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  • US forces help get water flowing in Numaniyah

    Nov 24, 2010

    After seven years of sporadic operation, farmers in Numaniyah recently received new water pumps for a pumping station that helps irrigate 1,500 farms.

  • Soldiers in Iraq design mud guards to protect MRAPs

    Nov 24, 2010

    On patrols lasting up to 10 hours, Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles can fall victim to damaged condensers, clogged air conditioners, and a loss of visibility through the windshields given the coarse dirt roads of southern Iraq.

  • Special academy in Iraq graduates first NCOs

    Nov 22, 2010

    An Army aviation brigade deployed to Iraq graduated its first students Saturday from a seven-day program designed to develop the full spectrum of leadership skills for future noncommissioned officers.

  • Future NCOs graduate from special course in Iraq

    Nov 20, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division recently graduated its first class of students from the Demon Academy, a seven-day program designed to develop the full spectrum of leadership skills for future noncommissioned officers. Soldiers attending the academy are taught and mentored in both combat and noncombat aspects of military leadership. Classes include physical fitness, communication skills, resiliency training, risk management, weapons training, leadership philosophies, map reading, and military history. These are photos of the academy's graduation ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq, Nov. 20.

  • UK, US pay tribute to fallen in Basra

    Nov 16, 2010

    British and American personnel stationed in Basra held multiple ceremonies to honor those who were killed in Iraq during World War I and the current conflict.

  • Deployed brigade trains on their big guns in Kuwait

    Nov 16, 2010

    The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division deployed to southern Iraq, is revisiting its old stomping grounds: the gunnery range near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Kansas State president visits Big Red One headquarters in Iraq

    Nov 16, 2010

    The president of Kansas State University and his staff received the experience of a lifetime when they visited United States Division-South Soldiers in Iraq from November 8 through 11.

  • Firefinder crews keep watch over Camp Adder

    Nov 16, 2010

    From the outermost reaches of Camp Adder there is a small group of Soldiers who watch the sun rise over the Ziggurat of Ur every morning, but they are not simply watching the skies to enjoy the view. They are watching to keep their fellow Soldiers and the camp's neighbors safe.

  • Wabashin' Baghdad -- Wildcats serve in Iraq with Fort Riley aviation brigade

    Nov 16, 2010

    Seven Army officers commissioned from Kansas State University have made a full-circle journey from class to combat in Iraq, where they are assigned to an aviation brigade from neighboring Fort Riley, Kan. The officers graduated from the university's Army ROTC program at different times, and are serving together in the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. While they now wear combat uniforms, the consensus among the graduates is that they still "bleed purple."

  • Once ragtag, Husayniyah firefighters becoming hot stuff

    Nov 15, 2010

    Working through the Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Soldiers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment were able to provide Iraqi firefighters with the training and equipment they needed to effectively and safely fight fires in the town.

  • 212 "Veterans" reenlist on Veterans Day

    Nov 15, 2010

    The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, currently deployed in support of Operation New Dawn, conducted a mass reenlistment ceremony across its operating environment on Veterans Day.

  • Deployed troops become citizens in Veterans Day ceremony

    Nov 12, 2010

    - Fifty service members deployed to Iraq took the Oath of Allegiance, Nov. 11, becoming U.S. citizens in a special Veterans Day ceremony on Camp Victory, Iraq. The service members joined the ranks of approximately 65,000 men and women from the military who have been naturalized since Sept. 1 2001, according to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services press release. The department naturalized 11,146 service members in fiscal year 2010 alone, the highest number of naturalized service members since 1955, and a 6 percent increase from fiscal year 2009's total.

  • Brig. Gen. Rossi visits Camp Taji

    Nov 12, 2010

    Photo of Brig. Gen. Rossi's visit to Camp Taji, Iraq, Nov. 12.

  • Advise and Assist Brigade trains on big guns while deployed

    Nov 10, 2010

    The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division deployed to southern Iraq, is revisiting its old stomping grounds: the gunnery range near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Game On: US Forces in Iraq upgrade youth center

    Nov 10, 2010

    The Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team, assisted by Troop A, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, celebrated the completion of a renovation project on the Husayniyah Youth Center.

  • Operation Victory Sweep saves Army millions of dollars

    Nov 9, 2010

    In an effort to save millions of taxpayer dollars, the 1st Infantry Division initiated Operation Victory Sweep in Basra Nov. 1.

