block of C-4. [...] no photos

Rakkasans Coordinate Veterinarian Visit in Owesat
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Rakkasans organized a veterinary clinic at the Nasiriyah school in Owesat, May 31.

“Owesat is a farming community and the animals and husbandry is a key aspect of their lives,” said 1st Lt. Edward Janis, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry Regiment. “Currently, they don’t have any medicine for the animals so we funded a project to sponsor a local animal doctor who has some training in the field.”

The Soldiers of 3-187 Inf. Regt., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinated for Iraqi veterinarian Mohammed Helim to vaccinate livestock in the community, approximately 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad. Helim is responsible for tending to the livestock of four tribes in the area.

Local farmers brought their livestock to the school courtyard where Helim administered vaccinations to approximately 30 sheep, goats and cows.

“This goes to the core of what people value out here, which is their animals,” Janis said. “We are here to care and we are here to help the Iraqi people in whatever way we can.” [...] photos

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Continue Clearing Baghdad’s Streets of Weapons
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers discovered multiple weapons caches in Baghdad June 9.

MND-B Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a cache in the West Rashid district of Baghdad at approximately 4:30 a.m., consisting of two AK-47 rifles, a 9 mm pistol, 10 PKC light machine gun drums for ammunition, four PKC barrels and assorted weapons parts.

Iraqi army soldiers with the 22nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), seized a weapons cache in the Kadamiya district of Baghdad at approximately 10:30 a.m. The munitions included four rocket propelled grenades, nine rockets with propellant, four explosively formed projectiles and more than 700, 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds. [END]

NPs, MND-B Soldiers Seize Weapons in Baghdad
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Iraqi national police and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, with the help of local Iraqis, seized a number of weapons in Baghdad, June 10.

Iraqi national police from the 2nd Brigade, 1st NP Division found 26 AK-47s, two SKS rifles and a Mauser rifle north of Baghdad at approximately 6 a.m.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., an Iraqi resident brought four 60 mm mortars to a MND-B combat outpost in the Shaab area of Adhamiyah.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, seized an explosively formed projectile, an improvised explosive device, six rocket propelled grenades, 10 RPG charges and an unknown artillery round at approximately 5:30 p.m. while conducting a mounted patrol in the Shulla area of Kadhamiyah.

At approximately 10:10 pm. in the Jihad area of Rashid, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, acting on a tip from a local Iraqi, found 20 60 mm mortars, 50 grenades, 50 grenade fuses, three non-electric blasting caps and 1,200 7.62 mm rounds.

“Signs of progress and reconciliation are evident with each cache seized,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman, Multi-National Division – Baghdad and the 4th Infantry Division. “It is a good sign when Baghdad residents call in tips or approach their own Iraqi security forces and MND-B Soldiers on terrorist activity.” [END]

More Than 500 Fighters Reconcile in Balad
By Sgt. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BALAD, Iraq – Since, May 22, 506 fighters in the Balad area have reconciled with the Iraqi government by turning themselves into Iraqi security forces.

Operation Balad Musalahah is a combined effort between the Qadah level government of Iraq, the leadership of the Iraqi police, the 4th Iraqi Army Division, and the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The ongoing effort has encouraged tribal leaders and locals with significant influence to promote unity within the once beleaguered area. The process seeks to reintegrate those who have felt marginalized, back into the maturing governance process here, said Lt. Col. Bob McCarthy, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment commander.

“Former fighters in the Balad Qadah have stepped forward to reconcile with their fellow countrymen,” said McCarthy.

“This is a key step in reestablishing their ties to the communities, rejoining their families in their homes, and becoming active participants in Iraq’s future,” he said. [...] photo

Barrier Emplacement Opens Roads in Abu Ghuraib

By Sgt. Paul Monroe
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD, Iraq –Packed cars, meandering pedestrians and the occasional donkey pulling a cart fill the busy streets of Baghdad daily.

Couple this with roads blocked off by Iraqi security and coalition forces to lessen special groups militants and extremists ability to prey on citizens and you have the makings of a traffic jam in Baghdad.

In Abu Ghuraib leaders from the 24th “Muthana” Brigade decided to close Leaders Bridge more than three years ago to impede the movement of various militant and extremist elements.

Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers with 1st “Top Guns” Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, along with Iraqi army soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 24th “Muthana” Brigade, 6th Iraqi army division, worked together to open the bridge over a three day period ending, June 6.

“This was a great team effort between our battalion, the 168th Brigade Support Battalion, the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi army division, and the associated military transition teams,” said Maj. Thomas Bolen, a plans officer with 1st Bn., 320th FA Regt. [...] photos

Karaoke in Iraq
By Spc. Cynthia S. Teears
11th Public Affairs Detachment

COB SPEICHER, Iraq - Having a place where the Soldiers can be themselves is a great stress reducer while deployed to Iraq. The average Soldier is at work the majority of the time, with few to no days off.

This is where the Morale, Welfare and Recreation comes into play. Troops find a way to relax in a combat zone through the MWR center at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, located in Tikrit, Iraq.

The MWR offers a variety of activities for service members and civilians. One favorite crowd pleaser is karaoke. Soldiers can come in and sing their favorite songs during karaoke night, Tuesday and Thursday at the main MWR facility.

“I love Karaoke,” exclaimed Spc. Matthew Hansen, a motor transport operator, 426th Brigade Support Battalion. “Sing badly if you must, but sing!”

“Karaoke gives you time to get away from work,” said Sgt. Thera Pead, a supply sergeant assigned to Company A, 426th BSB, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “It gives you a chance to be yourself and it builds morale.” [...] photos

Public Works Substation Opens in Yarmouk
By Sgt. Paul Monroe
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, opened a public works substation in Yarmouk, a neighborhood in northwest Baghdad, June 14.

The Yarmouk substation will serve the southeast Mansour District and provides workers a place to store equipment used for basic services, such as trash removal and sewage maintenance.

“All of this was built from scratch” said 1st Lt. Nicholas Anderson, a civil military operations officer with the 4th “Straight Arrows” Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, operationally attached to the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

Blackjack Soldiers picked up where the Soldiers they replaced from 2nd “Patriot” Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st infantry Division, left off, who worked during their 15-month deployment to improve security and get essential services going. The unit went as far as hiring 50 workers to pickup trash in the Yarmouk area while funding for the substation was on hold. [...] photos

Criminals Kill 27 Iraqis, Injure 40 in Unknown Explosion
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – An unknown explosion occurred in the Kadamiyah District at approximately 5:45 p.m., June 17.

According to initial reports twenty-seven Iraqi citizens were killed and 40 injured.

"(Criminals) are creating a dangerous place for the innocent people of western Baghdad,” said Maj. J. Frank Garcia, spokesman for the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. “We put a great deal of effort into helping better the environment for the people here and murderous acts like this just impede progress.” [END]

Iraqi Security Forces, National Police, Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers Seize Weapons Caches Throughout Baghdad
Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army soldiers, national police and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized multiple weapons caches throughout Baghdad June 18.

In Sadr City, Soldiers with the 38th Brigade, 10th Iraqi army division, seized three explosively formed projectiles, one PKC machine gun, two rocket-propelled grenades, one fuse and one 9 mm machine gun at approximately 6 a.m.

Approximately two hours later, Soldiers with the 54th Brigade, 6th IA Div., and MND-B Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found a weapons cache in the Mansour district. The weapons included three RPGs, one box of 12.7 mm rounds, one machine gun; 1,000, 7.62 mm rounds; two 120 mm rounds, one set of body armor plates, detonation cord, one blasting cap and homemade explosives.

Also in Sadr City, Soldiers with the 34th Brigade, 9th IA Div., discovered two EFPs, six light anti-armor launchers, 11 anti-tank RPG rounds, two anti-personnel RPG rounds, one machine gun, several AK-47 magazines, one pair of night vision goggles, two 14 mm rounds, two 25 mm sights, three AK-47s and more than 200 7.62 rounds at approximately 9 a.m.

Police with the 5th Brigade, 2nd national police division, uncovered a weapons cache in the West Rashid district at approximately 1 p.m. The caches consisted of one RPG launcher, one war head, four hand grenades and approximately 700 7.62 rounds.

“Iraqis have continued to provide Iraqi army, national police and the Soldiers of MND-Baghdad with invaluable intelligence concerning the whereabouts of weapons caches containing illegal weapons,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B and 4th Infantry Division spokesperson. [END]

Mass Casualty Exercise Prepares for the Worst
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq –Soldiers of 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a mass casualty exercise at the Camp Striker dining facility, June 17.

A simulated mortar attack struck the dining facility at approximately 3 p.m. Medical personnel brought Soldiers to the aid station for proper care and evacuation. The simulated injuries ranged from minor lacerations to traumatic head wounds.

“This was a worst case scenario exercise,” said Pfc. Aaron Betts, a native of Houston, Texas, and truck driver for Company A, 626th BSB. “(The exercise) trained on how to properly recover and treat injured personnel in case of a mortar attack.”

This was the first exercise of the kind conducted by Rakkasan Soldiers since taking command of the Troop Medical Center.

“We just took over the TMC a month-and-a-half ago, and it is beneficial to practice the evacuation, transport and treatment procedures in the instance that something like this happens,” said 1st Lt. Christopher Johnson, Co. C, 626th BSB nurse. [...] photos

Screaming Eagle’s, Iraqi Volunteers and Iraqi Forces Have Al Qaida Reeling
By Sgt. Rick Rzepka

1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs Office

Al JAZZERA DESERT, Iraq – “Yesterday some men tried to kill me as I was driving my car,” said the man with a reflective belt draped across his chest. “They say that if I stay with the volunteers they will kill me, but I don’t care about that,” he said as he lit one cigarette with the stub of another.

The man is part of an all volunteer force called the Concerned Local Citizens, or “Sons of Iraq” and he and his compatriots have had enough. The violence, the killing, the overall lawlessness that was a hallmark of Samarra a year ago, left these men to make a decision: apathy or action. They chose the latter.

Today, hundreds of volunteers, spread throughout the greater Samarra area have banded together to secure the once turbulent city and its people from enemy extremists. In doing so, they have allowed coalition forces to focus their attention on dismantling a waning al Qaida in Iraq.

“CLC leaders and IP leaders are taking care of a lot of the footwork in securing the population centers, which lets us take the fight to al Qaeda and their safe-havens,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Martin, Gator Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment.

Martin and his Soldiers are part of the famed “No Slack” battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which has a reputation for an intense work ethic and exceptional Soldiering. Since arriving in Iraq in October of 2007, the battalion has seen the security situation in Samarra and its periphery go from fragile to firm due to greater cooperation and effectiveness of Iraqi Security Forces, the volunteers and Coalition forces. [...] photos

Never Give Up
The adrenaline and anticipation is flowing throughout every member of both aircrews. Suddenly, the helicopters are welcomed with a hail of gunfire. The teams respond quickly and return salutations with successive rounds of automatic machinegun fire.

The enemy backs off. However, both crews ran out of ammunition and the enemy sees an opening to attack ground troops once again. A decision must be made. It must be made quickly because every delayed second is another 101st Airborne Division Soldier wounded.

“We stay and fight,” said Lt. Col. James H. Bradley Jr., the battalion commander of the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

On January 16 2008, two aircrews commanded by Bradley and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Henry, supported Troop C., 1st Squadron 32nd Cavalry ground forces as an aerial reaction force. After his crew dispensed the helicopter’s ammunition, the team made low passes at the enemy to draw enemy fire.

Bradley stated how proud he was of his team and how privileged he felt to serve with them. “Heroic events happen in OIF everyday. Most events go unrecognized.” [...] no photos

Relations Build at Fence Line
By Maj. Craig Heathscott
39th Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division - Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Time had little effect on the strands of razor-sharp concertina wire that spanned hundreds of meters and split Ali’s farmland except to dull its original purpose - security. Located on the outer wall of Camp Slayer on the Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, the fence was originally constructed sometime during the beginning Operation Iraqi Freedom more than five years ago. But until early June, it served no purpose but to divide.

In the small community of Radwaniyah, west of Baghdad International airport, an Iraqi farmer simply wanted to be able to access his fields without the seemingly unnecessary long walk-a-rounds resulting from the wire. He had wanted to take the fence down himself; however, he was afraid the coalition forces overlooking his farm from the towers might shoot him.

“I happy to do work taking poles out of ground, but don’t want someone to shoot me because I was stealing,” said Ali, who speaks relatively good English. “I talked to captain (Cesaro) when he drove by and I asked him if I could move it. I thank him very much. Good man.” [...] photos

'Operation Balls DiMaggio' Aims to Deter IDF, Weapons Trafficking in Vicinity of Joint Base Balad Anaconda
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Joint Base Balad Anaconda, Iraq – Since, June 18, Artillerymen from the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), have been conducting a full-spectrum combat operation aimed at disrupting and limiting indirect-fire attacks in vicinity of Joint-Base Balad Anaconda, Iraq.

The operation, dubbed “Balls DiMaggio”, is a large-scale operation solely focused on the security of the local population; it is being executed with continuous, 24-hour, combat-security patrols with the intent of denying and deterring IDF attacks targeted towards Iraqi civilians and personnel located on the JBBA.

“We have had great success in reducing attacks of all types within our area of responsibility; however, at this time, IDF is affecting the local populace more and it is detracting from economic opportunities and injuring civilians,” said Lt. Col. John F Dunleavy, battalion commander for the 2-320th FAR.

