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The

“Mission, Soldiers, Teamwork”


Volume 2, Issue 17 Serving the Soldiers of Task Force Baghdad October 9 , 2005

In this
week’s
Keeping the “birds” battle ready
edition of
The Marne
Express

Raven
page 5

Spc. Derek Del Rosario


(left to right) Spc. Donald Weatherby and Staff Sgt. Corey Edward inspect an Apache engine while Spc. Edward Davis inspects the rotarhead
as part of a pre-phase inspection. All three Soldiers are from D Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance).

Aviation mechanics keep up with battle workload


Spc. Derek Del Rosario was once an intimidating aircraft in the sky main components thoroughly checked for
Avn. Bde. PAO becomes an empty shell with all its major serviceability and quality assurance.
parts scattered across the floor. Recently D Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd
Encounter IEDs CAMP TAJI, Iraq — The sight of an Much like a car that is serviced after Av i a t i o n R e g i m e n t ( A t t a c k
page 10 Apache flying overhead can strike fear into 30,000 miles, an Apache that has flown a Reconnaissance), put their 24th Apache
Anti-Iraqi Forces, but when the aircraft total of 500 hours must undergo a phase into phase. Phase maintenance is only part
mechanics of the 3rd Infantry Division maintenance inspection in which the air-
Aviation Brigade get hold of them, what craft is completely broken down and its See BATTLE, page 18

Tae Bo guru visits Soldiers, leads workout


Spc. Tracy Smith Camp Striker he opened up to “It’s great that he is doing
48th BCT PAO the gathering about the value this,” said Hogans, a Macon,
of allowing determination to Ga. student. “It is always
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – guide them. He then led the exciting when someone can
Billy Blanks grew up with Soldiers in a workout worthy come to us with such a moti-
three strikes against him: a of a warrior. Blanks showed vating message.”
late diagnosed learning disor- no mercy. A sea of synchronized arms
der, limited joint mobility, and Sweating profusely, Cpl. and legs moved to the music
shyness. These constrictions Kendra Crump Hogans, a as Banks took charge of the
typically would not guide a logistics supply clerk with group. Banks combined the
person on a successful path in Headquarters and exercise with an inspirational
life. Headquarters Company, 148th message of driving on when
But now, the actor, author, Support Battalion, 48th discouraged. Fatigued and
and fitness expert is world Brigade Combat Team, 3rd breathless, the receptive group
Engineers famous for his Tae Bo work- Infantry Division, found it participated in Blanks’ Spc. Tracy Smith
out regimen and has helped easy to smile. Despite stinging “school circle,” a discussion Sgt. 1st Class Roger Neal with
page 15 countless people feel better eyes and exhaustion, she pro- on drive and what defines a HHC, 48th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., gets
about themselves. claimed the workout titan a workout from Tae Bo fitness
While visiting Soldiers at “wonderful!” See BANKS, page 18 expert Billy Blanks (right).
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7 sendsm
Be sensitive to Ramadan practices
Command Sgt. Maj. William M. Grant a sign of disrespect and rudeness.
TF Baghdad command sergeant major Females should be careful to be chastely covered. Veils
are not necessary, but this would be a good time to abstain
Task Force Baghdad has achieved many great accom- from all provocative behavior including public displays of
plishments since we began our mission. We have been affection for the opposite sex. Even the slightest display of
strong in our unwavering presence and at the same time affection may be seen to provoke lust from the males of the
shown compassion and a true sense of caring for the Iraqi population. Coalition Forces will maintain proper military
people. bearing.
As I have said before, the two basic responsibilities During the fast, Muslims will be exhausted, dehydrated,
which are always on my mind are the accomplishment of hungry, (many will also be suffering from nicotine with-
my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers. drawal), and will be easily provoked.
Soldiers who are on missions “outside the wire” will Do not provoke anyone.
perhaps experience some distractions in the next few Religious fervor is at its peak during the month of
weeks. We must stay focused on our mission as Muslims Ramadan. Any Muslim who considers himself to be at war
celebrate Ramadan. with the U.S. forces is more likely to attack than at any
For more than a billion Muslims around the world— other time.
including some 8 million in North America—Ramadan is a At the time of the sunset call to prayer, some charity –
“month of blessing” marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. minded citizens will be on the streets offering dates and
Lasting for an entire month, Muslims fast during the day- water to people still on the road. Similar action on our part
light hours and in the evening eat small meals and visit with should be well received. Small packages of dates and cold
friends and family. There are only a few who are exempt, water will be sufficient. However, we will have to offer
e.g., Soldiers in war, the sick, and the young. these tokens rather than wait to be asked.
Muslims practice sawm, or fasting for the entire month During the three days of Eid-al Fitr, a gift of money to
of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink noth- the children is not a bad idea. The amount should not be
ing, including water, from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one too much. Preferably the money should be given to the
of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic child in the presence of the parent. Chocolates and other
duties, all able Muslims take part in fasting from about age small symbolic gifts are likely to be well received.
7. In many places, a cannon is fired at the time of the sun-
During Ramadan, most restaurants are closed dur- set call to prayer as a signal that the time to break the fast
ing the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, has come. This is known as the “Madfa al-Iftar” (The Iftar
a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the Cannon). In other areas and alleys, a man with a drum will
fast is broken with a meal known as iftar. Iftar usually be walking around calling for breaking the fast and suhur
begins with dates and sweet drinks that provide a quick before fast. In some of the smaller townships and many
energy boost. neighborhoods of larger cities, some citizens have been
Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hun- known to fire their rifles or pistols for the same purpose.
gry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering This is not an act of aggression, but the bullets will eventu-
of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice ally land somewhere.
self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in The uniform we wear is designed to protect you and has
this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the been proven effective. Wear it proudly. Keep your wits
peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kin- about you and maintain an ever-present vigilance.
ship with fellow believers. We are doing great as a Division and I am proud of
During Ramadan, all Coalition Forces should abstain everyone!
from drinking, eating, and smoking in front of the popula-
tion. Public eating, drinking, and smoking will be taken as “ROCK OF THE MARNE”

Marne Express
The
If you could add one activity to the MWR program, what would it be?
The
Word
"I’d suggest "With so many Task Force Baghdad Public Affairs
canoeing and people who ride Office
Commanding General: Maj. Gen.
kayaking. I look bikes here, I’d William G. Webster Jr.
at the lake and add a bike Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Col. Robert
miss being able course with Whetstone

on the
to use a kayak hills, bumps, Public Affairs Supervisor: Master
Sgt. Greg Kaufman
or a canoe." and jumps to
give you a good

Street
workout." The Marne Express Staff
Editor: Sgt. 1st Class Ken Walker
Layout and Design: Spc. Brian P.
Henretta, Spc. Ricardo Branch
Staff Writers: Sgt. 1st Class Peter
Maj. Amy Bajus Sgt. Paris Pennington Chadwick, Sgt. 1st Class David Abrams,
Sgt. 1st Class Ken Walker, Staff Sgt.
SJA, HHSC STB Command Group, HHSC Raymond Piper, Staff Sgt. Britt Smith,
Pittsburgh Monteagle, Tenn. Staff Sgt. Kevin Bromley, Staff Sgt. Russ
Rozean, Sgt. David Bill, Sgt. Andrew
Miller, Spc. Ricardo Branch, Spc. Natalie
Loucks, Spc. Ben Brody, Spc. Jimmy D.
"What we need "I would add a "It would be Lane Jr., Spc. Jennifer Fitts, Spc. Derek
Del Rosario, Spc. Christopher Foster,
here is a fishing go-kart track or a great if we had a Spc. Brian Henretta, Spc. Maria
tournament. track to run the baseball field so Mengrone, Spc. Matthew Wester, Spc.
Tracy Smith, Spc. Daniel Balda, Pfc.
There are quite Gators on! we could have Jason Jordan.
a few fisherman There’s nothing tournaments."
here." like the feel of The Marne Express is an authorized
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Baton Rouge, La. by the Task Force Baghdad Public
Muscle Shoals, Ala. Riverside, Calif. Affairs Office.
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Op/Ed Page 3

Commentary

Soldiers are my family; I could just choke them


I have heard Soldiers called a
band of brothers. Nothing could
be more true about the men and
women serving together in Iraq.
proceeds of my business.
My darling brother would lie awake
at night and dream of getting his grub-
by paws on my collection. See, I had
between his paws and was happily
gnawing away. Needless to say, my
sweet brother was in the den sitting on
the other side of my father to avoid
to find it in my heart to get out of bed
and go yell at them, but I love them
and I know they are just trying to blow
off steam.
But any of us who grew up with the toys in formation with their my wrath. We all try to be civil, but we all want
siblings know we didn’t always get weapons on a shelf in my room. Soldiers are the same way. to choke each other at one time or anoth-
along with our flesh and blood. I can’t My brother would offer to do We are all looking for ways to for- er. Our leaders are like our parents, and
tell you how many times I was in a favors for me just to be close to the get where we are. Most of us have a when they give us orders during our per-
blind rage ready to Joes. I could see his eyes glaze over large collection of snacks and drinks sonal time, we give them a piece of our
choke my little and grow wide when he was near stashed away in our area of operation. mind, albeit long after they have left the
brother or sister. them. My dear brothers are infamous for pil- room. We are truly a band of brothers,
They are my family I kept my room locked. One week- fering these goods from me when I am and an Army of one.
though. If anybody end, I went on a fishing trip by myself, away. They can’t help it, they just love One thing I wish the Army and my
outside of the family and spent the night camping in the me so much they feel like what is brothers would do is keep away from
threatened them, I woods. Upon my return home, I mine is theirs. my drinks, stop making noise, turn the
would defend them parked my bike in the yard. As I was If familiarity breeds contempt then lights off, don’t grab the last Gatorade
with my life. walking up the steps, I saw a sword I am the epitome of contemptuous- and stop banging on my door at all
Spc. Jimmy D. I have always from my Storm Shadow figure laying ness. I lay awake at night and listen to hours asking me for electrical gadgets.
Lane Jr. considered myself a in the dirt. I felt a small amount of bile the firing of automatic weapons and This will never happen, and I know I
hard worker. At the rise in my throat, and ran directly to the screams of victory outside my will love these people for the rest of my
tender age of 13, I had a small busi- my room. Sure enough, my brother window. Fortunately, these are not life, just like my family. Let me at ‘em!
ness going door to door mowing grass. had illegally gained entry to my quar- real enemy weapons or real heroes’
I built a nice collection of G.I. Joe ters and ravaged my collection. In the screams, but my room mates playing Spc. Jimmy D. Lane is an Army journalist
action figures and vehicles with the back yard, our dog had a fighter jet Halo 2 until four in the morning. I try with 1st BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

Commentary
Looking for some source of wisdom to anchor you down in life
I know what I’m going to do with the millions (give
or take) of tax-free money I’m earning here in Iraq
when I get back. I’ve got big plans. My motor-
cycle, which has been screaming for years now for var-
To tell you the truth, with all the times I’ve been
overseas or deployed, I really don’t know how we do it!
My wife is a homemaker, true, and she works hard to
make that home while I’m away. But she’s also my
and said, “Well we can’t do it.” Then she looked at me
and said, shrugging, “Sorry, honey.”
Sorry honey!? I had tears rolling down my cheeks.
The guy behind the desk had tears rolling down his
ious upgrades and add-ons, figures highly in those financial advisor, my conscience and my wisdom. I’m cheeks. She would not budge. Harley finally budged
plans. It needs to be lowered, it needs ape-hanger han- in short supply of any of those skill sets in my brain. If and I got my bike.
dlebars, and it needs more chrome. Numbers, figures, I were single, making the same money I am now, I can We all need a source of wisdom in our lives; for me
mathematical equations swim around in my head – can guarantee you that I would be dirt poor, barely able to it’s my wife, or some it’s the chaplain, or their parents,
I afford that six-speed transmission I’ve always wanted make ends meet. or their noncommissioned officer. Some turn to Army
and still get the chrome engine covers? Instead of planning meals week by week, I would eat Community Service for advice on how to take care of
I need retail therapy, after a year in this place, and by out whenever I wanted. Instead of putting massive the everyday business of living. We all need someone
golly I’m going to get it. restrictions on credit card use I’d shrug and whip out the with financial, spiritual or emotional strength, to keep us
My wife, though, keeps interjecting a most irritating plastic at a moment’s notice with a weak promise that I on track.
factor into my retail therapy equations: wisdom. won’t use it the next time, a promise that I would break, I’d like to think that everyone in 1st Brigade Combat
Things don’t swim in her mind. They line up nicely of course. My bike would be gorgeous. I’d live in a Team has a source of wisdom to turn to, but I know that
and do her bidding. Roth IRAs, Thrift Savings Plans, shack and pay a ridiculous rent. I’d probably wear a isn’t true. Some folks are floating around out there
savings accounts and bonds are prioritized and catego- Rolex watch, instead of a nice Seiko, but I would also without an anchor to tie to, just like I’d be if I didn’t
rized. She has a month-by-month budget that looks 12 starve the last five days of each month. have my source of wisdom.
months out! A couple of years ago, I sold my old Harley while at I would like everyone to think about it, though, and
People assume that, as a Staff Sergeant I rent a small Fort Polk and when I went to Fort Bragg, I started look- beware. In the next few months we’ll be redeploying
house somewhere. “No,” I tell them, “we own a house.” ing for another one. My wife went with me to the back home to friends and family and those of us who
And their next question is, “Oh, really? Where does Harley dealer and took me straight to a new bike from don’t have an anchor will have some problems.
your wife work?” the previous model year that was being sold for below Start looking now for that source of wisdom. If you
“In that house,” I say. MSRP. Everything was rosy and sweet-smelling until can’t find one, though, I’d really like a nice set of leather
People are amazed that she doesn’t have a paying we got to the financing stage. My wife had found some saddlebags and my budget won’t cover it so maybe you
job; that we are a single-income family. How can you obscure financial institution in Texas that could offer us could float a loan?
have a big van, a Harley-Davidson, a big house, three a low rate. Harley said they’d beat it, but during the
kids, and two big hungry Golden Retrievers, they want financing stage the guy behind the desk gave us a rate Staff Sgt. Thomas Mills is an Army journalist with 1st
to know. It’s easy, I tell them…I guess. that was .1 percent higher. My wife picked up her purse BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

Unsung Heroes
Command Sgt. Maj. Grant law, detainee operations, and trial
3rd Inf. Div. command sergeant major defense service, has a team of
experienced professionals made
Today we are recognizing a up of judge advocates, paralegal
group of professionals who are as specialists and noncommissioned
prepared to battle in a courtroom, officers who are there for the
as they are on a battlefield. Soldiers.
Congress exercised its responsi- It takes more than just rifles to
bilities over military justice by be a Soldier in today’s Army. The
enacting the Uniform Code of SJA helps us to ensure we are
Military Justice, - the “UCMJ,” in doing the right thing; fairly and
1950. legally. In addition to Soldiers fol-
We are lucky to have a group of lowing the fundamental rules of
legal professionals who dedicate the discipline we live by, the SJA
themselves to the spirit and letter helps us hold up the pillars of dis-
of the UCMJ. cipline and to follow the laws of
The Staff Judge Advocate plays the UCMJ.
an extremely important role in Today’s “Shout Out,” goes to all
ensuring today’s Soldiers are pre- of our legal teammates who play
pared legally before, during, and an important role in this mission.
after our missions. Your efforts are deeply appreci-
Regardless of the legal situa- ated.
tion, there is a section that can pro- Thanks for your commitment,
vide counsel and direction. dedication, attention to detail, and Courtesy Photo
Each of the sections, legal assis- for providing us with sound legal Col. William A. Hudson Jr., SJA, MND-B, discusses the “Citizen and the Law” radio show at Radio
tance, claims, military justice, advice and guidance. Sawa. (From left to right) Hussain Alnahi, OSJA, MND-B Iraqi Attorney Advisor, Col. Hudson, Capt
operational law, administrative “Rock of the Marne” Gary McNeal, 2nd BCT Trial Counsel, Iraqi attorneys, Radio Sawa station manager.
Page 4 The Marne Express, October 9, 2005