  • US Forces-Iraq leaders address troops on Camp Taji

    Nov 9, 2010

    Senior leaders from U.S. Forces-Iraq visited Camp Taji, Iraq, Nov. 9, to speak with Soldiers serving with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. The brigade deployed this March from Fort Riley, Kan., and is the only aviation brigade supporting Operation New Dawn. The U.S. Forces-Iraq leaders spoke with several Soldiers from around the brigade, and presented awards in a ceremony at the brigade's headquarters.

  • U.S. forces transfer border outpost to Iraqis

    Nov 9, 2010

    After nearly two-and-a-half years of operations at the border, the U. S. officially transferred Al Tib, also known as Chalat, and all its properties to the Government of Iraq Oct. 28, enabling the Iraqi Security Forces to continue border protection for the Iraqi people.

  • Learning in comfort: Cav troopers help Iraqi school receive new classrooms

    Nov 9, 2010

    Only blocks away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Diwaniyah, the excited shouts of hundreds of little girls reciting their daily lessons could be heard above the noises of the nearby city streets. Unbeknownst to the students this day, a special gift would be unveiled making their learning experiences a little more comfortable.

  • Army advisor helps Maysan crops grow one drip at a time

    Nov 9, 2010

    The Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team, with the help of Laythe Salem, economic and agricultural advisor, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, held an agricultural seminar for 20 local farmers in Maysan Province, Iraq.

  • Navajo Soldier inspired to serve by 'code talker' grandfather

    Nov 9, 2010

    For Pfc. Chelsea Draper, now serving with a forward support company in southern Iraq, joining the military followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, a Navajo code talker.

  • Demon Fury: Deployed troops compete in combat skills competition

    Nov 8, 2010

    Sixty U.S. troops deployed to Iraq were up before sunrise Nov. 7 to compete in Demon Fury, a unit competition testing the full spectrum of their combat skills.

  • Black Hawk, Chinook teams fly over Baghdad

    Nov 6, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is an aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. The unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, this March in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is now the only aviation brigade flying under the banner of Operation New Dawn. The brigade flies several aircraft, including the UH-60 Black Hawk and the CH-47 Chinook. The aircraft usually fly in teams of two, and the eCAB often pairs Black Hawks and Chinooks - an unusual yet effective combination. Here is a look at one of these pairs, known as "mixed teams," as they move personnel and equipment around the Baghdad area.

  • Twin sisters serve together in Iraq

    Nov 6, 2010

    Twin sisters serving in the Army have stayed together through months of rigorous training and are now deployed to Iraq with an aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan.

  • Veteran transporters see positive change in Iraq

    Nov 5, 2010

    Many things have changed in Iraq since the first American forces entered the country more than seven years ago. Those changes are especially welcome by the distribution platoon of Company F, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Basra.

  • US Division-South trains Iraqis to target terrorists

    Nov 5, 2010

    USD-S Soldiers conducted a briefing with Iraqi Army soldiers at an IA compound adjacent to Camp Echo in Diwaniyah, Iraq, Oct. 19, which showed Iraqis a process for running a targeting board.

  • The "Lost" NCO: Hawaiian resident lives his dream

    Nov 5, 2010

    A small-scale television 'star,' a professional free-lance photographer and a civil affairs noncommissioned officer with United States Division-South, Staff Sgt. Tim Burton is a many-faceted individual.

  • U.S. Army aviators depart Iraq, share bird's-eye perspective on success

    Nov 3, 2010

    Lt. Col. Michael Bentley no longer cringes flying over Baghdad. In the "old days," the city was dangerous. But now the Army pilot looks down from his Black Hawk helicopter to see the lights of amusement parks and kids at swimming pools. After seven years of war in Iraq, Bentley sees success.

  • Country singer performs at Fort Riley in honor of Military Family Appreciation Month

    Nov 2, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - At 9:45 a.m. Oct. 29, Kristin Takach and Courtney Forrester arrived at the Fort Riley Post Exchange with one mission in mind. For Takach, that mission was to be the first person in line to meet country music singer Darryl Worley - the first star she's ever met.

  • Soldiers celebrate Halloween in Iraq

    Nov 2, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers deployed to Iraq traded their uniforms for costumes as they celebrated Halloween with parties on Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.

