• BAGHDAD - Spc. Thomas Parker of Salem, Ore., drains transmission fluid from a humvee in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool, here, July 24. Parker, a mechanic assigned to Headquarters Support Company, DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division at Camp Liberty here, said maintenance prevents expensive transmission replacement and keeps vehicles from breaking down on missions. "If the vehicle goes down outside the wire, it could mean a Soldier's life, so you've got to make sure maintenance is done right," said Parker.

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Thomas Parker of Salem, Ore...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Thomas Parker of Salem, Ore., drains transmission fluid from a humvee in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool, here, July 24. Parker, a mechanic assigned to Headquarters Support Company, DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division at Camp...

  • BAGHDAD - Spc. Thomas Parker loosens a bolt to drain transmission fluid from a humvee in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool, here, July 24. Parker, who is assigned to Headquarters Support Company, DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division at Camp Liberty here, checks transmission fluid for metal shavings that indicate gear damage. The native of Salem, Ore., said he enjoys teaching mechanics to the Army's newer Soldiers. "I like teaching. It's always nice to see someone actually catch on to what you are teaching them," said Parker.

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Thomas Parker loosens a bolt to...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Thomas Parker loosens a bolt to drain transmission fluid from a humvee in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool, here, July 24. Parker, who is assigned to Headquarters Support Company, DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division at Camp...

  • BAGHDAD - Chicago native, Pfc. Travis Simpson looks for a socket for his wrench while checking the transmission of a Humvee at Camp Liberty here, July 24. Simpson, a mechanic assigned to Headquarters Support Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, said the Army has taught him a skill with applications for the civilian world. "When I was at the Universal Technical Institute learning electronics, transmission and hydraulics, I noticed most of the guys catching on fast had military backgrounds," said Simpson.

    BAGHDAD - Chicago native, Pfc. Travis Simpson...

    BAGHDAD - Chicago native, Pfc. Travis Simpson looks for a socket for his wrench while checking the transmission of a Humvee at Camp Liberty here, July 24. Simpson, a mechanic assigned to Headquarters Support Company, Division Special Troops Battalion...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. Corey Elliott of Dekalb, Ill., Pfc. Cory Harding of Spokane, Wash., and Pfc. John Acosta of Victoria, Texas, install a wire mitigation kit on the top of a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool at Camp Liberty here, July 24. The kit helps protect Soldiers from low-hanging power lines in Baghdad. Elliott and Acosta are mechanics assigned to Headquarters Support Company, DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division. Harding is an infantryman assigned the 1st Division National Police Transition Team. "Overall, the maintenance part of the mission is critical to keeping the warfighters in the mission," said Sgt. 1st Class Deighton Little, a native of Bloomfield, Conn. Little is the DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division, motor sergeant.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Corey Elliott of Dekalb, Ill...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Corey Elliott of Dekalb, Ill., Pfc. Cory Harding of Spokane, Wash., and Pfc. John Acosta of Victoria, Texas, install a wire mitigation kit on the top of a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in the Division Special Troops Battalion...

  • BAGHDAD - Spc. Phillip Corbin of Braidwood, Ill., and Pfc. Rick Hensler of Pontiac, Mich., install a new 400 amp generator in a humvee in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool, at Camp Liberty here July 24. The 400 amp generators are replacing 200 amp generators to enable the humvees to use more powerful radios. Both Soldiers are mechanics assigned to Headquarters Support Company, DSTB, 1st Cavalry Division.

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Phillip Corbin of Braidwood...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Phillip Corbin of Braidwood, Ill., and Pfc. Rick Hensler of Pontiac, Mich., install a new 400 amp generator in a humvee in the Division Special Troops Battalion motor pool, at Camp Liberty here July 24. The 400 amp generators are...

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