Life on the Iraq-Iran Border

By Maj. Alan Brown, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Inf. Div.November 29, 2010

BASRA, Iraq - An Iranian border guard supervises the orderly passage of trucks, full of manufactured goods and produce bound for Iraq, at the Shalamsha Port of Entry.
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BASRA, Iraq - An Iranian border guard supervises the orderly passage of trucks, full of manufactured goods and produce bound for Iraq, at the Shalamsha Port of Entry. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
BASRA, Iraq - An Iranian citizen waits to enter Iraq at the Shalamsha Port of Entry.  Each day hundreds of people, Iraqi and Iranian, come and go through the security and customs procedures at the port.
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BASRA, Iraq - An Iranian citizen waits to enter Iraq at the Shalamsha Port of Entry. Each day hundreds of people, Iraqi and Iranian, come and go through the security and customs procedures at the port. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq - A U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle from 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. greets the morning sun rising over the Iranian border near a 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement outpost.  Police assigned to the 4th Region, DBE man the outposts as they provide for the security and sovereignty of the border.
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq - A U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle from 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. greets the morning sun rising over the Iranian border near a 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement outpost. Police assigned to the 4th Region, DBE man the outposts as they provide for the security and sovereignty of the border. (Photo Credit: Maj Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq-A Soldier from Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. assists a member of the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement with basic rifle marksmanship at a DBE outpost along the border between Iraq and Iran.  Troop B Soldiers conduct frequent training with the DBE to enable them in their mission to provide security and sovereignty of the border.
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq-A Soldier from Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. assists a member of the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement with basic rifle marksmanship at a DBE outpost along the border between Iraq and Iran. Troop B Soldiers conduct frequent training with the DBE to enable them in their mission to provide security and sovereignty of the border. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq - Pfc. Cody Vance of Elkhart, Ind., cavalry scout, Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB trains troops from 4th Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement with their basic rifle marksmanship.
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq - Pfc. Cody Vance of Elkhart, Ind., cavalry scout, Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB trains troops from 4th Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement with their basic rifle marksmanship. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
PATROL BASE MINDEN, Iraq-1st Lt. John Nikiforakis, of West Swanzey, N.H, briefs his platoon from Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Reg. before conducting a patrol to a Department of Border Enforcement outpost along the Iranian border.  Cavalry troops from 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. conduct frequent training with DBE troops as part of the advise, train and assist mission in Iraq.
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – PATROL BASE MINDEN, Iraq-1st Lt. John Nikiforakis, of West Swanzey, N.H, briefs his platoon from Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Reg. before conducting a patrol to a Department of Border Enforcement outpost along the Iranian border. Cavalry troops from 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. conduct frequent training with DBE troops as part of the advise, train and assist mission in Iraq. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
PATROL BASE MINDEN, Iraq-A Soldier from Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. readies his equipment and vehicle be for departing for a joint training mission with Iraqi security forces.  Cavalry troops from 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. conduct frequent training with DBE troops as part of the advise, train and assist mission in Iraq.
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – PATROL BASE MINDEN, Iraq-A Soldier from Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. readies his equipment and vehicle be for departing for a joint training mission with Iraqi security forces. Cavalry troops from 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div. conduct frequent training with DBE troops as part of the advise, train and assist mission in Iraq. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The morning sun, as viewed from a 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement outpost, creeps over the Iranian side of the border shared with Iraq.  Police assigned to the 4th Region, DBE man outposts along the border as they provide for the security and sovereignty of the Iraqi borders.
8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The morning sun, as viewed from a 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement outpost, creeps over the Iranian side of the border shared with Iraq. Police assigned to the 4th Region, DBE man outposts along the border as they provide for the security and sovereignty of the Iraqi borders. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq-A broken street lamp gives the illusion of a bright light in the mid afternoon at the Shalamsha Port of Entry along the border between Iraq and Iran.  Soldiers of Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., based at Patrol Base Minden, provide security and assistance for the U.S. security transition team that advises and assists the border police and customs agents at the port.
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq-A broken street lamp gives the illusion of a bright light in the mid afternoon at the Shalamsha Port of Entry along the border between Iraq and Iran. Soldiers of Troop B, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., based at Patrol Base Minden, provide security and assistance for the U.S. security transition team that advises and assists the border police and customs agents at the port. (Photo Credit: Maj. Alan Brown (3/4 AAB PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL