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Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general, USD-S; Staff Sgt. Charles Smith, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg.; Spc. Cesar Patterson, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg.; and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Champagne, USD-S, after the award presentation for competition for NCO and Soldier of the Quarter.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Johnson

Iron Soldiers prevail in USD-S Victory Stakes
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

by Spc. Chastity Boykin

Eight Soldiers from United States Division – South competed in the Iron Victory Stakes Competition at Camp Adder for the USD-South Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter Dec. 15. In the end, two Soldiers from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division won the competition: Staff Sgt. Charles Smith, an infantryman from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, and native of San Antonio, Texas; and Spc. Cesar Patterson, a canon crew member from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, from Fort Myers, Fla. Hosted by the 3rd AAB, the competition

challenged competitors from across USD-S, including 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, physically and mentally with events ranging from combatives, a physical fitness test, Soldier tasks, and a military board, where each Soldier had to answer a series of questions posed by senior NCOs. The competition, which is held every three months within USD-S, gives highspeed Soldiers and NCOs the opportunity to compete at a division level and demonstrate their overall training, skills and knowledge. Prior to the event, Soldiers were deliberately uninformed of the specific events. They only knew that they would face a marksmanship range, a military board and some form of physical fitness

Spc. David Johnson, a bradley mechanic from 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., pulls a truck during in the physical fitness portion of the Iron Victory Stakes Competition.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Johnson

challenge, said 1st Sgt. Shawn Carnes, noncommissioned officer in charge of the competition. The participants could do very little to prepare other than being a well-rounded Soldier.

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Greetings again from Southern Iraq, and Happy New Year! As we move into 2011, I would like to wish all the Soldiers, friends, and family of the Iron Brigade the very best. The year is not the only thing changing for the Iron Brigade, as the past weeks have been a time of transition in other ways as well. Recently, our higher headquarters, U.S. Division-South, changed from the First Infantry Division to the 36th Infantry Division. We would like to bid farewell to the old team, thank them for their superb effort and leadership over the last ten months, and wish them well as they reunite with their families and friends back at Fort Riley, Kan. We are truly blessed that at the same time we get to say welcome to a superb group of professionals from the state of

Texas. The 36th Division has a proud and distinguished history, and in the short time since their arrival, they have already shown that they are an exceptional unit. We look forward to their leadership and working together with them in the last months of our deployment. The last month saw a few key milestones for the brigade, including sending 70 Soldiers home as part of our reset team, and holiday visits from the 4th Infantry Division Command Team, Maj. Gen. Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. Daley. The 4th Inf. Div. recently took over the mission in U.S. Division-North, and it’s good to see our Fort Carson brothers and sisters on the job and having success. We will redeploy more Soldiers in January and February, paving the way for the main body to come home in March.

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

While we look forward to our reunion, it is important to still focus on the mission at hand, as the enemy looks for any sign of distraction to attack. Iraq is still dangerous, but with the great leadership of our young non-commissioned officers we expect the same great results we’ve had throughout the last year. As always, thank you for supporting your Soldier and our country. Iron Strong!

To the Soldiers, Families and friends of the Iron Brigade,
Command Sgt. Maj. Wilson is currently on R&R leave. His comments will return to this space next month. Instead, you see the Finish Iron Strong logo. For Soldiers in theater, you’ve likely seen it posted around your work and living areas. For families, this may be your first time. Finish Iron Strong is a mindset. Great teams win in the fourth quarter, and we’ve now entered the fourth quarter of our deployment. Finish Iron Strong means we finish the fight and focus on our mission until the last Soldier is home safe. It means we watch out for each other and keep each other safe, both in Iraq and upon our return to Fort Carson. Finish Iron Strong means we transition our mission to the follow-on unit professionally. We leave everything better than we got it, and we pass on our lessons learned to our counterparts. We take pride in our accomplishments, but we are not arrogant. While not losing focus on our current mission, Finish Iron Strong means that we set conditions for redeployment the same way we set conditions for every mission: we have trained and prepared leaders and smart and disciplined Soldiers. We make a planned, smooth transition, and we take care of each other while deployed and at our home station.

