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  • Commander In Chief Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously." The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal...
  • Report faults officers' absence in Afghan ambush that killed 5 U.S. troops

    02/18/2010 9:35:23 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 18, 2010 | By Jonathan S. Landay,
    WASHINGTON — The absence of experienced senior leaders and inadequate action by officers in a tactical operations center, including a failure to provide effective artillery and air support, contributed to the deaths of five U.S. troops and nine Afghans in a Sept. 8 battle, an official investigation has found. Three unidentified officers from the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., received official reprimands following the inquiry into the clash, which erupted after Afghan security forces and U.S. Army and Marine trainers were ambushed in the Ganjgal Valley, near the border with Pakistan in northeastern Kunar province. "This event highlights...
  • Pentagon Cancels Iraq Troop Deployment

    10/17/2009 4:54:10 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies · 565+ views
    CNN via AOLNews ^ | October 17, 2009
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 17) -- More than 3,000 U.S. troops scheduled to deploy to Iraq won't go after all, as the military tries to draw down troop levels in the war-torn country, a Pentagon spokesman said Saturday. The 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division will not replace a North Carolina National Guard unit already in Iraq, Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh told CNN. The 3,500-troop combat team, based in Fort Drum, New York, was to leave in January, he said. "[The cancellation] reflects a thorough assessment of the security environment in Iraq and continued improvement in the ability of the...
  • SSG Brandon Camacho Recevies FIFTH Purple Heart - Headed Home

    09/17/2009 3:56:39 AM PDT · by Nevyan · 9 replies · 788+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Sep 12, 2009 | Stephanie Gaskell
    Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan - The soldiers in his New York-based combat unit call Staff Sgt. Brandon Camacho the "Bullet Magnet." Camacho - either the luckiest or unluckiest soldier in Afghanistan - is on his second tour here with the Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The reason for the nickname: He's just earned his fifth Purple Heart after being shot in the left knee in a firefight 100 miles south of Kabul, military officials said. "One of my friends said, 'You're the luckiest unlucky person I know,'" said Camacho, 24, who grew up in Saipan...
  • Face of Defense: Identical Twins Have Soldiers Seeing Double

    07/15/2009 5:16:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 891+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Chuck Cannon
    FORT POLK, La., July 15, 2009 – Don't blame the soldiers here if you see them do a double take when two of the unit's newest captains pass by. Levi Lyles, foreground, pins captain bars on his son, Derrick Lyles, while Lisa Lyles, background, pins captain bars on her husband and Derrick's twin brother, Darrell Lyles, during a promotion ceremony on Fort Polk, La. July 1, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Chuck Cannon  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Despite appearances, the soldiers of 10th Mountain Division’s 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team are not seeing double --...
  • Latest News On Dusty Magner (Update at Post #198)

    06/03/2009 4:15:10 AM PDT · by U S Army EOD · 210 replies · 5,577+ views
    I just heard from my daughter, Rebecca (his wife). They are trying to remove fragments from the spinal cord. He still has no feelings in the lower legs or feet. He will be coming into Walter Reid next week. Thank you for all your prayers. Dusty was among the 10th Mountain Division soldiers wounded or killed last week in the IED attack.
  • Gates Assures 10th Mountain Soldiers of Continued Support

    05/08/2009 4:38:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 351+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan, May 8, 2009 – During his last stop on a whirlwind two-day visit through Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates brought encouragement and assurance of support to 10th Mountain Division soldiers who have been deployed here since January. “What you are doing out here is really important,” Gates told an assembly of 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldiers at this high-altitude outpost in Wardak province. Gates recalled the historical lessons the United States and the world learned when they turned their collective backs on Afghanistan after the Soviets were ousted in the late 1980s. Four years...
  • U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Unleash ‘Lion’s Roar’

    04/22/2009 10:17:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 503+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Creighton Holub, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, April 22, 2009 – The 10th Iraqi Army Division sent out its ground troops and air support assets April 19 to conduct the first large-scale combined-arms live-fire exercise, nicknamed Operation “Lion’s Roar,” in southern Iraq April 19. An Iraqi forward observer watches the impact zone with binoculars during a combined-arms live-fire exercise in Iraq’s Maysan province, April 19, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Creighton Holub  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “They did outstanding,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commander of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. “The Iraqi army is here to...
  • Body of missing Lawrence soldier discovered in Iraq { Jimenez and Anzack }

