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Volume 2, Issue 7 July 2007
Seizing the initiative
MPs, IPs support Arrowhead
Ripper in Kirkuk Province
What’s CHRONICLE THE COALITION
The Official Magazine of
Inside Multi-National Corps-Iraq
Volume 2, Issue 7
Going On The MNC-I Commander
Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno
MNC-I Public Affairs Officer
Lt. Col. James Hutton
MPs, IPs support MNC-I Command Information Chief
Arrowhead Ripper in Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hayes
Kirkuk Province Staff Sgt. Jacob Boyer
Sgt. Abel Trevino
Cpl. Darhonda Rodela
Spc. Laura M. Bigenho
Spc. D. A. Dickinson
Spc. Beatrice Florescu-Vila Verde
Cross-Border Setting Up Island
Spc. Stephanie Homan
Help Shop Hopping COALLIT
Jordanians bring aid Marines use old tricks
to Fallujah’s people areas, mission in current war
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Departments This month’s covers
Up front: Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas
Wiley, squad leader, 977th Military Police
Commander’s Voice Coalition News Briefs Company, 97th Military Police Battalion,
Page 1 Page 3 interrogates an Iraqi man in Qahara. Photo
by Army Spc. Mike Alberts.
On the back: Soldiers with Company A,
CSM’s Corner Freedom’s Focal Point 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd
Page 2 Page 8 Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, pull security
watch on a clearing mission in Rashid.
Photo by Army Spc. Elisha Dawkins.
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xtremists recently made of disadvantage and we will maintain
another attempt to reignite the initiative. Our key tasks include
the sectarian violence that protecting the population, facilitat-
followed the February 2006 ing reconciliation, defeating AQI and
Golden Mosque bombing in Samarra. extremists, and continuing the devel-
However, this time Prime Minister opment of the ISF. Ultimate success
Niuri Maliki and the Iraqi government lies with the Iraqis; specifically, their
took immediate actions to avert sectar- ability to secure themselves from inter-
ian violence. In addition to visiting nal and external threats and providing
Samarra, the PM imposed a curfew, for a stable political environment that
asked for calm and restraint, initiated accommodates all Iraqi
an investigation to find those ac- peration Phantom Thunder
countable, and adjusted their security is a corps-level offensive
posture across the entire country. Al- operation that began June
though two minarets were destroyed, 15 to defeat AQI, insur-
the reaction has been more muted than gents and extremists, deny enemy
in 2006. Then, armed gangs took to Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno safe havens, and interdict movement,
the streets, destroying more than 50 MNC-I Commander logistics and communications. It is an
mosques and taking their own brand open-ended operation that will extend
of justice to the streets of Iraq. This economic, diplomatic and informational through the summer and will be done
year, the citizens of Iraq were indeed efforts. We are seeing encouraging signs, in conjunction with civil-military opera-
angry, but their anger was not directed but we have a lot of work ahead of us. tions to support political and economic
at one another. Instead they directed it ll of the elements of the “plus- efforts. It consists of carefully synchro-
toward the brutal extremists who kill in- up” are now in country and nized, simultaneous operations at divi-
nocent people and conduct heinous acts. conducting combat operations sion and brigade level to clear AQI, Sunni
The people of Iraq are beginning to — 20 brigade and regimental insurgents and Shia extremists in, near
reject al-Qaida in Iraq and other extrem- combat teams, a Marine expeditionary and around Baghdad. It also includes ag-
ists that continue to foment this violence. unit, four combat aviation brigades and a gressive shaping operations by our special
They clearly understand that AQI is Marine air wing, along with many other operations forces focused on AQI and
headed by a foreigner — an Egyptian to combat enablers such as logistics, intel- special groups.
be specific — and are tired of false prom- ligence and artillery. Additionally, we Another important aspect is the
ises of help from the foreign fighters ruin- have 10 enhanced provincial reconstruc- freedom of maneuver we have over the
ing their country. Anbar Province, once tion teams embedded in our brigade enemy. We can attack at will wherever
described as lost, is making good progress combat teams that significantly increase and whenever we want. These operations
and moving in the right direction. This our ability to work governance, econom- are intended to eliminate the accelerants
momentum has not gone unnoticed by ics and reconstruction. By next month, to Baghdad violence from enemy sup-
Iraqis in other provinces, citizens who the remainder of a full Georgian brigade port zones in the belts that ring the city.
are weary of conflict. The Iraqi people will close in theater, providing even more Coalition Forces and partnered ISF are
welcome change and realize that AQI and combat power and agility. involved in all aspects of these operations.
other extremists provide no hope for the This provides the Coalition tremen- On the Fourth of July, America cel-
future — they are reaching out to Coali- dous capability to do simultaneous and ebrated its 231st birthday. All across
tion Forces and want to be a part of a sustained operations and to maintain the United States, Americans celebrated
solution. pressure across the entire theater. More Independence Day and enjoyed picnics,
The vast majority of Iraqis — I’d say importantly, it allows us to operate in fireworks, sporting events and being with
easily 95 percent of their more than 25 areas where we have not been in a long family and friends. We enjoy these free-
million citizens — want the same things time. We will do this on the offense with doms because generations of Americans
that Americans want: safe and secure the full capabilities of our nation’s finest have defended our way of life, many mak-
neighborhoods in which to raise their combat units, along with our Coalition al- ing the ultimate sacrifice. We can never
families, basic services and needs, a lies, and in full partnership with the Iraqi forget. Our Coalition partners have done
government that cares about them as a Security Forces. Our knowledge of the likewise, making great sacrifices in the
person, and freedom to choose and live enemy is good and cooperation among name of freedom. The memories of our
as they want. Such an Iraq is in the best our services — both conventional and fallen and their families are never far from
interests of the free world. It is vital to our otherwise — is genuine and powerful. our thoughts. Their examples fortify our
enduring goals in this critical region. The level of experience within our force is will. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Ma-
Our forces remain oriented on the unprecedented and our fighting prowess rines, and Civilians of the Coalition are a
enemies of Iraq. Our nation’s interests is high. We have already begun attack- true testament to dedication, courage and
and our aim is stability and security for ing the enemy from multiple directions professionalism. We have the fortitude
the Iraqi people. However, success will and in ways he cannot resist. Our pur- and resilience to stare down uncertainty
not be achieved from purely means. It suit will be agile and relentless. We will and we are committed. Thank you for
requires integrated political, security, force the enemy to fight from positions your service and leadership. C C
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This letter was written by Com- As it relates to trust, remind and hold accountable all
mand Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, the your young sergeants to this axiom: All men are valor-
Multi-National Corps-Iraq command ous and all women are virtuous until proven otherwise.
sergeant major, to a staff sergeant who We as the leader must first extend trust in order for our
is becoming a sergeant first class soon. subordinates to prove that they are trustworthy.
n to the issue at hand. Leadership is all about assuming a modicum of risk.