The 3rd Brigade Command Team
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Iron Brigade reaches reenlistment goal in record time
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

by Spc. Khori Johnson

The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division recently exceeded its annual reenlistment goal 61 days into the new fiscal year. Every fiscal year, the Iron Brigade is given a reenlistment goal, as determined by the Department of the Army. The goal for the brigade was to reenlist 427 Soldiers before the end of the fiscal year 2011. The 3rd AAB far exceeded that goal by reenlisting 470 Soldiers by Dec. 1. Not only is this accomplishment a first within the Iron Brigade, but it is a new record for the entire 4th Inf. Div. The 3rd AAB was the first brigade to close out its reenlistment year, not just for United

States Division-South, but for all the brigades in Iraq. The brigade has the hard work of the Iron Brigade retention team and the battalion command teams to thank for the accomplishment. “You can’t achieve this type of accomplishment without having command involvement,” said Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Zielsdorf, of Conroe, Texas, brigade senior career counselor, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd AAB. “I firmly believe that each commander, each first sergeant, and each platoon leader is actively engaging their Soldiers and saying, ‘Hey, we want you to stay on the team.’” Along with the brigade’s overall reenlistment goal, some battalions within the brigade have achieved similar success.

Spc. Joshua Morris, network systems operator, Company B, 3rd STB, 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., recites the enlistment oath during his reenlistment ceremony on the top of the Ziggurat of Ur near Camp Adder.

Photo by Spc. Khori Johnson

Competition: Iron Soldiers prepared to tackle any challenge

Left: Spc. Cesar Patterson from Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., performs squats as he lifts 135-pound barbell. Center: An aerial view of the “Iron Death Star” maze, designed after the 3rd Brigade’s crest. Soldiers and NCOs tested their strength with a different physical challenge in each point of the star. Right: Staff Sgt. Charles Smith from 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., flips a tire as one of the events within the “Death Star” maze.

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“I prepared by going to the gym twice a day and had a lot of support from my platoon,” said Patterson. Since the participants never had the event itinerary, every new event was a surprise, adding to the mental aspect of the competition. “Not knowing what the events are has definitely kept me guessing on what’s next, what the standards are, and what the events are. It is mentally challenging and mentally draining,” said Smith. Starting the day off at 4:30 a.m., Soldiers began with combatives, continuing with a game of “Are you smarter than a Joe?” Each competitor was represented by their first-line supervisor, who answered one

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question based on five categories. Each correct answer gained points for the respective Soldier. “We switched it up a bit from previous competitions to make it a little more difficult and more challenging,” said Carnes, referring to having the sponsors actually compete in one of the tasks. “It’s something different from the rest of the competitions.” After testing their accuracy on the weapons range and sweating through a 10 km road march, Soldiers faced an alternative physical fitness test, maneuvering through the “Iron Death Star” maze, designed after the brigade crest. Soldiers and NCOs tested their strength and stamina with a different

physical challenge in each point of the star. “It’s been rough, and my competitors have been pretty good athletes,” said Smith. “I am proud to bring this back to my platoon, to the brigade.” Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Champagne, senior noncommissioned officer, United States Division-South presented Smith and Patterson with the Army Commendation Medal at a ceremony after the competition. All eight Soldiers recieved a four-day pass to Qatar for their effort in making it to the division level competition.

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Cav establishes computer LAN at Iraqi Training Center
4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div

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by Sgt. David Dasilma

With the help of Soldiers of 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., communications section, Shaiba Training Center in the Basra Province received a major upgrade: a local area network. The network construction, led by 1st. Lt. Aric Asti, a signal officer from Milwaukee, Wis., provided a unique opportunity to use the installation as a training event to teach the center’s technical staff how to maintain and add to the LAN in the future. A local area network is a computer network that connects computers and devices in a limited geographical area such as a home, school, computer lab, or office building. The training center currently maintains 25 computers, and now those computers can communicate and transfer data at rapid rates, increasing staff efficiency and creating a more productive teaching environment. With the high volume of Iraqi security force training conducted on a daily basis, the center is not the average training facility. Some recent courses held at the center include photography, media interviewing and story writing. The center also conducted a 45-day basic medical training course where the Iraqi Army taught students from the 4th Department of Border Enforcement and certified them as medics. Although U.S. forces help facilitate training courses, Iraqis routinely conduct training for other Iraqis. “This training provided a local area network that will allow the electronic transfer of class material between class leadership,” said Asti. During a meeting with Staff Brig. Gen. Talal on Oct. 29, after a physical

