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  • U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers train during mass casualty scenario

    Sep 19, 2010

    Leaders evaluated the 10th Iraqi Army on a mass casualty scenario to see what they had learned after three months of Iraqi Army led medical training, advised by the 64th BSB.

  • Lewis-McChord troops head home

    Sep 19, 2010

    Deployed since Sept. 2009 to work with Iraqi Security Forces, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade cased its colors and transferred authority to the 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in a ceremony Sept. 15.

  • Volunteers rock Basra on their first 'combat tour'

    Sep 19, 2010

    The six-piece band of Soldier-musicians known as the "Volunteers" brought its act to southern Iraq, Sept. 15, performing contemporary country, jazz and rock and roll at the Basra Resiliency Campus during their first tour to a combat zone.

  • 'Big Red One' debuts new communication system

    Sep 18, 2010

    With the push of a button, the 1st Infantry Division's Operations Center launched the newest version of the Command Post of the Future, called Battle Command 10, or CPOF BC10.

  • Combat Stress Clinic dedicated to fallen Soldier

    Sep 18, 2010

    The new Combat Stress Clinic on the American base at Basra International Airport was named in honor of Sgt. Brandon Maggart in a ceremony Sept. 10.

  • Combatives 'bleeds' into job

    Sep 17, 2010

    The discipline, fitness, and fearlessness required to be an effective Soldier are being trained at Basra through Modern Army Combatives.

  • Garrison employees team up at Organizational Day

    Sep 13, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Garrison employees enjoyed a day of games and friendly competition Sept. 2 at the annual Organization Day at Moon Lake.

  • Local schools, Fort Riley Soldiers team up

    Sep 13, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley Soldiers teamed up with schools on post and in the Central Flint Hills Region Sept. 2 at Riley's Conference Center, to plan and establish partnerships in support of the 2015 campaign plan.

  • Making a plan; Westphal evaluates Fort Riley schools

    Sep 13, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley leadership and Geary County Unified School District 475 officials played host Aug. 30 to the Honorable Joseph Westphal, undersecretary of the Army, to give him a firsthand look at the repairs and remodeling needed in on-post elementary and middle schools.

  • Celebrating unity during Ramadan

    Sep 11, 2010

    Ramadan, for more than 1.5 billion people who follow Islam, is considered a sacred month. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is said to be when the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations through the angel Gabriel. To show reverence, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and are obliged to refrain from activities like smoking and other earthly pleasures.

  • Fallen Soldier honored by unit, friends

    Sep 11, 2010

    Sgt. Brandon Maggart was sleeping when the sirens went off August 22. Seconds after the warning, a rocket struck the roof of his housing unit on Basra,. Fellow Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment rushed to his side providing medical aid. He was removed from the room and rushed to the troop medical clinic emergency room.

  • New campus in Basra to strengthen Soldier resiliency

    Sep 10, 2010

    With the opening of a resiliency campus on COB Basra, Iraq, the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters is working to improve the resilience of personnel in United States Division-South while they are still operating in a combat zone.

  • New USF-I commander visits COB Basra

    Sep 8, 2010

    One week after assuming command, the senior U.S. Army commander in Iraq visited United States Division-South Sept. 8. Gen. Lloyd Austin, commanding general of United States Forces-Iraq, toured Contingency Operating Base Basra's business center, the new resiliency campus, and the USD-S headquarters.

  • Rock on: Band continues mission through Iraq drawdown

    Sep 8, 2010

    The 1st Infantry Division Band from Fort Riley, Kan., continues to perform their mission in southern Iraq despite their own significant reduction of forces.

  • First U.S. Advise and Assist Brigade arrives under New Dawn

    Sep 8, 2010

    The first brigade of Soldiers to deploy exclusively in support of Operation New Dawn has arrived in southern Iraq.

  • 200,000 residents of Al-Rumaitha to benefit from newly opened fish market

    Sep 7, 2010

    The Muthanna Provincial Reconstruction Team conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently completed renovation and construction of a retail and wholesale fish market located in the District of Al Rumaitha August 28. The $205,000 fish market renovation and construction project was funded by forces in United States Division-South, and was managed and developed with support from elements of 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Talkin' Trash

    Sep 4, 2010

    The combined efforts of U.S. Soldiers and two local national contractors at Contingency Operating Base Adder led to the early completion of the scrap metal separation and segregation mission at COB Adder.

