Volume I, Issue I

may 31, 2010

Iraqi and U.S. forces team up to recover disabled aircraft
3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs Office

by Maj. Alan S. Brown

A joint team of Iraqi Police from the 6th Emergency Response Unit and Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division secured and recovered a disabled U.S. helicopter May 16 after it was forced to make an emergency landing the day before. The helicopter, a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment stationed at COB Adder, was on a routine passenger flight from Tallil Air Base to Contingency Operating Station Garry Owen when it was forced to land due to a mechanical problem. The aircraft’s crew safely set the helicopter down in a patch of farmland about 30 miles northeast of Nasiriyah, Iraq. The landing was non combatrelated, and no Soldiers or civilians were injured. A quick reaction force from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. stationed at Joint Security Station Jenkins was alerted of the “downed” aircraft and scrambled to prep their equipment and rehearse their battle drills, said Capt. Michael Scott, commander, Battery B, of Manassas, Va. Scott said he was pleased with how his unit reacted after receiving the mission, noting that it took his QRF only five

Spc. Chad Weber stands amongst new friends after working together over night to secure the disabled Blackhawk.

Photo courtesy of Spc. Chad Weber

minutes to load the two Chinooks and depart for the landing site. “As the Chinooks lifted off, I was running through all the contingencies in my head and trying to come up with what I needed to do first once we hit the LZ,” said Staff Sgt. Wesley Sturdivant, a cannon crew member

from Colorado Springs, Colo. Within an hour and a half of the disabled Blackhawk’s landing, the 19-Soldier QRF arrived at the site and secured the area, said 1st Lt. Joseph Gratton, of Cincinnati, Ohio, 3rd platoon leader and QRF officerin-charge for the mission.
See “Blackhawk” Page 4

InsIde ThIs Issue

Iron BrIgade
Transfer of auThorITy
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reCeIves award
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Improve CondITIons
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Issue I

May 31, 2010

Dear Families and friends of the Iron Brigade, With the school year coming to a close back in the US, I want to first wish all the families of the Iron Brigade a happy summer vacation – you truly deserve it. I appreciate the way that you look out for each other and your support for our Soldiers. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. You are the true unsung heroes of our country, and we can’t possibly express our appreciation enough for what you do. The Iron Brigade is now fully into its operations here in the southern provinces of Iraq, and things are going well. We look forward to mid-June when we assume our fourth province and TF 1-68 comes back under our control, putting the entire team back together. As you may know,

this is the Brigade Combat Team’s fourth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and like all rotations, things are different from previous trips. We find ourselves working with Iraqi Security Forces that are more competent than we’ve seen in the past, as they continue to improve every year. Their ability adds a new dynamic, as they take more of a leadership role, and we find ourselves advising and assisting rather than conducting our own operations. While this is a change for a lot of us, it’s a positive change because it shows that the Iraqis are more ready to handle things on their own, a true indicator of mission success. As I’ve said before, we’re here this time to work ourselves out of a job. I would ask everyone to take some time this Memorial Day to remember all

Col. James E. Rainey
Commander 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country. Please keep their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all for the tremendous support you provide for all of our Soldiers. Very respectfully, Col. Jim Rainey Commander, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Iron Strong!

To the entire Iron Brigade, both here in Iraq and our Families in the USA – greetings from sunny, hot and dusty COB Adder. Wow, have we been here for two months already?! Yes, and that means just ten short months to go. The commander and I are extremely proud of all that the Iron Brigade has accomplished so far. We all packed up our gear, said goodbye to loved ones and hopped on an airplane in mid March. In Kuwait, we downloaded ships, pushed equipment north and assaulted the ranges, as long as no camels were around. From there, we headed to the paradise known as southern Iraq and spread out in an area the size of South Carolina. The Pacesetters own the central and west region. The Fighting Eagles have responsibility for the east. The Troopers of Blackjack guard the Iraq-Iran border. The Silver Lions roam in Basra. The Phoenix

flies from Adder to Bucca and all points in between. The mighty Mountaineers run the roads from east to west, north to south – day and night! With the mission in hand, I want to recognize and remember why we are here. We all could not do what we do here in Iraq without the prayers, love and support of our Iron Strong Families. Our Soldiers and Families are the best in the Army. I’m confident that this bedrock of support will only get stronger as time goes on. Thank you for all you do for us! Of course, what we do here could not be done without the best NCOs in the Army. And the Iron NCO Corps is clearly the best. I challenge you to do three things for your Soldiers. First, train and conduct the Ironhorse Big 8 for every task and mission you execute. These are the fundamentals for our success. Second, know and ruthlessly enforce Iron standards. These