assessment and a recommendation by Asti, the squadron’s Security Transition Team presented a training plan, which encompassed the entire operation. They agreed upon the plan, and within 72 hours the execution of the project was underway. On Nov. 23, the team implemented the final phase and the communication network was up and running. “The network we’ve just established has the [same] physical and logical topology as those used by major corporations worldwide,” said Asti. Topology can be considered the virtual shape or structure of a network. Logical topology refers to how the data is actually transferred, whereas physical topology refers to actual location, devices, and equipment such as cables and wires. A valuable aspect of the physical

topology is that the materials were locally procured, and a positive feature of the logical topology is that the network was created in a manner that allows for future upgrade. “The STC technicians were taught by demonstration, hands-on practice, and actual implementation,” said Asti. “We even showed them how fluidity and dynamic critical thinking while erecting a network can bypass most challenges. The current network is scalable and the Iraqi technicians are trained, which means they can continue to improve and expand it long after we leave.” Asti is planning a follow-up visit to the center to gain feedback from the Iraqi technicians and address any concerns they may have regarding their ability to maintain the network without assistance.

Spc. Daniel Harvey, an information technology specialist from New Orleans, La., 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., explains his network connection plan to Shaiba Training Center technicians during the center’s reconstruction.

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Signal Soldiers continue education 7000 miles from home
3rd Special Troops Bn., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div.

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by 2nd Lt. Jason Floyd

Two Soldiers from Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, graduated from a week-long class on how to operate a piece of communications equipment known as the Very Small Aperture Terminal. The VSAT is widely used in both Iraq and Afghanistan at the battalion level and below to provide communications for units in remote locations where traditional communications systems are less reliable or unavailable. Spc. Cyle Fangmeier, of Aurora, Colo., and Pfc. Kenny Stacey, of Jacksonville, N.C., both signal specialists, attended the VSAT class at Baghdad Signal University. “This type of training ensures our Signal Soldiers remain current with advances in technology, advances them with their military careers, and gives them tools to use once they leave the military,”

said Capt. Nicole Mounts, of Midlothian, Texas, commander, Company B. The VSAT is portable, easy to set-up, and provides sound communications. Having trained Soldiers to operate it is proving to be more essential because the VSAT can be easily transported to remote locations where most communication devices fail. “The VSAT class at Baghdad Signal University taught me how to set up, operate, and troubleshoot the terminal. I am very grateful that I was able to attend the class to help make me a better Soldier,” said Stacey. Fangmeier was chosen because he often works outside his military occupation skill and is often the go-to Soldier for challenging tasks. “Baghdad Signal University was a great opportunity for hands on training for the VSAT. It provided adequate operatorlevel knowledge to be able to successfully deploy and troubleshoot the terminal,” said Fangmeier.

Spc. Cyle Fangmeier, of Aurora, Colo., and Pfc. Class Kenny Stacey, of Jacksonville, N.C., both signal specialists, Company B, 3rd STB, 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Display their certificates of completion after graduating from Baghdad Signal University upon their return to COB Adder. The Signal University is hosted by U.S. Forces-Iraq to enhance communication capabilities.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Laritza Gardiner

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NCOs join ranks with WWII hero, icon Audie Murphy
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by Maj. Alan S. Brown

Audie Murphy is arguably one of the United States’ most well-known war heroes, and his name is synonymous with bravery, gallantry in battle and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. To be compared with Murphy and measured by the very standards of leadership and professionalism that he embodied is an honor many members of the Army aspire to, but few achieve. Four noncommissioned officers within 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, received the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award and were subsequently inducted into the 3rd AAB’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club at Camp Adder recently. Three NCOs received the honor at a ceremony Dec. 20 at Memorial Hall on Camp Adder: -- Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Bryant, Company A, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, attached to 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, hailing from Shreveport, La. -- Staff Sgt. Gary W. Hedrick, of Warsaw, Ky., assigned to Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg. and attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop,