  • Blackjack Soldiers get stronger on deployment

    Sep 4, 2010

    During its current deployment, fitness has become contagious within TF Blackjack. Cross Fit, P90X, Insanity, and spin class have become regular workouts, along with old-fashioned weight training and long-distance running.

  • Legal team does more than push papers

    Sep 4, 2010

    Many Soldiers hear about the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division's legal section and the first thing that comes to mind is the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but this team of Soldiers does much more for the 'Iron' Brigade than advise commanders on non-judicial punishment.

  • Top medical officer mentors officers in Iraq

    Sep 4, 2010

    In a quaint wooden building on Contingency Operating Base Adder, 13 Medical Service Corps officers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division hovered in anticipation to speak to Maj. Gen. David Rubenstein, Medical Service Corps branch chief, via video teleconference.

  • Kuwaiti Reunion: Siblings reunite while deployed

    Sep 2, 2010

    Selfless service, according to the Army values, means placing the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own. In some cases, the commitment to selfless service goes beyond the individual and encompasses entire Families with rich military tradition.

  • Ramadan Kareem: USD-S hosts Iftar on Basra

    Sep 1, 2010

    For the world's Muslim population, which is estimated at more than 1.5 billion as of October 2009, Ramadan is one of the most celebrated times of year. United States Division-South expressed their respects to the Islam community in their area of operations and to the holy month by hosting an Iftar celebration on Contingency Operating Base Basra Aug. 28.

  • Transportation Soldiers receive top honors

    Sep 1, 2010

    Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division's transportation office received the Military Order of St. Christopher during a ceremony at the Fighting First Dining Facility on Contingency Operating Base Basra Aug. 27.

  • We Be Jammin': Electronic warriors protect troops

    Sep 1, 2010

    With the threat of the improvised explosive device in Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. and coalition forces had to adapt to a new battlefield. The electronic warfare branch, which was only recently made an official branch in the U.S. Army, answered the call to stem the threat of a major killer of American troops in Iraq.

  • USF-I Command Sgt. Maj. pays final visit to troops

    Aug 31, 2010

    On Aug. 23, Wilson headed out from Camp Victory on his last tactical ground movement by MRAP, bound for Contingency Operating Site Kalsu to visit Soldiers of the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

  • COB Basra hosts Iftar celebration

    Aug 29, 2010

    United States Division-South hosts an Iftar celebration on Contingency Operating Base Basra in southern Iraq

  • BRO ride teaches safety tips to motorcyclists

    Aug 27, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soon after the sun rose over the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters building, the pops and growls of dozens of motorcycles permeated the humid air hanging over the building's parking lot. "Let's have a good ride," said Command Sgt. Maj. Darrell "Buddy" Wallace, command sergeant major for the 1st Infantry Division-Rear, before the beginning of the second 2010 Big Red One Motorcycle Safety Ride. More than 150 Soldiers, veterans and Department of Defense civilians participated in the ride.

  • Intern values lessons learned at Fort Riley DOL

    Aug 27, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - While Dewayne Price was attending grad school in Georgia, the 26-year-old said he never thought he would be working in the civil-service sector. Price is currently working as a logistics management specialist intern for Fort Riley's Directorate of Logistics.

  • IMCOM West CSM visits Fort Riley to honor USAG NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Aug 27, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - "It is often stated that the right person in the right place at the right time can make a difference," said Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Braddock, command sergeant major, Installation Management Command - West Region. "It's quite evident when you move around this installation and see everything that goes on and then what's happening behind the scenes." Braddock visited Fort Riley Aug. 26 to spend some time with Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Ian Mann and also to recognize the awardees of the Garrison Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for IMCOM - West.

  • Maysan truck lift hastens distribution of grain

    Aug 26, 2010

    The Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team and Soldiers of from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Maysan Central Wheat Granary to unveil a newly-built truck lift.

  • Advise and Assist Brigade: A familiar unit with a new mission in Iraq

    Aug 25, 2010

    The U.S. Army has seen significant technological, doctrinal and structural changes within the past decade. The latest adaptation, turning brigade combat teams into advise and assist brigades, reflects tremendous developments in the Iraqi Security Forces and a major change in emphasis for U.S. Soldiers in Iraq.

  • Groups examine healthcare at conference

    Aug 25, 2010

    Stakeholders met Aug. 13-14 in Basra to discuss the state of healthcare in Iraq, which in the last few years has improved in some geographic areas, but remains a pressing concern, especially in most rural communities.

