• CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Chicago native, Cpl. Francisco Aguilar, a personal security detachment team leader with 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, checks the fluid levels in his vehicle March 10 as a part of the pre-mission preventative maintenance checks and services for the PSD team's first convoy since arriving in Iraq.

    CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Chicago native, Cpl...

    CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Chicago native, Cpl. Francisco Aguilar, a personal security detachment team leader with 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, checks the fluid levels in his vehicle March 10 as a part of the pre-mission...

  • CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq -Cpl. Francisco Aguilar, team leader for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's personal security detachment, cleans the windows of his gun turret March 10 for clearer visibility  as part of the preventative maintenance checks and services for the team's first convoy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation 09-10.  The Chicago native conducts maintenance before and after every mission to ensure the vehicles will perform well.

    CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq -Cpl. Francisco Aguilar...

    CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq -Cpl. Francisco Aguilar, team leader for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's personal security detachment, cleans the windows of his gun turret March 10 for clearer visibility as part of the preventative maintenance...

  • CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Sgt. Richard Bell, a team leader for 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's personal security detachment, 'gears up' March 11for the team's first convoy in support of Operation

    CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Sgt. Richard Bell, a...

    CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Sgt. Richard Bell, a team leader for 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's personal security detachment, 'gears up' March 11for the team's first convoy in support of Operation

CAMP WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division started off their new rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10 with the improved truck of choice to patrol Iraq - Mine-Resistance Ambush-Protected vehicles.

The personal security detachment for the Ironhorse Brigade command group received the enhanced trucks, trained tirelessly to learn its intricacies and then hit the road March 11.

During their extended training, the crew of the new trucks learned how to handle the significantly larger vehicle, perform proper maintenance and adapt to the differences between the MRAP and the humvee.

"With anything new, it takes a little getting used to; especially [for] the new guys who haven't deployed before," stated Akron, Ohio native and veteran, Pvt. Shayne Wegscheid, a PSD driver.

The PSD leadership placed the Soldiers in their respective positions and trained them on the vehicles to instill a certain level of confidence in their handling of the new trucks for their first mission.

"The only way to build the trust in the equipment and for the Soldiers to be comfortable is to train vigorously, make note and adapt to changes needed," said Tyler, Texas native, Staff Sgt. Luke Thomas, a squad leader with the PSD.

After approximately a week of training on the MRAPs, a combination of two of the PSD sections pushed out of Camp Taji, Iraq to Camp War Eagle.

"It went very well. The convoy brief with our counterparts was very thorough, the drivers adapted to the situation, the gunners did their job by picking up their respective sectors," Thomas proudly said.

The PSD, now having taken their trucks on the streets of their operating environment, continue to train in order to perfect and sustain the standards.

"You can always improve anything you do. We plan to uphold standards and cross train all the Soldiers so they are able to switch between crew positions if needed," added Thomas.

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