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  • New Eilat Brigade to Guard South

    11/24/2011 1:10:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF's Southern Command is establishing a new regional brigade that will operate as part of the Edom army group. The IDF website explained that the Eilat Regiment "was born as a result of tension along the border with Egypt, that rose following the toppling of the government in Egypt and intensified after the terror attack on Route 12 in August." Eight Israelis died in the combined attack by terrorists who reached the Eilat border area by traveling from Gaza through the Sinai. The new brigade will operate in the Eilat area and along part of the Israel-Egypt border. It...
  • Why Send New Brigade to Iraq if Combat is Over??

    10/27/2010 4:08:38 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 8 replies
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 10/27/10 | Peter Andrew
    President Barack Obama told the nation we have ended combat operations in Iraq. So why the need to send ANOTHER Brigade to Iraq?! I thought he was going to bring all our troops home from Iraq! Wasn't there supposed to be a troop draw-down? Is this just another broken promise? [DOD announced today]..."The unit consisting of approximately 3,800 personnel will deploy in January... and will replace redeploying units with no increase in overall force levels." What?! No increase in force levels??!! What happened to a DECREASE?!
  • Five Fort Lewis Soldiers Now Charged in Afghan Deaths

    06/16/2010 1:48:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 574+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/16/10 | AP
    The Army says four more soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state have been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of three Afghan civilians earlier this year. In all, five soldiers have been charged. All are assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • ‘Advise and Assist’ Brigade Helps Bridge Project

    10/14/2009 5:04:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 193+ views
    SAQLAWIYA, Iraq, Oct. 14, 2009 – On a floating bridge beside the stump of a modern concrete highway span under construction here, two middle-aged men talk through an interpreter about the job before them. Army divers come out of the Euphrates River after a two-hour dive to locate debris in the path of the new Saqlawiya bridge being built north of Taqaddum, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2009. The “umbilical cord” on shore includes the air supply and communications for the divers, who are assigned to the 86th Engineer Dive Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Ships, Planes Deliver Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan

    08/21/2009 4:23:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 626+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – Military transportation experts used ships and planes to deploy an Army combat unit that arrived in Afghanistan last month, marking a notable milestone for U.S. Transportation Command. The 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Wash., began departing from nearby Tacoma by ship in early May; the unit’s equipment arrived in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province July 25, about five days earlier than requested by U.S. Central Command, Army Lt. Col. John Kaylor, a transportation expert assigned to Transcom’s headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., said yesterday. More than 3,800 troops and 900 pieces...
  • Iraqis Prepare to Fight the Flames

    08/13/2009 5:02:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Korry Leverett, USAF
    A U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron directs two Iraqi firefighters as they enter a burning shipping container during training on Ali Base, Aug. 3. Photo by Airman 1st Class Tony Ritter, 407th Air Expeditionary Group. ALI BASE — Underneath the blistering desert heat in 40 mile-per-hour winds, firefighters from the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and the city of Nasiriyah recently gathered here for their final training session with live fire. The Airmen here have been mentoring Iraqi firefighters for six weeks with the ultimate goal of preparing the group with the skills necessary...
  • New Advisory Brigades to Deploy to Iraq During Troop Rotations

    07/14/2009 4:36:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 473+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2009 – Four new advisory and assistance brigades will deploy to Iraq beginning this fall in the next regularly scheduled troop rotations, a senior defense official announced today. The brigades, known as AABs, are specially configured Army units focused on training and mentoring Iraqi security forces. The new AABs are among seven brigade-size elements whose upcoming deployments were announced today. One brigade is going to Kuwait and two others to Afghanistan to replace redeploying forces, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. Unlike traditional brigade combat teams, the AABs will focus less on combat operations and more on...
  • US breaks up Mahdi Army 'Promise Day Brigade' cell in Al Kut

