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  • "Muleskinners" celebrate Veterans Day

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Bridge offers fresh path

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Air Cav. attack aviators maintain weapons proficiency

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Cavalry, IA troopers earn silver spurs

    Nov 13, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - In order for a trooper to be inducted in the Order of the Spur, and earn the privilege of wearing silver spurs, he must survive a demanding test of tactical and technical knowledge.

  • Garryowen trains Iraqi Federal Police

    Nov 13, 2009

    BAGHDAD - One of U.S. forces' main roles in Iraq is training, assisting and supporting the Iraqi Security Forces securing their country.

  • IA, Ironhorse patrol Tarmiyah

    Nov 13, 2009

    BAGHDAD - With Iraqi election approaching, U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers began a four-day mission in the small town of Tarmiyah, Nov. 7.

  • Long Knives participate in moment of silence

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Experience earned and shared

    Nov 13, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Much is expected of non-commissioned officers serving in a combat zone. From leading Soldiers on dangerous patrols to conducting training for individual Soldier growth, NCOs are expected to do a little bit of everything.

  • Fort Hood says goodbye

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Army chef spices up life as newest U.S. citizen

    Nov 13, 2009

    CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD - Growing up with his grandmother, Spc. Andre Barrett knew the importance of love, respect and the power of a home-cooked meal. He longed for the day he could come to the United States and pursue his dream of becoming a skilled chef.

  • Best of the best: NCOs, Soldiers compete in annual competition

    Nov 12, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - A day in what took almost a year in the making, Noncommissioned officers and Soldiers competed to take home the title of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division NCO and Soldier of the Year, Nov. 6.

  • Cavalry Soldiers receive their combat spurs

    Nov 12, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Since the mid-1800s, horse spurs have been a symbol of the cavalry Soldier. Soldiers have been presented with silver spurs for proficiency of Soldier skills and gold spurs for deploying in support of a cavalry unit.

  • U.S., IA patrols aim to deter criminals

    Nov 12, 2009

  • Father and son deployed together with "First Team"

    Nov 12, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Many Soldiers, past and present, have followed their father's footsteps and joined the Army, keeping a tradition of service intact through the decades.

  • Aviators have unique way of saying 'thanks'

    Nov 12, 2009

    A nation's flag can be a powerful symbol of pride for people, but a flag that comes with a story behind it can mean so much more.

  • Leaving his past behind, Soldier begins new life as U.S. citizen

    Nov 12, 2009

    The city of Gjakova, in western Kosovo, suffered severe physical damage as scores of its citizens were killed at the height of the Kosovo Conflict. For one young boy and his family, staying in the war-torn country was not an option.

  • Veterans Day holds new meaning for Soldiers, Marines in Iraq

    Nov 11, 2009

    Surrounded by fellow servicemembers, 157 Soldiers and Marines representing 60 countries sat in the rotunda of Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, Nov. 11, for a naturalization ceremony.

  • The gift of education

    Nov 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Education is essential for a child growing up in the world today. That is no less true in Iraq, where schools are a building block for a child's future.

  • Soldiers pass on firefighting knowledge to Iraqis

    Nov 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD - An Iraqi firefighter feigns death and lies on the ground inside of a mock building to simulate a smoke-inhalation victim. His teammates, their vision obscured to simulate smoke-blindness, crawl along the ground with oxygen tanks strapped to their backs.

  • Greywolf spouses earn their spurs

    Nov 10, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - As 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers begin their return from their year-long deployment to Iraq, they will come back with their "combat spurs."

  • IPs net AQI at checkpoint

    Nov 10, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - As a means of fighting terrorism, the placement and use of traffic checkpoints often prove effective.

  • CSM Blake outlines Reset at AUSA

    Nov 10, 2009

    Taking care of Soldiers and their families is a big focus of Reset, said Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen D. Blake, the Army Sustainment Command's top enlisted Soldier speaking at the Association of the United States Army's annual gathering here Oct. 5-7.

