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  • U.S. Iraqi Diplomat Talks With 25th ID Leaders

    Dec 16, 2008

    Thomas C. Krajeski, senior advisor for northern affairs to the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, sits down with Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., Commander, Multi-National Division Aca,!" North, and Brig. Gen. Robert B. Brown, Deputy Commanding General Aca,!" Support, MND-N, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher near Tikrit, Iraq Dec. 16, Iraq to welcome Task Force Lightning and discuss past and future plans for northern Iraq.

  • Army Commander Partners with Reconstruction Team

    Dec 16, 2008

    Wayne Wei-Siang Hseih, Tuz satellite provincial reconstruction team leader, meets with Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., commander, Multi-National Division Aca,!" North, at Forward Operating Base Berstein, near Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq (approximately 106 miles north of Baghdad), Dec. 16 to discuss Task Force Lightnings plans for continuing support to the people of northern Iraq. Provincial reconstruction teams utilize united efforts between the U.S. Military and the people of Iraq to re-establish a self-sufficient governing state.

  • Forces command top enlisted sees improvement in the Iraqi NCO firsthand

    Dec 16, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq Aca,!" There has been a 180-degree turnaround in the Iraqi noncommissioned officer corps since 2005, according to the top enlisted Soldier at U.S. Army Forces Command in Atlanta.

  • Soldier stands out among fellow infantrymen

    Dec 15, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq Aca,!" One standout infantryman earned six individual recognitions as 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad, infantry leaders honored Soldiers for their heroism and bravery, Dec. 10, 2008.

  • Mail team keeps holiday season morale high in Iraq

    Dec 15, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq Aca,!" A team of certified mail handlers is helping to boost morale for deployed Soldiers by ensuring they receive their holiday care packages from family and friends back home.

  • Fire chief moonlights in National Guard

    Dec 15, 2008

    An 18-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department is achieving another veteran status, this time as a Soldier.

  • Fierce battle above Shok Valley earns Silver Stars

    Dec 15, 2008

    There are no roads leading into the Shok Valley. The village, which stands sentinel over the valley, is home to one of the fiercest of the insurgent forces in Afghanistan Aca,!" the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin, or HIG, and one day in April, coalition forces went where no body had gone bebfore

  • Fight night

    Dec 12, 2008

    Pfc. Roosevelt Smith, from the 339th Military Police Brigade, from Davenport, Iowa, blocks a jab from his opponent during a fight night held on Camp Bucca in Basra, Iraq, Dec. 4, 2008.

  • Deployed Soldier shares holiday heirloom in Afghanistan

    Dec 11, 2008

    The small, artificial Christmas tree on Col. Roger NellAca,!a,,cs desk is the same one his father displayed on his desk in 1967. Since then, the tree has served alongside father or son on three wartime missions and six Christmas deployments.

  • Dhi Qar Iraqi Police learning how to guard VIP's

    Dec 10, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Long Knife Soldiers trained an Iraqi Security ForcesAca,!a,,c transportation security unit and a personal security detachment at Contingency Operating Base Adder to improve how the units escort their leaders.

  • Iraqi prime minister visits Long Knives

    Dec 10, 2008

    ALI BASE, Iraq Aca,!" IraqAca,!a,,cs prime minister visited the Long Knife Brigade at the baseAca,!a,,cs airfield adjacent to Contingency Operating Base Adder Dec. 1.

  • Special delivery to Iraqi Air Force, courtesy of Redstone

    Dec 10, 2008

    Team Redstone workers gathered Dec. 1 to celebrate the delivery of five Bell Jet Ranger training helicopters to the Iraqi Air Force. Aca,!A"When youAca,!a,,cre not worried about who gets the credit, you can do phenomenal things,Aca,!A? Dr. Tom Pieplow, director of AMCOM Security Assistance Management Directorate, said. Aca,!A"This is a stellar example of the partnering among U.S. government entities, contractors and foreign governments.Aca,!A? Aca,!A"When anybody has a need, they come here,Aca,!A? AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles said. Aca,!A"And when they come here, we pile on quickly and get things done; itAca,!a,,cs called teamwork. That spirit of teamwork has been perfected here and taken to a higher level. Aca,!A"This is about giving the Iraqis a way to defend their own country so our Soldiers and civilians can get back.