    04/26/2009 3:46:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 470+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | April 26, 2009, 4:07 pm | Bill Roggio
    The US military broke up an Iranian-backed terror cell associated with Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army during a raid in Al Kut in central Iraq. Iraqi officials are claiming the US military conducted the raid without approval. Coalition forces killed one Iranian-backed terrorist and captured six others during a raid that targeted a financier that supports both the Mahdi Army Special Groups and the Brigade of the Promised Day. One woman was also killed during a gunfight that broke out during the raid; the woman was caught in the crossfire. The Brigade of the Promised Day was created by Sadr...
  • Soldiers in Afghanistan Keep Brigade Connected

    11/06/2008 3:36:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Brandon Sandefur, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2008 – Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division’s Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, make sure Task Force Duke has all appropriate lines of communication up and running so the mission can move forward. “We maintain the phone and Internet connections for Jalalabad Airfield, which is the central hub for the brigade,” said Army Sgt. Alexander Englehart from Temecula, Calif. “We control all of the phones here in Jalalabad as far as programming them, making sure the phone book is up-to-date and things like that. We pretty much do everything related to the phones,...
  • Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"? Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

    09/28/2008 10:08:19 AM PDT · by Oyarsa · 95 replies · 2,317+ views
    Dandelion Salad ^ | 9/08/2008 | Gina Cavallaro
    Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1 3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer Posted : Monday Sep 8, 2008 6:15:06 EDT The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys. Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home. Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under...
  • 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...
  • Iraqi Brigade Graduates Besmaya Combat Training Center

    02/16/2008 2:02:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 104+ views
    BESMAYA — A graduation ceremony filled with music, marching and speeches marked a tremendous step for Iraq when the Iraqi Army’s 3rd Brigade, 14th Division graduated here, Feb 13. The brigade is fully equipped and trained to battle enemies of Iraq because of ‘Unit Set Fielding’, a process that takes an entire Army brigade and gives the Soldiers the equipment and training they will need to fight. Iraqi Army Gen. Babakir, commanding general and chief of staff, Iraqi Joint Forces, attended the event and delivered a compelling speech to the graduates of the brigade. “I am proud to stand before...
  • ‘Ironhorse’ Brigade Officer Reflects on Progress in Iraq

    12/27/2007 3:32:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 93+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Dec. 27, 2007 – When the senior leadership and soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team arrived in Iraq nearly 15 months ago, the security situation here was quite different from the one they now experience as they patrol the streets throughout their area of operations. Keeping his eyes peeled for anything suspicious, Katy, Texas, native Army Spc. Frank Maier, a scout for Troop A, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls security in Ath Alba, Iraq, a village north of Baghdad, in mid-March 2007...
  • Army Announces Stationing Decisions for New Troops

    12/23/2007 9:40:52 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 41 replies · 1,028+ views
    Army News Service ^ | Dec. 19, 2007 | Elizabeth M. Lorge
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 19, 2007) - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody today announced plans to activate three new units in 2008, and other unit-stationing decisions to support the Army's growth by up to 74,200 Soldiers, including 65,000 active-duty Soldiers, by 2010. The stationing plans announced during a Pentagon press conference this afternoon include six infantry brigade combat teams, eight active-component support brigades and various-sized combat-support and combat-service-support units. "The Army is undergoing the largest transformational change since 1942," said Gen. Cody. "We've changed our doctrine. We've changed our...
  • Brigade Continues to Work With Shiia, Sunni Groups

    11/26/2007 4:50:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 59+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – Though the surge has worked, that doesn’t mean that extremists – especially Shiia special squads – have been overcome, the commander of the first surge brigade into Iraq said today. Army Col. B. Don Farris, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, said that when the soldiers first arrived in Baghdad in January, sectarian violence was at an unprecedented level. “Whole-scale murder and displacement of families from both sects was alarming,” Farris said during a briefing with Pentagon reporters from Baghdad. “Al Qaeda remained organized, determined and extremely lethal, and...
  • Brigade’s Departure Validates Surge Strategy, Commander Says

    10/17/2007 5:12:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 38+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2007 – The return of 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team to Fort Hood, Texas, proves the surge of American troops into Iraq is working, a coalition commander said today. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take a break during a cordon-and-search operation in the Rashid district of Baghdad on April 14, 2007. Photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “(That unit) is about to depart, and there is not another surge brigade coming in behind it,” Army Col. John Lehr...
  • Fort Hood Brigade Notified for Iraq Deployment