Postal Companies deliver customer service


Spc. Derek Del Rosario because we don’t get a second opportu-
100th MPAD nity.”
Mail inspectors look through every
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – America outgoing package for such things as
has come a long way with its’ postal weapons, ammunition, TA-50 (issued
service. Long gone are the days of the field equipment) and other contraband.
Pony Express and times when Soldiers “Everything that is confiscated is
would read letters from loved ones logged and then destroyed,” said
dated months earlier. Denver native Staff Sgt. Miranda
Technology has paved the way for Smith, 155th AG Postal Co. “If the
increased communication through tele- confiscated item is a weapon or ammu-
phone calls and electronic mail. nition, we get the CID (U.S. Army
Despite these advancements, postal Criminal Investigation Command)
service remains an important service involved and inform the chain of com-
for Soldiers and plays an integral role in mand.”
their morale. Soldiers working at the post office
Soldiers at Camp Liberty depend on find it hard to predict when a busy day
their Division might come.
post office for Sgt. Joshua
their mail, and Nunally, 341st
when it comes to “Teamwork is an important A d j u t a n t
this service, key factor. You cannot do it General Postal
these Soldiers Company and
have delivered. on your own., you need coop- J a c k s o n v i l l e ,
The Division eration. We have roles that Fla. native, says
post office is redeploying
comprised of play a part in the big picture.” Soldiers play a Spc. Derek Del Rosario
Army Reserve part in their Sgt. Jon Gassaway, a Denver, Colo. native, with the 155th Adjutant General Postal
Soldiers from work schedule. Co., inspects a Soldier’s footlocker prior to it being mailed.
the 365th Sgt. Claudin Butler “During holi-
A d j u t a n t 341st AG Postal Co. days and when foresee when big shipments are coming home during redeployment might be
General Postal units are coming in. disheartening for some, but helping
Company of and going, we “We usually get two or three trucks these Soldiers is what gives Smith the
Athens, Ga., and the 155th Adjutant get a large volume of traffic in here,” coming in, but one time we had six most gratification.
General Postal Company based out of Nunally said. “If we have Soldiers on trucks of mail a day for a week “When we first got here and were
Salt Lake City. additional duties such as guard duty, we straight,” Batista said. “Sometimes it helping Soldiers who were going home,
According to East Rutherford, N.Y. can get really busy.” can get busy like that, and some days it was great to see how happy they
native 1st Lt. Kirk Kouzis, post office If customers want to expedite their we only have one or two trucks. Every were,” Smith said. “When I see a
officer in charge, the companies’ goal is trip to the post office, Kouzis says hav- day is new.” Soldier getting ready to go home, you
simple. ing correct forms will help ensure a Since each day is unpredictable in can see it on their faces—it’s a good
“We ensure that the mail gets to the customer’s visit is as quick as possible. terms of activity, Pfc. Vacia Morrison, feeling helping them to get their mail
Soldiers,” Kouzis said. “We provide He also advises people to ensure they 341st AG Postal Co. and Stone where it needs to go.”
this service to the troops stationed in have the correct Army post office Mountain, Ga., native, says that versa- For those Soldiers who still have
the area, and we also process the outgo- address when sending packages into tility is a very important trait for the some time in theater, mail remains to be
ing mail for these Soldiers.” theater. Soldiers to have. a significant morale booster, despite the
While the goal is simple, the process “Filling out forms before entering “The operation of the post office is a immediacy of e-mails.
of getting mail from one point to anoth- the post office, and making sure the very hands-on process, and everyone “Increased communications through
er is very intricate. Packages must be address and ZIP code are correct will has to pitch in to get the mail deliv- technology is good, but writing an e-
inspected and shipping costs must be help things move along quicker,” ered,” Morrison said. “Everyone is mail is not the same as writing a letter,”
assessed before they can be separated, Kouzis said. “Also, be sure not to put required to know how to work in each Butler said. “When someone writes a
then shipped to their final destination. ‘Baghdad’ or ‘Iraq’ on mail, because it different section in case we have to fill letter, they are showing the really care
Miami native Sgt. Claudin Butler, can sometimes cause mail to be mixed in for another Soldier.” by taking the time and thinking about
341st AG Postal Co., inspects the mail in with the Iraqi mail system. Doing so Being able to work in different sec- what to say before putting down their
and ensures packages are free of contra- could cause mail to get to its recipient tions plays a direct part in the teamwork thoughts.”
band. slower.” of the postal company; something that For Soldiers coming or going, the
“The post office is separated in dif- Along with the task of ensuring out- Butler feels is an integral part of their impact that mail has on the Soldier
ferent work tasks. We have Soldiers going mail, all incoming mail is han- operations. morale in theater is unquestionable.
receiving and sending mail, working at dled as well. The company receives “Teamwork is a very important key Mail continues to receive the attention
the finance section and handling ship- approximately 40,000 pounds of mail factor. You cannot do it on your own, it deserves, due to the hard work of the
ping costs, and also inspecting pack- daily. you need cooperation,” Butler said. 365th and 155th AG Postal Co., and
ages so any non-mail able items aren’t Spc. Roberto Batista, 341st AG “We all have roles that play a part in the their Soldiers who continue to deliver
leaving theater,” Butler said. “It is very Postal Co. and Miami native, says big picture.” customer service that Soldiers can rely
important to do a thorough inspection, much like outgoing mail, it is hard to Seeing other Soldiers shipping items on.

No Sgt. Matthew Maupin


“I will not leave a fallen comrade”
Soldier These well known words from the Warrior Ethos ring true for
Sgt. Matt Maupin.

left
Maupin is an Army Reserve Soldier from 724th Transportation Company who
was captured April 9, 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2.
Sgt. Maupin – we are still looking for you and

behind
we will find you.
You have not been forgotten.
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Page 5

Terrorist
activity
nevermore
Raven helps
nab terrorists
near Taji Spc. Matthew Wester
Spc. Brad Kley, a Winthrop, Minn., native, with 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division,
launches the Raven at Camp Taji.
Spc. Matthew Wester Kley, a Winthrop, Minn., native, who “If we have any questions about a
3/1 AD PAO is also a Raven operator with HHB. target site, they check it out for us,” he
Savelkoul and Kley see several said. “We get a good look at the tar-
CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Edgar Allan advantages to using a Raven to supple- get.”
Poe’s ghostly black bird uttered the ment ground operations. Often, the operators see more than
word “nevermore” over and over in the “Using the Raven allows the ground stationary target buildings.
famous poem “The Raven.” troops to be supported by air,” said During one routine flight, Kley
Soldiers have their own “Raven” Savelkoul, of Minot, N.D. “We’re pro- noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in
making sure terrorist activities north- tecting them from the sky.” a palm grove and notified his superiors
west of Baghdad will “nevermore” be Kley described the Raven as a at Camp Taji.
hidden from Coalition Forces. ground commander’s “eyes from The next week, a vehicle was spot-
Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 1st Field above.” ted in the same location and the people
Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Once the Raven has been launched, in the vehicle were detained. There
A r m o r e d Savelkoul and haven’t been any attacks from the area
Division use a Kley are since.
Raven plane to focused on “It’s been real quiet there,” Hofstra
provide real- using the system said.
time intelli- “Using the Raven allows the to its full poten- The two Raven pilots received
gence and sur- tial. intense training to learn how to operate
veillance for ground troops to be support- “We keep the plane, but Savelkoul said he has
troops on the ed by air. We’re protecting track of what is learned more by flying the vehicle than
ground. going on. If we he could ever learn in a classroom.
“We can them from the sky.” see anything The operators are proud of the
search out any- suspicious, we Raven team’s success and they are
thing, keep eyes make sure we enjoying their jobs.
on people who Sgt. Brock B. Savelkoul call it up,” Kley “I get to do something different.
are doing cor- 4th Bn., 1st FA Regt. said. “Anything Every day there is a different mission,
don and search- that is going on, and there is always something that is
es, and we can we make sure going to come up while we’re in the
also look at a house or anything in the we are on top of it.” air,” Savelkoul said. “It’s very exciting
area that seems suspicious,” said Sgt. “We can see things most people on to be out and flying the Raven.”
Brock B. Savelkoul, a Raven operator the ground can’t see,” Savelkoul At the end of their tour, the two
Sgt. Brock Savelkoul, a Raven operator
for 4th Bn., 1st FA Reg.’s added. operators will have logged hundreds of
Headquarters and Headquarters Capt. Ryan Hofstra, from Sheldon, hours of flight time, and won’t stop for Headquarters and Headquarters
Battery. Iowa, intelligence officer for 4/1 FA piloting planes when they get home. Battery, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery
“We can provide support for any- Bn., said the Raven is a valuable tool They both plan to buy model air- Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored
body who needs it,” said Spc. Brad in the war on terror. planes and keep flying for fun. Division, prepares a Raven for flight.

116th BCT celebrates 650-plus re-enlistments at ceremony


116th BCT PAO breaking numbers of combat re-enlistments earlier requires personal commitment and sacrifice,” Gayhart
Media Release this year. said during his remarks following the swearing in.
“Part of our motivation was the 256th Brigade “Your continued service brings great credit upon you,
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq Combat Team from Louisiana,” Blake said. “On the but most importantly honors those who made the ulti-
– The 116th Brigade Combat Team held a special cer- 20th of July, they made the mate sacrifice for freedom.”
emony Sept. 14 to celebrate achieving more than 650 Stars and Stripes (newspaper) Other distinguished guests
re-enlistments while deployed in support of Operation with what was at the time a at the event also included 42nd
Iraqi Freedom 3. new theater record of 400 “Part of our motivation was Inf. Div. Commander Maj.
Soldiers in the 116th BCT, 42nd Infantry Division, Soldiers extending. We knew the 256th Brigade Combat Gen. Joseph Taluto, the 42nd
have re-enlisted in record numbers, beating previous we could beat that and we Inf. Div. Command Sgt. Maj.
theater re-enlistment records by a large margin. The have!” Team from Louisana. On the Richard Fearnside, and 116th
unit has achieved 654 combat zone re-enlistments as The ceremonial swearing in 20th of July, they made the BCT Command Sgt. Maj.
of Sept. 11. was held in front of the 116th Leroy Lewis along with other
“On April 14, we had (re-enlisted) 237 Soldiers BCT headquarters with one Stars and Stripes with ... 400 116th BCT task force com-
since we arrived in December 2004,” said Sgt. 1st Soldier designated to represent manders and command ser-
Class Jim Blake, the noncommissioned officer in all Soldiers participating. The Soldiers extending.” geants major.
charge of retention for the Brigade. “We decided to oath was administered by Brig. Sgt. 1st Class Jim Blake As part of Task Force
double that by Sept. 14 and established our goal, ‘The Gen. Alan Gayhart, the 116th 116th BCT, 42nd Inf. Div. Liberty, 116th BCT has had the
Record 500’, or simply, ‘R5.’All concerned picked up BCT commander in front of a lead since February for the
on the challenge and by Aug. 11 we were at 511.” large unit formation. security, governance, econom-
Blake said reaching the goal was inspired by “I am proud to stand with each of you — American ics and communications of Iraqi citizens living in the
another National Guard unit that attained record patriots who know that the protection of democracy Kirkuk Province.
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Keeping the ear to the people Soldier awarded Bronze Star for
Soldiers record mosque messages to ensure
anti-coalition messages aforce
Staff Sgt. Matthew Acosta always the case. There have
saving two Soldiers in canal
22nd MPAD been times the message stops
as soon as the Soldiers arrive. Spc. Matthew Wester
FORWARD OPERATING “It’s hard to say what was 3/1 AD PAO
BASE PALIWODA, Balad, being said but it makes me
Iraq – An integral part of the think they were preaching TAJI, Iraq – A routine mis-
new Iraqi Security Forces’ anti-Coalition messages sion turned into a moment of “The rounds were land-
success lies in the very people because when they see us courage for one Task Force
Baghdad Soldier last April. ing about five to six
they have vowed to protect. coming, they stop the mes-
Without the support of sage,” Bush said. In the blink of an eye, a non- feet from me. Then they
those who live in Iraq, the The Coalition Forces have commissioned officer was
effort to rebuild this country had to change their tactics to forced to make several quick tried to shoot the guys
could be severely hindered; counter this action. decisions, even as enemy bul- in the water.”
hence the importance of “We decided to start lets were raining down on
assessing the opinion of those approaching the mosques him.
who may have influence over unseen when possible,” Bush Sgt. Cory J. Scott, a squad Sgt. Cory J. Scott
the population. said. “We determine what leader with A Company, 1st 1st Bn., 41st Inf.
One way to determine the mosque we are going to Battalion, 41st Infantry
opinion of those with this record and see what cover is Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st
power is to listen to and trans- available around the area. On Armored Division, was canal and were struggling to guys in the water,” he said.
late the s o m e recently awarded a Bronze stay afloat in the swift cur- Shrugging off the AK-47
mosque m i s - Star Medal with a “V” Device rent. fire, Scott fished out two of
m e s - sions, for valor for his actions on Scott quickly organized an the three stranded Soldiers.
sages we get April 3 during a mission south attempt to get them out of the Spc. William D. Richardson,
b r o a d - “We determine what mosque w i t h i n of Baghdad. water. the Soldier who went under-
cast for several Scott and nine other He removed his belt and water, was lost in the current
t h e we are going to record and meters Soldiers were on a mission to told two other Soldiers to and died.
towns- of it conduct a census of a rural remove their belts as well. Sgt. Dustin Garner, one of
people see what cover is available using area. They completed the sur- Scott tied the belts together the Soldiers Scott pulled out
to hear. around the area.” t h e vey, but an enemy ambush and made a makeshift rope. of the canal, said he would
“ We trees as was waiting for them when He threw the lifeline into have drowned if Scott did not
c o n - cover.” their convoy rolled out of the the canal, but the first of the think on his feet and use the
d u c t Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Bush O n neighborhood. Soldiers in the canal couldn’t antenna to help him out of the
mosque 5th Bn., 7th Cav. o n e “We heard some noise like hold on and was pulled under- water.
m i s - particu- some people screaming out, water by the current. Garner, a Fort Riley, Kan.,
s i o n s lar mis- and they started firing (rock- “He grabbed the belt and it resident and team leader for
where we go out and record sion, the Soldiers crept et-propelled grenades) at us,” just slipped out of his hands,” 2nd Platoon., thinks Scott’s
the messages that are through a garden containing said Scott, a Reynolds, Ga., Scott said. “He went under.” actions were worthy of the
preached in town,” said Sgt. orchids prior to the broadcast native. “My guys immediate- The other two Soldiers Bronze Star. “He does
1st Class Jeffrey Bush, pla- and waited for the broadcast ly started firing toward the couldn’t get a grip on the belts deserve it,” Garner said. “If
toon sergeant, B Company, to begin. enemy. By this time, I was either, so Scott improvised he hadn’t been on his toes
5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, “We got close to the speak- looking around, trying to again by breaking a long thinking, or been concerned
Task Force Liberty. er mounted on the roof of the assess the situation.” antenna off a radio and dan- about where we were, he
“Listening to the messages is mosque; close enough to hear His squad spread out, gling it near the troops. might not have noticed us out
a good way to see how the the message loud and clear,” sought cover near a concrete Scott said the enemy there in the canal.”
religious leaders perceive us Bush said. “An interpreter canal and took up firing posi- noticed the squad’s efforts to Although he was the recip-
and our efforts.” translates to let us know if tions. rescue their buddies and ient of the Bronze Star, Scott
Bush said that although there was an anti-Coalition “My A and B Team leaders focused small-arms fire on the said the medal was a reminder
many of the messages broad- message being played.” were on the right side hugging sides of the canal. Now, he of his whole squad’s efforts to
cast are innocent in nature — After the message is record- the canal, and all of a sudden, had to contend with not only save their comrades.
preaching “good things” — ed and translated into the they disappeared. Then, the the raging canal water, but “If we didn’t work as a
there have been reports of English language it is then used third rifleman disappeared,” also more bullets and team, then we would have had
mosques preaching anti- for intelligence purposes. he said. grenades. a lot more casualties,” he
Coalition messages. Although there may be The Soldiers were out of “The rounds were landing said. “Everybody went
“It annoys the Iraqi Army anti-Coalition messages sight because they had fallen about five to six feet from me. beyond the call of duty that
and policemen because their preached, there may also be down the steep sides of the Then they tried to shoot the day.”
actions are being undermined pro-Coalition messages as
by these few people who are well.
trying to recruit (insurgents) “Since we’re not allowed
or upset their progress,” said to enter the mosques, all we
U.S. Soldiers, Iraqis repair Karradah sewage facilities
Pfc. Aaron Schindewolf, a can do is record the mes- 4th BCT PAO begin executing this design because of our
medic assigned to B Co., 5/7. sages,” Bush said. “It’s a Media Release joint efforts.”
Sometimes, the Soldiers good gauge in seeing what Recent ground excavation at another of the
have driven right up to the kind of positive support or BAGHDAD – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers stations has revealed the damages that lie
mosque during the broadcast negative influence is are working closely with local leaders from beneath the facility. Coalition Forces will pro-
and recorded the message preached and it gives us a the Karradah District Council to improve vide this pump station with the necessary
from within its secure perime- heads up on what to expect sewage treatment facilities throughout south mechanical and electrical utilities.
ter. However, that is not from that area.” Baghdad. At least 40 skilled workers from the com-
Soldiers assigned to 4th Brigade Troops munity will be hired to rebuild and repair this
Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division sponsored a pump station.
media event Sept. 15 showcasing recent Quarles also spoke about coordination
accomplishments and progress made over the between his unit and the Karradah District
last six months at three sewage pump stations Council. “Dr. Mohammed Al-Rubaie, the
in Karradah. Karradah District Council chairman, worked
“The local sewer department completed closely with us to overcome many challenges
several previous projects to control leakage at and to keep the local residents informed of our
one of the pump stations prior to our efforts,” efforts. It is important to repair the pump sta-
said Lt. Col. Vincent Quarles, the 4/3 BTB tion because of the large number of residents it
commander. “We worked closely with profes- will support.”
sors from Baghdad University, the Baghdad “The station is working in an area that pre-
Sewer design department, and our contractor viously had sewage system problems and
to carefully study problems and develop a would not have been possible without help
design to correct them. Today, we are able to from the U.S. Army,” Dr. Mohammed said.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Acosta


Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Bush, a platoon sergeant, with 2nd Bn., PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT
7th Cav., 1st BCT, Task Force Liberty, records a mosque message
from the concealment of trees next to a mosque in Balad, while i s a l s o a S o l d i e r ’s j o b
"Jack" translates the message and writes down the basic ideas of the
broadcast.
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Courtesy Photo (above, left)


(above) Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment 48th
Brigade Combat Team guard a weapons cache Sept. 17.
(left) A Soldier from 2nd Battalion, 130th Inf., 48 BCT, digs up a
weapons cache which was found after local residents provided
information about its location.

Citizens’ tips lead to large weapons cache


48th BCT PAO weapons. The Soldiers searched the area and Coalition Forces. I am extremely Soldiers will continue to have a strong
Media Release and uncovered the cache of weapons. proud of our Soldiers.” presence in the area to assist Iraqi
The search was then expanded and two Included in the weapons cache were Security Forces in deterring terrorist acts.
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Thanks to other caches were discovered in the 63 rocket-propelled grenades, 23 RPG One suspected terrorist was
tips from local residents, Task Force immediate area. mortars, 904 RPG fuses and primers, 33 detained in connection with the cache.
Baghdad Soldiers on a dismounted patrol “The relationship between the Iraqi 68-millimeter rockets, 23 82-millimeter Iraqi Security Forces and Task
discovered a significant weapons cache Army, Coalition Forces and the local mortar rounds, two 60-millimeter mor- Force Baghdad officials continue to
in the Radwiniyah area Sept. 17. populace grows stronger every day,” said tar tubes, 12 60-millimeter mortars, 80 encourage all Iraqi citizens to report
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 130th Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th mortar fuses, three mortar sights and five suspicious behavior by e-mailing
Infantry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat BCT commander. “This find will signif- crates of TNT. baghdadtipshotline@yahoo.com or
Team received information from local icantly decrease the amount of rocket and The cache was turned over to an calling one of the TIPS hotlines at
citizens about a field with buried mortar attacks against the community explosive ordnance disposal team. U.S. 07901737723 or 07901737727.

