• JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Iraqi Army soldiers take direction from Cpl. Husam Hussem, an IA training instructor from Baghdad, during reflexive fire drills, Jan. 12, 2011. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, advise, train and assist IA instructors during Operation Lion Leader Forge, a program where U.S. troops watch and mentor Iraqi instructors as they teach IA personnel how to improve their basic soldiering and military leadership capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N)

    IA soldiers train reflexive fire drills

    JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Iraqi Army soldiers take direction from Cpl. Husam Hussem, an IA training instructor from Baghdad, during reflexive fire drills, Jan. 12, 2011. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - Lt. Col. Brandon Grubbs, commander, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kan., presents Spc. Warren Bush, a native of Albany, Ga., a Combat Action Badge at Contingency Operating Site Warrior Jan. 20, 2011. Grubbs also presented CABs to Capt. Taylor Simpson, Spc. Miguel Martinez, Spc. Jason Mekee and Pfc. Juan Vargas; Soldiers assigned to Company A, 101st BSB, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div.

    Bush receives Combat Action Badge

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - Lt. Col. Brandon Grubbs, commander, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kan., presents Spc. Warren Bush, a native of Albany, Ga., a Combat...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Command Sgt. Maj. Daren Warren, 4th Infantry Division Logistics sergeant major, woos Maxine Jones with sweet sounds of R&B soul during an En Vogue concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Jan. 20, 2011. Jones and band mate, Terry Ellis, provided U.S. Division-North Soldiers an opportunity to participate in a special performance during their R&B concert for the men and women deployed to northern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

    Serenaded by a sergeant major

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Command Sgt. Maj. Daren Warren, 4th Infantry Division Logistics sergeant major, woos Maxine Jones with sweet sounds of R&B soul during an En Vogue concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Jan. 20...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Terry Ellis, vocalist for the R&B group En Vogue, hits the high notes for the troops during a concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2011. During the show Ellis and fellow En Vogue member Maxine Jones entertained a cheering audience of service members deployed to northern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. Members of En Vogue performed a variety of their hits and covered R&B classics for the Soldiers of U.S. Division-North

    Terry Ellis takes the stage

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Terry Ellis, vocalist for the R&B group En Vogue, hits the high notes for the troops during a concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2011. During the show Ellis and fellow En Vogue...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Terry Ellis and Maxine Jones, founding members of En Vogue, sing fan favorites and R&B classics for troops and civilians during a concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2011. Jones and Ellis belted out a medley of R&B classics bringing excitement and cheer to the U.S. Division-North troops stationed at COB Speicher in support of Operation New Dawn. "This trip has been nothing less than phenomenal," Ellis told the crowd as the show came to a close. "We have gained so much more respect for and understanding of the sacrifices all of you make, and we want you to tell your Families that we appreciate the sacrifices they have made. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts." 
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO)

    Full house

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Terry Ellis and Maxine Jones, founding members of En Vogue, sing fan favorites and R&B classics for troops and civilians during a concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2011. Jones and...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Maxine Jones, vocalist for the R&B group En Vogue, brings a bit of soul to service members and civilians during a concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2011. Jones and fellow En Vogue member Terry Ellis visited COB Speicher as the fourth stop on a tour of Iraq to boost the morale of service members deployed to U.S. Division-North in support of Operation New Dawn.

    Maxine Jones

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Maxine Jones, vocalist for the R&B group En Vogue, brings a bit of soul to service members and civilians during a concert at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2011. Jones and fellow En Vogue...

  • JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - A soldier assigned to 2nd Iraqi Army Division mentors a comrade during ambush training at a combined patrol base in northern Iraq, Jan. 22, 2011. Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, trained the Iraqi Army cadre during Operation Lion Leader Forge, and those graduates took the responsibility of training a new group of Iraqi soldiers during the training exercise's second iteration.

    Mentorship in action.

    JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - A soldier assigned to 2nd Iraqi Army Division mentors a comrade during ambush training at a combined patrol base in northern Iraq, Jan. 22, 2011. Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment...

  • JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Soldiers assigned to 2nd Iraqi Army Division provide security during ambush training at a combined patrol base in northern Iraq, Jan. 22, 2011. Iraqi soldiers trained to improve their basic soldiering skills under the instruction and leadership of previous graduates of Operation Lion Leader Forge, with assistance and oversight from U.S. Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

    Establishing Security.

    JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Soldiers assigned to 2nd Iraqi Army Division provide security during ambush training at a combined patrol base in northern Iraq, Jan. 22, 2011. Iraqi soldiers trained to improve their basic soldiering skills under...

  • Col. Taha, chief of Goria Iraqi Police Station, briefs Kirkuk Provincial Director of Police Maj. Gen. Jamal and his executive officers, on pre-mission operations using a "sand box" and a map of the building to explain in detail the execution of the mission, during a Iraqi Police Emergency Service Unit training exercise, Jan. 23, 2011 in Kirkuk, Iraq.  Taha explained how each unit making up the Iraqi police operates, and how each unit is vital to completing the mission.

    Mission brief.

    Col. Taha, chief of Goria Iraqi Police Station, briefs Kirkuk Provincial Director of Police Maj. Gen. Jamal and his executive officers, on pre-mission operations using a "sand box" and a map of the building to explain in detail the execution of the...

  • KIRKUK TRAINING CENTER, Iraq - Members of the Emergency Security Unit pull 360-degree security around two captured "terrorist" role players during an exercise in an arena in Kirkuk city Jan. 23, 2011. While ESU pulled security outside of the "glass house," a training method for room clearing, the Emergency Medical Team went into the building to execute a medical evacuation of a wounded police officer injured while clearing the building. The training operation consisted of several Iraqi Police teams all coordinating together to complete the simulated mission.

    Holding ground.

    KIRKUK TRAINING CENTER, Iraq - Members of the Emergency Security Unit pull 360-degree security around two captured "terrorist" role players during an exercise in an arena in Kirkuk city Jan. 23, 2011. While ESU pulled security outside of the "glass...

  • KIRKUK TRAINING CENTER, Iraq - A police officer from Kirkuk province Iraqi Police Emergency Security Unit takes a "terrorist" role player into custody during a simulated hostage situation in Kirkuk, Iraq, Jan 23, 2011. The training exercise scenario called for the ESU to raid and clear a notional building that had two "terrorists" and one "hostage" role players. The ESU successfully entered the building, capturing the terrorists and rescuing the hostage.

    Apprehending the 'bad guy.'

    KIRKUK TRAINING CENTER, Iraq - A police officer from Kirkuk province Iraqi Police Emergency Security Unit takes a "terrorist" role player into custody during a simulated hostage situation in Kirkuk, Iraq, Jan 23, 2011. The training exercise scenario...

  • KIRKUK IRAQI MILITARY BASE, Iraq - An Iraqi soldier serving with Maintenance Company, 49th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, loosens nuts and bolts during a service of an armored High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle at Kirkuk Iraqi Military Base, Jan. 20, 2011. U.S. Soldiers of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, assisted Iraqi trainers teaching Iraqi mechanics to conduct routine maintenance of their vehicles.

    Loosening nuts and bolts

    KIRKUK IRAQI MILITARY BASE, Iraq - An Iraqi soldier serving with Maintenance Company, 49th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, loosens nuts and bolts during a service of an armored High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle at Kirkuk Iraqi Military...

  • KIRKUK IRAQI MILITARY BASE, Iraq - Major Hashen, commander, Maintenance Company, 49th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, discusses future training requirements for his unit, at Kirkuk Iraqi Military Base Jan. 20, 2011. U.S. Soldiers of 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, visited the KIMB to observe Iraqi training and assist with planning for future training events.

    Logistics planning

    KIRKUK IRAQI MILITARY BASE, Iraq - Major Hashen, commander, Maintenance Company, 49th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, discusses future training requirements for his unit, at Kirkuk Iraqi Military Base Jan. 20, 2011. U.S. Soldiers of 101st Brigade...

