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  • Military and civilian officials cut ribbon of Super jet Travel Agency at JBB

    Mar 24, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Military and Maitha General Trading group officials celebrated the grand opening of MGT's Superjet Travel Agency with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 15 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Service members participate in JBB Fire Muster

    Mar 24, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Joint Base Balad Fire Department held the year's first fire muster, a joint-service competition, March 13 at JBB, Iraq. The fire muster pitted teams from all branches of service against one another in games that simulated firefighter tasks and skills, said Spc. Clayton Williams Jr., a JBB firefighter with the 63rd Ordnance Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

  • Quartermasters train to stay fresh during deployment

    Mar 24, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - The 263rd Quartermaster Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) continues to train their Soldiers on the technical and tactical skills of their laundry-service mission at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Cavalry Soldier becomes US citizen

    Mar 23, 2010

    During a ceremony inside the Al-Fal Palace at Camp Victory in Baghdad, a young Soldier of Pakistani descent became the first person in his family to earn his U.S. citizenship, Feb. 15, 2010.

  • English classes speak volumes

    Mar 23, 2010

    Several employees at the Basra International Airport gathered March 14, 2010, in separate rooms to continue their next set of lessons, which began more than two months ago. However, these classes had nothing to do with radar procedures or ticketing processes.

  • Gospel Choir keeps the audience, messages rolling

    Mar 23, 2010

    They may not be ready for Broadway just yet, but the Basra Gospel Choir put on a show for an appreciative crowd that any amateur troop would envy, at the Contingency Operating Base Basra Town Hall, March 19, 2010.

  • Hawaii Soldier Wins MacArthur Leadership Award

    Mar 22, 2010

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Mar. 12, 2010) -- Gen. Douglas MacArthur used the words duty, honor, country in his famous farewell speech to the West Point Corps of Cadets on May 12, 1962. Those three words accurately describe the principles of one 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldier, Capt. Bryan Williams, Aide-de-Camp to the commanding general, 8th TSC, who was one of 28 active and reserve component company-grade officers announced last week as winners of the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

  • 'Iron Hammer' Soldiers gain insight on career progression

    Mar 20, 2010

    The 121st Brigade Support Battalion, "Iron Hammers," held a seminar for its Soldiers with career advancement in mind, Feb. 27, 2010, at Memorial Hall on Contingency Operating Base Adder.

  • Iraqi-owned bank opens on U.S. base

    Mar 20, 2010

    The Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone at Contingency Operating Base Adder has long been a place where aspiring business-minded Iraqis work with U.S. forces and support the local economy by providing jobs.

  • 'Sons of Anarchy' actors visit Taji, JBB

    Mar 20, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Cast members from the television series "Sons of Anarchy" visited service members March 14 to March 16 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Provider chaplains hold prayer luncheon

    Mar 20, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Chaplains with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held the command's first prayer luncheon in the Audie Murphy Room at the Oasis Dining Facility, March 17 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • 'Iron Hammer' battalion honors schools for support

    Mar 19, 2010

    In the past few months, the Soldiers and officers of 121st Brigade Support Battalion "Iron Hammer" were sent numerous care packages, sketches and art projects from students of Skyline Elementary and Lincoln Elementary schools, located in Canon City, Colo.

  • Mayor cell keeps living areas safe and clean for Soldiers

    Mar 19, 2010

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Although the time is quickly approaching for the Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) to re-deploy home to Oregon, the mayor cell at logistics support area Anzio on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, must continue its mission until all Soldiers have left theater.

  • Empire State MPs partner in safe Iraqi election

    Mar 18, 2010

    As tens of thousands of Basra residents voted in the March 7, 2010, national elections, Soldiers from the 206th Military Police Company joined their Iraqi Security Force partners in monitoring the country's second largest city in its Provincial Joint Communications Center.

  • Iraqi Security Forces take lead in election security

    Mar 18, 2010

    In 2005, Iraq held two rounds of elections in a chaotic environment with heavy outside influence and security in the hands of Coalition Forces. What a difference five years can make.

  • Texas finance team provides support for all of western Iraq

    Mar 18, 2010

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, IRAQ - Soldiers of A Detachment, 15th Financial Management Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Fort Hood, Texas, supply financial assistance to all military personnel and Department of Defense civilians in the western region of Iraq.

