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  • Iraqi, U.S. veterinarians partner to help Baghdad zoo animals

    Mar 29, 2010

    After receiving the call for help March 24, Degeyter, a doctor of veterinary medicine assigned to 1st Armored Division, U.S. Division-Center, quickly made his own calls to other U.S. Army veterinarians to visit the Baghdad zoo.

  • Corps' Sacramento District builds up Bliss

    Mar 26, 2010

    The Corps' Sacramento District has completed construction of a combat aviation brigade headquarters building at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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

    Mar 26, 2010

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

  • Reflections of women show character, perseverance

    Mar 25, 2010

    A resourceful mother, a woman with a childhood shadowed in fear and a politician who was shunned for voting her conscience.

  • AFAP addresses, resolves community issues

    Mar 25, 2010

    The 2010 Army Family Action Plan Conference got under way February 24-26 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center where members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community gathered to sort through issues that ranged from housing to Space-Available Travel to establishing identity theft protection measures.

  • Soldiers help to restore ancient ziggurat in Iraq

    Mar 23, 2010

    Soldiers from the 16th Engineer Brigade Survey and Design team conducted a site assessment on several buildings at an historic site in Aqar Quf, 20 miles west of Baghdad to assess and verify the electrical needs of renovating two modern structures at the base of an ancient ziggurat there.

  • 6th IA Div., 4-2 SBCT open new operations center

    Mar 23, 2010

    BAGHDAD - After months of planning and construction, the 6th Iraqi Army Division and the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division held a ribbon cutting for the recently completed Joint Operations Center on Forward Operating Base Constitution March 15.

  • Soldiers, teachers give school supplies to local children

    Mar 22, 2010

    Soldiers from 422nd Civil Affair Battalion and the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment provided new school supplies to Iraqi Children at a school in Khandari, a rural area northwest of Baghdad.

  • '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.

  • Energy conservation: Study, leaders show everyone can contribute

    Mar 19, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and Baumholder officials are urging community members to be more mindful of individual energy consumption and to look at ways to reduce overall energy expenditure.

  • Fort Bliss Soldiers have integrative medicine options

    Mar 16, 2010

    The Army remains committed to providing the best Soldier care by staying on the forefront of new medical research and procedures. It has also expanded its spectrum of care to include integrative medicine or holistic healing.

  • 1-38 provide defensive support for Iraqi elections

    Mar 8, 2010

    Before the sun rose at Victory Base Complex March 7, Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment found themselves poised to help Iraqi Security Forces protect voters at the national elections.

  • 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.

  • Paratroopers escort global team to polling sites to observe local vote

    Mar 8, 2010

    Edwards and his men had been up since 5 a.m., on this historic day for Iraq and the world. The mix of international interests in this one convoy alone was proof of just how historic, and it was only one convoy traveling to one polling center. There were more than 8,600 polling centers throughout Iraq.

  • Security paved way to successful Iraqi elections; leaders pleased

    Mar 8, 2010

    Despite an early morning attempt by terrorists to disrupt the elections, the Iraqi people resolved themselves to get out and vote at the March 7 general elections. American leaders watched as well trained and determined Iraqi Security Forces stopped terrorists at every turn from scaring voters away from polling sites - a force that they had been involved in training and assisting; a force they were still involved with assisting.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • Police partners: German, U.S. law enforcers team up to beef up security, crime prevention

    Mar 2, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Getting pulled over by the police doesn't always mean you've done something wrong in the Wiesbaden military community. U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Directorate of Emergency Services is taking a new approach to law enforcement that involves partnerships with its citizens and the German Polizei.

  • Half-marathon honors fallen warriors

    Mar 1, 2010

    Service members from all military branches came together for the Fallen Soldier Half-Marathon Feb. 27 to pay tribute to those who died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, despite the constant rain.

  • Paratrooper makes first jump with 1-82nd Airborne in Iraq

    Mar 1, 2010

    Private 1st Class Matthew Fram did not expect to make his first jump after airborne school with 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq. The chemical specialist with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist), made his first jump since graduating from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 16.

  • 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.