  • Warrant Officer Ahmed, who serves with Maintenance Company, 49th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, cleans and checks a fuel filter as part of a six-month maintenance requirement for armored High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles at Kirkuk Iraqi Army Military Base, north of Kirkuk, Jan. 20, 2011. Sgt. Jonathan Marks, a Sand Stone, Minn. native, and light-wheel vehicle mechanic, Company B, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, said U.S. Soldiers working with the Iraqi soldiers to stress the importance of servicing and maintaining their vehicles to remain mission ready.

    Changing and maintaining fuel filter

    Warrant Officer Ahmed, who serves with Maintenance Company, 49th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, cleans and checks a fuel filter as part of a six-month maintenance requirement for armored High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles at Kirkuk Iraqi...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - "Long Knife" Soldiers of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, pay respect to fallen comrades during a memorial service at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Jan. 22, 2011. Sgt. Martin LaMar and Sgt. Michael Bartley, both of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, were killed while conducting training with their Iraqi Army counterparts near Mosul, Jan. 15, 2011. "Sgt. Michael Bartley and Sgt. Martin "Mick" LaMar embody the warrior spirit; the spirit they instilled in the Iraqis they trained, and the spirit they showed when they gave their last full measure of devotion to this ideal," said Capt. Thomas Herman, commander, Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt., 4th AAB.

    Long Knife Soldiers salute fallen brothers

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - "Long Knife" Soldiers of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, pay respect to fallen comrades during a memorial service at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Jan. 22, 2011. Sgt. Martin LaMar and...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Col. Brian Winski, commander of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Antoine Overstreet, senior enlisted leader of 4th AAB, say a final farewell to two "Long Knife" Brigade Soldiers during a memorial service at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Jan. 22, 2011. Sgt. Michael Bartley and Sgt. Martin LaMar, cavalry scouts of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, were killed Jan. 15, 2011, while conducting training with soldiers of the 3rd Iraqi Army Division near Mosul. "It's not going to deter us from our mission," said Winski. "We're going to continue not in spite of what happened; we're going to continue because of what happened."

    Col. Winski and Command Sgt. Maj. Overstreet say farewell

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Col. Brian Winski, commander of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Antoine Overstreet, senior enlisted leader of 4th AAB, say a final farewell to two "Long Knife"...

  • JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Pfc. Earl Carson, an infantryman from Ranson, Va., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, observes Cpl. Husam Hussem, an Iraqi Army training instructor from Baghdad, as he teaches an IA trainee how to apply a combat application tourniquet during Operation Lion Leader Forge, Jan. 18, 2011. Carson assisted the IA trainers in teaching remedial training classes to IA soldiers prior to a comprehensive examination covering basic rifle marksmanship and soldiering skills. U.S. forces trained IA soldiers as part of Operation Lion Leader Forge, an "on-the-job" training program for IA instructors providing Iraqi soldiers military and leadership skills.

    Carson observes IA training

    JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Pfc. Earl Carson, an infantryman from Ranson, Va., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, observes Cpl. Husam Hussem, an Iraqi Army training...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - A representative from the Ministry of Peshmerga counts out hardship and hazardous duty pay to Sgt. Tajani, a Peshmerga soldier serving with the Combined Security Forces at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Jan 19, 2011. The CSF, a combined unit of Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, and Peshmerga, operates from COS Warrior, working alongside U.S. forces conducting patrols in Kirkuk province. "We want to give these soldiers encouragement to keep up the good work they have been doing, and we want to thank them for volunteering to leave their homes to fight for their country," said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan of the Peshmerga, who supervised the payday activities. The Ministry of Peshmerga plans on leading payday activities every month, paying the soldiers 20 to 30 extra dollars a month for transportation, food, hardship and serving in a hazardous environment.

    Payday Activities

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - A representative from the Ministry of Peshmerga counts out hardship and hazardous duty pay to Sgt. Tajani, a Peshmerga soldier serving with the Combined Security Forces at Contingency Operating Site Warrior...

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