    07/11/2008 8:05:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 278+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/11/8 | Jeannie Nuss & Milton J. Valencia
    The body of Alex R. Jimenez, a Lawrence-based soldier who was kidnapped more than a year ago, has been found in Iraq in a tragic ending to a family's wrenching hope for his return. Jimenez's father, Ramon "Andy'' Jimenez, was notified by Army servicemen who came to his home yesterday that his son's body was found two days ago by Iraqi authorities, who contacted their American counterparts. The elder Ramirez, who had held out hope that he would one day see his son's return, seemed to come to terms with the news. "It comforts you when you accept something, and...
  • Fallen Soldier?s Family Continues Mission of Love for Iraqi Children (BLURRY SCREEN ALERT)

    04/01/2008 4:15:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 137+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback, USA
    Calif., native 1st Lt. Casey Zimmerman of Company C, 3rdBattalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, hands out footballs at a school in Mullah Fayad March 27. All the items were donated by the family and community of Sgt. Nathan Barnes, who served in the area and was killed in Rushdi Mullah July 17. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. PATROL BASE YUSIFIYAH — Whoever said violence begets more violence never met the family of Sgt. Nathan Barnes.American Fork, Utah, native Sgt. Nathan Barnes, a Soldier with 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat...
  • MND-B Soldiers kill 25 criminals

    03/30/2008 4:19:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies · 505+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | March 31, 2008 | Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
    BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers killed 25 criminals in eastern Baghdad March 30.Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, were traveling in a combat patrol to investigate a possible point of origin for an indirect fire attack when their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Immediately after the IED attack, Soldiers discovered a second IED in the area and attempted to secure it.While attempting to secure the IED, they were attacked with indirect fire, rocket propelled grenades and small-arms fire from a house in the vicinity of the IED strike....
  • Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons Caches

    03/30/2008 11:31:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 361+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 30, 2008 – U.S. aircraft killed 14 terrorists during two anti-insurgent operations conducted in Baghdad today, and coalition forces killed or captured dozens of additional terrorists during other operations throughout Iraq over the past two days, military officials reported. An American aircrew killed 12 insurgents today after they attacked a U.S. infantry patrol in northern Baghdad. Soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team pursued the insurgents after they had broken off their attack. U.S. military aircraft arrived to provide air-to-ground support. After positively identifying the attackers, the air weapons team engaged and killed the...
  • General Wants to Build on Iraqi Security Progress

    03/20/2008 5:35:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 162+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2008 – New units moving into Iraq have the challenge of continuing the security improvements while helping the Iraqis build economic and political structures, the commander of a U.S. division preparing to take on that task said today. Army Maj. Gen. Michael L. Oates, commands the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum, N.Y., and in May, the division headquarters will relieve the 3rd Infantry Division at Multinational Division Center in Iraq. “We want to build on the security environment that (Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Infantry Division commander) and his guys have created,” Oates said...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Ft Drum 10th Mountain Div ~ 29 January 08

    01/28/2008 5:59:57 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 565 replies · 23,682+ views
    Serving The Best Troops In The World | The Canteen Crew
    Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies militaryand the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fort Drum History of the 10th Mountain Division 10th Mountain Troops 'Fish' for Insurgents Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • Iraqi Army Distributes Wheelchairs to Those Most in Need

    01/13/2008 6:31:03 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 200+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Grant T. Okubo, USA
    Lt. Col. Dennis Yates, battalion commander, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Col. Ahmed Ehbrahim Bedor, battalion commander, 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division (center) pose for pictures with three Baghdad residents who received free wheelchairs from the Iraqi Army in Schmook Village, Jan. 3. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Grant T. Okubo, 4th IBCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div. FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH — Villagers gathered as Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers distributed wheelchairs to disabled Iraqi citizens in Schmook Village, Jan. 3. IA Soldiers from the 1st Battalion,...
  • Iraqi Police Uncover Major Weapons Cache

    12/22/2007 11:28:48 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 140+ views
    A 10th Mountain Division Soldier inventories a portion of over 7 tons of ordinance discovered by Iraqi Police, Dec. 18, around 25 miles west of Kirkuk. Photo by Maj. Sean Wilson, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. KIRKUK — Iraqi Police (IP) uncovered a major weapons cache in Kirkuk province, Dec. 18. The discovery was made during a series of pre-dawn raids at suspected cache sites. The operation was led by the IP into the town of Ruwadah, approximately 25 miles west of Kirkuk city. The operation was named “Kura Azakan” (The Brave Men) by Gen. Sarhadt,...
  • Iraq's awakening drives out al-Qaida