  • Boxing firepower: Fighters come from all over Germany for Black History Month Boxing Tournament

    Feb 23, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - There may have only been five bouts, but fight fans got their share of explosive ring action at Wiesbaden's Black History Month Boxing Tournament Feb. 6.

  • Trainers help wounded warriors get fit

    Feb 23, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Wounded." A,A It's a scary word, said Leander Townsend, a physical trainer with the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. A,A Easing into the routine of a light jog after a back injury or completing a squat exercise while still remembering the limp from a knee injury can be a tentative experience for Soldiers transitioning back to the military force or to veteran status.

  • Advise-and-assist paratroopers aid Iraqi troops in search for caches

    Feb 23, 2010

    Advise-and-assist paratroopers partnered with Iraqi Army troops Feb. 3 to search for smugglers and caches in western Al Anbar province. Infantrymen assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist Brigade), worked side-by-side with 2nd Battalion, 28th Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, based out of Camp Khalid, to conduct security reconnaissance near Watah, Iraq.

  • Lightning Horse aircraft highlight partnership, show of force

    Feb 21, 2010

    The Combined Security Force, consisting of 12th Iraqi Army Soldiers, Iraqi Police, 1st Peshmerga Brigade Soldiers, and U.S. Forces from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, attached to 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, graduated after 30 days of training. This unified force, known as the "Golden Lions," showcased their skills, including air ground integration, during the graduation ceremony in front of senior GoI officials, Kirkuk provincial leaders, and Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commander of United States Division-North, near Contingency Operating Site Warrior, in Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb. 15.

  • Dedicated NCO boosts morale through food

    Feb 20, 2010

    Barnes, of Los Angeles, was selected to be the featured Commando of the month because of his hard work at producing three meals a day for 45 Soldiers based at Al Rasheed, as well as 45 local nationals living there. His job involves ordering needed supplies, planning meals, and supervising his Soldiers as they complete daily tasks; a demanding job that begins well before the start of breakfast at 7 a.m., and well after dinner ends.

  • Fighting fires, saving lives New Iraqi firefighters display skills in exercise

    Feb 20, 2010

    Guests observed 25 graduates demonstrating their new firefighting skills at the conclusion of a graduation ceremony Feb. 17 inside the International Zone. The demonstration was designed to showcase the many aspects of the firefighter training.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ash Wednesday

    Feb 18, 2010

    Chaplains lead Soldiers and Family members around the world in a celebration of Ash Wednesday. Ocurring forty-six days before Easter and marking the first day of Lent, ashes are usually placed in the sign of the cross as a sign of repentance.

  • American Samoan to American Pacific Islander raises hand for U.S. citizenship

    Feb 18, 2010

    For Private 1st Class. Lata Pitolau, a unit supply specialist assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team-Augmented, 3rd Infantry Division, becoming a U.S. citizen in the ceremony has provided her some additional rights. The American Samoa native grew up enjoyin

  • Video training keeps Europe-based Soldiers close to home

    Feb 17, 2010

    Twenty-three Noncommissioned officers from all over Europe graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants' Major Academy's Battle Staff NCO Course, a course offered exclusively via video tele-training (VTT), at the Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) in Vilseck, Germany. The 5-week course ran from Jan. 25 through Feb. 12.

  • One step closer to drawdown Soldiers sign over Joint Security Station

    Feb 17, 2010

    The Government of Iraq took ownership of Joint Security Station 799 from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a Feb. 14 ceremony.

  • Iraqi-led clinic treats villagers with advise-and-assist paratroopers

    Feb 14, 2010

    Medical doctors with 1st Iraqi Division set up a temporary clinic Feb. 11 in Al Uwesat, Iraq, and treated 312 villagers for a variety of common maladies in a partnered operation with U.S. Army medics. The two Iraqi physicians, with support from the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist), brigade surgeon and medics, treated 144 males and 168 females during the clinic's five hours of operation at a primary school in an east-Anbar village to provide medical service and win the goodwill of locals.

  • 1-3 ID works with Iraqi FP to help poorest of poor in Sadiyah

    Feb 14, 2010

    Iraqi soldiers from 5th Brigade, 2nd Federal Police Division and U.S. Soldiers with 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, visited Sadiyah Feb. 10 to hand out food, blankets and heaters to citizens of Iraq. The joint mission, called Operation Helping Hands, afforded the Iraqi Security Forces an opportunity to help their fellow Iraqis.

