KIRKUK â€” The Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) significantly enhanced its air defense capabilities recently with the arrival of a digital air surveillance radar system.
AL ASAD AIR BASE â€” U.S. Navy corpsmen continue to train Iraqi Army medics at Camp Mejid, the IA camp here, on combat lifesaving steps to include needle thoracentesis and emergency tracheotomies.
BAGHDAD â€” A joint U.S.-Iraq logistics working group held a conference sponsored by the Ministry of Interior here, Oct. 28, to highlight successes and address concerns with future logistics support for the Iraqi Security Forces.
COL CALDWELL â€” The mass movement of equipment throughout Iraq is a complex process involving the support and coordination of multiple elements.
BAGHDAD â€” A chicken processing plant here recently received aid from U.S. Soldiers who lent their agriculture and engineering expertise to help open the doors.
CAMP TAQADDUM â€” Marine Corps participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom is drawing to a close, and Marines and Sailors are preparing equipment for shipment back home or to other parts of the world.
WASHINGTON â€” Iraqi Security Forces arrested 13 people yesterday during three operations in connection with car-bomb networks between Baghdad and Kirkuk, military officials reported.
SEOUL, South Korea, Oct. 22, 2009 â€“ Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today heâ€™s headed to a NATO defense ministers meeting in Slovakia confident thereâ€™s enough to discuss about Afghanistan even without a U.S. decision on the strategy there.
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2009 â€“ A native of Chinaâ€™s Fujian province who was not in the United States long before she decided to serve her adopted country says the dedication of her fellow soldiers helps to inspire her own service.
Army Spc. Meirong Wang was about to finish her college degree and start teaching high school physics when she was granted the opportunity to leave China and travel to the United States.
â€œWhen you see a different country, itâ€™s not about the country or the area, itâ€™s about the people,â€ she said of her decision to leave China. â€œPeople are brave to stand up for the things [they] want to fight for.â€
Wang said she is proud to be here, and cited the discipline required in the military as something that makes it different from any other career.
â€œAs long as you maintain discipline, you want to do better,â€ she said. A human resources specialist for Task Force Mountain Warriorâ€™s 4th Special Troops Battalion, Wang uses her discipline to better herself every day.
â€œSpecialist Wang makes my job easy,â€ said Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason A. Coulter, Wangâ€™s noncommissioned officer in charge. â€œHer work ethic, attention to detail and willingness to take on responsibilities [make her] the type of soldier leaders want and the Army needs.â€
Though Wangâ€™s discipline and desire to do better drive her every day, Coulter said, she still faces some challenges as she works to overcome the language barrier.
â€œSpecialist Wang has identified that as a weakness, and has improved her English tremendously,â€ he said. â€œAs leaders, we identify our weaknesses and seek self-improvement. Wang has many characteristics of a leader, and that is just one of them.â€
Wang attributes much of her success to her fellow soldiers and leaders.
In the process that led to her being named as Task Force Mountain Warriorâ€™s soldier of the quarter, Wang had to face many challenges and her teammates helped her to prepare. Even though the competition was an individual event, she noted, it still took a team effort for her be selected.
â€œSo many people stood behind me and supported me,â€ Wang said, adding that her leaders want her to be a good leader as well.
â€œThey also tell my comrades we need to support each other to be good leaders,â€ she said.
Coulter proudly recalled how Wangâ€™s fellow soldiers helped her prepare for the evaluation board.
â€œSpecialist Wang and her co-workers pulled together as a team; they went to the gym together, woke up early and did physical training,â€ he said. â€œAnd the team drilled her with evaluation board questions daily.â€
The support paid off in Wangâ€™s selection as soldier of the quarter.
â€œThereâ€™s no way I could win this board without everyone here,â€ she said. Coulter said itâ€™s typical of Wang to give credit to her leadership and fellow soldiers.
â€œShe is an unselfish soldier [who] exemplifies selfless service,â€ he said.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009: By Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing whom serves in the Task Force Mountain Warrior public affairs office- Special to American Forces Press Service.