    11/21/2007 12:32:53 PM PST · by pissant · 26 replies · 51+ views
    UPI ^ | 11/21/07 | staff
    KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials in northern Iraq say despite continued violence, a citizen neighborhood watch program is beginning to drive al-Qaida out of the region. The citizen patrols, who call the initiative Sahwa, an Arabic term meaning "awakening," recently approached soldiers of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. Officials say more than 1,000 citizens showed up to be recruited in an effort to drive out terrorists, the U.S. Defense Department reported. "What this program is doing is creating significant problems for the insurgents, because it drives a...
  • Two N.Y.-based Alaskans killed in Iraq

    11/12/2007 10:37:25 AM PST · by RDTF · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Nov 7, 2007 | not specified
    Two soldiers from Alaska were among four killed in Iraq on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee, the U.S. Department of Defense said today. Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis, 34, of Anchorage and Sgt. Derek T. Stenroos, 24, of North Pole were serving with a unit from Fort Drum, N.Y., post spokesmen said in a written statement. They died during combat operations in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq. Davis was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). Stenroos was assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat...
  • 10th Mountain Division Headquarters to Deploy to Iraq

    11/05/2007 3:30:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 349+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2007 – About 1,000 members of 10th Mountain Division will deploy to Iraq this spring as replacements for troops due to rotate home, Defense Department officials announced today. The division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., has been alerted of the upcoming deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman confirmed today. “It was not a surprise. It was more of a confirmation,” Benjamin Abel, the division’s media relations officer, told American Forces Press Service. Since returning from its last deployment in February and March, the unit has received new troops and conducted collective training,...
  • 10th Mountain Division soldiers coming home

    10/15/2007 7:42:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies · 115+ views
    WSTM ^ | 10/15/07 | Katrina Smith
    After a year and a few months, 120 Fort Drum soldiers are set to return from their mission in Iraq. Action News will keep you posted as the troops arrive and reunite with family and friends. FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - It's welcome-home time at Fort Drum. More than 120 Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division's Second Brigade Combat Team make their long- awaited return tomorrow when the unit's advance party lands at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The returning soldiers will be re-united with their families at a ceremony at Magrath Gym at 3 pm. The troops have been in Iraq...
  • Citizens turn in 4 caches

    08/20/2007 1:52:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies · 577+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | August 20, 2007 | 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) PAO
    MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi concerned citizens led Coalition Forces to four caches located in the southern belts around Baghdad Aug. 19.Troops of Company B, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, were alerted Aug. 19 there were two caches near a highway in the Mahmudiyah area.The call came after a contractor hired to clean out canals in the North Hargawi area found two caches along the Mulla Fayyad Highway that contained a DShKa heavy machine-gun barrel, receiver, mount, seat...
  • NEWS RELEASE: Soldier uses his head in fight against terrorist

    07/05/2007 3:29:13 PM PDT · by SoldierDad · 50 replies · 1,397+ views
    Ft. Drum News Release ^ | 7/3/07 | By Spc. Chris McCann, 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. PAO
    Fort Drum, New York Home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) July 3, 2007 Release # 0707-04 By Spc. Chris McCann, 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. PAO Staff Sgt. Kyle Keenan, section leader with Troop C, 1-89th Cav. Regt, 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div., points out the lifesaving characteristics of his Advanced Combat Helmet. Keenan was shot in the helmet at point blank range by a 9mm pistol on a mission July 1. Local tips identified a safe house containing two insurgents in abu Hillan, Iraq. His troop launched an immediate air assault to nab the insurgents. Keenan, unfazed...
  • Operation Commando Eagle starts off strong

    06/21/2007 9:28:02 AM PDT · by SoldierDad · 18 replies · 642+ views
    Fort Drum, New York Home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) June 21, 2007 Release # 0706-26 Operation Commando Eagle starts off strong NEWS RELEASE: Operation Commando Eagle starts off strong MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – A joint operation geared toward curbing terrorist activity southwest of Baghdad is yielding results almost immediately. Operation Commando Eagle, a mix of helicopter-borne air assaults and Humvee-mounted movements, included Soldiers from several battalions of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. The operation, which began June 20, targeted a...
  • ID Cards Of 2 Missing Soldiers Found In Iraq - Identification Discovered In Al Qaeda Safe House