  • Newest IA brigade finishes training rotation

    Dec 10, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Iraqi ArmyAca,!a,,cs newest brigade completed its latest training rotation at the 10th IA DivisionAca,!a,,cs headquarters at Camp Dhi Qar Nov. 26.

  • Iraqis, Romanians, Americans build artillery skills

    Dec 10, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Iraqi Army conducted indirect fire training in the Dhi Qar Province Nov. 25 with U.S. and Romanian counterparts.

  • Father, son share Long Knife combat experience

    Dec 10, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq Aca,!" Ted Landry was working for the Department of Homeland Security when he was recalled to active duty. Landry retired from his military career in 1995, but found himself traveling to Iraq as a liaison between the Army and Air Force Exchange System and the Department of Defense.

  • 1st AD commander says coalition, Iraqis are creating 'historic turnaround'

    Dec 10, 2008

    Citing Aca,!A"monumentalAca,!A? improvements since his Soldiers arrived in Iraq last year, 1st Armored Division Commander Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling credited his troops, Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people with creating a historic turnaround.

  • Schofield Barracks Soldiers Return From Iraq

    Dec 9, 2008

    The 552nd Military Police Company returned to Hawaii from Iraq Dec. 3. During their 15-month deployment, the 160 member company worked closely with the Iraqi Police conducting patrols and training missions in order to ensure a better way of life from the countryAca,!a,,cs citizens.

  • Language program gives Soldiers head start on deployment

    Dec 9, 2008

    The Defense Language Institute has developed a "Headstart" program to help deploying troops gain skills in Arabic, Pashto and Dari -- languages spoken in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Wrestle Mania rocks Camp Victory

    Dec 8, 2008

    Hundreds of servicemembers gathered in front of Al Faw Palace Dec. 5, to watch World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers lay the smack down.

  • Baghdad Patrol

    Dec 8, 2008

    Sgt. Luke Hathaway from Wichita, Kan., of Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, sits next to a local Iraqi boy in eastern Baghdad, Dec. 3, 2008. Soldiers are meeting with local residents to discuss their needs and concerns.

  • Servicemembers prove themselves in ambush

    Dec 8, 2008

    The mountains of Konar Valley in eastern Afghanistan are some of the most treacherous and contested in the world. They are also home to a group of servicemembers known as Task Force Raider who were put to the test during a mission this fall.

  • Army Corps of Engineers plant sends clean water into Baghdad homes

    Dec 8, 2008

    For about 2 million Sadr City residents, clean drinking water running through their home faucets was a luxury few had. But now the water is flowing freely thanks to a new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water treatment plant that was three years in the making.

  • U.S. Army Central celebrates its 90th birthday

    Dec 5, 2008

    USARCENT Soldiers are celebrating their 90th Birthday in Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Veterinarian serves as agriculture expert in Iraq

    Dec 4, 2008

    Most people think of veterinarians as animal doctors, and indeed they are. But the work of a deployed Army veterinarian at Camp Victory, Iraq, shows the specialty involves much more than that. Maj. Freddie Zink, reservists in the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, works regularly with Iraqi veterinarians and farmers, whether itAca,!a,,cs helping with vaccinations of farm animals or advising on projects from poultry farms to beehives.

  • Medic who rescued troops from flames earns Distinguished Service Cross

    Dec 4, 2008

    The deep boom of an explosion shook the ground and awoke Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters from sleep on April 5, 2007. The 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldier had bedded down seconds before at the end of a nine-hour guard-duty shift in Old Baqubah, Iraq. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device had detonated on a street nearby, engulfing a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and its crew in flames. That insurgent attack led to Waiters, now assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, only the 17th awarded since the war on terrorism began.

