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  • Dark Knights make firing range a safe place

    Jul 22, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers from the 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, qualified on their M16 rifles at Sykes range here June 22-24.

  • Soldier, civilian united by green thumbs

    Jul 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - A splash of green. It's the first thing that strikes a visitor when he sees Chief Warrant Officer 3 David M. Craig's containerized housing unit-a splash of green in a sea of uniformity.

  • The US Army Field Band preps to perform at The Woodlands, Texas

    Jul 21, 2009

    The Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus of The United States Army Field Band will perform at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas, at 7:30 p.m., July 28. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed military unit travels thousands of miles each year performing for enthusiastic audiences all over the world. Through these concerts, our Soldiers representing Soldiers continue to carry the Army story to the grassroots of our Nation and keep the will of the American people behind the members of our armed forces. The concert is free and open to the public, and there are no tickets required. Go to www.armyfieldband.com today to see when the Field Band will be headed to your area!

  • Vietnam veteran re-enlists in Iraq

    Jul 21, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Hershel L. Mayfield, a native of Tallassee, Ala., has been serving in the Army for 39 years; thirty-seven of which were with the 158th Maintenance Company, part of the Alabama Army National Guard.

  • Fiscus takes reins of the 1st Bn, 402nd AFSB

    Jul 21, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Lt. Col. Paul R. Fiscus assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade in a ceremony here July 8, presided by Col. Brian R. Haebig, the 402nd AFSB commander.

  • Coalition leaders, Al Ghizi Shaykhs met to discuss CMO

    Jul 21, 2009

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Kansas based Army National Guard command and civil military operation leadership introduced four Al Ghizi tribal shaykhs to incoming Coalition CMO leaders during a luncheon here June 30.

  • Portland Soldiers participate in new MRAP training, prepare for Iraq roads

    Jul 21, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Soldiers from the Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, an Army National Guard unit from Portland Ore., are participating in a special drivers training in Kuwait in advance of the unit's convoy security mission in Iraq.

  • Webster University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Jul 20, 2009

    Army Civilian Corps senior leaders now have another incentive for attending the Army Management Staff College.

  • A Soldier's Last Farewell

    Jul 17, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The aircraft engines hummed as U.S. and coalition forces stood in two formations, shaping a path in between. The fallen hero lay in a flag-draped case at the walkway's beginning. Paying their last respects to the one who gave all, troops saluted this hero. Faces somber, the pallbearers, his former comrades, shouldered their heavy burden and slowly marched past the long rows of servicemembers to the waiting plane.

  • Q-West Soldiers compete in triathlon

    Jul 16, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - As the sun began to rise in the northern Iraqi sky, Capt. Peter Lewis, commander, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, briefed a group of Soldiers here June 28. The brief was not of routes or military maneuvers but a briefing for the first triathlon held in northern Iraq.

  • Sustainers Iraqis partner to build business initiatives

    Jul 16, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Coalition Soldiers will partner with local Iraqi business leaders to teach business skills at an extravaganza bazaar here July 4.

  • Transportation Soldiers double-up on safety

    Jul 16, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Col. Martin B. Pitts, commander, 16th Sustainment Brigade, tied green safety streamers to the guidons of two companies from the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sust. Bde., during a ceremony at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation base complex here June 30.

  • Brig. Gen. Lally visits 49th Trans. Bn

    Jul 15, 2009

  • NCOs can resolve problems

    Jul 15, 2009

  • PLS vehicle: Backbone of distribution

    Jul 15, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - The Palletized Load System is odd looking but is touted as the vehicle backbone of the Army's distribution and resupply system.

  • NCOs need to practice what they preach

    Jul 15, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ-EAST, Iraq - Sgt. 1st Class Jenny Anne Bright believes noncommissioned officers have to practice what they preach.

  • Army's second oldest branch celebrates its 234th birthday

    Jul 14, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The Adjutant Generals Corps, the Army's "go-to" branch for nearly all things related to personnel, celebrated its 234th birthday here June 13 at an event hosted by 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers.

  • Sustainers partner to provide IA medic training

    Jul 14, 2009

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - An ongoing Sustainer partnership provided combat life saver skills to the Iraqi Army during a five day training course here June 15 - 19.

  • Deployed fathers take advantage of technology

    Jul 14, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A deployed Soldier's toughest challenge may be separation from Families for an extended period of time, but many Soldiers here take advantage of the various forms of communication devices to remain in contact with their loved-ones in the states.