  • Hybrid vehicles help Fort Riley 'go green'

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - There are many "going green" cost-saving initiatives in the U.S., from reusable bags at the grocery store to recycling, to hybrid vehicles to get someone where they need to go on a day-to-day basis. Fort Riley has taken advantage of many of these initiatives including the operation and use of 16 hybrid vehicles - one being a pickup.

  • Iraqi Army begins training of Border Enforcement medics

    Oct 31, 2010

    After several months of planning and coordination between the Department of Border Enforcement, Iraqi Army, and U.S. Division-South, the Iraqi Security Forces accomplished another milestone in their development when 12 DBE personnel began training as medics by Iraqi Army instructors at Shaiba Training Center.

  • Base defense a joint effort

    Oct 31, 2010

    To ensure the readiness of the Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar system, or C-RAM, radar technicians and U.S. Navy weapon system maintainers with Battery A, 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment conducted a test of the complex system's firing capabilities in Basra in the early morning of Oct. 22.

  • US agencies team up to support Iraqi universities

    Oct 31, 2010

    The Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team and Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment recently visited two Basra universities to increase students' awareness of various educational opportunities.

  • Big Red One band tours Iraq

    Oct 31, 2010

    Controlled Detonation, a modern rock group from the 1st Infantry Division Band, recently toured U.S. bases in Iraq, performing for troops deployed with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. The band is the last Army band of its type in Iraq, and constantly tours to play popular music for deployed service members. Controlled Detonation and the eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. are both from Fort Riley, Kan., and are deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. The band's final stop on the tour was the aviation brigade's headquarters on Camp Taji, Oct. 30, where they played over three hours of hit songs for Soldiers there.

  • Army twins serve in Iraq

    Oct 31, 2010

    Shortly after identical twins Pfc. Lane Higson and Pfc. Casey Higson arrived at Fort Riley, Kan., this spring, they went to war.

  • Iraqi Army conducts major live fire exercise

    Oct 30, 2010

    Approximately 400 Iraqi soldiers with the 52nd Brigade, 14th Iraqi Army Division participated in a live fire exercise at Tea Leaf Island in Basra Oct. 25, in what some commanders say was the first complex combined arms exercise of its kind since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime.

  • FRG leaders hear message of Spiritual Resiliency, 'Strong Bonds'

    Oct 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group leaders attended the third and final Family Forum session Oct. 27 at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army National Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Representing FORSCOM units nationwide, the 470 FRG leaders heard U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver speak about spiritual resiliency and Strong Bonds. Resiliency was the topic Carver first brought to their attention, explaining that the outcomes of spiritual resilience could range from greater emotional health, happiness, martial stability, social support, less alcohol use and less delinquency.

  • Iraqi Army takes the lead for training Border Enforcement medics

    Oct 26, 2010

    After several months of planning and coordination between the Department of Border Enforcement, Iraqi Army, U.S. Division-South, and 3rd Brigade-4th ID, the Iraqi Security Forces accomplished another milestone in their development when 12 DBE personnel began training as medics by Iraqi Army instructors at Shaiba Training Center.

  • Graduation Day: Elite Basra SWAT ready to train next generation of Iraqi police

    Oct 26, 2010

    For the Basra Special Weapons and Tactics team, the graduation ceremony held at the Basra Operations Center Oct. 18 is just the beginning...

  • Army engineers assist with growth in Basra

    Oct 26, 2010

    Combat engineers with the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division recently worked with a specialized engineer reconnaissance team to ensure the safety Rumaylah Bridge in Basra Province.

  • Iraq's first children's cancer hospital opens in Basra

    Oct 26, 2010

    Minister of Health, Dr. Salih Mahdi opened the doors to the Basra Children's Hospital, the largest and first specialty care facility in Basra, Iraq, Oct. 21.

  • Deployed troops take center stage in competition

    Oct 24, 2010

    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, with an aviation brigade faced off Oct. 23, during a unit competition testing their technical expertise in areas ranging from vehicle operations to equipment maintenance.

  • Fort Riley defeats McConnell AFB in second annual flag football game

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley's Army flag football team protected its house with a 13-6 victory over McConnell Air Force Base in the second annual Army vs. Air Force Flag Football Game Oct. 16 at Sacco Softball Complex. There was a little trash talking before the game about McConnell taking the trophy back to Wichita, Kan.