Since 2004, over 2500 IDF attacks have occurred on or near the JBBA. In the last 6 months alone, six Iraqi children have been killed and numerous civilians have been wounded due to insurgent indirect-fire attacks. The 2-320th FAR hopes to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening in the future. [...] photos

IA, Rakkasans Conduct Patrols Near Fetoah
By Staff Sgt. Amber Emery
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers conducted a cordon, search and patrol of the Fetoah area, June 18, to disrupt enemy operations and detain any insurgents in the area.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division were assisted by Rakkasan Soldiers from 3rd platoon, Company B, 1st Bn., 35th Armored Division (attached). The combined effort successfully gained intelligence about the area and demonstrated the capabilities of IA to the local populace.

“The people in the houses we visited today were very calm and collected and wanting to help the IA find what they were looking for,” said Cpl. Raymond W. Miller, 1st squad A, Co. B, 1-35 Armd. Div. team leader.

The IA actively participates in every phase of the planning process for these missions, said Sgt. Ryan Hamilton, 1st squad leader, Co. B, 1-35 Armd. Div.

“The number one thing (the IA) did today was they listened. They performed everything that we expected of them and really gave 110 percent,” said Hamilton, a native of Mocksville, N.C. “I think they are capable of doing these types of missions and completing these types of missions with flying colors.”

The structure of the IA is totally different than that of the coalition forces, said 1st Lt. Thomas J. Woodard, 3rd Plt., Co. B,, 1-35 Armd. Div. platoon leader. [...] photos

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Photo Gallery:

Soldiers Test New Off-road Prototypes
Mission Time in Mahmudiyah
Making Things Safe in Mahmudiyah
Speaking to Iraqis
Progress in Meshahdah
U.S. Soldiers Patrol Mahmudiyah
Humanitarian Aid Drop for Afghanistan
Iraqi Police, MND-B Soldiers Seizes Cache
U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi Police Conduct Combined Patrol
Weapon Cache Search
MND-B Deputy CG Visits Local Power Substation
Patrol Work Throughout Casadia
Patrol Duties for Sergeant in Casadia
Battalion Operation Aims to Deter IDF, Weapons Trafficking and Caches in Vicinity of Joint Base Balad Anaconda
Convoy in Samrah
2-320th FAR Operation Aims to Deter IDF, Weapons Trafficking, and Caches in Vicinity of Joint Base Balad Anaconda

Sunday
Jan042009

War News That Drives Leftinistra More Moonbattier Than Usual

~Snooper~

The following is data the American Public is not to know under any circumstances

2-320th FAR & ISF Give to Iraqi School Children
BIZNA, Iraq – “Redlegs” from the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment continued to focus on improving the lives of local Iraqis when they visited students from 17 Bizna on their last day of school on May 25, 2008.

During their visit to the local school, the artilleryman from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the Iraqi security forces from Ad Dujayl, spent over six hours handing out numerous supplies to students in the small and remote village south of Balad.

“This visit was our last opportunity to supply the children in 17 Bizna with supplies before the summer break. Hopefully with what we gave them, the supplies will give the kids an added edge in the classroom next year,” said 1st Lt. William R. Hale, a platoon leader with Alpha Battery, 2-320th FAR.

Hale said it was important to do these types of civil military operations in conjunction with the ISF because it shows the local populace that the coalition forces and Iraqi security forces are working together to help build a better Iraq.

“This was just an all around great experience for everyone involved. Doing this type of operation helps the U.S. and Iraqis build lasting friendships with the local population, and that’s one of the reasons we do this type of thing,” said Hale. [...] read the rest...photos

Iraqis Hold Grand Re-opening of Sarafiyah Bridge - Rusafa-Karhk Roadway Bridge Opens After Reconstruction
By Sgt. Jerome Bishop
Multi-National Division - Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The promise of a prosperous future for Iraq took one more step closer to becoming a reality as the Sarafiyah bridge linking the Rusafa and Karkh Districts of Baghdad was reopened, May 27, after being rebuilt.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was present for the opening event, which featured live music, several speeches and a ribbon cutting on the bridge's road way.

The significance of the event wasn't limited only to the result of the bridges opening, but also in how it came to be as it was the government of Iraq, who took the initiative to conduct the reconstruction.

"The reason I think this event was significant today is because it really shows the resilience of the GoI and their ability to repair this bridge, which was destroyed by an insurgent act, and to repair it and continue on with the rebuilding of Iraq and the betterment of Iraq," said Maj. Frank Garcia, a Carson City, Nev., native, who serves as the public affairs officer for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, which operates primarily out of the area where the bridge is located. [...] photos

The First Leg: Bastogne Brigade Sets Conditions for Success in Salah Ad Din
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

SALAH AD DIN, Iraq – Since arriving in Iraq in September, 2007, Soldiers from the Bastogne Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, have been tasked to set the table for Iraqi success in the Salah ad Din province.

The Bastogne Brigade, which is on its third deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducts combined counter-insurgency operations daily, to secure the population of the Salah ad Din province. The Brigade is committed to allowing Iraqi security forces and the provincial government here to independently provide security and essential services to the people of the region.

Salah ad Din, which is roughly the size of Vermont, is home to the four key cities of Samarra, Bayji, Tikrit and Balad. It is a geographically diverse area of Iraq that ranges from fertile farmlands to sprawling desert. From the mud huts of Mushlaka to the Mineret of Samarra, Bastogne Soldiers have built a foundation of trust and cooperation with Iraqis here over the last eight months.

“If you had told me when we got here that we would be where we are today, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Maj. William Rice, Bastogne civil affairs officer. [...] photos

Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers Conduct Operations to Increase Safety in Baghdad
Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized weapons throughout Baghdad May 28 as they conducted operations to secure the area.

MND-B Soldiers serving with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division seized a 155 mm projectile round with a detonation cord attached, a 120 mm mortar round, and a bag of TNT northwest of Baghdad at approximately 11:28 a.m.

Later, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division seized a six-inch EFP starter kit, two pounds of C4 explosives, a 120 mm mortar round, and a 155 mm artillery round in the West Rashid district of Baghdad.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), seized two 4-foot tubes and two 2-foot tubes with white powder, a mortar base, and three pressure plates in the Mansour district of Baghdad at approximately 1:15 p.m.
“Taking weapons and munitions off the streets of Baghdad and the surrounding areas saves lives,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman, MND-B and the 4th Infantry Division. “It’s a powerful message of how much we care about the welfare of the Iraqi people.” [END]

Rakkasans Find Large Homemade Explosive Cache
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A tip led Rakkasan soldiers to approximately 900 pounds of homemade explosives north of Patrol Base Shanghai, about 22 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 26.

Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) uncovered a cache consisting of 18 50-pound bags of homemade explosive.

The cache was detonated on site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

IA, Rakkasans Uncover Caches in Mahmudiyah
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Iraqi and Rakkasan Soldiers located a cache that included Russian weapons in the Hay al Salam area of Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 28.

A local resident informed the Soldiers of a PKC cache on the roof of one of the buildings in the Qaqa Apartments. The cache contained a PKC machine gun, two Simonov rifles, one bolt-action rifle, two AK-47 magazines, one mortar site and improvised explosive device making materials.

Soldiers from 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and 3rd Platoon, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were conducting clearing operations when they found the weapons.

The IA also found several Kalashnikov-series rifles and a large bag of copper wire in area houses.

The weapons were taken to the IA compound in Mahmudiyah. [END]

Rakkasans Find Large Homemade Explosive Cache
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A tip led Rakkasan soldiers to approximately 900 pounds of homemade explosives north of Patrol Base Shanghai, about 22 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 26.

Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) uncovered a cache consisting of 18 50-pound bags of homemade explosive.

The cache was detonated on site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Water Purification Creates Endless Water Supply
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

PATROL BASE CORREGIDOR, Iraq - Soldiers at this outpost, about 21 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, don't depend on water deliveries - they pump their own.

"We pump our water in from a man-made lake located in the rear of our patrol base and filter it," said Spc. J.R. Pardo, water purification specialist with Company A, 626th Brigade Support Battalion.

Deployed Soldiers usually have access to two different types of water - potable and non-potable. The difference between the two is that potable water is safe for drinking, bathing and cooking, whereas non-potable water can be used for other purposes, depending on its quality.

The water is pumped through a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit. By going though a rigorous chemical balancing and four filtering pumps, the water is prepared and ready to be used.

The process allows Soldiers to produce and use water without fear of depleting their supply. Pardo said nearly 3,000 gallons are saved per day by using ROWPU. [...]

Iraqi Army Aids Shula Residents
By Sgt. Paul Monroe
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Leaders and Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division distributed humanitarian aid to residents in Shula, a neighborhood in northwest Baghdad, May 26.

Soldiers travelled door-to-door handing out staples such as rice, lentils and tomato paste to 100 residents.

At the end, nearly 300 residents throughout Shula received aid during a three-day period beginning, May 24.

Shula resident’s movement to and from markets had been hampered by criminal activity in the area, making Soldiers clad in desert uniforms bearing boxes filled with food a welcome sight.

Capt. Joseph Sincere, a fire support officer with the 1st Squadron, 75th Calvary Regiment part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division said, the Soldiers efforts had yielded an optimistic outlook for security going forward.

Some of the same streets used as drop points for humanitarian aid had been the site of recent Iraqi army clearance missions, where Soldiers travelled from house to house, searching and gathering intelligence in an effort to root out criminals taking refuge in the area. [...] photo

Service Members Compete in Iron Chef Competition
By Combined Joint Task Force - 101

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - “There is no love truer than the love of food,” said Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. That love of food, both preparing and serving, coupled with a dose of friendly competition led to the first-ever Iron Chef competition at Bagram Airfield, May 28.

The competition, held at the Aviation Dining Facility, was based on the popular ‘Iron Chef’ television series. It pitted two teams of food service specialists, one representing Task Force Destiny and the other representing Task Force Lifeliner, against each other to see which team could woo a panel of judges senses of sight and taste with their culinary delights.

The showdown started shortly after the afternoon meal was concluded. The two teams were called into the back room of the dining facility, where they faced off as they were given the rules to the competition. Then the moment they anxiously awaited arrived, the unveiling of the “secret ingredient”. The cover was lifted to reveal bell peppers, in vivid red, yellow and green. [...] photos

Food Drop Assists Families in Need
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

PATROL BASE CORREGIDOR, Iraq – Iraqi families in need received nearly three tons of food from U.S. Soldiers southwest of Baghdad, May 27-28.

A civil affairs team and 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers teamed up to bring the food and other supplies to residents of three villages near Patrol Base Corriegidor.

“We took food to the people of Abu Amer, Abu Haswa and Shakariyah, having the sheikhs determine who would receive it,” said 1st Lt. Daniel Hodgson, fire support officer for Troop B, 1-33rd Cav. Regt. “We made sure the sheikhs chose the families most in need, such as widows who are unable to support a family without their husbands.”

The supplies included rice, beans, flour, sugar, salt, soap, tomato paste, bowls and utensils, diapers and infant weaning cereal.

“The planning for the (distribution) began, April 30,” said Staff Sgt. Rob Bridgeford, Company A, 411th CA Battalion team chief. “We had to make sure the food was divided appropriately throughout the needy families; the amount given is able to feed a family of up to 10 for about a month.”

This was the first humanitarian aid food donation in the area since the CA Soldiers arrived. [...]

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Detain Multiple Criminal Suspects, Discover Large Cache
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Multi National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained six suspected criminals in different areas of the Iraqi capital while conducting ongoing operations May 31.

At approximately 1 p.m., Soldiers from 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division detained a man in West Rashid who is suspected of being associated with several criminal groups. The suspected criminal is an alleged weapons smuggler, facilitator and improvised explosive device maker.

Iraqi Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army, with support from Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division arrested two men suspected for their criminal activity in the Al-Mansour district at approximately 1:20 p.m.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division detained two alleged al-Qaida in Iraq members northwest of Baghdad.

Another suspect was detained in the Adamiyah district by Soldiers from the 108th Military Police Company, 18th MP Bde. May 31. The suspected criminal is alleged to be involved in an explosively formed penetrator attacks on coalition forces. [...]

Preventative IED Training to Save Lives
By Staff Sgt. Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
11th Public Affairs Detachment

TIKRIT, Iraq – Improvised explosive devices are the number-one killer of coalition forces deployed to Iraq. Tougher and larger vehicles are one way of protecting Soldiers on the roads of Iraq, but another is preventative training.

Sailors with Task Force Troy North who specialized in counter IED measures, spend many days at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, located in Tikrit, Iraq, teaching Soldiers what to look for and how to react on the battlefield.

“We are training units to raise their level of awareness, give them an idea of what devices look like up-close, and give them ideas of what indicators they might see,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Juhl. “We get their eyes trained-in to focus when they go outside the wire to be thinking IEDs here, IEDS there, that could be a timing marker that could be an indicator.” [...] photos

Rakkasans Help Mothers Meet Children’s Needs
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airbourne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – More than 100 Iraqi families showed up to receive diapers, formula and cereal at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex Civil Military Operations Center, about seven kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 31.

Rakkasan soldiers handed out two packages of disposable diapers, two cans of powdered formula and two cans of cereal mix for each child 3 years and younger. More than 180 children were assisted during the distribution.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, began an initiative to reach out to and meet the needs of Iraqi women in February. A series of meetings with professional Iraqi women and visits to women from different areas in the Mahmudiyah Qada revealed their dreams, hopes, needs and future goals. [...] photos

MND-B Soldiers Seize Weapons Caches in Baghdad
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized weapons as they continued conducting operations to increase security, June 1-2.

