• BAGHDAD - Spc. Ciara Rodriguez (background), a human intelligence collector from Harker Heights, Texas, and Sgt. Kendall Cabrera, an infantry team leader, both assigned to 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, take the practical exercise portion during a 40-hour counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices electronic warfare (CREW) training course at Joint Security Station Istaqlal, here, July 29. "If CREW system isn't working right, then an IED could go off," said Cabrera, a native of Virginia Beach, Va. "We will start taking more casualties than we should if the CREW system is off."

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Ciara Rodriguez (background), a...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Ciara Rodriguez (background), a human intelligence collector from Harker Heights, Texas, and Sgt. Kendall Cabrera, an infantry team leader, both assigned to 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry...

  • BAGHDAD - Mosier, Ore. native, 1st Sgt. Nate Whitesell, assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, troubleshoots a malfunctioning counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices electronic warfare (CREW) system during a 40-hour block of instruction at Joint Security Station Istaqlal, here, July 29. "I really do think this is good training," said Whitesell during the testing phase of the course.

    BAGHDAD - Mosier, Ore. native, 1st Sgt. Nate...

    BAGHDAD - Mosier, Ore. native, 1st Sgt. Nate Whitesell, assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, troubleshoots a malfunctioning counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices...

  • BAGHDAD - "Learning stuff in this class cuts down on the amount of time when the system goes down," said Sgt. Kendall Cabrera, an infantry team leader. "We can try and troubleshoot it before we say we just can't take it out." Cabrera from Virginia Beach, Va., and other troopers assigned to 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took a 40-hour counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices electronic warfare (CREW) class at Joint Security Station Istaqlal, here, July 29.

    BAGHDAD - "Learning stuff in this class cuts...

    BAGHDAD - "Learning stuff in this class cuts down on the amount of time when the system goes down," said Sgt. Kendall Cabrera, an infantry team leader. "We can try and troubleshoot it before we say we just can't take it out." Cabrera from Virginia...

  • BAGHDAD - A counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices electronic warfare (CREW) course offered at Joint Security Station Istaqlal, here, July 29, involved classroom and hands-on portions. Mosier, Ore. native, 1st Sgt. Nate Whitesell, assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, tests the cables of a CREW device in the back of a humvee during the 40-hour block of instruction.

    BAGHDAD - A counter radio-controlled improvised...

    BAGHDAD - A counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices electronic warfare (CREW) course offered at Joint Security Station Istaqlal, here, July 29, involved classroom and hands-on portions. Mosier, Ore. native, 1st Sgt. Nate Whitesell...

  • BAGHDAD - Spc. Ciara Rodriguez (left), a human intelligence collector from Harker Heights, Texas, 1st Sgt. Nate Whitesell (middle), from Mosier, Ore., and Sgt. Kendall Cabrera (right), an infantry team leader from Virginia Beach, Va., test to see if the counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices electronic warfare system on their humvee is working properly after fixing it during a 40-hour CREW class at Joint Security Station Istaqlal, here, July 29. The Soldiers, assigned to 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, trained on how to troubleshoot a variety of scenarios after intense classroom lectures. "I volunteered for this class," said Rodriguez. "I'm not an infantry person, so if I'm going outside the wire with this system then at least I'd like to know how to work it."

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Ciara Rodriguez (left), a human...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Ciara Rodriguez (left), a human intelligence collector from Harker Heights, Texas, 1st Sgt. Nate Whitesell (middle), from Mosier, Ore., and Sgt. Kendall Cabrera (right), an infantry team leader from Virginia Beach, Va., test to see if...

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