  • FRPD, Kansas Highway Patrol train together

    Oct 22, 2010

    SALINA, Kan. - Left and right turns, backing and parking are just some of the exercises that more than 60 Fort Riley civilian and military police officers went through during a training event at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy Oct. 4 to 14 in Salina. This is the first time Kansas Highway Patrol has provided this training to Fort Riley police officers as their annual in-service.

  • EFMP Pumpkin Patch provides Family entertainment

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Children of all ages searched through a patch of small, round pumpkins that dotted the field behind the Army Community Service building Oct. 16 to pick out the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve. The Exceptional Family Member Program's pumpkin patch event gave away more than 160 pumpkins and included a Family day of arts and crafts and hayrack rides.

  • Electric vehicles save Fort Riley money

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Saving the installation more than $5,700 per year, the First Sergeants Barracks Program utilizes six electric vehicles to move in and around the brigade areas in support of barrack's assignments, terminations and maintenance calls.

  • IMCOM selects two Fort Riley employees for mentor program

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - "One of the greatest problems we have here is no one ever goes anywhere else and so their frame of reference is Fort Riley, Kansas," said Tim Livsey, director of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

  • Combat ends, training continues

    Oct 22, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is an aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. The unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, this March in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is now the only aviation brigade flying under the banner of Operation New Dawn. While the new operation has officially ended the combat mission in Iraq, the brigade's troops are still honing their war-fighting skills. Here is a look at one Soldier's visit to a night-fire range on Camp Taji, Oct. 21.

  • Dickinson County, Fort Riley reaffirm commitment with covenant

    Oct 21, 2010

    ABILENE , Kan. - On a beautiful day in Abilene, during its annual Chisholm Trail Days celebration, the Soldiers of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and the citizens of Dickinson County reaffirmed their commitment to each other by renewing their partnership under the Army Community Covenant.

  • Soldiers in southern Iraq re-enlist en masse

    Oct 21, 2010

    At the halfway point of their current deployment, 209 Soldiers simultaneously raised their right hands and renewed their oath to serve their country in a time of war during a mass re-enlistment ceremony at five locations across southern Iraq and Kuwait.

  • Aviation unit holds mass re-enlistment in Iraq

    Oct 20, 2010

    The 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, a U.S. Army aviation battalion deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, re-enlisted 15 Soldiers in a ceremony outside their headquarters on Joint Base Balad, Oct. 19.

  • Crossing the line: A tale of two runners

    Oct 19, 2010

    While 30,000 registrants prepare for Sunday's Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., the third largest 10-mile race in the world, more than 200 runners crossed the finish line in Basra a week earlier during a 10-Mile shadow run Oct. 16.

  • Basra runs for Oktoberfest

    Oct 19, 2010

    Beer, schnitzel, music... a lot of things come to mind at the mention of Oktoberfest, but a 5K run isn't typically one of them.

  • Iraqi, US general prepare for arrival of Iraqi aviators at US Base

    Oct 19, 2010

    It is a new dawn in Talil, as two brigadier generals, one from Iraq and one from the U.S., sit down and discuss the future of Ali Air Base.

  • Soldiers visit their Bedouin neighbors in southern Iraq

    Oct 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division took some time to meet and get to know their neighbors: members of Bedouin tribes that live close to Camp Adder, a sprawling hub of military activity located in southern Iraq near the city of An Nasiriyah.

  • From the unemployment line to the border line

    Oct 17, 2010

    Spc. Trevor Howard, a 38-year-old father of three, joined the Army in 2008 to provide for his Family after 14 months of unemployment. Two years later, he hopes to become a career officer.

  • Iraqi Army and Border Enforcement complete first joint strategic exercise in southern Iraq

    Oct 17, 2010

    The combined effort of the Iraqi Army, Department of Border Enforcement, and Iraqi Police, with U.S. Army advice and assistance, led to the successful completion of the first regional joint strategic military exercise in Basra, Iraq.

  • Basra sailors take to the skies to save lives

    Oct 17, 2010

    Members of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment at the Basra International Airport provide MEDEVAC support to the the Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of US Division-South..