  • Mobile patio chairs enable Iraqi disabled

    Feb 14, 2010

    Iraqi soldiers from 5th Brigade, 2nd Federal Police Division and U.S. Soldiers with 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, visited Sadiyah Feb. 10 to hand out food, blankets and heaters to citizens of Iraq. The joint mission, called Operation Helping Hands, afforded the Iraqi Security Forces an opportunity to help their fellow Iraqis.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fort Bragg "Red Devils" open joint training range with IA partners

    Feb 7, 2010

    Sharp gunfire cracked the mid-morning silence at Camp Hamza Jan. 21 as U.S. paratroopers from 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, tested their skills at a new firing range. Next to them, Iraqi officers from 28th Brigade, 7th Division of the Iraqi Army, shouted instructions to their soldiers as they too tested their skills, signifying the official opening of Freedom Range. The range was a gift from the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment "Red Devils" to 28th Bde.

  • 1st Air Cav aviator reaches 2,000 combat hours in flight

    Feb 7, 2010

    Ask Chief Warrant Officer 3 Anthony Potter what it takes to reach 2,000 combat flight hours and he'll tell you it requires the support of a loving family and fellow Soldiers. Before being a senior in high school, the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter instructor pilot from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division - Center, said he always knew that he wanted to fly; that he wanted to be a pilot.

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson brings living history to Wiesbaden Black History Month Celebration

    Feb 5, 2010

    WIESBADEN, German - Wiesbaden military community members were treated to an American history lesson from one of the stalwarts of the Civil Rights Movement Feb. 3. Rev. Jesse Jackson, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and two-time Democratic candidate for the nation's highest office, spoke to Wiesbaden service members and their families during a visit to Wiesbaden Army Airfield. The sole stop at a U.S. military installation in Europe was part of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's African American History Month observances.

  • Commentary: Leadership means more than being a nice guy

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - It is a lot easier to define leadership than it is to put your finger on the attributes of a good leader. There are as many ways to look at the question as there are ways to lead effectively. A common thread is often taking care of Soldiers. Looking out for your subordinates' well being is certainly an important consideration, but it always has to be tempered by the knowledge that accomplishing the mission might put those subordinates at grave risk.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord makes its debut

    Feb 4, 2010

    With the final tug of a canvas case, the unfurling and raising of its new flag, Joint Base Lewis-McChord began its history at 10 a.m. Monday during a ceremony in front of its new headquarters on what is now called "JBLM Lewis Main."

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson visits Wiesbaden servicemembers, families

    Feb 3, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Rev. Jesse Jackson visited U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Feb. 3 as part of the garrison's Black History Month observances. Jackson spent time talking to community members after speaking at the event.

  • FORSCOM recognizes 69th ADA culinary team for excellence in food service competition

    Feb 3, 2010

    At Fort Hood, a post packed with tankers, cavalry troops and infantry grunts, even cooks have their place. As the sole providers of hot chow while units train in the field and labor in combat zones, food service specialists uphold a vital mission that helps set the foundation for success on the battlefield. Quite literally, they fuel the Army. A team of hard-charging food service Soldiers from Fort Hood's own 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade is certainly no exception to excellence when it comes to serving food. From March to November 2009, the team changed its pace a bit and dished up some stiff competition in the 42nd annual, Army-wide Phillip A. Connelly Competition for Excellence in Food Service. Gen. Charles Campbell, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, recognized the seven-man team of Soldiers Tuesday at III Corps' headquarters building for taking top honors at the FORSCOM level in June 2009 and finishing as the runner-up team for the Department of the Army just four months later.

  • Protecting the future of Iraq: Soldiers prepare for elections

    Feb 3, 2010

    The future of Iraq will be decided when Iraqi voters head to the polls March 7, and the Iraqi Security Forces are training to ensure those polling stations are safe.

