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  • The Badlands of Al Anbar

    11/21/2005 2:58:40 PM PST · by Moonraker · 8 replies · 989+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Insurgencies are not put down in a fortnight. But considering the successes in the recent counter-insurgency sweep in Iraq's Al Anbar Province, one fact becomes obvious to anyone with so much as a sliver of an understanding of ground combat operations: Eliminating the insurgency in Iraq is best left to those who best know how to do it.
  • Time to strengthen the bond between veteran and state

    11/07/2005 7:45:43 AM PST · by Sailor6468 · 2 replies · 449+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 7, 2005 | Brig. Gen. David L. Grange
    The older I get, the more I realize what an emotional and powerful experience it is to have served my country. And how incredibly strong the bond becomes between other men and women who have served.
  • Task Force Band of Brothers Assumes Command in North-Central Iraq

    11/02/2005 4:32:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 631+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | unattributed
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2005 – Task Force Band of Brothers and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) officially took command of military operations in north-central Iraq in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Danger here Nov. 1. The ceremony marked the transfer of authority from Task Force Liberty and the 42nd Infantry Division, a National Guard unit from New York that has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a year, to TF Band of Brothers. TF Band of Brothers is composed of two brigade combat teams and a combat aviation brigade of the 101st Airborne Division,...
  • U.S. Soldiers find weapons cache, nab 3 terrorists

    09/14/2005 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 555+ views
    3/1 AD PAO ^ | 09.14.2005 at 12:00am | Spc. Matthew Wester
    TAJI, Iraq – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found bomb-making materials and mortar aiming stakes in a house they searched northwest of Baghdad on Sept. 8. The Soldiers from the Rhode Island National Guard’s D Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, detained three male suspects at the house and confiscated terrorist propaganda, two expended rocket casings, two timers and the aiming stakes. "We did a three-patrol raid on a suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces meeting location and it was a complete success," said Capt. William H. Tuttle IV, D Company commander from Warwick, R.I. "Speed and surprise were our best attributes." Tuttle said...
  • Two Infantry Battalions to Deploy to Iraq for Election Period

    08/24/2005 10:25:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 347+ views
    DoD News ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | unattributed
    On August 23, 2005, the Secretary of Defense approved a request by the commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) to deploy two additional infantry battalions to Iraq. Two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq for an anticipated duration of approximately 120 days to support security efforts during the election period. Adjustments to troop levels in Iraq occurred prior to the transfer to Iraqi sovereignty in June 2004 and during the January Iraqi elections. These troops will join 180,000 Iraqi security forces and 138,000 coalition forces in helping set the security conditions for successful elections. Gen. Casey’s request...
  • From wingers to Iraqi soldier trainers, Marines ensure Iraqis are combat-ready

    08/12/2005 4:12:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 552+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 12, 2005 | 2nd MAW (Fwd) Military Transition Team
    AN NUMANIYAH, Iraq (Aug. 12, 2005) -- On June 9, 2005, the forward deployed 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing sent an 11-man Military Transition Team (MiTT), to An Numaniyah, Iraq, a training base in southeastern Iraq. The team’s mission is to stand up the 2nd Brigade of the 7th Iraqi Army Division and serve as advisory staff in the training of the 1st Battalion. The MiTT concept is modeled after the combined arms platoons that were employed in Vietnam from 1967 to 1974. Using this model, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq formed three specialized teams to embed with the New Iraqi Army...
  • Marines deliver for ‘Mail Call’ cameras (RLee)

    07/22/2005 4:37:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies · 1,154+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | July 21, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Brian Reimers
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (July, 21, 2005) -- “Don’t you dare touch that remote control, ‘cause you’re watching ‘Mail Call,’” barked Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, actor and former Marine. The History Channel’s No. 1-rated show visited Camp Pendleton early this week to shoot for an upcoming episode featuring the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and the MK-19 grenade launcher. The production crew first made its way to the School of Infantry’s green belt instructor course to drop in on training. They videotaped students sparring and grappling while instructors supervised. Then, the crew turned its cameras on advanced...
  • New York Reservists Go From Ground Zero to Iraq (Prepare for Blurry Screen)

    07/05/2005 3:51:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 938+ views
    Defend America ^ | July 5, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Julie Nicolov
    Army Reservists assigned to the 101st Cavalry, 42nd Infantry Division were tasked with clean-up and security details at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001; they now serve in Iraq. FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERNSTEIN, Iraq, July 5, 2005 — He bounced out of the gunner’s hatch of his armored humvee, removed his helmet to assess the desert landscape of Forward Operating Base Bernstein, Iraq, and made his observation. “Man, I would love to plant some tomatoes out here,” said U.S. Army Spc. James Letohic, scout, 42nd Infantry Division command group personal security detail. “They’d get as big as basketballs!”...
  • Memorial Day meditation-(cameo vignettes of heroism; (WWII Pacific, Vietnam, Afghanistan; great!)