A local citizen turned in munitions to Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at a combat outpost northwest of Baghdad at approximately 9 p.m., June 1.

The items included a homemade rocket, a homemade launcher, two 120 mm rounds, an anti-aircraft gun and 80 .50 cal. rounds.

MND-B Soldiers serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division seized weapons in northwestern Baghdad at approximately 8:30 a.m., June 2. The weapons consisted of two rocket warheads, blasting caps, twelve AK47 magazines and various improvised explosive device making materials.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., June 2, a Soldier serving with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division found an explosively formed penetrator in the Adhamiya District of Baghdad. [END]

IA, MND-B Soldiers Find Multiple Weapons Caches
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized numerous weapons in Baghdad, June 3.

At approximately 9 a.m. in the Karkh security district, IA Soldiers from 22nd Brigade, 6th IA Division, seized two rocket components, two rocket propelled grenades, two MP-5 magazines and an armored vest.

Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered six 60mm high explosive mortar rounds, two 82mm mortar rounds, three RPGs, seven mortar tail booms and a grenade at approximately 11 a.m. in the Sadr City District of Baghdad.

The IA Soldiers from 44th Brigade, 11th IA Division found an improvised explosive device, two rocket warheads, 12 RPGs, an RPG launcher; approximately 4,000, 7.62mm rounds; 14 boxes of various ammunition, a PKC and a AK-47, a rocket motor, three radios, five RPG motors, four blasting caps, five flak vests and three pounds of explosives at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Baladiat area of New Baghdad. [...]

MND-B Soldiers Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
By Spc. Aaron Rosencrans
Multi-National Divison - Baghdad

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Music and dancing filled the courtyard at the Strike Dining Facility on Camp Liberty, May 30, during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration where Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers learned about the many cultures of Asian Pacific Americans.

Soldiers from Camp Taji traveled to perform choreographed group and solo dances to help MND-B Soldiers have a better understanding of the Asian Pacific customs and cultures; the Soldiers also had the opportunity to sample traditional meals.

The event was to not only entertain Soldiers during the lunch hour, but to educate them about the different customs and traditions in the many Asian Pacific cultures.

“Events like these heighten the awareness of other cultures,” said Master Sgt. Sarah Blackmon, a native of Maysville, N.C., who serves as the MND-B equal opportunity deputy and non-commissioned officer-in-charge with the 4th Infantry Division and MND-B.

“Because we are a diverse Army, we need to learn about other cultures to have a better understanding of our brothers and sisters who fight with us.” [...] photos

Battlefield Promotions for “Bastogne” Artillerymen
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment Public Affairs Office

LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq – Seven Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, were some of the first artillerymen in the Army to receive battlefield promotions on June 1 at Logistical Support Area Anaconda, Iraq.

The “Redlegs”, who fall under the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the battlefield promotions under a new program that allows enlisted Soldiers to be promoted based on extraordinary performance during combat.

“The battlefield promotion program is designed to accelerate those Soldiers that willingly and unhesitatingly accept and flawlessly perform at levels of increased responsibility in the combat environment,” said Command Sgt. Major Edward E. Estep, battalion sergeant major for the 2-320th.

The battlefield promotions are a one-year pilot program that was quietly introduced in military personnel (MILPER) message 08-094 dated April 1. It's set to expire April 9, 2009. [...] photos

ISF, Rakkasans Recover Two Caches in Mahmudiyah Area
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A tip from an informant led Iraqi security forces and Rakkasan Soldiers to two separate weapons caches southwest of Baghdad, June 3.

The informant told Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, the first cache was originally found in the side of a canal. The informant moved the munitions to a secure location until IA and coalition forces arrived.

The cache, found near Mohammad Fahad, 22 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, included three SPG-9 Russian rockets, 12 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds and 28 60 mm mortar rounds.

The munitions were taken back to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date.

The second cache was discovered by Mahmudiyah Iraqi police and the 65th Military Police Company near Muadefeen, about 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad. That cache included six 60 mm mortars identified by explosive ordnance disposal personnel as Iranian in origin, 32 rocket propelled grenade rounds, five RPG motors and various other mortar components.

The cache was taken to the Mahmudiyah IA Compound.

Rakkasans from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently began riverine operations along the Euphrates River. Gaining access to caches similar to these buried in the river bed is one of their goals. [END]

Iraqi Soldiers Continue Seizing Caches in Sadr City
By the Multi-National Division – North Public Affairs Office

TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, uncovered several weapons caches in Sadr City, Baghdad, June 7.

The soldiers seized a weapons cache at approximately 5:30 a.m. consisting of an explosively formed projectile, a 155 mm artillery round, an improvised-explosive device, explosive wire, two anti-tank rockets and an anti-aircraft rocket.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., soldiers in the same unit discovered two more caches, the first of which consisted of two 60 mm mortar rounds, three machine guns, four Russian sniper rifles, five AK-47 magazines and 200 AK-47 rounds.

The second cache consisted of a rocket propelled grenade, five grenades, an RPG-7 round, three SPG-9 anti-tank rockets, a 20 mm round, three fuses made up of explosive wire, a radio and an IED with a 155 mm mortar round.

Another cache found at approximately 9 a.m. included two IEDs, two RPGs, four propellant RPGs, two anti-tank mines, an anti-personnel mine, wire and a block of C-4. [...]

Rakkasans Coordinate Veterinarian Visit in Owesat
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Rakkasans organized a veterinary clinic at the Nasiriyah school in Owesat, May 31.

“Owesat is a farming community and the animals and husbandry is a key aspect of their lives,” said 1st Lt. Edward Janis, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry Regiment. “Currently, they don’t have any medicine for the animals so we funded a project to sponsor a local animal doctor who has some training in the field.”

The Soldiers of 3-187 Inf. Regt., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinated for Iraqi veterinarian Mohammed Helim to vaccinate livestock in the community, approximately 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad. Helim is responsible for tending to the livestock of four tribes in the area. [...]

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Weapon Cache Search in Albu Issa
Janabi Village Handout
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Sunday
Jan042009

War News: News The Enemies Within Hate To Print

~Snooper~

Getting back to posting on the plethora of successes our Troops have accomplished in the Global War On Terror, I am constantly amazed how good our fighting men and women are. Those that have never served yet say that they support the Troops is indeed admirable but only those that have served in The Suck truly know...others can only imagine...

Screaming Eagles Teach Iraqi Army Soldiers to Drive

By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA)

TIKRIT, Iraq – A long line of armored vehicles screams down the highway, weaving in and out of traffic like a drunken serpent. Behind the wheel of most of these vehicles are young Iraqi army soldiers, most of whom have never properly learned to drive.

A danger to themselves, other drivers and civilians, these road warriors need professional help.

Soldiers from 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) know what safe driving looks like and have teamed up with the IA to provide a driver’s training course. The “Taskmaster” battalion has driven more than 90,000 miles on long stretches of road in the Salah ad Din province keeping the “Bastogne” team in the fight.

As the Iraqi army matures and begins to assume a larger role in securing the people of the province, they are looking more and more to their coalition partners as mentors and teachers. [...] read the rest...photos

Service Members ‘trot’ for GWOT
By Sgt. 1st Class Antony M. C. Joseph
Combined Joint Task Force - 101

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Drum beats and music resonated in the dusty Afghan air as men and women gathered under the morning sun. The sounds of the 101st Airborne Division Band became increasingly muffled as thunders of ‘whooshing’ sounds grew nearer. The sand lifted into a whirlwind as an Apache, Blackhawk and Chinook helicopter simultaneously passed overhead – a signal that meant ‘go.’ With that, the men and women bolted off and began their 10 kilometer stretch toward the finish line.

More than 700 service members participated in the ‘GWOT Trot,’ an 101st Combat Aviation Brigade-sponsored race held, May 17.

Runs are not new to service members, nor are commemorative races. However, what made the GWOT Trot unique was service members and contract workers here and from task forces in Jalalabad, Kandahar, Salerno and many other forward operating bases undertook the race together – separate locations with one overlying theme. [...] read the rest...photos

Citizens Lead Soldiers to Three Caches
By Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Once a haven for insurgents to conduct operations and store weapons, the community of Maderiyah lived in fear. Now, citizens have turned against insurgents and are providing intelligence to secure their community, leading to the recovery of numerous weapons caches.

On, May 16, citizens led Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, to three separate caches.

“Local Iraqis are tired of the violence and fighting … and have come to see the benefits of assisting the coalition and (Iraqi army’s) efforts in their community,” said Lt. Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, attached to 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. “The benefits of assisting the coalition and government of Iraq clearly outweigh any benefit to supporting or tolerating the insurgency.”

The first cache consisted of four rocket propelled grenades, six RPG warheads and six RPG boosters. [...] read the rest

Vice Chief Reenlists BSB Soldier
By Cpt. Georginia Bradshaw
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARE OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - The U.S. Army vice chief of staff, Gen. Richard A. Cody reenlisted a Bravo Company, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Soldier and presented a few combat patches to Soldiers during his farewell tour, May 12.

Reenlisted was Sgt. James W. Kehoe, Jr, a Bravo Company, 801st BSB, 4th BCT mechanic from Cleveland.

“I am excited because I served with General Cody when he was the 101st commander,” said Kehoe, who has been in the Army 12 years and reenlisted for five more.

Kehoe shared fond memories of the general.

“At General Cody’s chain of command, we had a pass and review with the division. It was the most amazing situation because he had told the entire division to rush him at the podium,” said Kehoe. “Everyone was screaming and yelling. It was an awesome experience and extremely moving because that was the last time the entire division was at Fort Campbell, (Ky.).”

Though he expressed a sincere congratulation, Kehoe also felt mixed emotions when he learned the visit was the general’s farewell tour. [...] read the rest...photo

Piledriver Comes to an End, Projects Continue
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Operation Marne Piledriver kicked off in earnest April 15 with an Iraqi army-led air assault and clearing operations in the Mahmudiyah area, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Although the IA has led air assaults in the past, this particular mission showcased its abilities.

“This … showed that Iraqis are securing the area, ridding it of the last bastion of (al-Qaida in Iraq) and simultaneously injected projects, both US- and Iraqi-funded, such as clean water, agricultural and other business opportunities and (aimed) to grow the trust in Iraqi security forces,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Piledriver is the first major operation initiated by Task Force Marne that targeted capacity building throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada.

From refurbishing schools, clinics and water treatment facilities to rejuvenating the poultry and fish industries, the operation has yielded several projects to improve quality of life for Iraqis on many fronts. [...] read the rest...photos

Aviation Unit Flies 200th Air Assault Mission in Iraq
By Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – As grand accomplishments go, Task Force Marne’s Combat Aviation Brigade’s 200th combat air assault mission during their current deployment to Iraq went off with as little fanfare as possible.

An uneventful mission is just fine with the pilots of 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, the CAB, 3rd Infantry Division’s air assault unit.

“For us it went exactly as planned,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nigel Huebscher, the mission’s flight lead. “We hit the ‘time on target,’ spot on the (landing zone) and performed the mission as close to flawlessly as we can.”

The first 12 months of the 3rd CAB’s 15-month deployment in Multi-National Division – Center has seen many records knocked down; total flight hours of 100,000 and fuel pumped of more than 10 million gallons, to name a couple. Most of these records are based on the operational tempo of the 3rd CAB, meaning the amount of missions flown every day and night.

During the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2005, the 4-3rd Avn. Regt. executed more than 110 air assault missions in their first 12 months, said Capt. Conor Stilwell, assistant operations officer. [...] read the rest...photos

Sayafiyah Celebrates Change
By Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – After nearly three months of reconstruction, Sayafiyah residents celebrated the simultaneous openings of the Sayafiyah Governance Center, Veterinary Clinic and Health Clinic on May 20.

“This is their day,” said Capt. Joe Johnson, commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, currently attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

All three of the projects were a result of teamwork between Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the civilian population.

“They are great people down here who want to help themselves,” said Sgt. Jeremy Johnson, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-187th Inf. Regt. “They put a lot of hard work into this,” he said, pointing to the restored health center. “Before, it was just rubble.” [...] read the rest...photos

SoI, Shaykh Tip Lead Rakkasans to Huge Cache
By Multi-National Division - Center

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – A local shaykh, informed by a Sons of Iraq member, gave a tip to coalition forces leading them to a huge munitions cache approximately 13 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 21.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, retrieved the cache containing 268 57 mm mortar rounds, two 82 mm mortars and four 107 mm rocket casings.

None of the rounds were serviceable, but they could have been alternately used as improvised explosive devices.

The munitions were turned over to Iraqi army personnel at a nearby compound. [END]

Widowmakers Fight Off Militant Attack While Searching for Cache Near Shulla
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division–Baghdad Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received a tip of a possible weapons cache just on the outskirts of Shulla in western Baghdad May 16.

The scene going into the area was almost unreal. Animal carcasses littered the fields surrounding Shulla. The creek running to Shulla’s south filled the air with an awful odor. As the Soldiers pushed into the area, an improvised explosive device immediately detonated. Fortunately, it did not strike any of the troops. The IED attached was immediately followed by three rocket-propelled grenades.

For nearly the next two hours, the Soldiers continued to search the area for the possible cache while under attack by indirect mortar and RPG fire. The Soldier’s fought back against the violent extremists, firing 5.56mm and .50-caliber rounds into the enemy forces’ positions. [...] read the rest...photos

Bastogne Physical Therapists Keep Soldiers on Their Feet
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA)

COMBAT OPERATIONS BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – It’s not a game, it’s combat. Yet many of the physical tolls that professional athletes face are mirrored in professional Soldiers. Pulled muscles, back pains and sprains are just a few injuries that Soldiers face while conducting day to day operations in Iraq.

