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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 Page.com ^ | 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...
  • A Dead Soldier's Words on Iraq: "The Price Is Worth It" (RIP Sgt. 1st Class David J. Salie)

    02/28/2005 9:39:34 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 22 replies · 801+ views
    Military Online ^ | February 24, 2005 | Joe Galloway
    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army said its farewell to Sgt. 1st Class David J. Salie here on Tuesday at his home post in his hometown of Columbus, Ga. It was filled with ritual and honors and the tears of friends and family. Sgt. Salie was killed on Valentine's Day in Iraq, just four days after he led the troops of the 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2/69 Armor, 3rd Infantry Division into that country to begin a yearlong tour with his division. The altar of the old Main Post Chapel was decorated for an Infantry soldier's funeral - a pair...
  • Despite severe combat injuries, sergeant fulfills pledge made to troops (awesome and inspirational)

    02/26/2005 6:00:44 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 38 replies · 2,410+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 27, 2005 | Steve Liewer
    SCHWEINFURT, Germany — First Sergeant kept his word. One month after a rocket-propelled grenade blew off his leg, mangled his arm and tore a gash in his head while his convoy patrolled in Iraq, 1st Sgt. Brent Jurgersen fulfilled a pledge he made to troops of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment when they left for the Middle East a year ago. He vowed he would personally lead them home. Kristen Chandler Toth / U.S. Army First Sgt. Brent Jurgersen, twice badly injured in Iraq, is reunited with Capt. Jeff Paine, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, during a...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 112 - Now Operation River Blitz--Day 7

    02/26/2005 7:20:48 PM PST · by TexKat · 60 replies · 1,493+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 2/27/05
    A British soldier surveys the scene from the top of an armoured vehicle after insurgents detonated a bomb in the west of Baghdad, killing two civilians who were passing by in a vehicle, in Iraq Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005. It was not clear what the target was although a U.S. tank was nearby at the time but was not damaged in the blast. (AP Photo/Mohammed Uraibi)
  • Generations

    02/16/2005 5:12:36 AM PST · by PopGonzalez · 204+ views
    wthomassmithjr.com ^ | February 16, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    Generations Their facial expressions were an odd mix of happiness, sadness, and envy. They were losing me, a squad leader who had taken care of them as an older brother watches over his kid siblings. But these really weren’t kids. They – and I – were U.S. Marine infantrymen. With only hours remaining in my four-year hitch, I was packed and saying last “goodbyes” in the barracks where we lived. Soon I would shoulder my seabag and cross one of many Camp Pendleton, California parade-decks toward a waiting taxi that would take me to the airport. There, I would board...
  • Soldier, 22, 'lived the life he sought'-St. Paulite's life ended fulfilling a childhood dream

    02/06/2005 8:54:53 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 3 replies · 298+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 2-6-05 | BILL SALISBURY
    Hundreds of friends, family members, schoolmates and fellow soldiers packed into Arlington Hills Lutheran Church on the East Side on Saturday morning to pay their final respects to Army Sgt. Michael Carlson, the first soldier from St. Paul to be killed in the war in Iraq. Carlson, 22, who died with four other soldiers Jan. 24 when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over into a canal in the town of Mohammed Sacran, Iraq, was remembered as a strong, passionate, fun-loving young man whose life ended as he was fulfilling a childhood dream. In a eulogy for his younger brother, Daniel...
  • Increasing our ground forces

    01/25/2005 11:46:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 274+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2005 | Masthead Editorial
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Increasing our ground forcesPublished January 26, 2005 This is the first in a series of editorials on the state of the American military.          Official Washington is quickly reaching consensus that U.S. ground forces need to be bolstered by a significant margin over the long-term. The proposals are in the range of 40,000 to 150,000 more troops. We're inclined toward the high end of those proposals, and maybe even higher.     Historically speaking, expenditures on ground troops are absurdly low, even by peacetime standards. As the Congressional Budget Office's September 2004 report on long-term defense spending...
  • Ground forces too small

    01/25/2005 12:30:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 83 replies · 1,837+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2005 | Robert H. Scales
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Ground forces too smallBy Robert H. ScalesPublished January 25, 2005 A close look at photos of American service personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan reinforces the painful truism that soldiers and Marines are doing virtually all of the fighting and dying. This isn't a new phenomenon. From Korea to Iraq, four out of five of those who died at the hands of the enemy were infantrymen. Not just soldiers and Marines, but infantrymen, a force that today comprises less than 6 percent of those in uniform.     With the exception of Kosovo, the success of American...
  • Only a year ago

    12/13/2004 8:41:42 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 163+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 13, 2004 | John B. Dwyer
    Dedicated to the Soldiers of Task Force 1-22nd Infantry whose skill, perseverance and bravery ensured Saddam's capture In the end, at the culmination of months of dangerous missions and painstaking intelligence work, he was pulled out of his hidey-hole in a farmyard near Ad Dawr on the east side of the Tigris River south of Tikrit. Looking more like a homeless guy than a recent and ruthless dictator, Saddam Hussein had finally been captured. “A dark and painful period is over,” said President George W. Bush. Coalition Provisional Authority chief, L. Paul Bremer announced at the subsequent press conference: “We...
  • Past is prologue

    12/05/2004 10:30:40 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 195+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 5, 2004 | Dave St. John
    I remember watching a news clip of a Marine Infantry unit preparing to deploy from Camp Lejuene during the First Gulf War. I watched a young, squared away sergeant move competently among his men checking their gear and speaking quietly to them despite the rude, intrusive glare from the TV camera lights. Damn… I was proud of him and there was a muted urge to be there and be part of it again welling up deep from inside me. A few years later, I stopped at Quantico when I had a chance to go back there for a visit in...
  • U.S., Iraqi Forces Continue to Root Out Insurgents

    11/14/2004 11:18:34 AM PST · by Racehorse · 2 replies · 635+ views
    Armed Forces Information Service ^ | 14 November 2004 | Armed Forces Press Service
    U.S., Iraqi Forces Continue to Root Out Insurgents American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2004 – Anti-Iraqi forces attacked 1st Infantry Division soldiers with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades today in Tikrit, Iraq. After cornering the anti-Iraqi forces in a building, the soldiers countered the attack with tank rounds and hellfire missiles. No Multinational Force casualties or equipment damage was reported, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials. Also, one Multinational Force soldier was killed and three wounded when insurgents attacked a military base outside Baghdad with indirect fire Nov. 13. No other official details were immediately available. Officials added...
  • Artillerymen Clear Path for the Infantry

    11/11/2004 6:10:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies · 9,050+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2004 | Jackie Spinner
    NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 10 -- U.S. Army observers watched as the white pickup truck sped from house to house in Fallujah on Wednesday morning, stopping more than 20 times to drop off armfuls of rocket-propelled grenades. Every few stops, the driver threw dirt on the roof of the cab, apparently in an attempt to disguise his vehicle. A few miles away, soldiers in the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Platoon, Alpha Battery trained their M109A6 Paladin, a self-propelled 155mm howitzer, on the truck. Minutes later, a shell shot out of the cannon, whizzed across the sky and landed next to...
  • 'I got my kills ... I just love my job'

    11/09/2004 3:46:41 PM PST · by Thrusher · 21 replies · 1,819+ views
    news.telgraph ^ | 9/11/2004 | Toby Harnden
    Toby Harnden in Fallujah observes American soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division taskforce avenging their fallen comrades as battle begins After seven months in Iraq's Sunni triangle, for many American soldiers the opportunity to avenge dead friends by taking a life was a moment of sheer exhilaration. As they approached their "holding position", from where hours later they would advance into the city, they picked off insurgents on the rooftops and in windows. "I got myself a real juicy target," shouted Sgt James Anyett, peering through the thermal sight of a Long Range Acquisition System (LRAS) mounted on one of...

