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  • Team with U.S. Army Europe's 18th Engineer Brigade surveys Iraq's oldest monastery

    Jul 17, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq (July 17, 2008) -- A team made up of Soldiers from current and former U.S. Army Europe engineer units took part in a mission in early July that used modern technology to map IraqAca,!a,,cs most ancient monastery. Soldiers from the 156th Survey and Design Team of the 94th Engineer Battalion employed state-of-the-art land surveying equipment to map the grounds of Saint ElijahAca,!a,,cs Monastery, a historical monument nearly 1,500 years old. For the battalion, deployed here under the command and control of USAREURAca,!a,,cs 18th Engineer Brigade, the project was something of a link to its own history. The 94th served in Europe from the post-World War II era until its return to the U.S. in 2006.

  • Iraqi Army, 1st Armored Division leaders see progress in security for Mada'in Qada region

    Jul 17, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (July 17, 2008) -- The commander of the 9th Iraqi Army Division and leaders from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, met here July 8 to assess the security of the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada region. Maj. Gen. Jassem Nazal Qassim shared his thoughts on increasing the Iraqi forcesAca,!a,,c security capabilities with Col. Pat White, commander of the 2nd BCT. Aca,!A"No matter the operation (Iraqi security forces) are capable of providing the necessary forces,Aca,!A? said Qassim. Aca,!A"For any needs that arise, we are ready.Aca,!A?

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Captain earns Silver Star for actions during Afghanistan ambush

    Jul 15, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (July 15, 2008) -- A 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Soldier received a Silver Star for valor in a ceremony here July 12. Capt. William G. Cromie's medal was presented by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force - 101. Cromie earned the Silver Star for his actions during an ambush Nov. 16, 2007, while serving as platoon leader for the 3rd platoon of Alpha Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade Special Troops Battalion, during a route clearance operation along the Korengal Road in Konar province. The platoon was called on after receiving a tip that an improvised explosive device may have been placed there.

  • U.S. Army Europe engineers building relationships, security, infrastructure in Iraq

    Jul 14, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (July 14, 2008) -- This arid outpost lies just to the northwest of Tikrit, Iraq, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein and the northern marker of the infamous Sunni Triangle, an area that stretches from the center of Iraq toward its eastern border with Iran and is densely populated with Sunni Muslims. It was here that the 18th Engineer Brigade, a U.S. Army Europe unit based in Heidelberg, Germany, under the command of Col. Matthew H. Russell, assumed authority for engineer operations in northern Iraq in May.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers train their comrades from Republic of Georgia in force protection techniqu

    Jul 14, 2008

    TBILISI, Republic of Georgia (July 14, 2008) -- U.S. and Georgian forces came together here July 7 to conduct force protection training in preparation for the upcoming exercise Immediate Response 2008. Soldiers from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade and 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Georgian Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade continued to develop and strengthen their relationships as they learned how to conduct personnel and vehicle searches at an entrance control point.

  • Changes shuffle units in Aviation Task Force in Iraq

    Jul 14, 2008

    Since the Soldiers in Task Force XII and Task Force 49 arrived in Iraq, their deployments have been a bit different from those of most aviation brigades. The intertwining relationship between these two headquarters is a byproduct of the drawdown of troops brought in during last yearAca,!a,,cs surge.

  • Afghanistan base renamed in honor of commander who died in combat

    Jul 11, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (July 11, 2008) -- Forward Operating Base Naray here was renamed FOB Bostick to honor and remember a commander who died leading his Soldiers in combat. Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Afghan National Army Soldiers gathered near FOB NarayAca,!a,,cs helicopter landing zone June 28 to officially rename the base in memory of Maj. Thomas Bostick, former commander of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), from Llano, Texas.

  • First 'Sky Soldiers' of 173rd Airborne Brigade return from deployment in Afghanistan

    Jul 10, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 9, 2008) -- Advance elements from the six battalions of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team began the unit's return home from a 14-month deployment to Afghanistan this month. That trickle of Aca,!A"Sky SoldiersAca,!A? began to grow into a torrent as about 250 Solders from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) and the 173rd Special Troops Battalion arrived here July 5 to the cheers, hugs and kisses of friends, families and colleagues at their home stations here and in Bamberg, Germany. The remainder of the brigade is scheduled to return throughout July and August.

  • Political, diplomatic and military leaders get a look at Joint Task Force-East

    Jul 10, 2008

    MIKHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIRFIELD ADMINISTRATION CENTER, Romania (July 09, 2008) -- Almost 30 diplomatic, military and political leaders from several countries got a glimpse of Joint Task Force Aca,!" East during a July 2 Aca,!A"Distinguished Visitors DayAca,!A? tour. The tour is the second of its kind at JTF-E, and one of the dayAca,!a,,cs highest-ranking U.S. visitors noted the operationAca,!a,,cs improvements. Aca,!A"I was truly impressed then, but I am much more impressed now when I consider how far Romania and the U.S. have come in just one year,Aca,!A? said Nicholas Taubman, U.S. ambassador to Romania.

  • Armor Soldiers join Iraqi comrades for peaceful 'raid' on village

    Jul 10, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (July 9, 2008) -- The mission was simple: conduct a raid to gather information on extremists in the area, search for weapons caches and do Aca,!A"human-terrain mapping.Aca,!A? The day was still young when Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, along with shurta (policemen) from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Iraqi National Police Division, made final preparations for a raid on the village of al Batta, Iraq.

  • 3/405th AFSB Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

    Jul 8, 2008

    The 3rd Battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) hosted a change of command ceremony on July 2 at Leghorn Army Depot on Camp Darby, Italy, during which Lt. Col. Roger McCreery took command from Lt. Col. Harvey Robinson.

  • DOD sets joint standards for enlistee waivers

    Jul 2, 2008

    The Department of Defense has now set standards for how individual services will offer waivers to those it recruits.

  • U.S. Army Europe aviators moving to new duty locations in Iraq

    Jul 1, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (July 1, 2008) -- After seven months of service as Multi-National Division Aca,!" BaghdadAca,!a,,cs aviation brigade, Task Force XII is on the move to other locations and missions in the Operation Iraqi Freedom theater following a relief-in-place with the incoming 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. TF XII originally formed at Camp Taji in December 2007. The task force is comprised of approximately 700 Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, including the brigadeAca,!a,,cs headquarters, most of its 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, and a forward logistics element from its 412th Aviation Support Battalion. The CAB originally deployed to Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq in July 2007.

