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Thursday, January 10, 2008

101st Airborne News And Views



Living a Spider Legacy
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Many military units have a mascot or other insignia reflecting the unique identity of the unit. Some mascots reflect a desired quality embodied in animals or warriors. Others exalt regional aspects, while others take upon themselves a heritage and legacy to respect. [...] read the rest visuals: 1 2 3

Top Gun Troops Patrol Radwaniyah
RAWANDIYAH, Iraq - Baghdad is like any big city. Throughout the day the streets are lit up, vendors sell their products to passing Iraqis and traffic can be a nightmare. It seems homes are one on top of the other, with what seems to be little privacy to the neighboring person. [...] read the rest visuals: 1 (9 total)

26th BSB Supplies Front Lines
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - In combat, the success of troops fighting on the front line depends heavily on the efforts of the troops supplying them. The 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division ensures continued success as they help build the latest patrol base in the brigade's area of operations. [...] read the rest visuals 4 total

New Helmet Sensors to Measure Blast Impact
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division preparing to deploy to Afghanistan are being issued sensors that attach to their helmets to measure the impact from blasts, roadside bombs and other activities. [...] read the rest visuals 2 total

Solidarity in Samarra: Bridge Is Reopened to Iraqi Citizens With Provincial and Local Officials "Walking the Walk"
SAMARRA, Iraq - The city of Samarra reopened its Samarra Dam Bridge Thursday after eight months of traffic restriction due to security, easing access from surrounding communities to its markets and services, with the Salahahdin and local government, military and police officials on hand. A joint ribbon-cutting ceremony took place before the bridge, which is located just west of the city and near the main north/south interstate highway, with unity being demonstrated by all officials walking together over one mile sharing conversations and smiles. [...] read the rest visuals 6 total

Chief Kerr Leaves Legacy of Service and Safety
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – There are not many men in America with a life story like my housemate, Army Chief Warrant Officer John Kerr. The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safety officer is a real life Forrest Gump that keeps popping up at crucial moments in American history. [...] read the rest visuals 1

Two Soldiers Bring Christmas to Others
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers take care of other Soldiers. Soldiers care about other Soldiers. The proof - two Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were able to provide Christmas gift bags to each Soldier of the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division. To be exact, there are 801 Soldiers in that squadron alone. [...] visuals 2 total

Visuals...short blurbs:

Strike Brigade Commander in Northwest Baghdad
Col. William B. Hickman, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), talks with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia in Ghazaliyah, Dec. 5. Hickman tours northwest Baghdad frequently, interacting with local citizens, Iraqi Security Forces and Strike Brigade troops. visuals (3 total)

Senators Visit Strike Troops, Tour Baghdad Markets
U.S. senator, Rep. Norm Coleman from Minnesota, talks with a Soldier from the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in a Ghazaliyah market, Dec. 5. Three U.S. senators visited Strike Brigade troops and toured markets in Ghazaliyah to see the continued security and economic progress. visuals (10 total)

Clearing the Perimeter at Night
Staff Sgt. Alex Terwilliger, of the 56th Military Police Company, 101st Airborne Division, clears the perimeter of a target house in Al Alam, Iraq. visual 1

Cordon and Search Training
Non-commissioned officers from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assess Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Company, 3rd Battalion IA, during cordon and search training on Dec. 23, on Forward Operating Base O'Ryan, Iraq. Alpha Battery has been training the Iraqi army since being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo/1st Lt. Jonathan J Springer) visual 1

CLC Checkpoint Stop
Spc. Jason Leaders, a Soldier assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hands a case of water to a Concerned Local Citizen program member during a CLC checkpoint stop near Ad Dujayl, Iraq, on Dec. 27 visual 1

Soldier Pulls Security
Pfc. Kyle Pecus, a Soldier assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands and pulls security in a medical clinic in Ad Dujayl, Iraq, on Jan. 1 visual 1

Talent Show Highlights Kalsu's Brightest
Master Sgt. Q.P. Bean, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division communications section, serenades Staff Sgt. Charlene Mason, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., at the Forward Operating Base Kalsu talent show Jan. 1. Bean sang "Always and Forever" by Luther Vandross. A former member of the U.S. Army Soldier Show, Bean walked away with first place, scoring a four-gigabyte iPod Nano. visuals 3 total

Patrols Through Al Betra
U.S. Army Capt. Joe Johnson (left) and U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree (right), both from the 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, write down grid coordinates for a helicopter landing zone in order to be ex filtrated after conducting patrol operations in search of insurgents or insurgent information from local residents of Al Betra, Iraq. visuals 3 total

An Evening in Samarra
Citizens of historied Samarra, Iraq, share casual conversations just mere blocks from the al-Askari "Golden Dome" Mosque with Soldiers from C Company, 2-237 Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), along with the 2-327 Infantry Regiment and 1st Brigade Combat Team leadership. The Samarra mayor and Salahahdin governor in conjunction with Iraqi security forces, recently opened up the Samarra Dam Bridge, connecting nearby communities to the city. "No Slack" 2-327 coalition forces established two checkpoints and a city-wide berm to quell the activities of the enemy. visuals 1 video

Stryker Cavalry Troops Patrol Karkh District of Baghdad visuals 8 total

Samrah Police Station Road Trip visuals 5 total