    06/16/2007 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 835+ views
    D Cards Of 2 Missing Soldiers Found In Iraq Identification Discovered In Al Qaeda Safe House (AP) BAGHDAD The identification cards of two American soldiers missing since an attack on their unit in May were found in an al Qaeda safe house north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Saturday. Separtely in Basra, an explosion leveled a Sunni mosque, residents said, in the second retaliatory attack in as many days for the toppling of minarets at a prized Shiite shrine in Samarra. Iraqi police did not immediately respond to the bombing of the al-Ashrah al-Mubashra mosque, witnesses said, raising fears...
  • 2/10th MTN, 1 ACB kill IED emplacers

    06/09/2007 1:17:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 803+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | June 9, 2007 | 2nd BCT, 10th Mountain Division (LI) PAO
    AZ ZAIDON, IRAQ – Apache attack helicopters engaged and destroyed an improvised explosive device emplacement team near Az Zaidon, Iraq, southwest of Baghdad, June 7. The IED emplacement team was observed preparing a site, emplacing, and covering the IED by an unmanned aerial vehicle at about 10:30 a.m.The UAV, controlled by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, continued surveillance of the team until AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade arrived at the scene.As the sedan was moving away from the IED site, the Apaches engaged the sedan with a rocket, killing the two occupants...
  • 10th Mountain, 1st ACB destroy enemy urban assault vehicle

    05/31/2007 12:01:52 PM PDT · by SoldierDad · 72 replies · 2,434+ views
    10th Mountain, 1st ACB destroy enemy urban assault vehicle Thursday, 31 May 2007 Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory APO AE 09342 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20070531-02 May 31, 2007 10th Mountain, 1st ACB destroy enemy urban assault vehicle 2nd BCT, 10th Mountain PAO, Multi-National Division – Center PAO CAMP STRIKER, IRAQ – A team of Apache attack helicopter pilots discovered and destroyed a heavily armed vehicle south of Radwaniyah at about 8:10 a.m., May 30. The Apache team from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade observed the vehicle near a reed line of a canal....
  • Firefight kills hunted Afghan militant

    05/22/2007 2:01:20 PM PDT · by Freeport · 6 replies · 705+ views
    Stars and Stipes ^ | May 22, 2007 | Kevin Dougherty
    DAG, Afghanistan — It all started as a routine mission on a near moonless night one month ago. The objective was an abandoned village named Shudergay, a place frequented by bad guys who do bad things. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division had been there before. They knew it was a sanctuary for insurgents to regroup, rest and re-arm. It was also the hometown of Habib Jan, the head of a large militant cell operating in northeastern Afghanistan. “This guy was responsible for the only two soldiers I lost,” said Capt. Robert Stanton, commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd...
  • Troops in Afghanistan: Mortars by night, water shortages by day

    06/23/2006 11:43:12 PM PDT · by mark502inf · 7 replies · 748+ views
    Staten Island Live/Associated Press ^ | 6/22/2006 | By JASON STRAZIUSO
    (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: An AP reporting team has been embedded with U.S. soldiers for nearly two weeks in Kandahar and Helmand provinces as part of Operation Mount Thrust. The troops are now positioned on an isolated hilltop. BAGHRAN VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — By night, the troops brace for Taliban mortar attacks. By day, they carry heavy gear and weapons over rocky ledges in scorching heat, stopping only to rehydrate, sometimes with the help of intravenous drips. Life with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment in southern Afghanistan is a battle not only against a stealthy and stubborn enemy but...
  • Combined forces disrupt anti-Iraqi forces with Operation Northern Lights (10th Mtn. Div.)