  • Wiesbaden Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary

    Jun 30, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany (June 30, 2008) Aca,!" In 1948, a political and military Cold War began when Berlin nearly fell into Josef StalinAca,!a,,cs hands. Stranded deep inside Soviet-controlled territory, 2 million Germans faced starvation. The resulting Allied response Aca,!" the Berlin Airlift Aca,!" not only saved a population, it also launched a friendship between countries that had been at war three years earlier. Sixty years later, thousands of Americans Germans Aca,!" including participants of the legendary humanitarian mission and survivors of the blockade Aca,!" gathered here for two days to celebrate the airliftAca,!a,,cs anniversary.

  • Inactivation of 1st Personnel Command sign of change in Army human resources operations

    Jun 30, 2008

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany (June 27, 2008) -- Aca,!A"Today is about history and tradition, but more importantly (itAca,!a,,cs) about the future.Aca,!A? With those words, U.S. Army Europe Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Rusty L. Frutiger alluded to changes in personnel operations within USAREUR while honoring the legacy of 1st Personnel Command at the commandAca,!a,,cs inactivation ceremony on Kilbourne Kaserne here, June 26. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs bittersweet, but itAca,!a,,cs also exciting,Aca,!A? said Col. David T. Jones, the 1st PERSCOM commander. Aca,!A"The important thing is moving on. Getting (human resources) professionals where they need to be is a step ahead.Aca,!A?

  • Mullen Offers Encouragement as New Africa Command Takes Shape

    Jun 27, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany, June 26, 2008 Aca,!" The top U.S. military officer challenged the U.S. Africa Command staff today to seize the opportunities presented as they stand up a new, uniquely organized command that brings more focus to a vital part of the world.

  • U.S. - German Army Partnership Air Assault Training, Joint Multinational Readiness Center

    Jun 27, 2008

    U.S. and German soldiers conduct Partnership Air Assault training at the Hohenfels Training Area, Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

  • Senior enlisted leaders of 39 nations confer

    Jun 27, 2008

    More than 50 senior noncommissioned officers from 39 armies in Europe and North America met to discuss common issues at the second U.S. Army Europe Conference of European Armies for NCOs in Weiden, Germany, June 10-12.

  • U.S. Army Europe bids farewell to its senior enlisted member in Heidelberg ceremony

    Jun 20, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (June 19, 2008) -- U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs noncommissioned officer corps bid farewell to their top NCO on behalf of the commandAca,!a,,cs 46,000 Soldiers and their Families during a farewell retreat ceremony here June 18. Command Sgt. Maj. Iuniasolua T. Savusa, USAREURAca,!a,,cs senior enlisted member since May 2006, was recently selected to serve as the command sergeant major of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan by former USAREUR commanding general and ISAF commander Gen. David McKiernan.

  • Joint Multinational Readiness Center Falcon Team hosts School Age Services

    Jun 18, 2008

    Soldiers from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center Aviation Detachment welcomed nine little visitors from the Hohenfels School Age Services (SAS) program to Hohenfels Army Airfield for a whirlwind tour.

  • Active Army's last Personnel Services Battalion inactivates in Bamberg

    Jun 18, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany (June 17, 2008) -- When the commander and command sergeant major of the 38th Personnel Services Battalion cased their unitAca,!a,,cs colors on Warner Barracks here June 11, it was not just the end of a unit. It was the end of an era. The 38th was the last personnel services battalion in the active component of the Army, and its inactivation represents the next step in the transformation of Army personnel operations, said Col. Richard L. Shepard, commander of the 38th.

  • U.S. Army, Europe Field Artillery Soldiers help displaced Families in Iraq

    Jun 17, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (June 16, 2008) -- Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, donated water and school supplies to two internally displaced Iraqi families at the al-Nabaha School complex in Narhwan, Iraq, June 5. Aca,!A"This area of Narhwan is one of the (poorer) sections,Aca,!A? said 2nd Lt. Guy Allsup, 3rd platoon leader with the 2nd BCT's Company C, 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery. Aca,!A"To be able to get out there and help out these families ... shows that we really are listening to their needs.Aca,!A?

  • With three months to go, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade passes annual re-enlistment goals

    Jun 17, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (June 16, 2008) -- Some 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers have chosen to re-enlist on the flight line, some from the top of a building and others have done it in aircraft in flight. Regardless of the location, those Soldiers who chose to stay in the Army did something else -- they helped the 12th CAB retention program to reach its reenlistment goals ahead of the rest of U.S. Army, Europe. With more than three months left in this fiscal year, the 12th's career counselors and retention NCOs have already reenlisted 539 Soldiers -- and they're still going strong -- while dishing out nearly $5 million in bonuses.

  • U.S. Military Police join their Iraqi counterparts in bolstering community faith in police forces

    Jun 16, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, Baghdad, Iraq (June 16, 2008) -- When Iraqi Police and coalition forces arrived at the Zainab GirlsAca,!a,,c School in Hurriyah June 12, they were met by the smiling faces of more than 50 children and their caretakers. Aca,!A"This makes it all worthwhile,Aca,!A? said 1st Sgt. Thomas Gray of the 64th Military Police Company, after the police officers handed out boxes of school supplies and toys to the students, many of whom are orphans. The Hurriyah IP brought the backpacks, school supplies and soccer balls to help show families in the area the IP are here to help protect and serve the community.

  • Warrior Transition Unit helps Soldiers recover, return to duty

    Jun 16, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Jun 16, 2008) -- Soldiers in need of complex medical care or facing medical separation or reclassification due to their health or physical status now find the support they need within Warrior Transition Units. WTUs offer Soldiers an opportunity to focus on their primary mission of healing while maintaining Army discipline and standards.