Enter the Army physical therapist. A mobile, hands-on medical professional, who works with Soldiers to alleviate Soldier’s neuromusculoskeletal problems in the thick of the fight.

“We see our guys on the line as professional athletes,” said Capt. Christine Iverson, a physical therapist with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Iverson, who has been an Army physical therapist since April of 2006, earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Baylor University and has been helping Screaming Eagle Soldiers reach their peak performance ever since. She and her mobile physical therapy team have helped more than 2,500 Soldiers get back on their feet since being deployed here in Sept. 2007. [...] read the rest...photos

Rakkasans Distribute Supplies to Iraqi Schools
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Public Afffairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers distributed school supplies to the Saad and al-Zuwaiti Schools, about 11 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 21.

The Soldiers, with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), distributed a total of nine boxes filled with pens, pencils, erasers, paper, folders and other supplies.

“Basically, anything you would send your child to school with back home was included,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Wade, native of Auburn, Mass., section sergeant for Troop A.

Schoolchildren and generous people of Fairfield, Pa., donated everything distributed on that day.

“Tammy Kurtz, mother of one of our Soldiers, a teacher’s aide in Fairfield, contacted us and wanted to do something with the students as a civic’s lesson,” Wade said.

Various stores and shops in the Fairfield area took interest and also contributed to the donation of items. [...] read the rest...photos

Uthman Feed Mill Renovations Complete
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – After months of planning and hard work, the Uthman Feed Mill celebrated its completion of refurbishments in Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad, on May 21.

The finished feed mill now boasts a sound-proof generator and increased ability to provide pelletized feed for the re-energized poultry and fish industries.

“My feed mill shows the continued commitment of American forces to the area,” said Uthman Daheesh, the owner. “Without their assistance this would not be possible.”

The feed mill also now has the dyes it previously lacked to pelletize feed. [...] read the rest...photos

Government Officials, U.S. Work to Heal, Unite
By Capt. Drew Sandstrum
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

PATROL BASE KEMPLE, Iraq – For the first time in recent history, the government of Iraq came to the aid of local residents requiring medical care in al-Betra and Owesat, about 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, on May 20.

Assisted by Soldiers of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), GoI officials and Iraqi doctors flew to a school in the remote community of al-Betra to provide medical care and discuss the extension of government services to the area.

The adjoining communities of al-Betra and Owesat sit on the western shores of the Euphrates River. The area falls under the jurisdiction of Anbar province and Ameriyah-Fallujah Nahia, despite being more than 30 kilometers from the nahia government and more than 40 kilometers from Fallujah, the seat of provincial government.

This natural isolation has led to a lack of essential services. In recent months, however, the tribal leaders of al-Betra and Owesat have reached out to GoI officials with the assistance of coalition forces. This mission marks a turning point in the effort to integrate the communities into government operations. [...] read the rest...photos

Speicher-based Unit Wins Top Quartermaster Award
By Spc. Rick Rzepka

COMBAT OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – “I am Quartermaster; my story is enfolded in the history of this nation, sustainer of Armies.”

The 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, has been selected by the 2008 Quartermaster Honors Panel as a Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Regiment. The 426th BSB is the only unit to have won the annual honor twice.

Since 1993, the award has recognized units with a Quartermaster lineage that have significantly contributed to the proud heritage of the Army and the Quartermaster corps.
The “Taskmaster” battalion’s history, longevity, campaign and battle streamers, and unit citations were all taken into consideration in determining this year’s winner.

“The 426th BSB is a proven winner,” said Col. Michael S. McBride, 1st BCT commander. “This battle-hardened unit deserves the honor as being named as the 2008 Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Regiment,” he said. [...] read the rest...photo

Coalition Forces Care for Obeidi Tribe
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Members of the Obeidi tribe in Maderiyah, 25 kilometers south of Baghdad, have always relied on one another through difficult times.

Now, thanks to successful implementation of the counterinsurgency policy, the tribe can also rely on Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, for help.

Soldiers from 1st Platoon, Battery B, 1-9th FA, met with an Obeidi woman May 21 to coordinate treatment options for burns she suffered during a mortar attack aimed at coalition forces. [...] read the rest...photos

IA, Coalition MiTT Find Cache at Fish Farm
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers and a Rakkasan Military Transition Team found a weapons cache in the water of a fish farm in Shubayshen, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 24.

A tip led Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division and the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment MiTT, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to the cache of six 120 mm mortar rounds.

The cache was turned over to the IA for later disposal by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

IA, Rakkasans Find Cache in Lutifiyah
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi and Rakkasan Soldiers uncovered a small cache west of Patrol Base Lutifiyah, about 40 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 23.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found 18 82-mm mortar rounds and seven mortar fuses.

The items were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for destruction at a later date. [END]

Balad Area Fighters Reconcile With Iraqi Government
By Spc. Rick Rzepka

BALAD, Iraq – More than 140 fugitives in the Balad area have turned themselves in to Iraqi security forces here, May 22, and many more are expected to come into the fold during the next several days.

Iraqi nationals suspected of planning and carrying out attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces, initiated the process of reconciliation at the Joint Coordination Center in the city of Balad as a result of increased pressure on anti-Iraqi forces in the last several weeks.

Tribal leaders in the area have made an attempt to end the stand off with coalition and Iraqi forces by bringing the men under their influence into the governmental fold.

“Today’s reconciliation is an example of local leaders taking a broad step forward in the future security and in the legitimacy of the Iraqi legal process,” said U.S. Army Maj. Ramiro Salazar, operations officer for the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Along with Iraqi security forces, the squadron is responsible for security in Balad. [...] read the rest...photo

Daughters of Iraq Begin Training
By 1st Lt. Agustin Valerio Nunez
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – The Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment found an ally in the Sons of Iraq (Abn al-Iraq) early on in their 15-month deployment.

As part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rogue worked with the Sons of Iraq to thwart criminal activity in the Al Mansour District of northwest Baghdad for 13 months.

Now the plan is to add women to the ranks.

On, May 17, 31 women from the Adil and Jamia neighborhoods of northwest Baghdad began training to become part of the Daughters of Iraq.

The 10-day training program was held at the Joint Security Station in Adil. There Soldiers incorporated hands-on-instruction with classroom activities to teach women basic military skills. [...] read the rest...photo

CJTF-101 Observes Memorial Day in Afghanistan
By Pfc. Scott Davis
Combined Joint Task Force-101

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – A cool afternoon shower set a somber mood as Combined Joint Task Force-101 observed Memorial Day with a ceremony here today, paying tribute to those who have died in our nation’s service.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and CJTF-101 was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

“Like the brave veterans who served before us and now lay in final rest at our nation’s cemeteries, today’s Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman continues to prove that they are willing to risk everything, and to give up the comforts of life so that others, average American citizens, can go about their daily routines freely and without fear,” Schloesser said.

He ended his speech with a quote written on a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

“Nothing speaks higher to the memory of fallen Americans than these: ‘Not for fame or reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it, these men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died.” [...] read the rest...photos


Photo Gallery
Troops Patrol Northern Ghazaliyah
Strike Soldiers Patrol Western Baghdad
Widowmakers Set Up Concertina Wire Around Shulla
Troops Set Up Obstacles to Help Halt Enemy Movements In, Out of Shulla
No Respite for Unsung Heroes of No Slack Battalion
Medical Visit for Iraqi Man
A Day in the Life of a CG's Aide
101st Airborne Soldiers Honor Fallen
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Sunday
Jan042009

War News: Voices From The War

~Snooper~

The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Iraqi Army Led to Cache in Shakariya

By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A local citizen led Soldiers from 2nd Company, 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division to a cache in Shakariya, about 24 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 11.

The cache contained 50 rocket fuses, two cans of 14.75 mm loose ammunition, one anti-tank grenade, one bag each of 5.56 mm and 14.75 mm ammunition, three pressure plates, one 2.2-pound bag of homemade explosives and various trigger components.

The items will be transported to the IA headquarters in Yusifiyah for disposal. [END]

1-35th Takes the Reins From 2-69th
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Two companies from two different battalions traded places during a ceremony at Patrol Base Lion's Den, about 15 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 10.

The Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment will soon head back to Fort Benning, Ga., after a 15-month deployment as Co. B, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment fills in their place.

Company B, 2-69th Armor Regt., part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was attached to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during their deployment. [...] read the rest...photos

SoI, IA Unearth Cache After Tip, Rakkasans Assist
By 3rd Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Sons of Iraq members and 3rd Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division soldiers, discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition near Say Fahal village, approximately 20 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 12.

Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, assisted in the recovery.

Acting on information of munitions and weapons in the area, the Rakkasans coordinated for a metal detector to use in discovering the cache.

The cache consisted of three Egyptian 100 kilogram explosive devices, 57 Iraqi 60 mm mortars, 53 Chinese 60 mm mortars, four 130 mm Iraqi high explosive projectiles, a Russian 122 mm rocket, a South African 155 mm rocket and various fuses and ammunition.

The weapons and ammunition were destroyed by explosives ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Chicks Hatch, Kick Start Poultry Industry
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – The Karadi hatchery was abuzz with activity as nearly 33,000 day-old chicks were prepared for delivery to chicken farms in Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 13.

At the end of a 21-day incubation period, 32,750 chicks were distributed among seven local farmers. The chicks represented approximately 94 percent of the 35,000 eggs, well exceeding the expected 90 percent survival rate.

“After eight to nine months of planning, this is the first step where all the chicken farmers see live chickens getting put into the entire chicken industry,” said Capt. Benjamin Neusse, civil military operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. [...] read the rest...photos

Field Artillery Provides Aid to Displaced Iraqis
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment Public Affiars Office

ETAB, Iraq – Since the beginning of the war, millions of Iraqis have fled their homes seeking refuge from violence and unrest brought on by insurgent groups in the war-torn country.

According to recent U.N. reports, over 2.2 million Iraqis have been displaced due to conflict and sectarian violence, and an estimated 60,000 are being forced to leave their homes every month.

To leaders within 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), helping those who have been displaced has become a top concern.

“Every opportunity we take to help the people of Iraq in the midst of this conflict further isolates the insurgent from his power base ... the people,” said Maj. Tim Frambes, battalion operations officer. [...] read the rest...photos

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Provide Much Needed Assistance to Local Village
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment PAO

Zuhari, Iraq – Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Iraqi soldiers from 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, spent a day together dropping off humanitarian aid supplies in the village of Zuhari on April 29, 2008.

The village, which lies southeast of Balad, has around 300 people and lacks clean water, medical supplies, and consistent electricity.

“This was great opportunity to show the people of Zuhari that we truly care for there well-being. I think that by working together, the Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers made a huge difference for some really great people during this mission,” said Capt. Adalberto Rodriguez, battery commander for Alpha Battery, 2-320th FAR. [...] read the rest...photos

Iraqi Army, Rakkasans Find Weapons Cache in Abu Osage
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army and Rakkasan soldiers located a weapons cache in Abu Osage, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, after following up on a tip from a local resident, May 14.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division, and 4th Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were conducting a joint patrol when they uncovered the buried cache.

The cache contained four 120 mm mortar rounds, three 155 mm mortar rounds, two 105 mm mortar rounds, three 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds, six boxes of DSHKA rounds, two boxes of 25 mm mortar rounds, one box of 60 mm mortar fuses and one 120 mm mortar tube with tripod.

The munitions were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date. [END]

Four Rakkasans Selected for Sgt. Audie Murphy Club
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne. Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Four Rakkasans from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been selected for induction into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club since the brigade arrived in Iraq.

After a series of grueling boards at the battalion, brigade and division levels, these noncommissioned officers proved themselves to be the caliber of Soldier the board members sought.

Sergeant First Class Anthony Crisostomo, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment; Staff Sgt. Johnny White, HHC, 3rd Special Troops Battalion; Staff Sgt. Benjamin Richards, Company A, 626th Brigade Support Battalion; and Staff Sgt. Amos Sward, HHC, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., were recommended.

“I think the Audie Murphy Club is a prestigious club made up of NCOs who wanted to be part of something great,” White said. “The Army in itself is a great institution, but within any organization there are a few people who like to set themselves apart; the Audie Murphy Club presents that opportunity.”

Sward likened the selection into the prestigious board to the Expert Infantryman Badge. [...] read the rest.

Fish Farming Rebounds in MND-C
By Greg Dubin
Multi-National Division – Center Public Affairs Office

MULTIN-NATIONAL DIVISION – CENTER, Iraq – The tumultuous era for fish farming in Iraq is beginning to wane, as Task Force Marne Soldiers facilitate a massive rebirth of this once prosperous industry.

The history of “aquaculture” in Iraq dates back thousands of years. Yet, since the 1980’s, the country’s fish farming industry has been declining.

Prior to the recent conflict, more than 2,000 fish farms operated in the country. Due to their profitability, the government took over many of the farms and gave them to Saddam Hussein’s family members.

With the overthrow of Hussein’s regime, the farms were returned to the Iraqi people. This transition from state-owned to private enterprise has required substantial coordination and assistance from TF Marne. [...] read the rest...photos

Yusifiyah Radio Station Begins Broadcasting
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

PATROL BASE YUSIFIYAH, Iraq – A radio station in Yusifyah, about 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, aired its first broadcast throughout the Nahia May 15.