Brigade Command Sergeant Major 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

CSM Miles S. Wilson

are the way for our success. Third, be a leader of the Iron Brigade Safety Campaign. The Commander and I firmly believe that your commitment to this plan will lead to better planning, safer choices and fewer accidents for our No. 1 resource – our Soldiers. They are the measure of our success. It is my honor to be a part of and serve alongside the finest Soldiers in the Army. I look forward to seeing all of you in action over the remainder of this deployment. Iron Strong!!
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Iron Brigade assumes advise and assist mission
by Public Affairs Office
3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue I

May 31, 2010

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division officially accepted the advise and assist mission in Dhi Qar, Maysan and Muthanna from the outgoing 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in a change of responsibility ceremony May 2 at COB Adder. During the ceremony, Col. James E. Rainey, brigade commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Miles S. Wilson, brigade command sergeant major, uncased the 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. colors for the first time since they were originally cased at Fort Carson, Colo. in early March. Rainey acknowledged the success of the 4th BCT, 1st AD and pledged to build upon its achievements, as he addressed a joint audience of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces of nearly 200. “To our partners, friends and brothers here today, I promise you that the Soldiers of the Iron Brigade will continue to work

Col. James E. Rainey and Command Sgt. Maj. Miles S. Wilson prepare to salute the flag, after uncasing the brigade colors.

Photo by Spc. Chastity Boykin

hard on advising and assisting our great partners in the Iraqi Security Forces as they provide security for the people,” he said. The 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. is beginning its fourth tour in Iraq since 2003. They are returning to Iraq just 13 months after a successful 15-month deployment in East Baghdad. The brigade’s mission will be to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces as they work toward a safe, secure and sovereign Iraq. The brigade will also work closely with the Provincial Reconstruction Teams as they provide assistance to provincial governments. “We will continue to work with the outstanding PRT’s to help Provincial Leaders and governments improve their ability to meet needs of the people and improve quality of life,” said Rainey. “Much work remains, but success is clearly attainable. We look forward to serving together and to secure, stable and sovereign Iraq.”

Iron Brigade raises the safety standards
3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs Office

by Spc. Chastity R. Boykin

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, has implemented a new safety campaign for ‘Iron Brigade’ Soldiers throughout southern Iraq. Discipline, supervision, and standards are key points in the campaign, which is intended to implement safety measures into all activities for both Soldiers and leaders. The campaign has four main elements, each serving as firm standard in the Iron Brigade. The first element requires leaders to follow strict planning standards outlined in the Iron Horse Big 8. The Iron Horse Big 8 is a set of mission guidelines, which include operations orders, terrain, battle drills, equipment inspections, security, reconnaissance, risk evaluation, and time management. “The Big 8 is followed in order to ensure every Soldier is prepared to complete the

Command Sgt. Major Miles Wilson, command sergent major, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., proudly displays the safety star on his watch.

Photo by Pfc. Khori D. Johnson

safest operation,” said Sgt. Eric Rutledge, of Mountain View, Ark., training room noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

The second element requires leaders to apply and enforce safety standards for all events. The intent is for Soldiers to be successful in preventing accidents
See “Safety” Page 11 Page 3

Bucca fight night bids farewell to volunteer
3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue I

May 31, 2010

by Capt. Benjamin Dillon

The final chapter of a three-year tradition at Camp Bucca ended on May 15 with a night of boxing, door prizes and a well-deserved farewell. Commonly called Bucca Boxing, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation held its final fight night with Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Hundreds of Soldiers and civilians gathered around the stage to celebrate this tradition, receive door prizes, and cheer on their fellow Soldiers during the “Final

Two members of Task Force Phoenix compete in the “Final Chapter” of Bucca Boxing. The U.S. colors fly with the Camp Bucca flag in the background on the poles dedicated to Felix Coleman.