  • 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment takes command

    Mar 18, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - The 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) handed its mission over to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th ESC, during a transfer of authority ceremony March 12 at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Transfer of Function Notices issued, FORSCOM employees weigh options

    Mar 17, 2010

    For the past two weeks, more than 700 U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters Army civilian employees have been considering their options ahead of an April 1st deadline to respond to their individual Transfer of Function Notices.

  • NCO finds night vision enlightening

    Mar 17, 2010

    Deep in a large research facility tucked away in a secure corner of the base, scientists and engineers are working to see in the dark. The magic is made possible by technology and a team of smart individuals.

  • Soldiers jazz-up International Women's Day

    Mar 17, 2010

    International Women's Day blew hot and cold as female Soldier vocalists from the 1st Infantry Division's "Spirit of the First" chorus and band took to the Holy Joe's coffeehouse stage at Contingency Operating Base Basra, backed by the division's Jazz Combo, March 8, 2010, for a Women's History Month salute to legendary ladies of jazz.

  • From wheelchair to running shoes

    Mar 16, 2010

    When Spc. Shane Rose became injured after dislocating his femur, his loss of the ability to walk was soon shadowed by other losses, those of independence and his sense of self. His journey since came with the especially difficult and painful task of becoming someone different - stronger of spirit and weaker of body - than he was before.

  • Organic Food: How much better are they'

    Mar 16, 2010

    You are standing in the produce section of the Commissary. The fruits and vegetables on both sides of the aisle look and feel the same. The only difference is that on one side of the aisle produce is labeled "organic", while the fruits and vegetables on the other side are conventionally grown. Is organic produce better for you than conventionally grown produce' Which one should you buy' It is hard to know unless you become a more informed shopper.

  • Army leader tastes what's cookin' at Natick

    Mar 16, 2010

    Soldiers are eating better with help from new technologies. That was the message Army scientists delivered to the Army's civilian leader during a visit to research and development facilities here March 15.

  • FORSCOM accelerates preparation for annual program to help Army families

    Mar 16, 2010

    Well-Being officials at U.S. Army Forces Command G-1 are now accelerating their preparation for the command's 2010 Army Family Action Plan conference scheduled for March 23-26, in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Soldier receives tribal honor for service in Iraq

    Mar 16, 2010

    Throughout the history of the U.S. military, troops have been honored with awards and commendations for their service, especially for the times they have gone beyond what was required of them.

  • Behind the Scenes with the 412th TEC Culinary Team

    Mar 15, 2010

  • JBB recognizes March as American Red Cross Month

    Mar 13, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than 800 volunteers and supporters attended a ceremony marking March as American Red Cross Month, March 6 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Quartermaster Soldiers keep service members' uniforms looking sharp

    Mar 13, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - Missions in Iraq can take a toll on service members' uniforms, but a group of Soldiers work every day to keep them presentable and in good repair at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Soldiers move excess munitions out of Iraq as part of drawdown

    Mar 13, 2010

    As the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment escalates following the Iraqi Parliamentary elections in March, Soldiers are working to reduce the amount of ammunition in Iraq as corresponding troop levels fall.

  • Missouri unit transforms old mail building into a customer-friendly postal operation

    Mar 13, 2010

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Members of 1st Platoon, 387th Human Resource Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Bethany, Mo., began their deployment in October with an extra mission, to transform a building that did not meet Department of Defense postal regulations into a functioning, efficient postal center.

  • Providers support movement-control operations in Diyala Province

    Mar 13, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers with the 858th Movement Control Team are responsible for the quality control of cargo being transported through Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and its surrounding bases.

  • Oregon Guardsmen provide force protection at entry control points

    Mar 13, 2010

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - The Soldiers of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) are keeping Victory Base Complex, Iraq, safe by manning the base's entry control points 24 hours a day.

  • ARMY BIDS TROY 'GIL' GILLELAND FAREWELL

    Mar 12, 2010

    Troy E. "Gil" Gilleland Jr. retired March 12, 2010, after more than 38 years of dedicated federal service that ranged from enlisted Soldier to non-commissioned officer to Army officer to Department of the Army civilian to a member of the Senior Executive Service. As a Soldier he went from E-1 to E-6 and from O-1 to 0-6. His retirement ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Army's largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), where he had served as the deputy chief of staff G-1 since June 2005.