  • Fort Riley, Morris County pledge continued support

    Oct 14, 2010

    COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. - Leaders with the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Rear Detachment, 1st Infantry Division, and Morris County re-affirmed the commitment between the brigade and the Morris County community by signing the Army Community Covenant Oct. 9 during Council Grove's annual Grillin' in the Grove event at the Canning Creek Cove campground near Council Grove.

  • Oktoberfest reminds military spouse of home

    Oct 14, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Karina Wallace felt somewhat at home at Fort Riley's fourth annual Oktoberfest. Wallace, a military spouse, is German, so she said she appreciated the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosting the festival Oct. 7 to 9 at Rally Point Field.

  • U.S. Army aviation brigade strengthens Iraqi army

    Oct 14, 2010

    An Army aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., deployed to Iraq this March to provide mobility and security for ground forces here, but one of the unit's unofficial missions is possibly its most important: maintaining a healthy, visible relationship with Iraqi army aviators.

  • Sgt. Zachary Reese to receive the Silver Star

    Oct 14, 2010

    A 1st Infantry Division Soldier will receive the Silver Star for his actions while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the division's 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Operation Northern Lights

    Oct 11, 2010

    The 1166th CHET Company greatly assisted in the drawdown of U.S. equipment from Iraq during Operation Northern Lights. During ONL, Soldiers of the CHET Company completed 19 retrograde missions, drove more than 7000 miles and transported more than 633 loads of U.S. equipment to Kuwait from Iraq.

  • Vigilance is their watchword

    Oct 11, 2010

    Army drivers endure deployment hardships without much recognition. They are often assigned to do much more than just drive, to include providing security to convoys moving in and out of Iraq.

  • Firefighter's Challenge kindles a break for Basra

    Oct 11, 2010

    Firefighters celebrated National Fire Prevention Week with a competition Oct. 7 to give Soldiers a little taste of what their job is like.

  • Safe Haven for supply convoys

    Oct 11, 2010

    Until recently, trucks stuck in traffic jams outside Contingency Operating Base Adder, a U.S. base near Nasiriyah, were experiencing small arms fire and theft as they waited for their turns to enter the base until Soldiers of the 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) built a safe overflow lot to protect the incoming traffic.

  • Basra recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 11, 2010

    Service members and Department of Defense civilians in Basra, Iraq, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at the United States Division-South Resiliency Campus with music, cultural dances and dinner Sept. 30.

  • Tank: Save the Best for Last

    Oct 11, 2010

    A new kind of tank made its debut at the U.S. base near the Basra International Airport recently, and it was received with raucous applause.

  • Iron Brigade launches drive to give

    Oct 11, 2010

    The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division kicked off their brigade's participation in the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas with a luncheon Oct. 3.

  • Team aids base closure in southern Iraq

    Oct 11, 2010

    United States Division-South is in the final stages of preparing Camp Bucca for its handover to the Iraqi government in December.

  • US, Iraqi aviators fly joint mission

    Oct 11, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is an aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. The unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq this March in support of Operation New Dawn, and is now the only aviation brigade in Iraq. The brigade's main mission is the support of ground forces, which involves freedom of maneuver, counter-indirect fire, route clearance, and convoy security. It is also involved in advising and assisting Iraqi aviators across the country. The unit is the first ever enhanced aviation brigade, meaning that it has absorbed other units, becoming a super brigade of sorts. If there is something flying in Iraq, it likely wears the brigade's insignia, the historic "Big Red One." The brigade's work-horse battalion, the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, is actively involved in advising and assisting an Iraqi army Huey squadron on Camp Taji. The two units have completed several missions together in the Baghdad area. Here is a look at their most recent mission.

  • Army aviators hold conference in Iraq

    Oct 11, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army aviators serving in Iraq held a conference on Camp Taji, Oct. 7, to address several topics concerning Army aviation's current and future operations in Iraq. Senior aviators from across Iraq met on Camp Taji to discuss several logistical, tactical and strategic considerations in operating the brigade's assets across the country. Attendees not only included senior leaders from all of the brigade's subordinate units, but senior aviators from U.S. Forces-Iraq, all three U.S. division headquarters, and brigade aviation officers assigned to ground units.