  • New Combat Stress Center stresses mental readiness

    Aug 23, 2010

    Workers on Contingency Operating Base Basra completed renovation of the Basra Combat Stress Clinic in an effort to create a more comfortable environment for Soldiers seeking assistance.

  • 'Freight Train' bridges two generations of warfighters

    Aug 23, 2010

    Company B, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, appropriately named Task Force Freight Train, didn't just gain their call sign from similarities to 19th Century trains; they have a much more unique story that goes as far back as Vietnam to the original Freight Trainers of the 243rd Assault Support Helicopter Company.

  • USF-I commander tours Basra resiliency campus

    Aug 22, 2010

    The soon-to-open resiliency campus at Contingency Operating Base Basra hosted Gen. Ray Odierno, United States Forces-Iraq commander, during his visit to the base Aug. 18.

  • USF-I ushers in New Dawn

    Aug 22, 2010

    To ensure they are providing the best support to the ISF and the government of Iraq, AABs are tailored to the unique operations environment where they operate. The units are augmented with as many as 24 specialty teams such as engineering, transportation, investigative and forensic specialists, counter explosives and counterterrorism and training.

  • Staying resilient at the tip of the spear

    Aug 18, 2010

    Peering into the Task Force Blackjack conference room on any given Tuesday, one might be surprised at what he or she hears. On Tuesdays, Staff Sgt. John Meyer, the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division protective services detail platoon sergeant from Longmont, Colo., leads discussions on topics such as detecting "icebergs" and avoiding "thinking traps," as part of an Army-wide program called Master Resiliency Training.

  • Path to drawdown goes through 'Tampa'

    Aug 17, 2010

    US and Iraqi Soldiers in southern Iraq met to discuss the security and safety of Main Supply Route Tampa, the military's primary highway to transport equipment and personnel out of Iraq to Kuwait.

  • Battle Buddies

    Aug 16, 2010

    Photo of Pfc. Drew Martin providing security along with a new friend during a combined Iraqi and U.S. operation to deliver food and supplies to Iraqi citizens in Basra Province.

  • Soldiers return home to fulfill mission

    Aug 15, 2010

    Several Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and US Division-South headquarters in Basra, Iraq redeployed early as part of the Responsible Drawdown of Forces in Iraq.

  • Fleet of Abrams arrive at Umm Qasr

    Aug 15, 2010

    The Iraqi Security Forces recently took their next step toward self-reliance with the delivery of eleven M1 Abrams main battle tanks at the port of Umm Qasr.

  • Dhi Qar judges move into new courthouse

    Aug 11, 2010

  • Women's center serves Umm Qasr

    Aug 11, 2010

    In southern Iraq, women are getting the opportunity to better themselves through the Umm Qasr Women's Center, where females have the chance to get an education and get into the work force. "A lot of the women are begging for first aid and medic classes," said Basamah Aboud, assistant manager of the Umm Qasr Women's Clinic.

  • Charity helps Army teach proper prenatal care

    Aug 11, 2010

    As U.S. forces shift their focus from operations to advising, in southern Iraq, the healthcare sector took center-stage recently. The 1st Infantry Division set out to increase the number of skilled Iraqi birth attendants through a two-day course in Basra July 31 and August 1.

  • Iron Brigade Soldier wins Virginia 10-Miler in Iraq

    Aug 11, 2010

    Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division competed in the Virginia 10-Miler at Contingency Operating Base Adder July 25. Pfc. Jarred Hall of 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. won the race with a time of one hour, six minutes, and 15 seconds.

  • Fixing corruption at the local level

    Aug 11, 2010

    Traditionally, Iraq has been an incredibly centralized country. Policy, administration and even utilities were kept tightly controlled, and everything that happened was directed from Baghdad.

  • Power on the water

    Aug 11, 2010

    The Government of Iraq has been concentrating on providing basic necessities to its people while striving to maintain order and security. Electricity has been an issue Iraqis are concerned about. In the southern city of Basra and throughout Iraq demonstrations have been held demanding more reliable power.

  • A Memorable American Journey

    Aug 11, 2010

    The scene took place in Baghdad on the Fourth of July. His temperature was high, his pulse was throbbing, and he felt faint. "Something was filling up inside me," said Pfc. Hyoung Oh. "I thought my heart was going to explode."