    10/09/2007 4:14:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 186+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2007 – Defense Department officials announced today that 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, will deploy to Iraq in summer 2008. The deployment of the Fort Hood, Texas, unit is part of the normal rotation of forces, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. There are about 3,500 soldiers in the brigade. Before deploying to Iraq, the unit will re-flag and become 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. “This could cause some confusion, because the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry, is already in Iraq,” Whitman said. That unit, based at Fort Bliss, Texas, is due to redeploy back to the United States...
  • New York Guard Brigade Prepares to Deploy to Afghanistan

    08/01/2007 5:40:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 380+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2007 – New York National Guardsmen will start deploying to Afghanistan late this year, Defense Department officials said today. About 1,700 Guardsmen of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will relieve South Carolina National Guardsmen of the 218th Brigade Combat Team as the primary trainers of the Afghan National Army. The New York brigade is based in Syracuse. “Thousands of New York Guardsmen have answered the call from serving at Ground Zero when the Twin Towers fell to commanding combat troops in Central Iraq and now to the mountains of Afghanistan,” said Army Lt. Col. Paul Fanning,...
  • Elite brigade is his to rev up (Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the PA Guard)

    08/01/2007 11:43:24 AM PDT · by 2banana · 313+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 8/1/2007 | Tom Infield
    Elite brigade is his to rev up By Tom Infield Inquirer Staff Writer CLEM MURRAY / Inquirer Staff Photographer Pa. National Guard brigade gets a new Fighting Machine Map: Stryker Brigade Combat Team Locations Lt. Col. Marc Ferraro was 6,000 miles from Iraq when six national guardsmen from Pennsylvania were killed by bomb blasts during a four-day period in August 2005. It fell to him, as commander of their home battalion, to notify most of the soldiers' families. He recalls it as the most trying period of his life, except for the two times his younger son had to undergo...
  • Commander 19 Light Brigade praises troops for their efforts in Iraq

    06/01/2007 7:20:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 254+ views
    At the end of a challenging tour of duty in southern Iraq, the personnel of 19 Light Brigade have received high praise from their Commander, Brigadier Tim Evans MBE. 19 Light Brigade, replaced in Iraq by 1 Mechanised Brigade today, Friday 1 June 2007, now returns to the UK, with most of its units already back. Brigadier Evans, said: "19 Light Brigade had a very challenging and dynamic tour but maintained an impressive momentum. The Brigade had to fight hard to retain the initiative and keep on the front foot against a professional and well motivated enemy who were determined...
  • Final ‘Surge’ Brigade Now in Iraq, General Says

    05/30/2007 4:45:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 499+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 30, 2007 – The fifth and final brigade of the troop surge has arrived in Baghdad and should be fully operational by mid-July, the deputy director for operations on the Joint Staff said here today. “We are starting to see a shift in momentum that comes with having additional forces on the ground,” Army Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins told Pentagon reporters in a news conference. Troops will clamp down on Baghdad’s northern and southern belts -- areas where insurgents “have had the opportunity to sit back and plan some of these attacks,” Wiggins said. “What we’re trying...
  • Wounded Warrior Brigade Top Enlisted Soldier Provides Hands-On Leadership

    04/25/2007 11:08:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 302+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 25, 2007 – Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Hartless, an airborne ranger and master parachutist, served nearly his entire 24-year career jumping out of planes. He earned parachute badges from Italy, Jordan, Norway, Korea, Germany and Honduras. His airborne career ended, though, when he was crushed under a 10-ton front loader in Afghanistan in 2005. Once stable, Hartless was taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. He has since recovered, but in an ironic and unlikely career twist for an infantryman, Hartless’ injuries have brought him back again to Walter Reed -- this time to apply...
  • Chairman Visits Brigade Using New ‘Reset’ Process

