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  • The last Medal of Honor recipient to have stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day dies at 92

    02/21/2014 12:08:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Daily mail ^ | 2-21-14 | Ryan Gorman
    Ehlers was awarded the Medal of Honor ‘for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty’ on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He ‘repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership.’ Ehlers heroically defended his unit from ‘withering machine gun fire’ and mortars, personally killing at least seven Nazi soldiers, taking out multiple enemy positions
  • Home From Iraq, Army Brigade Trains for Homeland Response Mission

    12/11/2008 4:16:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 467+ views
    NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY INDIAN HEAD, Md., Dec. 11, 2008 – The first active-duty unit dedicated to supporting U.S. civilian authorities in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack is wrapping up three days of intensive training its members hope they never have to apply in real life. Army Spc. Dale Soniger from the 3rd Infantry Division’s Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, uses the “jaws of life” to extract mock casualties from a damaged vehicle at the Raymond M. Downey Sr. Responder Training Facility in Indian Head, Md. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jared S. Eastman  (Click...
  • Last Surge Brigade to Return After Successful 13-Month Deployment

    06/28/2008 4:49:18 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 231+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Friday, 20 June 2008 | By John J. Kruzel
    The last of the five Army brigades to deploy with the “troop surge” in Iraq will return in July after a 13-month deployment, during which soldiers detained more than 800 terrorist suspects and helped foster Iraqi self-governance. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team has operated in the Arab Jabour area of southeastern Baghdad, where the number of attacks plummeted from about 30 a week when they arrived in May 2007 to about one a week now. “All in all, it's been a very successful operation for us,” Army Col. Terry Ferrell, 2nd Brigade Combat Team commander, told reporters...
  • Lynch praises dog faced soldiers (3rd ID returns home)

    06/03/2008 8:48:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 110+ views
    WTOC ^ | 6-3-08 | Dal Cannady
    FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - The man who commands the Third Infantry Division returned home to the Coastal Empire with more than 200 soldiers Monday. Major General Rick Lynch reflected on his division's success in Iraq and the support they felt from being back at home. "In the course of life, you get a choice between reading history and making history, and by God, we made history over the past 15 months," he said to hundreds of family members and soldiers at Fort Stewart Monday. Minutes earlier at Hunter Army Airfield, he talked about the history Third Infantry made in...
  • Aviation Unit Flies 200th Air Assault Mission in Iraq

    05/22/2008 5:04:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 34+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, May 22, 2008 – As grand accomplishments go, a Task Force Marne aviation brigade’s 200th combat air assault mission during their current deployment to Iraq went off with as little fanfare as possible. An uneventful mission is just fine with the pilots of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, air assault unit. “For us it went exactly as planned,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nigel Huebscher, the mission’s flight lead. “We hit the ‘time on target’ spot on the [landing zone] and performed the mission as close to flawlessly as...
  • Joint Patrol With Iraqi Army Builds Capacity

    05/11/2008 10:33:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 54+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Dave Psiaki, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN – Coalition forces are conducting joint patrols with the Iraqi army throughout the fish farm areas of North Babil, approximately 50 kilometers south of Baghdad. On one joint patrol, Soldiers of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3th Infantry Division, evaluated the progress of fish farmers cleaning their farms preparing to receive economic aid from organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development. A year ago, the fish farms were not operational due to al-Qaida influence. However, with improved security, the fish farms are quickly becoming the major source of...
  • ‘Surge’ Brigade redeploys (Baghdad)

    05/05/2008 2:02:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 67+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | May 5, 2008 | Multi-National Corps – Iraq
    BAGHDAD – Approximately, 3,500 Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division are redeploying to Fort Benning, Georgia, in the next several weeks.The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team deployed in March 2007 to secure the Mada’in Qada in Baghdad Province east of the Diyala River.The brigade was one of five units deployed in support of the surge.The 3rd HBCT’s operations in Mada’in Qada helped improve the safety and quality of life for approximately 120,000 people living there. Its contributions over the last 14 months have led to improvements in security and the capture of more than 600 criminals, numerous cache...
  • Explosively Formed Penetrators found in Baghdad