    10/08/2004 1:25:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 26 replies · 1,390+ views
    Private Email from Jeff "Mario" Smith | OCTOBER 8, 2004 | JEFF "MARIO" SMITH
    by Jeff "Mario" Smith, Guerilla Reporter October 8, 2004 Email: jeffsmith@qx.net Gene Kuentzler, Vietnam Veteran, 19th Combat Engineer Battalion, S-3 Operations 1966-1967, tells it like it is in this following internet rant. This factual description of what really happened during TET of '68, when my 173rd Airborne Infantry brother was fighting Communists in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, proves, beyond any shadow of doubt, that our beloved liberal mainstream media are Communist sympathizers. CBS stands for Communist Broadcast System. Hanoi John Fonda Kerry, Tom Hayden, Hanoi Jane, and all the rest of the spoiled naive hippies who assisted the Communists...
  • German Heavy Infantry Sent Out On Exercise

    09/05/2004 6:11:30 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 1,047+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-6-2004 | Kate Connolly
    German heavy infantry sent out on exercise By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 06/09/2004) German soldiers are too fat and increasingly unfit for duty and should undergo a rigorous exercise programme, according to the head of the army's medical corps. Adml Karsten Ocker said rising numbers of rank-and-file soldiers were reflecting the "XXL-nation" that Germany as a whole was becoming. "We're facing an epidemic-style increase of the overweight and under-trained," he told today's edition of Spiegel magazine. "The army is being swamped with under-average adolescents unable to perform." Incidents of joint and back injuries among soldiers are rising due to...
  • Infantry! It all comes down to the ‘legs’ (My military friends say this a must read)

    08/31/2004 6:47:54 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 34 replies · 1,904+ views
    Military On Line ^ | September 6, 2004 | Matthew Cox and Gina Cavallaro
    This may be the age of precision airstrikes and satellite supremacy, but much of modern warfare is still up to the grunts on the ground. They have always been the Army’s heavy lifters — the riflemen and machine-gunners; the squad and platoon leaders who bear the burdens of long-term combat. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are demonstrating, again, that all the latest gee-whiz firepower in the world will never fully replace the enduring value of boots on the ground. Symbolic case in point: The Pentagon’s "decapitation strike" of stealth bombers and cruise missiles launched to kill Saddam Hussein as...
  • 'Wolfhounds' Receive Combat Badges - Afghanistan Ceremony First for Unit Since Vietnam

    08/28/2004 6:11:18 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 24 replies · 1,691+ views
    Defend America ^ | August 27, 2004 | Army Capt. Juanita Chang / Task Force Thunder
      'Wolfhounds' Receive Combat BadgesAfghanistan Ceremony First for Unit Since Vietnam   By U.S. Army Capt. Juanita Chang / Task Force Thunder FORWARD OPERATING BASE ORGUN-E, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2004 — The "Wolfhounds" of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment held their first Combat Infantryman Badge and Combat Medical Badge ceremony since the Vietnam War, Aug. 23.In the sunset ceremony at Forward Operating Base Orgun-e, about 100 infantrymen and 10 combat medics representing Task Force 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment were awarded the badges. Five soldiers were awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge second award for participation in two eras of...
  • Ceremony salutes mobilized Texas National Guard brigade

    08/25/2004 6:55:36 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 457+ views
    National Guard ^ | August 18, 2004 | Staff Sgt. Ken Walker
    Ceremony salutes mobilized Texas National Guard brigade Hundreds of Soldiers from the 56th Brigade Combat Team stand in formation outside the hangar. This is the largest single mobilization of a Texas National Guard unit called to a combat zone since the start of the war on terrorism. (Texas National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Walker) By Staff Sgt. Ken Walker 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT WORTH, Tx. (8/18/2004) — Little Lauren Carrington stood on the chair next to her grandmother waving two small American flags as high as her small arms could reach. On a platform overlooking...
  • A Report on the Effectiveness of our infantry weapon systems in Iraq.