    03/24/2006 5:21:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 404+ views
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, March 24, 2006) – Iraqi army and Coalition Forces kicked off Operation Northern Lights March 22 to disrupt anti-Iraqi forces, and find and destroy terrorist caches in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad. The joint and combined operation began with 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, moving to blocking positions by ground before Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, air assaulted onto the objective to conduct a cordon and search. By late afternoon, Soldiers from the 3rd Bde., 6th Iraqi Army...
  • 10th Mountain Soldiers In Iraq Nab Killers, Find Weapons

    03/05/2006 11:44:56 AM PST · by SandRat · 36 replies · 849+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Multinational Division-Baghdad news release
    WASHINGTON, March 5, 2006 – Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division nabbed terrorists and confiscated weapons during an operation in Baghdad Feb. 26. The soldiers, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, were conducting vehicle inspections in western Abu Ghraib. 1st Lt. Scott Treadwell had ordered his soldiers to search a suspicious vehicle. Treadwell's men found two known murderers of Iraqi civilians. The two terrorists were carrying rifles and contracts for the murder of other Iraqis. The capture of the two assassins was inspiring to the soldiers, who conduct patrols every day...
  • 10th Mountain Division Takes Afghanistan Task Force Command

    02/21/2006 4:28:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 723+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 21, 2006 | Sgt. Douglas DeMaio, USA
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2006 – The 10th Mountain Division assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force 76 at a ceremony here today, replacing the Southern European Task Force. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, 10th Mountain Division commander, assumes command of Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan as he receives flag from Army Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, at Bagram Air Base Feb. 21. Army Maj. Gen. Jason K. Kamiya (second from left), who heads Southern European Task Force, is the outgoing CJTF 76 commander. Photo by Sgt. Douglas...
  • Tough G.I.'s Go to War Armed With Afghan ABC's

    02/15/2006 10:28:46 PM PST · by Plutarch · 7 replies · 549+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 16, 2006 | JOHN KIFNER
    FORT DRUM, N.Y. — As the 10th Mountain Division prepared to go to Afghanistan this month, its Third Brigade ordered boxes of the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid's seminal book "Taliban" to be issued to officers along with body armor, high-tech seven-layer cold weather uniforms and ballistic-grade Oakley Blade wraparound sunglasses. ---snip---- The 10th Mountain, one of the Army's best units, is developing a military ethos that goes beyond the tactics of past conventional warfare to a new age of ideological war. ---snip---- Counterinsurgency warfare, the 10th Mountain soldiers now believe, is as much a political problem as a military one;...
  • Afghan Police Visit Fort Drum, N.Y.

    11/23/2005 3:49:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 644+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 23, 2005 | Kabul Press Center
    KABUL , Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2005 —Senior Afghan National Police officers recently returned from a trip to the United States where they met with key leaders from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and officers from several U.S. law enforcement agencies. "We have the policemen, now we need the systems that help police do their jobs," Afghan Brig. Gen. Sahki Baiani, Afghan National Police, Afghan Brig. Gen. Sahki Baiani, special advisor to the chief of the Afghan National Police (ANP), and Col. Wasim Azimi, chief of Operations for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, toured Fort Drum, N.Y., and local law...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 362 - Now Operations River Blitz; Matador--Day 257

    11/03/2005 7:57:43 PM PST · by Gucho · 42 replies · 603+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 11/4/05
    An Iraqi soldier with 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, listens to instructions on corrections to his shooting position given by U.S. Marines with Mobile Assault Platoon Black, Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, at Camp India, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2005. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison)
  • 10th Mountain Soldiers Witness Historic Vote, Work With Iraqi Army

    10/17/2005 5:38:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 591+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2005 – Since soldiers of 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, took over operations in the Khadamiyah district in western Baghdad Sept. 10, they've been conducting patrols every day, contributing to the security of Iraq. Oct. 15 was not much different from any other day except that these 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, soldiers had an opportunity to witness a historic event - Iraqis voting in a democratic constitutional referendum. "It was great to see the Iraqis get the chance to express their opinions," said Army Pfc. Francesco Borsellino, of B Troop, 1/71 Cav. "The Iraqi...
  • Commandos continue to press terrorists

    06/19/2005 6:14:05 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 2 replies · 363+ views
    U.S. Central Command ^ | 6/18/05 | Spc. Matthew McLaughlin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are conducting a variety of combat operations during their final days in Iraq. Since May 20, 2nd BCT operations resulted in detaining more than 600 suspected terrorists, said Lt. Col. Michael J. Infanti, 2nd BCT deputy commander. The Commandos recently completed Operation Squeeze Play South, an offensive operation meant to route terrorists out of southern Baghdad. Squeeze Play was the largest combined Iraqi-Coalition operation in Iraq to date, involving four Iraqi brigades and four American battalions, as well as U.S. Air Force and Navy support. The...
  • Estonian soldiers team up with armor unit to keep supply routes safe.