  • Q-West opens new ammunition supply point operations center

    Jul 13, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - A small detachment of Soldiers at the ammunition supply point here said goodbye to their tiny "conex," or container express, and welcomed a new, air-conditioned building June 29.

  • I-BIZ owners, attorneys discuss Iraqi labor law

    Jul 13, 2009

    Business owners from the local Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone met to discuss Iraqi labor law, June 29.

  • Windy City NCO wants to be part of history

    Jul 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - "I want to be a part of history," said Staff Sgt. Ronald White, squad leader, 51st Transportation Company, 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade.

  • Hier at Al Asad

    Jul 9, 2009

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - There are approximately 20,000 dual military married couples in the Army today, where both partners must make sacrifices in service of their nation.

  • Quartermaster Co. repair Soldiers' clothing

    Jul 7, 2009

  • Sustainers partner to improve Iraqi Army food service

    Jul 7, 2009

    CAMP UR, Iraq - Sustainers visited an Iraqi Army dining facility to observe the IA food operations and service here June 20.

  • Transportation Soldiers adapt to ever-changing mission

    Jul 7, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - The Soldiers of 3rd Platoon, 70th Transportation Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, have adapted to ever-changing mission requirements here.

  • NCOs need to look to the left

    Jul 7, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ-EAST, Iraq - Sgt. Guillermo Martinez Quintana, a native of Mayaguez, P.R., says that every noncommissioned officer needs to look to his left.

  • TF 1-161 Gulf War Veteran gives insight on Iraq's future during his final days in a familiar la

    Jul 6, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - "Go Long!" called out one member of the Washington National Guard's Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment as they broke out a football for a five-hour layover at Contingency Operating Base Speicher

  • Indiana Guard Soldiers bid farewell

    Jul 6, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers of the Indiana National Guard's 1538th Transportation Company from Elkhart, Ind. recently celebrated the end of their mission here.

  • Soldiers in Iraq enjoy taste of home over holiday weekend

    Jul 6, 2009

    Thousands of pizzas were served to Soldiers during the 4th of July celebration Saturday.

  • Transporters wrap up tour in Iraq

    Jul 1, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1538th Transportation Company conducted their final mission on June 5, wrapping up a successful 12-month deployment, and marked the end of their deployment with a transfer of authority ceremony here June 25.

  • Max visits Taji's Tenn. Guardsmen

    Jun 30, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Terry "Max" Haston, the Tennessee Army National Guard assistant to the adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Breece, the Tenn. ARNG senior enlisted leader, visited Soldiers from the 776th Maintenance Company here May 27.

  • Athletic NCO pushes Soldier care

    Jun 30, 2009

  • Alaska's Sherpas sustain Coalition forces across Iraq

    Jun 30, 2009

    Twenty-eight Alaska Guardsmen, flying C-23 Sherpa aircraft, deliver cargo and transport service members around Iraq every day to sustain Coalition forces.

  • Quartermaster Co. completes mission

    Jun 30, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - The 590th Quartermaster Company from Fort Drum, N.Y., a field service company deployed here in March 2008, transferred its authority to the 855th QM Co., from South Bend, Ind., June 12.

  • 287th Sustainment Brigade Begins MRAP Rollover Training

    Jun 29, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Knowing what to expect and how to react during a vehicle rollover were the learning objectives of the 287th Sustainment Brigade's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Egress Training here May 29

  • The Mobile Redistribution Team saves taxpayer dollars

    Jun 29, 2009

    JOINT SECURITY STATION LOYALTY, Iraq - As part of the responsible drawdown of forces in Iraq, leaders are presented with a number of challenges. One of these challenges is, 'what do we do with all this stuff''

  • Iraqi logisticians 3d ESC leaders discuss operations

    Jun 29, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Army and 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary leaders from across Iraq met here to discuss current and future operations of Iraqi Army supply and maintenance systems June 23.

  • Wounded warriors return to Iraq

    Jun 29, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - It was the third charge, the third explosion of a roadside bomb that took off his leg. The last time Sgt. Christopher A. Burrell was in Iraq he was pulled from a burning vehicle in Sadr City, a neighborhood in Baghdad. A tourniquet applied by another Soldier saved his life, but a nurse here at the Air Force Theater Hospital had to break the tragic news-his left leg was gone, taken by an explosively formed projectile.

  • IP receives QM Co assistance help provide aid to local Iraqis

    Jun 24, 2009

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The 639th Quartermaster Company, an element of Montana Army National Guard from Libby, Kalispell and Havre, Mont., have a unique mission building Iraqi civil capacity one vehicle at a time

  • Transporters bring favorite past time to Iraq

    Jun 23, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Corn-hole toss, a favorite mid-western U.S. game, has become a popular past time for the Indiana National Guard Soldiers based here.