    02/23/2007 4:56:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 282+ views
    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2007 – The 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team here is the first unit to employ the Army’s new “reset” process to rapidly refurbish everything from M-16 rifles to state-of-the-art Stryker combat vehicles. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is briefed about the reset of the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team -- formerly the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team -- at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Feb. 22. Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, USAF  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marine Gen. Peter Pace,...
  • National Guard Brigade gets first combat tour since WWII

    01/07/2007 5:34:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 570+ views
    PHOENIX -- A National Guard Brigade from Arizona is headed for its first combat tour since World War II. More than 600 members of the Arizona National Guard's 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment left their families Saturday. They will train at Fort Bragg, N.C. before shipping off for more than a year in Afghanistan, where insurgents continue to battle with U.S. and NATO forces. "I expect the worst and hope for the best," said Pvt. Jose Flores, a Glendale resident who looked both exhausted and excited as he shared some final moments with his wife and three sons Saturday. Flores...
  • Stryker Brigade Reunites in Baghdad

    01/02/2007 4:36:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 503+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Antonieta Rico
    BAGHDAD, Jan 2, 2007 — The 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division headquarters, and two of its battalions, trekked from Mosul to Baghdad over a two-day period recently, performing combat operations along the way. Other elements of the brigade had made the trek earlier. The arrival of the Stryker brigade headquarters in Baghdad marks a reunion for 3-2 SBCT. Two battalions, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and 1st Squadron, 14th Calvary Regiment, had been detached from the brigade since its initial deployment, in late July and early August. They have been operating in the Baghdad area while there...
  • Commando Brigade detains nine terrorist suspects

    12/17/2006 11:14:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 520+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | 2nd BCT, 10th Mountain Div. PAO
    Camp Striker, Iraq – Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), detained nine suspected terrorists in three separate incidents, Dec. 14 - 15. Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment detained five men near al Taqa, west of Yusufiyah, Iraq Dec. 14. The Soldiers observed three men near a blue flat bed pick-up truck congregating around a pot hole in the side of the road. The men fled on foot into a house as the Soldiers approached to investigate. The Soldiers entered and cleared the house, detaining the three. As the Soldiers searched the outlying area,...
  • Leaders Praise Fortitude of Stryker Brigade Families

    12/15/2006 4:08:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 309+ views
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Dec. 15, 2006 -- Army leaders praised military families here during ceremonies this week for standing solidly behind the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team during its 16-month deployment to Iraq. Ashley McCulloh and her son, Brooke, welcome home their husband and father, Army Capt. Timothy McCulloh, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, after his 16-month deployment to Iraq with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Courtesy photo  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Secretary Francis Harvey told families of brigade members during the “Arctic Wolves’” redeployment ceremony here Dec. 12 that the Army recognizes their sacrifices and will...
  • Stryker Brigade Ceremony Focuses on Accomplishments, Sacrifices

    12/13/2006 4:49:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 365+ views
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Dec. 13, 2006 – Some 4,000 members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team gathered here yesterday to celebrate their accomplishments during 16 months in Iraq and mourn their losses as they uncased the unit’s colors during a stirring redeployment ceremony. Servicemembers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team salute the colors during a redeployment ceremony near Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Dec. 12. Photo by William D. Moss  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The soldiers assembled at the Carlson Community Center, just down the road from Fort Wainwright here, to reflect on their deployment and receive a...
  • Troops and others do an early feast, Thanksgiving with the 11th Signal Brigade

    11/23/2006 8:17:17 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 326+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Thunderbirds were treated to more than a turkey dinner Wednesday as part of a Thanksgiving event. The Thunderbird Dining Facility was deck out with the sounds, smells and sights of the holiday. Solider cooks of the 11th Signal Brigade, the unit usually referred to as the Thunderbirds, went all out in preparing food for the feast. The rations noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of the military eatery listed the amount of meat, fowl and seafood the cooks prepared for the meal. The list from Sgt. Brisher McGrath included 330 pounds of prime rib, 150 pounds of turkey, 108 pounds of...
  • Retraining Iraq Police Brigade is Right Decision, General Says