  • Revitalizing Iraq's youth, one school at a time

    Nov 10, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - The village of Chemin, Iraq, commemorated the opening of a new primary school with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Nov. 3.

  • Sharing gives Iraqi Police tools to keep country safe

    Nov 10, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - As Iraqis continue to rely more on Iraqi Security Forces to arrest insurgents and wanted criminals, U.S. forces are increasingly sharing its intelligence and evidence to assist them.

  • A Moment of Silence for Fort Hood

    Nov 9, 2009

  • Tactical vehicle safety: Slow down

    Nov 5, 2009

    BAGHDAD - As of Feb. 2009, when the 1st Cavalry Division assumed command of the Multi-National Division-Baghdad area of operations, there have been 81 military vehicle accidents.

  • Military One Source: Where Soldiers go for answers

    Nov 5, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - When service members and their Families relocate to a new military installation, they face many challenges such as having to familiarizing themselves with new surroundings, enrolling children in schools, finding help with taxes, and deployments.

  • Project improves flow of water, jobs, memories in Iraqi village

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq-Driving from one end of Bidawa village in Kirkuk province to the other used to be a challenge, but thanks to the addition of two new road culverts the trip is much easier.

  • First Team throws fest for Families

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - All the rain last month not only helped postpone the 1st Cavalry Division's original Fall Fest date, but it also dumped much-needed water on the parade field that would be have hundreds of children pitter pattering all over it Oct. 30.

  • First Cav. families provide supplies to Iraqi students

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORWARD OPERERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Families of Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, gathered a variety of school supplies ranging from notebooks to markers. With assistance from Iraqi Soldiers of the 46th Iraqi Army Brigade, these supplies were delivered to the Jadeeda Primary School near Hawijah in the Kirkuk province of Iraq, Oct. 28.

  • Long Knives bring treats

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Bringing in the Halloween festivities a day early, troops from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 'Thunder Horse' hosted their 2nd Annual Trick or Trunk Event at their Fort Hood motor pool Oct. 30.

  • Armor shields Soldier from sniper's fire

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - The Combat Action Badge was awarded to one 1st Cavalry Division Soldier for actions during what started out as a simple mission but ended up turning into a near-fatal incident one early October afternoon in Kirkuk, Iraq.

  • Iraqi transportation unit test skills during Truck Rodeo

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- As the U.S. Army continues to build its partnership with the Iraqi Army, the two militaries share more than just training and knowledge, they also share tradition.

  • Iraqi Police build trust through community involvement

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq-As Iraqi police continue to improve security in Kirkuk city, Iraq, they are delivering humanitarian aid to not only assist families in need but to also improve their relationship with the local community.

  • Black Dragons support local school

    Nov 3, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - As Staff. Sgt. Shane Witcher spent the morning greeting kids arriving at school, and making sure the students were safe as they were being dropped off by bus or their parents, there seemed to be an air of excitement.

  • Art as an escape: Soldiers find creative outlets during deployment

    Nov 3, 2009

    The stresses of a long deployment can wear on Soldiers. While there are a variety of activities, here on Camp Liberty, some Soldiers prefer to focus their down time in a more personal way.

  • Searching for caches and criminals

    Nov 3, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Its 3:00 a.m. as American and Iraqi Soldiers rush to their trucks, trading the comforts of Joint Security Station Sheik Amir for the rugged farmland of al-Raood, a village north of Baghdad.

  • Iraqi, U.S. EOD technicians work together to destroy tons of old munitions

    Nov 2, 2009

    Handling live grenades, directing your team's movement, prepping blast caps, and wiring up a detonator, all while standing a few feet from one ton of unexploded ordinance and 300 pounds of plastic explosive.

  • U.S. Military expanding opportunities for Erbil businesses

    Nov 2, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Approximately 70 businessmen from around Erbil, Iraq, took part in a conference there to learn how to become contractors for the United States Military Monday.

  • General thanks troops, Families for sacrifices

    Oct 30, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The 1st Cavalry Division honored six wounded Soldiers and 31 volunteers during the division's monthly Purple Heart and Volunteer of the Month recognition ceremony, Oct. 27 at the Phantom Warrior Club.