    03/09/2005 2:28:09 PM PST · by lizol · 11 replies · 518+ views
    ARNews ^ | Sgt. David Foley | March 8, 2005
    Estonian soldiers team up with armor unit to keep supply routes safe By Sgt. David Foley March 8, 2005 CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, (Army News Service, March 8, 2005) -- One small European country is playing a major role in keeping supply convoys safe while moving through Iraq. Each day, hundreds of trucks travel the streets of Iraq carrying cargo bound for military installations and forward operating posts. One of the ways the Army is minimizing the risk involved in delivering supplies to Soldiers in Iraq is through a joint operation that includes Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.,...

    01/29/2005 10:55:08 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Official Central Command Website ^ | 1/29/20005 | U.S. Central Command
    NEWS RELEASE HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND 7115 South Boundary Boulevard MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101 Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 January 29, 2005 Release Number: 05-01-115 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOLDIERS DETAIN TWO INDIVIDUALS SUSPECTED OF POLLING CENTER ATTACKS CAMP LIBERTY, Baghdad -- Soldiers attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, detained two suspects at 3:50 p.m., Jan. 29, in the western Baghdad district of Mansour. The pair is suspected of plotting attacks against polling centers in the Baghdad area. The suspects were detained at a check point where their names were matched to...

    01/26/2005 1:20:14 PM PST · by Clive · 41 replies · 1,515+ views
    Central Command ^ | January 26, 2005
    January 26, 2005 Release Number: 05-01-104 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOLDIERS BREAK UP ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF EIGHT IRAQIS BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team prevented an apparent kidnapping of eight Iraqis Jan. 26 in western Baghdad. During a patrol in Baghdad's Khadamiyah district, the Soldiers noticed a suspicious vehicle about 8:30 p.m. They stopped the vehicle and found three Iraqis bound and gagged. They detained five suspects in possession of four pistols, an AK-47 assault rifle and a sub-machine gun outfitted with a silencer. The kidnap victims included a sheik and an administrator...

    01/26/2005 12:57:47 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 23 replies · 889+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd “Commando” Brigade Combat Team prevented an apparent kidnapping of eight Iraqis Jan. 26 in western Baghdad. During a patrol in Baghdad’s Khadamiyah district, the Soldiers noticed a suspicious vehicle about 8:30 p.m. They stopped the vehicle and found three Iraqis bound and gagged. They detained five suspects in possession of four pistols, an AK-47 assault rifle and a sub-machine gun outfitted with a silencer. The kidnap victims included a sheik and an administrator from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. No shots were fired. The suspects detained are being held for...
  • 10th Mountain Troops 'Fish' for Insurgents

    10/15/2004 10:55:21 AM PDT · by Prost1 · 3 replies · 444+ views
    Defend America ^ | BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 15, 2004 | By Pfc. Matthew McLaughlin, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs Office
    Soldiers wading through a dark, humid swamp of water and bamboo sounds more like Vietnam than Iraq. But these were the conditions soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's Task Force 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, faced as they submerged themselves up to their necks in water hunting down insurgents in a densely vegetated canal. The soldiers captured eight insurgents and a large weapons cache without firing a shot.
  • Afghan Militia Members Turn in Weapons at Kandahar Ceremony

    03/29/2004 8:24:23 AM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 294+ views
    Civilian militia members were scheduled to lay down their arms today in a ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This morning's disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration commencement ceremony was scheduled to include a parade of 1,000 demobilizing soldiers, and weapons collection was set to begin this afternoon, according to a Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan news release. The commander of the Kandahar provincial reconstruction team was scheduled to attend the ceremony. Officials said the ceremony marks another step in a program designed to integrate 100,000 Afghan militia members into the new Afghan army and other government-sponsored security activities, or into civilian life. The...
  • Family mourns a fallen soldier ("Our boy Justin, God and country...")