  • Mother, son celebrate promotion in Iraq

    Oct 9, 2010

    TALLIL, Iraq - "I am happy and glad it's done." That is how Kenieth Mayweather, described his promotion to the rank of captain, Oct.7, on Camp Adder, Iraq. His mother, Sgt. Maj. Rue Mayweather, was there to share the special moment. She performed the ceremonial "pinning" and the first salute to her son as a captain. "I've been to every one of his promotions," said Rue. "I wouldn't have missed this for the world."

  • Petersen signs Domestic Abuse Awareness Month proclamation

    Oct 8, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - One in four women will be the victims of domestic violence sometime in her life, Carolyn Tolliver-Lee said Oct. 1 at the Domestic Violence Proclamation signing at Riley's Conference Center. "It is real and it does occur," she said. "It occurs here in our community and outside of our gates. Can you imagine what goes on behind those doors'"

  • Last Transition Team trained at Fort Riley redeploys

    Oct 8, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - As Sgt. 1st Class Bill Flippo, his wife, Char, and the couple's three sons, Shawn, 8, Nathan, 7, and Hunter, 2, waited for Flippo's friend, Master Sgt. Kenneth Reynold's redeployment ceremony to start, Flippo reminisced about how he and Reynolds met. The two Soldiers met in 1999 when they were stationed with the 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, out of Fort Bragg, N.C. They deployed together to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

  • Combat Aviation Brigade re-signs covenant with Pottawatomie County

    Oct 8, 2010

    WAMEGO, Kan. - On Oct. 3, the Combat Aviation Brigade signed its second Army Community Covenant with Pottawatomie County in a formal ceremony headlined the final day of Wamego's OZtoberfest. The Army Community Covenant signing between the CAB and Pottawatomie County was coupled with another ceremony honoring World War II and Korean War veterans.

  • Fort Riley continues partnership with Clay County, Clay Center through covenant re-signing

    Oct 8, 2010

    CLAY CENTER, Kan. - Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, received a very special 'welcome home' from the community of Clay Center, Kan., during an Army Community Covenant ceremony Sept. 25. The ceremony was to reaffirm the partnership by re-signing the covenant created between the 'Raiders' Squadron, Clay County and Clay Center in August of 2008.

  • Basra SWAT trains in close quarters with U.S.

    Oct 6, 2010

    Ten SWAT team members went to the Normandy Range Complex to practice training their fellow Iraqis on close quarters combat tactics Oct. 3.The 1st Bn., 68th Arm. Regt., currently under the operational control of United States Division-South and the 1st Infantry Division, has taken up the task of teaching the SWAT team not just tactics, but how to pass on their knowledge in tactics to others.

  • Aviation brigade holds special re-enlistment in Iraq

    Oct 5, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Ten Soldiers serving in Iraq with an Army aviation battalion re-enlisted Oct. 2 in a special ceremony on Camp Taji.

  • 4th Brigade Supports Army Team NASCAR

    Oct 5, 2010

  • Basra Honky Tonk: Country singer brings show to troops

    Oct 5, 2010

    Michael Peterson, a country music singer with three top ten country hits, put on a show in Basra at the United States Division-South Resiliency Campus Oct. 1.

  • Army fuelers pump over 5 million gallons of jet fuel in Iraq

    Oct 3, 2010

    Army fuelers serving in Iraq pumped their millionth gallon of jet fuel on Camp Taji, Oct. 2, bringing their unit's grand total to over 5 million gallons

  • Wounded veteran shares stories of resilience

    Oct 2, 2010

    Dave Roever and his son Matthew began a tour of United States Division-South with a presentation at the USD-S Resiliency Campus Sept. 29, followed by a prayer breakfast and a visit to the RIVRON Navy river patrol unit Sept. 30.

  • Iraq celebrates Navy Day with launch of first 35-meter patrol boat

    Oct 2, 2010

    The Iraqi Navy celebrated its "Navy Day" with the commissioning of P-301, the first of 15 35-meter patrol boats purchased by Iraq to protects its coast.

  • Cook-off heats up morale among Soldiers in Iraq

    Oct 1, 2010

    SPEICHER, Iraq - Grills sizzled and mouths watered Sept. 19 as U.S. Soldiers serving in Iraq prepared for their first ever cook-off. The competition pit personnel from several sections of an aviation company against each other in a barbecuing challenge.

  • Army chaplain oversees services in Iraq

    Oct 1, 2010

    While Operation New Dawn marked the end of combat operations in Iraq, there are still deployed Soldiers that face the challenge of handling deployment stress.