  • Iraqi lawyers, judges see how police investigators solve crimes

    Oct 30, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Using high-tech microscopes to inspect bullets fired from a suspect's weapon, or testing an old soda can for fingerprints are just the beginning of what a modern police lab can do to solve cases.

  • Fort Hood captain receives commendation from British military

    Oct 29, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Capt. Brent Harrington was presented a Joint Commander's Commendation from the British Army at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum Oct. 28 at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • The long way home

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Long Knives support 'Scout-O-Rama'

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers, assigned to A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division "Long Knives" donated their Saturday and a military vehicle in support of Killeen's 'Scout-O-Rama' at the Killeen Special Events Center Oct. 17.

  • U.S. NCOs develop their Iraqi counterparts

    Oct 28, 2009

    BAGHDAD-A dedication to leading and training Soldiers sets a non-commissioned officer apart from all other ranks of military service, but in order to lead, a good NCO knows you must first learn to follow.

  • Air Cav heavy-lift unit

    Oct 28, 2009

  • U.S., IA take part in historic air assault

    Oct 28, 2009

    TAJI, Iraq - After hours of swift and rigorous searching in a small village, here, north of Baghdad, Iraqi and American Soldiers hustled to a small field to meet helicopters from the Iraqi Air Force and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade.

  • Head Hunters continue CAV tradition with spur ride

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - In the old days, a cavalry trooper was given an inexperienced horse with no tail as a way to show his own inexperience.

  • Freedom Walk: Long Knives continue adopt-a-school program

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - More than 1,100 students, teachers, administrators and Soldiers traveled approximately 1,500 miles during the Reeces Creek Elementary School Annual Freedom Walk here recently.

  • 'Greywolf' Families train-up on reintegration

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Although a reunion is a happy time, it can also bring considerable stress - stress Families and service members may not expect.

  • NCOs showing Soldiers how to succeed

    Oct 27, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq-Between pre-combat inspections, carrying out missions, instructing classes, assisting officers and performing specialized jobs, the responsibilities of a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army seem endless. But of all their duties, one of the most important is setting a positive example for other Soldiers.

  • Improving security and building connections

    Oct 27, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - As U.S. Forces continue to step back from their once prominent role in the city of Kirkuk, Iraqi policemen within the city are reaching out to their neighbors to ensure the people of Kirkuk know that security forces will always be there to help.

  • Air. Cav spearheads joint air assault demonstration

    Oct 27, 2009

  • 1st ACB assists in joint air assault

    Oct 27, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq -The realization of a fully independent Iraqi Army came one step nearer with a joint air assault between U.S. and IA Soldiers here, Oct. 26.

  • Warrior Academy gives IA options

    Oct 27, 2009

    BAGHDAD - The training and advisory role that the U.S. military has undertaken with Iraqi Security Forces is paying off on the streets of Baghdad.

  • Celebration marks Iraqi girls' summer school finale

    Oct 27, 2009

    BAGHDAD - The future of Iraq was on display at the al-Huda Girls School in Tarmiyah, here, as young girls sang, acted and displayed artwork to celebrate the end of a summer program made possible with help from the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of State.

  • Soldier connects Iraqi and U.S. schoolchildren

    Oct 27, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Seeing a disparity in the quantity and quality of school supplies in many Iraqi primary schools, one U.S. Soldier decided to do something about it.

  • U.S. military police unit trains IA police unit for first time

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - The training of Iraqi Police has been one of the most important missions for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since the unit deployed to Kirkuk province. Currently, the Iraqi Police share responsibility for security in many parts of the province with the 12th Iraqi Army Division, who has organic military police assigned to its ranks.

  • Iraqi Police get some "familiar" training

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Ensuring the Iraqi Police are capable of protecting the Iraqi people requires constant training and part of that training involves reinforcing the basics on the use of their weapons.

  • Checking the pulse of Kirkuk Medical College

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- "An opportunity to pursue a university education is important for a modern economy," said Lt. Col. Hugh McNeely, the deputy commanding officer for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. "And another one is access to qualified doctors and quality medical care."