  • Electricity 101 for 9th IA

    Feb 3, 2010

    When Maj. Ralph Pickett arrived at Joint Service Station al-Rasheed the third week of January, he discovered that the building he would teach his classes in had no power, no running water, and the classroom offered little in the way of natural lighting. Undaunted, the Easthampton, Mass., native, who works as a civilian mechanical contractor back home, jumped in with both feet to set up a 40-hour class on electricity; determined to teach his 9th Iraqi Army Field Regiment students how to safely work with power.

  • 1-38 Infantry Soldiers help train Iraqi recruits for elite team

    Feb 3, 2010

    Members of a highly-trained fighting force called the Strike Team, an elite direct action force for Karkh Area Command, are always seeking self improvement and training opportunities with new recruits to add to their numbers. Since December 2009, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, has been closely partnered with the Strike Team, advising them and providing support for training and operations.

  • Army Family Action Plan on target for 2010

    Feb 2, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Feb. 2, 2010) - In early January, 96 Department of the Army delegates from across the nation selected 16 of 82 pending quality-of-life issues to resolve through the Army Family Action Plan Process. The AFAP process is the principal Army program Army leaders use to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and their Family members. The delegates who attended the DA-level conference represented the entire Army Family - Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, leaders, Family members, retirees and DA civilians.

  • 'Honk': German couple treats Wiesbaden military community youths to theater afternoon

    Feb 1, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Their smiles told the story. A,A As members of the musical "Honk" sang and danced at the English Theatre Frankfurt Jan. 16, some 45 youths from the Wiesbaden military community followed every twist and turn in the action with laughter and applause.

  • Iraqi Army mortarmen participate in first live fire exercise

    Feb 1, 2010

    Iraqi troops demonstrated their mortar skills to U.S. counterparts during a live-fire exercise in eastern Al Anbar province Jan. 27 aimed at moving them closer to self sufficiency.

  • Engineer medics train lifesaving techniques to Iraqi Soldiers

    Feb 1, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers have stepped back and let their Iraqi counterparts take the lead in operations, but U.S. Soldiers are still essential to the success of Iraq. Medics from 16th Engineer Brigade taught Iraqi counterparts some basic medical skills at the Iraqi Old Ministry of Defense building Jan. 25.

  • New group of wounded vets returns to Iraq

    Jan 31, 2010

    Six wounded warriors stepped off a C-130 Hercules in Baghdad, Jan. 31, and took their first steps in Iraq after being severely wounded the last time they were here. It was the fourth time wounded servicemembers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit.

  • New Iraqi tanker unit takes the lead

    Jan 31, 2010

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Regiment and the 5th Iraqi Tank Battalion conducted a combined search with the Iraqi tankers for weapons in a small area along the Tigris River.

  • FP take lead in patrolling operations

    Jan 29, 2010

    Only a few years ago, it might have been hard to believe a quiet, peaceful patrol on the streets of Baghdad where U.S. Soldiers work together with Iraqi authorities could be possible. Today, seeing is believing as Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, regularly carry out presence patrols in Baghdad mahalas, or residential neighborhoods, with Iraqi Federal Police planning and leading the missions.

  • Females excel in male-dominated field

    Jan 29, 2010

    Females are becoming more and more prevalent in military flight crews. Being a woman in a male-dominated field can be an intimidating obstacle for many to overcome. However, Staff Sgt. Katie Replogle and Spc. Bernice Garcia have managed to find a way to fit in.

  • U.S.Army Europe Podcast: Tax Season

    Jan 29, 2010

    CPT Patrick Robinson and SGT Robert Harshbager of the Heidelberg Tax Assistance Center talk with Jesse Granger about tax season 2010. Topics include new changes to tax law, the issues of filing tax returns from overseas and other frequently asked questions concerning tax season. For more on tax season or the U.S. Army in Eurpoe check out and click on the "Tax Season" link.

  • Tax Season Overseas: U.S. citizens may need to file foreign bank account with IRS

    Jan 26, 2010

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants United States citizens living and working overseas to know they must file a "Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts" form with the Treasury Department by June 30th if the aggregate value of their foreign accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the previous calendar year.

