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Published in the interest of the Soldiers and families of the 1st Cavalry Division Rear Detachment


America’s First Team

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July 2007

“Tweens” visit the stables

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Coming Soon
Happenings and goings on...
Wednesday, Aug. 1 Prayer Breakfast 7 a.m. Iron Horse II DFAC Thursday, Aug. 2 Hood Hero Luncheon 11:30 a.m., Catering and Conference Center Saturday, Aug. 4 Gatesville Rodeo 7 p.m., Gatesville Thursday, Aug. 16 Memorial Service 1:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel Wednesday, Aug. 22 Town Hall 6:30 p.m., Catering and Conference Center Thursday, Aug. 23 Teen FRG Event Seaworld Tuesday, Aug. 28 Purple Heart Ceremony 10 a.m., Catering and Conference Center Sunday, Sept. 2 Tween FRG Event Round Rock Monday, Sept. 3 Labor Day Wednesday, Sept. 5 Prayer Breakfast 7 a.m. Iron Horse II DFAC


A look inside this issue ...
From the desk of ...
Col. Larry Phelps Page 3 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cav kids enjoy puppet show

Home Front News

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Horse Detachment Hosts Soldiers, Families for Division FRG Event Page 5 Soldiers visit local senior center Page 6

Baghdad Brief

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Town Hall

Helpful Info

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1st Cavalry Division Rear Detachment Commanding Officer Rear Detachment Command Sgt. Maj.

Col. Larry Phelps
Public Affairs Officer

Contact The Home Front at (254) 287-9400, DSN 737-9400 or email robert.j.strain@us.army.mil. Editor, The Home Front The Home Front is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of The Home Front are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or the 1st Cavalry Division. All editorial content of The Home Front is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs Office.

Sgt. Maj. William Wallace Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl

Sgt. Robert J. Strain Sgt. Cheryl Cox, Sgt. 1st Class Rick Emert, Spc. Nathan Hoskins
Contributing Writers

Rear Detachment Public Affairs NCOIC

Sgt. Robert J. Strain

July 2007

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alert to the possibility of flash flooding. How can you stay safe when flash flooding threatens? It’s easy ... Turn around, don’t drown. Avoid low lying areas that are prone to flooding. Remember there is only one safety rule in flash flooding - stay out of rapidly moving water - Turn around, don’t drown. If you get caught in a flash flood, you have used up your last good safety rule. You can try to move to higher ground, but if you can - go safely. If is not clearly safe to do so - Turn around, don’t drown. Do not camp or park vehicles along streams or washes in threatening weather - Turn around, don’t drown. 

... Col. Larry Phelps
Families, Friends and Troopers, We are in the wettest season I have ever seen in Central Texas. We must be aware of the dangers of flash flooding, and know what to do in the event of a flood or evacuation. If your house is experiencing flooding, on or off post, please let your Rear Detachment know so we can assist you. And read and heed the safety message on flash flooding from Fort Hood (below). You are very valuable to us and your loved one downrange. Please be safe! If traveling, please have your vehicle inspected and make sure it is mechanically sound and safe. Pay attention to the weather… thunder storms gather quickly, and flooding and lightning are a real hazard. Be careful on the water and use approved floatation devices when boating. Alcohol and driving (or boating) do not mix! God Bless, and First Team! A flash flood is a rapid rise of water along a stream or low-lying urban area. Tropical systems, slow-moving storms or storms that repeatedly cross the same area can produce rain total of two to three inches in just an hour or two. The resulting flash floods can develop in minutes, depending

on rain intensity and duration of the rain, soil conditions and topography. It’s difficult to imagine the power of water. Six inches of fast-moving flood waters can knock an adult off their feet. As little as 18 inches of water can lift a pickup or SUV - and cars may begin to float in as little as 12 to 14 inches. Statistics show that nearly three quarters of all Texas flash flood deaths are vehicle related. Flash floods are also deceptive. The water is usually moving faster and much deeper than it appears. Flash floods also take chuncks out of roads, drop tree limbs or trunks in roads, creating obstacles to vehicles that are impossible to see. When flooding threatens, monitor NOAA weather radio, your favorite local radio station or television station and stay

Be especially cautious at night when it is hard to recognize flash flooding - Turn around, don’t drown.