3rd Special Troops Battalion. -- Sgt. Bart A. Gammon, of Bonne Terre, Mo., Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion. Sgt. Donald Mertz, from Mount Clemons, Mich., Company C, 1st Battalion., 8th Infantry Regiment, attached to 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., joined

the ranks during a separate ceremony Dec. 17 due to his early redeployment to support the homecoming of the rest of his battalion. The four NCOs will take their place next to 14 others who have been inducted during the current deployment.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bryant attached to 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., a native of Shreveport, La., Staff Sgt. Gary Hedrick, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., a native of Warsaw, Ky., and Sgt. Bart Gammon from Company A, 64th BSB, a native of Moniteau, Mo., stand at attention after being presented the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award.

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Reenlistment: Soldiers decide to stay ‘Iron Strong’
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Staff Sgt. Charles Paris, cannon crew member, from Englewood, Colo., Staff Sgt. Jonathan Medina, mechanic, from Pueblo, Colo., and Pfc. Mark Kaleel, cannon crew member, from Jacksonville, Fla., all with Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., take the oath of enlistment during a ceremony at Camp Adder.

Photo by 1st Sgt. Craig Collins

Reenlistment goals are broken down into a series of categories, such as initial reenlistees and career reenlistees. The 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, and the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment have all reached their goals in every category, with the rest of the battalions close behind. However in the aggregate, the brigade has reached or surpassed every category. The brigade retention team must always consider the short and long-term goals of each Soldier. The team’s recent success is proof that they stand firm in doing what is best for the Soldier, the brigade, and the Army, said Zielsdorf.

Many Soldiers have come closer to achieving their own goals by reenlisting. For example, Spc. Joshua Morris, network systems operator, Company B, 3rd STB, reenlisted for the option to go to college for his business administration degree. Reenlisting Soldiers are afforded the opportunity to take a semester of college upon redeployment. “I just wanted to set myself up for life after the military,” he said. A large number of Soldiers reenlisted for their choice of another duty station. “There’s nothing wrong with moving,” said Zielsdorf. “I’ve moved six times in my 15-year career. A lot of Soldiers joined the Army to see the world.”
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Route clearance gets high-altitude high-tech
1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div.

by 2nd Lt. Matthew Fumagalli

Thanks to improving technology, the Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company E, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, have made improvements in route clearance in Basra. The Soldiers in 1st Platoon are taking advantage of relatively new technology, such as the RQ-16A Tarantula Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. The T-Hawk has the ability to launch remotely from the back of a truck, with Soldiers only having to dismount from their vehicle for a few minutes. The T-Hawk gives the platoon the ability to observe surrounding areas and parallel routes, and provides a bird’s-eye-view of the convoy while it’s on the move. “The T-Hawk is very easy to fly and is extremely stable in the air,” said Spc. Nicholas Boxley, combat engineer and T-Hawk pilot from Norfolk, Va. Unlike some other models of UAVs, the T-Hawk can take off and land vertically, which makes it useful in areas with obstructions like buildings or mountains where other UAVs cannot operate. The ability to land vertically also allows the operators to land the T-Hawk within 15 feet of their location, limiting their exposure while on patrol.

Sgt. Brian Curd, of Woodstock, Ill., and Spc. Nicholas Boxley, of Norfolk, Va., both combat engineers, Company E, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., prepare the RQ-16A Tarantula Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. Although the T-Hawk requires a great deal of maintenance, the capabilities it provides are well worth the time spent.

Photo courtesy of 2nd Lt. Matthew Fumagalli

When using the T-Hawk, the platoon is able to see a greater distance in any direction than before. This is a tremendous capability in the marshlands of Basra Province. During the rainy months of winter, many areas will become impassable to military vehicles. The T-Hawk’s ability to fly in nearly any weather will help ensure these areas remain free from insurgent activity.

Although the T-Hawk is relatively new, the engineers of Company E have learned how to put it to good use during their patrols. The T-Hawk allows them to sit far enough away that they can observe the area without being seen. The buzzing in the sky also serves as a reminder that Company E is always watching.

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The Signal University also teaches communications security, basic networking, and advanced networking. These classes are intended to improve the Signal Soldiers’ understanding of Signal theory and enhance the unit’s ability to communicate on the battlefield. “This is a very unique and beneficial opportunity, and I am very fortunate to be able to send Company B Soldiers to this advanced training while we are deployed,” said Mounts.
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New Year’s: Reflections Can you believe the New Year is already upon us? Soon, we will be heading back home when we have the change of mission order to redeploy to FCCO. We all look forward to that time and being reunited with our loved ones back home. We’ve spent our Thanksgiving and Christmas with our fellow Soldiers and civilians who work and eat alongside us. We’ve truly grown as a team over the past several months. Our lives are intricately woven together as we share our laughter of joy and tears of heartache at times. Indeed, being part of the Army family is a privilege and special blessing that only those who have been deployed together can experience. As much as we would like to be with our families, there is no finer group of people could spend our time with, away from our loved ones, than the patriots wearing the uniforms for the call of the nation. As the New Year dawns upon us, we want to reflect on the year gone by and anticipate how the year 2011 will unfold

before us. What is past is now behind us and we want to start the New Year with a renewed sense of determination that we want to make the most of the time allotted to us. Life is too short not to live happily. As we continue to focus on the mission at hand and stay vigilant for the safety of our brave Soldiers, we also need to prepare slowly for the upcoming redeployment. We want to remind ourselves to be resilient throughout our remaining days here and transition to reunion. Maintain flexible posture to life’s constant changes. Nothing ever stays static. There will be new challenges and new opportunities. As long as we remain resilient, we’ll do fine this coming New Year. Happy New Year!

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

Maj. John Lim

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64th BSB Soldiers give Iraqi army the power to succeed
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by Pvt. DeAngelo M. Wells

Soldiers assigned to 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, along with the Logistics Training and Advisory Team, have trained the 10th and 14th Iraqi Transportation and Field Factory Brigades since their arrival in March. According to Lt. Col. Geoff DeTingo, commander, 64th BSB, the battalion has completed more than 50 missions alongside the transportation and field factory brigades. “Honestly it’s not about how many missions we have completed with the IA, it’s about the quality of the things we have done in conjunction with them,” said DeTingo. “The LTAT is made up of volunteers who truly wanted to do this and help. So it’s not really about how much we do but the partnership between the Soldiers of 64th and the Iraqi army.” The LTAT, which has 15 fulltime personnel, trains the Iraqi army

Spc. Skipp Robertson, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., a wheeled vehicle mechanic, Company B, 64th BSB conducts Humvee maintenance training with an Iraqi mechanic from the 14th Iraqi Transportation and Field Factory Brigade.

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Society Against Sexual Assault looks at prevention
self confidence among Soldiers and helps to develop life skills and camaraderie to create positive changes in attitudes and behavior in order to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. “All it takes is one voice, one Soldier to stand up to their buddies to stop an event. The first step is eliminating sexual harassment. Stop the cat calls and mentality by some that females [and males] are objects,” said Maj. Rebekah Lust, the brigade deployed sexual assault response coordinator. The program is also heavily dependent on the support of senior leadership and supervisors to create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents, which impact Soldiers, civilians, and family members. If an incident should occur, the program aims to ensure that victims and subjects are treated fairly, without predjudice.
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Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Jordan, sexual assault advisor United States Division-South and Capt. Naomi Flowers, clinical social worker, mental health services, practice a self defense technique, taught at the Society Against Sexual Assault conference at Camp Adder. by Spc. Chastity R. Boykin

Photo by Spc. Chastity R. Boykin

3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, hosted a Society Against Sexual Assault conference at Camp Adder Dec. 2 titled “Prevention before Reaction,” aimed at servicemembers and civilians.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces a commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that focuses on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. The program uses education to build

