Unexpected company

By 1st Lt. Josh Risher, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Regt. PAOOctober 13, 2009

BAGHDAD-An Iraqi policeman (left) from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, observes as Fort Worth, Texas native, Spc. Mario Macias, a mortar man from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, uses a metal detector to search for improvised explosive devices along the Baghdad-Diyala highway.  U.S. troops conducted multiple combined air insertions along the highway with their partners from the Iraqi Federal Police.  This mission marked the first time that U.S. Soldiers and Federal Police conducted an air insertion mission into local urban areas.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD-An Iraqi policeman (left) from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, observes as Fort Worth, Texas native, Spc. Mario Macias, a mortar man from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, uses a metal detector to search for improvised explosive devices along the Baghdad-Diyala highway. U.S. troops conducted multiple combined air insertions along the highway with their partners from the Iraqi Federal Police. This mission marked the first time that U.S. Soldiers and Federal Police conducted an air insertion mission into local urban areas. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Josh Risher, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Regt. PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD- Spc. Mario Macias (left), from Fort Worth, Texas, uses a metal detector to search for improvised explosive devices along the Baghdad-Diyala highway with help from Spc. Nathan Huhn, from Rootstown, Ohio.   Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division conducted multiple combined air insertions along the highway with officers with the Iraqi Federal Police.  This mission marked the first time that U.S. Soldiers and Federal Police conducted an air insertion mission into local urban areas.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD- Spc. Mario Macias (left), from Fort Worth, Texas, uses a metal detector to search for improvised explosive devices along the Baghdad-Diyala highway with help from Spc. Nathan Huhn, from Rootstown, Ohio. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division conducted multiple combined air insertions along the highway with officers with the Iraqi Federal Police. This mission marked the first time that U.S. Soldiers and Federal Police conducted an air insertion mission into local urban areas. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Josh Risher, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Regt. PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD-U.S. cavalry scouts from "1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Iraqi policemen from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, run to board a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after sweeping a stretch of the Baghdad-Diyala highway for improvised explosive devices.  The combined force conducted three air insertions, all in clear view of the busy highway.  One purpose of the mission was to deter insurgents by showing them how quickly and unexpectedly the combined force can arrive.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD-U.S. cavalry scouts from "1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Iraqi policemen from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, run to board a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after sweeping a stretch of the Baghdad-Diyala highway for improvised explosive devices. The combined force conducted three air insertions, all in clear view of the busy highway. One purpose of the mission was to deter insurgents by showing them how quickly and unexpectedly the combined force can arrive. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Josh Risher, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Regt. PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD-American troops with 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and policemen from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, position themselves to provide security after dismounting from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.  The combined force conducted three air insertions, all in clear view of the busy highway.  The mission aimed to deter insurgents by showing them how quickly and unexpectedly the combined force can arrive.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD-American troops with 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and policemen from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, position themselves to provide security after dismounting from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The combined force conducted three air insertions, all in clear view of the busy highway. The mission aimed to deter insurgents by showing them how quickly and unexpectedly the combined force can arrive. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Josh Risher, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Regt. PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD-Milpitas, Calif. native Spc. Glenn Escano (right), 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, chats with an Iraqi policeman from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, while sweeping a highway for improvised explosive devices.  The combined air assault force swept three separate urban stretched of the Baghdad-Diyala highway in just a few hours.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD-Milpitas, Calif. native Spc. Glenn Escano (right), 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, chats with an Iraqi policeman from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Federal Police Division, while sweeping a highway for improvised explosive devices. The combined air assault force swept three separate urban stretched of the Baghdad-Diyala highway in just a few hours. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Josh Risher, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Regt. PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL