Volume 1, Issue 25 December 30, 2009
Soldiers brainstorm unconventionally
By Spc. Nathan Hale “Red Teams are not an in-
145th Mobile Public Affairs Det. Red Team looks to defeat enemy stant answer pocket, it’s more of
T here is a small but important
by thinking outside doctrine an art,” he said. “We’re decision
support, so we affiliate with a
group of Soldiers at Multi-Nation- Team gives a different perspective in a staff or project and ask, ‘Okay have
al Division - North who are trained time where unconventional warfare is you looked at it this way? Well, we see
to diverge from the normal school the norm. this, do you agree with us?’ Then you
of military thought. These Soldiers, “If we worked within another staff
known simply as Red Team, make section, under the G-2, G-3, plans See Red Team, Page 3
up a specialized staff, who provide or operations, we might
critical, decision-making and analysis tend to blindly agree with
based on the modern battlefield. everything that office
Their leader is Col. Malcolm S. comes up with,” said Col.
Burr II, of Georgetown, Mass., a U.S. Burr, who operates on
Army Reserve officer with 26 years Contingency Operating
of commissioned service. His team Base Speicher near Tikrit.
works independently of division spe- “As an independent office,
cial staff but integrates with all staff we can look at things a
and working groups. The team scours little differently and can
plans, operations, and actions of the often see what others are
ground to provide optional solutions missing.”
which take into account not only local Colonel Burr said it
culture and customs but also what the takes time and effort Photo by Spc. Nathan Hale, 145th Mobile Public Affairs Det.
enemy may try to do to counter the for units to prop- Colonel Malcolm S. Burr, center, of Georgetown, Mass., speaks with
Iraqi Army Maj. Gen. Abdullah, with the Ninewah Operations Center,
operations. erly understand Red and Sam Youseff, cultural advisor for MND – North, during a key-
Colonel Burr said that the Red Team’s role. leader engagement in Mosul, Iraq.
USD-N, name represents responsible drawdown
Special to the North Star U.S. Force – Iraq. In addition all and professionalism of the Iraqi Secu-
four MNDs will become USDs. This rity Forces. As the mission shifts from
Beginning Jan. 1, Multi-National consolidation is more than a name combat to stability operations, U.S.
Division – North will be referred to as change, but part of the responsible forces will continue to partner with
US Division – North. This is part of a drawdown efforts of U.S. forces as and train the ISF.
deliberate merger, which will produce they prepare to meet the Dec. 31, 2011 Also, the name change does not
a single, streamlined command with withdrawal date that is stipulated in equate to there’s only U.S. military
one commander. the Security Agreement. serving in Iraq.
Multi-National Force - Iraq; Multi- Senior Army and Department of There are still individuals and
National Corps – Iraq; Multi-National Defense leaders are confident the troops from other nations serving in
Security Transition Command – Iraq timeline will be met because of the Iraq, including trainers from the North
and Task Force 134 will all become improved capabilities, effectiveness Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The North Star Page 2 • December 30, 2009
Iraqi Army recruits
500 new Soldiers
By Spc. Dustin Gautney, Handheld Interagency
2BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO Detection Equipment
(HIDE). This device
T he early morning light unveiled allows users to pho-
the sides of the highway filled with tograph, fingerprint,
nearly 1,000 Iraqi local nationals jog- perform retinal scans,
Photo by Spc. Dustin Gautney, 2BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO
ging along the road’s shoulder. and verify credentials Specialist Eddie Flores, 204th MP Company, attached to 2BCT, takes
They ran for a hope and a dream to against previously a photograph of a prospective Iraqi Army recruit during a four-day
become part of the Iraqi Army’s few gathered information. recruitment drive, Dec. 23.
available positions during an Iraqi “The HIDE is basi-
Army recruitment drive, Dec. 23. cally the final check for the locals all, the recruitment drive would have
With nearly one thousand in at- during the recruitment process. After still been a huge success,” said Lt. Col.
tendance hoping to be part of the Iraqi going through the security checkpoints Coffman. “The Iraqi Army is so well-
Army, only 150 would be chosen that and being medically screened, we have led and trained to be able to execute
day. everyone go through the HIDE check- a recruitment plan so large and over
During the four-day recruiting point,” said Spc. Gary Daniels, 204th multiple locations, that I can say I
drive, approximately 500 were chosen Military Police Company, attached to would be proud to stand side-by-side
out of the thousands who applied. 2nd HBCT. with our Iraqi brothers in any war.”
