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  • Iraqi Air Force prepares to return to Talil

    Apr 2, 2010

    Iraqi Air Force commander tours COB Adder as his unit, Squadron 70, prepares to take control of Tallil Air Base as part of a larger effort of re-establishing Iraqi Security Forces in various locations throughout Iraq.

  • Base boasts Aca,!Eoehidden gemAca,!a,,c in crew lounge

    Apr 2, 2010

    In locales around the world, people often have their special places and hidden gems they consider as "must-sees" whenever they pass through, and Iraq is no different. With military bases throughout theater, such locations become well-known for different reasons.

  • Medics Teach Afghans to Help Themselves

    Apr 2, 2010

    Green Berets are teaching Afghans to take care of themselves with a unique program.

  • General visits Rawhide Soldiers, tours Ziggurat

    Apr 2, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general with Joint Contracting Command - Iraq/Afghanistan, visited Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, March 27, to ensure that her unit, which is responsible for all of the contracts in theater, meets the needs of the service members who live there.

  • The Third Army's role in the and the buildup in Afghanistan responsible drawdown of Iraq

    Apr 2, 2010

    Third Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. William G. Webster will provide a media update April 2, 2010, at 10:00 EST in the DoD Press Briefing Room. The topics addressed will be the Third Army's role in the responsible drawdown of Iraq, buildup in Afghanistan and the reset of our Army

  • 5K Run honors Molly Pitcher

    Apr 2, 2010

    The 17th Fires Brigade held a 5K run in honor of Molly Pitcher for military service members and Defense Department civilians on Contingency Operating Base Basra, March 21, 2010.

  • Soldiers celebrate Women's History Month in Iraq

    Apr 2, 2010

    Soldiers gathered at the Contingency Operating Base Basra town hall March 26, 2010, to celebrate Women's History Month with an event that focused on the important contributions women have made that are sometimes forgotten.

  • Current role models 'write women back into history' at Monroe observance

    Apr 1, 2010

    Four extraordinary women of different calibers took the stage for the Women's History Observance March 29, a collaborative effort of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe and Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

  • "What Right Looks Like" an aerial view

    Apr 1, 2010

    Aerial photo of new FORSCOM/USARC Headquarters at Ft. Bragg, NC.

  • Personal security is detachmentAca,!a,,cs business

    Apr 1, 2010

    As the U.S. Army assumes a larger advise-and-assist role in Iraq, Iraqi and American commanders meet frequently to coordinate operations and cultivate relationships. In the southern provinces of Dhi Qar, Muthanna, and Basra, a group of specially trained Soldiers known as the Personal Security Detachment, part of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment "Steel Tigers," enables their battalion leadership to move freely on the Iraqi roads.

  • Medics of 3-1 Cav apply healing hands

    Apr 1, 2010

    The call for aid came early in the evening, March 28, 2010: an Iraqi officer needed help from U.S. Soldiers in treating a burn victim. What made this particular request unusual was that the patient was a 2-year-old girl.

  • Al Kut welcomes fish and meat market

    Apr 1, 2010

    Since March 2008, the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team, along with U.S. forces and Iraqi Security Forces at Contingency Operating Base Delta near al-Kut, has been working to establish economic stability in the region by giving local merchants sanitary places to sell their meat and fish.

  • 'Play It Safe' this summer

    Mar 31, 2010

    The summer season is fast approaching and the Army is continuing its commitment to safeguarding Soldiers, Army Civilians and their Families with the launch of the 2010 Safe Summer campaign.

  • Providers operate Army's largest supply support activity

    Mar 31, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers with the 716th Quartermaster Company out of Jersey City, N.J., manage the largest multi-category Supply Support Activity facility in the Army at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • 36th Engineer Brigade uncases colors, 194th reaches mission end

    Mar 31, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 194th Engineer Brigade out of Jackson, Tenn., transferred authority to the 36th Engineer Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony March 25 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Issue Management System: The AFAP process 'digitized'

    Mar 30, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, GA., (March 29, 2010)-U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Well-Being officials were recently Beta testers for a new software application that is expected to standardize the way quality-of-life issues are submitted Army-wide for review through the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) process. During FORSCOM's 2010 AFAP conference March 24-26; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) Project Liaison Michelle Reilly and Defense Web Technologies Project Manager Michele Ruditis facilitated Beta testing of the AFAP Issue Management System (IMS) for FORSCOM Well-Being staff and conference attendees. The AFAP IMS will allow for review, submission, escalation and tracking of issues throughout the issue-resolution process, according to Ruditis.

  • Border team hands over tradition

    Mar 30, 2010

    Since soccer is a popular game among Iraqi children, the inclusion of soccer balls in humanitarian missions is more than a gift; it is a symbol of goodwill between U.S. forces and Iraqi residents.

  • Army Master Resilience Training course provides valued instruction

    Mar 29, 2010

    The Army is continuing to enhance its warfighters with something more powerful than new artillery weapon systems, night vision scopes and expensive gadgets.

  • Logistics partnering in Maysan Province

    Mar 29, 2010

    The 121st Brigade Support Battalion's partnership with the Iraqi Security Forces focuses not only on developing their ability to conduct combat operations, but also upon developing their administrative and logistics capabilities.

  • Iraqi, US students make connections over Web

    Mar 29, 2010

    A student at the Hillah High School for Exceptional Students accepts gifts from the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division before communicating over the internet with students at Brookstone High School, in Columbus, Ga., March 17, 2010. Students from both schools shared information and asked questions about one another's culture during the session.

