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Sunday, January 4, 2009

HOOAH Rakkasans! Voices From The War


The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Rakkasans Find Large Rocket, Mortar Cache
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers recovered nearly 200 weapons rounds near Shubayshen, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 7.

Soldiers from Companies C and D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), acted on a tip that there was a weapons cache in the area.

The cache contained 82 57 mm rockets, 95 82 mm mortars and 23 120 mm rounds, all of which could have been used as improvised explosive devices.

The munitions were secured at Patrol Base Yates for later detonation by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]
Rakkasans Discover Weapons Cache in Sa’id Abdullah Corridor
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, unearthed a cache during air assault operations in the Sa’id Abdullah Corridor, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 6.

Soldiers from 4th Platoon, Btry. A, found a buried cache that contained 18 86 mm projectiles, three 82 mm rounds, three 130 mm rounds prepared as improvised explosive devices, one 75 mm rocket, one 60 mm mortar base plate, one rocket propelled grenade round and one packing tube with 2,500 7.62 mm rounds.

The unit destroyed the cache by controlled detonation on-site. [END]
Rakkasans Prepare to Patrol Waterways
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Most Soldiers who join the Army can honestly say they would have never imagined patrolling the Euphrates River in a boat.

Some Rakkasans will soon be able to say they’ve done just that.

Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is training to operate boats the unit received, May 2.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Cpl. Tomas Montoya, Co. A, 3-187th Inf. Regt. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to work on boats over here in Iraq.” [...] read the rest...photos here
Rakkasan Transition Team Teaches Iraqi Army Soldier Skills
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – A Military Transition Team stationed at Forward Operating Base Falcon, about eight kilometers south of Baghdad, plays a rigorous and important role in rebuilding the capacity of Iraq.

The MiTT helps the Iraqi army to operate in an optimal manner, said Sgt. Chad Highland, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers from the MiTT, assigned to 1-33rd Cav. Regt., teach a five-day Iraqi basic training course using U.S. Army knowledge converted into something Iraqi army soldiers can execute. [...] read the rest...photos here
Rakkasans Find Iranian Rockets, Launcher Cache
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers recovered a rocket launcher and two Iranian 107 mm rockets near Mustufar, about 18 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 11.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, acted on a tip from a local citizen that there was a rocket launcher in the area. [END]
Uncommon Bond: Screaming Eagle’s Stay Connected to Vietnam-era Brethren While Serving in Iraq
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAYJI, Iraq - This ain’t your father’s Army. Some say it’s a kinder, gentler Army, wary of political correctness and public perceptions. Some say that this has caused soldiers to lose touch with their roots, to disconnect themselves from the past. But for one Infantry platoon, at the heart of the fight in Iraq, some things never change and they are neither kind nor gentle.

Somewhere, in the dusty expanse of the Salah ad Din province in Iraq, the Tigers are lurking. They patiently wait for their prey in the city and in the desert. They are keenly aware, not only of their immediate surroundings, but of their heritage as well. They know they have some big boots to fill.

Tiger Force, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the most highly decorated platoon sized element in the U.S. Army. Over the past 48 years, Tiger Force Soldiers have earned two Medals of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, numerous Silver Stars for valor and countless other commendations. Names like Hackworth, Gertsch, and Gardner are synonymous with the Tiger legacy, which began in the sweltering jungles of Vietnam. [...] read the rest...photos here
And, in other news:

Flying UAVs Not a Game for Soldiers of Task Force XII
By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Seaton
Task Force XII PAO

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Flying an unmanned aerial vehicle sounds like a video gamer’s dream. In reality though, it is serious business for the Soldiers of Multi-National Division – Baghdad.

Games like the popular “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon - Advanced Warfighter” even let players fly a simulated UAV through a digital battlefield – discovering the pending threats before they discover you. [...] read the rest...photos here
Logisticians Converge on Kuwait to Map Out Future
By Staff Sgt. W. Watson Martin
311 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs Office

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – U.S. military logisticians have come together to discuss how to improve shipment of supplies to troops operating in the mountains of Afghanistan to the varied terrains of Africa and Iraq as well as the many other countries throughout the region.

“We all know what’s at stake here, we can’t fail the war fighter,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Leonard, Commanding General of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) who hosted the conference. “Our mission is to keep the Soldier in the fight supplied with whatever he needs to accomplish his mission. Whatever he needs, wherever he is. This is one way to make sure we all know the game plan and the way ahead,” said Leonard.

“We are not here to critique, but to observe how the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) – U.S. Army Central’s enduring logistical command – is going to sync the log efforts throughout the 27-country theater,” said Marine Lt. Col. Tim Bryant, who traveled to the conference from Tampa with Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, CENTCOM director of logistics, engineering and security assistance. “It is a good thing to have this conference so all the services can gain a better appreciation for the scope of operations we face.” [...] read the rest...photos here
First Iraqi Comedy in Wasit Since Saddam’s Era
By Sgt. Daniel T. West
214th Fires Brigade, Public Affairs Office

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq – Actors from the popular Iraqi sitcom, “Mud House,” performed the first comedic play in Wasit province, in al-Kut, since 2003 on May 4.

“People and People” conveyed Iraqi life from a comedic perspective to entertain the Wasit audience and give them hope and optimism for the future, as described by the actors, An’am al-Rubay’ai, Ali Dakhil and Majid Yasin.

Fifteen hundred people filled the Municipality Hall in al-Kut to see the play, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in coordination with the 214th Fires Brigade and the Iraqi police.

The Iraqi police estimated another 3,000 people were waiting outside the theater, said Vanessa Beary, public diplomacy officer for the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team. [...] read the rest...photos here
MND-B Soldiers Kill Criminals Emplacing IED, Seize Weapons Caches
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, while conducting operations in support of their Iraqi security forces partners, killed two criminals and discovered two weapons caches in Baghdad, May 5.