For the Soldiers of the 1st “Desert Captain Wilhite also said the event
Rogues” Battalion, 64th Armor, 2nd was executed to the highest degree
Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd of excellence by the Iraqi Army; U.S.
Infantry Division, assisting the 2nd assistance was limited because of the
Iraqi Army Brigade in recruiting new Iraqi Army outstanding planning.
members could not have been ex- “I feel that even if we were not
ecuted any smoother, said Capt. Wes part of the plan to assist in the recruit-
Wilhite, Headquarters and Headquar- ment drive, that the event would still
ters Company, 1-64th Armor. have been a success, which is a testa-
“From start to finish, the plan for ment to the fine leadership of the Iraqi
the recruitment drive was an Iraqi Army,” Capt. Wilhite said.
plan; coordinated by their command- Lieutenant Colonel Ross Coffman,
ers and executed by their officers and commander, 1-64th Armor, agreed the
noncommissioned officers,” said Capt. Iraqi Army’s planning and execution of
Wilhite. the event demonstrated how an Iraqi
As part of the plan to assist the Iraqi plan, conducted by Iraqi leaders and
Army recruitment drive, members Soldiers, leads to the best results for
from 1-64th Armor supplied additional the Iraqi populace. Photo by Spc. Dustin Gautney, 2BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO
security at numerous security points, “The Iraqi Army plan was so well An Iraqi Soldier searches a prospective Iraqi
as well as applying the U.S. military’s designed that had we not been there at Army recruit during a recruitment drive, Dec. 23.
‘Tomahawks for Humanity’ helps those in need
By Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher program takes Soldiers of the 1/23rd
3SBCT, 2nd Inf Div PAO Inf., skilled as carpenters, electricians
and plumbers and uses their talents
S oldiers of the 1st Battalion, to make a difference. On Dec. 23,
23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Soldiers with the program visited two
Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry elementary schools in Khalis to assess
Division are putting a new twist on what materials would be needed to im-
an old idea with some much needed prove the infrastructure of the schools.
rebuilding in Diyala province. In mid-January the team will return
The program “Tomahawks for with the needed supplies and with the
Photo by Spc. Dustin Gautney, 2BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO
Humanity” is a new program started help of local Iraqi Police, Soldiers and
A Soldier of 1st Bn, 23rd Inf. Regt. measures a
window at an elementary school in Khalis, Dec. by the battalion to help out those in the local mayor will work to refurbish
23. need in their area of operations. The the schools.
The North Star Page 3 • December 30, 2009
See Red Team, Page 3
get into a dialogue, some collabora- derived from collaboration or merely missed and everything is taken into ac-
tion. Those relationships take time.” from frustration. The team created a count, so tenacity becomes part of the
predictive survey in May 2009 that experienced red team aura.”
C canvassed 200 leaders’ mindset about
olonel Burr said he has heard
the term “devil’s advocate” used to the upcoming year in Iraq, and in uring his time at the leader’s
describe what red teaming is all about. hindsight, a majority of cases did pre-course — which runs 18 weeks at the
However, he believes the phrase works dict events. An idea Col. Burr came up University of Foreign Military and
against his team. with was to have a database of SoldiersCultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth,
“If we go into a senior-level meet- with their known skills, which could beKan. — Col. Burr attended a practical
ing and everybody thinks our ideas are better utilized. exercise during which he helped with
just playing the other side, we might the planning of the 25th Infantry Divi-
not be able to get our position across F or example, if there is a project sion’s mission readiness exercise at
because they will discredit us from the in northern Iraq to help Iraqi farmers, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
beginning,” he said. “Instead we listen, this database will reveal Soldiers who Colonel Burr said the Division had
provide in-depth analysis of the sub- are capable of farming and can help on not had a Red Team in the past, which
ject matter and present our ideas. the project. This actual idea has been meant he had to work to break the ice.