    05/03/2008 9:36:31 AM PDT · by oneolcop · 21 replies · 409+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | May 3, 2008 | US Army
    EFP cache found in Warij Saturday, 03 May 2008 Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory APO AE 09342 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20080503-10 May 3, 2008 EFP cache found in Warij FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Coalition forces found a weapons cache of explosively formed penetrators in the southern Baghdad community of Warij May 2. Soldiers from 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division were on patrol in Warij when they discovered four EFPs hidden in a closet shelf in a factory office. A brand new 107 mm rocket was...
  • Turnaround Prompts Name Change for Iraqi Neighborhood

    04/29/2008 4:21:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 105+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Zack Boes, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN, Iraq, April 29, 2008 – Residents of the Hay Jasmen neighborhood in Musayyib, Iraq, soon will walk on improved roads instead of dirt and jagged rocks, part of transformation that has prompted a local leader to say he wants to change the community’s name to reflect its new ambiance. Roads in the Hay Jasmen neighborhood of Musayyib, Iraq, are being refinished. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The roads are nearly complete; workers are in the finishing stages of constructing gutters on the sides of the streets. In addition to the road refinishings,...
  • Iran Is Killing American Troops

    04/29/2008 10:57:47 AM PDT · by LJayne · 16 replies · 83+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 4/29/08 | Hugh Hewitt
    I conducted a lengthy interview with major General Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division yesterday. The transcript is here. The audio is here. The enormous progress that the surge has brought to Iraq is detailed by the general, but so was Iran's continued operations in Iraq, operations that kill Americans: You see, what we're trying to do, Hugh, is to trace the rat line back where it came from. See, I've lost 147 soldiers under my command since I've been here in the last fourteen months. Many of those soldiers were killed by explosive foreign penetrators that are...
  • ISF find largest EFP cache to date in MND-C

    04/06/2008 12:38:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 62+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | April 6, 2008 | Multi-National Division – Center PAO
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – A local tip led Iraqi Security Forces to the largest explosively-formed penetrator cache found to date in Multi-National Division – Center’s area of operation, April 2. The munitions were discovered in a 6-ton truck in a garage in al Qasim, Iraq. The cache contained more than 1000 EFP components, more than 3000 pounds of explosives and multiple 107 mm rockets and stands. The cache also included more than 200 C-4 demolition charges, more than 10,000 feet of detonation cord, more than 2,000 projectile boosters, 10 devices used to detonate improvised explosive devices, 250 PKC...
  • Soldiers Clear Road of IEDs, Allow Residents to Return Home

    04/03/2008 4:49:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 94+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Coalition forces, residents of Maderiyah and a team of Iraqi Army Soldiers helped clear five improvised explosive devices from roads north of Joint Security Site W-1 March 29. During the mission, Soldiers of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, a route clearance team and an explosive ordnance disposal team successfully cleared a vital road for residents of Maderiyah and Kutimiyah. First Lt. Samuel Scott Gilstrap, executive officer of Battery B, said when Coalition forces arrived in the area, the road was impassable and the bridge which existed...
  • North Carolina Kids Send Toys to Iraqi School Children

    03/29/2008 4:52:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 247+ views
    A young Iraqi girl holds her new Beanie Baby, donated by children of North Hills Christian School in Salisbury, N.C. Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, distributed the toys to children from the Oman and Nassir schools in al Buaytha, March 24. Photo by 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB KALSU — Iraqi school children in Al Buaytha received toys from children their age from halfway around the world, March 24. Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry...
  • Remember the Liberators

    03/22/2008 6:58:24 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 8 replies · 297+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 22, 2008 | John B. Dwyer
    This week the nation marked the fifth anniversary of our presence in Iraq. It is past time to remember the liberators. Now at the end of their third tour they are preparing to leave: the 1st "Raider" Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division deployed to Al Anbar province 15 months ago as an element of the "surge" force. Its commander, Col. John W. Charlton, is responsible not only for his Army units, but also for Navy, Marine and Air Force personnel operating with them. His area of operations -- AO Topeka -- covers 8,900 sq. miles. From the outset his focus was...
  • Judges Return to Salman Pak (Yes,.. that Salman Pak)

    03/12/2008 5:35:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 300+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2008 – Iraqi judges surveyed the new government center in Salman Pak, Iraq, on March 10, during their first visit back since 2005 when they were forced to relocate by extremist groups made the area too dangerous to remain. Judge Razak, an investigative judge, second from the left, speaks with leaders of the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team about bringing rule of law back to Salman Pak, March 10. This was the first time judges had returned to Salman Pak since extremists forced them to leave three years ago. U.S. Army photo by Spc....
  • 5 US soldiers die in Baghdad bomb blast