The station will broadcast Iraqi music of various genres throughout the day, as well as weekly and bi-weekly message segments dealing with various ministry departments of the government.

“This is for … the people of Yusifiyah,” said Jamal Hussein, radio station manager. “This station is supported … by both the coalition and government of Iraq.”

A small building in the Yusifiyah Joint Security Station was renovated with new paint and windows, air conditioning, lights and broadcast equipment for broadcast use. [...] read the rest...photo

IA, MND-B Soldiers Strengthen Relationship With Mansour Community
By Spc. April Campbell
Multi-National Division Baghdad

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – As Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers continue to work with Iraqi soldiers, they stress the importance of developing relationships with members of the local communities.

Working with their Iraqi army counterparts, Soldiers with the 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, currently attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), MND-B, worked to build such relationships during a visit to the Iskan Children’s Teaching Hospital in the Baghdad district of Mansour on May 15.

During the mission, the American and Iraqi Soldiers visited the cancer ward at the children’s hospital to hand out goodies sent by friends and Family in the United States. The Co. D Soldiers have been visiting the children at this hospital, which is near Joint Security Station Washash, where they have stayed since they arrived there more than a year ago. [...] read the rest...photos

Tip Leads Rakkasans to Cache in Mahmudiyah
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasans from 2nd Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found a cache near the Qaqa apartments in Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 16.

A tip from a local citizen led the Soldiers to a cache comprised of 450 7.62 mm x 54 mm armor-piercing rounds, one 60 mm mortar system, 15 rocket-propelled grenade motors, 96 mortar cartridges and 10 pounds of mortar propellant bags.

Explosive ordnance disposal personnel transported the items to Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah for later disposal. [END]

MND-B Soldiers Kill Two Criminals, Seize Munitions Caches
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers killed two special groups criminals, who conducted attacks on coalition force soldiers, and discovered two weapons caches, one with the help of a Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) member, in Baghdad May 16.

The SoI member led Soldiers from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division to a munitions cache consisting of 155 mm mortar rounds west of Baghdad at approximately 12:20 p.m.

At approximately 5 p.m., special groups criminals attacked soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with an improvised-explosive device and small-arms fire, as the soldiers were conducting a mounted patrol in the Shuala neighborhood of Baghdad’s Kadhamiyah district. The MND-B soldiers defended themselves and killed two criminals.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered 82 mm mortars and 60 mm mortars in the Furat neighborhood of the West Rashid district.

“The soldiers of Multi-National Division – Baghdad work alongside the Iraqi security forces to keep these dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, MND-B chief of staff. “We will remain diligent, and steadfast and loyal, in the professional execution of our duties to maintain peace and security for the people of Iraq.” [END]

Mortar Rounds, Rocket Found
By Multi-National Division - Center

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – A local Iraqi gave information leading Iraqi army soldiers to a weapons cache in the Sharifat area, 12 miles south of Baghdad, May 18.

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division, uncovered the cache, which contained a 60 mm mortar tube with stand, 52 120 mm mortar rounds, 10 82 mm mortar rounds, 13 60 mm mortar rounds, two Iranian 60 mm mortar rounds, one unidentified rocket, one Russian SPG-9 rocket and more than 80 mortar primers and fuses.

The rounds, which were fused and primed, were mostly unserviceable as mortar rounds, but could be used as improvised explosive devices.

Explosive ordnance disposal personnel with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will examine the Iranian rounds. [END]

Photo Gallery
ISF, MND-B Soldiers Patrol Western Baghdad Neighborhood of Ameriyah
Iraqi Army Leads Peaceful Patrol in Yusifiyah
101st Airborne Artillery Fires Shells in Support of Operation Fulton Harvest
IA Soldiers Visit Local Neighborhood Market in Mansour
MND-B Chaplain Conducts Church Service at JSS Washash
Strike Soldiers Search for Caches, React to Enemy Attack
GWOT Trot Held on FOB Fenty

Video
Yusifiyah Opens New Iraqi Police Station
Operation Marne Piledriver Update
Rakkasans Host Tournament

Sunday
Jan042009

HOOAH Rakkasans! Voices From The War

~Snooper~

The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Rakkasans Find Large Rocket, Mortar Cache

By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers recovered nearly 200 weapons rounds near Shubayshen, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 7.

Soldiers from Companies C and D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), acted on a tip that there was a weapons cache in the area.

The cache contained 82 57 mm rockets, 95 82 mm mortars and 23 120 mm rounds, all of which could have been used as improvised explosive devices.

The munitions were secured at Patrol Base Yates for later detonation by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Rakkasans Discover Weapons Cache in Sa’id Abdullah Corridor
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, unearthed a cache during air assault operations in the Sa’id Abdullah Corridor, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 6.

Soldiers from 4th Platoon, Btry. A, found a buried cache that contained 18 86 mm projectiles, three 82 mm rounds, three 130 mm rounds prepared as improvised explosive devices, one 75 mm rocket, one 60 mm mortar base plate, one rocket propelled grenade round and one packing tube with 2,500 7.62 mm rounds.

The unit destroyed the cache by controlled detonation on-site. [END]

Rakkasans Prepare to Patrol Waterways
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Most Soldiers who join the Army can honestly say they would have never imagined patrolling the Euphrates River in a boat.

Some Rakkasans will soon be able to say they’ve done just that.

Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is training to operate boats the unit received, May 2.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Cpl. Tomas Montoya, Co. A, 3-187th Inf. Regt. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to work on boats over here in Iraq.” [...] read the rest...photos here

Rakkasan Transition Team Teaches Iraqi Army Soldier Skills
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – A Military Transition Team stationed at Forward Operating Base Falcon, about eight kilometers south of Baghdad, plays a rigorous and important role in rebuilding the capacity of Iraq.

The MiTT helps the Iraqi army to operate in an optimal manner, said Sgt. Chad Highland, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers from the MiTT, assigned to 1-33rd Cav. Regt., teach a five-day Iraqi basic training course using U.S. Army knowledge converted into something Iraqi army soldiers can execute. [...] read the rest...photos here

Rakkasans Find Iranian Rockets, Launcher Cache
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers recovered a rocket launcher and two Iranian 107 mm rockets near Mustufar, about 18 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 11.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, acted on a tip from a local citizen that there was a rocket launcher in the area. [END]

Uncommon Bond: Screaming Eagle’s Stay Connected to Vietnam-era Brethren While Serving in Iraq
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAYJI, Iraq - This ain’t your father’s Army. Some say it’s a kinder, gentler Army, wary of political correctness and public perceptions. Some say that this has caused soldiers to lose touch with their roots, to disconnect themselves from the past. But for one Infantry platoon, at the heart of the fight in Iraq, some things never change and they are neither kind nor gentle.

Somewhere, in the dusty expanse of the Salah ad Din province in Iraq, the Tigers are lurking. They patiently wait for their prey in the city and in the desert. They are keenly aware, not only of their immediate surroundings, but of their heritage as well. They know they have some big boots to fill.

Tiger Force, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the most highly decorated platoon sized element in the U.S. Army. Over the past 48 years, Tiger Force Soldiers have earned two Medals of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, numerous Silver Stars for valor and countless other commendations. Names like Hackworth, Gertsch, and Gardner are synonymous with the Tiger legacy, which began in the sweltering jungles of Vietnam. [...] read the rest...photos here

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Flying UAVs Not a Game for Soldiers of Task Force XII

By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Seaton
Task Force XII PAO

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Flying an unmanned aerial vehicle sounds like a video gamer’s dream. In reality though, it is serious business for the Soldiers of Multi-National Division – Baghdad.

Games like the popular “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon - Advanced Warfighter” even let players fly a simulated UAV through a digital battlefield – discovering the pending threats before they discover you. [...] read the rest...photos here

Logisticians Converge on Kuwait to Map Out Future
By Staff Sgt. W. Watson Martin
311 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs Office

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – U.S. military logisticians have come together to discuss how to improve shipment of supplies to troops operating in the mountains of Afghanistan to the varied terrains of Africa and Iraq as well as the many other countries throughout the region.

“We all know what’s at stake here, we can’t fail the war fighter,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Leonard, Commanding General of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) who hosted the conference. “Our mission is to keep the Soldier in the fight supplied with whatever he needs to accomplish his mission. Whatever he needs, wherever he is. This is one way to make sure we all know the game plan and the way ahead,” said Leonard.

“We are not here to critique, but to observe how the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) – U.S. Army Central’s enduring logistical command – is going to sync the log efforts throughout the 27-country theater,” said Marine Lt. Col. Tim Bryant, who traveled to the conference from Tampa with Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, CENTCOM director of logistics, engineering and security assistance. “It is a good thing to have this conference so all the services can gain a better appreciation for the scope of operations we face.” [...] read the rest...photos here

First Iraqi Comedy in Wasit Since Saddam’s Era
By Sgt. Daniel T. West
214th Fires Brigade, Public Affairs Office

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq – Actors from the popular Iraqi sitcom, “Mud House,” performed the first comedic play in Wasit province, in al-Kut, since 2003 on May 4.

“People and People” conveyed Iraqi life from a comedic perspective to entertain the Wasit audience and give them hope and optimism for the future, as described by the actors, An’am al-Rubay’ai, Ali Dakhil and Majid Yasin.

Fifteen hundred people filled the Municipality Hall in al-Kut to see the play, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in coordination with the 214th Fires Brigade and the Iraqi police.

The Iraqi police estimated another 3,000 people were waiting outside the theater, said Vanessa Beary, public diplomacy officer for the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team. [...] read the rest...photos here

MND-B Soldiers Kill Criminals Emplacing IED, Seize Weapons Caches
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, while conducting operations in support of their Iraqi security forces partners, killed two criminals and discovered two weapons caches in Baghdad, May 5.

At approximately 5:15 a.m., Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons cache containing 60 mm mortar rounds, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, an RPG warhead, a light anti-tank weapon, a PKC light machine gun, an RPG fuse and PKC rounds.

At approximately 8 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, discovered two large containers filled with 7.62 mm rounds while on a combat patrol.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Ur, an MND-B patrol was attacked by criminals using small-arms fire. The Soldiers returned fire and killed one special groups criminal. [...] read the rest...no photos

Operation Chicken Run Revitalizes Qarghuli Village
By 1st Lt. James Flaherty
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

PATROL BASE INCHON, Iraq – Since the beginning of March, Rakkasans have been meeting with Sheik Sabah Abdullah Kanaan to inspect the type and amount of chicken feed pouring into Qarghuli Village.

Soldiers from Headquarters and 3rd Platoons, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted multiple dismounted patrols in the last two months to visit Sabah, a local leader and business associate.

The chicken feed project is the keystone for Operation Chicken Run, a joint effort between the military, agricultural experts from embedded provincial reconstruction teams and local poultry farmers to boost the poultry market, which has been in the works for more than six months. [...] read the rest...photo here

Strike Soldiers Provide Medical Care to Wounded, Sick Patients
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st AIrborne Division (AIr Assault)

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – There is no telling what may happen on the streets of Baghdad as Iraqi security and coalition forces maintain a constant presence in an attempt to detour any enemy activities. The enemy will go to great lengths to inflict damage upon those who wish to see a prosperous Iraq. However, more often that not, they are unsuccessful; though occasionally, their cowardly attacks do cause harm.

Depending on where wounded troops or civilians are located in Baghdad and how immediate their wounds are determines where they will be medically evacuated to. One particular place is the Riva Ridge Troop Medical Center. [...] read the rest...photos here

Leader Battalion Helps Families Move Home
By Capt. Raymond Nutter
1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Two years ago, al-Qaida destroyed the Chalabi village in the Sayafiyah region. A Shia tribe in a predominately Sunni area, the Chalabis fled to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad and other surrounding areas.

About four months ago, coalition forces entered the area and set up Sons of Iraq security and Iraqi Army checkpoints. Soon after, Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discovered residents had returned to the area.

“These families had heard from word of mouth that the area was now secure so now they are back,” said Capt. Joe Johnson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-187th Inf. Regt. [...] read the rest...photos here

Sons of Iraq Turn Over Weapons Caches During Medical Engagement
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Members of the Sons of Iraq turned over small weapons caches to Iraqi army soldiers during a coordinated medical engagement in Abu Osage, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 8.

More than 165 Iraqis received care from medics with 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division and 3rd Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. The medics were informed the SoI had found two small caches in the area.

The caches contained one 105 mm artillery round, one 120 mm mortar round, one Russian 73 mm projectile, 108 mortar primers and one surface-to-air rocket launcher.

The munitions were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date. [END]

MND-B Soldiers Seize Munitions, Detain Criminals
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained five criminals and 13 suspected criminals in separate events in the West Rashid and Kadhamiyah districts of Baghdad on May 11.

At approximately 7 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detained a known criminal and six other suspected criminals while conducting a population engagement operation in Kadhamiyah.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained a suspect and three other individuals during Operation Tusker Chamberlain in West Rashid.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., MND-B Soldiers detained another suspect and three other individuals allegedly involved in planning improvised-explosives device attacks against Iraqi security and coalition forces.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, seized a munitions cache, west of Baghdad. The cache consisted of a 55-gallon drum filled with more than 300 pounds of homemade explosives. The area was cleared and the munitions were detonated on site. [...] read the rest

Ceremony Marks Completion of School Construction
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi citizens celebrated the completion of construction at the Omah Moktar school for girls in the Qadisiyah apartment complex in Mahmudiyah, about 20 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 8.