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Induction: Representing the spirit of Audie Murphy
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“When you talk about the name Audie Murphy, you think about bravery, initiative, training and discipline. What I saw here today represents all of those,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur L. Coleman Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the Deputy Commanding General— Operations, United States Forces-Iraq, who travelled to southern Iraq from Baghdad to take part in the ceremony and speak to the new inductees. The rigorous selection process includes a nomination by a senior NCO, a thorough review of the candidate’s performance and achievements, and two successive military selection boards. Those still standing are among the top 2 percent of the active duty NCO corps. For the four new inductees, the ceremony is the culminating event in a long, challenging process that, for some, begins shortly after joining the Army. Hedrick, who has aspired to become part of the Audie Murphy Club for years, has always been impressed with Murphy’s actions both on and off the battlefield. He said that he has been particularly inspired

by Murphy’s emphasis on education, an area he pays close attention to when counseling his Soldiers. For Hedrick, such a deep respect for the World War II Medal of Honor winner only makes induction into the club that much sweeter. “My knees were shaking. It was truly one of the best days of my life to learn that I was accepted,” he said. The inductees agreed that the preparation was tough and involved stacks of additional reading, one-on-one counseling with mentors, and of course living the values exemplified by Murphy himself. Bryant advised other NCOs to take the induction process and preparation seriously. “This is the hardest board I’ve ever been to in my military career,” he said, advising prospective award winners to “know your Soldiers, know your equipment and lead from the front.” Smiling, Gammon admitted that he was humbled to be compared to Audie Murphy and offered one small bit of advice: “Let your actions speak louder than your words.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur L. Coleman, senior enlisted advisor to the deputy commanding general for operations, United States Forces Iraq, presents Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Bryant, attached to 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., and a native of Shreveport, La., with the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award.

Photo by Spc. Chastity R. Boykin

Conference: Finding solutions
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SASA: Prevention
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on logistics in order to improve its capabilities and effectiveness. The support battalion, in conjunction with the LTAT, continues to train the Iraqis on everything from combat life saving skills to maintenance for military vehicles. Although under the great supervision of professional leaders, the Iraqi army still has room for improvement, said De Tingo. The IA brigades still have problems with faulty equipment being shipped out to different Iraqi army bases and need more qualified mechanics to work on the growing number of vehicles, he said. In order to help the Iraqi army improve in these areas, 64th BSB held a conference for the three divisions in southern Iraq. The conference at Camp Adder allowed Brig. Gen. Salah, a senior logistics officer in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, to listen to each division and facilitated

a productive, two-way dialogue aimed at finding solutions. Identifying their issues to the Ministry of Defense is the first step in improving to a point where the Iraqis can sustain themselves without U.S. assistance. “When we first started working alongside the Iraqi army, there was not a very viable logistics unit. I believe we helped them establish what they have now,” said De Tingo. “The conference had three division logistics units come into one room and discuss their suggestions and requests, where they had the most honest dialogue I’ve ever seen[among Iraqi leaders].” At the end of the conference, many of the Iraqi officers walked away smiling, optimistic about the way forward. “Every problem that has stopped us from being able to work or be effective, was presented and brought to Brig. Gen. Salah’s attention,” said Brig. Gen. Ali, chief assistant for the 8th IA Division.

“Everyone deserves dignity and respect and everything in our Army values is surrounded by dignity and respect,” said Lt. Col. Renee McDonald, brigade executive officer, 224th Sustainment Brigade. “The ideal work place is a room full of professional Soldiers with everyone treated with dignity and respect.” McDonald’s experience in the Army has shown her that awareness of one’s surroundings and appropriate measures can prevent a possible negative situation from occurring. According to speakers at the conference, the personal and destructive effects of sexual assault crimes affect not only the victims but those all around them, causing a ripple effect all the way through their family and community. According to Lust, it comes down to being active when a situation arises. Helping someone walk away from a dangerous situation, like a sexual assault, can change the trend.
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Young climber becomes ‘Iron-tastic’ gymnast
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

by Maj. Alan S. Brown

While being an “Iron Strong” kid is really just a metaphor for the tremendous talent that children of the Iron Brigade possess, Heather Dalbec interprets the term much more literally when referring to her daughter. Seven-year-old Bonnie is catching the attention of her gymnastics coaches, having only been enrolled in classes for several months. According to her mother, Bonnie’s coaches have been very impressed with her potential and believe she has a bright future in competitive gymnastics. “She can do all kinds of tricks that I do not even know the names of after just a few short months of class,” said Dalbec. Bonnie, whose father is Sgt. Benjamin Dalbec, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, seems to have unique talents for climbing, tumbling and acrobatics. “I first really noticed her special abilities at only the age of three when the girl began walking up doors with hands and feet to reach the ceiling,” said Dalbec. At the park she would cross the monkey bars and do pull ups practically nonstop, rather than follow around the other kids, she said.