  • Power to the people, and to the courthouse

    Jan 25, 2010

    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq - A courthouse should be a place where the law is upheld and enforced at all times, but with only a few hours of electricity to last the entire work day, the judicial system in Iraq has been rather limited. Local and Iraqi Army leaders joined U.S. Army officials from 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Jan. 25 to pass judgment on the issue when they cut the ribbon for a new solar powered battery system at the Abu Ghraib Supreme Court Justice Center Courthouse.

  • Make a movie, save a life, win $2,000

    Jan 25, 2010

    Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competion heads into the final months.

  • Air Cav, Iraqi Air Force maintain partnership with joint flight

    Jan 25, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Military leaders are hoping the presence of an Iraqi aircraft and a U.S. aircraft flying side-by-side will send a positive message to the Iraqi population, again. AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division - Center, flew a second joint mission Jan. 20 with UH-1 Iroquois helicopter pilots from 2nd Squadron of the Iraqi Air Force.

  • 2-12th FAR helps IA sustain checkpoints Battery 'Assault' remains present

    Jan 25, 2010

    Cars were searched and identification requested by Iraqi Army Soldiers who are well on their way to standing on their own. Soldiers from the 12th Field Artillery Regiment ensure that standards are met when Iraqi Army Soldiers manage traffic control checkpoints and serve as watchmen for the northeastern Baghdad area.

  • Air Cav conducts hoist training to prepare for emergencies

    Jan 25, 2010

    From the ground, it appears a daunting prospect - being hoisted 75 feet in the air to a hovering UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. In the face of an emergency medical situation, especially when there is no clear area for aircraft to land, the task becomes a necessity. These were some of the conditions medevac crew chiefs from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade faced when they undertook hoist training Jan. 21. Training with hoists is not common in Iraq due to mostly flat surfaces which makes the opportunity to use the hoist valuable, said Chief Warrant Officer Brian Rinck, from Hillsboro, Ore., a standardizations pilot for 1st ACB, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division-Center.

  • Vice President Biden visits Soldiers in Iraq

    Jan 24, 2010

    Taking time out of his busy schedule of meeting with Iraqi government officials and U.S. military leaders, Biden made a stop at the Raider Inn Dining Facility during dinner, to chat with troops and pose for photos.

  • Historic transfer of authority says goodbye to Marines as Army takes lead in Al Anbar

    Jan 23, 2010

    The first major indicator of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq occurred in Ramadi Jan. 23 when II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) transferred authority of Iraq's largest province to 1st Armored Division.

  • Night Landing in Iraq

    Jan 23, 2010

    Vice President Joe Biden lands onto Camp Liberty where he visited troops during his latest visit to Iraq.

  • Army unit partnership soars on Taji flight line

    Jan 23, 2010

    A sea of unit patches hovered around a Shadow unmanned aerial system, readying it for flight. Soldiers from several different units who had come together here to make the mission in Iraq a success with shared workloads and equipment, responsibilities, and experience.

  • Biggest Loser competition invites everyone to get fit, drop pounds

    Jan 22, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - On your mark, get set, go. Now, up the stairs, around the track, down the stairs again and wall squat. This is just one of the many challenges that faced contestants of the Wiesbaden Biggest Loser competition.

  • "I have a dream" Soldiers celebrate legacy of civil rights pioneer

    Jan 21, 2010

    During the struggle for equality in the 1960s, one man rose to become the leader and face of the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of America's moral architects, was cut down in his prime by an assassin's bullet in 1968. In commemoration of his birthday and to celebrate his legacy, Soldiers from U.S. Division-Center around Victory Base Complex gathered Jan. 18 for a birthday observance.

  • Air Cav honors U.S. civil rights leader with observance

    Jan 21, 2010

    The legacy and memory of Martin Luther King Jr., was recognized by 1st Air Cavalry Brigade at the Taji Ministry Center Jan. 18 with an observance in honor of the civil rights leader who died in 1968.

  • Zafaranya Essential Services Conference

    Jan 21, 2010

    The National Chemical Plastic Industry water treatment facility held an essential services conference with the civic leaders of the surrounding mahalas. The purpose of the conference was to show the progress of the renovation and inform the local leaders of the benefits that the facility, which was initially funded by U.S. forces, will bring to the surrounding area through increased drinking water and support to local businesses.