  • FORSCOM Family 'sound off' during Census 2010

    Mar 29, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga., (March 29, 2010)-It's that time again in the United States, the time when we count the nation's population. Known as the Census, this once-per-decade effort begins April 1, but many people have already started receiving the forms in the mail. U.S. Department of Commerce officials said accurate census reporting among Soldiers and their Families is important. In fact, they emphasize that it's just as important to the military population as it is for their civilian counterparts. The Census results determine the distribution of about $400 billion per year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This money is what funds community services nationwide, services that also benefit Soldiers and their Families.

  • Arizona-based unit brings clothing to give to local community

    Mar 29, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers with the 3666th Support Maintenance Company provided clothing and other donated items to the local community during a humanitarian aid mission March 21 near Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Recovery supports convoys during travel

    Mar 29, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - Recovery Soldiers travel with convoys throughout Iraq, supporting units should vehicles break down during their mission.

  • Convoy security team keeps vehicles safe on road

    Mar 27, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Soldiers of D Troop, 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Ashland City, Tenn., provide security for convoys that travel from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to destinations throughout the country.

  • JBB officials cut ribbon at Container Repair Yard

    Mar 27, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Military and civilian officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the new Container Repair Yard March 22 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • The votes are in, AFAP delegates have spoken

    Mar 26, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga., (March 26, 2010) - Votes were cast and the top five quality-of-life issues were announced today as the annual, week-long U.S. Army Forces Command Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference concluded at the Crown Plaza Hotel-Atlanta Airport. Planned and facilitated by Well-Being Division personnel from FORSCOM G-1, 56 delegates from Army installations nationwide assembled here this week to review 72 quality-of-life issues identified during last year's installation-level AFAP conferences. First the delegates were assigned to five workgroups, and then the 72 issues were organized into five categories - Benefits and Entitlements; Child, Youth and School Services; Family Support/Civilian Issues; Force Support; and Medical and Dental.

  • Process Improvement Specialists earn LSS Master Black Belt certification

    Mar 26, 2010

  • U.S. preps facility for transfer to Iraqi Army as part of drawdown

    Mar 26, 2010

    Preparing for any redeployment often involves extensive inventories and equipment reallocations, but the process for one U.S. base in southern Maysan Province has the added challenge of transferring the entire base, equipment and crucial infrastructure.

  • Sustainment Soldiers travel to JBB to renovate buildings for future occupancy by replacement units

    Mar 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) came from various locations in Iraq to work on a renovation project that began March 15 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Soldiers remember lost comrade

    Mar 26, 2010

    They gathered in the Contingency Operating Station Kalsu chapel with heavy hearts and somber silence. The tiny chapel was filled to capacity, but the overwhelming stillness that filled the small building signaled the somberness of the event.

  • 1-10 FA Regt. Artillerymen say farewell

    Mar 26, 2010

    Members of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, filed into the auditorium at Contingency Operating Station Delta, Iraq, March 12, 2010, for a memorial ceremony.

  • US Ambassador to Iraq visits Karbala Province

    Mar 26, 2010

    U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill discussed the state of Karbala Province with Brig. Gen. Ricky Gibbs, 1st Infantry Division and United States Division-South deputy commanding general for maneuver, Soldiers of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, and members of the Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team, at Patrol Base Husaniyah, Mar. 6, 2010.

  • Four-star general visits JBB, talks drawdown, reflects on women's history

    Mar 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command and a Fort Belvoir, Va., resident, made a March 20 visit to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to discuss the upcoming responsible drawdown of personnel and equipment in Iraq.

  • Watching history unfold: national elections in Iraq

    Mar 26, 2010

    The night before the Iraqi national elections, Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were still going through their system checks. While they would not be in charge of security for the polling sites in the Najaf, Babil, Wasit, Diwaniyah and Karbala provinces, they were determined to be ready if a call for help came.

  • 3rd BSTB welcomes new level-one fighters

    Mar 26, 2010

    Soldiers of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division graduate from a one-week, level one combatives course at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu in southern Iraq.

  • FORSCOM AFAP delegates seek to enhance Army community's quality of life

    Mar 25, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga. (March 25, 2010)-Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) official Lynn McCullum kicked-off the 2010 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference, here, Wednesday morning as the keynote speaker during the opening session. McCullum, FMWRC director of family programs, sought to inspire conference delegates to continue doing good work, such as with their promotion of Army Family programs and also in their participation during the week-long conference. "Ordinary people like us...can accomplish awesome and extraordinary things," she said. "That is really what you're here about today-and during the next couple of days-is that you will accomplish extraordinary things."

  • Eat Up!: Feed the troops

    Mar 25, 2010

    LabTV: Michelle Richardson and other food scientists at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass., ensure that the vitamins, minerals and calories in each ration meet the required levels in MREs for Soldiers.

  • FORSCOM AFAP conference delegates arrive for duty

    Mar 24, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga. (March 24, 2010) - Human Resources officials of the Army's largest command welcomed 56 delegates from Army installations nationwide to Atlanta Tuesday for the first day of the 2010 U.S. Army Forces Command Army Family Action Plan Conference. The delegates represent the voices of installation-level Army communities as they prioritize FORSCOM's top 10 quality-of-life issues that will be forwarded for resolution through the ongoing Department of the Army national AFAP process.

  • 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.

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