Any additional words We don’t gamble with the lives of our troopers. That’s
of advice for a Sergeant why we check everything!
Audie Murphy Club Teach your lieutenant everything you possibly can.
member and soon-to-be senior Do not permit your troopers to address the lieutenant
NCO? Well staff sergeant, you Command Sgt. Maj.
as “LT.” If they want to use a short term of endearment
know me. I always have some- Neil Ciotola or respect for their officer and leader, have them try the
thing to say. one-syllable word that does it all: sir or ma’am.
Insomuch as leadership is con- Sergeant Major nsure your lieutenant understands he is there to
cerned, I’ve forgotten more than I lead, not make friends. If your officer wants to
can ever hope to remember. I used to worry about that be a private, he should have become one. Show
until I finally realized that this is a team sport. So long as your officer what it is to be selfless.
we can lean on one another, we’ll all be fine. Teach him there is no such thing as sergeants’ busi-
As I mentioned to you a while back, you are a top 10 ness. Everything that happens in a unit is officers’ busi-
percenter; your @#! is forever staring people in the face ness.
as they look up that flag pole. Never forget that you are We as NCOs do our job. We spell it DUTY! Finally,
being watched, observed, assessed, remind your officer they are not nec-
measured and scrutinized even essarily smarter than their enlisted
when you think you’re not. Never forget that troops. To lead is a test of character.
Be the first and the last in every-
thing — first to arrive and last to go
you are being Teach your officer to lead!
I’ve got lots more advice, but I’m
home or sleep. Check everything and watched, observed, not going anywhere. All we senior
force your platoon leader to do the NCOs and officers are here for you
same, even if it’s after you put every- assessed, measured and your battle buddies. You don’t
one down for the night. Some of my
fondest memories with my platoon
and scrutinized have to have all the answers. To-
gether all of us do.
leaders and company and troop even when you Sometimes we forget that we’re
commanders were trooping the line all here to lean on one another.
in the late hours of the evening or think you’re not. We’re all here to teach, to inspire, to
early hours of the morning; just the carry one another, and to recognize
two of us. and bring out the best in not only
Remember to be consistent with your troopers. Be ourselves but everyone around us.
perpetually optimistic. Lift up your troopers spiritually, I was and remain very proud of you, young staff
emotionally and professionally every day. Be that guy or sergeant. Take charge, train your troopers, move out,
gal, who literally lifts up the youngster who stumbles on draw fire, PID those sons-a-@%! and kill or capture ‘em
patrol or in life. all. Teach your Soldiers to recognize and embrace all the
Don’t permit phallic measuring contests in combat. good people, both here in Iraq and back home.
This is a team sport. You do everything as a team: clear And finally, please tell all in your brigade how very,
a house, climb a wall, walk a street, conduct a combat very proud I am of them. After 31 years in the Army, I
logistics patrol, prep for any mission or any task, and can’t help but have strong feelings for our combat sup-
scrutinize each other. port and combat service support troopers. All of you
e an overt example. Ask one of your privates to — every one of them — lifts and sustains those at the tip
check you out each day to show your troopers of the spear every day.
that it takes a village. Praise your youngsters Our logistics troopers seldom reap the recognition our
overtly when they ID a deficiency and do it trigger pullers do, yet they fight to provide superlative
correctly and respectfully. This has nothing to do with support to them every day.
trust. It has everything to do with preserving the fighting Now that’s devotion. That’s love. That’s selflessness.
strength. That, young sergeant, is commitment! C C
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NEWS BRIEFS COALITION
Search yields torture Bridge bypass
chamber, bombs completed, traffic flows
BAQOUBA — Task Force Lightning and Iraqi sol- TUZ KHURMATU — Coalition and Iraqi Security
diers coninued sweeping through the city to root out Forces completed a critical bypass road to reestablish
al-Qaida in Iraq insurgents June 23 as part of Opera- traffic around the Sarihah Bridge June 24.
tion Arrowhead Ripper. The bridge, which provided a critical link between
In the Khatoon neighborhood, Iraqi Security Forces Baghdad and Kirkuk Province, was destroyed by an in-
and Coalition Forces discovered a suspected torture surgent bomb June 2. Soldiers from the 4th Iraqi Army
chamber in a building. Various weapons — including Division and Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade,
knives and saws — were found in the building in ad- 25th Infantry Division, constructed the bypass, which
dition to blood stains. Once the building was secured, will serve as a temporary solution until the bridge is
it was destroyed by an attack helicopter using Hellfire repaired.
missiles. “This (road) is essential to the economic health of
Two houses that contained 45 water heaters filled Iraq,” said Kirkuk Governor Abdul-Rahman Mustafa.
with homemade explosives, IED materials and com- “But it is temporary. We are here today to reassure the
puter equipment in addition to booby-traped freezers public that we will continue to cooperate to rebuild the
were also discovered and secured. bridge.”
In fighting later in the day, Coalition helicopters en- Col. Patrick Stackpole, 3rd Brigade commander,
gaged and killed 17 al-Qaida gunmen who had been praised the efforts of Iraqi government and military
observed by Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division as officials in bringing the critical thoroughfare back into
well as a vehicle they were using. C C service for the people of Iraq.
“The bypass is the result of the hard work of Coali-
tion and Iraqi Security Forces in conjunction with Iraqi
Operation Bull Run government officials in the provinces of Salah ad Din
and Kirkuk,” he said. “We’re proud of the work. To-
disrupts insurgents gether we can help this country prosper.” C C
AL DURA’IYA — Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
(Mech.), completed two simultaneous operations with- Insurgent leader caught
in 48 hours June 24. Two insurgents were killed and in Sadr City
seven detained in the operations.
Operation Bull Run and Operation Blore Heath II
were conducted with Iraqi Security Forces. Both are BAGHDAD — Iraqi Special Operations Forces de-
part of Multi-National Division-Center’s Operation tained a key insurgent leader in Sadr City during an
Marne Torch, the latest Coalition initiative to eliminate early morning operation June 20. The individual is
insurgent sanctuaries southeast of Baghdad. responsible for coordinating and conducting kidnap-
Three caches — including artillery rounds, mortars, pings, death squad killings, and IED attacks against
cell phones, weapons and propaganda — were found civilian and military targets. Two other suspicious in-
in the former operation. dividuals were also detained during the incident-free
The second involved clearing insurgent caches south operation. The primary suspect is allegedly responsible
of Salman Pak. Mortar rounds and command wires for supplying vehicles, identification and uniforms to
were found. In addition, two boats and one ground ve- support insurgent operations as well as new IED tech-
hicle were destroyed. CC nologies. CC
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Soldiers of the 977th Military Police Company,
97th Military Police Battalion, attached to 3rd
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, exit a residence
in the village of Qahara June 17 as part of a com-
bined Iraqi Security and Coalition Force mission
to destroy and disrupt anti-Iraqi force operations
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Story, photos by
Army Spc. Mike Alberts
s thousands of Coalition and Iraqi Security
Forces conducted large-scale combat opera-
tions dubbed Arrowhead Ripper in Diyala
Province, similar missions commenced
simultaneously in the northern Kirkuk Province.