    03/10/2008 8:48:01 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 21 replies · 978+ views
    Five US soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast in central Baghdad on Monday, the US Military said, in the worst single attack on US forces in Baghdad in months. An Iraqi interpreter was also wounded in the explosion, which hit the soldiers while they were on foot patrol, the military said in a statement. (Reuters)
  • 5 US Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Bombing

    03/10/2008 5:45:53 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 53 replies · 1,070+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 10, 2008 | Anna Johnson
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber killed five U.S. soldiers as they chatted with shop owners while on a foot patrol in central Baghdad on Monday, the deadliest attack on American forces in the heavily fortified capital in more than eight months. The bombing, just four days after nearly simultaneous blasts killed scores of people in a vibrant Shiite commercial district, again showed the insurgents' ability to strike inside a capital secured by hundreds of security checkpoints, U.S.-funded neighborhood watch groups and hundreds of miles of blast walls that surround buildings and cordon off districts. .... At any rate, the...
  • Coalition Forces Discuss Security with Mada’in Qada Leaders

    03/09/2008 10:39:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 209+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek, USA
    FOB HAMMER — Coalition leaders from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) met with leaders of the Iraqi security forces (ISF) in the Mada’in Qada, March 5, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., commander of the 3rd HBCT, hosted the meeting to discuss security in the qada, the brigade’s area of operation, and to welcome Maj. Gen. Kassim, commander of the 9th Iraqi Army (IA) Division. “From this day on, you are part of this family,” said Grigsby, from Prince George’s County, Md. “We are all working together to support the mayor and the good...
  • Operation ‘Marne Grand Slam’ Produces Military, Civic Success

    03/06/2008 4:12:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 104+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2008 – U.S. troops have killed or detained some 35 suspected terrorists in an ongoing operation launched last month to pursue insurgents southeast of Baghdad, a military official said. Operation Marne Grand Slam also has produced civic results in Salman Pak, about 15 miles south of the Iraqi capital, where efforts to bolster the local government and economy are seeing success. “The big effect, from a brigade commander standpoint, was to strengthen the governance line of operation with the strengthening of the economics line of the operation,” Army Col. Wayne Grigsby said during a conference call today....
  • Security Gains by Coalition Allow Families to Return to Zambraniyah

    02/04/2008 3:47:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 75+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Task Force Marne Public Affairs
    Residents of Zambraniyah move through a Coalition checkpoint as they return to their homes, after fleeing al-Qaida in Iraq clashes with Coalition forces. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Paredes. ZAMBRANIYAH — Nearly 1,000 residents returned to Zambraniyah throughout the last week of January after learning the area had been secured by Coalition and Iraqi forces. When heavy fighting in the Zambraniyah area broke out in early January, Coalition Forces advised families to evacuate the area to stay out of danger. As residents fled, blending in was difficult for al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) members, enabling Soldiers to identify and target them....
  • Operation Phantom Phoenix air strikes take out al-Qaeda training area

    01/17/2008 7:32:04 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies · 1,582+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | January 18, 2008 | Sgt. Jason Stadel, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO
    BAGHDAD – Air strikes dropped 10,000 pounds of munitions Jan. 16 on bunkers in Arab Jabour used by al-Qaeda as training sites for new recruits.Intelligence led the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. to the location of the AQI bunkers. Air Force B-1 Bombers dropped 19 GBU-31s on the site.“This operation maintains the momentum of Operation Thunderbolt by denying enemy sanctuaries and enemy caches, ultimately downgrading their capabilities,” said Maj. James Wilburn, daytime chief of operations, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.South of Zambraniyah, Soldiers from the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regt., 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div....
  • Air strikes hit more than 40 targets in Iraq

    01/10/2008 4:15:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 165+ views
    /10/2008 - FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq (AFPN) -- More than 40 targets were hit after precision air strikes destroyed reported al-Qaida safe havens Jan. 10 in Arab Jabour, Iraq. The precision air strikes supported Operation Phantom Phoenix, the overarching operation that includes Operation Marne Thunderbolt. Thirty-eight bombs were dropped within the first 10 minutes, with a total tonnage of 40,000 pounds. A joint operation between the Air Force and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division required extensive planning to prevent collateral damage and to deny the use of the area for attacks into Baghdad and...
  • Soldiers Attend Tree Lighting Ceremony