Colonel Larry Phelps Commander, 1CD Rear

July 2007

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With the help of Larry the Crocodile, ventriloquist Nancy Burks Worcester, a performer with the group “Nana Puddin’,” tells a story of three little pigs to children of deployed 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 29 at Fort Hood’s Catering and Conference Center. Worcester and the division’s Family Readiness Group put on an educational puppet show for kids in first through fifth grades as a part of the division’s expanding FRG programs for children.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert J. Strain, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Cav kids enjoy puppet show
By Sgt. Robert J. Strain 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs
The 1st Cavalry Division’s Family Readiness Group held a puppet show for its youngest members, children in first through fifth grades, June 29 at the Catering and Conference Center here. The one-person puppet show, called Nana Puddin’ and put on by ventriloquist Nancy Burks Worcester, focused on teaching the kids about things like safety and self esteem, while at the same time making them laugh. Messages like “If you try, you can fly,” “Muscles aren’t always what gives you strength,” and “Beauty isn’t how you dress,” are some of the things Worcester tried to get the kids to realize during her one-hour show called “Extreme Makeover: Animal Edition.” Worcester used animal puppets such as a crocodile and a weasel, who added jokes and comments, to keep the kids interested and on their toes. The biggest message Worcester tried to spread is you don’t need to have superpowers or be rich and famous to be a hero, and that all the children’s parents are heroes. She explained that those things don’t make someone a hero; it’s knowing what the right thing to do is in all situations. “You have to know the right thing to do and do it,” Worcester said. The division is expanding its FRG events to include kids of all ages in order to give them something to take their minds off of the deployment, said Col. Larry Phelps, the 1st Cavalry Division’s rear detachment commander. Phelps said that events like these benefit everyone involved, not just the kids and teens. The spouses benefit from a “night off” they can enjoy, and the Soldiers and other volunteers from the Central Texas community benefit from some really fun events, such as skating, rodeos and baseball games, Phelps explained “We are indebted to ‘Team Hood’ and all the great support we get from the Central Texas good neighbors,” Phelps said. “Without these great folks, events like these would not be possible.” The division plans to host an event for “Tweens,” or pre-teenagers. They will be hosted by the 1st Cavalry Division’s Horse Cavalry Detachment July 20.

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Horse Detachment Hosts Soldiers, Families for Division FRG Event
Story and Photos by Sgt. Cheryl Cox 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs
The 1st Cavalry Division “Tween” Family Readiness Group had the opportunity to meet the four-legged troopers of their division July 20 during a barn tour and barbecue at the Horse Cavalry Detachment’s stables here. Though it was raining throughout the barbeque portion of the event, the sun broke through in time for the Soldiers and their horses put on a demonstration of horseback formations and riding styles that were once used by the cavalry. After the feast, the Soldiers of the detachment escorted the families through the different areas of the detachment and talked to each group about how the horse shoes are made and put on the horses, how the saddles and boots are made and about the different types of weapons used by the Soldiers and how they are maintained. Along with teaching the kids and their families about the different parts of the detachment, the kids were given a chance to get up-close and personal with the mules and horses of the detachment. “The idea for having the FRG event at the stables came from us wanting to provide the children of the First Team an opportunity to interact with the Soldiers of the First Team,” explained Capt. Ted Zagraniski, the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment commander. “Family members, especially the kids, are a big part of the support network that helps our Soldiers do the best job that they can.” While some Soldiers spent most of the morning preparing

the field for the families, others ran the barbeques and served the families as they went through the food line. But the highlight of the day was watching the Horse Detachment Soldiers not just ride the horses through the course that was constantly changing, thanks to the ground crew, but putting the weapons used by the Horse Cavalry to use at the same time. Known for using rifles, pistols and swords, the Horse Detachment Soldiers of today, put together a demonstration of how the Horse Cavalry Soldiers would move in formation and teams while using the weapon of choice while on horseback. But watching the show wasn’t the only interesting part of the day. One of the First Team “tweens” enjoyed petting the horses during the barn tour and meeting new friends. “It’s nice to be able to meet new people and not feel alone,” said Micayla Vaugh, one of the more than 50 First Team kids who attended the day’s festivities. “You get to know other people that are just like you and have a mom or dad in Iraq or overseas.” As the barn tours came to a close and the families started to head home. “This is a really special population that we are reaching out to,” he said. “It’s important to us to be able to give back to them as much as we possibly can. It’s the personal touch that truly makes the Horse Detachment special, as far as what we can do for the community.”
LEFT: 1st Cavalry Division “tweens” pet Ghost, one of the 38 horses currently at the 1st Cavalry Division’s Horse Cavalry Detachment, during a barn tour after watching a demonstration by the Horse Cavalry Detachment Soldiers July 20 at Fort Hood. BELOW: Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s Horse Cavalry Detachment jump over a hurdle as a team during a demonstration at their stables at Fort Hood, Texas July 20.