  • Drawing down on medicine

    Aug 7, 2010

    As U.S. forces continue the responsible drawdown across Iraq and the number of attacks continues to decrease, there has been a decline in demand for medical supplies across the nation, presenting a unique challenge for medical logistics units.

  • YSO trains Iraqi youth for future, preserves past

    Aug 7, 2010

    By the waters of Babylon, the Youth Save Organization of Babil Province held a ceremony July 22, kicking off its third four-day workshop in the past year, aimed at preparing interested college-age students to be leaders in the tourism industry.

  • IMCOM looking for team members to join DoD fitness challenge

    Aug 6, 2010

    The Department of Defense's "Leap Into Fall" Fitness Challenge kicks off Aug. 16, challenging DoD personnel to include more physical activity in their daily routine.

  • Homeward bound

    Aug 5, 2010

    With the successes American and Iraqi forces have made in the establishment of Security, the 1st Infantry Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion is set to participate in the continuing Responsible Drawdown of Forces.

  • US and Iraqi Soldiers meet to prepare for Sha'baniyah

    Aug 5, 2010

    Nearly 20 Iraqi Army intelligence leaders and soldiers traveled to Contingency Operating Site Kalsu to meet intelligence leaders from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division July 18.

  • Blood Analyzers bring faster treatment in Maysan

    Aug 4, 2010

    Hospitals in the Maysan Province received some much needed help for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, recently. The Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team, with support from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, provided the Ministry of Health with six Beckman Coulter Auto Blood Analyzers.

  • Exemplary Iron Brigade Soldier recognized

    Aug 4, 2010

  • Army deploys innovative battery-recharging kit

    Aug 2, 2010

    The Army has begun deploying battery-recharging kits that run on renewable energy to Afghanistan. The Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System, or REPPS, combines solar panels, connectors and adaptors for increased charging options.

  • Dual military marriages soldier through deployments

    Jul 30, 2010

    For some Soldiers, the hardest part of being deployed is not the extreme weather or long hours-it's being away from home, friends and family. Leaving behind a spouse for a year-long deployment can be one of the most challenging aspects for married couples. Time apart from a spouse can be emotionally challenging for both parties. In today's military, there are a growing number of dual military couples where both spouses serve, leading to unique challenges and hardships during deployments. With the Married Army Couples Program, which helps place married service members in proximal units, some couples have the advantage of deploying together. Within 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, there are several examples of this unique status. Three dual military couples within 'Dragoon' Troop either have spouses on the installation or deployed elsewhere.

  • Co. C, 3-238th ends successful MEDEVAC tour

    Jul 29, 2010

  • 'Bikes Over Baghdad' comes to COB Adder

    Jul 29, 2010

    'Bikes Over Baghdad' comes to COB Adder

  • Carrying on the legacy of Audie Murphy

    Jul 28, 2010

    Ten Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division met at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu to vie for membership in the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

  • U.S. forces in Iraq transfer three bases to Iraqi government

    Jul 28, 2010

    During several ceremonies in Iraq's Babil and Wasit Provinces, July 25, U.S. forces handed over three bases to the Iraqi government - Contingency Operating Post Zulu, Patrol Base Mahawil, and Camp Shaheen.

  • Iraqi citizens turn on the lights

    Jul 27, 2010

    The Dhi Qar Provincial Reconstruction Team conducted a follow-up inspection of electrical lines and poles in the Dhi Qar province July 15. The PRT has supervised the Al Shababa electricity project since March by conducting periodic inspections. When finished, approximately 500 homes will have electricity.

  • Army assessing lighter, contoured batteries for dismounted Soldiers

    Jul 26, 2010

    The U.S. Army is leveraging its annual C4ISR integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix to assess a contoured, rechargeable battery that will allow the Soldier to be more agile in the battlefield.

  • Soldiers not sheepish about micro-grant program

    Jul 23, 2010

  • Navigating the border: Soldiers teach finer points of map reading

    Jul 23, 2010

    Soldiers from Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division have it all mapped out when it comes to performing the advise and assist mission. On a recent visit to Al-Taan on the Iraq-Iran border July 13, the troopers trained their Iraqi partners on the finer points of map-reading.