  • ISF mechanics learning how to keep vehicles fit to fight

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WA RRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - In any organization that relies on vehicles to perform its duties, maintaining those vehicles is of the utmost importance.

  • Military Working Dogs get a new "leash" on life

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Since Iraqi Security Forces have taken the lead, they have primarily called upon U.S. forces for support in the form of air support and military working dogs. Expanding on the ISF capabilities, U.S. forces recently provided training to Kirkuk's Emergency Services Unit on caring for military working dogs Oct. 20.

  • Hispanic Heritage: Long Knives celebrate culture, diversity

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division "Long Knives" began their Hispanic Heritage Observance with a short prayer from the brigade's chaplain, Chap. (Capt.) Walter Marshall, and a President Barrack Obama-Proclamation by 2nd Lt. Anthony McFairlane-Gonzalez inside the Brigade's Operation Iraqi Freedom Dining Facility Oct 15.

  • The illusionist of Baghdad

    Oct 23, 2009

    BAGHDAD -The practiced art of misdirection, sleight of hand and nimble fingers may conjure up visions of carnival side shows-or politicians, depending on your level of cynicism.

  • Blending in: U.S. marksman teaches IA snipers to camouflage

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Dressed in a newly-made ghillie suit, the Iraqi sniper could have been half-man, half-plant; even his Dragunov sniper rifle was covered in frayed burlap to mask its outline.

  • Tricks of the trade: Federal Police learn hands-on techniques

    Oct 22, 2009

  • Stressing the basics

    Oct 22, 2009

  • Air Cav, IAF fly joint mission over Baghdad

    Oct 22, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Through a growing foundation of trust, friendship and detailed planning, two separate armed forces have taken their abilities to higher levels.

  • Cav Soldiers help open new school in Tarmiyah

    Oct 22, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Children are the future of any country and Iraq is no exception.

  • Junior Hero Program builds trust between ISF, Iraqi children

    Oct 22, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- "I like to see them in my village, they make me feel safe," said Huda Akhmed Hussan, 13, a sixth-grader in the Arab Koy village in Kirkuk province, Iraq, about Iraqi Army soldiers.

  • Cav Soldiers meet with Tarmiyah council, provide security

    Oct 21, 2009

  • FP perfect room clearing actions

    Oct 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Clearing a room is a vital skill to have in urban combat. The chaos that can erupt in a small, enclosed space can be deadly. Being able to effectively apply this tactic to real world situations can mean the difference between life and death.

  • Baghdad brothers train Iraqis

    Oct 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - At first glance, they don't look like brothers. Staff Sgt. Avery Washington is stoic, even-tempered and wears glasses. Sgt. Steven Barner is the youngest and has a smooth southern drawl while Staff Sgt. Joseph Willett is loud, friendly and has a hearty laugh.

  • Refresher training aids Iraqis to take lead

    Oct 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - After a ten-day re-familiarization academy, 16 Iraqi Army Soldiers assigned to 43rd IA Brigade, 11th IA Division, graduated at Joint Security Station Shield, Oct. 20, here.

  • First class of IA Strike Soldiers graduates

    Oct 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Sixty-nine Iraqi Army Soldiers stood at attention on the parade field at al-Muthana Air Base, here, Oct. 19, during a graduation ceremony for the first class of the Karkh Area Command Strike Team.

  • First Team's Horse Cavalry Det. competes nationally

    Oct 21, 2009

    FORT ROBINSON, Neb. - The 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment troopers perform in well over 150 public venues a year across the country.

  • Quartermasters keep it clean

    Oct 20, 2009

  • Fitness videos find niche with Soldiers

    Oct 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - There's quite a variety of ways to engage in fitness activities on Camp Liberty. Besides Army physical training, running, weightlifting and aerobic training, Soldiers can choose from a wide variety of activities to supplement their workouts.