    12/12/2007 5:01:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Third Brigade Combat Team Soldiers waved Chemlights while singing Christmas carols during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer to welcome a Christmas season spent with their Army family. “I enjoyed the ceremony. It was very motivating and very uplifting,” said Staff. Sgt. Derrick Mears, from Richmond, Va., a communications non-commissioned officer in Headquarters...
  • From Iraq to West Point, Brookneal, Va., soldier excited about future

    12/10/2007 4:51:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 99+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Ryan M. Blaich
    RAMADI, Iraq -- Spc. Gerald Bradner, 21, from Brookneal, Va., is an intelligence annalist with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division stationed at Camp Blue Diamond. He graduated William Campbell High School in 2004 and will attend the U.S. Military Academy, better known as West Point, in August 2008. Bradner is the first person from William Campbell High School to go to West Point in more than 40 years. RAMADI, Iraq -- Spc. Gerald Bradner, 21, from Brookneal, Va., is an intelligence annalist with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division stationed at Camp Blue Diamond....
  • 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,...
  • A Top U.S. General in Iraq Blames Public's Antiwar Views on the Media

    09/22/2007 9:44:54 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 24 replies · 69+ views
    EDITOR & PUBLISHER ^ | September 21, 2007 | E&P Staff
    A Top U.S. General in Iraq Blames Public's Antiwar Views on the Media By E&P Staff Published: September 21, 2007 3:10 PM ET NEW YORK Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, said Thursday, back in the U.S. on leave at Fort Stewart, that the war in Iraq is "a winnable mission" if the the media would only cooperate. "If the American people are informed properly," Lynch told reporters after he arrived home on leave, "I believe they will be supportive of the mission. But they're not getting the right story. As a result, they're anti...
  • Too Soon To Give Up: A Report From Iraq

    08/29/2007 12:32:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 573+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2007 | Jeff Emanuel
    Baghdad, Iraq - On this, my latest trip to Iraq, I have been embedded with the US military on the front lines for the last month, spending about three weeks in Salman Pak (just south of Baghdad) with the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, from Ft. Benning, GA, and spending another several days near the Turkish and Syrian borders with a US Special Forces team and an Iraqi Police SWAT unit. As one of the very few journalists (out of the hundreds who come here) who actually spends time out on the real front lines, seeing with my...
  • Operation Phantom Strike ( How the U.S. military is demolishing al Qaeda in Iraq)

    08/26/2007 2:20:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 33 replies · 1,986+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 5, 2007 | Mario Loyola
    Falluja, IraqOn August 15, several hours after night fell over Baghdad, an air assault squadron of the 3rd Infantry Division launched the first attack of Operation Marne Husky. A dozen darkened transport and attack helicopters took off and headed south along the Tigris River, carrying a full company of infantry--about 120 young riflemen with night goggles and weapons loaded. Their objective was a hamlet several dozen miles away. At about 11 P.M., the force landed and rapidly surrounded several small structures. The occupants were taken by surprise. Five suspected insurgents were captured. By 4 A.M., the entire team was airborne...
  • Marne Soldier’s re-enlistment holds special significance (3ID Rock of the Marne)(Hanky Warning)

    08/13/2007 6:03:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 625+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Craig Zentkovich
    CAMP VICTORY — Everybody has one. It may be a family member, a teacher, or a coach – an extraordinary person who makes such an impact that one’s life is forever changed. For Staff Sgt. Steven A. Holloway that one person was a friend, mentor and leader. The story of Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith is known to the nation. His actions in combat on April 4, 2003, above and beyond the call of duty, led to him being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. On Aug. 10, Holloway, on his third combat tour to Iraq, raised his right...
  • Progress Continues on Many Fronts in Iraq’s Anbar Province

    08/03/2007 6:20:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 257+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2007 – Stabilizing Iraqi communities is the way forward in combating the insurgency in Iraq, the commander of coalition efforts in Ramadi said today. (Video) Speaking to Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, Army Col. John Charlton, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, said counterinsurgencies are fought and won “neighborhood by neighborhood, with the focus on protecting the population and improving conditions in the community.” Charlton commands a true joint and combined force in central Anbar province. His brigade combat team consists of about 6,000 Army, Marine,...
  • Aviation Unit Supports ‘Surge’ Forces in Baghdad