  • MP Brigade cases colors as its third deployment in Iraq comes to an end

    Dec 3, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad Soldiers gathered on Camp Liberty here Dec. 1 to witness the transfer of the Baghdad Police Transition Team mission from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade to the 8th Military Police Brigade.

  • 'Gambler Guns' recertify on mobile refueling systems

    Dec 2, 2008

    In November, members of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad, participated in an exercise to recertify on mobile refueling operations.

  • LCMR simulator saving time, money, lives

    Dec 2, 2008

    Warfighters stake their lives on the accuracy of TobyhannaAca,!a,,cs groundbreaking technology every time they set up Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) systems in the field.

  • River patrol

    Dec 2, 2008

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Marcy, 511th Military Police Company, keeps a sharp eye on the banks of the Tigris River from the bow of his boat as others in the crew watch the stern and sides during a combined Iraqi Police and U.S. Military Police patrol in al Kut, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2008.

  • Medic earns three Purple Hearts during one deployment to Iraq

    Dec 2, 2008

    If Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims was a cat, heAca,!a,,cd have only six lives left after his yearlong deployment to Iraq with the 1st Armored DivisionAca,!a,,cs, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, out of Fort Riley, Kan. Aca,!A"I was wounded three times in Iraq the last time I was there,Aca,!A? Sims said of the deployment that began in January 2005.

  • Army, Navy mesh to complete mission

    Dec 2, 2008

    Even with one of the most storied rivalries in college football taking place this weekend, Soldiers and Sailors in the field find it easier to join forces to complete the mission.

  • IPs, MPs do combined patrol on Tigris

    Dec 1, 2008

    Members of the Iraqi Police and the U.S. Army military police patrolled the Tigris River in al Kut together as part of a combined effort there, Nov. 24.

  • Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony

    Dec 1, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Aca,!" Nearly 30 years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam war and the start of the War on Terrorism. While time, tactics and technology make todayAca,!a,,cs military very different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American service member.

  • Army puts Soldier's life in 'check'

    Dec 1, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq Aca,!" Maintenance technicians are often unsung heroes as they work behind the scenes to keep the U.S. Army mission capable. Sgt. Neal Neputo, a tech at TajiAca,!a,,cs Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Launch and Recovery Site, is one of those heroes; his quiet, unassuming yet professional demeanor help him blend in, although his work often stands out.

  • Distinguished Service Cross recipient chooses third Iraq deployment

    Nov 28, 2008

    He served in Iraq twice before. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions as a squad leader here. He didn't have to come back.

  • Tons of turkey head overseas for troops holiday meals

    Nov 28, 2008

    Soldiers and other servicemembers serving in the Middle East dined on a traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the efforts of Defense Supply Center Philadelphia employees. The supply center has sent thousands of pounds of food - including more than 120,000 pounds of whole turkeys and more than 170,000 pies -- to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai and Djibouti.

  • FOB Delta preps for emergencies

    Nov 26, 2008

    Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Delta worked together to save lives and restore calm during a mass casualty exercise here Nov. 21. The exercise gave agencies on the FOB an opportunity to determine weaknesses and make improvements before anyone is injured in an actual emergency.

  • Human relations mission outside Joint Base Balad

    Nov 25, 2008

    Photo of Soldiers posing with locals during a human relations mission in Iraq.

  • Reconstruction teams work 'one block at a time' in Iraq

    Nov 25, 2008

    Reconstruction in Iraq means more than fixing broken walls and stocking store shelves. It means securing a future where Iraqis can sustain themselves.

  • Ordnance clearance mission in Iraq ends, new mission emerges

    Nov 24, 2008

    A ceremony in Iraq Nov. 21, recognized the accomplishment of the Coalition Munitions Clearance Program and the start of the Coalition Munitions Disposal Program.