    10/06/2006 5:18:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 241+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2006 – The decision to pull an Iraqi police brigade off the streets for intensive retraining is part of the Iraqi government’s overall reform plan and will improve the professionalism and confidence within the national police, the U.S. general in charge of training Iraqi police said today. The Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced Oct. 3 that the 8th Brigade, 2nd National Police, was being recalled to go through intensive training in anti-militia and anti-sectarian violence operations, due to poor performance and possible complicity with sectarian violence. “I really believe that the decision to withdraw the 8th Brigade...
  • Sailors Play Major Role with 354th Civil Affairs Brigade

    08/18/2006 6:45:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Daniel Sanford
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (NNS) -- The 354th Civil Affairs Brigade (CAB), the first civil affairs brigade in Iraq made up primarily of Sailors, completed its first four months here, Aug. 16, as the primary administrative controlling manager for civil affairs units throughout Iraq. During the first months of its year-long deployment to Baghdad, the 354 CAB coordinated and ensured the successful completion of numerous community-oriented projects. Among the active-duty individual augmentees and Reservists called upon to deploy with the unit, more than 75 percent of the brigade headquarters is Navy. Army Col. Vernon Harris, 354th CAB's commander, said working in a...
  • Army Awards Bronze Star to Canadian ‘Devil’s Brigade’ Vets

    08/18/2006 6:37:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 1,944+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2006 – The Army has authorized award of the Bronze Star Medal for Service to the living Canadian veterans of the 1st Special Services Force for their service to the U.S. Army during World War II. The unit was known as “the Devil’s Brigade” during the war and was one of the first U.S. special operations forces units in the war. The unit included U.S. Army soldiers and soldiers of the 2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion and 2nd Canadian Special Service Battalion of the Special Operations Group. From 1942 to 1944, about 2,500 soldiers served in the unit...
  • Gainey: Stryker Brigade Extension Offers Lessons to All Commanders

    08/17/2006 5:40:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 390+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 – The most important thing military leaders can offer their people is an up-front assessment of what they’re facing, as exemplified by the way the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s leaders informed the troops about their extension in Iraq, DoD’s top enlisted adviser told American Forces Press Service. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared his thoughts after returning from Alaska, home of the “Arctic Wolves.” The Defense Department announced July 27 that the brigade, which was in the midst of wrapping up...
  • Iraqi Army Brigade Takes Lead in Mahmudiyah

    08/17/2006 4:26:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 384+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2006 – The 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, officially assumed responsibility for security in parts of Mahmudiyah, Yusufiyah and Lutufiyah, Iraq, earlier this week. Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, stand with the colors of their country held high during a transfer of authority ceremony in Mahmudiyah on Aug. 14. Photo by Spc. George Welcome, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. During the Aug. 14 transfer of authority ceremony at the Iraqi army compound in Mahmudiyah, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, transferred to...
  • Stryker Brigade Soldiers Sent Home to Alaska to Return to Iraq

    08/15/2006 7:09:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 72 replies · 1,036+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2006 – Three hundred one soldiers with an Alaska-based unit extended in Iraq will return to the combat zone to serve with their comrades in arms, Army officials announced yesterday. A total of 378 soldiers with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team had returned to Alaska in June and July at the end of their scheduled 12-month tour in Iraq. But before the rest of the 4,000-soldier unit could redeploy, officials halted their return to bolster Iraqi and coalition forces in Baghdad. Now, 301 of those soldiers who made it back to Alaska will return to their...
  • Iraq’s 4th Brigade assumes security responsibility in Baghdad neighborhood

    08/15/2006 5:13:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 264+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Trevor Snyder
    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division capture insurgents during a demonstration of military ability that took place at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiah South Monday. Story and photos by Sgt. Trevor Snyder124th Mobile Public  Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD -- Iraqi forces took control of another area of Baghdad on Monday after the latest in a series of transfer of authority ceremonies near the capital. Army Col. Claude Ebel, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division said responsibility for Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah South, a base of operations for security forces south of the capital, was transferred to...
  • Alaska Stryker Brigade Transfers Authority