Photo by Spc. Chastity Boykin

Chapter” of Bucca Boxing. FOB Commander, Marine Corps Col. Daniel J. Lund began the evening with a special tribute to the man who started it all, retired Master Sgt. Felix E. Colman, USMC. Felix worked for the past three years as a civilian contractor at the FOB Information Technologies Department. “Bucca Boxing began behind the gym with some pickets and engineer tape and grew over the years. Now it is time for someone else to continue the events as I leave,” said Colman. The ring of engineer tape is now a professional-quality boxing ring, and
See “Boxing” Page 11

Blackhawk: achieving success through partnership
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At the request of U.S. forces in Dhi Qar, the Iraqi Police dispatched a team from the 6th ERU from Nasiriyah to assist in securing the landing site during the recovery. The Iraqi forces arrived in 12 police vehicles just after 9 p.m. and immediately offered Gratton their help, he said. After Gratton asked for their assistance with perimeter security, he was quickly impressed by their professionalism. “Once they got set in their security, they stayed at their positions the entire night,” he said. Having recently arrived in Iraq to assume the advise and assist mission, members of the “Black Platoon” were pleased by the eager assistance from their Iraqi partners. “It was great to see such a combined effort and the IP’s willingness to help with the security of our aircraft,” said Sturdivant. “The IP leadership said that the Blackhawk was sort of like their Blackhawk now and they weren’t going to let anything happen to it.” The highlight for the U.S. Soldiers was the surprise feast provided by the local village Sheik in the middle of the night. The Sheik brought 50 chickens and two newly slaughtered lambs to feed both the Iraqi and U.S. forces. Several hours later, he brought out eggs, cheese and bread for breakfast, said Gratton.

“The best part of the entire mission was the impromptu feast. I never expected to be eating lamb with a bunch of IP’s at the downed aircraft location,” said Sgt. Ralph Froelich, cannon crew member, of Abingdon, Ill. At nearly midnight, a Down Aircraft Recovery Team arrived to assess the extent of the Blackhawk’s mechanical problem. “A DART [team] usually includes a maintenance test pilot and other maintenance personnel who assess the damage to the aircraft,” said Maj. Cameron Cashman, brigade aviation officer, 3rd BCT. “They will figure out if the aircraft can be fixed at its current location, needs to be sling loaded out or be destroyed in place.” By 10 a.m. the next morning, the aircraft recovery team had repaired the Blackhawk and had begun flying it back to Tallil AB. According to Gratton, the Iraqi police didn’t leave the site to go back to Nasiriyah until the last helicopter had departed with the remaining Soldiers and equipment. For the soldiers of Black Platoon, the whole experience served as a tremendous morale booster they will remember for a long time, said Gratton. “I knew this was something new and didn’t really know what to expect at the downed helicopter’s position,” said Spc.

Chad Weber, cannon crew member, from Lubbock, Texas. All of the Soldiers in Black Platoon handled the initial mission changes well and everyone stayed calm and focused on the mission, he said.

A Dhi Qar provincial police officer from the 6th Emergency Response Unit stands guard as part of the joint U.S. and Iraqi recovery operation for the Blackhawk helicopter. Page 4

Photo by Spc. Robert Sheets

Direct Exchange Online
3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs Office

Issue I

May 31, 2010

by Pvt. Deangelo M. Wells

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division received their first shipment of Army Direct Ordering May 20. ADO is a website created by the Army to provide Soldiers the means to get new items such as nametags, boots, and other necessities at no cost to the Soldier. Soldiers of the 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. can spend up to $115 a month on ADO orders.

Soldiers log in on the ADO website, select their unit, enter their shipping information and place an order. “This program is great to use,” said Spc. Brittney Parrish, of Murrieta, Calif., supply clerk, HHT, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “It’s free, so Soldiers should take advantage of the website, because when we go back home, we have to pay for everything out of pocket.” On the Net: https://army.kyloc.com/

Two months have gone by rather quickly. I am glad we came when we did as we have had some time to acclimate to the hot temperature here in Iraq. Our Soldiers have risen valiantly to embrace various challenges that come from deployment. From rising temperature to dealing with separation from our loved ones, we are doing our best to stay positive and execute our mission here. Time does seem to fly and we know that no one can stop time. One of the things that I have been really impressed with is how much support we receive from people back in the states. Care packages from home always bring smiles to our Soldiers. They draw encouragement and affirmation. People