  • Medic Finds Voice through Poetry

    Nov 21, 2008

  • Infantry force will get precision munition

    Nov 20, 2008

    The Infantry Brigade Combat Team is about to get more lethal. With the ArmyAca,!a,,cs decision in June to transition Future Combat Systems technologies to the light infantry force, the Non-Line of Sight-Launch System is slated to join the IBCTAca,!a,,cs portfolio of weapon systems in 2011.

  • Going Home

    Nov 20, 2008

    The sun sets behind an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III as Soldiers wait in line to board the aircraft taking them back to the United States from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Nov. 17, 2008.

  • Deployed employee earns award for job well done

    Nov 19, 2008

    A newly-trained technician supporting warfighters in Iraq has been recognized by Central Command for outstanding duty performance.

  • Black Dragons move to new home, teach new Iraqi brigade

    Nov 18, 2008

    JOINT SECURITY STATION KUMAYT, Iraq Aca,!" The 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, returned to the First TeamAca,!a,,cs fold here after spending the first few months in Balad Nov. 10.

  • ISF, Long Knives hold border security conference

    Nov 18, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" For the first time in the Maysan Province, leaders from the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and Iraqi Border Patrol met with Coalition leaders near the provincial capital of Amarah Nov. 15.

  • Iraqi Army takes one more step toward self-sufficiency

    Nov 17, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATI NG BASE ADDER, Iraq. An Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team, assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division traveled to Combat Outpost Six to train the newly-formed 10th Iraqi Army EOD team Nov 7.

  • Oregon State, Dhi Qar University begin relationship

    Nov 17, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The president of an organization affiliated with Oregon State University met with the Dhi Qar University chancellor Nov. 11 near Nasiriyah.

  • Ironhorse medic provides much more than 'relief to the wounded'

    Nov 14, 2008

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Since the latter half of the 19th century, the International Red Cross has existed under various names and titles, names as broad as "International Committee for Relief to the Wounded."

  • Aircraft survivability equipment saving lives in war

    Nov 14, 2008

    Army aviation is predicated on close air support, short-range transportation, surveillance and search and rescue. The term Aca,!A"defenseAca,!A? plays little part in aviation doctrine with the exception of defending ground forces. However, itAca,!a,,cs the defensive systems located within fixed and rotary winged aircraft that allow its crews to accomplish their primary mission while operating in a combat zone. In boxing even the most explosive puncher has to be leery of a cunning fighter who can attack with just the right amount of finesse to render them unconscious. This is the same theory behind the threats that Army aviators are faced with in the ongoing Global War on Terror. With Man Portable Air Defense Systems serving as a prime threat to U.S. aircraft, it is vital that the aviation community is provided with technology that will keep them one-step ahead of a cunning enemy.

  • Polish commander awards ASC officer in Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2008

    An Army Sustainment Command officer working at Ghazni, Afghanistan received recognition from a Polish general for his efforts as an Army Materiel Command LOGCAP support officer to the Polish Military Contingent and Polish Battle Group in a recent ceremony.

  • Inbound choppers

    Nov 10, 2008

    Standing by on a hilltop, Soldiers with the 101st Division Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division watch as two Chinook helicopters fly in to take them back to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008. The Soldiers searched a small village in the valley below for IED making materials and facilities.

  • Dagger security detail hits Iraq streets

    Nov 7, 2008

    Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division become situationally aware of their new surroundings in Iraq after they replaced the 2nd Brigade, 101st.

  • Airmen, Soldiers work together to save lives at Joint Base Balad hospital

    Nov 7, 2008

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Air Force and Army medics here work as an integrated team to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, two of the most common injuries to affect wounded warriors.

  • Letterkenny Army Depot takes on a new mission in Kuwait

    Nov 7, 2008

    Letterkenny Army Depot has contracted with VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va., to modernize the Route Clearance Vehicles in Kuwait. VSE was selected as the prime contractor to improve the U.S. military's defense against roadside mines and improvised explosive devices. IEDs are the number one source of casualties for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the RCVs are one of several tools that the warfighter is using to offset this threat. The effort will be managed by a Letterkenny Army Depot team and the facility will be operated by VSE Corp.