  • Iraqi Police learn new ways to save lives

    Jul 23, 2010

    Iraqi police officers from the Babil Province recently had the opportunity to learn important life-saving skills from U.S. military police at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu. The four-day course, which began July 18, was presented by the 253rd MP Company, an Army National Guard unit out of Lenoir City, Tenn., attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • Iraqi logistics unit completes capstone urban exercise

    Jul 22, 2010

    A team of Soldiers from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division met with the 32nd Company, 8th Iraqi Army Division Transportation Directorate in Numaniyah July 14 to conduct a capstone situational training exercise(STX). The STX focused on convoy operations and was the culmination of more than nine months of training between the U.S. and Iraqi Security Forces that began with basic vehicle maintenance, first aid, and more advanced lessons in reacting to small arms fire and improvised explosive devices.

  • Iraqi Police graduation delights neighborhood children

    Jul 22, 2010

    Recently an Iraqi Police graduation ceremony transformed into an occasion more reminiscent of a childhood birthday party complete with cake, toys and a piAfA+-ata

  • Personnel professionals with heart

    Jul 22, 2010

    The 1st Infantry Division human resources' team of personnel administration professionals contribute much to the service members of United States Division-South. They are responsible for monitoring the personnel strength of the USD-S units, awards and personnel actions, battlefield promotions, casualty operations, environmental morale leave management, and much more.

  • More U.S. bases close, transfer to Iraqi military

    Jul 21, 2010

    USD-S handed over several locations to the Government of Iraq recently as the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters continues its efforts on base closure and drawdown of U.S. forces in southern Iraq.

  • Chemical company Soldiers get hands-on experience at K-State

    Jul 21, 2010

    MANHATTAN, Kan. - The professor stood at the front of the classroom as his students listened intently. The only difference from an ordinary class in the Kansas State University chemistry lab, was that this course would only be a day long and the 'students' wore Army Combat Uniforms.

  • COB Basra comes together for fire victims

    Jul 20, 2010

    The COB Basra community rallied together to help displaced personnel after a fire destroyed their barracks.

  • U.S., Iraqi soldiers provide safer routes

    Jul 20, 2010

    During the pre-dawn hours recently, two platoons from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division completed their final rehearsals for a joint route clearance mission. They partnered with the 10th Iraqi Army Field Engineer Regiment stationed at Joint Security Station Sparrowhawk. For 15 hours, these Soldiers conducted the aptly named "Operation Road Dog" with the objective of clearing and classifying a new route between Maysan and Dhi Qar provinces.

  • Move 'em out: Keeping the lines open in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Jul 20, 2010

    As U.S. troops continue to make their way out of Iraq, the equipment that has sustained and protected them for the past seven years is being moved out as well.

  • Staff Sgt. back in Army after 19-year break

    Jul 19, 2010

    Few of today's Soldiers have a perspective on how the Army has changed like 46-year-old Staff Sgt. Peter Winston does. A Palm Beach, Fla. native, Winston originally joined the Army in 1981, but was out of the Army for 19 years before returning to active duty in 2009.

  • Seminar encourages justice through evidence

    Jul 19, 2010

  • USD-S transfers Theater Internment Facility to GoI

    Jul 19, 2010

    United States Division-South handed over two locations to the Government of Iraq July 4 as part of the drawdown of forces in Basra Province. Sameer Alhaddad, a representative of the prime minister's chief of staff, flew from Baghdad to sign for the closing of Safwan Hill and the partial return of Camp Bucca.

  • Iraqi Army commandos train in riot control techniques

    Jul 19, 2010

    Iraqi Army commandos with the 14th Division received training in crowd control techniques at their headquarters in Basra July 10 and 11. Soldiers from the 354th Military Police Company out of St. Louis held classroom instruction and led them through hands-on training in formations and movements.

  • Sledgehammers fight to represent brigade

    Jul 19, 2010

    The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division held a brigade-wide combatives tournament at COS Kalsu that ended July 10. Fighters representing each of the brigade's five battalions came together for two days of competition to determine who would go on to represent the "Sledgehammers" in the All-Army Combatives Tournament later this year.

  • Fists fly during COB Adder Fight Night

    Jul 19, 2010

    The Contingency Operating Base Adder community witnessed an evening of hard-hitting action during 'Fight Night' in front of a packed house at Memorial Hall July 4. 'Fight Night' is a way of bringing the Ultimate Fighting Championship experience to southern Iraq.

