Wounded Warriors spend day with Air Cav Soldiers

By Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs OfficeJanuary 7, 2010

Five wounded warriors listen to Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Vela, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, command sergeant major, about the mission of the 1st Air Cav. Bde. Dec. 31 at Camp Taji, Iraq. The Soldiers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Exit. Sgt. Bill Congleton (left) was struck by an improvised explosive device on June 23, 2004, two miles outside of Camp Taji, leaving him with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg.
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Five wounded warriors listen to Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Vela, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, command sergeant major, about the mission of the 1st Air Cav. Bde. Dec. 31 at Camp Taji, Iraq. The Soldiers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Exit. Sgt. Bill Congleton (left) was struck by an improvised explosive device on June 23, 2004, two miles outside of Camp Taji, leaving him with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Capt. Sam Brown touches a pair of gold spurs presented to him by 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Dec. 31 at Camp Taji, Iraq. The gold spurs are traditional for cavalry units and are awarded to the best of the best.
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Sam Brown touches a pair of gold spurs presented to him by 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Dec. 31 at Camp Taji, Iraq. The gold spurs are traditional for cavalry units and are awarded to the best of the best. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Bill Congleton is seen through the tail of an unmanned aerial vehicle Dec. 28, at Camp Taji, Iraq. Congleton was struck by an improvised explosive device on June 23, 2004, two miles outside of Camp Taji, leaving him with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg. He returned to Iraq with Operation Proper Exit.
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Bill Congleton is seen through the tail of an unmanned aerial vehicle Dec. 28, at Camp Taji, Iraq. Congleton was struck by an improvised explosive device on June 23, 2004, two miles outside of Camp Taji, leaving him with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg. He returned to Iraq with Operation Proper Exit. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, launch an unmanned aerial vehicle for wounded warriors visiting Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 31. The Soldiers took part in Operation Proper Exit in hopes of finding psychological closure after injuries they received while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, launch an unmanned aerial vehicle for wounded warriors visiting Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 31. The Soldiers took part in Operation Proper Exit in hopes of finding psychological closure after injuries they received while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Bill Congleton (seated) learns about a UH64D Apache helicopter from Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric Koskinson, a pilot from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Dec. 31 at Camp Taji, Iraq. Congleton was struck by an improvised explosive device on June 23, 2004, two miles outside of Camp Taji, leaving him with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg. He returned to Iraq with Operation Proper Exit.
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Bill Congleton (seated) learns about a UH64D Apache helicopter from Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric Koskinson, a pilot from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Dec. 31 at Camp Taji, Iraq. Congleton was struck by an improvised explosive device on June 23, 2004, two miles outside of Camp Taji, leaving him with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg. He returned to Iraq with Operation Proper Exit. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, wave bye to five wounded warriors Dec. 31, as they depart Camp Taji, Iraq. The Soldiers spent a week visiting places throughout Iraq where they suffered life-altering injuries.
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, wave bye to five wounded warriors Dec. 31, as they depart Camp Taji, Iraq. The Soldiers spent a week visiting places throughout Iraq where they suffered life-altering injuries. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
A rainbow is seen over a CH-47 Chinook on the Camp Taji airfield Dec. 31.
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A rainbow is seen over a CH-47 Chinook on the Camp Taji airfield Dec. 31. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL