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STRYKER BRIGADE NEWS ^ | 1/5/05 | AIRBORNE

Posted on 01/04/2005 5:57:07 PM PST by airborne

I have been posting this elsewhere, but I'm getting so much information (and hope to collect info from others) that I wanted to start a seperate thread to keep you informed and, maybe, help my mental health by sharing.


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KEYWORDS: armynews; iraq; mosul; oif; oif2; personalaccount; stryker; strykerbrigade
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I welcome all who have family members in Iraq or elsewhere to join me in posting stories from the front.

With a brother in Bagdad and a nephew (brother's son) in Mosul, I have a lot of information that I hope you will find interesting.

And I hope that others will share their stories with me.

1 posted on 01/04/2005 5:57:07 PM PST by airborne
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"Hero to Hero" will be "Kruisin' for Kaibetoney"
Liz Jackson and other volunteers with the Hero to Hero (H2H) pledge drive will be at it again this Saturday, January 8th. They will be collecting shirts in the Puget Sound region from Fire & Police Departments to send to the troops in Iraq. Saturday's "Stomp" will be dedicated to Larry Kaibetoney, who was seriously injured in the Mosul bombing recently. His wife Chani is a volunteer with H2H. A full press release is included below.

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“Hero to Hero” will be “Kruisin’ for Kaibetoney” through-out the Puget Sound, January 8th, 2004!

A planned Stomp for the troops was made more personal when the husband of a “Hero to Hero” core member was seriously wounded in Mosul.

Lakewood, WA, January 8, 2004: “Hero to Hero” is firefighters, law enforcement and first responders across America, giving the shirts off their backs for our troops in the desert.

In an ongoing morale effort for the troops, the “Hero to Hero” convoy of military family members and local soldiers will be visiting Fire Departments & Police Stations from Seattle to Tacoma (and towns between) gathering the shirts off the backs of our stateside Heroes for our desert deployed Heroes.

This event took a personal turn after the Mosul incident that took the lives of six local soldiers and wounded many more. One of those wounded was Larry Kaibetoney, husband of Hero to Hero core member Chani. Larry is currently recuperating at Madigan Army Hospital, and Chani is at his side… thankful just to have him with her again.

We will hopefully never know the pain Larry and all the others have endured, all we can do is try to let them know they are supported and always in our thoughts. To this end, Hero to Hero continues its morale efforts on their behalf. To this end, we dedicate our upcoming Stomp as “Kruisin’ for Kaibetoney”. The January 15th Stomp (Bremerton ~ Olympia) will be dedicated to all affected by the Mosul incident.

Contact: Liz Jackson
Patriotic Pastime
Phone (253) 279-9817
Email: PatrioticPastime@aol.com


2 posted on 01/04/2005 5:58:26 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: patriciaruth; Mo1

Ping!


3 posted on 01/04/2005 5:59:00 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne

I was thinking FR should have a daily like this. I know we have the various support our troops dailies, but a special place for military families to share stories is a cool idea. As long as they aren't the loose lips kind of things. My kid leaves for Iraq in a couple weeks.


4 posted on 01/04/2005 5:59:55 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
My kid leaves for Iraq in a couple weeks.

Any idea where? What MOS is he?

5 posted on 01/04/2005 6:02:48 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne

He's a she, she's at Ft. Riley. She's nuclear, biological and chemical. It's being announced on the local radio stations in Manhattan Kansas. We just came back from there. She didn't want to leave her car in the pathetic storage area, an open field in Kansas for a year. They're leaving between now and Feb 2. Heading to Kuwait, for about 6-8 weeks. Their equipment and a advance team has already left. That's all I know right now.


6 posted on 01/04/2005 6:07:17 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
I just looked at your profile. 82ND!!!

You should be very proud!!


7 posted on 01/04/2005 6:08:36 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance
I have two boys and I don't want to think about them in harms way.

Don't take this as chauvinistic, but how tough is it to see your daughter head into a war zone?