    08/06/2006 2:38:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 549+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 6, 2006 – The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team handed over operations in Mosul, Iraq, and other surrounding areas in the Ninewa province to the 3rd SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division, in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Marez today. The 172nd SBCT soldiers were deployed in August 2005 and since have conducted more than 15,000 missions, including cordon and searches, combat patrols, counter-mortar and rocket missions, raids, escort missions and humanitarian aid throughout Dohuk, Ninewa and Irbil provinces. “The accomplishments of the 172nd SBCT have been truly remarkable,” said Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Turner, commanding general of...
  • First Army Guard Aviation Brigade Called to Duty

    08/04/2006 5:33:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 370+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Lek Mateo
    U.S. Army Capt. Randal D. Wright of Ore, Texas, gives his 3-year-old daugher, Aspen, a drink of water after the official sendoff ceremony for the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade at the Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen, Texas, July 30, 2006. He is a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2/135 General Support Aviation Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Lek Mateo | More Photos | First Army Guard Aviation Brigade Called to Duty Family, friends bid farewell to soldiers as they leave for 12-month tour in Iraq. By U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lek Mateo...
  • Officials Working to Help Stryker Brigade Soldiers, Families

    08/02/2006 4:37:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 489+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, August 2, 2006 – The Army is taking significant steps to ensure soldiers and families of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team are taken care of now that the unit’s deployment to Iraq has been extended four months. U.S. Army, Alaska leaders are working with higher headquarters to ensure support programs, including financial compensation and personnel support, are available to the soldiers, Army and Defense Department officials said. “We are responding rapidly to provide all the appropriate support and services to these outstanding patriotic professionals and their families, who continue to inspire us all with their unwavering commitment to...
  • Ammo Specialists Keep Brigade Safe

    07/18/2006 5:28:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Creighton Holub
    U.S. Army Spc. Alejandro Perez, a Longbow Apache armament specialist assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Kris Woodburn, a Longbow Apache helicopter mechanic assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, remove a Hellfire missile from a Longbow Apache helicopter as Spc. Eben Gonzales, an Apache mechanic assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, observes. Ammunition that is maintained at the Combat Aviation Brigade’s Ammo Transfer Holding Point eventually finds it way onto the brigade’s attack helicopters. U.S. Army...
  • Granny Brigade Bringing Anti-War Message To D.C.

    06/25/2006 11:14:22 AM PDT · by Hadean · 30 replies · 483+ views
    WCBS TV ^ | 6-24-2006 | Magee Hickey
    CBS) NEW YORK They're back. Those opinionated octogenarians who made headlines last fall by trying to enlist in the military to stop the War in Iraq. Now, they're heading to Washington D.C. for the Fourth of July. With wheelchairs, walkers, canes and pictures of their grandchildren on their backs, the Granny Brigade was back in Times Square, the scene of their arrest last fall for blocking the entrance to the Military Recruitment Center to stop the war. This time, they're kicking off a 10-day trek to the nation's capital. "We want to wake up an apathetic American public," Joan Wile,...
  • Iraqi Tank Brigade Assumes Combat Responsibility

    05/15/2006 5:19:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 298+ views
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, May 15, 2006 – As the new Iraqi army attains capability, more units are taking over security responsibility within their country. The latest example is the Iraqi 2nd Brigade of the 9th Mechanized Division, which assumed responsibility for security in the Taji area during a ceremony here today. Soldiers hold the flag of the Iraqi 2nd Brigade, 9th Mechanized Division, during an assumption of responsibility ceremony May 15. The brigade will have responsibility for 150 square kilometers around Camp Taji. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The brigade will be "in the...
  • Iraqi Armored Brigade Ready to Assume Battle Space

    05/12/2006 6:01:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 396+ views
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, May 12, 2006 – An Iraqi armored brigade is ready to take its place on the battlefield, military transition team officials said yesterday. The 2nd Brigade of the 9th Iraqi Division will assume responsibility for battle space in this region north of Baghdad May 15. The unit's soldiers will join fellow tankers of the 1st Brigade, who assumed responsibility for defending Iraqi territory in December. The brigade has four battalions, three combat and one maintenance and supply. It is equipped with T-72 tanks from Hungary and BMP armored fighting vehicles from Greece. The unit will take over...
  • No 'rude awakening' this time (Stryker Brigade)