  • SMA touts Comprehensive Soldier Fitness during Basra visit

    Sep 30, 2010

    The Army's senior noncommissioned officer met with United States Division-South Soldiers and talked about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness at the newly opened Basra Resiliency Campus Sept. 29.

  • Dogs are Soldiers, too

    Sep 29, 2010

    Sgt. Ricky, already a seasoned veteran, is a five-year-old German Shepherd and a trained patrol explosive dog is on his second deployment to Iraq.

  • American paramedic committed to health care for all on Basra

    Sep 29, 2010

    Arriving in a foreign country with limited medical supplies and equipment, one nurse, no facility, and a number of unforeseen obstacles, one man pressed on to create a professional medical operation and provide health care to the hundreds of non-U.S. employees living on Basra Air Field.

  • Major Triathlete

    Sep 29, 2010

    Some people have the drive to accomplish goals in life others will never be able to. Being able to competitively swim 1.2 miles, bike for 56 miles and run 13.1 miles in a certain amount of time is one of them. For Maj. Nicholas Simontis, being a competitive tri-athlete requires more than just physical training to prepare for an event.

  • A final mission with lasting impact

    Sep 29, 2010

    As Soldiers of the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division prepared to leave the five provinces in southern Iraq they have been responsible for, there was still one last mission to complete. In coordination with supporters at Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga., Phenix City, Ala., and Fort Benning, Ga., the Soldiers dropped off donated shoes to the children of Iraq.

  • Game sets backdrop for Riley County, Fort Riley covenant signing

    Sep 28, 2010

    During a ceremony at half time of Kansas State University's football game Sept. 25, Lt. Col. Eric Timmerman, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and representatives from Riley Country reaffirmed 4th IBCT's commitment to the residents and leadership of Riley County with an Army Community Covenant signing.

  • Senior Army leaders visit Iraq

    Sep 28, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is an all-in-one aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. The unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq this March in support of Operation New Dawn, and is now the only aviation brigade in Iraq. The brigade's main mission is the support of ground forces, which involves freedom of maneuver, counter-indirect fire, route clearance, and convoy security. It is also involved in advising and assisting Iraqi aviators across the country. The unit is the first ever enhanced aviation brigade, meaning that it has absorbed other units, becoming a super brigade of sorts. If there is something flying in Iraq, it likely wears the brigade's insignia, the historic "Big Red One." With a special mission and a strength of historic proportions for an aviation brigade, the enhanced CAB is attracting a lot of attention. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, the Army's first female four-star general, and Dr. Malcolm Ross O'Neill, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology), visited the brigade's headquarters on Camp Taji, Sept. 26, and were briefed on the intent and progress of the brigade's mission. The two leaders also presented several of the brigade's junior Soldiers with coins for their achievements during the brigade's deployment.

  • CAB Soldier wins USD-S competition

    Sep 28, 2010

    BASRA, Iraq - Soldiers serving in Iraq faced off Sept. 8 in a quarterly competition designed to challenge Soldiers' military skills

  • Omega 3 study approved in Iraq

    Sep 28, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - An Army doctor serving in Iraq received approval from an Army medical review board Sept. 28 to study the effects of omega-3 fish oil capsules on deployed Soldiers' mental health.

  • Social Science: Saving Lives in Iraq

    Sep 27, 2010

    Human Terrain Analysis Team-South, is small in number but plays a large role in United States Division-South's efforts to assist the Iraqi people by to providing insight into the population and its culture.

  • Photo: Iraqi aviation trains on Camp Taji

    Sep 27, 2010

    An Iraqi army Mi-17 helicopter takes off for a training flight from Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 26. The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, the sole aviation brigade deployed to Iraq, routinely flies joint missions with the Iraqi aviators. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

  • Combat Stress unit recovers from tragedy to help others in Iraq

    Sep 24, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq -An Army medical detachment hit hard by the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, last November, is now in Iraq providing mental health support to deployed Soldiers.

  • Cav troopers enhance Iraqi border guards

    Sep 20, 2010

    The 'Blackfoot' Troopers of Troop B, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, recently began training with Iraqi forces from the 9th Brigade Department of Border Enforcement to enhance their skills on patrolling and security operations.

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