    06/15/2007 4:53:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 344+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2007 – As the troop surge in Baghdad approaches full force, the aviation unit that controls the skies over Iraq’s capital is changing tactics daily to keep a leg up on the enemy, the unit’s commander said today. Army Col. Daniel Ball, commander of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, told Pentagon reporters via a satellite broadcast that his unit is providing air support for ground troops, ferrying soldiers and equipment around the battlefield, and helping stem the flow of “accelerants” into Baghdad. The unit, part of 3rd Infantry Division, is the first combat aviation brigade to deploy to...
  • Cheney Lauds Soldiers’ Service

    07/22/2006 7:21:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 320+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano
    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2006 — Vice President Richard B. Cheney reiterated America’s commitment to winning the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere during a rally at Fort Stewart, Georgia, yesterday. Cheney paid special tribute to the 3rd Infantry Division and the 48th Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia National Guard, both of which recently returned from deployments in Iraq. “The 3rd ID’s performance in the field – not just the progress you’ve made, but also your character as men and women – has left a lasting impression on people up and down the chain of command,” Cheney said....
  • 3rd Infantry soldier gets 20 years in colleague's slaying

    01/31/2006 5:48:19 AM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies · 351+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 30, 2006
    3rd Infantry soldier gets 20 years in colleague's slaying COLUMBUS, Ga. A Fort Benning soldier was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for his role in the slaying of a fellow infantryman. The murder took place just days after they returned from Iraq following the 2003 assault on Baghdad. Jacob Burgoyne pleaded guilty January 20th to voluntary manslaughter and robbery in the July 2003 stabbing of Specialist Richard Davis of Missouri. The 26-year-old member of the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade testified for the state last week against fellow Private First Class Mario Navarrete and Alberto Martinez. Both were...
  • ‘Ironhorse’ Division assumes responsibility for Baghdad

    01/09/2006 4:24:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 330+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 9, 2005
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Jan. 9, 2006) – As Iraqi Army and coalition partners looked on, the 3rd Infantry Division transferred authority of Multi-National Division-Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony Jan. 7. Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, the commanding general of 4th Inf. Div., along with Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, uncased the “Ironhorse” Division’s colors, signifying the division assuming the mantle of responsibility as Multi-National Division-Baghdad. The division cased its colors before deploying from Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony Oct. 28. Lt. Gen. John Vines, the commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, served as the reviewing officer...
  • Military Prepares for Transfer; Search Ends for Missing UAV

    01/06/2006 4:25:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 297+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 – Two Army divisions are preparing for a transfer of responsibility in Baghdad tomorrow, and the search for an unmanned aerial vehicle near Mosul has been suspended, military officials said. The 3rd Infantry Division will turn over authority for Multinational Division Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division. Army Maj. Gen. William Webster Jr., 3rd ID commander, will case the "Marne" Division's colors during the transfer ceremony, and Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, 4th ID commander, will uncase the "Ironhorse" Division's colors. In other news, the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team has suspended its search for a Raven...
  • U.S. Army Task Force Foils Terrorist Bombings

    12/28/2005 5:04:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 498+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2005 – Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers disrupted two terrorist bombing operations yesterday in Baqubah, a city about 20 miles north of Baghdad, killing two terrorists and detaining another at a new checkpoint, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported. Just before noon, soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team stopped a suspicious car and detained the driver after discovering the vehicle was being prepared as a car bomb. An explosives ordnance disposal team found no explosives, but the car was laced with wiring used to detonate explosives. Later, soldiers fired at a second...
  • Where the IEDs Lie, the Buffalo Roams

    10/29/2005 10:48:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,659+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2005 | Jackie Spinner
    BAGHDAD -- The padded walls and bulletproof glass kept the sound of the world out as the crew of the Buffalo ambled down the highway at a grazing pace, examining litter. Boxes. Rags. Bags. Dead dogs. The American soldiers riding in the military's newest weapon against roadside bombs scrutinized everything they saw beneath their windows. "Hey, he says he sees a rag," Staff Sgt. Matthew Dzuricky, 28, of Erie, Pa., called out to his men in the Buffalo, a lumbering South African armored personnel carrier designed to withstand land mines. Against all conventional Baghdad traffic wisdom, the Buffalo headed straight...
  • Newsletter #26 (Fourth Brigade of the Third Infantry division, Baghdad)