  • Guardsman NCO believes in education

    Jun 23, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Washington Army National Guard's Sgt. 1st Class Christine Viene believes in military education, and has put her belief into practice during this deployment.

  • Alabama Soldier serves in third war

    Jun 23, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ-EAST, Iraq - A lot has changed since Sgt. 1st Class Hershel Mayfield was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. Mayfield, a native of Tallassee, Alabama, served 39 years with the 158th Maintenance Company, Alabama Army National Guard.

  • NCO lives up to Creed by being positive influence

    Jun 22, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Walter J. Ashcraft believes a noncommissioned officer should be a positive influence and care for their Soldiers.

  • Brig. Gen. Lally tours CRSP and bids farewell to 259th CSSB Soldiers

    Jun 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, commanding general of the 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary, from Fort Knox, Ky., toured the central receiving and shipping point and the 259th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion headquarters building to evaluate improvements and procedures here June 7.

  • Fixing up old stuff

    Jun 22, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - An Elizabethton, Tenn., unit has demonstrated commitment to the Security Agreement by fixing humvees being transferred to the Government of Iraq.

  • Sustainers certify in MRAP training

    Jun 22, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Two Soldiers of Foxtrot Company, 949th Brigade Support Battalion from Terrell, Texas, were taught the Caiman Field Level Maintenance - New Equipment Training course on a Caiman Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle by civilian contractors during a five day course here.

  • Father son serve together by chance during Iraq deployments

    Jun 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Deploying to a combat zone often means spending time away from family and loved ones. But for one father-son pair here, deployment meant seeing a lot more of one another.

  • Finance High Rollers holding it down

    Jun 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The "High Rollers" of the 208th Financial Management Company from Mannheim, Germany provide most of the battlefield finance support to Soldiers and civilians throughout central Iraq.

  • 259TH CSSB transfers authority to 80th Ordnance Battalion

    Jun 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 80th Ordnance Battalion assumed authority from the 259th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion during a transfer of authority ceremony here June 17.

  • Q-West Guardsmen deploy with Family

    Jun 17, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Serving in Iraq is a Family affair for many Washington Army National Guard Soldiers in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment here.

  • Knights at Turkish border improve convoy facility

    Jun 16, 2009

    HABUR GATE, Iraq - There are three ways that most U.S. Army supplies enter Iraq: by air, by sea through Kuwait, or by convoy through Turkey. On the Turkish border in northern Iraq is a small Army convoy support center run by Logistical Task Force Alpha, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade.

  • Before you throw that away

    Jun 16, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Night vision devices with a combined price tag of nearly $59,000. Saddle assembly gun mounts valued at more than $22,000. Armor for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle totaling approximately $10,000.

  • Scorpions build new stock control and transportation office

    Jun 16, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers from the 351st Ordnance Company and the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, along with the Department of Public Works here, built a new stock control and transportation office at the "Scorpion" ammunition supply point.

  • Indiana Guardsmen reinforce critical training skills

    Jun 16, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Training is critical in developing and maintaining the skills and discipline needed for Soldiers in order to have a successful safe mission- whether in a training exercise or deployment to a combat zone.

  • 398th CSSB celebrates Year of the NCO

    Jun 16, 2009

  • ISF section turns new corner

    Jun 16, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The Iraqi Security Forces section of the 10th Sustainment Brigade here said it has shifted away from its role as trainers to the Iraqi Army and is now in the early mentorship phase of its partnership with them.

  • Sustainers Shaykh reach out to Bedouin Families

    Jun 15, 2009

    DHI QAR PROVINCE, Iraq -Soldiers have reduced rock throwing incidents by children here over the last few months by participating in civil military operations and educating Bedouin families about the "safety first" campaign.

  • California Guardsmen grapple in unit's first combatives training

    Jun 10, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Thirty-nine National Guard Soldiers spent a week grappling other in the first Army combatives level-1 course offered at the 1st Battalion, 185th Armor Regiment here May 4 to May 11.

  • WA ARNG ATAG visits Q-West Guardsman

    Jun 10, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Washington Army National Guard leader's- Brig. Gen. Gordon Toney, assistant adjutant general and Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Lee-visited National Guard Soldiers here May 28.

  • 602nd Maint. Co. Soldiers repair humvees for transfer to Iraqi security forces

    Jun 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Since April 2008, a handful of Soldiers here tested brakes, turned wrenches and inspected parts to ensure nearly 1,800 humvees were ready for their next mission.