  • USAREUR celebrates ArmyAca,!a,,cs 233rd Birthday

    Jun 12, 2008

    Capt. Adam Schmidt, U.S. Army Europe executive service division, reads Aca,!A"The Army StoryAca,!A? to children from the Patrick Henry and Mark Twain Village child development centers during Army Birthday Celebrations June 12. The celebration, which included the traditional cake, took place in the USAREUR headquarters garden and included Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees. Civilian employees Ingrid Levene, left, and Norbert Hooks, right, along with 50 children from the Patrick Henry and Mark Twain Village child development centers watch (from left) Pvt. 1st Class Jasmine Carey, the youngest Soldiers assigned to U.S Army Europe headquarters, Col. Kirk Lawrence, USAREUR deputy chief of staff, and Chief Warrant Officer Eddie Lee Royal, the oldest Soldier assigned to USAREUR headquarters, cut a cake during celebration of the Army 233rd birthday June 12. The celebration took place in the USAREUR headquarters garden and included Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees.

  • Baumholder Designated as Enduring Base

    Jun 9, 2008

    Heidelberg (June 9, 2008) USAREUR is pleased to confirm that the U.S. Department of Defense has added Baumholder to the enduring base list for Europe. This information is contained in the annual DoD master plan that was recently submitted to Congress and is not tied to any specific unit relocation or force structure decision.

  • Aviation Task Force conducts pre-command course for officers in combat zone

    Jun 9, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (June 6, 2008) -- Any young officer who has taken his first command will probably tell you it can be a little intimidating, even without the added pressures of a combat zone. To help ease the transition, Task Force XII conducted a forward-deployed Pre-Command Course here May 31-June 1. The course gave captains who have recently taken command, or will take command in the near future, training in areas that ranged from taking care of Soldiers and their Families to managing unit property.

  • Army in Europe 10-Miler team set

    Jun 5, 2008

    GRAFENWAfaEUR"HR, Germany (June 5, 2008) Aca,!" The top two qualifiers for the Army Europe 10-Miler race held here May 31 will be leading a 12-Soldier team later this year during the serviceAca,!a,,cs annual premier run. VilseckAca,!a,,cs Capt. Joel Steward took first place in the menAca,!a,,cs division while HeidelbergAca,!a,,cs Sgt. 1st Class Lori Nix claimed the womenAca,!a,,cs title, as 117 participants entered the qualification run that determined the six men and women active-duty Soldiers who will represent the Army in Europe during the national Army 10-Miler Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C.

  • U.S. Army Europe commanding general salutes team for humanitarian assistance following Albania explo

    Jun 3, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Lt. Gen. Gary D. Speer, U.S. Army, Europe acting commanding general, hosted a ceremony in his office May 20 to recognize USAREUR members of a U.S. European Command Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team that provided assistance to Albania in March and April. The HAST, including specialists in environmental science, engineering, explosive ordnance disposal, civil affairs and mortuary affairs, responded to what U.S. ambassador to Albania John L. Withers II termed a disaster Aca,!" a series of explosions March 15 at a weapons demilitarization facility in Gerdec, Albania, where the stockpiled weapons were awaiting demolition by a commercial company.

  • Hard work, flexibility earn units in Europe Army-Level Logistics Awards

    Jun 3, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (June, 2, 2008) -- Every commander in the Army knows the value of logistics. Aca,!A"For want of a nailAca,!A|,Aca,!A? right' TodayAca,!a,,cs Army inspires its logistics specialists with an array of awards programs that recognize the best people and programs in its maintenance and supply arsenal. The Department of the Army recently announced the winners of those awards -- the 2008 Combined Logistics Excellence Awards -- and the names of several organizations in Europe were on the winners list.

  • Combined Federal Campaign gives more than $100,000 for direct support of Youth, Family programs in E

    Jun 2, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (May 30, 2008) -- For decades Soldiers have been giving to the Combined Federal Campaign, a program whose 2006 drive collected $271.6 million for hundreds of charitable organizations. Today, the campaign gave back. In a ceremony at U.S. Army Europe headquarters on Campbell Barracks here May 30, RenAfAe Acosta handed Lt. Gen. Gary D. Speer, acting U.S. Army Europe commander, and Diane M. Devens, regional director of Installation Management Command-Europe, a check for $113,900.

  • SPC Ross McGinnis Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 28, 2008

    A ceremony will be held on Wednesday. June 4th 2008 to unveil the new headstone for SPC Ross McGinnis.

  • Soldiers of 793rd Military Police Battalion assume mission on unit's second deployment to Iraq

    May 21, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 21, 2008) -- The Soldiers of the 793rd Military Police Battalion accepted authority for their deployed mission here from the 720th Military Police Battalion during a ceremony at Camp Stryker May 14. The 793rd -- known as the "Spartans" -- will support the police transition team mission for Multi-National Division - Center, training Iraqi Police in skills such as detainee operations, search techniques, marksmanship, police investigations and equipment accountability.

  • EUCOM Roundtable

    May 20, 2008

    Coverage of Gen. Bantz Craddock, supreme allied commander, Europe, speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

  • U.S. Army Europe civilian personnel director earns prestigious Army award

    May 20, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (May 20, 2008) -- Tony Whitehouse has proof that heAca,!a,,cs at the top of his field. He was handed that proof in the PentagonAca,!a,,cs Hall of Heroes May 15 by Nelson M. Ford, acting under secretary of the Army and assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller. What Ford presented to Whitehouse, U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs director of civilian personnel, was the William H. Kushnick Award, officially placing Whitehouse in the ranks of the civilian human resources elite.

  • USAREUR unit tapped for deployment to Iraq

    May 20, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (May, 19, 2008) Aca,!" The Department of Defense announced today that the 172nd (Blackhawk) Infantry Brigade , headquartered in Schweinfurt, and based in Schweinfurt and Grafenwoehr, will deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The deployments will take place this fall.

  • Ansbach sets record with largest yellow ribbon formation

    May 16, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany (May, 15, 2008) Aca,!" On the evening of May 14, 1,385 Soldiers, family members, civilians and local nationals of the Ansbach military community came together at Storck barracks to set the unofficial armed forces record for the largest yellow ribbon formation. The previous record of approximately 800 people was set by the Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., in October 2005. The unofficial record is not registered with Guinness World Record.

