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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • '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.

  • '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.

  • Sill learns benefits of p.m. PT

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla.-The 75th Fires Brigade received a house call from a doctor last month and to their relief, they were given a clean bill of health. Dr. David Segal came to Fort Sill but he wasn't checking for things like the flu. Instead the focus was on the strains caused by the current operation tempo on Soldiers and ways to find a cure.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


    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.

  • 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.

  • New parachute integrated at Airborne School

    Mar 11, 2010

    The students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, exited the 34-foot training tower twice as many times as normal, March 3, on Fort Benning, Ga. The change is one of several resulting from the integration of the new T-11 parachute.

  • 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.

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

    Mar 4, 2010

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

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

    Mar 4, 2010

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

  • Black History Month celebrated at COS Kalsu

    Mar 4, 2010

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

  • Education center helps Soldiers reach goals

    Mar 4, 2010

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

  • Iraqi hero medic receives MEDEVAC training

    Mar 4, 2010

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

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

    Mar 3, 2010

  • Scouting the border: Cavalry assisting border guards in Iraq

    Mar 3, 2010

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

  • Keeping watch on critical pieces

    Mar 3, 2010

  • Do you know who your Facebook friends are'

    Mar 2, 2010

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

  • Observers set to ensure safe, fair Iraqi national elections

    Mar 2, 2010

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

  • Fair judging, 412th TEC Soldiers

    Mar 1, 2010

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

  • TF Marne elite compete in biathlon

    Mar 1, 2010

    Forty-two of the toughest Soldiers Task Force Marne has to offer competed in a grueling test of wills as they participated in the task force's first biathlon held at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, Feb. 27.

  • Elections part of big picture in Iraq

    Feb 27, 2010

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

  • Patches fly on COB Basra

    Feb 26, 2010

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

  • Sledgehammer on the lookout

    Feb 26, 2010

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

  • Building sustainable agriculture in the Iraqi heartland

    Feb 26, 2010

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

  • DLIFLC's Afghan Languages Portal opens

    Feb 25, 2010

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

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

    Feb 25, 2010

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

  • Apaches take less aggressive role in Iraq

    Feb 25, 2010

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

  • Signal Soldiers work with Iraqi counterparts

    Feb 24, 2010

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

  • U.S., Iraqi forces secure election sites

    Feb 24, 2010

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

  • 203rd BSB fit to fight

    Feb 24, 2010

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

  • Iraqi border police conduct weapons classes

    Feb 24, 2010

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

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

    Feb 24, 2010

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

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

    Feb 23, 2010

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

  • Comedians keep COB Echo laughing

    Feb 23, 2010

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

  • Military Police integrate units to accomplish mission

    Feb 23, 2010

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

  • Assassin Troopers get a kick out of karate class

    Feb 19, 2010

    Most nights at Contingency Operating Station Shocker, a pile of 40 or more boots sit outside the entrance to an otherwise unremarkable tent. Inside, the setting is a Dojo. The students are a mixture of Dragoons from "Assassin" A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Ugandan security force members from Saber International, who guard COS Shocker.

  • U.S. military credentials Iraqi media, aids reporting

    Feb 19, 2010

    The Iraqi press' ability to report on United States Division-South was aided recently, thanks to a helping hand from U.S. Army public affairs representatives. Area journalists were invited to Basrah International Airport Feb. 13, 2010, to reestablish relations with the U.S. military - relations that had been strained for at least the last year.

  • Work is a blast for 1-15 Inf. Regt. Soldiers

    Feb 19, 2010

    "This is the only thing I was looking forward to," said Cpl. Sean Taylor, in between the series of explosions. Taylor, Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was on day nine of the 15-day 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt.'s Team Leader Course, which began Feb. 1 at Forward Operating Base Echo.

  • Military Transition Team joint patrol with 52nd Iraqi Army Brigade

    Feb 19, 2010

    Photo release concerning a patrol the 5214 Military Transition Team conducted with the 52nd Iraqi Army Brigade

  • Diamond Brigade Soldiers heading to Haiti

    Feb 18, 2010

  • STTC deploys Hip-Pocket Training to Haiti

    Feb 18, 2010

    The STTC Combat Medical Card Game has been deployed to joint service medical units operating in Haiti. The game is used for "hip pocket training" by combat medics during after duty hours and mission lulls. The game is used to "refresh" critical combat life saving skills by providing a lost-cost training aid that is easily distributed and transported into remote combat areas and austere operating areas in support of Army humanitarian missions.