“The red team can get away from named and is being reviewed by the Just as his team had to build
the situation and ask, ‘Well, why do we Army Suggestion Program and could relationships within the Division, Col.
keep going down this path?’” produce significant cost savings to the Burr believes one of the important
Red Teams are becoming the norm military going forward. challenges for incoming units is to
at many staff units, according to Col. They often conduct field work with quickly build relations with their Iraqi
Burr, and their range of expertise military and border transition teams, counterparts.
and understanding is becoming an their Iraqi counterparts and the civil- An example “We have worked on
important asset for the Army, other ian populous. Those relationships a plan to have incoming units spend
military services and the Department give the team the ability to distinguish more time engaging with local Iraqi
of Defense. between reality and perception. leaders and their Iraqi counterparts
Colonel Burr’s previous experience It is also crucial that the team has in their areas of operation during the
as an embedded Iraqi Army Advisor in familiarity with current activities and transfer process,” said Col. Burr. “The
Fallujah, 2004-5, has enabled him to are able to quickly pinpoint concerns outgoing units have spent sometimes
more accurately understand what Iraqi with current and future planning. up to a year developing relations with
military and civilians perceive. Other According to Col. Burr, Red Teams Iraqis and their exiting often creates
Red Team members entered theatre are quickly becoming an integral part relationship cracks that have to be
with varied backgrounds, including of staff-level units. Even then, the rebuilt from the ground up.”
agricultural, farming, business, indus- team’s ideas aren’t always accepted at The idea is to get the outgoing units
try, computer, information operations, first. to facilitate this process so the prog-
aviation, in addition to attending the “If they don’t like what we present, ress isn’t lost when units are replaced.
University of Foreign Military and we will continue to brainstorm, refine “It goes a long way if we can get the
Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, and repackage the idea to meet the new units out working with their Iraqi
Kan. intent and try again,” Col. Burr said. counterparts and Iraqi leaders as soon
In some cases, inventive ideas are “We just want to make sure nothing is as possible,” he said.
Colonel Burr said his experience
working with the 25th Inf. Div. and
now the 3rd Infantry Division, from
Fort Stewart, Ga., has been fulfilling
The 5 Ws of the Tri-Care Mail Order Program because of the acceptance and proper
Who: Soldiers who have chronic medication that they take and require refills utilization of the Red Team.
while deployed. “The leadership and all the staff
What: The TMOP program is an easy to use system that allows for of the divisions are very professional
shipment of your medication to you while deployed. and knowledgeable,” he said. “Now,
When: Confirm and update your information as soon as when they see us in their meetings,
possible, if done less than a month before there will be a they know we will listen to them and
gap in medication coverage. give them our in-depth analysis and
Where: Go to www.express-scripts.com/custom/ feedback on the subject.”
dod/tmopfaq/ to update your information or see Colonel Burr will continue to serve
your health provider to start the program. as the Red Team leader for MND - N
Why: This will ensure that medication will arrive through January. A new team with
on time and you will not be without medication new ideas and concepts will replace
that you need. Col. Burr and his team.