    07/28/2004 5:58:06 AM PDT · by Texas Patriot · 1 replies · 761+ views
    Purpose. The Small Arms Assessment Team was formed to support Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PMSW) assessment of small arms performance during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Tasks were to assess the current state of weapons, ammunition and accessories directly managed by PMSW: M9 Pistol to MK 19 AGL and determine what worked well and what did not. Background. Since the initiation of OIF, a number of reports have come from the theater describing problems and lessons learned on a variety of soldier equipment including weapons. PM Soldier Weapons chartered a weapons team to conduct a comprehensive assessment of weapons performance in...
  • 60th Anniversary Normandy Invasion

    04/20/2004 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Euro-American Scum · 28 replies · 1,903+ views
    Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours ^ | 04/20/2004 | Euro-American Scum
    Just wondered if any other Freepers besides myself were going to France in six weeks to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. This has been in the works for me for over a year, and as a general goal for the last twenty years. Ever since Ronald Reagan spoke at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in 1984, really. Part of the motivation is that this will undoubtedly be the last such gathering of American veterans who actually participated in the assault. As such, it will be the last occasion to honor this extraordinary group of Americans and...
  • Pictures from Tikrit, 4th Infantry division

    03/28/2004 3:59:32 PM PST · by AgThorn · 56 replies · 429+ views
    Well my son's back from Tikrit and 3 rolls of film arrived earlier that I just got around to developing. I guess my son needs to take some photo lessons, or get a better camera or both but there were a few good shots to share. He called me from Bangor, Maine when his 4th Infantry group got back state-side this week. He's now back at Ft Hood in Texas. Hope to see him in a few weeks or a month. Anyway, here's a 'few' shots that are worth sharing... click on the photo if you want a higher resolution...
  • Wounded Guardsman Lives to See Retirement

    02/23/2004 5:29:47 PM PST · by Calpernia · 33 replies · 357+ views
    Special to American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 23, 2004 | By Sgt. 1st Class Gail Braymen, USA
    A standing-room-only crowd watched, teary-eyed but smiling, as a Florida Army National Guardsman was ceremoniously retired from military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here Feb. 21. Soldiers, civilians and children filled the conference room for the occasion. Staff Sgt. Dustin Tuller sat at attention in a wheelchair, his Class A uniform trousers neatly folded beneath his left hip and right thigh, as his battalion commander read the official orders retiring him from the Army. The 28-year-old college student, father of four and infantryman, had both legs amputated after being wounded in an attack in Iraq in December. Army...
  • More body-bag bait?

    01/20/2004 9:56:44 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 17 replies · 232+ views
    WND ^ | January 20, 2004 | David H. Hackworth
    More body-bag bait? Posted: January 20, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 David H. Hackworth The 81st Brigade is rated as a combat-ready fighting outfit. But when it came time for this federally activated Washington state National Guard unit to ship out to Iraq, the high brass ruled that it was nowhere near ready to rock 'n' roll down where the bullets fly and people die. The brigade's foxholes, in one of the most vicious contemporary killing fields in the world, were filled instead by regular units from the combat-worn 82nd Airborne. Wait a minute! Isn't the 81st one of...
  • Initial Stryker deployment deemed a success (GNFI)

    01/05/2004 4:59:08 PM PST · by xzins · 19 replies · 1,767+ views
    Army Times ^ | 5 Jan 04
    <p>TACOMA, Wash. — The Fort Lewis, Wash.-based Stryker brigade has completed its first major mission in Iraq, delivering troops with the 4th Infantry Division into Samarra. The brigade pulled out of the city a few days ago, having captured at least seven suspected guerrilla leaders, confiscated weapons and ammunition, and persuaded at least some residents to have faith that the Americans are there to help, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Sunday. The newspaper has a reporter embedded with the Stryker troops.</p>
  • Whatever it Takes: Redlegs and Riflemen

    12/22/2003 7:26:57 PM PST · by xzins · 18 replies · 300+ views
    Army Magazine ^ | Dec 03 | Maj. Peter K. Bacon
    Whatever it Takes: Redlegs and Riflemen December 2003 By Maj. Peter K. Bacon "Shoot, move and communicate." This three-part catch phrase is the key to tactical success in combat operations. Combined with the five elements of accurate predicted fire, they form the basis of the tactical and technical training of every junior leader in Field Artillery. The officer's basic course and career course, as well as the basic noncommissioned officer's course and advanced course, drill leaders in the understanding of these skills and their practice by professional soldiers. The majority of field training addresses tactical and technical problems related...
  • Stryker Crews Find New Vehicles Can Take A Punch