Coalition prepares Iraqi Soldiers


to take control of FOB
Spc. Jimmy D. Lane Jr. we couldn’t protect the FOB on our own, so we
1st BCT PAO had to integrate the IA.”
Besides the training aspect for the IA, the
FORWARD OPERATING BASE VAN- exercise helped CF leaders evaluate the IA
GUARD, Iraq – Insurgents in Iraq have only Soldiers’ performance. It will not be long
one goal in mind; to target Iraqi Army and before the IA will be in total command of the
Coalition Forces Soldiers. FOB.
As part of the training the IA Soldiers “We want to make sure they are running
receive before Iraq’s security is turned over to everything on their own,” Jerkins said. “If they
the IA, Coalition Forces train and prepare them are not actively performing these missions right
for reacting to attacks on their installations. now, at least they know what their duties and
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry responsibilities are.”
Regiment and 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry IA Soldiers said they are benefiting from the
Regiment at Forward training, and they are eager
Operating Base to display their abilities
Vanguard held a train- to the CF Soldiers.
ing exercise for the 4th “When we got here, we only “It’s a very good idea,”
Battalion, 1st IA had limited Coalition Forces. said Pvt. Azhar Maher,
Brigade. Security Platoon, 4th Bn,
The training showed We knew we couldn’t protect 1st IA Bde. “We are
IA Soldiers how to react going to be running the
to a vehicle-borne the FOB on our own, so we FOB by ourselves. We
improvised explosive had to integrate the IA.” will have a chance to
device. IA Soldiers prove ourselves by doing
were taught how to treat well during this exercise
casualties while at the Capt. David Jerkins and in the future doing
same time reinforce 100 Bn., 442nd Inf. commander the operations without
security at the point of any help from the
the attack, said Capt. Coalition.”
David Jerkins, E Company, 100th Bn., 442nd CF Soldiers have worked with the IA as part
Inf. commander. of a military training team since the beginning
The training is part of the relief-in-place of their deployment, and say they are sad to be
training CF Soldiers are performing with the IA leaving after living and working with the Iraqis.
before a transfer of authority scheduled in the “I am really going to miss these guys,” said
Spc. Jimmy D. Lane Jr. near future. CF and the IA have worked togeth- Staff Sgt. Rene Baliscao, a 100/442 Inf. MiTT
Iraqi Soldiers load a mock casualty into an ambulance after a simu- er for some time on FOB Vanguard. medic. “We have been working with them this
lated VBIED attack at FOB Vanguard. IA Soldiers practiced dealing “When we first came here, we only had (lim- whole time, and some of them are like brothers
with casualties and reinforcing their security during the exercise. ited) Coalition Forces,” Jerkins said. “We knew to us.”
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Mechanic goes beyond call


of duty by helping others
Capt. Andrew Lane capable even though it was not
TF 1-118 FA his job to support them.
The commander of the
BAGHDAD – Since arriving Marine MiTT, Lt. Col. Tom
in Iraq, mechanics of the Rodgers, wrote that Phillips
Headquarters and Service “displayed a can-do attitude
Battery, 1st Battalion, 118th and professional demeanor in
Field Artillery have been work- getting things done for the
ing hard to keep the units’ vehi- Marines with the MiTT. The
cles fully mission capable. result of which has made our
Among these hard charging, equipment more secure and
wrench-turners is Sgt. David safer to complete our mission.”
Phillips of Augusta, Ga., who The helping hand Phillips
has been putting in overtime offered the Marines attracted
hours to make sure not only his the gratitude of Mary Stucken,
battalion’s vehicles are up and the mother of Marine MiTT
running, but also those of sister 1st Sgt. Henry Stucken, who
Spc. Adam Phelps services without their own sup- wrote Phillips a letter thanking
Iraqi Army Soldiers, with the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade pull security while the rest of their team port units. him.
searches suspected insurgent meeting places. The Estonian Army’s “From the bottom of my
Tagalapataljon Logistic heart I cannot thank you

Prepared to take over Battalion recently presented enough,” she wrote. “I have
Phillips with a rare and coveted spent many sleepless nights
unit coin to thank him for his worrying about my son, as I am
help. sure your family has. You have
Iraqi Army Soldiers conduct missions without Coalition help Additionally, the U.S. given me a little peace, know-
Marine Corps’ Military ing that someone cared enough
Spc. Adam Phelps cer who works with 2nd through special training Transition Team for the 2nd to help him out.”
22nd MPAD Battalion, 7th Infantry from the Special Forces Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st At first Phillips concentrated
Regiment, and a native of Soldiers in the Coalition Division, Iraqi Intervention his efforts on giving the
FORWARD OPERAT- Redhook, N.Y. Forces,” Mahoumoud said. Force, humvees a
ING BASE DANGER, “It went really well,” said “Every mission done with present- formida-
Tikrit, Iraq – With a trained Byrne. “They moved CF, we get more experience ed all the ble front
and watchful eye, Task through the objectives and training. Every Soldier H S B bumper
Force Liberty Soldiers quickly and they’re report- has gained special skills dur- mechan- a n d
observe the determined Iraqi ing well through their chain ing the training cycles they ics with “I’m not just a Soldier, I’m a adding a
Army conduct missions of command, so their battal- conducted with CF, which letters of patriot. I love to do what I am s e c o n d -
without their help. ion commander is aware of makes the battalion stronger apprecia- ary gun
Iraqi Soldiers with 1st what’s going on. They also and more effective.” tion for doing because I know what p o r t
Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th used their own communica- The Iraqi Soldiers are learn- t h e i r I’m doing is right.” where
Iraqi Army Division are now tion, moved quickly and had ing from their training and assis- they can
planning and conducting good situational awareness.” continue to improve after t a n c e use their
The Iraqi Army did not every mission, he added. a n d Phillips s m a l l e r
Sgt. David Phillips
their own missions, the Iraqi
battalion commander said. have Coalition Forces help “It’s great to see them awarded 1st Bn., 118th FA c a l i b e r
118th FA
“The operation that we in preparing for this mission. doing their own mission Phillips weapons
conducted is according to “We’re here for quality based on their own planning the Army when the
information and intelligence assurance and quality con- and (for me to) be able to Achievement Medal for his situation calls for it instead of
that our battalion gathered,” trol purposes,” Byrne said. assist as they become more efforts. the heavy machine gun mount-
said Col. Dakhel Hassen “We watch them and help autonomous,” Byrne said. “I am giving them the sys- ed there.
Mahoumoud. “The targets them when they are doing “It’s the future of Iraq.” tems they need to perform their However, Phillips did not
are wanted for conducting their after action review and For many Iraqi Soldiers, missions in a more efficient think the Marine humvees’
(terrorist activity) against give them some tips for how serving in the army is about manner by building bumpers armor was secure enough to
Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Army, they can improve and what protecting their friends’ and and secondary weapons sys- travel outside the base’s
and their families. We they really did well.” familys’ freedom tems,” Phillips said. “They perimeter. So, he then suggest-
watched the targets, verified “We’ve been working Mahoumoud said. give me an idea, and I build it; ed beefing up the gunner tur-
information and found out with them since we arrived “This is a responsibility whatever it takes, so that we ret’s armor plating.
they meet in certain houses. here back in January,” Byrne that I’m proud to have for get the mission done and we go Phillips seemed to take it all
We conducted this operation continued. “We’ve devel- my battalion, because I’m home safe.” in stride. “I’m not just a
to detain these people.” oped our relationship since allowing the families of my Phillips volunteered his own Soldier, I’m a patriot. I love to
The recent mission not then and have given them Soldiers and my family to time to ensure all of the do what I am doing because I
only achieved its goal on more freedom. The more move around safely without Marines’ vehicles were mission know what I’m doing is right.”
detaining high value targets, missions they execute, the being scared of insurgents,”
but the Soldiers also worked less supervision from us the commander said. “Our
they need.” main mission is to protect Soldiers foil ambush, find weapons cache in Al-Rashid
together, said Capt. David
Byrne, an intelligence offi- “My whole battalion went and serve the people.” 4th BCT PAO
Media Release

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers give supplies BAGHDAD – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers thwarted a potential
ambush and found a weapons cache after investigating suspicious
vehicles on a southwest Baghdad road Sept. 16.
to Radwiniyah school children The patrol from 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th
Brigade Combat Team spotted two stationary vehicles with seven
dismounted individuals nearby and moved in closer to investigate.
Sgt. David Bill Combat Team; C Company, 490th Civil One vehicle attempted to drive off, crashed into the lead humvee in
48th BCT PAO Affairs Battalion; and the 4th Iraqi Army the patrol, and fled the area.
Brigade were well received. The remaining six men, who ran away from the van, scaled a
BAGHDAD – Students at the Al-Sayad Other donated supplies include pens, pen- fence and fled the scene. The patrol could not find them.
Primary School are now able to carry their cils, and even authentic Hawaiian leis which The ambush was discovered by 3/7 Inf. Soldiers in the vicinity of
school work home in new book bags, thanks were provided by Maj. Chriz Caraang, a a checkpoint they established to control access into the city from the
to the efforts of Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers. member of the 490th CA Bn. who hails from south.
Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad Honolulu. “The insurgents had two machine gun positions set up, hidden
Soldiers provided school supplies to children These efforts are a continuation of support behind the guardrails,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rony Michel, an acting
from the Radwiniyah area Sept. 13; however, for the more than 200 students of the school. platoon leader from C Company, 3/7 Inf. “It was unclear whether
the biggest hit of the day was the book bag Previously, other supplies including a desk- the ambush was intended for us or Iraqi Security Force Soldiers who
give away. top computer and printer for use by the direc- operate in the area.”
The smiles on the faces of the children as tor and faculty of the school were delivered. The patrol searched the van and confiscated three rocket-pro-
they left the school were proof enough that This partnership between Iraq Army and pelled grenade rounds, one RPG launcher, seven hand grenades,
the gifts provided by Soldiers from the 2nd U.S. Soldiers will help the school succeed three fully-loaded AK-47 assault rifles, and two fully-loaded PKC
Battalion, 121st Infantry, 48th Brigade and help the community. machine guns.
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Soldiers take pulse of


Iraq with ‘atmospherics’
Spc. Christopher Mallard niques for conducting an atmos-
425th CA Bn. pherics interview.
“It is important to make an intro-
BAGHDAD – What does the duction and greet these people using
price of eggs have to do with the local customs and gestures before
Global War on Terrorism? jumping right into the interview,”
For some Coalition Forces, it has explained Ellis, a resident of
a lot to do with helping command- Atlanta. “The people seem to relax
ers assess their areas of responsibil- and share more of their problems
ity. Progress in the Iraq theater of and concerns instead of feeling that
operations is measured differently they are being interrogated.”
than in former conflicts. CF routine- Grocer Kareem Arabi told Ellis
ly collect information that may that he believes there are potential
seem mundane as they assist the agricultural jobs in the area.
Iraqi government on all levels in its “There is a lack of irrigation
efforts to revive civil institutions. water and more importantly, elec-
Civil affairs teams are trained to tricity, which is critical to making
conduct assessments, also known as sure the irrigation pumps work,”
“atmospherics.” Raw data such as repeated Ellis, listening intently to
measuring the price of eggs weekly the storekeeper explain his con-
is continuously being compiled, cerns. “Young men and women in
charted, and then transformed into the town could be gainfully
reliable information for command- employed if the pumps were work-
ers to use. ing and the farms fully utilized.”
Commanders need to have a “Unfortunately, this community
Spc. Tracy Smith
much greater understanding today will remain underemployed and a Brig. Gen. Mahdi, commander of 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, reaches out to stu-
than in previous conflicts, not just lot of people in this sector will
of the ongoing battle space, but how remain jobless until these problems dents at a school Sept. 14. “These children are the future of Iraq,” Mahdi said. “The chil-
the opinion of a grocer across the are addressed by local govern- dren of Iraq are going to lead the future.”
street ties into a much larger frame- ment,” Ellis said. “If CA can help,
work of the conflict. we certainly would like to partici-
Atmospherics are just one of
many tools available to leaders to
pate in those discussions.”
For now, the team would have to
return to Hor Rajeb, Iraq to reassess
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers bring
gain a greater understanding of the
overall dynamics that are the
lifeblood of the community.
irrigation and electricity issues that
were brought up from the inter-
views. When a project is funded,
hope to poor neighborhood
A Civil Military Operations
Center uses several guidelines to CA will return to follow up on the Spc. Tracy Smith inspire the local population to have faith
collect and analyze critical informa- progress of work requests that were 48th BCT PAO in the intentions of the Iraqi Army,”
tion streaming in daily. As assess- submitted. Mitchell said.
ments and atmospherics are being Atmospherics is a relatively new MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – Iraqi Army Many of the IA Soldiers took the
conducted by civil affairs teams out methodology and cannot be statisti- Soldiers accompanied their U.S. coun- opportunity to speak candidly to the
in the field, the maneuver element cally verified like a detailed study terparts from Forward Operating Base young students. The children were justi-
tries to piece this information or various methods of American Michael as they delivered school sup- fiably excited by the visit. They listened
together so priorities can be set for style polling. Until there is greater plies in downtown Mahmudiyah to one attentively as a new IA recruit talked
future projects. stability and more secure conditions of the poorest communities in the neigh- with the students.
Sgt. Matthew See of 1st in Iraq, atmospherics is the most borhood. “Respect your lessons,” Pvt. Mahmud
Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, reliable method available for The visit is an important part of the said. “These opportunities are given to
said civil-military operators are pri- acquiring knowledge on people’s IA’s community outreach efforts to posi- you as a gift from God so that you can
marily responsible for providing thoughts concerning the govern- tively influence and establish a mutual become great leaders, scientists and
commanders with courses of action ment and CFs. trust within the citizens they protect. teachers or future leaders of our coun-
in all areas of civil military opera- There are several institutions that “The fine Soldiers of the 4th Brigade try.”
tions, including essential services, are normally reliable places to look know they must take good care of the As the pencils, crayons, books and
economic development and gover- for these studies. In the case of people of this region,” said Brig. Gen. learning games were distributed; Mahdi
nance. Iraq, the Department of Defense has Mahdi, commander of 4th Brigade, 6th promised it would not be the last time
“Circumstances change on a been working with U.S. Agency for IA Division. they paid a visit to the neighborhood.
daily basis around here,” said See, a International Development, which “The mission is simple,” Mahdi “My hope is that we will have this expe-
native of Roseville, Calif., who is for decades has collected informa- added, “to provide a good, safe environ- rience at least monthly or twice a
on a one-year contract with the tion on issues related to sustained ment for the citizens of this region, the month.” he said. “I could not be more
National Guard and holds a Masters development. children, and our future leaders to study, pleased that we, as Soldiers, have this
degree in public policy from So, even though atmospherics are grow up and do the right things.” privilege. We must become friends with
Pepperdine University. “Continuity used to gather information and As the Soldiers the people of
of vision is the key to ensuring that determine which way the wind is walked into the Mahmudiyah and
all these efforts contribute to Iraq’s blowing in a particular muhalla, school, children this region.”
progress toward not only a free people’s attitudes, thoughts, and and staff peered “They are growing up in a W a l k i n g
society, but one in which the people beliefs may be entirely different curiously around very difficult time. But they through the com-
here can take pride in an economi- across the street,” explained See. doors and win- munity, the IA
cally, socially, and politically sus- “There needs to be long-term conti- dows. will rebuild Iraq again. We are Soldiers shook
tainable homeland,” See said. nuity, not only of vision, but also of “They are hands, listened to
On one morning in late August, the means to achieve it, including growing up in a now creating a good environ- concerns and reas-
See accompanied Maj. Mike Ellis, information gathering.” v e r y d i f f i c u l t ment for them.” sured their people
Civil Affairs Team 3, A Company, These Soldiers have had exten- time,” Mahdi that they would do
425th Civil Affairs Battalion, to sive Middle Eastern studies course explained. “But what was best to
work and in many cases are encour- they will rebuild Brig. Gen. Mahdi, provide for the
conduct an atmospherics mission in
nearby Hor Rajeb. aged to become functional in the Iraq again. We are commander, 4th Bde., 6th IA Div. growing democra-
Ellis and See interviewed the Arabic language. Commanders rely now creating a cy and protect
manager of a local grocery store on them and their unique ability to good environment them from outside
regarding the price of lamb, heating discern what is actually being said, for them by supplying them with the agitators.
oil, perishables and security. especially in the densely populated basics to succeed.” “The end result to this new beginning
Standing underneath an awning of areas around Baghdad. Capt. Bryan S. Mitchell, a military is going to be providing information and
rippled aluminum slabs, Ellis CA teams’ ability to glean infor- integration training team officer with the cooperating with the Iraqi Army,”
stepped into the shade to ask sever- mation from atmospherics and then 48th Brigade Combat Team and a resi- Mitchell predicted. “They are willing to
al questions of the grocer through use that data to aid the Iraqi people dent of Columbus, Ga., was noticeably make a difference and we are definitely
his assigned i n t e r p r e t e r. and unit commanders in daily oper- impressed with the handling of the mis- seeing that today. They are picking up
Meanwhile, See went across the ations makes them an invaluable sion and the reception the IA Soldiers the pace and making great strides.
street to speak to the butcher. and sometimes untapped resource in received from the community. “We’re definitely making history!,”
Civil affairs Soldiers spend many the Operation Iraqi Freedom mis- “It is a goodwill mission that helps Mitchell said.
hours learning the proper tech- sion.
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Soldiers encounter
IEDs almost daily
Spc. Jimmy D. Lane Jr. regularly encounter IEDs. We an attack with force leads to a
1st BCT PAO try to find them before they go positive outcome.”
off. Three or four times they “The last time we were hit,
The most effective weapons have gone off before we found we reacted with force,” said Sgt.
the insurgency in Iraq has them, but we have found count- Edward Johnson, a C Co., 1/128
against Coalition Forces are less IEDs before they have deto- Inf. TC from Hinckley, Minn. “I
improvised explosive devices. nated.” think that’s critical, because in
IEDs can be detonated from a There are procedures the that case, we stopped the
distance, keeping insurgents out Soldiers follow when they find attack.”
of the direct sight of CF something they suspect is an “We were also able to catch
Soldiers. IED. the bad guys,” Johnson said. “I
While some Soldiers dread “Once you do find some- don’t think that would have hap-
the idea of encountering an IED, thing, you initially try to get out pened if we had reacted passive-
other Soldiers such as C of the kill zone,” Cahow said. ly to that situation. We went
Company, 1st Battalion 128th “You find a secure place to park through thousands of rounds
Infantry Regiment of the and do a (five and 25-meter) that day.”
Wisconsin National Guard, sweep of the area and around Despite the danger the
deliberately go looking for your vehicle.” Soldiers face every day, they
them. There are two types of IEDs, can keep the bigger picture in
“IEDs are part of our according to Cahow: ones that mind; making the roads safe for
everyday routine here,” said have detonated and ones that traffic in their area of operation.
Sgt. Robert Cahow, a C Co., haven’t. There are ways to deal “Our mission is to make sure
1/128 Inf. truck commander. with both. routes are clear,” Cahow said.
“As the TC in the lead truck, “There are two ways of “We have a little joke. They say
my crew are always scanning thinking about it,” Cahow said. a route is green when it is clear
the shoulders of the road as “One is that you want to see if of IEDs; we say it is clear after
well as looking for potholes, the IED is going to blow up; and an IED blows up because we
depressions, and anything that two, we stay in the vehicle and just cleared it.”
seems out of place.” count to 10, because you are The Soldiers feel lucky that
Soldiers go out twice a day actually safer inside the vehicle they haven’t taken more casual-
to clear the roads and make if it does blow up. You don’t ties than they have because of
them safe for travel, as well as want to just jump out.” the nature of their job.
patrolling communities in the “If we find one that hasn’t “Basically we are just trying
area looking for enemy con- blown up, then it’s a totally dif- not to get blown up every day,”
tact. ferent story. We look for a trig- said Spc. Paul Risch, a C Co.,
“From the time we arrived in ger person, but it’s hard because 1/128 platoon sniper from
December, 2004, we have gone a lot of time there are civilians Merrillan, Wisc. “We are very
out on two combat patrol mis- out in the fields working,” lucky. We’ve had a (staff ser-
sions a day,” said Spc. Arturo Cahow said. “It’s hard to differ- geant) kick over dirt and right
Veloz, a C Co., 1/128 Inf. dis- entiate who is guilty and who there were some rounds and a Spc. Jimmy D. Lane Jr.
mount. “We patrol all the vil- isn’t.” bunch of wire. We could talk all Sgt. Robert Cahow, a truck commander with A Co., 1st Battalion,
lages in our area of operation, When there aren’t civilians day about how many close calls 128th Infantry Regiment, listens as two Iraqis try to explain
trying to find the bad guys. We around, sometimes reacting to we’ve had.” where they saw suspicious activity in the town of Shihab.