The North Star Page 4 • December 30, 2009
Task Force Marne Heroes of the North
Specialist Vincent Master-at-Arms Petty
McLandsborough, of Officer Second Class Jared
Lennox, Calif., with the Chieco, United States Navy,
3-25 General Support is with Headquarters and
Aviation Battalion, is Headquarters Command,
assigned to Speicher 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
Army Radar Approach 3rd Infantry Division. He
Control. He performed works with the Provost
his duties with confidence Marshal Office at Forward
and in a professional Operating Base Marez. He
manner. On the night of is assigned to investigate
Dec. 7, Skull 11, a C-130, detainee cases. He has
inbound to Speicher, investigated 400 cases,
was flying in instrument meteorological conditions and including 174 of the Dangerous Radical and Enduring
could not land without positive control. After being put Security Threat detainees, by locating witnesses and
on the final approach, Skull 11 was handed off to Spc. pursuing evidentiary leads. In the courses of the
McLandsborough (Speicher approach) for final vectors investigations, with the cooperation of Iraqi police
into Speicher. At approximately one mile from landing, and Iraqi Judges, MA2 Chieco obtained 80 provincial
Spc. McLandsborough knew the c-130 was too low for a arrest warrants against detainees in U.S. Custody.
safe approach. Without hesitation, he directed Skull 11 to Due to the importance of working with local officials,
execute a missed approach. The aircraft was determined he has conducted over 50 Key Leader Engagements
to return to Speicher despite poor visibility and gave Spc. with uniformly positive results. In addition, MA2
McLandsborough a second approach which resulted in Chieco set the prosecution standard for cases by
a safe landing. Specialist McLandsborough exercised personally arranging for witnesses to testify via video
composure, good judgment and a clear understanding teleconference, ensuring witnesses safety and the
of air traffic control procedures allowing critical aviation admission of their evidence. He diligently works to
assets to return to base. His outstanding performance further the rule of law in Ninewah province and is a most
makes him an obvious choice for today’s Task Force deserving choice for today’s Task Force Marne Hero of
Marne Hero of the North the North
Weddings time of great celebration in Iraqi culture
Cultural Tidbit her eldest uncle). gift to his fiancée. Dinner will be
Special to the North Star The parents ask about the guy and served, a DJ or band is very important
Every wedding starts with the about his family reputation. Then to celebrate this important event. After
engagement, she might be a relative, after the agreement there is a tradition that there is another party, Nishan,
neighbor, cousin, they might be work called Mashaya, where families meet where the traditions are so much fun.
mates, or students in the same college to get a good impression about each The bride wears many dresses, 3-5
etc. First he goes with his parents to other. The lineage of the family is very depending on their financial status.
hers, and tells them his desire to ask important A night before the wedding day,
their daughter to get marry, (if the Then there’s the engagement party, there is Lailat Al-henna; one of their
girl’s father is dead, he should go to Khitooba. At the party they wear the relatives put the privet in the newly-
rings, the fiancé also bring a golden wed’s pinkie or palm. Some relatives
may like to have privet in their hands
Safety Thought of the Week: too. Finally the wedding -- the bride
Operations on Narrow Roads wears her white dress, and the groom
• Conduct a map and route recon to ensure road his new suit. They either bring a real
suitability. band or DJ. They dance, eat dinner
• Before patrols, briefings should identify potential
road hazards such as narrow roads, how weather and cake. At most of the weddings the
may have degraded road conditions, etc. bride gets jewelry from her family, her
• Remember to rehearse roll-over drills.
• Adjust vehicle speeds and following distances to
husband and his family and from some
allow plenty of reaction time for IED’s, wash outs, close friends.
and other obstacles. In this party the bride wears her
• Avoid driving too close to the edge of a road,
canal or roads with steep soft wedding dress and many other new
• Shoulders that may give way from the weight of dresses or her Nishan dresses, the
the vehicle. guests bring the gifts.
The North Star Page 5 • December 30, 2009
Woman has child on Scott Clayton. observed glass being broken out,”
birthing center porch No one was inside and the doors to Atlanta police Sgt. B.C. Williams told
NBCDFW.com the birthing center were locked. WSB-TV. “As soon as [the burglar] saw
DALLAS- Scott and Katherine Katherine was in a nightgown, robe the officers, he fled out the back door.”