  • Covering Your Head Can Save Your Life

    Mar 12, 2010

    For an item weighing only three ounces, the Army's Light Weight Performance Hood (LPH) is a key piece of gear. It can save Soldiers from severe, disfiguring, even life-threatening burns to the face, ears, and neck.

  • Oregon quick reaction force team provides perimeter security for VBC

    Mar 12, 2010

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, IRAQ - The Soldiers of B Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) quick reaction force team provide security for entry-control points at Victory Base Complex, Iraq, and support base defense operations center events on a daily basis.

  • Engineer Soldier Awarded Silver Star

    Mar 12, 2010

    Sgt. Scott D. Brooks, 82nd Engineer Support Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, was awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions on June 25, 2007 where his bravery resulted in saving the lives of five Iraqi policemen and untold American Soldiers following a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device that struck the walls of Forward Operating Base Summerall in Iraq.

  • Engineer Soldier awarded Silver Star

    Mar 11, 2010

    Sgt. Scott D. Brooks, Headquarters Company, 130th Engineers Brigade, receives the Silver Star medal from Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during an award ceremony March 10, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • Iraqi security forces ensure safe national elections

    Mar 11, 2010

    In 2005, faced with staunch resistance from extremists, coalition forces provided security for Iraqis as they voted. Five years later, the role of U.S. forces has changed dramatically.

  • Iraqi canine unit helps secure national elections

    Mar 11, 2010

    As his U.S. counterparts walked toward him, the commander of the Iraqi canine unit broke into a smile and held out his hand. After a few introductory handshakes, 2nd Lt. Akeel, from the Iraqi National Police in the city of Najaf, ushered his guests from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, into his office.

  • Karbala agricultural buzz: beekeeping class and other initiatives create economic independence for l

    Mar 11, 2010

    A class that teaches local Iraqis how to raise and care for honey bees graduated its first students in Husaniyah, Iraq, March 1, 2010. Members of the U.S. State Department's Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team and Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, attended the beekeeping course graduation.

  • 'Gunslingers' host COB Basra strongman contest

    Mar 10, 2010

    Needing to bench press 315 pounds one time in the final "bench-off" for the title at the Gunslinger Strongman Competition, Spc. Travis E. Dobson, of Long Beach, Calif., pumped out an extra four repetitions, March 1, 2010.

  • Cavalrymen run helo stables in southern Iraq

    Mar 10, 2010

    As the engines of approaching helicopters roar in the distance, flight operations at the Task Force Saber air cell at Contingency Operating Station Hunter once again prepare to receive aircraft that support troop movements all across southern Iraq.

  • Basketball and ballots: Soldiers reflect on national elections during downtime

    Mar 10, 2010

    Soldiers do many things to prepare for missions, but as important to the success of the mission as all the planning is, the moments spent not thinking about the mission can be just as essential. Leading up to the March 7, 2010, national elections in Iraq, some 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers took some time to relax and reflect.

  • Soldiers develop strong bonds with counterparts

    Mar 10, 2010

    Iraq's security forces are in the lead, dedicated to and invested in the ongoing stability of their nation and ensuring the security of their U.S. partners, but the fewer U.S. troops still in the country assisting the Iraqi forces still have an essential job to do.

  • U.S. partners assist Najaf's growth

    Mar 10, 2010

    Military leaders, diplomats, politicians, influential businessmen and shaykhs came together for an informal dinner to celebrate President's Day at Contingency Operating Station Endeavor, Feb. 24, 2010.

  • Singer entertains troops on small base in Iraq

    Mar 10, 2010

    Former Pussycat Doll, Kaya Jones entertained the Soldiers assigned to Contingency Operating Station Endeavor, Iraq, Feb. 24, 2010. Jones and her dance team danced and sang for an appreciative audience for over an hour, before signing autographs and posing for pictures with their audience.