Bonnie Dalbec suspends herself in the hallway of her home by using her hands and feet to climb the walls on either side. Her mother, Heather Dalbec, says she has been climbing like this since the age of three.

Photo courtesy of Heather Dalbec

As Bonnie grew older, her mother says she began flipping around the bars like a gymnast. In the hallway at home, Bonnie would walk up one wall with her feet and the other with her hands, suspending herself in the air. Bonnie has no shortage of strength for a seven-year-old, as she can climb repeatedly up the rope at Iron Horse Park on Fort Carson. Dalbec says, rather humbly, that her daughter will beat her in a race to the top and then want to do it all over again. Aside from making Dalbec a proud gymnastics mom, she said that her daughter’s talent has come as a blessing in another way. As a result of being born

Bonnie Dalbec performs a handstand during her gymnastics class. Bonnie is the youngest student in her advanced gymnastic courses and her coaches all say she has great potential that can take her very far.

Photo courtesy of Heather Dalbec

prematurely, Bonnie has faced many face. challenges that most kids don’t have to. Dalbec said that Bonnie’s physical strength has led to a new-found self confidence and inner strength. “With her new inner strength she is fighting it. Her fears are being lifted,” she said.

We would like to recognize and feature extraordinary children throughout the Iron Brigade. If you have or know of a child who has recently accomplished something extraordinary or set themselves apart from the rest, we’d like to hear about it. If you’d like to highlight an Iron Strong kid, please submit a digital photo along with a 3-4 paragraph write up that describes why he or she deserves to be featured. Selected submissions may be published in upcoming issues of the Iron Advisor. Please send submissions and photo attachments to:

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Spc. Johnathan McMullen, of Longview, Texas, 3rd Bn. 29th FA Reg., performs a guillotine choke on his opponent during his match at the Fight Night event at Memorial Hall on Camp Adder.

Photo by Spc. Khori D. Johnson

Pacesetters prevail at Camp Adder Fight Night
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

by Spc. Khori D. Johnson

Although the skill set of most Pacesetters deals with dropping artillery shells on their enemies on the battlefield, lately the 3rd Battalion, 29th Artillery Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division has become known for dropping opponents in the ring. Spc. Casey Steffani, of Nampa, Ind., Spc. Jonathan McMullen, of Longview, Texas, and Pfc. Zachariah Scott of Des Moines, Iowa, had their hands raised in victory at Camp Adder’s most recent Fight Night Nov. 29. After Steffani’s first match on the Fourth of July, Scott showed an interest at trying his skills in the ring and began training with Steffani and McMullen. Steffani was eager to don his MMA gloves once again after his last victory, while McMullen was ready for his debut match after being unable to compete during the last contest. Since the Pacesetters have frequent missions, the team had to train whenever they could. They identified their strengths and weaknesses early on and helped each other to become more effective fighters. Stefanni and Scott have a wrestling background, while McMullen has more

experience in boxing. “Scott and I helped McMullen with his ground game, and he helped us with our stand-up,” said Steffani. When the moment of truth arrived, each fighter clinched victory due to the assistance they gave each other while training. “I had to thank Steffani for helping me with my take-downs,” said McMullen. “That’s what helped me get my opponent down on the ground, leading to my win.” The trio of Pacesetters also attributes its victories to the drive and will they instilled in each other. “We all helped each other out, and we

pushed each other,” said Steffani, who received his second Fight Night victory with a knockout. “No one was going to get disowned if they lost, but we all agreed to leave everything on the mat.” Although this group of Pacesetters experienced some close calls and hard punches throughout the night, Scott’s favorite moment did not come in the form of a punch or a kick, but when he sat down to dinner with the other victorious Pacesetters after the event. “The fights were cool and everything, but nothing’s better than grabbing some pizza with two of your closest buddies,” he said.