    09/20/2005 7:48:57 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 2 replies · 325+ views
    email | 9/20/05 | Colonel Ed Cardon and Command Sergeant Major Louis Torres
    Newsletter #26 Families and Friends of the Vanguard Brigade The day is coming when the temperature will drop below 100 degrees during the day – it is amazing how much cooler it feels compared to the summer. We have had some mornings in the 70s – can almost feel a slight chill in the air. It has been a very tough week. First, on 14 September, Al Queda declared war on the Shia population and we had 12 car bombs explode in Baghdad, but only one was in our area which slightly wounded a US Soldier (not from our brigade)...
  • Newsletter #24 - 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry, Baghdad

    09/02/2005 8:36:10 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies · 324+ views
    Email ^ | Today | Colonel Ed Cardon and Command Sergeant Major Louis Torres
    Subject: Newsletter #24 Families and Friends of the Vanguard Brigade Another 110 degree daily average for the week but we had a few nights where it was quite comfortable – low 80s by morning. Like we said in our last letter, nothing happens like expected, or forecasted, or announced. The proposed Constitution was finally presented to the Assembly and has been distributed for comment. Some would say it was late, but it was presented and it was written by Iraqis who had several very tough issues to resolve as the result of 30 plus years of dictatorship. It is really...
  • Newsletter #22 (Notes from CO of 4th Brigade of 3rd ID in Baghdad)

    08/23/2005 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies · 422+ views
    4th Brigade Commanding Officer ^ | Week of 8/21/05 | Colonel Ed Cardon and Command Sergeant Major Louis Torres
    Newsletter #22 Families and Friends of the Vanguard Brigade Weather is holding steady at about 114 degrees in the day and high 80s at night. For our troops on the streets, it feels much hotter because of the asphalt. We have seen a few thermometers that are pegged out at 130 degrees, but official temperatures never seem to rise above 120 degrees. Had some Soldiers tell me the other day they are going to Alaska after this experience. We were waiting the release of the proposed Constitution, but as most of you know, it has been delayed. While it may...
  • Casualties on Rise for Ga.'s 3rd Infantry

    08/22/2005 3:56:43 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 23 replies · 525+ views
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | 20 August 2005 | Russ Bynum
    FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Ray Gilstrap wiped away tears as he stood beside the tree planted in his nephew's honor, the latest in a living memorial to soldiers killed in Iraq that has more than doubled since the Army's 3rd Infantry Division began its second tour this year. "The numbers, compared to Vietnam, they're so small. You don't expect it," said Gilstrap, whose nephew, Sgt. Arthur R. McGill, was killed last month by an insurgent bomb while patrolling Baghdad. "Of course, we look at it differently now." Seven months after the Fort Stewart-based 3rd Infantry deployed, the death toll during...
  • Iraqi civilians took unusual action to protect coalition forces

    08/10/2005 6:54:53 PM PDT · by jp3 · 9 replies · 699+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | August 9, 2005 | Compiled from Task Force Baghdad and Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)
    In Baghdad, Iraqi civilians took unusual action to protect coalition forces after a car-bomb attack Aug. 6. After U.S. medics treated the wounded at the scene in the Sumer al Ghadier District, local residents constructed a hasty barricade with trees, bricks and anything else available to protect the soldiers from additional danger. "This is the first time that I can remember where Iraqi civilians actually built a barrier to protect my soldiers," U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Merkel, commander of 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, said. "The soldiers are still talking about...
  • Iraqis erect barricade to protect Soldiers after car bomb

    08/10/2005 6:50:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies · 790+ views
    Blackanthem.com ^ | August 10, 2005 | 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, August 10, 2005 After the U.S. medics treated the wounded at the scene, local residents constructed a hasty barricade with trees, bricks, and anything else available, to further protect the Soldiers from additional danger. "This is the first time that I can remember where Iraqi civilians actually built a barrier to protect my Soldiers," said Lt. Col. Steven Merkel, commander of 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.. "The Soldiers are still talking about the helpful actions of the local community and have asked to go back to the neighborhood to thank...
  • Coalition Forces Seize Terror Suspects, Bombs