8 posted on 01/04/2005 6:11:19 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne

Does it say that? Then I made a typo, she's in the 3rd bct, 1AD, 70th engineers, Decon platoon. I'm kind of new to the military lingo, maybe she's in airborn. could you verify my links? I might have screwed it up and I'll have to fix it.


9 posted on 01/04/2005 6:11:39 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

I believe she will be attached to the Airborne Division for support.


10 posted on 01/04/2005 6:13:22 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Here's a related story on reecent deployment.

Reinforcements arrive in Mosul, initiate joint operations with ISF
(TFO Press Release)

MOSUL, IRAQ (January 4, 2005) – Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, the 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade, 6th Brigade of Iraqi Commandos and additional elements of the 25th Infantry Division reinforced Task Force Olympia and began combined Iraqi Security Force and Multi-National Force operations to ensure security for the January 30 elections.

Currently there are 12 combat battalions of both Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces operating in Multi-National Brigade Northwest.

All units in Mosul operate under the command and control of Task Force Olympia within Multi-National Brigade Northwest area of operations.

The increase in MNF and ISF will ensure security and stability during the elections as Iraqis participate in the first-ever democratic election in Iraq.


11 posted on 01/04/2005 6:15:52 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne

You know, everyone asks me that. I try to tell myself, she's a trained soldier. She's expert on her weapons, could make sniper if she was a guy, and I'm not just saying that cuz I'm the mom, others higher up than her have stated the same to me. She's aced her last PT test. So, I have to have confidence in her training. With that said. I'd think I'd rather have her trained as a soldier and go to Iraq, than to head to Chicago with her girlfriends for a weekend party without the training. At least I keep telling myself that. Maybe as the time gets closer, I'll feel different, but she's so solid in her abilities, I just admire that.

On a fun note, they had an arm wrestling contest at NTC, and she wrestled the weakest guy in their unit, and she told me she could have beat him, but lost on purpose because she didn't want that lingering over him forever! She's not one of those macho girls either.


12 posted on 01/04/2005 6:17:05 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne
She's at Ft. Riley Kansas right now. They may be attached to Airborne. Like I said, it's confusing just trying to remember if it's a unit, or a brigade, or a battalion, LOL! I know what her platoon is, she's in the 70th engineers, HHC, decon platoon.
13 posted on 01/04/2005 6:19:58 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
I am impressed with that story. It tells ma a lot about your daughter's character.

She let the man win so he wouldn't have that, "You got beat by a girl!" rap hanging over him.

Sounds like you did a great job raising her!

14 posted on 01/04/2005 6:23:01 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Ping, son.............(excuse me.......ping, Lieutenant).


15 posted on 01/04/2005 6:25:34 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: airborne
My nephew is the smiling one in the back!


16 posted on 01/04/2005 6:27:00 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance
Got any photographs?


17 posted on 01/04/2005 6:28:03 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne

Thanks, I hope so, she's in the army, and I'm so proud of what's she's doing. I'm proud of all the military. We've visited the base 3 times now. I've met a lot of soldiers who were in Iraq, and that helps. They tell lots of stories about what it's really like over there.


18 posted on 01/04/2005 6:31:31 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne

What a great shot! You must be proud. Are your sons considering joining?


19 posted on 01/04/2005 6:32:13 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne

Yes, but I don't have an internet site to put them out there. Any tips?


20 posted on 01/04/2005 6:33:02 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne

I think they are all beautiful...God keep them safe..


21 posted on 01/04/2005 6:33:40 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: Indy Pendance
"I'm proud of all the military."

They are the greatest in every sense of the word. You should be proud of a daughter who is excelling among the best.

22 posted on 01/04/2005 6:36:44 PM PST by bayourod (The states and cities with large immigrant labor pools are the prosperous ones.)
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To: Indy Pendance
The recruiter is after the 19 year old, but I don't think he's interested. The other son is 15, so I hope he won't have a war to deal with.

It really is hard being a parent, isn't it? ;^)

23 posted on 01/04/2005 6:38:27 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance
Yes, but I don't have an internet site to put them out there. Any tips?