Among those participating up north was a contin-
gent of military policemen from Fort Riley, Kan., who
did their part corralling insurgents and confiscating
Soldiers of the 977th Military Police Company
“Raiders”, 97th Military Police Battalion, and approxi-
mately 90 Iraqi police officers from three separate
police stations conducted partnered operations in the
remote Kirkuk village of Qahara June 17.
The Raiders deployed to Iraq with almost 200 Sol-
diers and arrived at Forward Operating Base Warrior
in March 2007.
Their primary mission is to train, mentor and
advise Iraqi Police and assist standing up municipal
police stations. Three of those stations are located in
the towns of Daquq, Taza and Laylan. The Raiders in-
volved officers from all three stations in recent opera-
tions named Operation Cacti Ripper.
Cacti Ripper was a battalion-level operation spear-
headed by 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd
Soldiers of the 977th Military Police Company search the vil-
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. lage of Qahara.
The joint, combined air and ground operation
coincided with efforts north of Baghdad to destroy miles with no less than 25 clusters of structures.
and disrupt anti-Iraqi force operations and networks When it was over, Bartley’s team of Iraqi Police and
and to further secure the population in the southern U.S. Soldiers had detained eight suspected terrorists
villages of Ghaydah, Qahara and Az Zajji, according — five of whom would remain jailed — and confis-
to Army Capt. Steven Bartley, commander, 977th MP cated weapons, ammunition, explosives, bomb mak-
Co., attached to 3rd Brigade. ing material and anti-Coalition
“Our piece of the operation Force propaganda.
was to conduct a cordon and Bartley’s team oday was a big
search of just Qahara Village,” success in terms
Bartley said. “Our key tasks had detained eight of organizing the
included organizing the Iraqi suspected terrorists Iraqi police from
police officers, rapidly estab- three separate police stations
lishing a cordon of Qahara and — five of whom would and keeping them motivated,”
conducting a thorough search of
its various structures,” said the
remain jailed. said Bartley, who explained
that considerable measures
10-year veteran, who is serving were employed to maintain the
his second combat tour in Iraq. necessary level of secrecy to ensure the operation was
Bartley’s team of approximately 30 Soldiers arrived not compromised before it started.
at the Daquq police station in the late evening, June “Our biggest challenge was keeping (operational
16. Over the next 18 hours, he and his Soldiers would security) intact,” he continued. “When you get a
marshal, stage and brief officers on the objective, co- hundred Iraqi police together and except for a few
ordinate the early morning departure and isolation of key, senior people you cannot tell them exactly why
Qahara, and participate in a comprehensive search of they’re here and you can’t tell them where they’re
a village that consisted of more than a couple square going, that’s tough. They understand, but it presents
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Army 2nd Lt. Nathan Obermeyer and Army Capt. Steven Bartley, 977th Military Police Company, discuss a cordon and search
operation with Major Nahsid of the Daquq Police Joint Communications Center.
challenges,” he said. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wiley, Shepherd’s squad leader,
Bartley attributed his ability to overcome those agreed.
challenges to the competency and experience of Sol- iley and his team were principally
diers like Army Sgt. Nicholas Shepherd and Army charged with coordinating and carrying
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wiley. out the search operations. He is on his
“The mission went very well, especially consider- third combat tour in Iraq and confirmed
ing we had totally different ethnic groups from three that mission success was important not only for his
different police stations working together for the first Soldiers’ confidence, but also for their perspective.
time,” said Shepherd, a team leader. “It was really “I tell all the police chiefs that we are guests at their
outstanding. And we found weapons. It’s very impor- stations and the younger Soldiers hear that and see
tant that for our first large operation we didn’t come us behave that way,” Wiley said. “In this sense, they
away empty handed.” do benefit from those of us that have been here before
“It would have been difficult for the younger Sol- and treat the Iraqi people like that. Missions like this
diers if we spent all this time gathering all the intel- one where the (Iraqi Police) are out front and we are
ligence and came back with no results. All this work simply assisting show our (less experienced) Soldiers
is now justified in their eyes, and it builds their confi- that this country is the Iraqi people’s and we’re just
dence.” here to help.” C C
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Jordanian Army docs
bring expertise to
Iraqis in need
Jordanian Army doctors operate on a patient in Fallujah. Photo by Jordanian Army Maj. Alnahri Abdallah.
by Army Spc. Beatrice itrea, Liberia, West Bank, Sierra hospital receives approximately
Florescu-Villa Verde Leone, and recently Lebanon, and 500 Iraqi citizens daily. The medi-
MNC-I PAO other troubled parts of the world,” cal team’s specialty areas include
the doctor said. “Therefore most of internist, pediatrician, general
he Jordanian Army Field the Jordanian doctors and nurses surgeon, gynecologist and obste-
Hospital was set up in Fa- have already deployed in different trician, and dentist. The hospital
lujah in April 2003 to bring places and that gave them different is equipped with a lab and X-ray
medical care to the Iraqis. experiences in the medical field.” facility and provides emergency
The hospital staff is able to per- A nurse said that he came to services 24 hours a day.
form a wide array of major and mi- help. The field staff personnel has
nor surgeries for almost all special- “All the personnel in this hos- set an example of friendship and
ties, a Jordanian doctor said. More pital like this work because they brotherhood between Jordanian
than 1,000 surgical operations have want to help Iraqi people and give and Iraqi people, the doctor said.
been performed and more than them the health care that they “I would like further to express
750,000 Iraqi citizens have been need,” he said. “They empathize my appreciation to the Jordanian
treated at the hospital. with the Iraqi people and their hospital,” said an Iraqi patient.