Sadr City residents see progress every day


Norris Jones determine which projects are priori- local nationals who are doing the engi- projects, they see the results and the dif-
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ties for the community. “We talk to neering aspects out there so it’s acting ference has been incredible. As we drive
municipal authorities to understand almost as a transition for us. The U.S. through neighborhoods now, people are
Sadr City residents say they’re def- exactly how each proposed project fits military is here and they’re working a lot waving, smiling, cheering … we have
initely seeing a difference as nearly into the big scheme for them. Then we of the projects right now and we’re pro- government leaders, municipal leaders,
$86.5 million in infrastructure turn it over to the Corps who go out viding most of the resources to execute. I social leaders of Sadr City all focused on
improvements have been completed and make an assessment of what see this as a transition process from what we’re doing, joining together to
with an additional $246 million ongo- needs to be done, derive the initial reconstruction being a military-led oper- ensure the projects get done.”
ing. Local citizens report their sewers construction estimates, develop a new ation, to being a Corps of Engineers-led Gayton said his battalion’s first priori-
are working (unlike last year when all or validate an existing Scope of Work, operation, and then to being an Iraqi- ty was cleaning up the trash and sewage
the lift stations were inoperable with advertise for led operation.” that filled Sadr City’s streets.
broken pumps), water pressure is bet- bids and award Regarding the “We immediately reinforced the
ter, and they’re seeing electric lines the contract. We work itself, trash removal program started by the
going up. could not do “We immediatey reinforced Gayton said, 1st Cavalry Division, as well as reno-
Lieutenant Col. Jamie Gayton, this without the the trash removal program “It’s amazing the vated the sewage system. We contin-
commander of Brigade Troops C o r p s o f difference I’ve ued refurbishing all the sewer lift sta-
Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry E n g i n e e r s . started by the 1st Cavalry seen in the past tions (which at the time had no opera-
Division, is overseeing the work and They’ve been nine months in ble pumps), unclogged the sewer
said he couldn’t accomplish the mis- phenomenal.” Division, as well as renovated Sadr City. When lines, and repaired the sewage line
sion without the U.S. Army Corps of Gayton also the sewer system.” we first arrived, breaks. Now when I ask residents,
Engineers “The lash-up with USACE appreciates the it was a semi- ‘Are you feeling better off than you
has been absolutely fantastic.” fact that USACE Lt. Col. Jamie Gayton
permissive envi- were last year,’ they smile and say
USACE established an office at has hired local r o n m e n t . ‘Yes’ — They see the improvements.
Iraqi engineers BTB, 2nd Bde., 3rd Inf. Div. Residents were “And as more projects get done, the
Forward Operating Base Loyalty near
the Brigade and Battalion headquar- who regularly allowing people momentum is becoming incredible.
ters and they work together on a daily visit the sites to to come in to do It’s a snowball effect. They realize
basis, Gayton said. provide quality assurance. “What I see in work but they weren’t embracing them. their government is getting stronger.
The first step in the process is the future is for USACE to continue Over the past eight months, since we We’re making progress every single
meeting with local Iraqi leaders to gradually raising the number of Iraqi really got in and started doing some good day.”

Reducing S peed and properly wearing of a seatbelt saves lives.


Bottom line – Buckle up, slow down!
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Page 11

Iraqi Combat Lifesavers


Emerging IA medics begin transition
of taking over for medical aid
Staff Sgt. Matthew Acosta receive instruction in bandaging, splinting,
22nd MPAD checking for pulse and breathing, how and
when to give intravenous injections, assessing
FORWARD OPERATING BASE PALI- a casualty and the fireman’s carry.”
WODA, Balad, Iraq – Medical support for The training is going well and a few Iraqi
Soldiers is a critical part in waging war. Soldiers earned the honor of additional train-
As Iraqi troops take over combat opera- ing as medical personnel at the Taji and Tikrit
tions, they are also stepping up to the job of medical facilities.
providing their Soldiers with medical support, Training Iraqi Soldiers has its share of chal-
from a patient needing sick call to a Soldier lenges.
with traumatic injuries. “In the beginning, we used (PowerPoint)
Equipping the Iraqi Army with medical per- slides but, it didn’t work as well as we had
sonnel requires training from Coalition planned,” Deister said. “We decided to use
Soldiers who can bridge the gaps in technolo- interpreters to help train the class explaining
gy, language and customs. everything in Arabic; this is working well.
“Right now, Iraq’s emergency medical sys- Then we put Iraqi medics to work helping us
tem is in the process of being stood up,” said train these Soldiers, integrating them into the
Cpl. Slade Deister, a medical supply noncom- training.”
missioned officer with Since incorporating the
Headquarters and Iraqi medics into the
Headquarters Troop, 5th training, Soldiers are
Battalion, 7th Cavalry, learning faster and
Task Force Liberty. retaining more, Italiano
“We’re helping them as “Treating them and training said.
much as we can to treat them is a challenge, but “Their customs also
both their military and differ from ours. When
civilian casualties and we’ve got it now and they are we need medical care,
their sick.” doing just fine with it.” we get it,” said Italiano.
Although the CFs are “But they think if Allah
helping to set up an wants them to live, he
Photos by Staff Sgt. Matthew Acosta emergency medical sys- Cpl. Slade Deister will save them. So
An Iraqi medic helps a fellow Soldier practice treating another tem for treating Iraqis, 5th Bn., 7th Cav. sometimes, it’s a bit dif-
Soldier for a broken arm by applying a splint during a combat life- they have had to turn ficult to get them to
saver course taught by U.S. Army and Iraqi Army medics. away some patients and treat each other, without
divert them to the hospital in Balad. worrying about ‘godly repercussions.’”
“Sometimes it breaks my heart to see some- “There have been Soldiers who have gotten
one in extreme pain, and I can only to tell sick while getting intravenous injections
them they need to go to the hospital in Balad because the thought of not knowing if they are
for treatment,” said Spc. Dominic Italiano, a going against their own beliefs makes them
medic and combat lifesaver instructor working physically ill,” he added. “Treating them and
for Task Force 5-7. “If we don’t turn them training them is a challenge, but we’ve got it
away, they’ll just keep coming here for treat- now, and they’re doing just fine with it.”
ment for the minor injuries in addition to life- Deister said the ultimate goal was for the
threatening traumatic wounds. When it’s life Iraqi Army to stop relying on Coalition Forces
threatening, we do what we can for the for medical support. The Iraqi Army already
patient,” he added. has a medical supply system in place, with a
Training some Iraqi Soldiers in first aid and growing inventory.
the combat lifesaver course was the next step “They realize we’re not going to be here
because the Iraqi Army is getting closer to tak- forever to help them,” said Italiano.
Spcs. Dominic Italiano, and Christian Hardwick, medics with ing over combat operations in the area, With the help of CF and dedicated Soldiers,
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, Italiano said. the Iraqi medics can now effectively treat
Task Force Liberty, demonstrate the proper procedure for the “Soldiers attend a three-day course learning many of the injuries a Soldier might encounter
Heimlich maneuver during the Iraqi combat lifesavers class. the basics of first aid,” Italiano said. “They while out on patrol and raids.

Iraqi, U.S. forces help families of bridge tragedy victims


2nd BCT PAO “The humanitarian supplies provid-
Media Release ed to the local citizens are intended to
help them during a very tragic circum-
BAGHDAD – Coalition and Iraqi stance. Our thoughts and prayers go
Forces teamed up with local officials out to all the families involved,” said
in Sadr City Sept. 13 and 14 to pro- Maj. Kurt Anderson, civil affairs team
vide humanitarian aid to families chief with 2nd Brigade Combat
affected by the Te a m , 3 r d
events at the I n f a n t r y
Khadamiyah Division.
Bridge Aug. 31. “I was very impressed with Each family
The aid was a the role of the Iraqi Police as received a pack-
follow-up to an age consisting
initial humani- the aid packets were handed of one kerosene
tarian package out. They definitely were of heater, two food
that was provid- bags, a dozen
ed Sept. 3. great assistance.” water bottles,
Hundreds of five notebooks,
men, women Maj. Kurt Anderson and one box of
and children 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. pencils.
died Aug. 31 “I was very Courtesy Photo
when they were impressed with Iraqi Police and 2nd BCT Soldiers hand out aid packets during a humanitarian assis-
trampled or fell the role of the tance project Sept. 13 to families affected by an August bridge stampede.
from a bridge over the Tigris River Iraqi Police as the aid packages were
after panic swept through the crowd as handed out,” Anderson said. “They also with comforting their fellow The earlier humanitarian packages
they headed to a religious ceremony at definitely were of great assistance, not countrymen during a very difficult consisted of rice, sugar, cooking oil,
a nearby mosque. just in handing out the packages but time.” tea and tomato paste.
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Photos by Staff Sgt. Tad Browning


(left) Sgt. Jaron
Alderman, HHC 3rd Bn.,
3rd Avn., Regt. (Attack
Reconnaissance),
unrolls a fuel hose dur-
ing the Aviation
Brigade’s first FARP
Rodeo.
(right) Pvt. Jonathan
Byrd, HHC, 4th Bn., 3rd
Avn., Regt. (Assault
Helicopter), runs to
emplace a water can at a
fuel point during the
Aviation Brigade’s first
FARP Rodeo.

Aviation Brigade Soldiers compete in FARP Rodeo


Staff Sgt. Tad Browning “We’ve been pretty busy from previous deploy- battalions to work together and build morale.
Avn. Bde. PAO ments and we’ve had limited training opportuni- “We work pretty well as a team, like a family, and
ties,” said Schmutz of West Jordan, Utah. “This it’s not hard working with fellow Soldiers,” said
CAMP TAJI, IRAQ – At a rodeo, one expects to gives the Soldiers the opportunity to experience Pvt. Jonathan Byrd, an Atlanta, resident with 4/3
find cowboys sitting on fences waiting for that multiple MOS tasks and FARP setups.” AHB.
eight-second ride to fame, the smell of manure and Two of the toughest events had Soldiers racing “The rodeo is an awesome experience,” Byrd
the rowdy “yee-haws” from the crowd. against the clock setting up an Advance Aviation said. “We pretty much knew what each other was
No tight fitting jeans or large belt buckles were Forward Aircraft Refueling thinking and everyone knows
on-hand at the first Forward Arming and Refueling System and the Heavy what needs to be done.
Point rodeo held by Aviation Brigade’s 4th Expandable Mobile Tactical Everyone gives 110 percent.”
Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Assault Truck Tanker Aviation “The rodeo is an awesome Schmutz gives a lot of the
Helicopter). What could be found on Sept. 19 were Refueling System. The experience. We pretty much credit for the success of the
Soldiers from three battalions in the brigade pour- Soldiers unrolled fuel hoses training event to Staff Sgt.
ing their heart and soul into six events that made up and ran with equipment over knew what each other was Floyd Lewis who missed the
the competition known as the FARP rodeo. a field of gravel to complete thinking and everyone knows event due to family circum-
“The FARP rodeo has multiple stations that are the setups that would allow stances caused by Hurricane
Military Occupational Specialty specific that focus four aircraft to refuel simulta- what needs to be done.” Katrina. Staff Sgt. Samuel
on training,” said Capt. Shane Schmutz, 4/3 AHB neously. Middleton was also instrumen-
executive officer and officer in charge of the event. “Because the rocks are so tal for coordinating the events
“The point is to make the Soldiers more technically hard to run on, and the dis- Pvt. Johnathan Byrd and for providing challenging
and tactically proficient and to enhance overall tance, it took a little longer 4/3 AHB training for the Soldiers.
readiness for the brigade.” than expected,” said Sgt. Without their help, the event
The Soldiers took the systems out for about two Jaron Alderman, a refueling possibly would not have hap-
weeks prior to the event to find out what worked specialist from Burgaw, N.C. and member of pened.
and what didn’t work said Sgt.1st Class Arthur Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd “We thought about how to bring cohesion and morale
Benefield, noncommissioned officer in charge and a Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack throughout the petroleum, oil, and lubricant platoons in
platoon sergeant with 4/3 AHB. Reconnaissance). the brigade. The events were determined by equipment
“The rodeo enhances the abilities of the Soldiers The other events at the rodeo included single and that the Soldiers use on a daily basis here in theater,”
to refuel aircraft in an expeditious manner,” dual blivet rigging which required two Soldiers to Middleton said. “Throughout the training morale was
Benefiels said. “They should be able to set up a hook up 500-gallon blivets in preparation for air high and the Soldiers had a lot of confidence.”
FARP in the shortest time possible, and that’s really movement to a forward location, preventive mainte- The Soldiers took the competition personally.
the ultimate goal.” nance checks and services of the HEMTT, and a The competitive spirit between the participating
The events were comprised of teams containing written test where Soldiers had to meet a mental units involved helped determine who would walk
seven to 11 Soldiers each. Some events required as challenge associated with their job. away with the bragging rights. When it was all over
little as two Soldiers and other events needed as In addition to training, the rodeo provided an and the dust had settled, 4/3 AHB took the honor of
many as seven Soldiers to participate. excellent opportunity for Soldiers from the different first place overall.