  • 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade cases colors as it prepares to move to Texas

    May 16, 2008

    WAfA"RZBURG, Germany (May, 15, 2008) -- After more than half a century of service with the U.S. Army in Europe, the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade cased its colors May 13, formally bidding "Auf wiedersehen" to its longtime home in Germany. The brigade will unfurl its Colors in the heart of Aca,!A"Cav CountryAca,!A? August 15, at its new home at Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade was constituted May 17, 1918 as part of the Coastal Artillery Corps. It served briefly in France during World War I and in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

  • Three 1st Armored Division units accept Iraq missions in ceremonies this week

    May 16, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 15, 2008) -- Three units of the recently deployed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division officially assumed their missions in Iraq with transfer of authority ceremonies this week. In the first of those ceremonies the brigade's 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry accepted its responsibilities at Combat Outpost Carver from the departing 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry May 11. The 1-15th moved onto the land that is now COP Carver just three months ago. Located next to the Tigris River near Salman Pak, in an area that had been used by extremists as a safe haven, Soldiers of the 1-15th moved in and built the base from the ground up three months ago with the help of local Iraqi workers.

  • U.S. Army Europe Transformation On Track, Says Army Vice Chief of Staff

    May 16, 2008

    The transformation of U.S. Army Europe will continue as planned and scheduled, said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody during a visit to Germany.

  • USAREUR's top NCO selected for ISAF position

    May 14, 2008

    Command Sgt. Maj. Iuniasolua T. Savusa, U.S. Army, EuropeAca,!a,,cs CSM, has been selected to serve as the International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan CSM.

  • Paratroopers Join Afghan Forces to Take Control of Bridge, Checkpoint

    May 13, 2008

    Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry and Legion Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry teamed with members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police for Operation Mountain Highway II in eastern Nuristan province in late April.

  • USAREUR CSM joins USASMA in Asian Pacific Heritage celebration

    May 9, 2008

    The USAREUR CSM, CSM Savusa, joins many at USASMA in celebrating the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  • McKiernan says farewell to U.S. Army Europe as he heads to Afghanistan to command international forc

    May 9, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (May 2, 2008) -- Calling his final formation with U.S. Army Europe Soldiers one of the proudest moments of his 36-year military career, Gen. David D. McKiernan, USAREUR and 7th Army commanding general, said farewell to the command in a ceremony on Campbell Barracks here May 2. Aca,!A"As I stand before my final formation in U.S. Army Europe, I am simply honored and humbled to be on the same field as these great men and women and to be a part of their formation,Aca,!A? McKiernan said in his remarks during the event. McKiernan, who became USAREURAca,!a,,cs 33rd commanding general in December 2005, will depart for a new assignment as commander of NATOAca,!a,,cs United Nations-mandated International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

  • Baumholder artillery battalion carries on tradition of cooperation in Iraq

    May 7, 2008

    TESSAH NISSAN, Iraq (May 6, 2008) -- Leaders from U.S. Army Europe's 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery joined the colleagues they are replacing here to meet with the local head of the Sons of Iraq. The 4-27th, based in Baumholder, Germany, is part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The battalion recently deployed here to assume the duties of the departing 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, a 3rd Infantry Division unit from Fort Benning, Ga.

  • 18th Military Police Brigade experts assess, improve Iraqi police communications systems

    May 6, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 6, 2008) -- Radio communications can make the difference between life and death for Iraqi security forces. The Iraqi Police forceAca,!a,,cs effectiveness depends on responding quickly. Calling for reinforcements or medical aid in time to save a life can come down to a simple transmission between an Iraqi policeman on patrol and his patrol station monitoring the radio network. Aca,!A"People will die if communications arenAca,!a,,ct working,Aca,!A? said 1st Lt. Christopher Gehri, 18th Military Police Brigade Police Transition Team officer. Aca,!A"Communications is one of the primary systems you need to be a successful police force.Aca,!A?

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    May 5, 2008

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  • Sergeant gets Bronze Star for valor for actions during Afghanistan firefight

    Apr 30, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 29, 2008) -- A sergeant with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry was awarded a Bronze Star for valor April 24 at Fire Base Naray in Kunar province for his actions in combat. Sgt. Ryan P. Inabnet received his medal from Brig. Gen. Mark Milley, Combined Joint Task Force-101 deputy commanding general for operations, for saving more than a dozen SoldierAca,!a,,cs lives during a combat operation in Kunar province July 27, 2007.

  • Brigades set up Task Forces to take care of Soldiers, Families during deployments

    Apr 29, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 29, 2008) -- Two newly formed task forces are looking after Family members and non-deploying Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs deploying 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and 18th Engineer Brigade. Traditionally, deploying units established rear detachments -- informal teams of Soldiers, NCOs and officers -- to oversee the unitAca,!a,,cs operations and family support at their home stations.

  • Nephew of late German artist donates World War II prisoner of war drawings to U.S. Army

    Apr 28, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany (April, 28, 2008) -- We will never meet him and cannot communicate with him, but a stone etching of a bison on a cave wall can give us some insight into how the long-gone prehistoric artist saw his world. Even far more contemporary eras such the World War II are fading further into history, making links to those times increasingly valuable. German artist Rudolf Menge was an prisoner of war in that era, and he spent his time interned sketching the people and scenes around him. MengeAca,!a,,cs nephew Helmut Schoen wanted to fulfill his uncleAca,!a,,cs wishes and preserve a bit of that era by donating those sketches to the U.S. Army. Aca,!A"Margarete (MengeAca,!a,,cs wife and HelmutAca,!a,,cs aunt) always said he had a lot of respect for the American personnel in the POW camp, and therefore I would like to give them to veterans of the U.S. Army,Aca,!A? Schoen said.

  • Smooth move earns 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Army-level Deployment Award

    Apr 28, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany (April 28, 2008) -- When 5th Signal Command's 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion deployed in September, its equipment went to more than 40 sites in Iraq, and Army officials are honoring the unit for its skill in completing that mission. For its efforts the battalion was named a first-place winner in the large active Army unit category of the Army Deployment Excellence Award program. The announcement of the award was made earlier this month with other winners in the Fiscal Year 2008 Chief of Staff, Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards competition, which also recognizes units for excellence in maintenance and supply programs.

  • Stryker Soldiers build relationships to bring security, services to Baghdad neighborhoods

    Apr 25, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (April 25, 2008) -- For the Soldiers of Company F, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, interpersonal relations, consensus information and the pictures they create are the biggest contributors to the safety and security of citizens in the Saha and Abu TAca,!a,,cshir communities of southern Baghdad. Aca,!A"We want to build a relationship to give the people a normal life -- to bring the resources into the community,Aca,!A? said Lt. Col. Scott Reineke, commander of the 2nd Squadron. Aca,!A"This is about building relations in Abu TAca,!a,,cshir and Saha,Aca,!A? Reineke told his commanders and staff officers during the unitAca,!a,,cs final rehearsal for a three-phase operation that began April 16 in support of Operation Raider Typhoon.