  • Iraqi Army's UAVs give troops the big picture

    Feb 18, 2010

    The RQ-11 Raven miniature unmanned aerial vehicle provides Iraqi troops on the ground quick, accurate aerial surveillance to support operations and assess potential threats. With a 6-mile range and the ability to see over a large area, forces on the ground can use the information to maneuver, locate targets and gain intelligence vital to their mission.

  • 80th Training Command first Reserve unit to earn Safety Streamer

    Feb 18, 2010

    The 80th Training Command, the Army's third largest Army Reserve unit, became the first Reserve unit to receive the Army Safety Excellence streamer during a ceremony Jan. 30 in Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Press conference reveals progress in Babil

    Feb 18, 2010

    Key leaders with the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, held a press conference Feb. 15, 2010, at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, to present U.S. personnel to the Iraqi media and discuss current and future efforts in rebuilding Iraq's essential services. "It's important to keep an open relationship with the people of Iraq," said Maj. Jim Hathaway, operations officer with the 2nd Bn., 69th AR, during his opening remarks. After Hathaway Rick Roberts, Babil PRT team leader, spoke. "We are meeting not just as friends but as partners," he said, "And like all friends and partners, we need to talk."

  • Assuring democracy through greater security

    Feb 18, 2010

    The Wasit province, south of Baghdad, is home to more than 250 polling stations that will be used in the upcoming Iraqi Parliamentary Election. Schools, Libraries and other local buildings are set to house the voting booths where Iraqis will determine their next government representatives. Although the primary security for the elections will be the Iraqi Police, U.S. forces continue to play a role in helping provide security to the province. For the 252nd Military Police Company of the Tennessee National Guard, the task of inspecting polling sites for security remains a priority.

  • Fuelers take pride in mission enhancement

    Feb 18, 2010

    Many people have spent a good part of their teenage years working at a gas station, with aspirations of moving on to something better. However, for some of the Soldiers with "A" Company, 412th Aviation Support Battalion, "pumping gas" is their priority, and they look forward to it every day. Taking their show on the road Dec. 26, 2009, they assumed the Forward Arming and Refueling Point at Forward Operating Site Garryowen. "We're like the gas station for aircraft," Staff Sgt. Terrence T. Adams, a fueler with "A" Co., 412th ASB, said, a hint of pride evident in his voice.

  • U.S. forces continue to shift responsibility to Iraqis

    Feb 17, 2010

    U.S. military leaders returned four camps to the government of Iraq in the country's southern region recently as part of the planned U.S. drawdown of forces.

  • Iraq takes major step toward securing coastline

    Feb 17, 2010

    As part of the effort by the government of Iraq to increase the stability and international standing of the country, the Iraqi Navy officially welcomed two new ships to its fleet during a ceremony along the country's southern coast Feb. 14.

  • 308th teaches Iraqi mechanics 'Pride in Performance'

    Feb 17, 2010

    The Iraqi Army's adoption of the humvee as a normal part of their tactical vehicle fleet has created the need for expert mechanics trained on the famous truck. That is why two Soldiers with the 308th Brigade Support Battalion conducted a 15-day light wheel mechanic course at the end of January with soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 14th Division at Camp Wessam.

  • Soldiers demonstrate unity, resolve

    Feb 16, 2010

    Over 200 service members walked together Feb. 12 at Contingency Operating Base Basra in an event coordinated by the 1st Infantry Division to make a statement about sexual assault in the armed forces.

  • Vets give troops important lesson on taking care of their own

    Feb 14, 2010

    When eight combat veterans volunteered to return to Iraq, they knew they would be interacting with troops, answering questions about their injuries, their experiences and their new lives as wounded warriors. They were ready. From Baghdad to Taji to Balad, Soldiers on the ground seemed to have the same question -what was the most frustrating part after they sustained their injuries. The answer was unanimous among the vets. Stay in contact with those who have been injured

  • Iraqi commands train to train others

    Feb 13, 2010

    Trained in advanced operations, close quarters marksmanship, information gathering and taking action against possible threats, Iraqi commandos have a wide array of skills to teach and guide the other units of the Iraqi Army on how to function in combat.