Sentinel cops train Iraqi brethren through MiTT


1st Lt. Lloyd Warren The MP MiTT has been tasked to personnel searches, reaction drills and protection and motivating the IPs
4th BTB assess, train, resource and equip the guard tower responsibilities. The patrolling the streets.
Iraqi Soldiers. Additionally, they are MiTT is looking to establish, work The platoon was very successful
BAGHDAD – Military Police are upgrading the force protection of the with and train an internal quick reac- working with area IP stations. After pass-
sometimes called upon to do things highly visible and targeted Iraqi MOD tion force as well as help upgrade ing the reins to the 42nd Military Police
outside of their lane of expertise. MPs compound. This partnership and train- physical force protection. Brigade, the platoon was assigned con-
of 4th Brigade Troops Battalion, 3rd ing is critical to the ISF learning to Because the operational tempo for the voy security operations, VIP transports,
Infantry Division have done that yet secure, fight and defend their newly- MOD is very high, training must be com- personal security detachment missions
again with the establishment of the formed government. pleted during the workday. The MPs and detainee escorts. The platoon contin-
Military Traning Team to support their On average, more than 400 vehicles work alongside the security forces, train- ues to perform these missions as they
newest mission. and 500 pedestrians enter the MOD ing and teaching as they go. train the ISF.
With a partnership formed between Compound on a daily basis. This mission is nothing new to the Helping and training the Iraqi
4th Brigade Combat Team, the Ministry Demonstrations occur regularly Gunslingers of 4/3 BTB. Prior to tak- Soldiers to defend themselves and
of Defense and the Iraqi Army, the MP’s across the street in the Haifa Street ing on the MOD MiTT mission, the their country brings the Iraqi govern-
MiTT is also working with the Iraqi Park. The guard towers, entrance platoon worked directly with the Iraqi ment one step closer to democracy,
Ministry of Defense. Iraqi Security guards and the ministry building are Police forces in the Kharkh district of the U.S. and Coalition Forces closer
Forces working at MOD are comprised often the target of small-arms fire, Baghdad where they were responsible to overwhelming success and the
of Soldiers from several units with mul- mortar and rocket attacks. for tasks such as establishing police Gunslinger Soldiers one step closer to
tiple job functions. Training is focused on vehicle and station operations, upgrading force home.
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Page 13

When time passes by


Time in Iraq changes Soldier’s life forever
Staff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta Vietnam Conflict, the Korean War,
42nd ID PAO and World War II’s Normandy beach-
es.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE Like them, Walczer is a veteran.
SUMMERALL, BAYJI, Iraq – In Even before the IED blew up near
combat, the point of contact is defined his vehicle, he had witnessed the car-
as where Soldiers encounter the nage from a vehicle-borne improvised
enemy. explosive device. It was a ghastly
Spc. Bryan Walczer, made contact scene.
in more ways than one May 17 when May 17 was indeed different for
he and some Iraqi Soldiers joined the him however.
ranks of improvised explosive device “I remember looking at the wound-
survivors. ed and thinking, ‘I’ve never seen any-
His Pennsylvania Army National thing like this before,’” he said.
Guard unit, A Company, 111th The unit quickly evacuated the
Infantry, has been training and per- wounded Iraqi Soldiers, but once he
forming combat operations with C was at the base medical facility,
Company, 201st Iraqi Army Battalion Walczer broke down.
since last December. Soldiers of both “My emotions just came out,”
units roll out of the base daily on Walczer said. “It was almost as if I
counter-insurgency missions, which was hiding them on the battlefield.
have become routine as patrols and They couldn’t come out; I had to do
raids. my job first.”
“Anything a normal infantry unit All but one of the wounded Iraqi
would do, we’ve done,” Walczer said. Soldiers survived.
Walczer was driving an open-back “The Iraqi Soldiers are always nice
humvee with Iraqi Soldiers on board to me,” he said. “I felt bad because I
as passengers during a patrol on May was driving the vehicle. I thought,
17 when an IED comprised of several ‘maybe if I drove more to the left,
155-millimeter rounds detonated next they’d still be here.”
to the vehicle. Despite this and other incidents,
Staff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta
May 17, the anniversary date of his Walczer and his fellow Soldiers drive
An Iraqi medic, consoles Spc. Bryan Walczer at FOB Summerall’s aid station following on with their mission.
enlistment, would no longer be
remembered as a day of reflection on an IED attack which injured Iraqi Soldiers on a vehicle Walczer was driving. Walczer is “I guess time heals all wounds,” he
his Army career. Instead, Walczer from Allentown, Pa., and belongs to A Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry. said. “You realize it is war, and it’s
refers to it as the “dark day” after disconnected, slow-motion state he enough to get out of his vehicle and not fair. You always try to do better,
coming close to losing his life. described as “post-concussion retard- seek cover. Minutes later, he was but you can’t do everything perfect-
“I said before we left the gate, ‘this ed.” ordered back to his damaged humvee ly.”
is a rolling target,’” he recalled. “I “When you have 155-millimeter where he saw the IED’s aftermath – Back home, Walczer is a criminal
was being sarcastic. You never expect rounds go off right next to your vehi- several wounded Iraqi Soldiers. justice student, but he is considering
anything’s going to happen, but in this cle, everything slows down,” Walczer Walczer, an Allentown, Pa. native, studying medicine instead.
case, it did.” said. is 20 years old with a family lineage “You come here to this place, and
The moments following the explo- He was still functioning, however. that reads like a catalog of honor — a see all this violence...maybe healing
sion are etched in Walczer’s memory. Guided by survival instincts and line of uncles and grandfathers who people will make me a better person,”
He couldn’t hear and was in a dizzy, fueled by adrenaline, he was aware marched through and survived the he said.

Soldiers honored for Hallums hostage rescue


Spc. Dan Balda for 10 months, although it was not by choice. door to give him food or water, they would put a fresh
4th BCT PAO He was kidnapped Nov. 1, 2004 while supplying coat of cement over the “door.”
the Iraqi Army with food. His captivity came to an Although they were unable to personally talk to
BAGHDAD – As the urban sprawl of Baghdad end during a daring night time rescue on Sept. 7. Hallums, the Soldiers felt they had played an integral
goes south, the concrete roads turn to dirt pathways Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored part in the rescue.
cutting between fields tended by the farmers that call Cavalry Regiment, provided valuable assistance dur- “The overall mission our here is a hard one, but to
this sparsely populated area home. ing the raid on the farmhouse where Hallums had be able to help in rescuing an American reminds me
Roy Hallums called one of these farmhouses home been held by terrorists. of who I am and what I do every day,” said Prather, a
The Task Force Baghdad tank gunner from Woodbridge,
Soldiers—1st Lt. Stephen Va. It reminded me of the good
Young, Sgt. Lee Prather, Sgt. coming from (our mission).”
Anthony Signorello, Spc. “Knowing that I participated “It was an honor (to help
William Forsyth, Spc. Forrest in the rescue of an American free Hallums),” Signorello
Gielenz and Pfc. Christopher said. “I was proud that after 10
Carter, all assigned to K Troop, who is now home safe and months he did not give up.”
3/3 Armored Cavalry Gielenz, a native of Grass
Regiment, were honored by sound with his family is the Valley, Calif., felt the ceremo-
the State Department during an best part of the whole thing.” ny was very personal. “It was a
informal ceremony Sept. 21 at real sincere thanks that you
Forward Operating Base Spc. Forest Gielenz could tell came from the
Falcon. They were members of 3rd Squaderon, 3rd Armor Cav. Regt.
heart,” he said.
the tank crew that set up a pro- Gielenz valued the certifi-
tective outer cordon to protect cate of appreciation signed by
the UH-60 Black Hawk helicop- the ambassador, but he had
ter carrying the rescue team as it moved in on the already received the one thing that really made him
farmhouse. feel like he had contributed to something important.
Hallums was discovered bound and gagged in a “Knowing that I participated in the rescue of an
Courtesy Photo tiny cellar-like room. The only ventilation came from American who is now home safe and sound with his
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over the farmhouse a small fan and cracks in the concrete slab that dou- family was the best part of the whole thing,” Gielenz
where Roy Hallums was held hostage for 10 months. bled as his door. Each time his captors opened the said.
Page 14 The Marne Express, October 9, 2005

Iraqi Army Soldiers graduate commando course


Spc. Derek Del Rosario civilian environment in handling
100th MPAD ambushes and close armed fire fights.
Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Jalil Kalaf, 1st
FORWARD OPERATING BASE Brigade, 6th Division commander, says
JUSTICE, Iraq – With rifles in the air, that he feels the Soldiers are well
Iraqi Army Soldiers sang cadences and trained.
jubilantly marched in circles as they “The Soldiers received training sim-
celebrated. ilar to special forces training such as
Soldiers of the Iraqi Army’s 1st house-to-house combat and training on
Brigade Headquarters, 6th Division, different weapons,” Jalil said. “It is
were commemorating their graduation very physical and intense training that
of the first com- prepares the
mando company Soldiers to
basic course counter terror-
during a cere- “It raises my morale and ism.”
mony Sept. 21. gives me more confidence to tionTheceremony gradua-
More than
100 Iraqi Army see these Soldiers graduate. included demon-
S o l d i e r s The more trained Soldiers we strations of the
endured 16 training the
weeks of intense have, the more we can fight graduates
training which e n d u r e d .
was separated in terrorists.”
Spc. Derek Del Rosario
Spectators were Iraqi Army Soldiers jumped through rings of fire and crawled under barbed wire to
three stages. Brig. Gen. Jalil Kalaf treated to demonstrate the training endured by graduates of the Iraqi Army commando basic
The first stage 1st Bde., 6th Div., commander demonstrations
course.
was six week of of unarmed
basic training close engage- his brigade has made much progress. course was taught and supervised
which trained the Iraqi Soldiers on ment combat, Soldiers taking sniping “There has been improvement over entirely by Iraqi trainers, said Jalil.
skills such as map reading and weapons positions atop trees, setting up explo- the last six months. We received an With such progress being made, Jalil
familiarization. The second stage con- sive devices, and even Soldiers show- area of operations in February, and we foresees a brighter future for a demo-
sisted of four weeks of special training casing their physical abilities by jump- plan to expand that area,” Jalil said. cratic Iraq.
at Camp Taji, which trained the ing through hoops of fire and crawling “My brigade is the first brigade in Iraq “It raises my morale and gives me
Soldiers on check-point and convoy under barbed wire. to handle such responsibility, and we more confidence to see these Soldiers
operations, as well as how to conduct a The training and increased responsi- are going to do the best we can.” graduate. The more trained Soldiers we
raid. The final stage was six weeks of bility of the Iraqi Army plays an impor- Another aspect of the training that have, the more we can fight terror,”
high-level training, which gave the tant role in establishing a democratic mirrors the increased responsibility of Jalil said. “We are putting nails in the
Soldiers the opportunity to train in a government, an area in which Jalil says the Iraqi Army is that the training coffin of terrorism.”

Baghdad kings of trash


U.S. Soldiers, Iraqis help large task of waste managment
Maj. Brian P. Murphy pal of Kaizen or “constant
2nd BCT improvement” to enhance the
program. Shattuck began a pro-
BAGHDAD – Have you gram where solid waste is
ever watched the HBO televi- picked up at the curb in nearly
sion show “The Sopranos” and all Baghdad neighborhoods
thought that you wanted to be in several times per week. Under
the trash business like Big Tony Sadaam Hussein’s regime, this
and the boys? was a luxury enjoyed only by
While the lives of Maj. the very wealthy.
Todd Shattuck and Staff Sgt. While it is true that a great
Dominic Fernandes, 3rd deal of trash remains in the
Infantry Division, streets of Baghdad, Shattuck
Government Support Team, estimates that it will take a gen-
may not be as exciting as eration to change the idea that
Tony Soprano, they are with- trash receptacles are where
out a doubt, the Kings of trash gets placed, not simply
Trash in Baghdad. thrown out the window or in the
Think for a moment about street for someone else to col-
how much trash you generate lect and discard.
by yourself each day. Now He has initiated an education
multiply that by 7 million peo- program in the elementary and
ple. That’s the amount of solid Maj. Russ Goemaere higher grade schools for proper
waste materials these gentle- A cleaning crew for Baghdad loads collected piles of trash on their wagon to be taken to the city dump. waste disposal.
men oversee the evacuation of When asked what their
each day. It’s a daunting task, draw upon their past experi- assist Shattuck in developing an picking up any trash.” proudest accomplishments
equal to the solid waste man- ences to make this happen. effective solid waste collection To avoid this issue in the were during this tour, the
agement for a city the size of Fernandes’ family actually and servicing plan. future, they developed a unique “Kings of Trash” said that it had
Toronto, Canada. owns a trash business in New Fernandes chuckles as he color and symbol systems for to be the release of more than
It’s a job that requires the Jersey. During his youth, he tells a story where they caught the trucks and workers in the 200 dumpsters for the cleanup
two Soldiers to manage a com- spent the summers riding on the one truck in three different various color-coded zones. of Sadr City.
plex $56 million dollar annual back of sanitation trucks col- neighborhoods within the same Shattuck relies on his experi- Having the dumpsters in
contract for collection and serv- lecting the neighborhood solid day. “He was doing a great job ences as a former plant opera- place has resulted in a signifi-
icing of solid waste. waste. He has used this person- of driving around picking up tions manager for Siemens and cant reduction in the amount of
Shattuck and Fernandes al knowledge and expertise to delivery tickets, but he was not is teaching the Japanese princi- trash lying in the public areas.

Uphold the Warrior Ethos. Obey your regulations


and General Orders. Serve with honor.
“Rock of the Marne!”
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Foundation of support
Pennsylvania Reserve Engineers
ensure medical unit’s success
Spc. Derek Del Rosario “We spent two weeks at Camp Yousefiya
100th MPAD to work on projects such as floors and the
AC,” Passarella said. “We really improved
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – The hot Iraqi air the living conditions there, making it a better
was thick with sawdust as the sun beat down place for Iraqi Army Soldiers to live in.”
on Soldiers in a roofless warehouse. Power Other projects that C Co. has completed
saws buzzed and the sound of hammers are 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s
pounding could be heard as Soldiers worked Tactical Operations Center and a tank hangar
fluidly like a team of worker ants as they at Camp Riva Ridge, formerly known as
measured, marked and cut the boards before Camp Tigerland.
passing them to comrades waiting on scaf- While the company is making progress on
folding 15 feet high. the warehouse, Koslowsky says that obtain-
These Soldiers were from C Co. 365th ing the materials needed to complete project
Engineering Combat Battalion, an Army remains the most difficult task. While most
Reserve unit out of Pennsylvania, and they of that is out of their hands, he feels the com-
were working on another project in support pany has been able to successfully overcome
of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3. other challenges that they can control.
Their current project is much more exten- “(Lack of) experience was an issue when
sive than an anthill, it is a medical supply we first got here. Some of these Soldiers did-
warehouse intended for the 44th Medical n’t have very much construction experi-
Company. ence,” Koslowsky said. “But since our first
The officer in charge of the project, 1st Lt. project, you can really see the Soldiers com-
Steve Koslowsky, a Medford, N.J., native, ing together. They are teaching each other
said the new warehouse will allow them to and doing a fantastic job staying on or ahead
store medical supplies that previously did not of schedule.”
have any shelter. Kendall agrees that C Co. has done an
“Before we came here, all the supplies excellent job at overcoming any inexperi-
were sitting in the sun,” Koslowsky said. ence they were facing at the beginning of
“When we complete this project, they will deployment.
have a building with a roof — a place to keep “There is a gap you have to bridge when
the supplies in an insulated, air-conditioned going from a citizen-Soldier to a full-time
building away from the weather.” military structure,” Kendall said. “A lot of
Sgt. 1st Class Scott Kendall, the project these Soldiers’ only active-duty experience
noncommissioned officer in charge and was basic training and advanced individual
Carlise, Pa., native, agrees that the new med- training, but they are doing a good job at
ical storage warehouse will be a great benefit adapting. I am proud of them and what they
to the company and the Soldiers they sup- are accomplishing.”
port. Soldiers are facing the same elements that
“We are giving them the opportunity to the medical warehouse is intended to protect.
store their supplies in a secure environment, “The heat plays a factor in our production.
out of the elements,” Kendall said. “Having I have to really keep track of my troops dur-
them out of the sun or rain will help in their ing the hot days,” Kendall said. “We’ve
receiving and shipping.” done projects at nights when it’s cooler, but
The 40,000-square-foot warehouse is then, there is an issue with lighting.” Day or
scheduled to be finished in mid-October. As night, the Soldiers in the company get the
of mid-September, the girders and columns project done safely, he added.
were in place, the concrete had been laid, and Gratification comes in many forms for the
Photos by Spc. Derek Del Rosario the trusses were being put in place. Soldiers of C Co. but for Passarella, nothing
(above) Louistown, Pa., According to Staff Sgt. Mitch Passarella, car- beats being able to see a building that they
native, Spc. Kyle pentry and masonry job foreman and have completed.
Brannan, C Co., 365th Lorretta, Pa., native, there were still some “It’s a great feeling to see the end product
Engineer Combat important aspects to be completed before the and to know I helped build it,” Passarella
Battalion, cuts wood to warehouse can be used. said. “It’s gratifying to be able to point (to a
be used to support the “I would say we are about 70 percent done building) and be able to say, ‘We built that
trusses that will be sup- right now,” Passarella said. “We still need to building.’”
porting a medical sup- finish the roof, electrical, AC, doors and seal- Having a tangible end product can be very
ply warehouse. ing, but if we stick with the plan we should rewarding, but it’s the intangible aspect of
(right) Pottsville, Pa., finish as scheduled.” the job that Koslowsky enjoys the most.
native, Staff Sgt. The warehouse is to be of great assis- “I love working with the Soldiers. Out
tance for 44th Medical Co., but this is only here I am like the project manager, and I
Richard Scardina, C have the privilege of working with excellent
one project that C Co. has worked on that
Co., 365th Eng. Combat has benefited Task Force Baghdad units; project NCOs and a fantastic, motivated
Bn., put a truss in place they are also responsible for the improved team,” he said. “Being out here with these
during a warehouse living conditions that have helped Iraqi guys — there is nothing better.”
development project. forces.