  • Water bottling plant opens, begins production in southern Iraq

    Jun 9, 2009

    Leaders from the 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary and Oasis International Waters, Inc., opened a water bottling and purification plant during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, June 8.

  • New dental clinic opens at Q-West

    Jun 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - After nearly a year of planning, building and furnishing, the Q-West Dental Clinic opened its doors here May 23.

  • Sustainment Leaders met with Al Ghizi Shaykh

    Jun 9, 2009

    DHI QAR PROVINCE, Iraq - Key leaders from the 287th Sustainment Brigade enjoyed a lunch with Shaykh Ali Mohamed Al Manshed of the Al Ghizi tribe in Al Manshed village May 21.

  • Soldiers open key travel route to Iraqi public

    Jun 8, 2009

    Coalition forces opened two lanes of traffic along Main Supply Route Tampa for use by Iraqi travelers during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

  • Dunwoody Popps visit Joint Base Balad

    Jun 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, the commanding general of Army Materiel Command, and Mr. Dean G. Popps, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology visited Joint Base Balad, Iraq, June 4-5.

  • Iraqi Army Director of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering visits 3d ESC

    Jun 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Staff Maj. Gen. Muniem, Iraqi Army Director of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and Brig. Gen. Nabeel, EME deputy, visited the 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary here Tuesday, to observe U.S. military practices and processes for maintenance and repair parts sustainment operations.

  • IA Preventative Medicine Team tours Adder's DFAC

    Jun 6, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq -Visitors from the Iraqi Army's preventative health and food preparation teams, 10th Division Iraqi Army toured the dining facility here April 28.

  • Paving the Road to Reconstruction

    Jun 6, 2009

  • Lonestar State Sustainers train on MRAPs

    Jun 6, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Texas Army National Guard Soldiers of Foxtrot Company, 949th Brigade Support Battalion, 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, were taught the driver's training course on the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle here May 2.

  • Logisticians celebrate accomplishments and mission success at annual ceremony

    Jun 5, 2009

    June 2 marked the 5th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army, Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony and banquet.

  • The path to greatness as a leader

    Jun 5, 2009

    Commentary written by one of the chaplains in the National Capital Region to appear in the Pentagram's weekly "Chaplain's Corner."

  • Transportation Soldiers combat mid-tour fatigue

    Jun 4, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Soldiers in the 70th Transportation Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, are combating mid-tour fatigue with up-to-date combat training here

  • Iraqi Army, Taji Sustainers foster education at local Iraqi school

    Jun 4, 2009

    SALAH AD-DIN PROVINCE, Iraq - Soldiers from the 10th Sustainment Brigade and the 2nd Battalion, 36th Iraqi Army Brigade delivered donated school supplies to the Al Mustaqbal School, located in the town of 50 Dar North, here May 3.

  • Trans NCO re-enlistment, a memory of a lifetime

    Jun 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - For one transportation Soldier from Contingency Operating Base Speicher, her re-enlistment ceremony here was a memorable one.

  • Sustainer leadership sustaining momentum

    Jun 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The company commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary, handed over the reins of leadership during a ceremony here May 22.

  • Sustainers remember

    Jun 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Sustainers honored fallen U.S. Service Members during a Memorial Day ceremony here May 25.

  • Knights hold NCO Induction

    Jun 4, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Forty-six new noncommissioned officers were officially inducted into the corps of noncommissioned officers during a ceremony at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation base complex here May 16.

  • Soldiers discuss future of Iraq medical logistic operations

    Jun 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Approximately 80 Soldiers from across Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States met for a biannual medical logistics conference here May 19-21.

  • 419th CSSB supports security agreement

    Jun 3, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - As the U.S. closes combat outposts in urban areas to comply with the U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement, many Coalition units across Iraq will work harder to deal with increased movement of troops and equipment.

  • Sustainers setting new goals to quit smoking

    Jun 3, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ-EAST, Iraq - Several Soldiers from the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion here have a determination to quit smoking before redeploying this summer.

  • 391st CSSB hands over reins

    Jun 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - The 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion transferred authority to the 264th CSSB during a ceremony here, May 25.

  • Sustainers selected for Sgt. Audie Murphy Club

    May 28, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Six Sustainer noncommissioned officers joined the exclusive Sergeant Audie Murphy Club here Thursday. According to its Fort Knox website, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club recognizes those NCOs "who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO Corps and a combat ready Army. Members exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers and concern for Families of Soldiers."