  • Cav medics rush to aid local man

    Oct 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - In between the long, daily tasks associated with patrolling the dangerous areas north of Baghdad, U.S. troops of have added another way to accomplish their mission of protecting the people of Iraq by saving lives along the Baghdad-Mosul highway.

  • Patrol deters indirect fire

    Oct 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - The streets were quiet in central Baghdad, just east of the Tigris River. No rockets or mortars were fired into the International Zone or any other forward operating bases around the area, Oct. 18.

  • Cav Soldiers prepare equipment for shipment home

    Oct 20, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The sound of heavy steel treads clanking and the rumble of powerful diesel engines fill the air at the Four Corners staging area at Camp Taji.

  • Cav mechanics keep missions rolling

    Oct 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Missions run by Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division wouldn't happen without the support of the mechanics behind the scenes.

  • Joint aviators train IA air assaults

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Organizational day for 1st Air Cav

    Oct 19, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - As horseshoes and volleyballs flew through the air, the scent of fresh charcoal from a raging barbecue filtered around those who took part in the festivities.

  • Building progress north of Baghdad

    Oct 19, 2009

    TAJI, Iraq - The shift of U.S. forces out of Iraqi cities has created a new set of tasks for troops in the Iraqi countryside.

  • Lion Academy trains IP first responders

    Oct 19, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - American Army medics assisted Iraqi policemen from five stations of the al-Zahour Iraqi Police District to employ newly-learned first responder techniques during a post-bomb explosion exercise, Oct. 15.

  • Ready to Rumble

    Oct 19, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Soldiers got down and dirty with their Iraqi partners from the when they introduced hand-to-hand combative training at Joint Security Station Istiqlal, in northeast Baghdad.

  • Deployed family members reunite on Camp Liberty

    Oct 19, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Life in the Army is often marked by deployments that can separate families for lengthy periods of time. But that doesn't mean families who are on the Army team can't see each other downrange.

  • Situational training tests IA capabilities

    Oct 16, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Strengthening the skills and core competencies of the Iraqi Security Forces is a vital mission for U.S. Soldiers, here.

  • Iraqi crime scene investigators receive top-notch training

    Oct 16, 2009

    Anyone who's watched a crime-scene investigation TV show can tell you how important fingerprints are in finding the bad guys.

  • Operation Proper Exit visits 1st ACB

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Less is More: Long Knives combine two engineer companies

    Oct 15, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - With their newly created company guidon waiving back and forth on a windy and rainy afternoon, the approximately 200 Combat Engineers stood at a modified position of attention during the Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division "Long Knives" activation ceremony, held behind the company headquarters on Fort Hood Oct. 7.

  • Teaching IA first responders

    Oct 14, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The two Iraqi Soldiers struggle and sweat as they attempt to lift their fallen comrade suffering from an exposed abdominal wound.

  • Brighter day ahead as Twin Schools open

    Oct 14, 2009

    TAJI, Iraq - On Oct. 12, a ceremony celebrated the grand opening of two schools nestled in a small village north of Baghdad, culminating two years of hard work.

  • Reviving an industry: farmers prepare for micro-dairy

    Oct 13, 2009

    Walking through a market in Kirkuk city, Iraq, shoppers will notice something unusual while perusing the dairy section. Milk, cheese, yogurt and the various other dairy products all have a common feature: virtually none of them were made in Iraq.

  • Iraqi Army develops explosive skills

    Oct 13, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq - A block demolition charge, or C4, comes in a 1.25 pound pack with pressure-sensitive adhesive tape on the surface. The charge can be cut to fit irregularly-shaped targets when necessary.

  • Police Skills Right on Target

    Oct 13, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MCHENRY, Iraq - Using a weapon is typically the last thing a police officer wants to do, but skill with a firearm is critical in the unfortunate event that its use is required.

  • Strengthen bonds, build friendships

    Oct 13, 2009

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

    Oct 13, 2009

  • The Mechanic's Corner: Always confirm vehicle's drive status

    Oct 13, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Driving a vehicle in four-wheel drive when it should have been in two-wheel drive is not the best of circumstances.

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