“This is my second tour in Iraq, suffering, and wish to give them a “We are delighted that the King-
together with another doctor and bright future.” dom of Jordan sent this hospital,
nurse,” the doctor said. For some During their interactions with which helps and treats the Iraqi
of them it is the first time, for the Iraqi people, the hospital staff people. We are very comfortable
others it is the second or even the express their kind feelings and re- with the Jordanian hospital and the
third tour. They have expertise in a spect for the Iraqi people, he said. kindness of the medical staff to-
variety of medical fields. The Jordanian field hospital is a ward Iraqi citizens has contributed
“Jordan has been participating in major hub in the area for the Iraqi to alleviate our suffering.”
humanitarian assistance in many people to receive medical supplies Editor’s Note: The Jordanians in-
countries through field hospitals, and health care. This hospital is terviewed for this story declined to be
including Iraq, Afghanistan, Er- also one of the few in the area. The identified for security reasons. C
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Freedom’s Focal Point
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Freedom’s Focal Point
Far left: Australian Army Pvt.
David Petherick gives a leaf-
let to an Iraqi boy outside of
Saha’alat. Photo by Australian
Navy Leading Seaman Phillip
Above: Iraqi Police and mem-
bers of the 23rd Military Police
Company, 702nd MP Battalion,
89th MP Brigade, conduct a
dismounted presence patrol
June 8 in Lutafiyah. Photo by
Air Force Master Sgt. Jonathan
Left: A Soldier from 1st Bat-
talion, 26th Infantry Regiment,
2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Divi-
sion, talks with the children of
Selegh during a patrol June 3.
Photo by Army Sgt. Jeffrey Al-
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Freedom’s Focal Point
Iraqi and Coalition Forces depart for a mission to capture
an alleged terrorist June 20 near Baghdad. Photo by Navy
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael B.W. Watkins.
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Freedom’s Focal Point
Top left: A Blackhawk helicopter stirs up dust while landing to pick up Soldiers from
Company A, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd
Airborne Division June 11 outside Samarra. Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert C.
Top Right: Marine 1st Lt. Paolo Hernandez of 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment,
checks an Iraqi girl’s heartbeat and breathing on June 9 in Al Nuammia. Photo by Ma-
rine Lance Cpl. Julian Billmair.
Bottom right: Army Staff Sgt. Jeff Chitwood, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment,
3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, lets an Iraqi boy try his binoculars near Hawijah
June 19. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards.
Bottom left: A Coalition Soldier fires a .50 caliber sniper rifle during a weapons famil-
iarization training course in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom near Taji. Photo by
Navy Seaman Zachary Hernandez.
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Freedom’s Focal Point
Iraqi Special Operations Forces advised by Coalition Forces conduct
a combat operation to detain suspected terrorist leaders of an insur-
gent force June 12 in Baghdad. Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
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Freedom’s Focal Point
Top left: Army Sgt. 1st Class Erik Johannessen and Spc.
Eslam Mabrouk, 2nd Battalion,15th Field Artillery Regi-
ment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, train the
Iraqi Army soldiers to use a model 1979 MK-1 60mm Mor-
tar in Mahmudiyah June 10. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt.
Dennis J. Henry Jr.
Top right: Iraqi Army soldiers move toward an objective
near Baqubah June 29. Photo by Air Force Airman 1st
Class Christopher Hubenthal.
Bottom right: A British soldier looks on as an upgraded
FV430 Mk3 Bulldog vehicle drives past in Basra. Photo by
British Royal Air Force Cpl. Andy Benson.
Bottom left: Army 1st Lt. Luke Conway, Company C, 1st
Battalion, 12th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cal-
vary Division, keeps an eye out for anything suspicious
while on a mission June 11 in south Baqubah. Photo byAir
Force Senior Airman Steve Czyz.
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Setting up shop
Seabees improve areas to better mission readiness
by Navy Seaman Shane Montgomery a fun and safe place for the Seabees to improve their
30th Naval Construction Regiment PAO physical readiness.
Along with the gym, the Chapel of Faith also
received a whole new design. Navy Lt. Peter Ott,
hen the seabees of Naval Construc- NMCB 4’s command chaplain, with the help of Navy
tion Battalion 4 arrived in Ramadi the Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Machemer, religious
first week of April 2007 to begin a six program specialist, cleaned
month deploy- and refurbished the chapel by
ment, the area they were to stay
— Seabee Village — was in need
“With all the painting the interior and in-
stalling new tile on the floor.
of serious repair. Seabee Village improvements made They constructed benches for
is made up of several Southwest
Asia Huts and includes troop
to this clinic, we the troops that attend services.
With the help of Delta Compa-
berthing, a medical facility, a are fully capable of ny, they added a wall enclosing
supply office, a gym, a theater the chaplain’s berthing area and
and the Chapel of Faith. The treating patients in private office for counseling.
troops hit the ground running an absolutely more Because the chapel also
with plans for major improve- serves as the village library,
ments to make the village a bet- efficeint manner.” they also built bookshelves and
ter place to live. stocked them with a variety of
The medical team, equipped books and reading material.
with lumber and an array of
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
The final design also had space
power tools constructed a Joshua Arnold for the battalion post office,
storage area for $60,000 worth hospital corpsman public affairs office, and an
of required Authorized Medi- area designated for the United
cal Allowance List supplies, Through Reading program.
enough to support the whole battalion and enable ur new space is multi-func-
them to be fully mobile while increasing operational tional, yet provides a place of
readiness. In addition, the team constructed a medical refuge from the daily grind
consultation area and inpatient ward and augmented of deployment,” Ott said. “It
them with various medical life-saving devices. has become a focal point of our efforts to support the
“Now, with all the improvements made to this clin- command’s spiritual and emotional well-being.”
ic, we are fully capable of treating patients in an abso- The Supply Department also improved their spaces
lutely more efficient manner,” said Navy Petty Officer and the theater. They cleaned and reorganized the
1st Class Joshua Arnold, hospital corpsman. “We can supply office, enabling them to increase space for in-
now administer the correct medical care, which de- ventory storage and maintain better accountability of
creases follow-up care at other medical facilities.” consumables. They also established an area for con-
Meanwhile, NMCB 4’s Company D put in a work- trolling and maintaining the tricon and conex storage
out at the Seabee Gym. They started by discarding all containers and the central tool room. Working with
of the old and damaged equipment and cleaning the NMCB 4’s chief’s mess, supply personnel removed a
facility. Next they replaced the faulty electrical wir- wall from the theater, adding 200 square feet of room
ing, which allowed them to repair air conditioning repainted the facility, and added stadium-style seat-
units and install new lighting. This made the gym a ing.
safe place to work out. Finally, Headquarters Com- Future improvements for Seabee Village include
pany personnel assembled and installed new two new adding a picnic area with a concrete slab, two picnic
treadmills, one elliptical cardio trainer, a workout ma- benches, some patio furniture and a barbecue area.
chine and various benches and weights. The repairs NMCB 4 is supporting critical construction efforts in
and improved aesthetics have made the Seabee gym Anbar Province. C C
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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Arnold, medical corpsman,
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, ensures a wooden stud
is level during the construction of a new battle aid station at
Seabee Village in Ramadi. Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Ronald Gutridge .