    05/10/2006 5:58:59 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 58 replies · 1,223+ views
    The News-Tribune ^ | 8 MAY 06 | Michael Gilbert
    All the major training is done. The vehicles will be loaded onto ships later this month at the Port of Olympia, and by the end of next month, the Army’s first Stryker brigade will be on its way back to Iraq. Nearly half the 4,000 soldiers in the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division were with the unit the first time it went over in November 2003. Their experience, and that of the two Stryker brigades that succeeded them, have informed preparations different from the last time, the Fort Lewis-based soldiers say. “Before, we went over thinking we knew what was...
  • Raider Brigade Turns In Excess Equipment

    04/04/2006 4:24:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Brent Hunt
    U.S. soldiers at Camp Taji, Iraq, move excess vehicles, or stay-behinds, to a commercial transportation company, which will transport them to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The vehicles will be repaired, refitted and redistributed to Reserve and National Guard units in the United States. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Hunt Raider Brigade Turns In Excess Equipment Because the equipment is no longer used, maintaining the equipment toArmy standards requires valuable resources that could be used in the fight. By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent Hunt 1st Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division CAMP TAJI, Iraq, April 4, 2006 —...
  • Iraqi Army 1st Brigade, 1st Division Arrives in Ramadi

    03/28/2006 3:40:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 284+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Multinational Force-West
    RAMADI, Iraq, March 28, 2006 – “We are the soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division Iraqi Army. Our mission is to save the innocent citizens of Ramadi from the black hands of the insurgents that are shedding their blood,” said the 1st Brigade, 1st Division commander. ”We promise the innocent Iraqi citizens that we will be the sons who will be responsible to protect the families that live in the Al Anbar Province.” "The addition of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division Iraqi Army is a huge combat multiplier. Their ability to gain factual information is paramount to fighting the...
  • Iraqi Brigade Takes Control of Battlespace

    03/25/2006 5:43:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 318+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 25, 2006 – An Iraqi unit took control of battlespace north of Baghdad March 20, military officials in Iraq reported. The 1st Mechanized Battalion, 1st Mechanized Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, assumed control of battlespace north of Baghdad from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division's Special Troops Battalion, during a ceremony March 20. The battlespace assumption increases the area of responsibility for the Iraqi division by about 18-square kilometers. "The Iraqi Army is getting better every day," said U.S. Army Col. James Pasquarette, 1st BCT commander. "They are a capable security force. They impress me because they...
  • RCT-5 partners with Iraqi brigade

    03/08/2006 5:07:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | 1st Lt. Nathan Braden
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (March 7, 2006) -- A partnership between Regimental Combat Team 5 and the Iraqi Army here was cemented when commanders from the coalition shook hands yesterday. Col. Larry D. Nicholson, RCT-5 commander met with Iraqi Brig. Gen. Abdulla Abdulkareem Abdul Satter, commanding officer of 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division for the first time. Nicholson recently assumed control of the region from North Carolina-based Regimental Combat Team 8. The Marine regiment and the Iraqi 4th Brigade are partnered in security operations for the greater Fallujah area. “One of my first priorities is to meet with each unit...
  • Iraqi Brigade Assumes Responsibility for Central Baghdad

    02/21/2006 3:30:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 194+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 21, 2006 | Pfc. Jason Dangel, USA
    Iraqi Brigade Assumes Responsibility for Central Baghdad By Pfc. Jason Dangel, USASpecial to American Forces Press Service BAGHDAD, Feb. 21, 2006 – The 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, assumed responsibility from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, for areas in central and southern Baghdad yesterday during a battlespace transfer-of-authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Honor. Soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, march during the Feb. 20 battlespace transfer-of-authority ceremony between their brigade and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Photo by Pfc. Jason Dangel, USA   The ceremony took place after many months...