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July 2007 By Sgt. Cheryl Cox 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs
BELTON, Texas – With decorations of red, white and blue throughout the room, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion enjoyed a day of food and conversation at the Belton Senior Center June 14. Beginning in February, the senior center has been a part of the Adopt-AUnit program with the 1st BSTB. “There was a story on the TV that showed Soldiers concerned about the lack of support they seemed to have from the people back here at home,” said Elaine Murray, the Belton Senior Center director. “We decided that there was something we could do to help change this perception of the people in the Fort Hood area and we started a card campaign.” With the campaign, cards are distributed throughout the surrounding areas and filled out with scriptures, words of support or just a simple thank you and then mailed to the Soldiers in Iraq, Murray explained. Since the campaign started and the senior center got involved with the “Centurions,” there have been several visits by members of 1st BSTB to the senior center for lunch and conversation with the seniors, some of whom served in the military. “The Adopt-A-Unit program is really for the Soldiers and the community,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bolden. “It gets the community involved and shows the Soldiers that people other 

Pvt. Oteka Roberts (center), of Headquarters Company, and Pfc. Alejandra Cardoza (right), of Company B, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, speak with Zed Lancaster, 81, of Belton, Texas, during their visit to the Belton Senior Center June 14. Since February, Soldiers from 1st BSTB have made several visits to the senior center as part of the Adopt-A-Unit Program.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cheryl Cox, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

than spouses and Soldiers care about them.” The cards that are being prepared to be sent to the Soldiers currently in Iraq offer words of support and thanks. “In 1991, during one of my deployments, I received a box filled with letters and stuff from people back in the states,” said Bolden. “Once I read through the letters, I started writing to the people who had contacted me. It wasn’t until 2005 that I lost contact due to changing duty my station and misplacing the addresses in the move. It really meant a lot to me

that so many people were out there supporting what I do.” One of the things that made Murray want to be a part of the card campaign was reflecting back to her husband’s return from Vietnam. “I remember him coming home and no one supported the Soldiers,” she said. “Patriotism needs to be visual and not just something in your heart. Regardless of political views, we have to support our Soldiers. Without them, the United States wouldn’t be the United States as we know it today.”

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July 2007

Baghdad BrieF


Air Cav pilots complete daring rescue
By Sgt. 1st Class Rick Emert 1st ACB Public Affairs
CAMP TAJI, Iraq – The AH-64D Apache is an imposing, lethal weapon that rarely leaves terrorist activity unpunished. But, for a couple of 3rd Infantry Division pilots who were forced to land in Baghdad recently, an Apache from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division that landed near their downed helicopter was a beacon in what – moments before – had been a flurry of enemy small arms fire. The two-seat Apache would become their ride out of the hot zone. The daring rescue on July 2 involved a “spur ride,” a rarely used but established rescue procedure in which Soldiers are strapped onto the wings of the Apache and taken to safety. “There’s a handful of people who have done (a combat spur ride),” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Allan Davison, an Apache pilot from 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment. Davison was pilot in command of the lead Apache. He and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Micah Johnson landed near where the downed pilots had taken cover from small arms fire and loaded the pilots on their aircraft. Their wingman aircraft with pilot-in-command Chief Warrant Officer 3 Troy Moseley and copilot Chief Warrant Officer 2 Seung Choi provided security from the air. All four Apache pilots are from Company A, 1st “Attack” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment. “(Mosely and I) were stationed in Germany together, and on our first gunneries as warrant officers we went to Hungary for a month,” Davison said. “We both got the chance to ride on the outside of an Apache like that. It’s something we train for. I don’t think a lot of people have done it, but everybody knows if you go down, you’re going to hop on. It’s a standard brief.” The Apache crews had no way of knowing they would make that elite group a little bigger when they set off on a reconnaissance mission that morning. They initially heard through radio communication that an aircraft was taking on small arms fire. The Apache crews immediately headed to the location, Davison said. While they were en route to the area, an announcement over the radio said that the aircraft, an OH-58 Kiowa from Task Force Marne, was down. Based on what they had seen of forced landings in early 2007, the Apache pilots knew the outlook for the Kiowa pilots was grim. They arrived to the general area where the aircraft had gone down and assisted three Kiowa crews in searching for the downed helicopter. One of the Kiowa pilots said over the radio that he had spotted the aircraft on the ground. It was burning.