  • Let's get ready to rumble

    Feb 13, 2010

    .S. and Iraqi soldiers had a unique training opportunity Feb. 7, crawling toward each other in a seven-on-seven "Breaveheart" rumble at Forward Operating Base Echo. The goal of the competition was to take down the opposing teams "king" using techniques learned in their 10-day, level-two combatives class. To get to the king, the combatants had to fight their way through chokes and take-downs while trying to get their opponents to tap out.

  • Training Iraqis to rain steel from above

    Feb 13, 2010

    As the U.S. military prepares to leave all of Iraq's security in the hands of Iraqi forces, the training the two forces have conducted has created a military capable of defending Iraq's sovereignty from any threat. Mortar soldiers don't factor into normal security and stability operations, but they are a key element for a military capable of guaranteeing its nation's borders. Beginning in July 2009, the Mortar Platoon, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, and Capt. Michael Bradbury, the battalion's fire support officer, began talking with the leadership of the Mortar Battery of the Iraqi Army's 38th Brigade. Once a solid foundation was established, U.S. and Iraqi leaders began planning training for the Iraqi mortar soldiers in Maysan Province.

  • In service of others

    Feb 13, 2010

    He was born in Nigeria and lived there for 22 years. His father, a village elder and Muslim religious leader, made an early impression on his life, an impression that still guides him now as he works to become an Army chaplain. Spc. Mikail Lawal traveled to America in 1995 to become an All-American tennis player at Morehouse University in Atlanta. While at Morehouse, he also earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology.

  • Providing vision for Iraq's investors

    Feb 12, 2010

    Ibn Al Haytham, the man known as the "father of modern optics" believed that a person's perception of reality is shaped by the quality of the images they see. This native of Basrah, Iraq, may have understood well the goals of a flyover with Iraqi, Italian, French and U.S. Army journalists of some key areas of Muthana Province. The idea came from a recent conversation during which the Muthana Provincial Investment Commissions chairman, Adel Dahil Mohammed Al Yasiri, approached the U.S. State Department's Muthanna Provincial Reconstruction Team with a request to explore ways of improving their marketing materials.

  • All they need is one shot to get it done

    Feb 11, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Even a sniper can have a bad day. "It was below 30 degrees and it started raining but we had no choice," said SFC George Lewis. "We had to shoot. Conditions are always going to change downrange but you can't let it affect the mission. There's no excuse for why you didn't take the shot or didn't do your job."

  • Fort Sill continues ice storm cleanup with Operation Restore

    Feb 11, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. - In the wake of a devastating ice storm that pulverized the post, Fort Sill leaders banded together forming Operation Restore to return the post to full operability.

  • A religion rejoices

    Feb 11, 2010

    An estimated 14 million pilgrims flocked to the city of Karbala, Iraq, in celebration of the Muslim holiday Arba'een Feb. 5, marking the seventh year of the gathering since U.S.-led forces removed Saddam Hussein from power. Ten years ago, the pilgrimage was hardly attended, due to a ban on the Shi'a holiday by Hussein's regime, said Col. A'aed Saeer Rageeb, commander of Iraqi Police operations in Babil province. According to Rageeb, the pilgrimage has grown in attendance every year since that time.

  • U.S., Iraqi forces comission joint training facility in marshes

    Feb 9, 2010

    U.S. and Iraqi leaders joined in the marshlands of southern Maysan Province Feb. 4 to celebrate the official grand opening of the Common Training Center on Joint Security Station Umm Sa'ah.

  • Art of war: Detainee murals at Theatre Interment Facility paint brighter future

    Feb 8, 2010

    Since Sept. 16, 2009, Iraqi civilian and U.S. military deconstruction teams have transformed the landscape surrounding the rusting, chain-link walls of the Theatre Interment Facility at Camp Bucca to piles rubble. That day, the last prisoners of the TIF boarded the detainee air transport north-bound for Camp Cropper, near Baghdad. The Camp Bucca detention center, located in United States Division-South near the city of Umm Qasr, was officially shut down. Today it is a 2-square-mile ghost town.

  • USO goes big game fishing, catches Marlins

    Feb 6, 2010

    As spring draws near, the "boys of summer" usually spend their time doing drills or batting practice in preparation for the 162-game Major League Baseball season. However, the Florida Marlins ball club sent a few of its members on a week-long tour of Iraq to visit service members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.