Brigade Chaplain 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Maj. John Lim

who don’t know us personally are sending care packages to show they care. I’ve sent e-mails to some people back in the states, and they have responded quickly and are ready to send us the exact items that I mention to give to the Soldiers. The generosity and thoughtfulness of people back home never ceases to amaze me. I try to send them a quick e-mail to thank them for their kindness. The support that we receive has not waned with time. Various organizations and kind hearted people have taken this as their calling to let us know how much they appreciate our being here at the call of our Nation. As I get to know more about our Soldiers, I begin to realize that even though we are a diverse group, we are similar in our beliefs, dreams, and goals. We may come from different backgrounds but we all treasure our families and children. And even though, we miss our loved ones back home, we also know that we are here to do our job. We know that when our work is done here, we’ll get to go back to the greatest country on earth. Life is indeed a journey and right now our journey takes us to Iraq where we are helping Iraqi people, help themselves in rebuilding their country. As much as we are proud of our country, Iraqi people are also proud of theirs. Soon, the seeds we are planting here will germinate and take root here so they will cherish freedom and democracy as much as we do.
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Mountaineers keep Iron Strong family bonds
64th BSB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue I

May 31, 2010

by 1st Lt. Geralyn Hall

Maj. Michael Story, medical company commander, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, took advantage of a unique opportunity to share his promotion with his family back at Fort Carson, May 1, thanks to Video Teleconference technology. Wife Maj. Kerryn Story and daughter, Ava, were able to watch the ceremony from the 3rd BCT Yellow Ribbon Room at Fort Carson. “My wife got promoted three years ago in a deployed environment, and I was there. It was nice for her to experience my promotion remotely.” said Michael Story. Lt. Col. Geoffrey DeTingo, commander, 64th BSB, said, “The unit has come a long way in how it takes care of the Soldiers and their families, despite the long distance, with technology and a command climate that emphasizes keeping the 3rd BCT family bonds strong.” T h e Yellow Ribbon Room is a dedicated space to facilitate Family Readiness Group activities and help families stay in touch with deployed Soldiers. The room

is equipped with computers and video teleconference equipment. The “Iron Brigade” has put great emphasis on the family unit for this deployment. The brigade commander and brigade command sergeant major saw a need for a centralized location that Iron Families could go to for events just like Maj. Story’s promotion. “Promotion to major is the most important step in the Army. It is the point at which you go from the Army as

something you do for a job, to the Army being your profession,” said Col. James Rainey, 3rd BCT, commander. “Maj. Story has been a valuable member of the Mountaineer team for over a year now. He has brought an abundance of experience and mentorship for both his company and his battalion and embraces this next step in his profession,” said Rainey. “I was pleased to be able to promote Maj. Story with his wife and daughter watching back at Fort Carson.”

Daughter Ava Story and wife Maj. Kerryn Story watch the promotion ceremony for Maj. Michael Story from 3rd BCT’s Yellow Ribbon Room at Fort Carson, Colo.

Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Geralyn Hall

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Fighting Eagles commander receives Gen. MacArthur Leadership Award
3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs Office

Issue I

May 31, 2010

by Maj. Alan S. Brown

Among a small and distinguished assembly of 14 active duty officers, Capt. Ben Flynn, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, received the 23rd Annual Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award at the Pentagon May 6. Flynn, the commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., flew to Washington D.C. from his current station at COS Garry Owen, Iraq to receive the award. His unit recently assumed the advise and assist mission in Maysan Province, providing training and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces. Assigned to the unit since July 2008, Flynn was nominated for the honor in early 2009 and participated in a rigorous board process, ultimately leading to the announcement in February 2010 that he had received the award for calendar year 2009. He was the only member of his

battalion to be nominated for the award. The award is bestowed on company grade officers who embody the values and ideals that MacArthur himself demonstrated – duty, honor, and country. During the ceremony, Gen. George Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army, presented each of the recipients with an engraved 15-pound bust of MacArthur. The significance of the award is not lost on Flynn’s soldiers who have served beside him for Searly two years and during two Iraq tours. “It’s not just his three combat tours as an officer and his leadership as a company commander, but that he truly reflects dedication, selfless service, and honor to the men that he leads,” said 1st Sgt. Patrick Coley, of Great Falls, Mont., first sergeant, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. “For those of us that serve with him, it is really no surprise that Capt. Flynn is winning the award. He is a mission first, Soldier always kind of guy.” His wife, Meagan Flynn, was flown by the Army to Washington D.C. to see him

receive the award. Flynn is one of seven officers in Forces Command and one of 14 active duty officers to receive the award this year. Seven reserve officers and seven National Guard officers also received the award.