    05/30/2005 4:33:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 1,093+ views
    “Memory n. 1. The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience; the ability to remember. 2. An act or instance of remembrance; a recollection… see smer in Appendix.” “smer – to remember. In Germanic murnon, to remember sorrowfully, in Old English murnan, to mourn.” I remember Chuck Meerholz and the day I was supposed to drive. After four months with B Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor; four months of on-the-job-training for a guy trained as an infantrymen, I was being taught to drive our tank. B Company was to participate in a big operation centered on the village of...
  • Realities vs. policy: Women face growing combat roles in Iraq

    05/29/2005 9:22:19 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 8 replies · 439+ views
    Washington Post via Seattle Times ^ | 26 May 2005 | Ann Scott Tyson
    "The Army has to understand the regulation that says women can't be placed in direct-fire situations is archaic and not attainable," said Lt. Col. Cheri Provancha, commander of a Stryker Brigade support battalion in Mosul, who decided to bend Army rules and allow Guay to serve as a medic for an infantry company of the 82nd Airborne. [. . .] "This war has proven that we need to revisit the policy, because they are out there doing it," said Provancha, a 21-year Army veteran from San Diego. Dozens of soldiers interviewed across Iraq — male and female, from lower enlisted...
  • News From The Home Front-(Ollie reporting the truth about our guys in Iraq; lib media ignores it)

    05/26/2005 10:35:50 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 45 replies · 1,341+ views
    FALLUJAH, Iraq -- For three weeks, my FOX News team has been immersed in little more than what's been happening around us. Memorial Day isn't, as they say over here, on our radar screens. The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines we've been covering and living with in Al Anbar Province have been focused on chasing terrorists, avoiding IEDs and staying alive. They call it situational awareness -- being alert to only the friendly and enemy situation in the immediate vicinity is an absolute necessity for these young Americans in harm's way in this hot, dusty and dangerous place. And because...
  • They Are Giving Up Their Careers To Fight For Our Nation - The American Soldier.

    05/09/2005 10:00:49 PM PDT · by FirebaseD · 8 replies · 452+ views
    *note Please to not get upset with me. I posted this thread in "Smoky Backroom", but that is not where I wanted to place it. I'm reposting it here, I am not trying to flood. Like Pat Tillman's decision to leave the NFL to join the US armed forces after the terroist attack on Sept. 11, a Professionl PRCA National Bull Fighter & Cowboy Protection Expert, Chris Mason, has also become a member of the US Army assigned to the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. Many of our young men are enlisting into today's military because as Chris said: "I'm tired...
  • Soldier trades pigskin for rucksack

    04/11/2005 5:06:20 PM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 16 replies · 946+ views
    TRADOC News Service ^ | Feb. 25, 2005 | Tawny Archibald Campbell
    Story and photo by Tawny Archibald Campbell/The Bayonet FORT BENNING, Ga. (TRADOC News Service, Feb. 25, 2005) - There was a time when 29-year-old Windrell Hayes thought he had it all. He had a beautiful wife, a college education and a career with the National Football League. After being released from the New York Jets in October 2001 and spending the following spring with the Green Bay Packers, Hayes realized he wasn’t all that happy with his life. He didn’t enjoy playing professional football, and he wasn’t having fun. “I got into football because my brother played, and I was...
  • Bedford Boys: Soldiers Carry on Tradition of Forefathers (military history folks might like this)

    04/06/2005 7:54:32 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 3 replies · 373+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | April 05, 2005 | Sgt. Jennifer S. Emmons
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan - The Army is rich in history and tradition, and the soldiers of the unit known as the "Bedford Boys" know they have much to live up to. Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, is made up mostly of soldiers from Bedford, Va. During the invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944, this National Guard unit was among the first to hit Omaha Beach. In the first moments of the bloody battle, 19 soldiers from Bedford gave their lives for their country. The town lost more servicemembers per capita than any city in the United States....
  • The Grunts Stick it to the Air Force