Local leaders, U.S. Soldiers fix ‘impassable’ roads


4th BCT PAO road. On Sept. 13, they hosted a media civil military operations sergeant Paving the road was suggested by a
Media Release event and showcased the one-mile assigned to 1st Bn., 184th Inf. and a member of one of the neighborhood
stretch of paved road in the Al-Doura native of Roseville, Calif. “Besides the councils, said Abbas Al-Taaei, the Al-
BAGHDAD – Just two months ago, neighborhood. drainage, we are also focusing on creat- Rashid District Council chairman
the children living in the Al-Doura dis- Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, ing a thoroughfare to connect the two Jobs created for this project helped
trict could not pedal their bikes without 184th Infantry Regiment began the main roads. We hope this will stimulate lower the unemployment in the area
riding along dirt pathways and dodging project in July as part of an ongoing the local economy.” and the residents were thankful for the
large ruts to avoid collisions. Cars reconstruction campaign in the 4th The completion of one mile of road serviceability of the road that was pre-
chose to avoid this route because of Brigade Combat Team’s area of opera- included more than 1,200 cubic meters viously impassable, said Al-Taaei.
water and sewage in the street earning it tions. A contractor paved the previous- of asphalt and 2,630 meters of curb. “The people of the neighborhood are
the nickname, “The Green Mile.” ly dirt road, installed a gutter system The Al-Doura project is a prime very happy for the road repairs and
These images are now just a memo- and added a sidewalk. example of developing infrastructure thank the Coalition Forces for estab-
ry after Task Force Baghdad Soldiers The project is well over halfway that works for the people and encour- lishing the project. I hope that coopera-
teamed up with local leaders from the complete and should be done by the end ages their ideas for future develop- tion will continue for future projects in
Al-Rashid district council to fix the of September, said Sgt. Mathew See, a ments. the area,” Al-Taaei said.
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IA, Coalition Soldiers donate school supplies to Kharkh


Staff Sgt. Raymond Piper
4th BCT PAO

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Army


and Coalition Forces work togeth-
er every day to make Iraq a safer
place.
During a school supply dona-
tion Sept. 25, Iraqi Army Soldiers
and the Kharkh District Council
took the lead to distribute the sup-
plies to students.
“We came here to support the
schools in the Kharkh district and
make the children happy. I feel
great about being here,” said Iraqi
Army Lt. Ali Abbas, a security pla-
toon leader for 1st Battalion, 5th Staff Sgt. Isaiah Montfort, a squad leader with B Company, 4th
Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment and Rochester, N.Y., native, teaches an
He added that such events help to
show that the Soldiers and the local Iraqi girl how to play patty cake during a school supply donation to the
government are here to help and Kharkh district Sept. 25.
protect people from all walks of “We want to assure the children school year in the Kharkh district,
life. that we are here to stop terrorism, but Al-Sattar said that he would
The Soldiers from A Company, and when they see us they can feel work hard to ensure that there are
4th Battalion, 64th Armor safe,” Abbas said. many more events for the area
Regiment brought more than 200 For many of the Soldiers, the schools.
packets of school supplies that are Iraqi children remind them of the “I am proud that all of us could
designed to give students the basic sons and daughters they left behind gather together to help the children
items they will need for class along when they deployed, so they made of this area continue their educa-
with extra pens, pencils and paper an extra effort to connect with tion.”
that were given to teachers. The them. The CF has a close relationship
KDC identified students from the Staff Sgt. Isaiah Montfort, a with the IA and government agen-
five area schools that needed sup- squad leader from B Company, cies when conducting operations,
plies, and the Iraqi Army helped to 4/64 Armor Regt., said he taught but it’s important for the Iraqi lead-
transport and pass out the items. one student how to play patty cake ers to take the lead on operations to
“It was the partnership between because he loves children and has a demonstrate they are in charge,
Coalition Forces, the KDC, and the daughter her age. said Capt. Scott Ginsburg, one of
IA that made the day a success,” The school supplies were donat- the team leaders from A Company,
said Abdu Al-Sattar, chairman of ed by a variety of non-profit organ- 425th Civil Affairs Battalion.
the KDC. izations to help the students with “It’s easy to say that they are in
As the supplies were carried in, their studies. charge, but actions speak louder
the Iraqi and American Soldiers “The donations will help them than words,” Ginsburg added.
visited the different groups of stu- continue their education and “Today, they (U.S. Soldiers)
Photos by Staff Sgt. Raymond Piper dents as they waited. The students become good citizens,” Abbas were a great help in working with
Iraqi Army Lt. Ali Abbas, security platoon leader for were divided into five groups from said. “This period of terrorism will the both the IA and KDC,” Abbas
1st Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, each of the area schools. One stu- end soon, so we want them to said. “The two Armies have such a
kisses a young girl on the cheek before giving her dent told an Iraqi Soldier that he never hesitate in studying and fin- great cooperation because our
knew that the IA was there to pro- ishing their schooling.” goals are the same – the end of ter-
school supplies Sept. 25. tect him. This was the first event for this rorism and a safe and secure Iraq.”

1/10th Mountain ensure a stable country


Soldiers build a secure Iraq by delivering concrete barriers
Staff Sgt. John R. Rozean Cavalry driving heavily armored hum-
1/10 Inf. PAO mvees, BSB drivers concentrate on
maneuvering the large vehicles
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – The rum- through the narrow Iraqi streets. This is
bling sound of 500-horsepower diesel a challenge because the trucks are 35
engines and voices of motor transport feet long and eight feet wide.
operators fill the air as Soldiers make “Don’t worry, I’ve been driving a
final adjustments and perform radio long time,” said Anderson, as he skill-
checks. fully maneuvered the massive vehicle
To some people, Camp Liberty’s through parked cars and local market
motor pools are dusty spreads of fine areas. Anderson said although driving
Iraqi sand surrounded by concertina is his units’ specialty, they are prepared
wire fencing and contain every imagi- to fight if they have to.
nable type of Army vehicle. This scene Anderson said he feels this is one
may seem impressive, but to the way that he is helping to bring freedom
Soldiers of the 10th Brigade Support to Iraq through these security efforts.
Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, When the convoy finally arrives at
10th Mountain Division, it’s routine. the drop-off site, it is met by Forward
“We do this everyday,” Pfc. Gerome Support Company counterparts who
Anderson said as he maneuvered a 10- have trucks outfitted with a materiel-
wheeled palletized loading system handling crane to unload the cargo. Staff Sgt. John R. Rozean
loaded with eight 5,400 pound concrete Soldiers like Sgt. Oscar Diaz from Pfc. Chad Vertz, from Janesville, Wis., of 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1/10th
barriers out of the motor pool and onto Chicago operate the crane with such Mountain Division connects the chains to a 5,400 pound concrete barrier during a
the Baghdad streets. Anderson, from precision it becomes an extension of Sept. 23 delivery to Forward Operating Base Institution. Delivering concrete barri-
St. Louis, Mo., is assigned to BSB’s their hands. ers is one way the U.S. Soldiers here are helping to increase the security in
Distribution Company. Once the cargo is unloaded the
Soldiers return to the Class IV yard at Baghdad. Concrete barriers can be placed strategically to control traffic flow and
For the next few months, barriers
will be placed strategically to control Camp Liberty and pick up more barri- limit vehicular access to certain areas.
traffic flow and limit vehicular access ers. “We’ve moved a lot of them,” Faulk streets of downtown Baghdad he saw
to certain areas. Delivering concrete Sgt 1st Class Earl Faulk, from said, as he directed the crane’s hook another vehicle delivering more barri-
barriers is one way the U.S. Soldiers Nashville, Tn., a BSB noncommis- into position so that another barrier ers to the yard.
are helping to increase the security in sioned officer, said his unit has moved could be picked up and loaded. “Well, here come some more,” said
Baghdad. more than 500 barriers in just a few As he stood near row upon row of Faulk, “Soon as we make a dent, they
Escorted by the 1st Squadron, 71st days. concrete barriers destined for the bring more!”
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Tuskers remember fellow Soldiers


Spc. Dan Balda “He was respected by all and loved by
4th BCT PAO the Cyclones. My job was made so easy
because my first sergeant was by my
FORWARD OPERATING BASE side. He was a family man; he would
FALCON, Iraq – When we are faced beam with pride and joy as he talked
with losing someone dear to us to an about his wife and son.”
untimely death, the natural reaction is to Anderson remembered Decker as an
ask; “why?” information sponge whose eyes would
Why was this person, whom I care shine brightly as he acquired new knowl-
about, taken from me? edge and a mild-mannered Soldier who
Too often we focus on the negatives gave everyone around him reassurance
rather than the difference made by those and confidence.
who are no longer serving beside us. “He told me when I promoted him to
Lt. Col. Robert Roth, 4th Battalion, sergeant, his promotion was for his fam-
64th Armor’s battalion commander tried ily,” Anderson said. “He loved his family
to make some sense of the conflicting more than anything.”
feelings he felt during the memorial serv- Sgt. John Durst remembered “that
ice held at Forward Operating Base damn Decker” as a great person, always
Falcon, Sept. 21, for 1st Sgt. Alan there for Durst and anybody else who
Gifford, Sgt. Matthew Deckard and Spc. needed him. “He would help anyone and
David Ford, all assigned to C Company, never ask anything in return.”
4/64. When someone who was like a broth-
The Soldiers were killed when an er to him died earlier in the deployment,
explosive device detonated next to their Decker told Durst he could not sleep
tank Sept. 17. until he comforted Durst. “When your
“I believe that for every horrible thing head is messed up, my head is messed
that happens on this earth; something up.”
very good comes from it,” Roth said. Spc. Dan Balda
“I could never repay him for the
He continued to share what positives Spc. Nathan Parks speaks of his battle buddy, Spc. David Ford, during the 4/64 things he did for me,” Durst said. “He
he had gleaned from the loss of three of Armor, memorial ceremony held at FOB Falcon Sept. 21.
held my head while I sobbed and
his Soldiers. endured the brunt of the blast while I
“I remember the night of the attack, from everyone that night. The crews who Roth said. “Walk away today and honor raged. He kept asking me, ‘What else can
being at the hospital and seeing one of never gave up and did whatever it took to these men by talking about them; laugh- I do, man?’”
the Soldiers,” Roth said. “The first thing save these Soldiers lives. The families ing, joking and sharing stories about Durst told the assembled mourners
he said to me was, ‘Give it to me straight, back home who took care of the wives them that brought us all closer together. something they could do to help his grief.
sir. How is everyone?’ When I replied and children of those who perished. The Thank these heroes for their sacrifice and “When you say your prayers, or crack
that they were being attended to by doc- people who don’t even live in Georgia for reminding us all that all we have is open that first beer, I hope you will all
tors, and he only need worry about him- who wanted to go to the hospital in each other.” remember that ‘damn Decker.’”
self, the next thing he said was, ‘I’m Washington D.C. to visit the injured as Capt. David Anderson, C Co. com- Ford’s roommate at Fort Stewart
sorry sir.’” they returned. mander, followed Roth by sharing mem- and battle-buddy Spc. Nathan Parks
Roth couldn’t believe that this young “Ladies and gentleman, this is love for ories of his Soldiers. He began by quot- remembered his “little brother” as one
Soldier, bleeding internally, who had just one another, which is the most powerful ing his company first sergeant, “Sir, if it’s who didn’t love the Army or even plan
experienced the single-most traumatic force on earth,” Roth said. “That is what stupid and it works; it isn’t stupid. on staying in, but one who was a great
event of his young life was more con- makes America great. In my mind, that is “I hope this works,” Anderson said, Soldier.
cerned with his buddies and how his why we are here in Iraq today. We are his voice choked with emotion as he “He was a smart kid and a hard work-
commander was handling the situation, here to show the rest of the world how to began to share his memories of his top er,” Parks said. “He motivated me on
than his own condition. love one another, and live in peace.” NCO. several occasions. He just loved life.”
Roth found it to be same when he “God put these men here on earth for “1st Sgt. Gifford had the ability to Anderson’s first thought when he met
spoke with the loved ones of the fallen a purpose. Perhaps their purpose was to make me smile no matter how mad I was Ford was, “My goodness, this kid looks
Soldiers. They told him, “Tell the do what they could in the short time they or the situation,” Anderson said. He too young.” During the time Anderson
Soldiers that our husbands are with God had here in Iraq, and perhaps, it is also to remembered one angry episode in partic- knew Ford, he watched him mature into
in heaven now. They are home and safe; remind us that there is no greater love ular. He was in a particularly foul mood a man and remembered him as one who
please tell them that it is okay. I want than the love of a friend, regardless of when Gifford told him. “Sir, I cursed dur- never complained, never questioned his
everyone else to finish the job so they color, race or religion,” Roth said. ing my church league softball game last orders. He gave all.
can come home and celebrate with There is a time for everything, accord- week. Think they are going to let me play We shall not mourn their deaths as
everyone else.” ing to the book of Ecclesiastes. Roth next week?” a tragedy – that in itself would be a
After this conversation, Roth had his asked that his Soldiers turn from their “Suddenly all my anger was gone, and tragedy, Anderson said. We shall learn
epiphany, “The single-most important season of mourning, leave their grief by I was smiling,” Anderson said. “I apolo- from them and speak of their strength,
thing we have on this earth is each other. the wayside and embrace the joy the fall- gized and realized that what I was getting courage in the face of adversity. They
The actions I saw that night and the fol- en Soldiers had brought to their lives. mad about wasn’t really worth getting were doing what they wanted; being
lowing days, help us to remember that all “Don’t tell me nothing good came mad about at all.” Soldiers and acting with selfless serv-
we have in this sometimes cruel world, is from the deaths of these men, because I Though his voice was cracking, ice. They gave their lives in the
each other.” don’t believe it. Let us put grief aside; the Anderson managed to edify his first ser- noblest of ways so that people would
He saw the incredible love that came time to celebrate their lives has begun,” geant. know freedom.”

DSB mourns fallen comrades, friends


DSB PAO gent and motivated Soldier and a noncommissioned back attitude and infectious smile.
Media Release officer.” “He was a wonderful friend, father, son, and leader,”
Arong further explained how Jonaus had joined the said Magana.
CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Friends and fellow Soldiers of Army after witnessing its assistance to his own country “Sgt. Vilorio was a compassionate leader who did his
two fallen Division Support Brigade Soldiers attended a during Operation Uphold Democracy. Arong also job beyond well,” said Capt. Jennifer R. Cave, the com-
memorial ceremony at the DSB Ministry Center Sept. shared some personal memories of his friend. mander for HHC. “He now belongs to the ages, but we
10. “Each of us will remember him in our own way; for preferred it when he belonged to us.
More than 500 mourners gathered to bid a fond he touched each of our lives differently and profound- “We all look to that fine day when we will see him
farewell to Staff Sgt. Jude R. Jonaus, a pharmacy tech- ly,” said 1st Lt. Jennifer A. Pollard, the commander for again, strong and sure, and smiling; that day when the
nician with the 550th Area Support Medical Company, the 550th ASMC. “Some shared his love of jazz and sorrow of his leaving will be gone from us forever.”
and Sgt. Franklin R. Vilorio, a wheeled vehicle mechan- Miles Davis and some joked around in wigs and silly “The loss of one such Soldier diminishes us all,” said
ic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, both hats together in the clinic. But mostly, we will remem- Lt. Col. Ronnie W. Long, the battalion commander for
with the Brigade Troops Battalion. ber him because he was a brave and courageous Soldier BTB. “The loss of two is truly hard to bear.”
Jonaus, who was born in Haiti, and Vilorio, who was who never backed down from a mission.” Long summed up his remarks with a charge.
from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, were killed Mission accomplishment was also important to “I conclude with the words of Gen. Creighton
when their vehicle was struck by a rocket Sept. 6 while Vilorio. Abrams, former Army chief of staff,” said Long. “What
they were performing duties as the brigade headquar- “Sgt. Vilorio was a great Soldier who dedicated his this country needs, it cannot buy. It needs dedicated
ters’ personal security team. life to completing the mission and taking care of Soldiers who see service to their country as an affair of
The PST is where Sgt. Leo Arong, a laboratory tech- Soldiers,” said Staff Sgt. Jose F. Magana, also a pharma- the heart.”
nician with the 550th ASMC, first met Jonaus. cy technician with the BTB. “I will miss him dearly and “No finer words could possibly sum up the convic-
“We were both selected to be on the PST,” said I will never forget him.” tions shared by Staff Sgt. Jude Jonaus and Sgt. Franklin
Arong, who was born in Nigeria. “During the PST Magana, the brigade PST noncommissioned officer Vilorio,” Long said. “May the same be said of all of
training, I came to know Jonaus as a dedicated, intelli- in charge, said Vilorio will be remembered for his laid- us.”
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Photos by Spc. Derek Del Rosario


(above) Hattesburg, Miss., native Spc. Matthew
Stallard and Eagle Point, Ore., native Pfc. Eric Cramer,
both of A Co., 603rd ASB, work on an Apache rotor-
head as part of its phase maintenance.
(right) Stallard and Cramer tighten the rotor blades on
the Apache.