  • Stability operations in Iraq making headway

    Mar 10, 2010

    Though the U.S. has been building up the civilian infrastructure of Iraq since 2003, the sense of ownership and level interest of the people has never been as great as it is now, and that makes all the difference.

  • Troopers have towering presence on border

    Mar 9, 2010

    The Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement, the Government of Iraq's primary force for border security and the interdiction of smuggling, continues to keep an eye on the border with Iran.

  • Army debuts new tool to defeat IEDs

    Mar 9, 2010

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's tank and automotive center is set to unveil its newest technology to assist Soldiers in finding and disarming improvised explosive devices during a Florida conference later this month.

  • Top NCO observes Thunderbolt Soldiers train Iraqis

    Mar 8, 2010

    Senior noncommissioned officer of USFI observes training between Iraqi Army and 17th Fires Brigade in Basrah Province

  • Supporting Small Government in Iraq

    Mar 8, 2010

    While considerable attention has been devoted to Iraqi reconstruction at the national and provincial levels, U.S. forces are leveraging their resources to advise and assist local Iraqi governmental bodies as well.

  • Efficient irrigation method holds promise for Iraq

    Mar 8, 2010

    Even as the U.S. hands more and more responsibility for the future of Iraq back to the Iraqi people, projects continue to ensure that the people are set up for success in every possible way.

  • Iraqis Vote in Karbala

    Mar 8, 2010

    Iraqis vote in Karbala The elections are the second national vote since the ousting of Saddam Hussein

  • Iraqi and U.S. forces prepare for National Elections

    Mar 8, 2010

    The success of this week's elections for five southern provinces in Iraq rested on the Mid-Euphrates Operations Center, located at Contingency Operating Station Echo. The MEOC, which is co-located with the 8th Iraqi Army Division headquarters in Diwaniyah Province, is the monitoring station for operations and intelligence assets for the provinces of Babil, Karbala, Najaf, Diwaniyah and Wasit. The 8th IA Division is the military unit responsible for securing those provinces.

  • March 7 Iraqi national elections

    Mar 8, 2010

    March 7 Iraqi national elections The 2010 elections are the second national elections since the fall of Saddam HusseinAca,!a,,cs regime.

  • 1 Inf Div band toots its horns in al-Kut

    Mar 8, 2010

    As cultural events go, the Wasit Arts Cultural Festival had plenty of laughing, singing and celebrating, and near the heart of it all was the 1st Infantry Division band. The Wasit Provincial Council sponsored a major cultural arts festival Feb. 27, 2010, at the Wasit Provincial Council Auditorium in al-Kut. The band's Cantigny Brass Quintet performed before a crowd of 400, including more than 25 children from surrounding schools and orphanages.

  • U.S. Soldiers, Sailors brief IA leaders on election preps

    Mar 8, 2010

    Task Force Thunderbolt Soldiers and Sailors briefed the commanding general of the Iraqi Army's Basra-based 14th Division at the taskforce's headquarters at Contingency Operating Base Basra, March 1, on their plans to support him in ensuring a successful national election March 7.

  • Dojo in the desert: deployed karate master carries on traditions in Iraq

    Mar 8, 2010

    Training in the martial arts takes dedication, time and the will to continue to grow and learn. It can take years of patient study and practice to gain a black belt, a sign of respect and knowledge. Even then, the martial artist continues to learn and grow, eventually attaining the proficiency to share his knowledge with others.

  • Iraqi medical soldiers turn to U.S. for training

    Mar 6, 2010

    Six Iraqi soldiers looked up intently at the diagram on the white board as they crowded around the makeshift operating tables. Then, looking down at their surgical pads, they deftly took up surgical needles to practice their technique. It was practice involving nothing more than boneless chicken fillets, but the senior medical providers representing three brigades within the 14th Iraqi Army Division acknowledge the advantages nevertheless.

  • Bracing against the cold in Muthanna

    Mar 6, 2010

    Much of the population of Muthanna Province faces serious hunger and health issues that only worsen during the winter months. As this winter approached, the Muthanna Provincial Council asked the U.S. State Department's Provincial Reconstruction Team to help provide essential supplies and aid for their people in need. Company A, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, Task Force Pathfinder, assigned to assist the Muthanna PRT's reconstruction efforts, responded.