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Recon Marines use WW II tactics to counter Bagh
Marines with Company B, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, row a Zodiac into an island along the Euph
Story, photos by Using the Corps’ amphibious any insurgent activity along the
Marine Cpl. Adam Johnston nature to his advantage, Nimitz river,” said Marine Capt. Ryan S.
MNF-W PAO employed a strategy known as Murata, the commander of 1st Pla-
“island hopping.” The idea was toon, Task Force Reconnaissance,
ore than 65 years to capture key islands, one after RCT-2. “Many of these islands
ago, the Empire of another, until the main islands of have yet to be touched by Coalition
Japan launched an Japan were within striking distance forces. We set out to change that.”
all-out assault on of B-52 bombers. Six islands, ranging from 200
Pearl Harbor, killing more than In today’s world, technological meters to one kilometer in length,
2,000 American servicemembers. advances have drastically changed were specifically targeted for this
Wasting little time, Congress re- the way we fight. Airplanes can mission.
sponded with a formal declaration fly halfway around the world on “Intel has always pointed to the
of war on Dec. 8, 1941 — the sleep- a single tank of gas. But, as the river’s islands as possible enemy
ing giant was awoken. saying goes, history is destined to strongholds,” Murata said. “This
While Soldiers squared off repeat itself. operation was simply a continua-
against the Nazis in Europe, Ma- Marines and sailors with Regi- tion of previous ones.”
rines spearheaded the war effort mental Combat Team 2 recently Task Force Recon was joined
on the Pacific front. They were led returned from a 72-hour island op- by Marines from Company B, 1st
by Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. eration along the Euphrates River, Combat Engineer Battalion, and
Nimitz, commander of the Pacific just outside of Baghdadi. sailors with Detachment 1, River-
Fleet during World War II. “Our objective was to disrupt ine Squadron 1.
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with infantry Marines
before,” Paquin said.
“But getting to see
how the Recon guys
operate was awesome.
Paddling 15 kilometers
downriver, at night,
with no armor or crew
served weapons – this
was definitely the most
we’ve done so far.”
A relatively new
unit, RIVRON 1 offi-
cially stood up in May
It has been more
than 30 years since the
last group of Riverines
was disbanded, due to
hdadi insurgents lack of necessity.
a long history.” Pa-
quin said, “From the
to, most notably, the
Vietnam War. We’ve
learned from past ex-
periences and applied
it to today’s mission;
hrates River near Baghdadi.
helping to bring about
“Theoretically, we could’ve the re-birth of the Riv-
done it ourselves,” Murata said. erine.”
“But the strain on personnel alone According to Pa-
would’ve been tremendous. Bring- quin, mission execu-
ing in these other units allowed us tion today isn’t all that
to focus on what we do best.” different from the past
nder the cover of “During Vietnam,
darkness, recon teams they’d send a five-man
were inserted onto the boat crew to seek out
island via the FC470 the enemy,” Paquin
Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, also said. “Today, our
known as Zodiacs. mission has evolved
Examples of ordinance collected during the Marines’
“It’s a rubber boat with a metal into maritime interdic- mission.
floorboard,” said Navy Lt. Keith tion operations. We
R. Paquin, the assistant officer in do waterborne guard mined extract point. Meanwhile,
charge of Det. 1, RIVRON 1, RCT- patrols for units operating near the the recon teams setup ambush
2. “Not very sexy, but it gets the river. It keeps the insurgents from positions, remaining on the island
job done.” using it as an avenue of escape. So until first light.
Though equipped with an op- far, it’s working really well.” “Ambush positions are com-
tional 55-horsepower engine, the Once inserted, the Riverines monly used to gain a tactical posi-
teams paddled downstream to drifted downstream to a predeter- tion of advantage on enemy forces
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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Grant Burleson, a boat captain with Detach- Marines with Company B, 1st Combat Engineer Bat-
ment 1, Riverine Squadron 1, Regimental Combat Team 2, navigates the talion, Regimental Combat Team 2, download a Zo-
Euphrates River aboard a Zodiac. diac boat before putting in for a patrol.
while they’re unaware of your 15 artillery Though
presence,” said Marine Cpl. Daniel fuses, nine 57 “The islands need the mission
A. Elborne, an infantryman with
1st Platoon, TF Recon, RCT-2.
a frequent presence was not ev-
“After an initial sweep of the is- mm shells, to permanently deny had hoped
land, we got into our positions and two 120 mm it would be,
a safe haven for the
waited for any enemy movement,” shells, and Murata came
he said. two 82 mm insurgency.” to one solid
t dawn, the combat mortars. conclusion.
engineers hopped in “Was it “The
the boats and headed everything Marine Capt. Ryan S. Murata islands need
toward the island. we wanted? commander, 1st Platoon, a frequent
Recon provided security, while the No,” ex- Task Force Reconnaissance, presence to
engineers used their mine detec- plained Regimental Combat Team 2 permanently
tors to sweep for weapons caches. Murata. deny a safe
A variety of various-sized ord- “Catching haven for the
nance was uncovered during the someone in insurgency,”
search, including 79 155 mm ar- the act would’ve been ideal. But Murata said. “What we did was
tillery shells, 48 pounds of high for disruption purposes? Yes, it only a short-term solution. It needs
explosive, 40 pounds of propellant, was effective.” to continue.” C
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A Korean soldier with the Zaytun Division paints a design on an Iraqi
girl’s face at the International Kids Festival in Erbil.
future Korean soldiers perform a traditional dance for the
crowd at the International Kids Festival.
Korean division lends support to UNICEF children’s festival
Story, photos children enjoyed eating popcorn and cotton candy.
courtesy of Zaytun Division also supported four buses for the
MND-NE PAO children's transportation and prepared balls, sports
shoes and school supplies as gifts.
he International Kids Festival, supported by "This festival is an event of children's harmony and
UNICEF, took place in Erbil June 1-6. it has a great meaning to symbolize this internation-
This festival was ally anticipated festival,” said
attended by 120 chil- Korean Brig. Gen. Lee Jung-ha,
dren from Arab countries and “I expect this deputy commanding general of
Europe. Multi-National Division-North-
It was held under the plat-
festival contributes east. “We are very happy to
form of peace and reconciliation to the peace and participate in this event. I expect
in the Iraq. this festival contributes to the
Hence, let all the world notice stability of Iraq.” peace and stability of Iraq."
what progress has been made in alakadin Kakay, Iraqi
this land. Korean Brig. Gen. Lee Jung-ha minister of culture, said
Last February, the Ministry of "It would be very dif-
Culture requested Korea’s Zay-
MND-NE deputy ficult without Zaytun's
tun Division’s support for the commanding general passionate support. Thank you
event. The division promised its for supporting us. We will hold
full support to meet on a com- various events for children such
mon ground that aimed for peace and reconstruction as this successful festival in the near future with a
of the region. long perspective."