  • LTAT accomplishes mission; Irwin Sustainers take control

    May 27, 2009

    DIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq - After working nine months with the Iraq Army's 5th Division, 3rd Line Regional Maintenance Company at Kirkush Military Training Base, the Logistical Training Advisory Team transferred the mission to several Soldiers from the 699th Maintenance Company here May 2.

  • Sustainers complete effort to furnish Iraqi Orphanage

    May 27, 2009

  • Multi-faceted motor sergeant helps train Soldiers in combatives

    May 27, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - "Being a non-commissioned officer is about leading, training and mentoring Soldiers," said Sgt. 1st Class Eric Helmer, battalion motor sergeant, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade.

  • "Bedouin Express" fosters relations in Dhi Qar province

    May 27, 2009

  • 330th Trans hand over the keys

    May 27, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 330th Transportation Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., conducted a transfer of authority with the 49th Trans. Bn., out of Fort Hood, Texas, during a transfer of authority ceremony here May 16. For the past 15 months, the 330th Trans. Bn. provided logistics and distribution management across Iraq.

  • Coalition forces return history to Iraq

    May 26, 2009

    TALLIL, Iraq - Coalition forces returned control of the ancient archaeological site Ur, the biblical birthplace of Abraham, back to Iraqi authorities here in a grand ceremony staged at the footstep of Ur's most famous artifact - the partially restored 4,100-year-old Ziggurat.

  • Highlander Infantry Soldiers promote good fun

    May 20, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Washington Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment Soldiers took time off from the roads to enjoy camaraderie while promoting unit cohesion during the first Highlander Games here April 30.

  • Remembering her brother in Marez

    May 20, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - She fidgeted with her black bracelet showing a black and white portrait of a man wearing dark sunglasses inscribed with a date and some words. Underneath her uniform, she wears a cross concealing within it, a vial of ashes. She smiled as she said, "I am a walking memorial of my brother."

  • 555th Engineer Brigade work to improve Iraqi Roads

    May 20, 2009

    SALAH AD-DIN PROVINCE, Iraq - It was more than 20 years ago when the Iraqi government built a road to connect Iraq Highway 1 with the Balad air base and nearby Bakir Village. Since that time the population in this province has grown. Not only did this road support the air base, local farmers and province residents depended on this highway as well.

  • Texas Guardsmen celebrate Cinco De Mayo

    May 20, 2009

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - For every Orozco, there's an Alderman. For every Garcia, there's a Wallace. For every Rodriguez, there's a Scholari. The Texas Army National Guardsmen of 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment (Task Force Avalanche) are as culturally diverse as their state. In recognition of this shared heritage, the unit celebrates a different culturally-inspired holiday every month.

  • Soldiers streamline unit movement into theater

    May 20, 2009

    In the last nine months they've trained and processed more than 12,000 Soldiers into the Iraq Theater of operations. By the time they leave in August, that number is expected to climb to nearly 18,000.

  • Iraqis and Marines trade welding skills

    May 19, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Two Marines from the 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group traveled from Al Taqaddum, Iraq to train at the container repair yard here April 19 to 22.

  • Brig. Gen. LeDoux visits Balad Reservists

    May 19, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, commanding general, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), U.S. Army Reserves from Des Moines, Iowa, met with Soldiers from the 847th Human Resources Company here April 23, to emphasize the importance of the mission Reserve Soldiers perform in Iraq.

  • Sustainers share Earth Day with local Dhi Qar province school

    May 19, 2009

    DHI QAR PROVINCE, Iraq - Coalition leaders from the 287th Sustainment Brigade celebrated Earth Day by teaching the necessity and wonder of plant life to students at Al Moamen School here April 22.

  • Seventh-graders, Soldiers reach out to Iraqi orphans

    May 19, 2009

    TIKRIT, Iraq - Sustainment Soldiers traveled to a nearby orphanage here with boxes of school supplies donated by Longs Peak Middle School students, Longmont, Colo., for Iraqi school children April 18.

  • Delivering supplies: Iraqi school get tools from Kansas

    May 19, 2009

    DHI QAR PROVINCE, Iraq - Many happy young students at the Al Moamen School were excited as the Kansas Guard Soldiers from the 287th Special Troops Battalion, 287th Sustainment Brigade visited and delivered school supplies for the students and teachers here May 5.

  • Army divers in Hawaii prepare for deep sea mission

    May 18, 2009

    In the Army, engineers routinely fix, tear down and build structures on land. One such team of engineers does their tasks with an added challenge of an air tank strapped to their backs in depths far lower than commercial divers.

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