  • Conference brings family readiness

    Apr 25, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 24, 2008) -- Just a few months ago, Sgt. 1st Class Rick Littlejohn was patrolling the streets of Ramadi with a military transition team from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He likes to say that although the team was Aca,!A"blown up many times,Aca,!A? they never lost a member. Today Littlejohn is a rear detachment NCO with U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade. Over small talk in the lounge at the Revita Hotel I asked him which job heAca,!a,,cd rather have. He doesnAca,!a,,ct hesitate. Aca,!A"No contest! IAca,!a,,cd rather be on the MITT team!Aca,!A? he said emphatically. Rear detachment work is tough, he adds; far more complicated and demanding than being a tanker in Iraq -- and it never stops.

  • American drivers in Europe should be aware of standards for child safety seats

    Apr 25, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 24, 2008) -- Recent changes to German child car safety seat laws may not affect Americans driving in Germany, but U.S. Army Europe officials say travelers need to be aware of laws already on the books, especially if vacationing outside Germany. Although USAREUR will not be requiring car seats approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation to be replaced, officials said, itAca,!a,,cs wise to know the laws for child safety restraints when traveling in Europe

  • JMRC Falcon Team Uses Air Assets to Train Mentors for War

    Apr 23, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Joint Multinational Readiness Center Observer/Controllers train NATO Operational Mentor Liaison Teams on mentoring the Afghan National Army and liaising with coalition forces in support of ISAF.

  • Recycling programs prove smart ideas, a little effort can make big differences

    Apr 15, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 15, 2008) -- Recycling is a concept the German community has adopted with vigor, and U.S. Army Europe and Installation Management Command-Europe officials are trying to catch up on those efforts by helping USAREUR Soldiers, civilians and family members to clean up their recycling habits as well. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs costing us millions of dollars to not [recycle properly],Aca,!A? said Marty Hanson, U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg Pollution Prevention Program manager.

  • Austere Challenge proving new headquarters concept as units move ahead toward 7th Army

    Apr 15, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 14, 2008) -- Soldiers, equipment, vehicles, and high-tech electronics flooded into GrafenwAfAPhr Training Area in the beds of trucks and the bellies of cargo planes. A honeycomb of modular tents rose swiftly constructed under a blanket of security and safety measures and then filled with everything needed -- from pencils to computer networks -- to transform the complex into a sophisticated base of operations. Soon the mazelike canvas corridors were crowded with Soldiers from the varied staff sections of the V Corps and U.S. Army Europe headquarters elements, establishing a deployed command

  • Medic earns Bronze Star for valor for actions during Afghanistan firefight

    Apr 15, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 14, 2008) -- A medic attached to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, was awarded a Bronze Star for valor April 1 for his actions during an insurgent assault in AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Kunar province last year. Sgt. Kyle S. Dirkintis woke to the sound of gunfire Aug. 22, 2007 for the first time in his three months of deployment at the remote Ranch House Outpost.

  • U.S. Army Europe announces Annual KONTAKT Award winners

    Apr 11, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 11, 2008) Aca,!" U.S. Army, Europe honors KONTAKT groups and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the German-American Friendship Program OUTREACH-Germany with the announcement today of winners in the USAREUR 2007 Awards Competition. The competition salutes excellence among Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees and host nation supporters throughout Germany for their day-to-day support to the local military and civilian communities and their efforts towards the German-American friendship in calendar year 2007.

  • Overseas Housing Allowance Survey gives soldiers opportunity to influence entitlements

    Apr 9, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 9, 2008) Aca,!" Soldiers and family members living Aca,!A"on the economyAca,!A? in Europe have until April 17 to influence the amount of money they receive from the government to cover their rent and utilities costs. By taking part in the Department of Defense Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance CommitteeAca,!a,,cs annual Overseas Housing Allowance survey, Soldiers and their family members can tell the government how much they spend on rent, utilities, recurring maintenance expenses and some moving expenses.

  • Apache helicopter maintainers in Iraq crank up efforts to sustain high pace of operations

    Apr 9, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (April 9, 2008) -- ItAca,!a,,cs a domino effect of sorts. A sudden spike in violence in Basra and Baghdad meant more Soldiers on the ground quickly found themselves involved in kinetic operations. Kinetic operations on the ground meant more AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilots in the air. For a two-week period, the pilots of Task Force XII found themselves engaging enemy fighters and pushing their aircraft to the limits. TF XII, the aviation task force supporting Multi-National Division - Baghdad, is led by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, a U.S. Army Europe unit headquartered in Ansbach, Germany.

  • Deployment, mission change bring brothers together at Camp Taji

    Apr 7, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (April 7, 2008) -- Throughout their military careers, Staff Sgt. Shane Hansen and his brother, Sgt. 1st Class Zane Hansen, say they have always been on opposite sides of the world. Personal and duty commitments have the Hansen brothers' chances to get together over the years, but a mission change and a little good fortune recently brought them together here. Shane, who is stationed in Katterbach, Germany as a section sergeant in Company D, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation, deployed to Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, in July. Zane, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, learned his unit would also deploy to Iraq in November

  • EUCOM Quality of Life Conference underway

    Mar 12, 2008

    Garmisch, Germany (Mar. 12, 2008) Aca,!" The European Command's Quality of Life Conference entered its first full day of activities Monday as delegates, subject matter experts and facilitators began 14 hours of brainstorming and developing issues during the next three days. The meetings are held annually to allow service members and their families a chance to bring issues to senior leaders. "This year's theme, 'Share and Advance' denotes the key role each of you will play in sharing your extensive experience to ultimately advance the quality of life for service members, civilians and their families within the European theater," said Navy Cmdr. Stacy Henderson, U.S. European Command and Quality of Life mistress of ceremonies, as she addressed the group during the welcome session.