  • Sustainment Soldiers return home from 15 months in Iraq

    Nov 4, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" The faces of about 200 Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) changed rapidly from weary and tired from days of travel to upbeat and excited as they walked through the doors of the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center here Nov. 3.

  • Training Puts Versatile Mechanics in the Driver's Seat

    Nov 3, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Mechanics from the 377th Heavy Equipment Transportation Company, 165th CSSB, 1st Sustainment Brigade, work around the clock to keep the company's fleet of Heavy Equipment Transport systems well maintained.

  • Watchdogs prepare to deploy: Headquarters makes history with first OIF deployment

    Nov 3, 2008

    The 8th Military Police Brigade, "Watchdogs", cased their colors during a ceremony on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Oct. 31. This is the first deployment for the brigade in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Iraqi children's art

    Nov 3, 2008

    Iraqi children between the ages of two and 12 were recently invited to Forward Operating Base War Eagle to showcase their artistic skills and creativity by painting the concrete walls that surround the installation.

  • USARCENT celebrates 90 years, command takes on more responsibility

    Oct 31, 2008

    Soldiers, families and civilians from U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) will celebrate its birthday this week with sporting events and a birthday ball, marking 90 years of service to the nation.

  • Medic 'a true hero' on battlefield

    Oct 30, 2008

    A former 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division commander returned to Fort Lewis Oct. 23 to pin the nationAca,!a,,cs second-highest award for valor on the chest of one of the brigadeAca,!a,,cs medics. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli presented the Distinguished Service Cross to Staff Sgt. Christopher B. Waiters, only the 17th awarded since the Vietnam War.

  • Long Knives receive a little taste of home

    Oct 30, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" Aca,!A"We go where you goAca,!A? is the Army and Air Force ExchangeAca,!a,,cs motto, and AAFES lived up to every word when it opened a new Post Exchange shoppette here Oct. 26.

  • Long Knives can now dip spoon in a cup of joe

    Oct 30, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Aca,!A"Long KnivesAca,!A? can now enjoy their own coffee house with the opening of Green Beans Coffee Oct. 29.

  • Veteran's book tells of days as POW

    Oct 30, 2008

    William Abbott fought with 31st Infantry Regiment when he was taken as a prisoner of war in 1950 by the Chinese during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

  • Camp Ur graduates new officers, enlisted troops

    Oct 29, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Iraqi ArmyAca,!a,,cs Regional Training Center at Camp Ur, near Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq, produced enough troops to fill a battalion during the basic enlisted training and officer course graduations Oct. 15.

  • Iraq Army benefits by joint planning

    Oct 29, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division hosted a joint-planning meeting with their Iraqi Army counterparts here Oct. 25.

  • 10th IA produces new route clearance team

    Oct 29, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The 10th Iraqi Army Division and the 14th Engineering Battalion from Fort Lewis, Wash., celebrated the graduation of 15 new Iraqi route clearance specialists during a ceremony at Camp Dhi Qar Oct. 26.

  • Long Knife Soldiers assist Iraqis in food drop

    Oct 28, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" Waiting in line, Ahmed al-Zahra, a local Iraqi citizen of Majarr al-Kabir, in southern Iraq, looked to his left and right as he observes the numerous people in front of him also waiting to receive their fair share of food.

  • Garry Owen Battalion scores 'goal' in Amarah

    Oct 28, 2008

    Contingency Operating Base Garry Owen, Iraq Aca,!" Scrambling for the ball, the two men collided, both focused on the mission at hand Oct. 23. The man in red, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 38th Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division, came to his feet first and dashed toward the soccer ball, while his blue clad opponent, a member of the Abu Rummanah District All-Stars, could do nothing but watch.