BATTLE, continued from page 1

of what makes the Apaches currently in hard and I think that we currently have a is put back together. Mechanics then phase out so many Apaches ensures the
theater the most effective combat air- good mix of flight time to inspection conduct a multi-operations check to brigade has the combat power to do its
craft patrolling the skies. The continual time,” said Eckert, of Lake Charles, La. make sure the bird is ready to fly. missions.”
maintenance and proficiency of the While the mechanics have been doing Finally, maintenance test pilots fly the Brooks agreed that the two compa-
Soldiers in A Company, 603rd Aviation a good job keeping pace with the aircraft for a final check before the nies are working well together to pro-
Support Battalion, are key factors in OPTEMPO, Eckert said what the Apache is once again ready for combat. vide the fastest turnover of mechanical-
making sure the Apaches in the battalion mechanics accomplish during phase “A good phase can take up to two- ly-sound Apaches in a very prompt man-
are up to standard and ready to fly. inspections is and-a-half weeks,” ner.
Putting their 24th aircraft into phase also quite an Brooks said. “We get a good handoff from A Co.
means that 3/3 ARB has flown more impressive feat. “When it comes because they conduct good pre-phase
than 12,000 hours — an accomplish- “The Apache “The amount of flight hours to Apaches, our inspections,” Brooks said. “We use a
ment that Sgt. 1st Class Bernard Brooks, comes in the company has phase book to keep track, that way when
noncommissioned officer in charge of hangar door (as) and maintenance that this phased approxi- we get the Apaches for phase inspection
production control in A Co., 603rd ASB, an aircraft. In brigade puts in has never mately 50 so we already know a lot of what to do,
said has a direct impact on the operation two or three days far.” which makes things flow faster and we
tempo. you look at that been done here. It shows that Eckert said can do the job quicker.”
“Our troops are working very hard same aircraft we have some excellent being able to fin- While things such as the heat and
and they put in long hours,” said Brooks, again, and it’s ish the Apache OPTEMPO can be a challenge for the
of Augusta, Ga. “The amount of flying just a shell,” mechanics.” phase inspec- mechanics of the company, Brooks said
impacts upon our phase inspections, so Eckert said. Sgt. 1st Class Bernard Brooks tions in about 20 the morale in the company is high
when the operation tempo is high, we “The aircraft is 603rd ASB days, is about 10 because the Soldiers feel they’re making
are going to be doing a lot of inspec- completely bro- days faster than ground-breaking accomplishments.
tions.” ken down, from standard — a “The amount of flight hours and
Sgt. 1st Class William Eckert, the engine to the tail rotor.” tribute not only to the hard work of the maintenance that this brigade puts in has
NCOIC of production control in D Co., The phase inspection consists of mechanics in A Co. but to the Soldiers of never been done here,” Brooks said. “It
3/3 ARB, coordinates with Brooks so many parts. The armament group per- D Co. as well. shows that we have some excellent
the members of A Co., 603rd ASB can forms electrical checks on things such as “603rd is doing their phases very effi- mechanics and we are getting some
do the phase inspections on the battal- the guns, sights and all electrical compo- ciently, but a lot of that is due to how excellent training. We are making histo-
ion’s Apaches. nents. The aircraft is broken down and well our company keeps (the Apaches) ry, for the company and the brigade, and
“The mechanics are working very different sections are inspected before it maintained,” Eckert said. “Being able to it is gratifying to be a part of that.”
BANKS, continued from page 1

special person. “Fear is caused by doubt. By getting your senses In Billy’s “Boot Camp” workout package, Blanks
“You are all special people,” the five-time in shape to be the best you can be, you will get your issues a small item all too familiar to the military:
Amateur Athletic Union Champion began. “To body in shape,” said Blanks. “Physical fitness is dog tags simply inscribed, ‘Spirit’ and ‘Willpower’.
come to this country and work so hard to help (the more than a physical thing. You can’t just believe Sgt. Gary L. Ray, a combat engineer with C
Iraqi) people; most would run from that challenge. you can do it – you must know it.” Company, 648th Combat Engineer Battalion, exempli-
If you were not special, everyone in the United 1st Lt. Robert Venton, 48th BCT force protection fied the warrior spirit. Returning from a night mission,
States would be here with you brave men and officer, equates Blanks’ challenge to two words: the Waycross, Ga., carpenter was determined to enjoy
women.” time and determination. an opportunity to be part of the warrior’s workout.
Blanks was straightforward with his personal “There is nothing to stop you,” Venton said. “If “I’ve never enjoyed anything so much,” Ray said
challenge to the Soldiers as well: stay safe and do you have the time, you should reinforce it with the visibly bleary-eyed and proud of his accomplish-
what it takes to be the best by not allowing doubt to determination to do what is necessary to get where ment. “Now I’ve got to get my hands on his DVDs
be a deterrent. you need to be.” so I can keep up with him.”
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Page 19

The Local Beat:


Task Force Baghdad News Briefs
Operation Flea Flicker sweeps stopped four suspicious vehicles Baghdad. The Soldiers secured the site terrorists
through Zafaraniya around 11:55 p.m. Sept. 29. Upon and found 15 mortar rounds, one anti-
searching the car, the Soldiers discov- personnel mine, one stick of dynamite BAGHDAD – Coalition Forces cap-
ZAFARANIYA, Iraq – U.S. and ered terrorist propaganda, 10 Iraqi and 16 cases of rifle grenades. An tured 10 terror suspects in three sepa-
Iraqi forces searched houses and fields Police badges and six IP-issue Glock explosive ordnance disposal team safe- rate combat operations conducted in
during Operation Flea Flicker in pistols. Soldiers detained 12 suspects ly detonated the munitions. and around the capital city.
Zafaraniya Sept. 14. for further questioning. Later, U.S. Soldiers on patrol Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sept. 17,
The operation, conducted by About 10 minutes later, another stopped a vehicle in southwest Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 11th
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 9th Field vehicle was stopped at the same check Baghdad just before 6 p.m. When the Armored Cavalry Regiment began a
Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team point and the four occupants of the car patrol searched the vehicle they found cordon and search of suspected safe
and Iraqi Public Order Brigade, was were discovered to have Iraqi govern- a 107-millimeter rocket hidden in the houses to capture members of a terror
designed to disrupt anti-Iraqi activity ment badges, three AK-47 assault rifles trunk. The driver and the passenger in cell operating in west Baghdad.
in the area in preparation for the Oct. and one Glock pistol. The four indi- the vehicle were taken into custody for In just over two hours, the Soldiers
15 constitutional referendum. viduals were also detained for further questioning. seized four members of the cell who
The joint force swept through neigh- questioning by IPs. are thought to be members of a mortar
borhoods during the early morning At 12:30 a.m. Sept. 30, a Task Force Coalition Forces seize seven team which had been carrying out
mission, searching for illegal weapons, Baghdad patrol saw two individuals terror suspects, weapons attacks against Coalition Forces, Iraqi
propaganda and other contraband. placing a roadside bomb on a highway Security Forces and civilians.
Troops discovered several minor south of Baghdad. The Soldiers fired BAGHDAD – Task Force Baghdad All four suspects were taken into
weapons violations, and detained a on the individuals who then fled the Soldiers captured five suspected terror- custody for questioning.
man with a 60-millimeter mortar round scene. The area was cordoned off and ists near a checkpoint in east Baghdad Just before midnight, Soldiers from
in a plastic bag under his bed. the anti-tank landmine was safely just after noon Sept. 19. the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment
destroyed by an EOD team. Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 7th carried out another cordon and search
U.S. Soldiers nab 18 terror Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade in east Baghdad. Within minutes the
suspects U.S. Forces seize weapons, Combat team seized five AK-47 assault Soldiers secured the area around the
capture terror suspects rifles from the suspects who were gath- targeted house, knocked on the door,
BAGHDAD – Task Force Baghdad ered at an intersection near the check- entered the house and seized the sus-
Soldiers continued clearing roadside BAGHDAD — Task Force Baghdad point. pect they were after.
bombs and detaining terrorists in oper- Soldiers uncovered two weapons The five terror suspects and their When the Soldiers searched the
ations around the Baghdad area Sept. caches and arrested two terror suspects weapons were turned over to the Iraqi house, they found weapons and
29 and 30. Sept. 17 denying terrorists an opportu- Police. instructions on how to build a roadside
Around 9 p.m. Sept. 29, a Task nity to conduct attacks against In other combat operations, bomb. The unit also found numerous
Force Baghdad patrol reported finding Coalition Forces and innocent Iraqi Coalition Forces conducted an early- documents and maps which could have
an improvised explosive device on a civilians. morning raid against a suspected ter- been used to plan an attack.
highway in west Baghdad. An explo- The Soldiers found the first weapons rorist safe house at 1 a.m. Sept. 20. An hour later, Coalition Forces
sive ordnance disposal team safely cache hidden in north Baghdad at 7:45 The team captured two suspects detained five more terror suspects dur-
cleared the bomb from the site. Two a.m. The cache contained a 55-gallon believed to be involved in planning and ing a raid conducted in central
suspects were detained for further oil drum, three bags of gunpowder, six conducting terrorist activities in the Baghdad. The five suspects are
questioning in connection with the AK-47 assault rifles, and a large Hateen district of central Baghdad. believed to have taken part in planning
IED. amount of plastic explosives. Both men were taken into custody and participating in terrorist activities
Elsewhere, after setting up an Soldiers of TFB discovered the sec- for questioning. in the Aamel district.
impromptu control point in northeast ond weapons cache in an old ammuni- The suspected terrorists were taken
Baghdad, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers tion depot at 2:45 p.m. in southeast Coalition raids net 10 suspected into custody for questioning.

Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Ken Walker


(above) Spc. Joseph MacLaughlan, 92nd
Chemical Co., 92nd Eng., from Ridgewood, N.J.,
asks Gen. George Casey Jr., the top commander
on the ground of Iraq about future enhanced body
armor.
(right) Gen. George Casey Jr., senior commander
of Coalition Forces in Iraq visits and answers
questions from Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry
Division at Camp Liberty Sept. 28.
Page 20 The Marne Express, October 9, 2005

Photos by Spc. Derek Del Rosario


(above) Playing basketball is a popular activity at the Wisam
Almajd Sports Club.
(right) A group of Iraqi citizens drill basketballs on the Wisam
Almajd basketball court. The 448th Civil Affairs Brigade has
made improving the sports club an ongoing project.

Battalion helps build recreation


club for Iraqis with disabilities
Spc. Derek Del Rosario ects involving the community.” said. “We fixed the windows, but,
100th MPAD While the club is open to anyone with the Islamic party headquarters
who wants to use its facilities, it is located down the street, it is impor-
BAGHDAD – Iraqi citizens who also the place where a wheelchair tant for everyone to be careful and
are mobility impaired or have other basketball team practices and a remain watchful.”
disabilities have a place to gather power lifting team trains. The battalion has completed other
for sport and recreation thanks to “The club welcomes everyone, projects helping the community near
the ongoing efforts of community and every time I visit I see new the recreation center. They have
leaders and the U.S. Army. The faces. There are usually around 30 filled potholes, upgraded parks by
Wisam Almajd Club for Sports of to 40 participants on a given day,” planting trees, and built swings,
the Disabled is a center where peo- O’Connor said. “They are really benches and tables. They have also
ple who use wheelchairs and indi- big on their sports, and they are built a railroad crossing and more
viduals with disabilities can play really proud. They often show me projects to improve the community
basketball, fence or lift weights. their ribbons and awards.” are in the planning stages.
The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion One member of the club com- “I see a lot of Iraqi kids riding
assisted a continuing effort to petes in power lifting competitions their bikes in the streets, so we are
improve the center by adding a with much success. Mohamed trying to get a bicycle track built,”
kitchen to the sports club. This Abass uses a wheelchair to aid in O’Connor said. “We are also look-
addition was commemorated during mobility, but he doesn’t need it for ing into building a family picnic
a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the the bench press. Abass can bench ground with a gazebo and a fountain
club Sept. 25. press 352 pounds — almost three for families to enjoy.”
The club has a full basketball times his body weight. While O’Connor gets a lot of
court with bleachers, a gym with “I’ve been working-out here for gratification from serving the Iraqi
exercise equipment and free the past four years,” Abass said. community, he tries to let everyone
weights, and now a kitchen for “This (club) is the only place for the know that club users are just as
patrons to enjoy. disabled in Baghdad, and probably thankful to their own Iraqi people as
Sgt. 1st Class Dennis O’Connor, the only place in Iraq.” they are to the U.S. Army.
a member of the civil affairs battal- Building up the recreation center “(It’s gratifying) when kids
ion and Appleton, Wis., native, has come with some setbacks. come up and say ‘thanks, we need-
acted as a project manager and met O’Connor says that being cautious ed this.’ It’s a good feeling to see
with community leaders to improve and vigilant of possible attacks is the smile on people’s faces,”
the center. one of the challenges that are part of O’Connor said. “It’s their culture;
“This is an ongoing project that the project. everyone is very appreciative and
was built from the ground up,” “We had a vehicle-born impro- can’t stop saying thank you. I tell
O’Connor said. “This is an organi- vised explosive device go off in them to thank their council mem- An wheelchair athelete goes for a layup in the gym at
zation whose participants are very front of the facility once, and it blew bers; they are the real people who the Wisam Almajd Sport Club, a recreation center
active and get involved with proj- out all the windows,” O’Connor did it for them.” built by community leaders along with the U.S. Army.

(left) Club mem-


bers and visi-
tors await the
club’s ribbon
cuttin ceremo-
ny.
(right) Mohamed
Abass performs
multiple repeti-
tions on the
bench presses
in the workout
room inside the
gym.
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Guidance Page 21

Safety in a combat zone can save lives


Sgt. Maj. Kenneth A. Hinckley a state of mind. It is a mindset that In Iraq, you won’t see a military Some leaders still refuse to set the
Safety Sergeant Major, STB begins with “Hey, I can be killed or police vehicle at most camps and for- example. They might even encourage
horribly wounded over here, and not ward operation bases trying to save their Soldiers not to wear seatbelts!
Have you ever had that thought? even leave the wire!” you from yourself. The military These same leaders would not think
At first, the term “Safety in a com- Should this scare you? You bet it police are too busy outside the wire in for a second, of not buckling their
bat zone” does seem absurd. I mean should! the fight. infant child in a car seat when the risk
the way most Soldiers are wounded or We are all from nations where laws Troops of all ranks take advantage is nowhere near as great as it is over
killed in Iraq is by enemy fire, impro- are absolute and safety codes were put of this by driving like there is “no here!
vised explosive devices….COMBAT! in place long ago and enforced. Back tomorrow.” We see Soldiers blowing Leaders, your troops are not chil-
Well, you are “dead wrong” in your home, ignore your seatbelt, run a stop by stop signs (Hey, no one is com- dren, but you are charged with pro-
thinking. sign, fail to put your small child in a ing!), driving thru dining facility/post tecting them like they are your chil-
Hundreds of Coalition troops have car seat, even jaywalk…and there will exchange parking lots in five-ton dren. They are someone’s child, and
been killed or wounded by accidents be a state trooper or police officer vehicles or larger as if not worrying that someone would like to have them
since the beginning of the war. The more than happy to give you an about those that might walk in front of back in one piece at the end of their
dead are just as dead as if the enemy unpleasant reminder. You might look you…the list seems endless. For duty.
shot them or blew them up; the same at the ticket he or she hands you as those and for those they hurt, there The accident rate is out of control.
goes for the maimed. some quota to fill, instead of the offi- may be “no tomorrow.” One preventable accident is too many.
The tragedy in these cases is that cer caring about whether you or those Despite the many lectures, posters, Don’t we have enough tragedy to deal
most of the accidents were preventa- who you are “charged” with protect- signs, briefings, safety stand-downs with by losing our troops to enemy
ble. The lack of focus on safety in a ing, live or die. and classes, some Soldiers still refuse action, without adding to the misery
combat zone; that failed thinking, that Who among us would think of to wear their seatbelt outside the wire. by lack of good sense and leadership?
complacency, that lack of situational speeding on a military post, or run- You know if the vehicle rolls over Safety in a combat zone?
awareness, that lack of leadership, ning a stop sign, knowing there was a or is blown in the air by an IED, you Hell yeah, and NOW!
was the reason for the accident. Other penalty to pay, money to lose, privi- are possibly going to die, yet you still Leaders, do your job and quit being
factors may be involved, but safety is leges lost?! refuse to buckle-up. the problem instead of the solution.

Mar ne Medical Mentor ... a prescription for good health from your Docs in the Rock
Chitosan blood clotting bandages are now a part of medic’s aid bag
Division Medical Operations Staff the first 30 seconds. Chitosan was shown to be effec- with this dressing is that you can put on a tourniquet,
Special to The Marne Express tive in stopping or reducing bleeding in more than 90 stick the dressing on, stop the bleeding, then take the
percent of combat cases, without known complica- tourniquet off and keep circulation to the limb (so
Shrimp shells, of all things, may contain the mili- tions. amputation isn’t necessary).”
tary’s solution to the problem of hemorrhage (bleed- The 4-inch by 4-inch chitosan dressing is well “We haven’t actually run over it with a humvee,
ing) on the battlefield. More specifically, the shell’s suited for the battlefield and is a vast improvement but it does stay together well, and that’s an important
chitin, after it’s transformed into a specific form of over gauze and pressure bandages traditionally used factor because we need Soldiers to be able to carry it
chitosan, forms a seal that can stop uncontrolled to stop extreme bleeding, said Col. Bob Vandre, in their packs and run around with it, fall down on it
bleeding. director of Combat Casualty Care research for the (without damaging it), et cetera,” said Dr. Anthony
Today, Army combat medics in Iraq and U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Pusateri of the Institute of Surgical Research.
Afghanistan use the chitosan hemostatic (hemostatic Command. The dressing’s durability and flexibility Since Operation Restore Hope in Somalia ended
means “stop bleeding”) dressing made from chitin make it “Soldier proof,” he said. The dressing can in 1993, Army researchers have been making strides
found in these shrimp shells that bonds with blood withstand blunt force as well as extreme field condi- toward making uncontrolled battlefield hemorrhage a
cells to form a clot. Medics began receiving the tions, including inclement weather, temperature and distant, horrible memory.
dressings in 2003. rugged terrain. On modern battlefields, more than nine of 10 com-
The dressing was created by researchers at the “We need to keep casualties alive longer so we bat deaths occur before evacuation, and a little more
Oregon Medical Laser Center using a research grant have more time to evacuate them for surgical treat- than half of those are caused by uncontrolled hemor-
from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material ment. When we can get them to surgeons, they rhage, said Pusateri, a physiologist who’s worked in
Command. Researchers at the Institute of Surgical almost always survive,” he said. hemorrhage control for nearly eight years
Research, which has robust research efforts in stop- Researchers also believe hemostatic dressings can Further, chitosan is also antimicrobial, so it kills
ping lethal hemorrhages on the battlefield, tested the save limbs as well as lives because they limit the germs for soldiers injured on dirty battlefields,
dressing before it was submitted to the Food and amount of time a tourniquet is needed. “You can’t Vandre said. The bandage poses no threat to people
Drug Administration for approval in 2002. leave a tourniquet on for more than a few hours, or who are allergic to shrimp, he added.
In studies performed at the institute, the chitosan the loss of circulation in that limb will cause it to “It turns out that though many people are allergic
dressing effectively stopped bleeding of a wound in need to be amputated,” Vandre said. “The thought to shrimp, they’re not allergic to the chitin,” he said.