  • Botswanan logistics officers learn deployment procedures during Germany visit

    Mar 12, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Mar. 12, 2008) -- With the ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas around the world, it is critical for military forces of different nations to work together. Aca,!A"One of the most important things you need are friends and allies; you need help,Aca,!A? said Dr. William Stokes, host nation support officer for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command here. Aca,!A"If you donAca,!a,,ct have them, it becomes enormously difficult to accomplish your mission.Aca,!A? Stokes and other members of the 21st TSC and one of its subordinate units, the 7th Army Reserve Command, fostered one relationship when it hosted a visit by three logistics officers from the Botswana Defense Forces earlier this month.

  • 'Chosen Company' patrols rugged hills and valleys of Afghanistan's Nuristan Province

    Mar 11, 2008

    NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Mar. 11, 2008) -- Just after sunrise on the first day of March, Soldiers from the 2nd platoon of Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, set out for a long day patrolling the mountains around their base in search of signs of enemy activity in the area. The companyAca,!a,,cs 3rd squad set out from Forward Operating Base Bella and moved through the valley of Jamachgal-Khwar to begin traversing the steep mountains of the region. They completed their patrol late in the afternoon after what looks like a 3-kilometer trek on a map, but in reality was much longer.

  • Armament experts train Afghan mechanics to work with U.S. small-arms

    Mar 11, 2008

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Mar. 11, 2008) -- Soldiers from the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion trained a group of Afghan National Army mechanics in small-arms repair at Forward Operating Base Fenty, March 3. The training brought together troops of the ANAAca,!a,,cs 5th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps and Soldiers from the armament section of Company B of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's support battalion. The Afghan participants learned about gas- and recoil-operated weapons and their functions; trained in weapons clearing, disassembly, reassembly and functions check procedures; and learned how to identify faults on the U.S. M-4 rifle and M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon and Russian-made PKM machine guns.

  • Military Police Soldiers provide on-the-job training for new Iraqi policemen

    Mar 11, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Mar. 11, 2008) -- For the past month four 18th Military Police Brigade Soldiers have been living at the Jamia Iraqi Police Station and training the Iraqi Police force there. The Iraqi police officers at the Jamia Police Station and Joint Security Station, former Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) members, are now conducting on-the-job training with the 401st Military Police Company Police Transition Team. The OJT phase follows a two-week basic recruiting course the IP officers completed at the Camp Fiji and al Furat Police Training Academies here.

  • Aviation Life Support Equipment team takes care of equipment that takes care of pilots

    Mar 11, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Mar. 11, 2008) -- Have you ever been walking and had a small rock get inside your shoe' Remember that sharp, and annoying, discomfort you felt with every step you took' Now imagine having to walk around for hours with that rock in your shoe and not being able to remove it. An aviator can experience a similar type of pain during a mission if a piece of equipment -- such as a flight helmet -- needs to be fixed or just doesnAca,!a,,ct fit properly. The 12th Combat Aviation BrigadeAca,!a,,cs Aviation Life Support Equipment shop is responsible for inspecting and repairing that equipment for aviators in Multi-National Division - Baghdad.

  • 12th Combat Aviation Brigade attorney teaches law of armed conflict to Iraqi Air Force cadets

    Mar 10, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Mar. 10, 2007) -- Teaching law to brand-new military officers can get pretty complicated. The nuances and Aca,!A"what ifAca,!A? scenarios can be so confusing, they might as well be written in Arabic. For an American Army staff judge advocate, teaching those laws to Iraqi air force cadets, the best way to clear up the confusion was to do just that. Maj. James Teixeira, an Army attorney for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, has been teaching the law of armed conflict and military justice classes for years. They are required classes for the Army; American Soldiers get at least some version of the training about every six months.

  • Army in Europe Retiree Council seeking new members

    Mar 5, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar.5, 2008) -- The Army in Europe Retiree Council is inviting retired Soldiers living in Europe to apply for membership. The council works under the supervision of the U.S. Army Europe personnel directorate to provide guidance and leadership insights on issues and concerns affecting military retirees living in Europe.

  • 18th Engineer Brigade survey teams provide real-world expertise while training for Iraq deployment

    Mar 4, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Mar. 4, 2008) -- Rarely do plans come together so well. Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Bardy, platoon sergeant for the Technical Headquarters Section of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Engineer Brigade wanted his 19 surveyors and construction designers ready for the missions they will take on when the unit deploys to Iraq later this year. USAREUR's Joint Multinational Training Command and the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels wanted the ability to land unmanned aerial vehicles in their training area. The brigadeAca,!a,,cs Mission Rehearsal Exercise here last month provided the perfect opportunity for both to get what they wanted.

  • Baumholder Infantry Company gives Army spouses a taste of Soldier training

    Mar 3, 2008

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany (Mar. 3, 2008) -- Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, had a rash of officer and NCO impersonators -- replete with gross uniform violations -- in their training area Feb. 28. Fortunately it was all for a good cause, and the military police did not have to be summoned to make arrests. The impersonators were there for Alpha Company's Aca,!A"GI Jane Day.Aca,!A? More than 20 spouses of Soldiers in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division company donned their husbandsAca,!a,,c ACUs, complete with body armor and Kevlar helmets, for the event.

  • Military Police Soldiers improve security of Balad Shrine Mosque

    Feb 29, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 29, 2008) -- At the request of the imam of the Balad Shrine Mosque, Soldiers from the 2nd platoon of the 164th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade and Multi National Division - North visited the mosque Feb. 24 to increase its protection and prevent future attacks on the site. The Soldiers were the first coalition forces to be granted permission to visit the mosque. The Soldiers of the 2nd platoon have worked with the imam and other local religious leaders for eight months, and have developed a good working relationship that has resulted in frequent requests for additional security assistance during events near the shrine, said Capt. Matthew Norris, the 164th commander. Soldiers, Iraqi Police and National police in Balad have worked together to place approximately 160 protective barriers around the mosque.

  • 5th Signal Command welcomes new commander in Mannheim ceremony

    Feb 28, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Feb. 28, 2008) -- United States Army, Europe and 7th ArmyAca,!a,,cs 5th Signal Command welcomed a new commander in a ceremony on Woods Field at Sullivan Barracks here Feb. 27. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr., who recently served as deputy commanding general of Network Enterprise Technology Command and 9th Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., accepted command from Gen. David D. McKiernan, USAREUR commanding general. Outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence served eight months as 5th SignalAca,!a,,cs commander, and will move on to become commanding general of NETCOM and 9th Signal Command.