Capt. Ben Flynn

Iraqi river police unit graduates, brings new security capabilities to waterways
1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

by Michael S. Walter

For the last two months, the U.S. Navy Riverine Detachment at COS Garry Owen has partnered with 1st Lt. Hissinin, commander of a 50-man Special River Police Company, providing hands-on training in every aspect of river patrolling operations. This partnership and training led to a graduation ceremony May 15 in Amarah, Iraq for a dozen new maintenance crew members and boat operators who completed the river patrolling academy in Baghdad. The Provincial Governor, Mohammed Shaia Al-Sudani, the Provincial Council Chairman, Abidul Hussein, and the Provincial Chief of Police, Maj. Gen. Ashmail Arrar Khadim Al Majidi

The Special River Police Company confidently displayed its new river patrol boats and maneuvering capabilities to an audience of provincial leadership and U.S. forces after the graduation ceremony.

attended the ceremony along with Lt. Col. John P. DiGiambattista, commander, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at COS Garry Owen.

After the ceremony, the SRP Company confidently displayed its new river patrol boats and maneuvering capabilities to the audience.
See “SRP” Page 9 Page 7

Bulldogs improving quality of life
Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue I

May 31, 2010

by 1st Lt. Zachary Quintana

Company B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, “Bulldogs” is working diligently to build upon the existing security, safety measures and living conditions, at Joint Security Station Jenkins since arriving in late April. With Capt. Michael Scott and 1st Sgt. Craig Collins in the lead, Soldiers are committed to making Jenkins secure for their Iraqi partners and themselves. Since the transfer of partnership with 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armor Division, leaders and Soldiers continue the work to successfully identify, defend, and defeat the enemy with their Iraqi partners. “We share a compound with our Iraqi partners, and together we are improving our quality of life and force protection measures every day,” said Cpl. Garrett Huitt, a heavy forklift operator, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., of Big Spring, Texas. The Bulldogs have gone to great lengths to improve the quality of life. Most recently, the Morale Welfare and Recreation facility has been given a much needed make over. Soldiers now have the

Cpl. Garrett Huitt works diligently as the primary forklift operator to build upon the existing security, safety measures and living conditions at Joint Security Station Jenkins.

Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Zachary Quintana

ability to use web cameras and headsets to stay in touch with their loved ones. This new capability is not available in other outlying MWR facilities. “The upgrade in the MWR tent was something we needed. It makes it easier to

stay in touch with family and loved ones back home, which is a big morale boost,” said 1st Lt. Joseph Gratton, of Cincinnati, Ohio, 3rd Platoon Leader, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg.

Phoenix Battalion dons combat patches
by Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn M. Lewis
3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

The 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division conducted a combat patch ceremony May 8 at COB Adder. Lt. Col. William Edwards, battalion commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Henry Williams, command sergeant major of 3rd BSTB, recognized 98 Soldiers as the unit’s newest combat veterans. The combat patch ceremony is a rite of passage for deployed Soldiers formally acknowledging their combat service. “I now have a greater understanding and appreciation for the combat patch. I was pleased to see so many new Soldiers
See “Patch” Page 10

Pfc. Bradley Thompson, Pvt. Michael Clark, Spc. Rose Huerta, 1st Lt. Randy Chambers, 2nd Lt. Todd Geszvain, and Spc. Heather White show off their combat patches. Page 8

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn M. Lewis

Blackjack builds civil capacity
4th Sqdn., 10th Cav., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue I

May 31, 2010

by 1st Lt. Jeremy Aho

The 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division recently assumed the unique mission of assisting the Provincial Reconstruction Teams and Provincial Governments in developing southern Iraq’s “civil capacity.”

This new mission requires Task Force “Blackjack” to escort the PRTs to meetings with provincial leaders, inspect ongoing projects, and propose new projects in the area. Since April 1, Task Force Blackjack has overseen the completion of 57 projects across Dhi Qar, Maysan, and Al Muthanna.

A 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Soldier stands amongst a group of Iraqi children on the site of a recently built six-room school. Before this project, children eight-years-old and younger could not attend school, while older children walked five kilometers to the nearest school.