Religious Service and Prayer Schedule for Camp Liberty


Division Chapel Engineer Chapel Riva Ridge Chapel
Mon. – Fri. Wednesday Wednesday
12. p.m. Catholic 7 p.m. Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Wicca Circle – briefing tent
Saturday Friday Wed & Sat
10 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist 9 p.m. Prayer & Praise 10:30 a.m. Reunion & Suicide Brief
Sunday Saturday Saturday
9 a.m. Contemporary Protestant 10 a.m. Reunion & Suicide Brief 7 p.m. Catholic Mass
10:30 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass
1 p.m. Lutheran Sunday Sunday
3 p.m. Gospel Protestant 8:45 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass 9 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass
5 p.m. Church of Christ (noninstrumental) 10 a.m. Traditional Protestant 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Mass
8 p.m. Collective Protestant 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Latter Day Saints 1 p.m. Gospel Protestant
7 p.m. Traditional Protestant 3 p.m. Traditional Protestant
7 p.m. Non Denominational Christian
9:30 p.m. Evening Christian Service
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DESERT JUSTICE
Interesting jobs in the SJA field
Chaplain’s Corner
Cpt. Jacob R. Lilly
Chief Counsel, Detainee Operations
tional laws even when our
enemies do not for a couple of
reasons.
Where is God in this?
“Chief Counsel, Detention First, international law, Chaplain (Maj.) Stephen Walsh and in gangly tactical vehicles. They assem-
Operations?” once ratified by the Senate, 42nd MP Bde. bled by the thousands under the guidance of
“So that makes you a becomes a part of U.S. law their commander who ordered them to roll up
prison warden, right?” just as if it was passed by Like many, I watched with a mixture of fas- their sleeves and begin to restore New
Congress and thus must be cination and horror the television reports of Orleans.
Any attempt to explain followed regardless of other Hurricane Katrina’s havoc upon the city of I watched as majestic CH-47D Chinook
Detention Operations has to illegalities. New Orleans. With awe, I sat mesmerized as helicopters ferried Americans to safety and I
start with this question asked Second, the U.S. follows reporters ominously predicted a natural disas- was proud to be in uniform. My chest swelled
by one of my uncle’s before I the law to encourage other ter the scope of biblical proportions. I prayed to see our young Soldiers plowing through
left Georgia. countries in future conflicts to along with the nation that the worst would not flooded streets in enormous M977 series tacti-
“No,” I tried to explain, engage in the principle of rec- happen. cal trucks to bring food and clothing to the
“I’m more like the human iprocity (we respect their New Orleans was submerged in a watery stricken citizens of the Big Easy. Many
rights lawyer for the divi- detainees and they respect grave along with much of lower of these Soldiers were deployed here in
sion.” ours). This respect for inter- Louisiana and Mississippi. Overnight, Iraq just a few months ago.
But why does a division at national law will lead in the thousands of Americans were When people ask me,
war need a full time lawyer long term to lower casualties displaced without food, shelter “Where is God in all this?,” I
assigned to detention opera- as enemies know they can or clean water. tell them to look at the men and
tions? surrender Immediately, the talking women of our military.
Let’s honorably heads began pointing fingers In their actions you will
start with to us and from the climate-con- see God’s help and hope.
the scale don’t have to trolled comfort of their In their willingness to sac-
of deten- fight to the death. studios. Some pointed rifice their lives, you will
tion oper- Additionally, many at their fellow man and witness God’s love and con-
ations Soldiers feel that when they some pointed at God. cern.
here in capture detainees only to see Hollywood heroes When all is said and
Baghdad. them released later is a very rushed to the scene; done, our military is
At any one frustrating experience. Every many hoping to look three still the one organiza-
time, there are approximately detainee captured is entitled inches taller by standing on tion that people trust
300 detainees in Multi- to a series of legal reviews the misfortune of others. to be able to provide
National Division-Baghdad that are essentially a Politicians crooned, govern- them help. At a time
custody. These detainees are detainee’s day in court. These ment agencies swooned and when most human
processed from the point of legal reviews are there to charities seemed doomed. institutions seem over-
capture, through brigade and make sure that we have Yet amid all the huff, puff and whelmed by natural or political
division facilities, and even- picked up the right detainee, bluff there arose from the dark- events, the volunteers of our military
tually on to Abu Ghraib if that there is enough evidence ness a quiet force; unheralded and continue to overcome all earthly
there is evidence to detain to hold the detainees and that undaunted. Formed without fanfare or odds to accomplish any mission.
them. Additionally, the 6th the detainee will eventually flourish, they gathered in armories and air- With the help of God, they will contin-
Iraqi Army Division, the stand trial. fields, gymnasiums and parade fields prepare ue to prevail in the battle to overcome any
Ministry of Interior Special These legal reviews, how- to deploy as it has done so many times bring- force that threatens to hurt or harm people
Police, and the Iraq Police all ever, only recommend to ing a message of hope … it’s mission to everywhere.
have detainees in our area of commanders what to do, it is restore order from chaos, and peace out of I predict that long after the television news
operations. always a combat comman- confusion. crews go home and Larry King returns to
Every individual detained der’s final decision as to With the strength found in an army of interviewing Pamela Anderson, members of
has certain rights, guaranteed whether to hold onto a believers who trust in a power higher than our military will still be there in Louisiana and
by the Geneva Conventions. detainee. The US can not themselves, a good greater than their own and Mississippi working quietly to help restore
There are actually four differ- hold detainees indefinitely, a cause larger than their life, they left home people’s lives and to rebuild. They will do it
ent GCs, as they are known, and must push detainees into and family to bring help. without any reward, except the one that comes
pertaining to different areas the Iraqi courts to try and con- They flew low in soaring UH-60 Black from above.
and types of war. While vict those detainees. Then, Hawk helicopters and drove slow in lumbering Thankfully, for most of them, that will be
Soldiers typically have to they can be given sentences of humvees. They packed themselves in busses enough.
know Geneva Convention III many years in Iraqi jails.
(Prisoners of War), the war The job of the detainee
here in Iraq actually applies operations lawyer then is to

In Memory of ...
Geneva Convention IV enforce these standards, to
(Civilians in Wartime). look out for the legal protec-
Many Soldiers ask why we tions of all involved, to pro-
should apply these rules when vide our forces with clear
the terrorists we are fighting guidelines to stay out of trou-
do not respect any law. ble, and most of all, to make
However, the United States sure the bad guys go to jail Spc. David H. Ford IV, 4/64 Armor
continues to abide by interna- and the innocent do not.
Sgt. Matthew L. Deckard, 4/64 Armor

?
1st Sgt. Allen N. Gifford, 4/64 Armor
LEGAL Staff Sgt. Daniel R. Scheile, 1/184 Inf.
Sgt. Paul C. Neubauer, 1/184 Inf.
PROBLEMS? Staff Sgt. Jason A. Benford, 2/69 Armor

CONTACT
YOUR UNIT’S
SJA FOR You may be gone,
but you’re not forgotten.
GUIDANCE We will continue the fight.
The Marne Express, October 9, 2005 Sports Page 23

“Titan Cup” brings Soldiers together as one


Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Shutts The events that followed were ulti-
2/3 BTB mate Frisbee, soccer, flag football,
and volleyball for the outdoor events,
CAMP LOYALTY, Iraq – The and indoor events featured spades,
Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat darts, dominos, and ping-pong.
Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Brigade Pvt. Bernabe Cobos, B Co., 2/3
Troops Battalion, normally spend BTB, a member of the soccer team,
their days fighting terrorism in Iraq. said he enjoyed the overall cama-
Sept. 10 brought something special raderie and he liked seeing the “rival-
to the battalion – a chance to forget ry between the companies.”
about the terrorists for awhile and “Soldiers were supporting Soldiers
concentrate on a different type of con- by cheering on the side lines,” Cobos
test – a struggle among the companies said.
to claim the coveted “Titan Cup” dur- Between the outdoor and indoor
ing the battalion’s organizational day. events, Soldiers enjoyed a barbecue
The Titan Cup is awarded to the that brought a touch of home.
best company in a series of team and Sgt. Michael Ruff, A Co., 2/3 BTB,
individual competitions. While the said he was pleased with the bar-
rivalry for the cup drives each compa- beque.
ny to compete, the overall goal is to “It was a good social event with Spc. Elizabeth Garcia
bring all Soldiers of the battalion great food and lots of variety,” Ruff The 2/3 BTB Organiational Day Flag Football Championship pitted A Company versus B
together regardless of rank or occupa- said. Company, which A Co., won ending the day’s events by taking the first-ever Titan Cup.
tion. A senior leadership event pitted
“It was the first time we had unity Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Watkins, points champion for the landmark
as a battalion. It eased a lot of stress 2/3 BTB, command sergeants major BTB event. First Place Darts: HHC
by giving Soldiers a chance to take a and company first sergeants against “I was pleased with the company’s
break,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Charlot Gayton and the company commanders overall performance,” Johnson said. Second Place 3 Soldier APFT: A
of Headquarters and Headquarters in a game of basketball. “If we fight as one, there’s no way we Company
Company, 2/3 BTB. 1st Sgt. Joseph Rodgers, for HHC, can lose.”
Soldiers of 2/3 BTB have been 2/3 BTB, first sergeant, said he Capt. Joshua Shaw, HHC, 2/3 BTB, Second Place Darts: A Company
involved operations since the activa- thought the senior leadership basket- commander, said he was “very proud
tion of the battalion almost 14 months ball game “showed great senior-leader of his company,” which came in sec- First Place Ultimate Frisbee: B
ago; first training rotations, then team work as well as a great time to ond. Company
deployment operations, and finally get together outside of work.” “Next organizational day, HHC will
stability and reconstruction operations After fighting the sweltering heat be on top, Shaw said. “Even though First Place Ping Pong: HHC
in Iraq. and soaking up the crowd’s cheers, the we didn’t win, it was great to finish
Because 2/3 BTB is composed of noncommissioned officers came out ahead of Bravo Company!” Second Place Ultimate Frisbee: A
more than 300 Soldiers from many on top. BTB is planning to have another Company
different military occupational spe- The day ended at the Camp Loyalty day of fun, decompression, esprit de
cialties, including military police, mil- Theater with an awards ceremony. corps, and sports competition. The Second Place Ping Pong: B
itary intelligence, and signal, the BTB The Soldiers of the BTB watched a Titans, despite their diverse military Company
can accomplish a wide variety of bat- “Hooah” video created by Chaplain specialties, will be once again
tle tasks. (Capt.) Ric Thompson, 2/3 BTB. “together as one.” First Place Soccer: B Company
Given the unit’s high operational Clips of the events set to music fea-
tempo and diverse company missions, tured the spirit and teamwork of the First Place Dominos: A Company
an organizational day and Titan Cup day. The teams recognized by the
competition seemed the ideal way to Gayton and Watkins recognized all Battalion Commander and Battalion Second Place Soccer: A Company
strengthen the battalion, according to of the event champions and the over- Command Sergeant Major were:
Lt. Col. Jamie Gayton, 2/3 BTB com- all unit champion with trophies.
mander. Second place teams and second place Second Place Dominos: HHC
The events began early that morn- overall received battalion certificates Overall Points Champion: A
ing with an Army Physical Fitness of appreciation. Company First Place Volleyball: B Company
Test involving three-person teams The highlight of the awards cere-
from the companies. Dozens of mony was the announcement of the First Place Spades: A Company
Soldiers from every company came overall winner. While the scoring was First Place Flag Football: A
out at dawn to cheer and motivate close, the Soldiers of A Co. came out Overall Points Runner Up: HHC Company
their company’s APFT team. on top and took possession of the
Spc. Stephanie Jones, A Co., 2/3 Titan Cup until the next competition. Second Place Spades: HHC Second Place Volleyball: HHC
BTB, said she had “good support” Capt. Byron Johnson, A Co., 2/3
from her company as she participated BTB, commander, spoke about his First Place 3 Soldier APFT: B Second Place Flag Football: B
in the early-morning APFT. company’s performance as the overall Company Company

Baghdad Jiu-Jitsu Academy


Come join the “Baghdad Jiu-Jitsu Academy,” and learn
the basics of the combat fighting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
*THIS IS NOT AN AEROBIC CLASS!*
This is a challenging and fun way to get a good workout and learn
practical self-defense.
All skill levels from beginner to advanced welcome!
Grab your PT clothes and move out to the
3rd Infantry Division’s LSA Gym (Next to the Sports Oasis).
Spc. Ricardo Branch
Wednesdays & Fridays
Pfc. Christopher Hopkins, (bottom) HHOC, STB and Pfc. George 2130 hrs.
Pearce, (top) HHSC, STB, spar in a Jiu-Jitsu match at the 3rd
Infantry Division LSA Gym Sept. 16. Jiu-Jitsu matches involves For details of upcoming classes
getting your opponent in a submission hold or him tapping out to
constitute a win.
contact Sgt. Anthony Rogers at 242-4958 or 847-1800.
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In the Movies
Guilty Pleasures: Movies We Shouldn’t Love, But Do
Spc. Matthew Wester Heston break free from his ape cap- English-accented best to beat the sys- Bernie has been embezzling from his
100th MPAD tors. tem in a utopian city of the future company and plans on bumping the
where the government requires all cit- boys off. He doesn’t complete his plan
When I think of my favorite films, “EUROTRIP” izens to dispose of themselves when because he kicks the bucket himself.
a few titles lurk in the background and (2004) they turn 30. York’s character is a For various reasons, McCarthy and
I’m a little embarrassed to admit they “Sandman,” an agent who is required Silverman have to pretend Bernie is
are among the movies I will gladly to track down people who would still alive. Hilarity ensues.
watch over and over again. They may This teen come- rather continue living past the 30-year Why do I think it is funny every
have been panned by the critics, but dy follows the limit. Things get interesting when the time the main characters make
they have charm, quirkiness and a lik- adventures of city’s central computer sends York on Bernie’s body walk, wave or dance? I
able stupidity. These are my cinemat- Scott (Scott a secret mission, and he decides to don’t know, but I do.
ic guilty pleasures — so bad, they’re Mechlowitz) and buck the status quo with the help of Curiously, this flick is a favorite for
good! his group of high doe-eyed Jenny Agutter. people to send to Soldiers in Iraq. In
school friends as The special effects are laughable, one month, my teammate and I
they tear across and your little brother could probably received three copies of the film from
Europe on a low-budget build more realistic sets with Legos, three different people.
vacation/quest for Scott’s German pen but the disco-inspired look of the
pal and soul mate. futuristic city has charm. Most of the
With this film, it’s the journey not special-effects budget was probably “Shogun
the destination that is important. eaten up by the cool, psychotic robot Assassin” (1980)
During the trip, the perky teens beat named Box, who the main characters
up a robot mime, encounters a train encounter on their quest for a way out This is the ulti-
passenger who can’t seem to keep his of their domed home. mate blood-and-
hands to himself (current “Saturday Keep your eyes on the screen for an guts Samurai
Night Live” cast member Fred appearance by Farrah Fawcett, whose epic. Based on the
Armisen in the best performance of swimsuit poster adorned thousands of popular Japanese
the movie), and accidentally convince teenaged boys’ bedroom walls when manga “Lone
“Planet of the Apes” (1968) most of Rome that Scott has been cho- this movie hit theaters. Wolf and Cub,”
sen as the new Pope. A formulaic, this film centers
Charleton Heston plays an schmaltzy ending wraps up the trip on “Lone Wolf,”
American astronaut who sets out on a just as you would expect. the invincible
deep-space exploration mission only Stay alert for great cameos by Matt assassin of a powerful Shogun (de facto
to find himself and his crew off course Damon and Lucy Lawless. leader of Japan). The Shogun grows
and thousands of years in the future. paranoid and fears “Lone Wolf.” He dis-
They crash-land on a strangely famil- patches a team of ninjas to kill the assas-
iar planet where men forage in the sin, but they end up killing Lone Wolf’s
jungle and, a race of highly-intelligent wife in the super-fast, karate melee. Lone
apes run the show. Wolf embarks on a blood-soaked quest
Heston’s overacting is a real high- for revenge, accompanied by his infant
light, as he chews major scenery son. Most of the story is told by the son’s
struggling against the ape establish- voice-over narration.
ment to regain his dignity in a world Cartoon-like Samurai violence is
turned upside down. His love interest, the name of the game here. Be pre-
Nova, inexplicably sports a perfect “Weekend At Bernie’s” (1989) pared for airborne ninja moves, tricky
60s hairdo and makeup even though swordplay and geysers of fake blood
she has been living in the forest forag- Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan that look like fountains of marinara
ing for fruit all her life. The ape cos- Silverman star in this screwball come- sauce. You’ll love the hilariously bad,
tumes are the real star of this movie. “Logan’s Run” (1976) dy about two young guys trying to dubbed dialogue and body parts flying
They fascinated me as a kid and still climb the corporate ladder who think around.
do. Sci-fi thrillers are all over the place they are going to spend a weekend at Hunker down in your trailer or tent,
Look for great performances from now. This movie was the model for their boss Bernie’s beach house as a invite a few friends over and enjoy
Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter as many of them (including this year’s reward for finding a major accounting these anti-classics. Chances are I’ll be
chimpanzee scientists who help “The Island”). Michael York does his error on the company books. Actually, watching one of them again, too.

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Crossword: IRAQI history
Across Down 7 8 9

2. Oct. 13, 1932, Iraq becomes 1. Amorite ruler, established


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sovereign state and is admitted into famous code of laws
this world organization (3 words) 3. Leader of Iran during Iran-Iraq
7. Nation invaded by Iraq in 1990 War 11 12
8. First city in the world to have a 4. Ruled Iraq for four centuries until
population more than one million in World War I
year 775 C.E. 5. Babylonian king who reigned for
10. Writing system of making 43 years, destroyed Jerusalem
wedge shapes in clay tablets 6. Baath party leader who became 13
developed by Sumerians. president in 1979
11. World War I general who estab- 9. Hanging _ _ _ _ _ _ of Babylon
lished British influence over Iraq 12. Holy cirt soythwest of Baghdad 14 15
14. Region conquered by this 13. These invaders from Asia
Macedonian king in 331 B.C. seized and controlled Baghdad in
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16. Nickname of strategy used by 1258 for 150 years
Coalition Forces in opening days of 15. Islamic holy month
OIF in March 2003 18. Hometown of Abraham before 17 18
17. Iraq’s second largest city his migration to Palestine 19
19. The land between two rivers