  • Airmen receive Cavalry spurs for building new base

    Oct 28, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq Aca,!" After 12 years of service as a member of the U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Charles Tolbert, assigned to the 732nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Detachment 3, said building Forward Operating Base Hunter has been an overwhelming experience.

  • Iraq's defense minister visits 10th IA

    Oct 28, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The 10th Iraqi Army Division hosted the Iraqi defense minister and the Multi-National Corps Aca,!" Iraq commander here Oct. 22.

  • Long Knives host Vatican's representative

    Oct 28, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Long Knife Brigade hosted the popeAca,!a,,cs representative to Iraq and Jordan along with several local business leaders and sheiks at the Ziggurat of Ur Oct. 23.

  • Army's first woman Stryker driver lives for challenge

    Oct 27, 2008

    A string of chances before deploying from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, enabled a Soldier now in Baghdad to become the ArmyAca,!a,,cs first woman Stryker Armored Vehicle driver, an experience she says changed the course of her Army career.

  • Exercise helps I Corps prepare for operational environment in Iraq

    Oct 24, 2008

    I Corps is right in the thick as Phase 5 of the mission rehearsal exercise Unified Endeavor is the final collective training event at the Battle Command Training Center to simulate the conditions of operating a Multinational Corps-Iraq in spring 2009. Monday, less than one month after their deployment orders became official, the corps is engaged in a simulation from XVII Airborne CorpsAca,!a,,c point of view on a graduated time scale that supports an area that currently contains roughly 135,000 service members.

  • Soldier earns rare honor for heroic actions in Iraq

    Oct 24, 2008

    The deep boom of an explosion shook the ground and awoke Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters from sleep on April 5, 2007. The 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldier had bedded down seconds before at the end of a nine-hour guard-duty shift in Old Baqubah. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device had detonated on a street nearby, engulfing a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and its crew in flames. That insurgent attack led to the events that culminated in WaitersAca,!a,,c receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, only the 17th awarded since the war on terrorism began and the first to a Fort Lewis-based Soldier.

  • Long Knives, Iraqis go North during Greenville

    Oct 24, 2008

    TALLIL, Iraq Aca,!" The 1st Calvary Division, 4th Brigade Combat TeamAca,!a,,cs 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment and 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery units set out on Operation Greenville, a 4-day mission to partner with units from the Iraqi department of border enforcement, and the 2nd Iraqi Commando element that operates in the northern Maysan province Sept. 24.

  • I-BIZ program spark to economic stability

    Oct 24, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Partnering with Iraqi Security Forces to improve conditions and help protect local citizens means more than just securing the neighboring provinces to the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Part of the combat teamAca,!a,,cs mission includes aiding the local citizens in improving their economic conditions as well.

  • Iraqi, U.S. artillerymen conduct air assault

    Oct 24, 2008

    TALLIL, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 38th Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division conducted an air assault with the help of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in the Maysan Province Oct. 18.

  • Bragg visit emphasizes need to reduce stress on force, Gates says

    Oct 24, 2008

    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Aca,!" Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took time today as he toured facilities here and met with troops and their families to tell reporters the opportunity to meet the Aca,!A"incredible SoldiersAca,!A? of the 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command was Aca,!A"the best part of the day.Aca,!A?

  • Neurologist brings brain injury expertise to Iraq

    Oct 23, 2008

    Lt. Col. Margaret Swanberg, the only Army neurologist deployed to Iraq, brings especially important skills to the combat theater. Swanberg serves as the officer in charge of the Sgt. Robertson Aid Station at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Her dedication to the job benefits Soldiers all over Iraq, as she trains medics throughout the country on military acute concussion evaluation, or MACE.

  • Flight Medics Get Combat Medic Badges

    Oct 23, 2008

    Seven Army flight medics assigned to Company C, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, received the first Combat Medic Badges awarded to air evacuation crews during a ceremony at Tikrit, Iraq.