Photo by U.S. Army

The PRTs who share this mission are a diverse mix of U.S. State Department employees, U.S. Agency for International Development representatives, and local and international experts in industry, business, agriculture and law. “The Dhi Qar PRT is a classic example on how much Americans, Italians and Iraqis can achieve when they work together,” said Dr. Anna Prouse, who heads the Dhi Qar PRT, the last international PRT in Iraq. “The arrival of the [4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment] is a perfect example on how far collaboration between military and civilians has gone. The PRT and the military bring different skills to the table, complimentary skills that, when combined, produce extraordinary results,” said Prouse. The Commander of 4th Sqdn, 10th Cav. Reg., Lt. Col. Christopher Engen said his unit has fully embraced the mission to help bring positive change to the Iraqi citizens. “This has already proven to be a very interesting and rewarding mission, especially considering the long-term impact our efforts have on the people within these provinces,” he said. “Our Task Force Blackjack Soldiers are excited to see the progress occurring within the surrounding areas, and to be making a difference in the future of southern Iraq.”

SRP: a force multiplier within the Maysan Province
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The SRP Company’s graduation reflects the Iraqi Security Forces’ growing ability to protect the people of Maysan. “The training we received is a direct contributor to our success, and the SRP is now a great contributor to the security operations in Maysan. As of now, the SRP is officially ready to begin operations,” said Hissinin. The SRP are a force multiplier because they have the ability to conduct security patrols, save lives, deter swimming in restricted areas, and move supplies and provide support to other Iraqi Security

Forces in the area, said Lt. Col. Majid, public affairs officer for the Maysan Police. “The training our police are receiving is excellent, it is increasing our security, and overall force protection,” he said. According to Navy Lt. Chris Garcia, commander of the Navy Riverine Det., the focus of the river patrol mission is waterway security. However, the smuggling interdiction, rescue operations, and basic patrol boat maintenance are all skills the Iraqi Police are learning from the partnership. Interacting with the local population

and requesting them to lower or raise their “crossing lines” helps to develop a working relationship and foster trust with the people living along the Tigris River, said Garcia. If the local citizens see an Iraqi police officer riding on a U.S. Navy patrol boat waving to children, or a U.S. Sailor assisting an Iraqi SRP mechanic with engine problems, they will see that the two forces are cooperating and have a strong relationship, he said. To the average Iraqi, these examples are necessary to show that the security situation is getting better, he said.
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CSI: Dhi Qar Province
by Pfc. Khori D. Johnson

Issue I

May 31, 2010

Iraqi Police graduate from criminal investigation course
3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs Office

Patch: proudly wearing the ivy
Continued from Page 8

A group of 10 Iraqi police officers graduated from a four-week crime investigation course during a ceremony held at the Mittica Training Center in Nasiriyah May 20. Each police officer, representing his unit within the Dhi Qar Province, accepted his certificate of completion in front of an audience of government officials, police officers, Families, and U.S. Soldiers. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division is currently conducting the advise and assist mission in Dhi Qar, Maysan and Muthanna provinces in southern Iraq. The brigade partners with Iraqi Security Forces to help develop their capabilities in providing security and stability for Iraqi citizens. The graduation ceremony signified a new era for criminal investigation within the Dhi Qar Province. “This training is very important because we are moving from just fighting in the streets, to collecting evidence and finding out who is committing these crimes,” said

Staff Maj, Gen. Sabah Al-fatlawi, Iraqi Police commander, Dhi Qar Province. “These investigation techniques will help us gain more positive results.” During the course, the police officers sharpened their skills in many areas involving criminal investigation. The course, taught by the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, covered areas such as DNA testing, fingerprint collection, witness interviewing, and suspect interrogation. “Crime scene investigation is an art,” said Steve Burton, a mentor, trainer, and advisor for CPATT. “I taught them not to simply visit a crime scene, but search it and gain as much information as they can.” The police officers were very enthusiastic and responsive to the course, and will be capable of distributing their new skills to their respective units, said Burton. “I am confident in what I’ve learned,” said 1st. Lt. Talib Calvin Hassan, police officer and honor graduate of the course. “I am ready to teach my men.”