In the opening ceremony, Zaytun soldiers per- UNICEF and guiding officials who watched the
formed a military parade, tae kwon do and traditional opening ceremony and the Zaytun film said that Zay-
folklore dances. tun activities in this region were very impressive.
Kite making, toy balloons and the art of folding Zaytun Division continues to support Iraqi peace
paper made the atmosphere more festive. Most of all, and reconstruction. C C
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Army Sgt. 1st Class John Duggins, platoon sergeant with Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd
Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, provides security as residents pass through the streets north of the Grey’at neighborhood of
The Adhamiyah Project
Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District.
Paratroopers drive on in volatile Baghdad neighborhood
Story, photos by was once a vehicle June 29. it from happening again,” he said.
Army Spc. L.B. Edgar The day’s mission was not to “It was an array of eight to 10 mor-
MND-B PAO dwell on yesterday’s vehicle-borne tars in the back seat of a vehicle.
improvised explosive device at- The vehicle was in that position
nly one man knew what was tack, which claimed the life of one for 30 to 45 minutes before it was
coming. From afar, he com- Iraqi policeman, wounded two detonated. It was remote-control
pleted the circuit and braced others and injured another two detonated, so the trigger man had
for the blast’s impact. None passersby. The paratroopers in- to have line of sight. No trigger
of the Iraqis going about their stead gauged the attitude of locals man was caught or found.”
daily life were ready. The sound and randomly searched vehicles The attack did not come as a
cut through the hustle and bustle for weapons, kidnapping victims surprise to the paratroopers, who
of daily life on the streets of the or illegal identification cards, said expect the unexpected, he said.
eastern Raabi neighborhood in Army 1st Lt. Jeremy Tillman, the “We all know it’s just a matter
Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District. leader of the battery’s 1st Platoon. of time before these things happen
The following day, paratroopers Tillman estimated that questions in our sector,” Tillman said. “An
of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th would be answered in 48 to 72 insurgency (wages) guerrilla-type
Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, hours. warfare to disrupt a good thing; a
2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Divi- “We’re still milling over the drop of oil in water that spreads.”
sion, passed the twisted metal that ‘who and why’ and how to prevent While the vast majority of peo-
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ple in Raabi, a neighborhood with
a mixture of Sunni and Shia, are
supportive of paratroopers’ efforts
to improve their lot in life, there
is a minority intent on wreaking
havoc, Tillman said.
“You’ve got small factions here
and there who are power hungry
and greedy religious zealots,” he
While one or more of those
zealots lashed out with a cold and
calculated attempt at destabilizing
Raabi, the paratroopers of 1st Pla- Army Sgt. 1st Class John Duggins, platoon sergeant and Army 1st Lt. Jeremy Till-
toon are still right where residents man, platoon leader, both of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery
Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, check the identification cards of
can find them — with the people. Iraqis stopped at a vehicle checkpoint in the Adhamiyah District.
The genesis of Operation Fardh ity, improving essential services June 27. Subsequently, 2nd Platoon
Al Qanoon brought the para- such as adequate sewage, readily took Crocker on a tour of Raabi’s
troopers to Adhamiyah, a volatile available clean water and regular “Fish Market.”
district of Iraq’s capital. The para- trash pick-up is also an important “We took him to some of our
troopers entered Raabi, a neighbor- mission for the paratroopers, said previous trouble spots. We were
hood in Adhamiyah, with a heavy- Army Capt. Josh Richardson, Bat- able to show him the change that
handed approach in keeping with tery B commander. we’ve created over the last four or
the operation’s focus of clearing The battalion is using a two- five months during the surge and
neighborhoods. They captured pronged attack to improve es- some of the projects we’re work-
terrorists and insurgents before sential services. Its leadership is ing on. With his influence, we’ll be
moving to the second phase of the working with the upper echelons able to show the Iraqis’ progress,”
Baghdad Security Plan, engaging of the Iraqi government to create said Pitts, who led the tour. “It
the local populace, Tillman said. long-term solutions. shows the surge plan working. It’s
“We dismounted out of the gate. The Battalion subcontracted a safe enough where we can get the
We started patrolling immediately company to place trash cans and ambassador to come down, walk
and started getting to know the regularly pick them up, Tillman our streets, even have chai with
local people. We’re now to a point said. Plans are in the works for two several of the locals.”
where we know their names, we gas stations to open up in the com- Crocker’s visit was an oppor-
know their faces and we know munity, he added. tunity to showcase the battalion’s
their families. They trust us. We “We hope to get the people … successful dismounted approach to
trust them,” said Army 1st Lt. Lar- essential services, such as electric- engaging Raabi residents.
ry Pitts, 2nd Platoon leader. “With ity. They want essential services,” “It’s important to have some-
the correct mentality, we can make Tillman said. “All the essential body with that level of importance
a difference in this sector.” services that make your hometown in our area, so that we can dem-
Though the paratroopers of back in America clean, this area onstrate to them that we think we
2/319 are field artillerymen, they needs.” have a foothold for transition. We
are performing an infantryman’s Besides improving the quality got to show him some good things
job and use the dismounted ap- of life, local projects to provide and some things that needed
proach to security, he said. essential services also create jobs, improvement,” he said. “Transi-
“We’re with the people every thereby pumping money into the tion is the ultimate goal for us and
day. 98 percent of our patrols are economy, he said. he saw a population and a Coali-
dismount patrols,” Tillman said. Help on the way tion Force that are working pretty
“We’re dismounted every day. The success of 319th’s paratroop- well together. We definitely have
We’re good to good people; we’re ers was put on display for the U.S. a ways to go but the people know
bad to bad people.” Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, — because we’re out there a lot
Project progress: essential services when he visited Coalition Outpost walking the streets — that we care
While security remains a prior- War Eagle, the battalion’s home about the future of this area.” C
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Aviation medics conduct mass
Army Spc. Rocky Blair, Headquartes and Support
Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, gives
casualty exercise at Camp Stryker instructions to combat lifesavers transporting a sim-
ulated casualty during a mass-casualty exercise.
Story, photos by to act as casualties for the 18 enlisted medics and
Army Pfc. Monica K. Smith eight medical officers participating in the exercise.