  • Iraqi, U.S. forces work together toward success

    Oct 21, 2008

    CAMP ECHO, Iraq, Oct. 21, 2008 Aca,!" Iraqi soldiers and police and U.S. Soldiers who live and work together at the Joint Security Station in Diwaniya, Iraq, are dedicated to one goal: a self-sustaining and independently secure Iraq.

  • 'Operation Chipper Jones' a home run

    Oct 8, 2008

    BALAD, Iraq Aca,!" A typical U.S. Army unit utilizes a concept that many successful organizations employ: teamwork. The teamwork concept came into play during a five-day mission conducted by the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat, 1st Cavalry Division here Sept. 12.

  • ChiAfA..vres prepare U.S., NATO forces for future missions

    Oct 7, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" The warfighting strategy in Afghanistan continued to shift last month, as the Department of Defense announced the deployment of two additional units.

  • 1st Cav. Soldiers receive awards for valor

    Oct 6, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" One of the first thoughts that came to Sgt. Steven Robinson during a rocket attack at Forward Operating Base Garry Owen was to ensure that his Soldiers were alright.

  • Iraqis improve irrigation in Amarah

    Oct 6, 2008

  • Long Knives celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 6, 2008

  • Army unveils new Stability Operations manual

    Oct 6, 2008

    The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command today unveiled a new stability operations field manual, FM 3-07 at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington.

  • Kandahar Army 10-miler

    Oct 6, 2008

    A runner nears the half-way point of the Army 10-miler at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, as a C-130 takes off Oct. 5. The 189th Combat Service Support Battalion sponsored the run so that coalition servicmembers, civilian employees, and contractors at Kandahar could join the thousands of other runners around the world taking part in the 2008 Army 10-miler.

  • U.S., Iraqis partner during aerial mission

    Oct 3, 2008

    AMARAH, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers of the 38th Iraqi Army Brigade and the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division completed their second combined tactical air insertion Sept. 28.

  • 3rd ESC Sustainers train new Iraqi General Truck Regiment

    Oct 3, 2008

    U.S. Soldiers assist in training Iraq's first General Truck Regiment.

  • Amenities give Soldiers home away from home in Iraq

    Oct 1, 2008

    CAMP ECHO, Iraq Aca,!" Although most would rather be at home, Soldiers from the 4th Infantry DivisionAca,!a,,cs, 2nd Brigade Combat Team here, are enjoying the comforts and amenities of life at their temporary home away from home.

  • Secretary of the Army visits LRMC

    Sep 25, 2008

    At the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, visitors come to see the wounded warriors on a daily basis. But one special visitor made a surprise visit.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Indiana's 1-293rd Infantry

    Sep 25, 2008

    Article about the Secretary's visit with a Indiana National Guard unit assigned to the 3rd ESC from Fort Knox.

  • Secretary Geren visits 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Iraq

    Sep 23, 2008

    Secretary Geren visits 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Iraq

  • Secretary Gates meets with governor in Afghanistan

    Sep 22, 2008

    Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates met with Konar Provincial Governor Sayed Fazullah Wahidi Sept. 17 to discuss plans for this Afghan province that borders Pakistan.

  • Cpt. Goltry Presented Silver Star

    Sep 22, 2008

    Cpt. Brennan Goltry is presented the silver star award for actions in Iraq.

  • Fostering goodwill

    Sep 22, 2008

    A Soldier from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division receives farewell hugs from a group of boys living in a Palestinian community in Baladiyat, eastern Baghdad, Sept. 14. His unit, along with Iraqi national police, were there handing out humanitarian aid bags to help foster good relations with the Palestinian community and the Iraqi security forces during Ramadan.

  • Classes on new M14 take precision marksmanship to new levels

    Sep 22, 2008

    Task Force Currahee hosted a set of training classes on the newly-issued M14EBRMTT rifle at forward operating base Salerno, Khost province during August and September, 2008.

  • Secretary of the Army visits COB Speicher Soldiers

    Sep 19, 2008

    The Secretary of the Army talks with Soldiers in Iraq during a visit Sept. 18.