Apache pilots from the 1st “Attack” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stand next to one of the AH-64D Apaches they used to evacuate two downed helicopter pilots in Baghdad July 2. The pilots are (left to right): Chief Warrant Officer 3 Allan Davison, Tumwater, Wash.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Micah Johnson, Del Rio, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Seung Choi, Fairfax, Va.; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Troy Moseley, Montgomery, Ala.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rick Emert, 1st ACB Public Affairs)

“He said, ‘Hey, we got a grid,’” Davison said. “He gave it to our team. We headed over there and found the 58. It was on its side; the nose was burning.” Meanwhile, one of the Kiowa crews had landed and checked the wreckage. The pilots were gone. “Their helmets were there, but they weren’t there,” Davison said. “Our immediate response was, well that’s good – but, they’re not there. Are they evading, or did they get picked up by the enemy? That kind of sat heavy with us.” The Apache crews began looking for vehicles that may have had the downed pilots inside. “There was a major hardball road right to the east of the aircraft,” Davison said. “Micah (Johnson, who was air mission commander for the Apache team) said we would head out that way, searching the vehicles to see if they got picked up by the bad guys.” About three minutes later came another radio message from one of the Kiowa crews. “We got another call from (the Kiowa crews) saying, ‘The pilots, we found them; they’re alive. They’re by the crash site,” Davison said. The Kiowa crews requested that the Apache team pick up the pilots, because the Apaches are more capable of conducting such a mission, Davison said. “We landed at the site and waited about 25 seconds but saw no pilots,” Davison said. “We couldn’t stay there forever.” As the Apache started to lift off the ground, one of the

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was a little shocked, as I would be, too. I told him to get in front.” This was not as simple as giving your buddy “shotgun” and climbing in the back seat. While it may sound like an adventure fitting an amusement park, the ride over Baghdad – where aircraft frequently come under small arms fire – was five to 10 minutes of abusive wind gusts and physical exertion. “At about (130 miles per hour), it was really a pain,” Johnson said. “I imagine it was probably worse for the (other pilot), because he didn’t have a helmet or eye protection. I at least had my helmet and visor. I could tell when we were accelerating, because it started just to rip my head back, and I couldn’t move it. “I was holding on for dear life with my left hand. I had my rifle in my right hand. The sling had come off, so I couldn’t sling it around me. I was just holding the rifle with my right hand, and holding onto the aircraft with my left hand, kind of sandwiched between where the engine is and where the wing starts.” The short ride to Baghdad International Airport felt much longer to Johnson, he said. “I wouldn’t want to go any further than we did, because you feel yourself holding on so tight,” Johnson said. “Once you get down, all of your muscles are tense.” While the 1-227th Apache crews took the downed pilots to the airport, Apache crews from their sister battalion, the 4th “Guns” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, provided security over the downed helicopter until Apache crews from the 3rd Inf. Div. arrived to take over. The “Attack” Apache crews didn’t hesitate to support their 3rd Inf. Div. comrades when they learned of the downed aircraft. “I knew it was our responsibility (as lead aircraft) to go get those guys,” Davison said. “Knowing that I had Troy and Seung out there covering us – it was just focused adrenaline – but at the time, I really wasn’t worried about bad guys. I just wanted to get those guys out of there. That was my number one priority.” Not too long ago, the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade had been heavily involved in a massive search for three missing Soldiers. The last thing the Apache pilots wanted was for that to happen again – especially knowing how the enemy in Iraq treats its prisoners of war. “The moment I heard the (Kiowa) was down, I knew right away we had to go down there and help,” Choi said. “We had the capabilities; we had the skill and the determination to do something about the situation. My main concern was to find those two guys, because (insurgents) had already captured three Soldiers. I did not want these guys to disappear.” The Apache pilots said finding the two downed pilots alive was the greatest reward for their actions that day. “We’ve seen a lot of aircraft shootdowns,” Johnson said. “Everyone that we’ve all probably seen, it’s resulted in burning aircraft and black smoke and usually catastrophic loss of life. If not loss of life, then there have been serious injuries. “As soon as the first 58 landed, those (pilots) were already gone. It was kind of a shock to us, and it kicked us off to say, ‘Hey, we have got to find these guys, if they are out here.’ Just to see those two alive, it was amazing. It was great. When we got to BIAP, (the pilot who rode on the left wing) got off. He said he was glad that we showed up – appreciative like I would be if someone came up if I was down on the ground.” They insist that their actions on July 2 were not extraordinary. “Anybody else would have done it,” Davison said. “We just happened to be there.” 