    08/06/2005 3:13:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 330+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 6, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2005 – Coalition forces in Iraq captured seven terror suspects, seized a car bomb being prepared for an attack, and foiled five roadside-bomb attacks during a series of combat operations conducted in Baghdad over the past two days. Just before 6 a.m. today, coalition forces seized a car bomb and three terrorists who admitted they were planning to use the car bomb in an attack later in the day. An explosive ordnance disposal team safely detonated the bomb, and the terrorists were taken into custody. At 3:30 a.m. Aug. 5, Task Force Baghdad soldiers approached a man...
  • Soldiers Provide Food to Kindi Residents

    07/28/2005 5:51:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Defend America ^ | July 28, 2005 | Army Capt. John J. Agnello
    The delivery received a warm welcome from the local populace and many thanks from town leaders. BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 28, 2005 — Elements of 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division provided food, cooking utensils and cleaning supplies July 22 to residents of Kindi, a neighborhood north of the International Zone. The supplies were delivered in the form of a Rhode pack, a sustenance package of more than one ton of food and supplies that included rice, beans, canned fish and meat, vegetables, cooking oil, dessert treats, pots and pans, serving utensils, and propane stoves....
  • Iraqis lend helping hand to stuck humvee

    07/05/2005 6:38:34 PM PDT · by saquin · 16 replies · 798+ views
    Black Anthem ^ | 6/5/05 | Sgt. Thomas Benoit
    Local Iraqi citizens came to the aid of a Task Force Baghdad unit whose humvee got mired down in a ditch June 27. Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was traveling at a low rate of speed along a road when the passenger front tire violently lurched to the right and dropped as the crumbling highway gave way to the weight of the humvee. Since the vehicle was moving slowly, there were no injuries. An Iraqi citizen stopped to give a helping hand to the stuck Soldiers. At the same time, a boom...
  • See The World (A Soldier's Perspective)

    07/04/2005 10:09:55 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 338+ views
    A Soldier's Perspective blog ^ | July 1st, 2005 | CJ
    You know, a lot of people join the military to see the world, only to get disillusioned and get out because it didn’t happen. Since joining the military, I’ve been to Mexico, Canada, Panama, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq (not necessarily in exotic order). With that said, even if a soldier never leaves the country, I’m willing to bet they’ve seen things and been places they hadn’t been and seen before. Now, listen to the story of the boy from Texas (although, I’m a military brat myself and had already seen the world as a teen): For instance, I...
  • 3rd ID Soldiers in Iraq Reenlist en Masse

    05/01/2005 1:48:48 AM PDT · by W04Man · 14 replies · 1,175+ views
    Military Living Publications ^ | 04/30/05 | Military Living Publications Newsletter
    The largest single mass re-enlistment to date in Iraq and in the history of the 3rd Infantry Division occurred at the Camp Taji airfield 3 April when 177 Soldiers from the 3ID Aviation Brigade re-enlisted during a ceremony. General Dan K. McNeill, Commander, Forces Command, FORSCOM, conducted the ceremony, accompanied by Major General William G. Webster, commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division. The mass re-enlistment was the largest ever for the division, and the largest of any Army unit while serving in the Iraqi theater. The previous record was held by the 101st Airborne Division which re-enlisted 158 Soldiers 4 July...
  • Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously - At White House 4/4/05

    04/01/2005 5:18:44 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 24 replies · 2,087+ views
    US Army ^ | Official Citation (available on 4 April 2005) Army News | US Army
    Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously during a White House ceremony April 4, 2005. The official citation will be made available after the White House Presentation. Baghdad Airport, April 4, 2003. On April 4, 2003, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, attacked to seize Objective Lions, the Baghdad International Airport. As part of the Brigade scheme of maneuver, Task Force 2-7 Infantry was tasked to establish a blocking position against a brigade-sized counterattack on the main entrance to the airfield. Task Force 2-7 had been fighting for three consecutive days...
  • A Death in the Family

    03/08/2005 1:28:17 PM PST · by lilylangtree · 8 replies · 604+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3-5-05 | David Zucchino
    MUQDADIYA, Iraq — When his battalion took charge here in mid-February, Lt. Col. Roger Cloutier made a vow to himself and his soldiers: If one of them was attacked, the entire battalion would respond swiftly and violently. "We will hunt down the enemy if he attacks us," the colonel told his staff. "I don't want to give him any rest or refuge. I want to haunt his dreams." A week later, Cpl. Jacob Palmatier, a 29-year-old administrative clerk, asked to be relieved of desk duty to man a grenade launcher on a convoy headed south. He was in the turret...