Photobucket.com has a free trial membership. It lasts a few months, or if you overload your photo album like me, they charge $20 a year.

24 posted on 01/04/2005 6:41:12 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: marmar
And how brave is this generation?!

What a collection of heroes we have!!

25 posted on 01/04/2005 6:42:28 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: bayourod

Thanks. When we visit the base, we stay at army lodging, and sometimes she'll invite the gang over for an impromptu party. Some of the stuff they talk about, I just admire them so much. I'm so proud of all of them. They all call me mom now. My kid said, I'm one of the only parents who visit regularly. It's about 700 miles one way, but it's worth it to go. One guy didn't have anywhere to go for christmas, so we invited him to come here. She's with a great group of people. They were talking about this the other day, when they finish this year in Iraq, everyone in their platoon should be at least a sargeant by then, except for one who will be a specialist.


26 posted on 01/04/2005 6:45:17 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne
I am a reserve AF medic and I have helped bring home the Wounded Warriors, in Ramstien AB, Germany and Oman. I met so many Soldiers, Marines, Naval Personal, and Airman. In that order. They are wonderful. I am the one who unloads and loads them unto the A/C.
27 posted on 01/04/2005 6:45:47 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: airborne

"It really is hard being a parent, isn't it? "

Yes it is, especially when they grow up, but aren't quite old enough to be considered grown up. Then they join the army, and that presents a whole new world. She's almost 22 now.


28 posted on 01/04/2005 6:46:53 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne; marmar

And it's showing in their political beliefs too. They were at NTC when the election was held. They had a projector of Fox news showing the returns in the chow tent. Everyone was so happy when they realized Bush won. She said, it was electrifying to be there at that time.


29 posted on 01/04/2005 6:48:37 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne

Thanks, I'm going to try to set something up. I've got them stored on my computer, so it should be simple to do. If it works, I'll post some here.


30 posted on 01/04/2005 6:49:56 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: marmar

Sounds like a difficult job. I hope you lose it, if you know what I mean. ;^)


31 posted on 01/04/2005 6:56:41 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne
Airborne:

Rangers lead the way! The 82nd has a long and courageous history - a lot to be proud of. Thank you for your service.

I have two "kids" in the service. They are both sort of adopted by me since they were young. They were the lost children of single mothers I dated over the years (they are not related by blood). I couldn't be prouder of them. Both of them - last time I knew - are in Afghanistan. One is with the 1st Special Forces, Detachment *. The other has been with the 160th SOAR for about two years as a crew chief on "Nighthawks". There are very happy and have found their work very rewarding. I worked very long and hard to keep them on the right path. It was worth it. Yes I worry but I also know they are some of the finest soldiers in the history of mankind.

They tell me - when they can - that the situation in Afghanistan is going very well. The country is moving to the new government and the people are responding to change. ALL basic services have been improved or developed and the few Taliban that raise their heads get a major smack down almost immediately.

Please keep posting away with the info you have - I have given up on the MSM and now look for my info on the Internet. De Opresso Liber.

32 posted on 01/04/2005 7:03:02 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you.. NSDQ)
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To: airborne
Excellent, it worked!


Last week at army lodging, lunch break


Chemical gear


Basic trainging buddies, second from left


Smoke training

33 posted on 01/04/2005 7:03:50 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: marmar; patriciaruth; Mo1
“Hero to Hero” will be “Kruisin’ for Kaibetoney” through-out the Puget Sound, January 8th, 2004!

A planned Stomp for the troops was made more personal when the husband of a “Hero to Hero” core member was seriously wounded in Mosul.

Lakewood, WA, January 8, 2004: “Hero to Hero” is firefighters, law enforcement and first responders across America, giving the shirts off their backs for our troops in the desert.

In an ongoing morale effort for the troops, the “Hero to Hero” convoy of military family members and local soldiers will be visiting Fire Departments & Police Stations from Seattle to Tacoma (and towns between) gathering the shirts off the backs of our stateside Heroes for our desert deployed Heroes.