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Kiowa pilots said the downed pilots were on the other side of the aircraft, taking cover in a nearby canal. “I picked up, went to our left and, sure enough, there they were,” Davison said. “I set down about 20 meters to their west.” Not only were the pilots alive, they were able to run to the Apache. “They looked pretty good – kind of shaken up, beat up a little bit, but they were running fine and moving OK,” Davison said. “(Johnson) hopped out and helped one of the pilots to the left side of the aircraft and helped the other pilot into the front seat of our aircraft.” For a second, Johnson wasn’t sure if the men running toward them were the pilots or not. “It was hard at first to identify who they were,” Johnson said. “They had been in water up to (their necks). When they were coming out, they looked like they had on a completely different uniform, because they were so drenched. (One of the pilots) ran up and said they were taking fire in the reed line before we got to the scene. They were taking fire while they were sitting in the reeds.” Although the pilots had taken small arms fire after the forced landing, the enemy was nowhere to be found after the two Apaches and three Kiowas made it to the site. “When we showed up, any fire that was directed toward (the downed pilots) probably ceased, because there were five gun ships in the air,” Moseley said. “(Insurgents) were not looking for a firefight then. They were looking to run and hide.” Johnson took one pilot to the left wing and helped him strap on to the wing. Then, without a second thought, he put the other pilot in his seat inside the aircraft. “Honestly, I don’t know why,” Johnson said. “It looked like they were both in pretty good shape, but one of them kind of looked like he had been through enough, like he

July 2007

Town hall 

July’s Town Hall Meeting minutes
From Open Forum with Col. Larry Phelps First Team Rear Detachment Commander
Can we plan trip for the young kids? Possibly a trip to the Waco Zoo? Yes, details to follow Is there A/C at FOB Prosperity? For those that live in the trailers, the answer is YES For those living in buildings, we owe you an answer When will official orders be passed out? There will be no new orders Current orders are open ended and cover the entire deployment, including the extension period If you are having a specific problem with a specific creditor, let us know and we will draft a specific memorandum to address the issue What is being done for Soldiers who did not get 18 days R&R? There is a date the policy went in to effect Those who have not taken leave will get the 18 days No one is coming home for the extra 3 days, they will not be grandfathered With the new Troop surge and the extension, how will the effect the extension affect the troops? Are we guaranteed the 15 months without another extension? Mission will drive everything, as you already know There are no guarantees The answer provided by BG Campbell to a similar question earlier is right on target There are no webcams for Soldiers at LSA Anaconda unless they choose to use their own and pay an outrageous amount for internet service. Why is this? We owe a better answer, but LSA Anaconda is a huge base of operation w/a lot of technology Where can my spouse apply for a passport on Taji? This is a tough one, but we will get an answer Will there be a family day upon return during RIT? Yes Can Rear D have 18 days leave now that the policy has changed down range? I’ll think about it

General David Petraeus (center), the Multi-National Forces-Iraq commander, addresses pilots during an awards ceremony at the Victory Base Complex, Iraq July 27. The Awardees helped rescue two downed OH-58 Kiowa pilots in Baghdad July 2.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Hoskins, 1st ACB Public Affairs)

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Mobilization & Deployment New Parent Support Program (NPSP) Parenting Classes Relationship Enrichment Program (REP) Relocation Readiness Program Stress/Anger/Conflict Management Classes Victim Advocate Crisis Line

Jenny O’Rourke

1st Air Cavalry Brigade

Charles Lyons

15th Sustainment Brigade