After nearly three months of construction, the Moktar school’s approximately 600 students can now enjoy new windows, gates and doors, as well as new auditorium furniture. Exterior improvements included raising the outer wall as an added security measure.

“The educational environment was greatly enhanced and helped to bolster pride in their school,” said 1st Lt. Jason Potter, Moktar school project manager, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “This project was significant in that it showed the residents of the neighborhood that the coalition forces are really here to help.” [...] read the rest...photos here

Historic Tigris River to Provide Drinking Water for Iraqi Citizens
By Maj. Johnpaul Arnold
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

TIKRIT, Iraq - Bottled water or tap water? For several years this has been an unfiltered debate in the United States. Now it is a debate for the citizens of Abu Ajil, Iraq.

A water treatment facility project was recently completed in Abu Ajil, which is located just outside of Tikrit, Iraq. The facility will provide a better purified source of water for more than 15,000 Iraqi citizens who inhabit the famed Fertile Crescent region.

For thousands of years, the Tigris River has been the wellspring of life for Iraq, providing abundant refreshment to crops, animals and the people of ancient Mesopotamia.

The Tigris River has seen dramatic changes in the last fifty years. During the 1960’s and 70’s several dams and barrages were created to harness the river for irrigation and hydroelectric purposes according to a Georgetown University report. Additionally, former dictator Saddam Hussein created forced droughts on marsh lands in southern Iraq by constructing river obstacles. [...] read the rest...photos here

Shukrega Greenhouse Project Begins
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Local government officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shukrega greenhouse in the Mahmudiyah area, about 25 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 10.

“The project brings to the area an opportunity to prove how effective the greenhouse can be for farmers,” said Capt. Benjamin Torpy, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. [...] read the rest...photo here

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Saturday
Jan032009

War News: Voices From The War

~Snooper~

The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Strike Soldiers Visit Clinics in Western Baghdad: MND-B Troops Seek to Help in Life-saving Equipment, Abilities

By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Women sat quietly in the waiting rooms as their young children curiously gazed around the room. With their white gowns neatly upon them, doctors and nurses moved quickly through the corridors carrying clipboards and charts. Even, an elderly Iraqi woman walked around with a squeegee and a bucket of steaming, hot water. She went room-to-room, cleaning the hospital floors.

It was an interesting place for the Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad who were visiting the local medical facilities in their area that day. The facility was oddly quiet, which was strange for a place that had what seemed to be rather new or austere equipment. There was even a new X-ray machine. [...] read the rest...photos here...

Soldiers Assess Iraqi Fish Farms to Gauge Progress
By Army Pvt. Christopher McKenna
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - U.S. civil affairs soldiers assessed fish farms in the Lutifiyah, Iraq, area April 23 to gauge their progress.

"What we are trying to do is set up fish farms that can supply a mass product," said Army Pfc. Timothy Perkins, a communications specialist with Company B, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion.

Three types of carp -- common, grass and silver -- are going to be raised in the farms.

"The government of Iraq is actually working toward setting up a fish farmers agriculture committee," Perkins said. "It is going to be a program used to educate the farmers [on] caring for fish and agricultural requirements that the ponds have." [...] read the rest...photos here

26th BSB Sprints to Finish Build-up of PB Dezil
By 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team are fast completing work and delivery of equipment and materials for Patrol Base Dezil, the 12th patrol base established by the 2nd BCT, 3rd Infantry Division.

Each patrol base has been a learning experience for the Soldiers of the 26th Brigade Support Battalion who make construction possible through combat logistic patrols.

Chief Warrant Officer Sallyann Burroughs, accountables officer for the 26th BSB, said before any materials or supplies can be consolidated or ordered through her office, engineers responsible for the construction must first receive an estimate of how many Soldiers will be occupying the base. [...] read the rest

MND-C Extends a Hand to Iraqi Children
By Multi-National Division - Center

BAGHDAD - Several years ago, the diagnosis of baby Noor's rare congenital condition would have been equal to a death sentence. Today, she is on her way to leading a happy and healthy life, thanks to the Soldiers of Multi-National Division - Center.

Born with certain organs outside her body, Noor's life depended on advanced medical procedures the Iraqi medical system could not provide.

Determined to get her the care she needed, doctors from 948th Forward Surgical Team successfully performed an operation that saved her life.

Soldiers are now making arrangements to send her to the United States for two follow-up surgeries.

Stories like Noor's are increasingly common throughout MND-C's area of operations. Throughout the region, Soldiers are coming to the aid of the often-neglected victims of this conflict - Iraq's children.

From building schools, to distributing toys, to buying wheelchairs, Task Force Marne Soldiers are determined to improve the quality of life for Iraqi youth. [...] read the rest

Arctic-tough Engineers Build Rakkasans’ Capacity
By Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

PATROL BASE YATES, Iraq – In a push to move Rakkasan Soldiers closer to the people they protect, Task Force Marne engineers are constructing a new base southwest of Baghdad.

Company C, 864th Engineer Battalion, is building Patrol Base Yates in support of Operation Marne Piledriver, a capacity-building operation for Multi-National Division – Center. Living at PB Yates are Rakkasans from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Company C, from Fort Richardson, Alaska, is the only vertical construction engineer company serving MND-C. Since arriving in Iraq, they have been under the command of the 479th Eng. Bn., serving TF Liberty and TF Marne. [...] read the rest

Lutifiyah Medical Clinic Gets Two Ambulances
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – The Lutifiyah Medical clinic received two ambulances April 26 through the efforts of coalition forces.

Before this, the clinic had relied on Iraqi Army forces to provide transportation for critically ill or wounded persons.

“We will still provide security for the ambulance movement,” said 1st Lt. Mohammed Mousa, a doctor with 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. “We know the people need emergency medical care on a regular basis and we are going to make sure the people who can give that care get to the people who need it.”

The nahia council in Lutifiyah, 36 kilometers south of Baghdad, brought the need to the attention of Coalition forces, who facilitated delivery of the ambulances.

“This will increase the capacity and ability of the health clinic to reach a more widespread area and be able to bring care to people in need,” said Capt. Mike Fisher, commander of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). [...] read the rest...photos here

Sons of Iraq Help Secure Fuhail Village
Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st AIrborne Division

PATROL BASE YATES, Iraq – As part of their commitment to keeping insurgents away, members of the Sons of Iraq built a checkpoint on a narrow stretch of road through Fuhail Mujeer Village, 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, April 25.

As recently as December, Rakkasan Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), established a presence in the area, which was previously an insurgent safe haven.

Now Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, assigned to their battalion’s Company D, are living at the newly built Patrol Base Yates and working with the SoI to maintain security in the area.

The first of eight SoI checkpoints was constructed in mid-March approximately 400 meters north of the site where a Rakkasan Soldier was wounded by an improvised explosive device. Working their way toward the patrol base, checkpoints have been placed in strategic locations along the road to deter insurgent activity. [...] read the rest

IA Recovers Cache in Abu Hamid
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division found a cache of multiple mortar rounds near Abu Hamid, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 1.

Acting on a tip, the Soldiers found a cache in two different holes that consisted of 19 120 mm mortar rounds, 17 81 mm mortar rounds, one 120 mm artillery round, two grain sacks filled with 81 mm mortar rounds, 12 boosters, one canister of TNT and various illumination round components.

The items will be destroyed by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

IA, Coalition Troops Meet With Locals About Security
By Capt. Seth Palmer
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Rakkasans conducted a joint security meeting with their partnered Iraqi army battalion and local citizens at Patrol Base Knight, about 15 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, April 29.

Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and 3rd Battalion, 43rd Brigade, 11th IA Division met to interact with local residents to discuss various issues concerning the area, particularly security.

Security remains a major concern for all Iraqis. One desired outcome from the meeting is the building of trust between area citizens and the IA.

“Initially we saw hesitation from the locals to interact with the Iraqi Army; there just wasn’t much trust between the two,” said Staff Sgt. Adam McMurray, Troop A, 1-33rd Cav. Regt. “These meetings have been a great step towards building that trust.”

One sign that trust in the IA is improving is the increase in tips from residents leading the IA to weapons cache sites. Originally, many of these tips went to U.S. forces, but in the past week there has been an increase of tips given to the IA.

The unit plans to continue these meetings on a regular basis to help maintain reconciliation efforts in the area. [END]

Wholesale Farmers’ Market Reopens in Yusifiyah
By Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Yusifiyah Wholesale Farmers’ Market had a grand reopening on April 29 after closing four years ago.

“This was the center of commerce for the city before the war,” said Capt. Steve McGregor, from Longwood, Fla., projects officer for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “It shut down because of all the fighting ... It was the main way the farmers in this agrarian society made their money.”

Now, the wholesale market may help turn a profit for local farmers. Regular markets only allow farmers to sell produce or goods a little at a time; at the wholesale market, people come to buy bulk produce by the kilogram. [...] read the rest...photos here

Military Wife a Finalist for Mother of the Year
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

The military wife is said to have the toughest job in the Army.

One Army wife, living in Clarksville, Tenn., is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

Judy Thomsen is a finalist in the 2008 Mother of the Year competition held by Nashville television station WSMV.

“I don’t know where she finds the time to do anything. It would wear me out,” said her husband, Staff Sgt. Eric Thomsen, who is currently deployed with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Iraq. [...] read the rest

SoI Recover Cache in Kartani Fahal Village
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A local citizen’s tip led to a cache find in Kartani Fahal village in Sadr al-Yusifiyah, about 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 3.

After receiving the tip, Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, arrived on the scene to find Sons of Iraq already recovering the cache, with Iraqi army troops providing security.

The cache contained 16 82 mm mortars, 10 120 mm mortars, six 60 mm mortars, 17 rocket propelled grenade rounds, 300 7.62 mm rounds, 11 RPG launch motors, an improvised rocket launcher, two rockets, four rifle rounds, one hand grenade, seven 50-pound bags of homemade explosives, 29 unknown fuses, 20 electric blasting caps, approximately 400 blasting cap primers, a mortar tripod and three mortar tube sites.

The items were detonated on site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Government Officials Meet With Qarghuli Sheikhs
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Local government officials visited tribal leaders of Qarghuli to discuss a number of issues, May 3.

“The government representatives approached us to speak of our concerns,” said Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, who held the meeting in his home. “This is out of the ordinary. We are usually the ones going to them about our concerns and issues.”

Rakkasan leadership of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, attended the meeting but only to observe.

“It’s rare for me to come to a meeting and not have to mediate, but I didn’t have to do that today,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. “That just goes to show that the government cares about its people and is taking the steps to move forward in the right direction.” [...] read the rest...photos here

Country Star Visits Bastogne Artillery Soldiers in Iraq
By 1st Lt. Jonathan Springer
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq –Instead of touring the world or recording his next blockbuster album, country singer Toby Keith decided to take a detour from music making and visit with Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) April 28.

During his trip to Logistical Support Area Anaconda, the award-winning music star spent a few hours with Soldiers, and took part in a re-enlistment ceremony that saw five “Redlegs” re-up with the battalion.

“It’s an honor to be here with these fine Americans today; I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” said Keith after the ceremony.

For the Soldiers of the 2-320th FAR, it was an honor to have the opportunity to meet the country music singer and for him to participate in the re-enlistment ceremony. [...] read the rest...photos here

Cavalry Scouts and Iraqi Security Forces Sweep Golden Hills for Extremists Groups
By Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Doheny
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) PAO

BALAD, Iraq -- The benefits of the overall increasing security situation in the Balad area over the last few months has yielded an economic surge not seen in many years to the people there.

The swell in security has allowed the city to open up to the local communities, giving farmers an outlet for their crops.

The impending opening of the canning factory near the city also promises incredible potential for the area, increasing the commercial lines of communication throughout the nearby provinces and Iraq.

Ensuring the gains from this surge are sustained without disruption, the Bandit Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, alongside their Iraqi security counterparts, conducted Operation San Jacinto April 21-25, in an effort to eliminate the enemy extremists from the Golden Hills area. [...] read the rest...photos here.
Iraqi, Coalition Leaders Discuss Piledriver Progress
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army, coalition, tribal and government of Iraq leaders met at the IA Compound in Mahmudiyah May 1 to discuss the progress of Operation Marne Piledriver.

Marne Piledriver, a capacity-building operation, kicked-off April 15 with an air assault and dismounted patrols throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada, aimed at disbanding any remaining al-Qaida threat in the area.

“We want to build trust within Mahmudiyah and make sure the terrorist threat is gone for good,” said Sheikh Abu Amar, Mahmudiyah Qada Council chairman. “In gaining trust, however, we expect people to come to the government when they have issues or project ideas.”

Since the start of Piledriver, a series of projects have begun to improve the stability of local governance and economics throughout the qada. [...] read the rest

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Photo Gallery:
"No Slack" Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand at parade rest while paying their respects to a fallen brother at Forward Operating Base Summerall, Iraq.

A U.S. Army Soldier from 3-320 Field Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Lighting 1-6, 101st Airborne Division, monitors a crowd of Shiites on a pilgrimage, Feb. 25, in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Luke Thornberry)

2nd Lt. Vincent Barber, a native of Toledo, Ohio, talks with an Iraqi man in Rathwaniyah on April 30 after receiving small arms fire. Barber serves as the platoon leader for 1st Platoon, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Multi-National Division Baghdad.

Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, pull security while on patrol in Rathwaniyah on April 30.

An Iraqi national policeman provides security during the IP Station Road opening in Khadra, Iraq, on Feb. 27. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Sharhonda R. McCoy).