  • Combat medic fights his way to All-Army Boxing Championship

    Feb 28, 2008

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Feb. 28, 2008) -- Pound for pound, Spc. Adrian Orrostieta is now one of the best boxers in the Army. Just a few months ago Orrostieta was bandaging wounds and stabilizing sprains for Soldiers in Iraq as a combat medic in the 12th Combat Aviation BrigadeAca,!a,,cs 412th Aviation Support Battalion. Now he is now considered the best boxer in the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 141-pound weight class after winning his matches in the 2008 All-Army Boxing Championships at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in January. Aca,!A"Winning All-Army was a great experience, and an eye-opener for the skill level that I have,Aca,!A? said Orrostieta.

  • Soldiers volunteer for challenge of acting as door gunners in Iraq

    Feb 28, 2008

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Feb. 28, 2008) -- Preparing food and repairing generators werenAca,!a,,ct close enough to the action for Spc. Cameron Randall and Sgt. Jason Hutchinson. They wanted to fly. Randall and Hutchinson knew their jobs here in Iraq were important, but they both felt drawn to the job as door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Both Soldiers volunteered for the position, and with the help of their parent units, they got their wish. The pair recently trained as door gunners for Company B, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, a Chinook unit affectionately known as Aca,!A"Big Windy.Aca,!A?

  • Helicopters, crews of 'Big Windy' keep Soldiers, cargo moving in Iraq

    Feb 28, 2008

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Feb. 28, 2008) -- Soon after kissing the lucky lady painted on the side of their aircraft, two CH-47 Chinook helicopter crews loaded up and took to the sky under the cover of night on a general support mission over Baghdad. The two five-Soldier flight crews belong to the 12th Combat Aviation BrigadeAca,!a,,cs Company B, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, more commonly known as Aca,!A"Big Windy.Aca,!A? ItAca,!a,,cs a small unit with a large mission to support and a massive aircraft to fly. Aca,!A"Big WindyAca,!A? consists of 14 of the big tandem-rotor Chinooks that fly every night supporting corps air movement operations, moving people and equipment and taking part in air assault missions.

  • 33rd Annual Culinary Arts Competition First to Feature Chefs From All Services

    Feb 27, 2008

    The U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition, in its 33rd iteration, will feature 200 contestants from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and for the first time, the Navy and Air Force in an event designed to showcase and improve military food service skills. The competition is scheduled March 1-14 at the Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence on Fort Lee, Va.

  • U.S. Army Europe honors officers for their embodiment of 'duty, honor, country'

    Feb 27, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 27, 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe saluted the leadership and achievements of three officers when it awarded the trio top honors in the USAREUR level of the 2007 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards. Capt. Daniel C. Enslen from the Operations Group, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command; Capt. Daniel P. Kearney, commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, Southern European Task Force; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason E. Feser of V CorpsAca,!a,,c Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Special Troops Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, were chosen for the award from a group of 11 nominees.

  • Signal Soldiers vital to communications of aviation task force

    Feb 26, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 26, 2008) -- Communication has always played a vital part in war-fighting efforts, and as technology and the enemy continue to evolve, so has the demand for lines of communications. The uses of these lines of communication can vary from allowing ground forces to radio for aerial support when theyAca,!a,,cre in a tight situation to providing deployed parents with the opportunity to download e-mailed pictures from their families back home. When members of Task Force XII, the aviation task force led by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade that supports Multi-National Division - Baghdad , need to establish communications or get lines fixed or relocated, they turn to signal Soldiers.

  • 'Big Dawg' and Stryker colleagues show remarkable skill at sniffing out illegal weapons in

    Feb 26, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2008) -- His call sign is Aca,!A"Big Dawg 17,Aca,!A? but you might as well call him Aca,!A"Bloodhound 17Aca,!A? after Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Connell and his 30-man platoon sniffed out 16 buried ammunition and weapons caches over a 10-week period. Connell has a reputation for being tough but fair. Currently in his fifth year as a platoon sergeant and his second tour in Iraq, Connell runs the 1st platoon of Battery B, Fires Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment platoon one way -- his. Connell barks orders like a drill sergeant. Aca,!A"Take Bravo 17 (an up-armored Humvee) down to maintenance and get it fixed,Aca,!A? he bellows. Aca,!A"It blew cherry juice all over Route Lincoln.Aca,!A?

  • Engineers upgrade living quarters for Military Police Soldiers on duty in Baghdad

    Feb 26, 2008

    COMBAT OUTPOST OLD MOD, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2008) -- Securing downtown Baghdad is a demanding mission for the Soldiers of the 108th Military Police Company. For these MPs from Fort Bragg, N.C., personal space and comfortable living conditions help to lessen the stress of that critical task. When the 108th first arrived here, the living conditions were neither personal nor private. The open bay quarters the Soldiers occupied were large, open rooms accommodating up to 30 Soldiers with bunk beds and not much else. Aca,!A"There was just no privacy, no air circulation. It was generally, 'Live where you can fit in,' with no personal space whatsoever.

  • First group of more than 1,100 Iraqi Police recruits graduates from new training academy

    Feb 26, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2008) -- More than 1,100 Iraqi Police recruits became the first to graduate from a two-week Basic Recruit Training Course at the new Furat Iraqi Police Training Academy here Feb. 21. During the initial phase of their training, the graduates successfully completed training on weapons familiarization, law, ethics, crime scene, handcuffing and other police skills. Aca,!A"TodayAca,!a,,cs graduation makes us very happy, because this will provide security and control to this area,Aca,!A? said course graduate Nihad Mahmad Taha. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre all very excited about it. I joined the IP because IAca,!a,,cve seen how much damage the extremists did to our country, and I wanted to provide protection to my people.Aca,!A?

  • IP cadre training recruits to become future Police

    Feb 25, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Feb. 20, 2008) Aca,!" More than 1,000 Iraqi Police recruits cycled through the small-arms range at the Furat Iraqi Police Training Academy here Feb. 19. The IP cadre jumped from recruit to recruit while providing assistance to those on the range; for many of them, the event was the first time they had the opportunity to fire their assigned weapons. Thus it went throughout the day as the new recruits underwent weapon familiarization, which is but one of many tasks recruits receive instruction on during their IP Basic Recruit Training.