MND-C PAO The exercise also incorporated multiple staff sections,
including the chaplain, a representative from mortu-
edics working at the Camp Striker main ary affairs and the brigade’s personnel office.
troop medical center participated in an ex- “We just tried to get as many people involved as we
ercise designed to evaluate their efficiency could,” McClellan said. The next exercise will include
during a mass casualty event. all the battalions, the mayor’s cell, the Area Defense
“We need to practice and get good at this while we Operations Center and the fire department and Kel-
can,” said Army Maj. Scott McCellan, brigade sur- logg, Brown and Root employees, he said.
geon, Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division “Prior planning prevents poor performance” Mc-
(Mech.). “We have to be pre- Clellan said. “We want to have
pared to provide for the camp an exercise four or five times
of 9,000 people. There is a lot “Prior planing prevents while we’re here. We also
of responsibility and I want
to make sure we’re squared
poor performance.” have a clinic at the flight line
and we plan on doing some-
away should the worst hap- thing similar for them.”
pen.” Army Maj. Scott McClellan Each patient must be
The exercise was a scenario surgeon tracked from the moment they
involving a mortar-round 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade arrive at the troop medical
striking the north Morale, clinic until they either recover
Welfare and Recreation center or they are transported to an-
at Camp Striker while many people were exercising other medical clinic or hospital, Sheets said.
in the gym. Chaos was simulated and medical work- “We had (the personnel office), mortuary affairs
ers, in addition to several combat life savers, were and the chaplain providing input that we did not ini-
assessed on reaction time and their capability to treat tially fit into our plan on how to handle patients and
the 14 casualties. how to track patients that go to other hospitals and
“This was a mini walk-through to catch problem ar- clinics in the area,” McClellan said. “We learned a lot
eas,” said Army Lt. Shawn Sheets, Headquarters and about our capabilities and changes we need to make
Support Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion. in order to provide more efficient help. I think in the
“We have a list of where everyone sleeps and we have end it brought a lot of people together. We got a lot of
runners, so we see how long the runners take to get good feedback on how to improve and get better and
all the doctors here.” better each time we do it. You know what they say,
Each month a combat lifesaver class is given. Sol- practice makes perfect. You never know what’s going
diers taking the class were incorporated into the train- to happen and we absolutely have to be prepared for
ing to provide additional help. Units tasked soldiers the worst. ” C C
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Army Maj. Scott McClellan, brigade surgeon, 3rd Combat Avia-
tion Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech.), oversees two med-
ics as they attend to a Soldier during a mass-casualty exercise
at the Camp Striker Main Troop Medical Center. Medics were
forced to make rapid decisions and the TMC was evaluated on
its projected efficiency during a mass-casualty event.
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Names of coalition service mem
Operation Iraqi Freedom betw
May 17, 2007
Sgt. 1st Class Jesse B. Albrecht, 31
4/9 Inf., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.
Sgt. Robert J. Montgomery Jr., 29 Greate
425th BSB, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
Pfc. Victor M. Fontanilla, 23
1/40 Cav., 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
Pvt. Oscar Sauceda Jr., 21 hath n
425th BSB, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
Pfc. Aaron D. Gautier, 19
1/28 Inf., 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
2/23 Inf., 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
Pfc. Jonathan V. Hamm, 20
Cpl. Julian M. Woodall, 21
3/10 Mar. Regt., 2nd Mar. Div., 2nd MEF a man la
2/23 Inf., 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
Sgt. Steven M. Packer, 23
Pfc. Robert A. Worthington, 19
4/9 Inf., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. his life
2/14 Inf., 2nd Bde., 10th Mountain Div.
Spc. Coty J. Phelps, 20 May 23, 2007 frien
425th BSB, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
May 18, 2007
Staff Sgt. Steve Butcher Jr., 27
3/69 AR, 1st Bde., 3rd Inf. Div.
Pfc. Daniel P. Cagle, 22
Sgt. 1st Class Scott J. Brown, 33 3/69 AR, 1st Bde., 3rd Inf. Div. Sgt. Nicholas
1/325 PIR, 2nd Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. Cpl. Victor Toledo Pulido, 22 1st REcon Bn., 1st M
Sgt. Anselmo Martinez III, 26 3/1 Cav., 3rd Bde., 3rd Inf. Div.
1/12 Cav., 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Cpl. Jonathan D. Winterbottom, 21 May 27
Spc. Marquis J. McCants, 23 3/1 Cav., 3rd Bde., 3rd Inf. Div. Lance Cpl. Emma
1/325 AIR, 2nd Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. 1/11 Mar. Regt., 13
Spc. Casey W. Nash, 22 May 24, 2007
1/12 Cav., 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Spc. Benjamin J. Ashley, 22 May 28
Spc. Joshua G. Romero, 19 1/5 FA, 1st Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Spc. Alexandre
1/12 Cav., 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Spc. Mark R.C. Caguioa, 21 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bd
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Cpl. Zachary
May 19, 2007 Pfc. Robert H. Dembowski, 20 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bd
Spc. David W. Behrle, 20 1/504 PIR, 1st Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. Chief Warrant Officer T
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Dunham, 36 2/6 Cav., 25th CA
Cpl. Ryan D. Collins, 20 1st Bde. Trans. Team, 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Sgt. Anthony
1/501 PIR, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div. Staff Sgt. Russell K. Shoemaker, 31 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bd
Spc. Joseph A. Gilmore, 26 1st Bde. Trans. Team, 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div. 1st Lt. Keith N.
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Sgt. Iosiwo Uruo, 27 2/6 Cav., 25th CA
Pfc. Travis F. Haslip, 20 1/14 Cav., 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Staff Sgt. Thoma
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Pfc. Casey P. Zylman, 22 1/38 Inf., 4th Bd
Sgt. Jean P. Medlin, 27 3/4 Cav., 3rd Bde., 25th Inf. Div. Pfc. Junior Cede
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. 1/38 Inf., 4th Bd
Staff Sgt. Christopher More, 28 May 25, 2007 Cpl. James E. S
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Pvt. William L. Bailey III, 29 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bd
Sgt. Jason A. Schumann, 23 755th Chem. Recon./Decon. Co. 1st Lt. Kile G
3/89 Cav., 2nd Bde., 10th Mountain Div. Spc. Mathew P. LaForest, 21 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bd
Pfc. Alexander R. Varela, 19 4/9 Inf., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.