Iraqi police officers celebrate the opening of the new Iraqi police station in Yusifiyah on April 30.

Col. Dominic Caraccilo, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander is greeting by Qarguli sheikhs prior to a meeting between the tribal leaders and government of Iraq officials, May 3, at Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah's home.

A Soldier from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, patrols during an operation near Balad, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Rick Rzepka, 1st Brigade Combat Team)
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Thursday
Jan102008

101st Airborne News And Views

~Snooper~

News:

Living a Spider Legacy
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Many military units have a mascot or other insignia reflecting the unique identity of the unit. Some mascots reflect a desired quality embodied in animals or warriors. Others exalt regional aspects, while others take upon themselves a heritage and legacy to respect. [...] read the rest visuals: 1 2 3

Top Gun Troops Patrol Radwaniyah
RAWANDIYAH, Iraq - Baghdad is like any big city. Throughout the day the streets are lit up, vendors sell their products to passing Iraqis and traffic can be a nightmare. It seems homes are one on top of the other, with what seems to be little privacy to the neighboring person. [...] read the rest visuals: 1 (9 total)

26th BSB Supplies Front Lines
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - In combat, the success of troops fighting on the front line depends heavily on the efforts of the troops supplying them. The 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division ensures continued success as they help build the latest patrol base in the brigade's area of operations. [...] read the rest visuals 4 total

New Helmet Sensors to Measure Blast Impact
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division preparing to deploy to Afghanistan are being issued sensors that attach to their helmets to measure the impact from blasts, roadside bombs and other activities. [...] read the rest visuals 2 total

Solidarity in Samarra: Bridge Is Reopened to Iraqi Citizens With Provincial and Local Officials "Walking the Walk"
SAMARRA, Iraq - The city of Samarra reopened its Samarra Dam Bridge Thursday after eight months of traffic restriction due to security, easing access from surrounding communities to its markets and services, with the Salahahdin and local government, military and police officials on hand. A joint ribbon-cutting ceremony took place before the bridge, which is located just west of the city and near the main north/south interstate highway, with unity being demonstrated by all officials walking together over one mile sharing conversations and smiles. [...] read the rest visuals 6 total

Chief Kerr Leaves Legacy of Service and Safety
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – There are not many men in America with a life story like my housemate, Army Chief Warrant Officer John Kerr. The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safety officer is a real life Forrest Gump that keeps popping up at crucial moments in American history. [...] read the rest visuals 1

Two Soldiers Bring Christmas to Others
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers take care of other Soldiers. Soldiers care about other Soldiers. The proof - two Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were able to provide Christmas gift bags to each Soldier of the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division. To be exact, there are 801 Soldiers in that squadron alone. [...] visuals 2 total



Visuals...short blurbs:

Strike Brigade Commander in Northwest Baghdad
Col. William B. Hickman, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), talks with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia in Ghazaliyah, Dec. 5. Hickman tours northwest Baghdad frequently, interacting with local citizens, Iraqi Security Forces and Strike Brigade troops. visuals (3 total)

Senators Visit Strike Troops, Tour Baghdad Markets
U.S. senator, Rep. Norm Coleman from Minnesota, talks with a Soldier from the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in a Ghazaliyah market, Dec. 5. Three U.S. senators visited Strike Brigade troops and toured markets in Ghazaliyah to see the continued security and economic progress. visuals (10 total)

Clearing the Perimeter at Night
Staff Sgt. Alex Terwilliger, of the 56th Military Police Company, 101st Airborne Division, clears the perimeter of a target house in Al Alam, Iraq. visual 1

Cordon and Search Training
Non-commissioned officers from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assess Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Company, 3rd Battalion IA, during cordon and search training on Dec. 23, on Forward Operating Base O'Ryan, Iraq. Alpha Battery has been training the Iraqi army since being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo/1st Lt. Jonathan J Springer) visual 1

CLC Checkpoint Stop
Spc. Jason Leaders, a Soldier assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hands a case of water to a Concerned Local Citizen program member during a CLC checkpoint stop near Ad Dujayl, Iraq, on Dec. 27 visual 1

Soldier Pulls Security
Pfc. Kyle Pecus, a Soldier assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands and pulls security in a medical clinic in Ad Dujayl, Iraq, on Jan. 1 visual 1

Talent Show Highlights Kalsu's Brightest
Master Sgt. Q.P. Bean, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division communications section, serenades Staff Sgt. Charlene Mason, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., at the Forward Operating Base Kalsu talent show Jan. 1. Bean sang "Always and Forever" by Luther Vandross. A former member of the U.S. Army Soldier Show, Bean walked away with first place, scoring a four-gigabyte iPod Nano. visuals 3 total

Patrols Through Al Betra
U.S. Army Capt. Joe Johnson (left) and U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree (right), both from the 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, write down grid coordinates for a helicopter landing zone in order to be ex filtrated after conducting patrol operations in search of insurgents or insurgent information from local residents of Al Betra, Iraq. visuals 3 total

An Evening in Samarra
Citizens of historied Samarra, Iraq, share casual conversations just mere blocks from the al-Askari "Golden Dome" Mosque with Soldiers from C Company, 2-237 Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), along with the 2-327 Infantry Regiment and 1st Brigade Combat Team leadership. The Samarra mayor and Salahahdin governor in conjunction with Iraqi security forces, recently opened up the Samarra Dam Bridge, connecting nearby communities to the city. "No Slack" 2-327 coalition forces established two checkpoints and a city-wide berm to quell the activities of the enemy. visuals 1 video

Stryker Cavalry Troops Patrol Karkh District of Baghdad visuals 8 total

Samrah Police Station Road Trip visuals 5 total

Saturday
Dec222007

101st Airborne News From Iraq

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First off, Miss USA, Rachel Smith, visited 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Soldiers at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, during a United Service Tour event today.
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U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Melton, commander of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division discusses the day's mission with his counterpart from the 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, in Bakariya, Iraq, on Dec. 4.

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Melton, commander, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens as his interpreter talks to a local during a censing mission in Bakariya, Iraq, on Dec. 4.

An Iraqi soldier from 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, frisks locals hired to clean up the neighborhood, prior to their entry to Joint Security Station Thrasher in Gazaliya, Iraq, on Dec. 4. Images: One Two Three Four Five

Iraqi National Police, Troops Patrol Kahdra As Violence Continues to Decrease
BAGHDAD - In Kahdra, troops with Company C, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, working and living alongside Iraqi national police with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi National Police, keep in contact with the local citizens through patrols-both mounted and dismounted. [...]
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An M1A12 Tank belonging to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), convoys out to its security position at an Entry Control Point in Ameriya, Iraq, Dec. 11. (U.S.Army photo/Spc. Charles W. Gill)

Iraqis Step Up at Volunteer Drive
BAGHDAD - Local citizens stepped up to answer their nation's call for a standardized, uniformed police force to be available when their neighbors and fellow Iraqi citizens called for help. [...]
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Iraqi Children Get New Wheelchairs
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Fifteen Iraqi children can now get around a little easier, thanks to the new wheelchairs they received at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex Civil-Military Operations Center earlier this month. [...]

Cavalry Troops Patrol Gazaliyah
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Appointment in Samarra
Much like the servant in this short tale told by British author W. Somerset Maugham in 1933, al-Qaida in Iraq has fled Baghdad and other major Iraqi cities in an attempt to escape its fate, and much like the tale's narrator, troopers from the 101st Airborne Division intend to meet them in Samarra.

"No slack" Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, assumed responsibility of the tumultuous city, Oct. 2007.

These "Screaming Eagle" Soldiers are concentrating their efforts, to provide Samarra's people with the security they need, to reestablish the city as one of Iraq's most treasured destinations and to encourage the city's dwindling economy. [...]
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Military Policemen, Civilian Officers Teach Tactics to Tikrit Police
TIKRIT, Iraq Saladin, a 12th century, Tikrit-born Kurdish political and military leader, for whom the Salah ad Din province is named, is renowned for leading a Muslim resistance against foreign fighters and recaptured territories which were crucial to the people of the Arab world. He is an admired figure within the Muslim culture. [...]
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Saturday
Dec152007

101st Airborne Screamin' Eagles Update

~Snooper~

News from the Front Lines:

Red Platoon Forging Lasting Bond With Children at the Iskan Children's Hospital
1st Lt. Adam Buchanan
Company D, 1st Bn., 64th Armor Regiment

Iraqi Children Get New Wheels
IRAQ - Rakkasan medics from 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assembled the chairs that were donated by an organization called Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids.

1-64 Troops Make Initial Payment to Concerned Local Citizens in Jamia
BAGHDAD, Iraq - It was a very joyful day for the concerned local citizens of Jamia, as troops with Company B, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivered their first month's salary, Dec. 4.

Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces Detain 27 Suspected Al-Qaida in North Babil
NORTH BABIL, Iraq - A joint raid Dec. 7 resulted in the detention of 27 suspected al-Qaida terrorists in a building in north Babil that was suspected to be an al-Qaida safehouse where members planned attacks against local citizens, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces.

Local Tribal Leaders Start Reconciliation
BAGHDAD - After four years of brutal fighting between insurgents, the Iraqi army and coalition forces, most of west Mansour's local population, is tired of the ravages of war that has prevented any sort of normalcy in this area since Saddam’s regime reigned.

When Task Force 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, from Fort Stewart, Ga., attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), arrived in Mansour in mid-June, the battalion was conducting full spectrum combat operations with a daily average of up to fifteen significant enemy events per day.

Black Knights Honor Fallen Comrades
BAGHDAD - On Dec. 7, 2006, Staff Sgt. Kristopher Ciraso, with 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, lost his life when he was struck by an improvised explosive device while trying to repair a barrier in the western Ameriyah neighborhood of the Iraqi capital. He was the first "Black Knights" Soldier to lose his life during the battalion’s 15-month deployment.

Five months later, on May 14, 2007, six Soldiers and an interpreter who were riding in an M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle were struck by a deep-buried IED in Ameriyah. All seven - Staff Sgt. Christopher Moore, Sgt. Jean Paul Medlin, Sgt. David Behrle, Pfc. Travis Haslip, Pfc. Alexander Verela, Pfc. Joseph Gilmore, and the interpreter - died in the blast.

In order to remember the fallen Soldiers of the cavalry unit, currently attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the Black Knights held a ceremony in Ameriyah, Dec. 7, one year to the day they lost their first Soldier, and at the very site where those seven men lost their lives in May.

The Black Knights honored 18 fallen warriors during the ceremony. Chap. (Capt.) Steven Rindahl, the Black Knights' chaplain, asked those in attendance to join him in prayer to remember their warriors "lost in the fight."

3 Rakkasans Earn Fifth Combat Patch With 101st
IRAQ - The "Rakkasans" of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) boasts the highest percentage of multiple deployers in the Army.

Lieutenant Col. R.J. Lillibridge, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry, 1st Sgt. Chad Gore, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn. 187th Inf. and 1st Sgt. Randal Underhill, Company C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry, are now eligible for their fifth "Screaming Eagle" combat patch.

Of the five combat tours, these Soldiers each served four tours with the Rakkasans. "There's just something neat about being a Rakkasan," said Lillibridge, of Smithfield, R.I. "There’s a whole lot of goodness in it."

Soldiers Mentor Afghan Border Police

MEDEVAC Teams Maintain Mission Readiness

Inspirational Speaker Gives Humor, Hope to Troopers

Common Meeting Place Fosters Partnership

Devil Rock Helps Iraqi Army Soldiers

Rakkasans Continue Progress With Marne Courageous
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - The Rakkasans are making significant progress in the follow-on phases of Operation Marne Courageous which kicked off in mid-November.

Now well into the mission, multiple weapons and explosives caches have been recovered, insurgent activity has been thwarted and the operation is progressing smoothly. The construction of Patrol Base Kemple is ahead of schedule and all force-protection measures have been emplaced.

"The Rakkasans' mission to establish a footprint just west of the Euphrates proved to be a success and the quintessential model of counter-insurgency operations as defined in Field Manual 3-24," said Col. Dominic J. Caraccilo, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

"The stars definitely lined up for us on this mission," said Maj. David Jones, operations officer for the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT). "We conducted the largest air assault since Operation Swarmer without incident and delivered a decisive blow to al-Qaida.

"If there is any enemy that still remains in Owesat, they no longer have free reign and are incapable of coordinating significant attacks," Jones said.

Rakkasans Help Put Iraqi Face on Locals' Medical Care
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - More than 800 Iraqis received medical care during a coordinated medical engagement, Nov. 30, in Iraqi Family Village, northeast of Camp Victory, where healthcare is virtually non-existent.




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Alpha Company in Adil Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5

Video; "Operation Nanos": 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne

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Rakkasans Fifth Path Pictures: Image 1

Memorial Constructed for Fallen Soldier (719th MCT) Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3

Patrol Through Al Betra 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5

Adhamiyah Market Council Video: Video 1 Video 2

Soldiers Mentor Afghan Border Police Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6 Image 7

Bushmaster Joint Combat Outpost Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3

Sgt. Menshouse Video: Video 1

Rakkasans Help Put Iraqi Face on Locals' Medical Care Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5

Rakkasans at The Marne Pictures: Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6

Troops in Ameriyah Pictures: Image 1

101st Re-up Pictures: Image 1

Coordinated Medical Engagement, Iraqi Family Village Pictures: Image 1 Image 2

Sunday
Dec022007

101st Airborne News To Use

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Pay Attention Here:
Trust flowing down "from our higher headquarters through the general officer leadership all the way down to the squad leader (is) making the difference," Army Col. Dominic J. Caraccilo, commander of the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said during a conference call with online reporters and "bloggers." [...]