Clayton always wanted a natural and wrapped in a blanket. The baby The man was arrested after a short
childbirth. was on its way. foot chase.
“We never imagined with a natural They saw she was going into labor Williams told the station that the
child birth it being so natural in the and told Katherine to lay back on the 38-year-old suspect, whose name
sense that we would be giving birth porch. Their midwife had the keys to has not been released, took two cell
outside in the dead of winter on a the facility and handed them off to a phones before running from the store.
porch,” said Katherine Clayton. family member so they could unlock
The Claytons hung a baby-size the doors. As soon as Scott’s mother
stocking on their fireplace in case opened the door, a blaring security Support ground ATHP
their unborn baby decided to come on alarm went off. and turn in all amnesty
“The midwife was down here
Christmas Day .
focusing on Kat, trying to explain the for drawdown retrograde
“I would say at 6 o’clock we were
sitting around opening gifts , at 7 code to the security alarm, She could
o’clock we were eating pumpkin pie for not get the alarm off,” said Scott. “We The Ground Ammo Turn-in and holding
dessert and at 8:08 p.m., I had a baby ended up shutting the door to block point, located behind the Explosive
in my arms,” said Clayton. out the sound and it wasn’t 20 seconds Ordnance Disposal Building on Con-
She had been in contact with her after that, we delivered the baby out in tingency Operating Base Speicher, will
midwife and her doula, a person who the porch.” be conducting an Amnesty day every
assists and coaches mothers through Harmony Clayton was born at 1st day of the month, Jan. 1st- April 1st.
labor. Both encouraged her to continue 8:08 p.m, on Christmas day. “She’s a This will give Speicher units the chance
with normal activities and that day, Christmas gift,” said Scott. to clean up their AO of all unneeded
which meant celebrating Christmas. ammunition. No appointments neces-
But as they ate dinner, the Cell phone bandit caught in sary walk-ins will be seen.
ATHP hours for the Amnesty day
contractions began to get much more the act
painful. will be 7 a.m- 3 p.m.
Atlanta Journal Constitution
When the Claytons got in touch The ATHP Personnel are all Profes-
BUCKHEAD, Ga.- Atlanta police
with their midwife and doula, both sional Ammunition Specialist and fully
made a quick arrest early Dec. 28
heard the sounds of Katherine’s ever support and uphold the Amnesty pro-
after a smash-and-grab burglary at a
growing pain and knew she was going gram and policy. No questions asked.
Buckhead cell phone store.
into labor. They just want your Junk ammo.
The burglar shattered the front
They agreed to meet at the Allen Keep safety first if you have an
glass at the Sprint store on Peachtree
Birthing Center, where the Claytons amnesty box with something that looks
Road just north of Collier Road about
planned to have their baby. unsafe. Inform the personnel at the
1:30 a.m., according to Atlanta police
“We actually got there before the ATHP and arrangements will be made
midwife and doula showed up,” said for pick up.
Passing officers “heard and
THE TASK FORCE MARNE
North Star Commanding General - Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo
Command Sergeant Major - Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse L. Andrews Jr.
The North Star is an authorized Task Force Marne Public Affairs Staff
publication for members of the U.S.
TF Marne PAO – Maj. Jeff Allen
Army. Contents of The North Star are not
necessarily official views of, or endorsed TF Marne PA NCOIC – Master Sgt. Marcia Triggs
by, the U.S. Government, Department of TF Marne Writer- Sgt. Johnathon Jobson
Defense, Department of the Army or the
3rd Infantry Division. All editorial content Editorial Staff
of The North Star is prepared, edited, Managing Editor – Master Sgt. Marcia Triggs
provided and approved by the Task Force
Marne Public Affairs Office. Editor- Spc. Michael Adams
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade,
1st Infantry Division 2nd Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division
2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team 130th Engineer Brigade
3rd Infantry Division 1st Cavalry Division