At approximately 5:15 a.m., Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons cache containing 60 mm mortar rounds, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, an RPG warhead, a light anti-tank weapon, a PKC light machine gun, an RPG fuse and PKC rounds.

At approximately 8 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, discovered two large containers filled with 7.62 mm rounds while on a combat patrol.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Ur, an MND-B patrol was attacked by criminals using small-arms fire. The Soldiers returned fire and killed one special groups criminal. [...] read the rest...no photos
Operation Chicken Run Revitalizes Qarghuli Village
By 1st Lt. James Flaherty
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

PATROL BASE INCHON, Iraq – Since the beginning of March, Rakkasans have been meeting with Sheik Sabah Abdullah Kanaan to inspect the type and amount of chicken feed pouring into Qarghuli Village.

Soldiers from Headquarters and 3rd Platoons, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted multiple dismounted patrols in the last two months to visit Sabah, a local leader and business associate.

The chicken feed project is the keystone for Operation Chicken Run, a joint effort between the military, agricultural experts from embedded provincial reconstruction teams and local poultry farmers to boost the poultry market, which has been in the works for more than six months. [...] read the rest...photo here
Strike Soldiers Provide Medical Care to Wounded, Sick Patients
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st AIrborne Division (AIr Assault)

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – There is no telling what may happen on the streets of Baghdad as Iraqi security and coalition forces maintain a constant presence in an attempt to detour any enemy activities. The enemy will go to great lengths to inflict damage upon those who wish to see a prosperous Iraq. However, more often that not, they are unsuccessful; though occasionally, their cowardly attacks do cause harm.

Depending on where wounded troops or civilians are located in Baghdad and how immediate their wounds are determines where they will be medically evacuated to. One particular place is the Riva Ridge Troop Medical Center. [...] read the rest...photos here
Leader Battalion Helps Families Move Home
By Capt. Raymond Nutter
1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Two years ago, al-Qaida destroyed the Chalabi village in the Sayafiyah region. A Shia tribe in a predominately Sunni area, the Chalabis fled to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad and other surrounding areas.

About four months ago, coalition forces entered the area and set up Sons of Iraq security and Iraqi Army checkpoints. Soon after, Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discovered residents had returned to the area.

“These families had heard from word of mouth that the area was now secure so now they are back,” said Capt. Joe Johnson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-187th Inf. Regt. [...] read the rest...photos here
Sons of Iraq Turn Over Weapons Caches During Medical Engagement
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Members of the Sons of Iraq turned over small weapons caches to Iraqi army soldiers during a coordinated medical engagement in Abu Osage, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 8.

More than 165 Iraqis received care from medics with 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division and 3rd Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. The medics were informed the SoI had found two small caches in the area.

The caches contained one 105 mm artillery round, one 120 mm mortar round, one Russian 73 mm projectile, 108 mortar primers and one surface-to-air rocket launcher.

The munitions were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date. [END]
MND-B Soldiers Seize Munitions, Detain Criminals
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained five criminals and 13 suspected criminals in separate events in the West Rashid and Kadhamiyah districts of Baghdad on May 11.

At approximately 7 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detained a known criminal and six other suspected criminals while conducting a population engagement operation in Kadhamiyah.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained a suspect and three other individuals during Operation Tusker Chamberlain in West Rashid.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., MND-B Soldiers detained another suspect and three other individuals allegedly involved in planning improvised-explosives device attacks against Iraqi security and coalition forces.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, seized a munitions cache, west of Baghdad. The cache consisted of a 55-gallon drum filled with more than 300 pounds of homemade explosives. The area was cleared and the munitions were detonated on site. [...] read the rest
Ceremony Marks Completion of School Construction
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi citizens celebrated the completion of construction at the Omah Moktar school for girls in the Qadisiyah apartment complex in Mahmudiyah, about 20 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 8.

After nearly three months of construction, the Moktar school’s approximately 600 students can now enjoy new windows, gates and doors, as well as new auditorium furniture. Exterior improvements included raising the outer wall as an added security measure.

“The educational environment was greatly enhanced and helped to bolster pride in their school,” said 1st Lt. Jason Potter, Moktar school project manager, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “This project was significant in that it showed the residents of the neighborhood that the coalition forces are really here to help.” [...] read the rest...photos here
Historic Tigris River to Provide Drinking Water for Iraqi Citizens
By Maj. Johnpaul Arnold
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

TIKRIT, Iraq - Bottled water or tap water? For several years this has been an unfiltered debate in the United States. Now it is a debate for the citizens of Abu Ajil, Iraq.

A water treatment facility project was recently completed in Abu Ajil, which is located just outside of Tikrit, Iraq. The facility will provide a better purified source of water for more than 15,000 Iraqi citizens who inhabit the famed Fertile Crescent region.

For thousands of years, the Tigris River has been the wellspring of life for Iraq, providing abundant refreshment to crops, animals and the people of ancient Mesopotamia.

The Tigris River has seen dramatic changes in the last fifty years. During the 1960’s and 70’s several dams and barrages were created to harness the river for irrigation and hydroelectric purposes according to a Georgetown University report. Additionally, former dictator Saddam Hussein created forced droughts on marsh lands in southern Iraq by constructing river obstacles. [...] read the rest...photos here
Shukrega Greenhouse Project Begins
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Local government officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shukrega greenhouse in the Mahmudiyah area, about 25 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 10.

“The project brings to the area an opportunity to prove how effective the greenhouse can be for farmers,” said Capt. Benjamin Torpy, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. [...] read the rest...photo here

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