This event took a personal turn after the Mosul incident that took the lives of six local soldiers and wounded many more. One of those wounded was Larry Kaibetoney, husband of Hero to Hero core member Chani. Larry is currently recuperating at Madigan Army Hospital, and Chani is at his side… thankful just to have him with her again.

We will hopefully never know the pain Larry and all the others have endured, all we can do is try to let them know they are supported and always in our thoughts. To this end, Hero to Hero continues its morale efforts on their behalf. To this end, we dedicate our upcoming Stomp as “Kruisin’ for Kaibetoney”. The January 15th Stomp (Bremerton ~ Olympia) will be dedicated to all affected by the Mosul incident.

Contact: Liz Jackson Patriotic Pastime Phone (253) 279-9817 Email: PatrioticPastime@aol.com


34 posted on 01/04/2005 7:06:15 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance
WOW! nice job!

It took me a month to figure out what you did in a flash!

I 'm hard on all things electronic.

35 posted on 01/04/2005 7:11:01 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne

I'm a geeky engineer.


36 posted on 01/04/2005 7:11:31 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: mad_as_he$$
I'm starting a ping list for anyone who posts here. You're on it!

It takes a special person to care for and raise anothers' child. From what you tell me, it was worth it! Congratulations!

37 posted on 01/04/2005 7:14:18 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Wow, congratulations on being such an excellent role model!


38 posted on 01/04/2005 7:16:31 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne

I actually volunteer and will go anytime they let me. I have a different attitude from others, that have to be there. If I were a Wounded Warrior I would want me, to take care of me. I am there because I love my work and I love the troops. I am good for them and I treasure being able to help them. Not all of them are in that bad of shape. Thank God......


39 posted on 01/04/2005 7:22:02 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: Indy Pendance
Thank you! FWIW their motehrs both really hate me now for "turning their babies into killers". The good news is that my experiences with them taught me the kind of women I DID NOT need in my life!
40 posted on 01/04/2005 7:23:43 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you.. NSDQ)
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To: marmar

With that attitude, I'd want you too! ;^)


41 posted on 01/04/2005 7:23:56 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance
CHICKS IN UNIFORM!

SWEET!

42 posted on 01/04/2005 7:27:32 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I have 2 'adopted' daughters. They aren't in the military, well, one was, but they found an extra bone in her foot and was chaptered out. She's living with us now until she gets re-established. Her brother totaled her car while she was gone and a bunch of other bad stuff happened to her by her family while she was in the army. The other one has a great husband and two little girls and has really turned around since her terrible life with her 'real' family. It's great to see them straighten out.


43 posted on 01/04/2005 7:27:57 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: marmar

"I actually volunteer and will go anytime they let me"

Wow, I don't have words to express my gratitude, except for, thank you for your selfless service.


44 posted on 01/04/2005 7:29:28 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: airborne

I'll find a couple more chicks for you.... :)


45 posted on 01/04/2005 7:30:17 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

I'm available!


46 posted on 01/04/2005 7:31:51 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Indy Pendance
Night time in Iraq.


47 posted on 01/04/2005 7:32:41 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne
There are a handful of reservist that fly Air Mobility Command, from the CCT- Critical Care Teams, to the Aerovac Teams, to the CASF Critical Aeromedical Staging Facilities we run into each other all around the Rotation. I am proud to serve with them. We are not in the actual battle, but we are the best at moving the Wounded Warrior, even if we are AF........
48 posted on 01/04/2005 7:32:49 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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To: marmar
I don't know what you're talking about. Some of my best friends are Air Force.

How do you think a paratrooper gets around?!


49 posted on 01/04/2005 7:35:43 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne
I have just met alot of mil, that thinks AF is in the back with the bags. For the most part we are, but when we contribute,it is a beautiful thing. I have seen the gratitude on those Warrior's face. They tell me they will never talk smack about the AF again. We really do have it made in so many ways, I will be the first to admit it. We just have a different mission. But the most precious are my Warriors.
50 posted on 01/04/2005 7:46:03 PM PST by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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