  • West Virginia brothers serve in Iraq as brothers in arms

    Jan 20, 2010

    During a deployment, Soldiers have a battle buddy who acts as a brother or sister of sorts; a fellow Soldier who is expected to do anything to protect their comrade; someone who is there to help their friend endure hardships.

  • U.S., Iraqi surgeons share knowledge

    Jan 20, 2010

    Iraqi and U.S. military surgeons attended a joint medical conference at Al-Muthana Military Hospital Jan. 18 that was designed to enhance Iraqi medical skills. The Iraqi-led conference allows U.S. military surgeons opportunities to teach their Iraqi counterparts how to better treat combat trauma, while also teaching them other life-saving skills. It was the third such conference in an ongoing series.

  • NCOs look back on their year

    Jan 20, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It was a year of persistent conflict and startling statistics on suicide. It was a year of guest speakers, recognitions and calls for strong leadership.A,A It was another year of sacrifice. It was the Army's Year of the NCO.

  • UAV operator brings smiles to Soldiers through magic skills

    Jan 20, 2010

    By day, he works magic controlling unmanned aerial vehicles, helping keep ground patrols safe with protection from the skies. At night, he works magic of a different sort - making coins disappear and cards appear out of nowhere, bringing smiles wherever he performs his arsenal of magic tricks. The art of magic has been a lifetime passion for Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Allan, from Marysvale, Utah, and a UAV technician for Quick Reaction Capability 1, attached to 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division - Center. He became fascinated with magic as a youngster.

  • Creating profit through poultry

    Jan 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division joined Department of Agriculture representatives to witness the reopening of a poultry processing plant Jan. 10 that promises to increase profits in Yusifiyah. The plant will provide Iraqi people fresh halal chicken, which is slaughtered in accordance with Islamic standards.

  • U.S. Soldiers teach ISF advanced marksmanship skills at Cashe

    Jan 19, 2010

    Members of the Iraqi Army and Federal Police got hands-on rifle training from the best in the business at Contingency Operating Station Cashe South during a six-day advanced marksmanship training course. Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, assisted the Iraqi Security Forces with marksmanship skills above and beyond what they were taught in basic training.

  • 'We also serve': Recognizing deployment impact on all members of the family

    Jan 19, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The camera flash catches the teens by surprise. They stop, smile abruptly and begin again romping about the Wiesbaden Middle School gymnasium. Another flash, another smile. They laugh as they try on Soldier garb, an eight-pound helmet and flak jacket, and stand in front of a sign that reads "We also serve."

  • U.S. passes training torch at Cashe South

    Jan 19, 2010

    Soldiers at Contingency Operation Station Cashe South have moved a step ahead of most with their training and transition programs.

  • Distance learning can enhance training during the duty-day

    Jan 19, 2010

    On Oct. 1 of this fiscal year, many NCO's expecting to attend the Advance leaders Common Core (ALC), formerly called Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (BNCOC), phase 1, received notification that the course would be offered online. Units may assist Soldiers by allowing them time during the duty-day to complete the online training at one of 35 classrooms in 12 locations throughout Europe.

  • Manchu Soldiers hit the links

    Jan 19, 2010

    Some would call having a shipping container full of golf balls and only two clubs ironic, but that's exactly the situation Soldiers from the Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment "Manchus," found themselves in. It was only through the help of two embedded reporters, and the generosity of organizations and families from the Fort Lewis, Wash., area that they were able to address the matter and properly adjust their swing.

  • Brothers reunite in Iraq

    Jan 18, 2010

    Since joining the Army in 2005, the Zeller brothers have only seen each other four times. After 18 months of being apart they were reunited in Iraq at the Al-Faw palace.

  • Council meeting brings 2-1 Soldiers closer to Tarmiyah citizens

    Jan 18, 2010

    As Iraqi townspeople debated with raised voices in a building in Tarmiyah, Jan. 11, the commander of Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, sat in the back of the room and listened intently as his interpreter translated the concerns of the local populace.

  • Engineers help improve communication between the U.S. and Iraqi forces

    Jan 18, 2010

    BAGHDAD- Engineer Soldiers of 1434th Engineer Company are constructing a new joint operations center and planning annex at Contingency Operating Station Carver to provide better communication and coordination capabilities between U.S. Forces and the Iraqi Army.