  • Medics pass-on life-saving skills

    Mar 6, 2010

    As U.S. forces continue to assume more of a supporting role in Iraq, the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement is assuming greater responsibility for retaining security and safety along the border with Iran. The mission can be dangerous, as smugglers attempt to bring weapons and foreign fighters into the country.

  • Maysan police attend counterfeiting course

    Mar 6, 2010

    Counterfeiting of U.S. currency is a prevalent problem throughout the world, and Iraq is no exception. Counterfeiting presents a multi-faceted threat in Iraq, where it both destabilizes the economy and funds terrorist activities.

  • FORSCOM, USARC 'BRAC Express' on track

    Mar 4, 2010

    Just as a locomotive builds momentum as it leaves a station, the ongoing efforts to relocate U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg, N.C., is steadily picking up steam.

  • Dogs go the distance: Program provides service to veterans with PTSD

    Mar 4, 2010

    For over 40 years Ken Costich, a former Army colonel, has dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

  • Early voting takes place in Iraq as country preps for parliamentary elections

    Mar 4, 2010

    As Iraqi citizens across the country prepare to vote in the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 7, those who will be providing security that day got a chance to cast their ballots early in a special-needs election.

  • Black History Month celebrated at COS Kalsu

    Mar 4, 2010

    Soldiers gathered at Contingency Operating Station Kalsu Feb. 25, 2010, to celebrate Black History Month in an event featuring music, dance, poetry, song and cake. "I encourage each of you to recognize the many accomplishments of African-American citizens and to discover more about their rich culture and triumphant history," said Sgt. 1st Class Jamal Reid, equal opportunity advisor, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • Education center helps Soldiers reach goals

    Mar 4, 2010

    While repeated deployments and training may have delayed some Soldiers from pursing higher education goals, many are playing catch-up and getting ahead on their educational goals at Contingency Operating Base Adder. For Soldiers from the 121st Brigade Support Battalion, this is made possible through the educational programs offered through the University of Maryland University College-Europe. Some Soldiers have even completed a full semester of college while deployed.

  • Iraqi hero medic receives MEDEVAC training

    Mar 4, 2010

    An Iraqi Army hero of the March 2008 "Charge of the Knights" battle for Basra joined U.S. Army and Navy trainers for medical evacuation training Feb. 24, 2010 at the Contingency Operating Base Basra flight line. Second Lt. Muhamad Hussam, a medical officer with the Iraqi Army's 52nd Brigade, 14th Division, received multiple gunshots wounds while rescuing soldiers during the spring 2008 Battle of Basra, said 2nd Lt. Karim Elyamani, operations officer for the 17th Fires Brigade Surgeon Cell.

  • U.S. Forces advise, befriend Iraqi Police in Dhi Qar

    Mar 3, 2010

  • Scouting the border: Cavalry assisting border guards in Iraq

    Mar 3, 2010

    The border between Iraq and Iran is heavily guarded, with numerous forts on both sides. However, illegal weapons and other dangerous items are still carried into Iraq by smugglers who supply extremists fighting against the Iraqi government.

  • Keeping watch on critical pieces

    Mar 3, 2010

  • Do you know who your Facebook friends are'

    Mar 2, 2010

    A recent find in our social media communities has been the use of military support Facebook groups as the construction site for houses of adversary propaganda through violent, anti-American posts, videos and photos. What makes it scarier is friends and families have welcomed the invitation without looking at the pictures hanging on the walls or the violent movies playing on the television.

  • Long time intelligence expert retires after 46 years service

    Mar 2, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, GA (March 1, 2010) - One of U.S. Army Forces Command's (FORSCOM) veteran intelligence experts retired here Feb. 28 after more than 46 years conducting, managing and supporting Army military intelligence activities in the United States, Europe, Vietnam, Korea and Southwest Asia. Melvin W. Kerns, who was the assistant deputy chief of Staff, G-2 at FORSCOM at retirement, started with the Army's largest command in January 1984.

  • Observers set to ensure safe, fair Iraqi national elections

    Mar 2, 2010

    Soldiers across Iraq have been assisting various stakeholders with their efforts to ensure that the national elections held March 7, are run fairly and safely.