  • The ties that bind, 300th MP Co. builds teamwork at K-State challenge course

    Jul 17, 2010

  • Fort Riley, J.C. leaders bond during annual tournament

    Jul 17, 2010

  • Summer fun: Exceptional Family Member Program Families spend day at Rock Springs

    Jul 17, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - About 20 children participated in a whole summer's worth of camping activities in just one day.

  • AtHoc Notification System simplified for non-CAC holders

    Jul 15, 2010

  • Eye in the sky tracks explosives in transit

    Jul 15, 2010

    The Defense Transportation Tracking System is DOD's way of keeping tabs around the clock on various types of sensitive and hazardous materials in transit, also providing instant communication to help drivers, emergency responders and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) deal with unexpected situations.

  • Epitomizing the Order of the Marechaussee

    Jul 12, 2010

    Maj. Jonathan Doyle, the 1st Infantry Division provost marshal, and a native of Alexandria, Va., was awarded the Order of the Marechaussee July 3 at Contingency Operation Base Basra.

  • Youth employment program proves worth

    Jul 10, 2010

    Iraqi and British officials met at the Basra Operations Center to recount the success of the Youth Employment Pilot Program (YEPP), a work training initiative that in the last 10 months has placed more than 400 young Basra work trainees with area businesses.

  • 'Bikes Over Baghdad' comes to COB Adder

    Jul 9, 2010

  • Plastics factory to provide economic boost

    Jul 9, 2010

    The Soldiers of Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in conjunction with the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team are working to rebuild a plastics factory in Maysan, which will not only provide jobs but help the agricultural industry in the region.

  • Celebrating independence through soccer

    Jul 9, 2010

    The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division opened the gates of Contingency Operating Site Echo for the 'Brothers-In-Arms Soccer Tournament' July 4.

  • Human Terrain Analysis Team helps 'Bulldogs' meet neighbors

    Jul 8, 2010

    The Soldiers of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division recently met with Iraqi citizens while supporting the United States Division-South Human Terrain Analysis Team in its mission of conducting assessments of local infrastructure and interviewing local population.

  • Medics work with Iraqi Federal Police to set up clinic

    Jul 8, 2010

    The challenge of providing medical evaluations and supplies to residents in areas such as Al-Kut can be significant for military providers. Still, the need is there. Ask the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, who recently set up shop in the Iraqi Federal Police headquarters building, which serves the city's Anwar and Falahiyah districts. That day, they assisted more than 100 residents with various medical issues.

  • Operation: Smile Train

    Jul 8, 2010

    Children in Nasiriyah, Iraq, were given the chance to let their new smiles shine through, when Smile Train Italia Onlus, a worldwide medical charity that provides free surgery to children born with facial deformities, arrived for a week-long medical mission June 20-27 at the Mittica Medical Training Center.

  • Exercise helps Soldiers think through the unthinkable

    Jul 7, 2010

  • MRAP being loaded on a trailer

    Jul 7, 2010

    A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle being loaded onto a trailer at Joint Base Balad as part of the Durable Express. The Durable Express is an effort of the 1st Sustainment Brigade in the Responsible Drawdown of Forces from Iraq.

  • Bidens join Soldiers in Iraq as they become citizens July 4

    Jul 6, 2010

    A total of 156 servicemembers in Iraq became U.S. citizens July 4 as Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attended a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory.

  • 1-1 CAB aircraft help Iraqi Air Force expand mission capabilities

    Jul 5, 2010

    The transition of U.S. forces out of Iraq still requires hands-on guidance for the Iraqi Security Forces. Working with the Iraqi Air Force is just one of the ongoing missions that have Task Force 12 doing just that.

  • New Army software helps US Division-South track its hardware

    Jul 5, 2010

    The U.S. Army is implementing a revolutionary system that allows commanders and logistics Soldiers from the field level all the way to the top to see what they have and where they have it in real time.

  • Troop safety aided by accurate information

    Jul 4, 2010

    Good leaders make sure their troops are squared away before they roll outside the wire. They check for water, ammunition and protective equipment. They check the little things to prevent big problems. They also make sure their service members are squared away by verifying their personal information is current on their Isolated Personnel Report, that they have completed and understand the online Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training and that their personal locator beacons are properly registered

  • Servicemembers become citizens during Fourth of July ceremony in Iraq

    Jul 4, 2010

    One hundred fifty-six service members from 56 different countries recited the Oath of Citizenship in the rotunda of Al Faw Palace and marked the Fourth of July as the day they became American citizens.