[...] "There is a great trust in our Army right now, and I think that is really the superimposing reason why we're successful thus far," Caraccilo said. "And, I think because of that, we can win."

You bloggers out there don't think you are making a difference?


Think again.

Thursday
Nov292007

101st Airborne Screamin' Eagles Update 11/30/07

~Snooper~

For our readers with special ties to the 101st Airborne...like myself.

News in regards to Marne Courageous:

A Pit Crew: Keep The Batteries Firing:

Soldiers Gather With Their Second Families:

Catch your favorite Soldier here:

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Firefighting Training News:

Purrfect Angelz News: Image 1

Security Detachment Images: 1 2 3 4 5

Meet and Greet News Part 1:

Meet and Greet News Part 2:

Iraqis Join Aux Images: 1 2 3 4 5

Video Operation Nanos (Air Assault)

Couple Spends First Holiday Season Together In Iraq (story) and Image

Iraqi Army Leads Raid (images): 1 2 3 4 5

Wednesday
Nov212007

101st Airborne Screamin' Eagles Update

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The 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles is near and dear to my heart and, if any of our readers have a specific attachment to the 101st airborne, we at A Newt One, will bring everything we find out about the 101st Airborne right here. For all the data we have posted so far on the 101st, click the tag at the bottom of the post.

Video: TOA 2BCT-101 ABN

B-Roll of the Transfer of authority between the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and 2nd Brigade Combat Team 101st Infantry Division. Scenes include a Soldier raising and lowering flags, speeches at the ceremony and a brief interview
101st Airborne's Strike Brigade Sends Dagger Brigade Homeward Bound
By Sgt. James P. Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq-The 2nd "Dagger" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, out of Schweinfurt, Germany, handed over responsibility of northwest Baghdad to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), from Fort Campbell, Ky., during a transfer of authority ceremony, Nov. 17, at the Camp Liberty Field House. [...] Read the rest...

Rakkasans Kick Off Operation Marne Courageous
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Components from the Iraqi army and Rakkasans kicked off Operation Marne Courageous when 4,000 pounds of explosives were dropped on an island in the middle of the Euphrates River at 3:50 a.m. [...] Read the rest...

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Fallen Paratrooper's Family Gives School Supplies to Iraqi Girls
By 1st Lt. Scott Marler
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BALAD RUZ, Iraq-The note read, "The school supplies that we are giving you today are from the family of a Soldier who died in Iraq, who loved the children of Iraq. His name is Spc. Michael Rodriguez." It is Nov. 8 and the speaker is Capt. James Goethals, a civil-military affairs officer stationed in eastern Diyala province of Iraq. The audience is a crowd of almost 100 young girls at the Dur-Mandali Primary School for Girls in the city of Balad-Ruz, Iraq. [...] Read the rest...

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Charlotte, N.C., native, Spc. Jeremy McRae, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, changes the bait on his fishing hook at a fishing tournament on Z-Lake at Camp Liberty in western Baghdad, Nov. 18. The tournament was hosted by Multi-National Division-Baghdad Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Roseville, Calif., native, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Garcia, senior medic with the 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes his day fishing on Z-Lake at Camp Liberty in western Baghdad, Nov. 18. Garcia participated in an all-day fishing tournament coordinated by Multi-National Division-Baghdad Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The 101st Airborne, 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, 327 Infantry Regiment, Delta Company is setting up a control point in Iraq, on Nov. 6.

U.S. Army Pfc. Rothley from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division is setting up a control point in Iraq, on Nov. 6.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Delta Company 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, conducts a patrol in Iraq, on Nov. 6.

A U.S. Army Soldier from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, gets ready for a patrol in Iraq, on Nov. 6.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, talk to the owner of the house they took over, on Nov. 4, in Yusifiya, Iraq. The Soldiers needed the house to protect a neighborhood that was crawling with insurgent activity.

Iraqi army Soldiers check their machine gun while manning a battle position, on Nov. 4, in Yusifiya, Iraq. The battle position is manned by U.S. Army Soldiers and Iraqi soldiers.

Helicopter pilots prepare to takeoff, on Nov. 4, in Yusifiya, Iraq. The Pilots are in the 101st Airborne Division and routinely fly to different locations around Baghdad.

U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division conducts a cordon search of Mezera, Iraq, on Nov. 5.

U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division conducts a cordon search of Mezera, Iraq, on Nov. 5.

U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division conducts a cordon search of Mezera, Iraq, on Nov. 5.

Sunday
Nov182007

101st Airborne Screamin' Eagles Update and CENTCOM

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1st BCT...Pushing Insurgents video

Package of Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers conducting an air assault mission. Scenes include both infil and exfil of coalition and Iraqi security forces clearing houses. Produced by Spc. Johnathan Bentley.
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3rd BCT...Operation Marne Courageous Part 1 Operation Marne Courageous Part 2

1st Lt. James Gasapo cool video here

2nd BCT...Story here Second story here

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CENTCOM:

COALITION FORCES TARGET AL-QAEDA NETWORKS; TWO TERRORISTS KILLED, 12 DETAINED

KIRKUK AIRSPACE RETURNED to IRAQI CONTROL

Friday
Nov162007

101st Airborne Screamin' Eagles Update

~Snooper~

They are on the prowl folks. We present these in the hopes that if any of our readers have loved ones in the mix, they can be spotted here via the pics and vids. These stories, pics and vids are brought tom us by DVIDS.

Baghdad - Operation Marne Courageous kicked off in the early morning of Nov. 16 with more than 600 coalition forces and Iraqi army soldiers moving into two villages near the border of Anbar province to drive out al-Qaida in Iraq, and lay groundwork for a sustained coalition presence.

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were joined by about 150 Iraqi army soldiers in the air assault on the Sunni villages of Owesat and al Betra, west of the Euphrates River and approximately 15 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Troops were transported in four helicopter lifts across the Euphrates, utilizing two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. A Marine reconnaissance platoon, as well as Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed in neighboring Anbar province, secured the landing zone.

Once on the ground, the U.S.-Iraqi force was supported by an air weapons team of Apache and Kiowa helicopters, while approximately 70 Iraqi Concerned Local Citizens assisted in securing the outlying perimeter.

While U.S. and Iraqi forces moved through the villages, other troops set to work constructing a bridge across the Euphrates to allow for the transport of materials and supplies to build a patrol base in the area. The base will allow for a sustained coalition presence in the area of Owesat, part of Baghdad’s southwestern "belts."

No enemy fighters were killed or captured during the assault.

Prior to the air assault, U.S. F-16 fighter jets dropped two 2000-pound bombs on an island in the Euphrates that was believed to be used by AQI as a staging ground for attacks. The bombardment was part of a "terrain denial" strategy, cutting off a potential AQI escape route and denying the enemy a location to regroup.

Marne Courageous' main strategic thrust is to clear AQI extremists from the area of Owesat, establish a coalition presence, and develop a concerned citizens program in the area as a bulwark against further enemy activity.

Army Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of the 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., described the mission to journalists Nov. 11. "We're going to put a footprint there. We're going to establish a forward operating base," he said. [...]

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Images for 1st BCT - Operation Bulldog Hammer in Support of Operation Iron Hammer

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Friday
Nov162007

101st Airborne Update

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Are any of these, yours? Videos brought to us by DVIDS...

Chief Warrant Officer 4th Class Pattillo 3rd BCT

Spc. Alcock 3rd BCT

Spc. Nicholson 3rd BCT

Pfc. Fralish 3rd BCT

Cpl. Davis 3rD BCT

Joint Air Assault 1st BCT

Weapons Search 1st BCT Spc. Wesley Dobbs

SUNIYAH, Iraq - It's not hard to wrap your head around the idea. The idea that security and economic growth correlate positively, maybe even symbiotically is one in which many Iraqi workers have been trying to get across to their American counterparts for some time. [...]

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Tuesday
Nov132007

For Our Readers: 101st Airborne Reports

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Brought to us from DVIDS:

Sunni, Shia, IA Leaders Meet on Neutral Ground

By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq-More than a dozen sheiks and other influential leaders from southern Baghdad congregated on neutral territory, Nov. 10, at Camp Striker.

Among the leaders present was the mayor of Mahmudiyah, Mouyad Fadil, and Lt. Col. Mohammed Fatkan al Farhan, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.

The roundtable was hosted by War Rakkasans of the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The Rakkasans' goal was to provide a place on neither Sunni nor Shia territory to discuss moving forward for the security and future of Iraq.

The aim was to bring sheiks from different religious sects to sit down together and create a plan to move forward, said Capt. Seth Palmer, 1-33rd Cav. Regt. Additionally, there is hope that the meeting will open the door for future dialogue, Palmer said.

The forum was opened and facilitated by Col. Dominic Caraccilo, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. commander, and Lt. Col. Brian Coppersmith, 1-33rd Cav. Regt. commander.

"We've recognized the importance of the sheiks. The importance of the tribes is absolutely decisive to the success we will achieve here in Iraq," Caraccilo said. "For so long you have heard empty promises and we have heard empty promises, and together we've promised each other to do better and it's time now to fulfill those promises."

Sheik Kadem Shibli lauded the American hosts for recognizing the sheiks' position in the Iraqi culture. "The sheik is very important in this region," he said through an interpreter. "Tribes are the infrastructure of our Iraqi community."

"We are ready for any form of cooperation and support for building a better Iraq and to eliminate all the danger," Shibli said. [...]

This is more good news the "progressives', read that as "liberals", cannot stomach.
New Bastogne Veterans Proud to Serve

By Maj. Johnpaul Arnold
1st BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq-Veterans Day in Iraq ushered in right-shoulder combat patches for the Bastogne Soldiers of the 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (air assault) Early this morning, the "Task Master" Battalion held a combat patch ceremony to honor its Soldiers' sacrifice and duty to their country.

The 426th BSB Commander Lt. Col. Greg Anderson spoke to the newly inducted combat soldiers saying, "All of you have joined the Army or re-enlisted to stay in the Army knowing full well you would deploy and serve in combat. You are part of less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans who have made that commitment, and for that I thank you."

After completing his Veterans Day comments, Lt. Col. Anderson and Command Sgt. Maj. Lester Stephens, placed a combat patch on the battalion colors bearer, battalion staff, company commanders, and first sergeants. Commanders and first sergeants then placed the Screaming Eagle patch on their Soldiers' right shoulders.

Pfc. Victoria Young, a 19-year-old signal support systems specialist from Naples, Fla., serves with B Company and shares a new connection with her grandfather: "I am very proud because I am with the 101st which is really great, and my grandpa was with the 82nd." Young said she felt extremely special because not many people get to experience such service to their country.

Another new veteran, Pfc. Jamie Chestnut of C Co., sees this morning's ceremony as a significant milestone. Chestnut, a Health Care Specialist and native of Austin, Texas, said of her service to the nation: "It feels like a giant step, like I have accomplished something that a lot of people will never be able to say that they have done. It feels really good."

Something else the Leftinistra abhor...courage and undaunting sacrifice.

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Monday
Nov122007

101st Airbore 3rd Combat Brigade News

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Brought to us by DVIDs. (this outfit is near and dear)
By Maj. Jason Waggoner
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - A short-notice reconciliation meeting of regional sheiks with potential for impact throughout Iraq was held on Nov. 8 in Al Bassam, an area approximately 16 kilometers west of Baghdad city center.

The conference was called by a highly influential leader, Abu Maruf, with less than 24-hours notice, to make a public declaration of unity amongst the tribes against al-Qaida and to map the way ahead for their region.

"We were notified of the meeting at about 8 p.m. the night before," said Lt. Col. Brian Coppersmith, commander of War Rakkasans, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "We weren't sure why the conference was being called on such short notice. We have learned that things move fast when they are this good."

Coppersmith was invited by Abu Maruf to observe the event. [...]


Read the rest...this is GREAT news, folks. It goes hand in hand with all the other GREAT news that has been flowing in recently that the "used to be" Main Stream and their moonbat kook fringe morons try to ignore.

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Sunday
Nov042007

101st Airborne...The New Sheriff

Snooper here...proud father of a Screaming Eagle, Air Assault. He is now with the 101st in Iraq, currently situated at Camp Striker with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. If you look really hard in the pictures, you will be able to pick him out...he is the one in digital camo.

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CAMP STRIKER, Iraq. The Army's most-deployed brigade traded seats with the brigade with the highest percentage of multiple deployers at a ceremony on Camp Striker Nov. 2.

Iraqi army generals and prominent tribal sheiks of Southern Baghdad were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony that marked the official transfer of authority from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Third Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch bid the Commandos adieu and welcomed the Rakkasans. [...]

[...] The Rakkasans' Civil-Military Operations Officer Maj. Robert Bertrand, said the attendance of Iraqi leaders at the ceremony demonstrated the combined works of tribal sheiks, Iraqi army division and brigade commanders, Iraqi government and Coalition Forces to create a safe, secure and growing Iraq.

Video of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team is here.

The 1st brigade is also in the news. Go here for the video. It shows the "package of a transfer of authority ceremony for the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division beginning their tour of duty in Iraq."

Stay safe, MJ!

UPDATE: Here is a video of 101st Soldiers mingling with Iraqis. Go here to read about the Rakkasans helping Iraqis with legal issues. Image 1 and Image 2.

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