who are willing to stand up and fight for their country,” said Sgt. Christopher Rose, of Medford, Ore., military police team leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd STB. For some, the ceremony brought feelings of happiness and pride. For others, it was a solemn moment. However, for everyone it was another example of the solidarity that runs deep in “Phoenix” Battalion. “I was extremely proud to receive my combat patch. It made me feel like a part of an Army tradition that not every Soldier gets to experience. It has made me feel closer to the unit and its history,” said, Pvt. Dave Utile, of Miami, Fla., HHC, 3rd BSTB. The 4th Infantry Division was organized at Camp Greene, N. C. on 10 December 1917 under the command of Maj. Gen. George H. Cameron. It was there they adopted the distinctive insignia of the four ivy leaves. The ivy leaf came from the Roman numerals for four (IV) and signified their motto “Steadfast and Loyal.” “The 4th Inf. Div. patch ceremony was a significant event for our Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. William Edwards, battalion commander, 3rd BSTB. “It was a great way to forge bonds between those who have deployed in the past with those new to the unit. Additionally, it created a link to great Soldiers of the past, forging forever a bond of camaraderie that spans past conflicts.”

Steven Butler, 1st. Lt. Talib Calvin Hassan, and Staff Maj. Gen. Sabah Al-fatlawi pose during the graduation ceremony of the criminal investigation course. Hassan received an award for being the honor graduate of the class.

Photo by Pfc Khori D. Johnson

Staff Sgt. Humberto McLaren recieves a combat patch from Lt. Col. William Edwards. Page 10

Photo by Pfc. Khori D. Johnson

Issue I

May 31, 2010

Boxing: the final chapter of a Camp Bucca tradition
Continued from Page 4

boxers have everything they need for an excellent fight. Lund dedicated two new flagpoles on the stage to honor Felix for his commitment to caring for the Soldiers and providing for the morale and welfare. Four Soldiers from 3BSTB competed in the event and represented the true heart of the Phoenix Battalion. Spc. Steven “Bean Town Brawler” McGloin, of Boston, Mass., assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd BSTB was the first Phoenix Soldier to fight. While he lost the match by

technical knockout, he and his opponent won special recognition as the fight of the night. Pfc. William Aldridge also of Company B competed against Pfc. Brandon Perry of Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Aldridge won the match in the second round by TKO. Staff Sgt. Candice “Mama Guns” Caudill, also from HHC, fought strong and hard but lost by decision after three rounds. Those who attended participated in a raffle for prizes ranging from playing

cards to running shoes and a chance at two grand-prize Hewlett Packard notebooks. During intermission, Lund challenged anyone to a fight over a box of Doritos. Only one Soldier was willing to get in the ring with him, but before they could begin the match, Felix stepped in and gave the Soldier the box of Doritos. Inside the box was an HP notebook, a handsome reward for his courage. The final fight night at Camp Bucca provided both entertainment and a fitting tribute to Felix, the creator of the longstanding Bucca tradition.

Safety: discipline, supervision, and standards
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and casualties while still accomplishing the mission. When leaders get directly involved and incorporate safety into everyday events, Soldiers will be better prepared for unexpected situations.

“It’s the responsibility of NCOs to ensure that their Soldiers perform their mission safely and correctly,” said Carlos Ortiz, brigade safety specialist. The battle buddy system is the third element of the program. Pairs of Soldiers

Sgt. Nicholas Frison and Staff Sgt. Thomasina Holley, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd BCT, hang an “Iron Safe = Iron Strong” poster.

Photo by Pfc. Khori D. Johnson

that work together, travel together and watch out for each other have a higher chance of avoiding and preventing dangerous situations. If a dangerous situation does occur, battle buddies will always be there to help each other out. “I see the buddy system as a way for Soldiers to learn from each other’s experiences on today’s modern battle field,” said Sgt 1st Class, Jimmy Williams, acting first sergeant, HHT, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. The “Iron Safe = Iron Strong” safety posters and the “Iron Safety Star” are the fourth element of the campaign. Both the posters and safety stars are being placed in Soldiers’ work areas as a constant visual reminder to be safe at all times. The red “Iron Safety Star” is a small bright red sticker of a star that will be placed on Soldiers’ watches and identification cards, as well as throughout the base serving as a reminder to remain safe.

Public Affairs Office
Col. James E. Rainey

Command Sgt. Maj. Miles S. Wilson
Command Sergeant Major

Maj. Alan S. Brown
Public Affairs Officer

Staff Writers Spc. Chastity R. Boykin Pfc. Khori D. Johnson Pvt. DeAngelo M. Wells

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