1/5 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Lance Cpl. David P. Lindsey, 20 May 29
Sgt. Justin D. Wisniewski, 22 3/6 Mar. Regt., 2nd Mar. Div., 2nd MEF Sgt. Richard V
2/15 FA, 2nd Bde., 10th Mountain Div. Spc. Alexander Rosa Jr., 22 2/14 Inf., 2nd Bde., 1
3rd MP Bn. Pfc. Robert A
May 21, 2007 2/69 AR, 3rd Bd
Sgt. Brian D. Ardron, 32 May 26, 2007 Cpl. Jonathan A
425th BSB, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div. Spc. Clinton C. Blodgett, 19 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bd
Spc. Michael W. Davis, 22 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Spc. Doonew
425th BSB, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div. Sgt. Clayton G. Dunn II, 22 2/5 Cav., 1st Bd
Staff Sgt. Shannon V. Weaver, 28 2/505 PIR, 3rd Bde., 82nd Airborne Div.
425th BSB, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div. Pfc. Charles B. Hester, 23 May 30
2/3 Inf., 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Sgt. Bacilio E
May 22, 2007 Spc. Michael J. Jaurigue, 20 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bd
Cpl. Jeremy Brookes, 28 2/505 PIR, 3rd Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. Spc. James E
4th Bn., The Rifles Spc. Gregory N. Millard, 22 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bd
Lance Cpl. Benjamin D. Desilets, 21 2/505 PIR, 3rd Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. Pfc. Joshua M
3/10 Mar. Regt., 2nd Mar. Div., 2nd MEF Spc. Erich S. Smallwood, 23 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bd
Staff Sgt. Kristopher A. Higdon, 25 875th Eng. Bn. May 31
4/9 Inf., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Spc. Francis M. Trussel Jr., 21 Pfc. Matthew
Staff Sgt. David C. Kuehl, 27 1/12 Cav., 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. 2/12 Inf., 2nd Bd
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mbers who died while serving in
ween May 16 and June 15, 2007
er love Pfc. Matthew A. Bean, 22
2/15 FA, 2nd Bde., 10th Mountain Div.
June 7, 2007
Senior Airman William N. Newman, 23
no man Sgt. Chadrick O. Domino, 23
1/23 Inf., 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.
15th Civil Eng. Sqd.
Cpl. Rodney Wilson, 30
his: that June 1, 2007
4th Bn., The Rifles
ay down Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins, 31
2/14 Inf., 2nd Bde., 10th Mountain Div.
June 9, 2007
Sgt. Cory M. Endlich, 23
for his Staff Sgt. Juan F. Campos, 27
1/26 Inf., 2nd Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
2/1 Cav., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.
Cpl. Meresebang Ngiraked, 21
nds. Sgt. Bruce E. Horner, 43
709th MP Bn., 18th MP Bde.
15:13 June 2, 2007
Spc. Romel Catalan, 21
June 10, 2007
Airman 1st Class Eric M. Barnes, 20
90th Log. Readiness Sqd.
s R. Walsh, 27 1/23 Inf., 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Cpl. Llythaniele Fender, 21
Mar. Div., 1st MEF Spc. Jeremiah D. Costello, 22 5/5 ADA
5/82 FA, 4th Bde., 1st Cav. Div. Spc. Adam G. Herold, 23
7, 2007 Spc. William J. Crouch, 21 2/377 PIR, 4th Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
anuel Villareal, 21 2/1 Cav., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Staff Sgt. Brian M. Long, 32
3th MEU, 1st MEF Sgt. Dariek E. Dehn, 32 2/3 Inf., 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.
6/9 Cav., 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div.
8, 2007 Sgt. Shawn E. Dressler, 22 June 11, 2007
e A. Alexeev, 23 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Pfc. Cameron Payne, 22
de., 1st Cav. Div. Spc. Keith V. Nespa, 21 2/16 Inf., 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
D. Baker, 24 5/82 FA, 4th Bde., 1st Cav. Div.
de., 1st Cav. Div. June 12, 2007
Theodore U. Church, 32 June 3, 2007 Pvt. William C. Johnston, 22
AB, 25th Inf. Div. Sgt. James C. Akin, 23 1/4 Cav., 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
D. Ewing, 22 1/37 FA, 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Spc. Damon G. LeGrand, 27
de., 1st Cav. Div. Pfc. Joshua D. Brown, 26 504th MP Bn., 42nd MP Bde.
. Heidtman, 24 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Lance Cpl. Johnny R. Strong, 21
AB, 25th Inf. Div. Sgt. Caleb P. Christopher, 25 2/7 Mar. Regt., 1st Mar. Div., 1st MEF
as M. McFall, 36 1/8 Cav., 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div.
de., 2nd Inf. Div. Staff Sgt. Greg P. Gagarin, 38 June 13, 2007
eno Sanchez, 20 1/37 FA, 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Pfc. Casey S. Carriker, 20
de., 2nd Inf. Div. Sgt. Tyler J. Kritz, 21 2/35 Inf., 3rd Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
Summers III, 21 1/37 FA, 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.
de., 1st Cav. Div. Sgt. Robert A. Surber, 24 June 14, 2007
G. West, 23 1/37 FA, 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bechert, 24
de., 1st Cav. Div. Sgt. Kimel L. Watt, 21 1/18 Inf., 2nd Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
1/7 FA, 2nd Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Spc. Val J. Borm, 21
9, 2007 2/35 Inf., 3rd Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
V. Correa, 25 June 5, 2007 Cpl. Dustin R. Brisky, 26
10th Mountain Div. Tech Sgt. Ryan A. Balmer, 33 92nd Eng. Bn., 3rd Sustainment Bde., 3rd Inf. Div.
A. Liggett, 23 AF Office of Special Investigations Spc. Farid Elazzouzi, 26
de., 3rd Inf. Div. Sgt. Andrew J. Higgins, 28 2/35 Inf., 3rd Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
A. Markham, 22 5/20 Inf., 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Spc. Josiah W. Hollopeter, 27
de., 1st Cav. Div. Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics, 25 6/9 Cav., 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div.
wey White, 26 AF Office of Special Investigations Sgt. Richard K. Parker, 26
de., 1st Cav. Div. Pfc. Justin A. Verdeja, 20 1/152 FA
2/12 Inf., 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Sgt. Derek T. Roberts, 24
0, 2007 2/35 Inf., 3rd Bde., 25th Inf. Div.
E. Cuellar, 24 June 6, 2007
Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Staff Sgt. Timothy B. Cole Jr., 28 June 15, 2007
E. Lundin, 20 5/73 Cav., 3rd Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. Pfc. Michael P. Pittman, 34
Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Pfc. Shawn D. Gajdos, 25 1/4 Cav., 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
M. Moore, 20 2/16 Inf., 4th Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Maj. Kevin H. Sonnenberg, 42
Bde., 1st Inf. Div. Sgt. Matthew Soper, 25 112th Fighter Sqd.
1, 2007 1461st Trans. Co.
w E. Baylis, 20 Sgt. 1st Class Greg L. Sutton, 38
de., 2nd Inf. Div. 212th MiTT, 1st Bde., 1st Inf. Div.
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