Pfc. Zachariah Scott of Des Moines, Iowa, 3rd Bn. 29th FA Reg., locks in a rear-naked choke on his opponent as the referee stops the fight during his match at the Fight Night event at Memorial Hall. Page 12

Photo by Spc. Khori D. Johnson

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December 31, 2010

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Memorial honors fallen Iron Brigade Soldiers
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

Volume I, Issue VI

December 31, 2010

by Spc. Chastity R. Boykin

Before the deployment to Iraq, there was hope to bring every Soldier home from the “Iron Brigade.” Sadly two Soldiers will not be returning to their families this spring as the brigade returns home to Fort Carson, Colorado. The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, held a dedication ceremony Dec. 8 to honor the two Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, who lost their lives in Iraq. Those honored were Pfc. Charlie C. Antonio and Spc. Dylon T. Reid. Photos of the two fallen Soldiers hang

within the memorial, under the banner which reads, “In Memory of Our Fallen Heroes.” The memorial hangs in the brigade headquarters main conference room as a symbolic reminder and tribute to those lost during this deployment. Col. James E. Rainey, brigade commander, encouraged the Iron Brigade Soldiers to continue on with their duties in an effort to win the war, thereby honoring their two teammates and all the others who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. “We honor our dead and their families,” said Rainey, defining one important aspect of what it means to be ‘Iron Strong.’ “And that is what this is all about today-two great teammates being honored.”

A plaque honoring Pfc. Charlie C. Antonio and Spc. Dylon T. Reid hangs as symbolic reminder and tribute to their service. A dedication ceremony was held Dec. 8 for the two Soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq.

Photo by Spc. Chastity Boykin

Troops construct PT field, motivate other Soldiers
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs

by Pvt. DeAngelo Wells

Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, recently constructed a fitness field at Camp Garry Owen to provide a better variety of physical training options for Soldiers at the Base. The Soldiers constructed the Eagle Fitness Field, including pull up bars, a quarter-mile track, a climbing rope and other exercise stations on the site of the former helicopter landing zone. Throughout the day, many Soldiers and service members run on the track, do squats at one of the circuit stations, or play football in the athletic field inside the track. “It’s nice to have a track to use instead of just running around the [small] camp,”

said Pfc. Marc-Anthony Gita, of Reno, Nev., a tanker with Company D, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg.

A Soldier assigned to 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., flips a military vehicle tire down a trail on the Eagle Fitness Field at Camp Garry Owen Dec. 11. The space offers an athletic field, a track, and an area for Soldiers to do push-ups and sit-ups.

Photo by Pvt. DeAngelo Wells

While the gym at Garry Owen is still being used for weight training and cycling, the new field allows Soldiers to create more diverse workouts. “It’s nice to see other Soldiers and non-commissioned officers out here having fun. There is something here for everyone,” said Sgt. Jesus Carmona, of Hale Center, Texas, an infantryman assigned to 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. Although the field will help keep Soldiers fit, it also allows them to build camaraderie through friendly competitions. According to Gita, the ‘Fighting Eagles’ have started a football league in order to build camaraderie and stay competitive. “I think it’s a good thing to keep Soldiers fit and it plays a big role with the Soldiers here in keeping their morale up,” he said.

Public Affairs Office
Col. James E. Rainey Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Miles S. Wilson Command Sergeant Major Maj. Alan S. Brown Public Affairs Officer Staff Sgt. Nathaniel G. Johnson Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer Staff Writers
Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle Spc. Chastity R. Boykin Spc. Khori D. Johnson Pvt. DeAngelo M. Wells

The Iron Advisor is produced in the interest of the Soldiers of the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. The Iron Advisor is an Army-funded newsletter authorized under provision of AR 360-1. Contents of the Iron Advisor are not necessarily the views of, nor endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial content of the Iron Advisor is prepared, edited, provided and approved by

the 3rd AAB Public Affairs Office. The Iron Advisor welcomes articles, commentary, and photos from readers. The Iron Advisor reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the publication. All issues of the Iron Advisor can be viewed online from your home computer at: www.facebook.com/3bct4id Submissions should be emailed to Staff Sgt. Nathaniel G. Johnson at: nathaniel.g.johnson1@3bct4id.army.mil
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