  • Crew trainer allows attack helicopter pilots to safely practice combat skills

    Feb 20, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 20, 2008) -- Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs a challenge to see if you a can engage all of the targets before they get you, and make it back to the airfield before you run out of gas,Aca,!A? said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert Ladd, production control officer and maintenance examiner for the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Fortunately Ladd wasnAca,!a,,ct facing that situation for real. He was describing one of the possible scenarios in what many aviators call the worldAca,!a,,cs most expensive video game -- the Longbow Crew Trainer.

  • 1st Armored Division Military Police do their part in bringing stability to Tikrit

    Feb 14, 2008

    TIKRIT, Iraq (Feb. 14, 2008) -- When 1st Armored Division arrived almost five months ago, this city had a reputation as place where insurgents and murders were commonplace, and as the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. Today Tikrit is blooming with life, and its citizens are enjoying improvements in its security and economy. Part of the credit for that reversal of fortune is owed to the Soldiers of the 501st Military Police Company.

  • Vice Chief of Staff spends time with fellow aviators in Iraq

    Feb 13, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 13, 2008) -- Gen. Richard Cody, the ArmyAca,!a,,cs vice chief of staff, made a special visit to Task Force XII Feb. 12. TF XII is the aviation task force headed by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade that supports Multi-National Division - Baghdad. Cody is a master aviator with more than 5,000 hours of flight time. Since taking on the responsibility of providing aviation support to MND-B, task force Soldiers have adjusted to that mission while continuing to improve operations each day, said Col. Timothy Edens, the commander of TF XII and 12th CAB.

  • Army Vice Chief of Staff visits deployed Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Feb 13, 2008

  • Hertling says Task Force Iron making strides against terrorist elements in Iraq

    Feb 13, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 13, 2008) -- U.S. and Iraqi forces are successfully conducting operations against al-Qaida terrorists in the IraqAca,!a,,cs northern provinces, said Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of 1st Armored Division and Multi-National Division - North during a Feb. 11 news conference. Talking with reporters in the Pentagon during his third video teleconference from Iraq, Herting said the provinces of Diyala, Salahuddin, Nineveh and Kirkuk are safer today than they were a month ago. Aca,!A"Diyala is much safer today than it was a month ago. Citizens are less afraid to go out on the street, and markets are opening,Aca,!A? Hertling said. Aca,!A"Al-Qaida has gone to ground. We are hunting them out, where they have gone to ground

  • Soldiers of 173rd Airborne Brigade fuel point team keeping Afghanistan task force on the move

    Feb 12, 2008

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Feb. 11, 2008) -- Aca,!A"If The Fuel DonAca,!a,,ct Flow, The Army DonAca,!a,,ct GoAca,!A? reads a large sign at Forward Operating Base FentyAca,!a,,cs fuel point. On a base that uses between 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of fuel a day just to maintain operations, not including the vehicles and aircraft that require refueling for several missions a day, that statement isnAca,!a,,ct bragging -- itAca,!a,,cs a fact. Soldiers from Alpha Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), are in charge of operating the fuel point and making sure the tanks never run dry, on or off base.

  • More than 1,000 Iraqi Police recruits begin training at new facility in Baghdad

    Feb 12, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 11, 2008) -- More than 1,000 recruits moved through a security checkpoint near the front entrance of the new Furat Training Center here Feb. 10, just one day after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new police training facility. Aca,!A"We are here to become Iraqi Police officers; to get a good job. And we are here for our country,Aca,!A? said Jabbav Mitir, one of the hopeful recruits. Mitir, like some of his fellow recruits, was formerly a member of the Sons of Iraq, a citizen security program, who now wants to become a Aca,!EoeshurtaAca,!a,,c policeman to protect his fellow citizens.

  • 18th Military Police Brigade helps create new permanent training center for Iraqi Police

    Feb 11, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 11, 2008) -- A new training center for Iraqi Police officers officially opened its doors here Feb. 9. Baghdad Iraqi Police and coalition forces spent a year searching for the right location for a sizeable training area that could house and train IP recruits. The Furat Training Facility will allow the IP to establish operations to train thousands of recruits who will go through IP Basic Recruit Training and advanced leadership courses.

  • 18th Military Police Brigade applies enhanced 'systems' approach to improving Iraqi Police

    Feb 7, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Iraqi Police expansion and improvement in Baghdad has reached an all-time high in the past six months, coalition officials say, with new recruits filling police ranks in Baghdad provinces by the day. As 18th Military Police Brigade Police Transition Teams assess improvements in the number of IPs and rule of law operations at the police station level, the brigade is beginning a transition to a "systems approach" while moving the Iraqi Police headquarters to the next level of performance -- the enhanced Police Transition Team, or ePTT.

  • U.S. Military Police help Iraqi Police officers get their monthly pay

    Feb 7, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Service members assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade here helped process nearly 200 Iraqi Police officers from the Hy al Amil Police and Patrol Station here who came to Joint Security Station Black Lion Jan. 31 to receive their monthly pay from the station commissioner. The policemen were paid after completing security verification that identified them using an eye iris scan and identification checks, and an inspection and inventory of their assigned weapons.

  • Nearly 500 new Iraqi Police officers graduate from Baghdad police training facility

    Feb 7, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Top Iraqi Police official Maj. Gen. Kadhem Hamid Sharhan, the Baghdad provincial police commander joined members of the 18th Military Police BrigadeAca,!a,,cs command group and Provincial Police Transition Team at the Camp Fiji Iraqi Police Training Facility here Feb. 2 to watch 493 new Iraqi Police officers graduate and perform a training demonstration. Aca,!A"This increase in police force will better the peace for the citizens,Aca,!A? said Capt. Mohammad, training commander for the Iraqi policeAca,!a,,cs Forward Unit. Aca,!A"I see only good things in our future.Aca,!A?

  • New facility improves conditions for deploying Soldiers in Italy

    Feb 7, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (Feb. 7, 2008) -- VicenzaAca,!a,,cs deploying Soldiers will no longer have to sit on a damp football field or in a noisy hangar waiting for their planes. With the upcoming opening of the Personnel Alert Holding Area at Aviano Air Base, deploying troops will be treated to a fully enclosed, climate-controlled building just steps from their departing aircraft. Aca,!A"This new building is a real force multiplier for our Soldiers,Aca,!A? said Martin Fano, director of the Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group, U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza. Aca,!A"This will streamline operations and give us the capabilities we have always needed.Aca,!A?

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