  • Engineers bring joy to Iraqi children

    Jan 18, 2010

    BAGHDAD - To improve ties with the people of Iraq, Soldiers from 1192nd Engineer Company, 101st Engineer Battalion, delivered clothes and food Jan. 10 to families living in Area Four, an Iraqi Special Forces training base on Victory Base Complex.

  • Engineers respond to UXO on jobsite

    Jan 18, 2010

    BAGHDAD - Engineers of the 317th Engineer Company discovered an unexploded ordnance (UXO) while leveling a 32-acre field on Victory Base Complex, Jan. 12. Thanks to the acute situational awareness and quick response of the engineer Soldiers, the UXO was safely detonated and the engineers were back to work by the next morning. The live Chinese Type 69 Bouncing 75mm RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) was uncovered by Spc. Eric Bolyn, of Elwood, Ill., shortly after lunch. The RPG, designed to bounce to about chest high and fire about 800 steel balls over a 15 meter radius, did not explode after being fired

  • Soldiers in Iraq deal with unknowns after earthquake devastates Haiti

    Jan 17, 2010

    As Haitians and rescue workers from around the world work tirelessly to dig survivors from the rubble of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti Jan. 12, two Soldiers and one civilian must helplessly watch the news from Iraq, trying to cope with the uncertainty of not knowing the whereabouts of their family.

  • Joint Humanitarian mission spreads joy and warmth to 100 Iraqi families

    Jan 16, 2010

    One hundred families in the Yusifiyah area, southwest of Baghdad, benefit as U.S. and Iraqi soldiers target their villages during a humanitarian aid mission, Jan. 3. Soldiers of Company A, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, and the 1472nd Civil Affairs Team attached to the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team and Iraqi Army 17th

  • Dual military spouses: a challenge in itself

    Jan 16, 2010

    Capt. Sean Keegan and his wife, Maj. Kathleen Keegan, are facing these challenges right now. Both serve in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, but that's where the similarity ends. Sean serves with 101st Engineer Battalion in Iraq. Kathleen serves with Joint Force Headquarters and is preparing for a deployment in Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi Army Soldiers show their skills at 17th Division Iraqi Armed Forces Parade

    Jan 16, 2010

    Soldiers of 17th Iraqi Army Division proudly marched down the streets of Camp Deason during an Armed Forces parade in celebration of the Iraqi Army's 89th Anniversary Jan. 8. Staff Maj. Gen. Ali Jassam Mohammad, the 17th Division commander, spoke at length to several Iraqi and U.S. leaders about the strength, honor and dignity of the new army since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

  • MG Wolff talks to Iraqi press

    Jan 16, 2010

    By Sgt.1st Class Kristina Scott 366 MPAD, USD-C Baghdad - On a blustery, overcast day, the commander of 1st Armored Division assumed responsibility of the U.S. Division-Center operational environment in a transfer of authority ceremony conducted in front of the division headquarters building at Camp Liberty Jan. 13.

  • N.C. Guard Soldiers always ready to serve wherever, whenever

    Jan 16, 2010

    The warning blares from the computer speaker as 1st Lt. Carlos Gonzalez, of Greenville, N.C., and Sgt. 1st Class Mike Street, of Charlotte, N.C., prepare for a shift change brief in the 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron tactical operations center. The computer alert, which informs Gonzalez and Street of incoming intelligence in the area of operations, constantly interrupts as they discuss the challenges and privileges of being transferred from the North Carolina battalions of 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team to the West Virginia squadron at the start of the 2009-2010 deployment.

  • Soldiers in Iraq employ new unmanned aircraft system

    Jan 16, 2010

    Soldiers from the1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, were the first to launch a new MQ-1C Sky Warrior aircraft Jan. 12, at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Engineers ensure safe living areas at COS Carver

    Jan 15, 2010

    Soldiers from 317th Engineer Company and 808th Engineer Company are providing electricity to the future living spaces of U.S. Forces as they prepare to hand off their current housing to Soldiers of the Iraqi Army.

  • Iron Soldiers assume responsibility for Baghdad operational environment

    Jan 14, 2010