  • Army Reservist claims All-Army championship

    Mar 1, 2010

    Close to 300 Soldiers from all elements of the Army descended on Fort Benning Feb. 20-27 to take part in the 2010 All-Army Small Arms Championships, the preeminent marksmanship training and competition event the Army has to offer. Army Reservist Sgt. 1st Class Russell Moore, 2nd Battalion, Small Arms Readiness Group, Camp Bullis, Texas, withstood strong competition and unpredictable weather to win the 2010 Overall Individual Championship, his second in a row.

  • Fair judging, 412th TEC Soldiers

    Mar 1, 2010

    412th TEC Soldiers volunteer to judge Vicksburg, Miss. School District annual Science fair

  • Elections part of big picture in Iraq

    Feb 27, 2010

    Iraqi police are preparing themselves for the elections in Iraq. With the help of U.S. forces, they have been working to build a safe and secure environment, not only during the elections, but long after the last ballot is cast.

  • Patches fly on COB Basra

    Feb 26, 2010

    Effects cell Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division donned combat patches Feb. 15, 2010, during a ceremony in the Overlord conference room in the General John W. Vessey Headquarters Building at Contingency Operating Base, Iraq. As he entered the room for a scheduled briefing, Lt. Col. Ralph L. Kauzlarich, deputy chief of staff for effects, asked Sgt. Major Wade P. Wells, the cell's sergeant major, if everyone who was supposed to be at the meeting had arrived.

  • Sledgehammer on the lookout

    Feb 26, 2010

    Sgt. Anthony Vasquez, Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, provides security Feb. 16, 2010, as leaders of the 1st Bn., 15 Inf. Regt., the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team and members of the Director General take soil samples in Diwaniyah, Iraq. The samples were taken to determine if land was suitable for "tunnel houses," low-tech versions of greenhouses.

  • Building sustainable agriculture in the Iraqi heartland

    Feb 26, 2010

    Leaders of the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, recently completed the first step toward what is hoped to be a lasting source of income for many farmers in Diwaniyah. While Company A, 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt. Soldiers provided security Feb. 16, 2010, unit leaders, along with PRT Agricultural Advisors, Dr. Mohamed, Dr. Abdul and Bill Baker, escorted representatives of the Director General of Agriculture to five farms to determine if they are suitable sites for plastic tunnel houses.

  • 90th Sustainment Brigade cases colors, heads home

    Feb 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 90th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a casing ceremony Feb. 19 outside the brigade headquarters building, to retire the brigade's colors for its re-deployment from Iraq.

  • Father of the 412th

    Feb 25, 2010

    Grace Spears celebrated the end of World War II in 1945 by walking around her block in Vicksburg, Miss., beating on an old metal pan with a wooden spoon.

  • DLIFLC's Afghan Languages Portal opens

    Feb 25, 2010

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. Aca,!" The language institute here has created a Web site that provides self-instruction materials for learning useful words and phrases in two languages that are widely spoken in Afghanistan. The institute is best known for its resident training in foreign languages for all branches of the U.S. military services. Currently 23 languages are taught at its Presidio of Monterey campus.

  • Army Safety professionals 'get to the left of the bang'

    Feb 25, 2010

    Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston urged Army safety professionals to do the hard work needed to get the force to "the left of the bang" Feb. 23 during the Army Senior Safety Symposium at Fort Rucker, Ala.

  • Apaches take less aggressive role in Iraq

    Feb 25, 2010

    As the role of U.S. forces turns from a kinetic, action-oriented posture to a supporting role for the Iraqi Army and Police, unit missions must also adapt to the changes.

  • Signal Soldiers work with Iraqi counterparts

    Feb 24, 2010

    Addressing the Iraqi Army communications troops gathered before him, the instructor hammered home how key their role is to operations. "Your reports are a big factor to conducting operations," said U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael E. Mullins, 14th Division Military Transition Team "The information that you provide is essential to getting help to a wounded Soldier or getting support to troops under attack, so it's vital that those reports be precise." Over the past few weeks, Marines with the 14th Div. MiTT and Soldiers from 256th Signal Company, 17th Fires Brigade have begun training troops from Signal Co., 14th Iraqi Army Division, at Camp Wessam on radio communications functions and procedures.