    02/02/2004 7:25:48 AM PST · by veronica · 20 replies · 459+ views ^ | 02-02-04 | Stephenie Steitzer
    It had all the makings of a Super Bowl party -- beer, pretzels and rowdy football fans. But when Beyonce Knowles sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before kickoff Sunday night, guests at Bill and Lisa Scott's Bellevue home had one person on their minds -- fallen soldier Justin Scott. "Our boy Justin, God and country," said his uncle, Brian Scott, as a dozen family members and friends toasted after the national anthem. U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Scott, 22, died Thursday afternoon in an explosion in the mountains of Afghanistan. Scott, a member of the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum,...
  • Guarding history of WWII 'ski troops'

    12/12/2003 4:55:52 AM PST · by FreedomPoster · 6 replies · 847+ views
    The Atlanta Journal & Constitution ^ | Sunday, December 7, 2003 | Michelle Hiskey
    On a crisp Sunday afternoon 62 years ago, Dan Kennerly played a touch football game at Emory University that he would never forget. Kennerly was having fun with some buddies from Decatur only weeks before his freshman year at the University of Georgia, where coach Wally Butts had offered him a football scholarship. A car drove up and a friend yelled the news: Pearl Harbor had been bombed. The game ended. Four of the 12 boys on that field would be killed in World War II. And Kennerly, who had never seen snow stick to the ground, would survive a...
  • Hundreds of U.S. Soldiers Launch Air Assault in Eastern Afghanistan

    12/09/2003 5:24:14 AM PST · by armymarinemom · 8 replies · 224+ views
    AP ^ | Published: Dec 9, 2003 | By Stephen Graham Associated Press Writer
    BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) - Hundreds of American soldiers launched an air assault in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, part of a new operation the U.S. military is calling its biggest since the fall of the hardline Taliban regime two years ago. Soldiers from the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment stormed into an area east of Khost, a restive town along the border with Pakistan that has seen several recent attacks on coalition personnel, said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a U.S. military spokesman. "We came in with helicopters," he said of the maneuver, part of the newly launched Operation Avalanche. "We're trying to...
  • Lessons Learned--Afghanistan (10th Mountain Division)

    10/23/2002 2:51:50 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 44 replies · 1,787+ views
    10th Mountain Division Observations (The number is the observation, D--the dilemma, LL--the lesson learned.) 1: Many Soldiers had problems due to altitude. D: Soldiers deployed about 6,000' to 8500' by CH-47. Eventually moved up to about 10,500'. Almost everyone had some problems with the altitude at first. Most felt better after a few days. "Bunch of guys" had Acute Mountain Sickness. No pre-treatment with Diamox because of the fear of side effects. Symptoms included shortness of breath, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, collapsing. Moved worst cases down for evacuation. Some were treated with O2, Diamox, and Dexamethazone. LL: Rapid deployment of Soldiers...
  • To soldier's shout of `Get Saddam!' Bush promises force if necessary

    07/19/2002 2:03:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 330+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-19-02 | RON FOURNIER, AP White House Correspondent
    <p>FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) --  After watching Army helicopters drop troops and howitzers from a steel-blue sky, President Bush answered a soldier's shout of "Let's get Saddam!" with a promise Friday to defeat the "mounting danger" of terrorist regimes.</p> <p>"We will use diplomacy when possible and force when necessary," Bush told thousands of flag-waving members of the storied 10th Mountain Division, many of whom served in Afghanistan.</p>
  • 10th Mountain Division Medic Returns Home, Talks of Experiences (My Title)

    04/19/2002 4:10:28 AM PDT · by Bill Rice · 4 replies · 303+ views
    The Lima News ^ | 4/19/02 | JOHN FIKE
    Lima soldier returns from Afghanistan By JOHN FIKE • • 419-993-2098 LIMA - They were pinned down by enemy fire for two weeks without enough food in the mountains of Afghanistan and lived in dirt holes, but the 10th Mountain Division returned home this month. Lima resident Chris "Doc" Couchot got to see his family and friends at home for the first time in eight months last weekend. "It's a big sigh," Couchot said. Still on active duty status, Couchot is spending time with his family until he's called back to training this fall. "It's like it's not real...
  • Accident at Fort Drum kills one, injures 14 others

    03/20/2002 9:10:05 PM PST · by WellsFargo94 · 380+ views
    AP ^ | 3/20/02 | William Kates
    Accident at Fort Drum kills one, injures 14 others By WILLIAM KATES The Associated Press 3/20/02 8:21 PM FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- One soldier was killed and 14 were injured Wednesday when two artillery rounds fell short during a training exercise, exploding near a mess tent where the soldiers were eating breakfast. Pfc. William Hamm, 34, of Ocala, Fla. died and Staff Sgt. Eric Hall, 34, of Phoenix was in critical condition, Fort Drum officials said. The injuries suffered by the others did not appear life-threatening, according to Maj. Kenneth McDorman. McDorman said the soldiers, part of the 10th...