    12/22/2003 7:01:17 AM PST · by centurion316 · 75 replies · 1,361+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 22 Dec 2003 | Michael Gilbert
    Tacoma News Tribune December 22, 2003 Stryker Crews Find New Vehicles Can Take A Punch By Michael Gilbert, The News Tribune SAMARRA, Iraq - Like many soldiers in the Stryker brigade, the crew of Charlie 1-4 had their worries about how their vehicle would hold up if it were struck by a roadside bomb. Count them as big believers in the Stryker after their encounter with an improvised explosive device on a dirt street a week ago. "If it had been a Humvee, we'd all be dead," said Sgt. 1st Class Mike Farnum, the senior man aboard Charlie 1-4 when...
  • Medal for mettle, years later: Shiny bronze rekindles vet's memories of war

    10/16/2003 12:25:54 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 3 replies · 145+ views
    registerguard.com ^ | 16 Oct '03 | By Randi Bjornstad
    Exactly how it came about remains a mystery, but Rayphord "Tex" Tiffee recently opened a plain brown padded envelope postmarked Philadelphia and found a Bronze Star inside. "I had to sit down - my knees buckled," the 82-year-old Eugene man said this week. It's been 57 years since he left the Army after serving two years in the South Pacific during World War II. The Bronze Star came with no explanation, no letter. And Tiffee doesn't know exactly why or how he suddenly received the award, bestowed on soldiers for heroism. Rayphord "Tex" Tiffee received a surprise in the mail...
  • INFANTRY: A New Kind of War [fatalities in combat now much lower]

    09/09/2003 6:00:28 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 2 replies · 80+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | September 8, 2003
    New body armor, new tactics and new medical procedures are producing much lower death rates in combat, and changing the way American troops fight. During the recent Iraq fighting, only 14 percent of those injured in combat were killed. In World War II, 30 percent of those hurt in combat died. In Korea, where body armor was first introduced, and helicopters first used to rapidly get wounded troops to a hospital, it was 25 percent. It wasn't much better in Vietnam, at 24 percent, and was about the same in the 1991 Gulf War. Note that the World War II...
  • Does a Freeper trip to Normandy, France for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day sound good?

    08/01/2003 3:25:54 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 155 replies · 732+ views
    Stephen Ambrose Tours ^ | 01 AUG 03 | dcbryan1
    Well, I just got my packet of info concerning the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France by Stephen Ambrose Tours, Inc. I was suprised that the tour is a CRUISE! Not only that, I think that the $8,000+ is pretty steep, even for such noble guests and luxuries that you will be treated to no doubt. However, I was wondering if it were possible to get together a FreeRepublic.com group of history buffs/patriots/veterans and maybe go over and make things more fun and less expensive for us. I have never been to Normandy, but I heard it was alot...
  • IDF to form mostly-female infantry battalion [World's First]

    08/01/2003 9:04:18 AM PDT · by yonif · 20 replies · 259+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 1, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    To enter service next spring, the army is forming a female infantry battalion, Israel Radio reported Friday. It will be the world's first fighting battalion to be comprised of at least 70% women fighters. Female soldiers serving in the new unit will serve for three years, as men do, and perform reserve duty like other infantry soldiers.
  • Arkansas National Guard to Deploy to Iraq

    07/27/2003 12:21:02 PM PDT · by Arkinsaw · 15 replies · 775+ views
    KARK ^ | Today | KARK
    The Army alerted an Arkansas National Guard unit yesterday that it will probably be deployed to Iraq by April to help fight the continuing war in that country. The 39th Infantry Brigade from Little Rock would leave between February and April, according the Department of Defense. The deployment would last a year. The 30th Infantry Brigade based in North Carolina would also be deployed under the same order. A battalion from the 41st Infantry Brigade would join the 39th Infantry Brigade. The 39th is an enhanced light infantry brigade that is trained to act as a strategic reserve in the...