    04/04/2005 9:26:38 PM PDT · by spetznaz · 62 replies · 1,954+ views
    Strategy ^ | April 4, 2005
    April 4, 2005: American infantry are beginning to fear that the U.S. Air Force will take away their UAVs. And therein lies a very curious situation. After half a century of losing out to the U.S. Air Force in the competition for budget dollars, the American Army is making a major comeback. Ironically, it’s all about technology. The air force has always touted its mastery of high tech as a reason to get more money than the army. But the cheap and abundant tech has created new devices, namely smart bombs, UAVs and “smart binoculars,” that are putting a lot...
  • Iraqi Army Raid Nets 3 Tons of TNT, 121 Terrorism Suspects

    03/29/2005 5:29:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,326+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 03/28/05 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, March 28, 2005 – A 3-ton cache of TNT and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition are off the streets of Iraq following an Iraqi army raid near Jurf al-Sakher on March 25, Iraqi military officials reported. A press statement from Iraq’s Defense Ministry said 121 suspects were detained in the raid, conducted by the Iraqi army’s 8th Division, based in Karbala. Besides the TNT, Iraqi soldiers seized 624 rifles, 250,000 light ammunition rounds, 22,000 medium rounds, 193 rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, 300 RPG rockets, 27 82 mm mortar tubes, and 155 82 mm mortar rounds. Today, Task Force Liberty...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 139 - Now Operation River Blitz--Day 34

    03/25/2005 9:30:57 PM PST · by TexKat · 44 replies · 1,203+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 3/26/05
    U.S. Army Capt. Chris Owen (far right) and Col. Terry Sellers (center), 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, meet with United Nations field representatives on the east bank of the Helmand River to discuss the needs of residents displaced by four days of flooding, March 22, 2005. The United Nations and the U.S. Army are providing short term emergency relief to the refugees until they are able to rebuild. Local Afghan government officials are leading the effort by assessing needs and distributing aid while the Afghan National Army, local police and Coalition soldiers are providing security and manpower for the delivery...
  • Small Guard Unit Fends Off Dozens of Iraqi Insurgents=(women in combat)

    03/23/2005 6:29:09 PM PST · by Flavius · 39 replies · 1,787+ views
    abc news ^ | March 22, 2005 | Martha Raddatz
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 22, 2005 — National Guard soldiers from the Richmond, Ky.-based 617th Military Police Company were still reminiscing today about the extraordinary battle they fought on Sunday, when dozens of Iraqi insurgents ambushed a U.S. patrol — touching off one of the fiercest battles in Iraq since the fight for Fallujah last fall. But what is more extraordinary is who the U.S. soldiers are — a shoe store manager, hotel worker, printing press operator and several students. The firefight serves as a reminder of how citizen-soldiers are shouldering much of the burden in Iraq. Of the U.S. forces...
  • Marines, Army kick it with Iraqi children

    03/09/2005 4:06:46 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies · 1,095+ views
    Marinelink ^ | 3-7-05 | Cpl. John E. Lawson Jr.
    More pictures at the link CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (March 7, 2005) -- In the dusty little lakeside village of Al Kabani, Iraq, the children rush to the streets as a U.S. convoy pulls into town. The convoy, comprised of Marines from the 1st and 2nd Force Service Support Groups (Forward), of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., respectively, and the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 112th Armor, 36th Infantry of Austin, Texas, have come to continue civil affairs operations in the village. The March 5 mission included distribution of humanitarian aid supplies to the more than 60 homes in the town,...
  • 'Can Do' infantrymen distribute shoes to Sadr kids

    03/04/2005 3:33:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 495+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | 03/04/05 | Spc. Ben Brody
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, March 4, 2005) --Operation Happy Feet brought smiles to children of Sadr City as Soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry distributed sneakers at Marakah al-Taf Elementary School Feb. 28. Working in conjunction with Civil Affairs, Soldiers purchased 500 pairs of shoes from a local vendor to give out at the northeastern Baghdad school, according to Capt. Timothy Terese, B Co. commander. “We go around to lots of schools in the area, basically every day, to make sure they have the proper equipment to function,” said 1st Lt. Jason Rocks, B Co. fire support...