  • U.S., Iraqi forces secure election sites

    Feb 24, 2010

    Soldiers of the 69th Armor Regiment and Iraqi Security Forces in Babil Province have joined forces to ensure the safety of Iraqi citizens during the upcoming national elections, only the second such elections since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

  • 203rd BSB fit to fight

    Feb 24, 2010

    Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray saw a problem in his battalion, the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. "I watched the same Soldiers going on the over-weight program over and over again," he said. "I decided something needed to be done and we made it a battalion-wide effort." From that moment, the 203rd BSB's "Fit Nation" program was born a few months ago.

  • Iraqi border police conduct weapons classes

    Feb 24, 2010

    In Maysan Province, more than 80 kilometers from the nearest major city, a group of Iraqi border guards stand on Iraq's eastern frontier, their every move observed by Iranian sentries a few hundred meters away.

  • Establishment of standardized Iraqi NCOES met with challenges, successes

    Feb 24, 2010

    Although it seems unrealistic for an Army to be comprised of Soldiers who were unable to read, it was one problem facing the Iraq Ground Forces Command and the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Army as they attempted to develop and implement a structured noncommissioned officer education system for Iraq's soldiers

  • Shutting off the fires: conference proposes turning pollution into profit for Iraq

    Feb 24, 2010

    The common sight of fires burning high above the horizon throughout Iraq may soon become a thing of the past, according to attendees of the United States Division-South Oil Conference.

  • FORSCOM's 'First Lady' stresses importance, unique role of Family Readiness Support A

    Feb 23, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command's "First Lady" stressed the importance and the unique role of Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA) here today during her remarks to the 300 attendees of the Family Readiness training session hosted by the XVIII Airborne Corps. Mrs. Diane Campbell, wife of FORSCOM's commander Gen. Charles C. Campbell, expressed her and Gen. Campbell's appreciation to the attendees for what they do to help support Soldiers' Families. "We share your vision, encourage you, and (we) thank you for what you do," she said.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers Build Strong Bonds at Hilton Head, S.C., Resort

    Feb 23, 2010

    HILTON HEAD, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) -- The Army Strong Bonds retreat is a no brainer, you are being paid to attend, you are staying at a beautiful resort, and you are receiving world class instruction on communication, intimacy, and conflict management skills, that's according to Chaplain Col. Steven Dyess the 81st Regional Support Command Chaplain.

  • Comedians keep COB Echo laughing

    Feb 23, 2010

    "Who here has dogs'" A few Soldiers in the audience raised their hands. "What kind of dog do you have," comedian Ray Barnett asked a Soldier. "A bullmastiff' Those are the kind of dogs that, if he gets goin' on your leg, you just let him finish."

  • Military Police integrate units to accomplish mission

    Feb 23, 2010

    As the U.S. abides by the security agreement to reduce troop levels to 50,000 by September 2010, leaders prepare to continue their mission with fewer troops. Smaller numbers of Soldiers depend on one another more to accomplish the daily tasks needed to maintain the security, integrity and safety of the Basrah Operations Center and the city of Basrah, which is home to more than 1.2 million people.

  • Army Technology Live debuts free iPhone app

    Feb 22, 2010

    The Army's official science and technology blog released a free iPhone application Feb. 19. The application puts Army technology news, social media and job postings in one location.

  • JBB celebrates Black History Month

    Feb 20, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members and civilians reflected on the accomplishments of blacks in the military during a Black History Month luncheon Feb. 19 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • 107 Soldiers become US citizens at Al-Faw Palace

    Feb 20, 2010

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - The United States Forces - Iraq command staff held its 16th naturalization ceremony Feb. 15, welcoming 107 new U.S. citizens in Al-Faw Palace at Victory Base Complex, Iraq.

  • Deployed Soldiers train incoming troops

    Feb 20, 2010

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Soldiers with the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) convoyed to Kuwait to train incoming Soldiers with the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment before they travel to Iraq.

  • Greek societies host poetry slam at JBB

    Feb 20, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The lights dimmed and music played as poets and actors performed on stage during the Joint Base Balad Poetry Slam Feb. 11 at Morale, Welfare and Recreation east.