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Sunday, 01 November 2009 11:53

New Radar Boosts Iraqi Air Surveillance

SatelliteImageMiddleEastKIRKUK — The Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) significantly enhanced its air defense capabilities recently with the arrival of a digital air surveillance radar system.

Published in Feature Stories
Sunday, 01 November 2009 11:46

Iraqi Army Medics Hone Lifesaving Skills

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Hospital corpsmen with Combat Logistics Battalion 46 instruct the medical staff from the 7th Iraqi Army Division during a class at Camp Mejid, an Iraqi Army camp aboard Al Asad Air Base, Oct. 6. Photo by Cpl. Triah Pendracki, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd).
AL ASAD AIR BASE — 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.
Published in Feature Stories
Monday, 02 November 2009 11:23

Group Addresses Iraqi Logistics Needs

IraqFlagBAGHDAD — 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.

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Monday, 02 November 2009 08:51

Soldiers Redistribute U.S. Armor Assets

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Spc. Carl Raymer, a movement control supervisor with 858th Movement Control team and a Gladwin, Mich. native, and Sgt. Sean Ribbins, a movement control supervisor with the 969th MCT and a Belleville, Ill. native, check the serial number of a Humvee, Oct. 26, at Contingency Operating Location Caldwell. Photo by Spc. Michael Camacho, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
COL CALDWELL — The mass movement of equipment throughout Iraq is a complex process involving the support and coordination of multiple elements.
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Tuesday, 03 November 2009 08:16

Troops Assess Local Poultry Plant Needs

BabyChicsBAGHDAD — A chicken processing plant here recently received aid from U.S. Soldiers who lent their agriculture and engineering expertise to help open the doors.

Published in Feature Stories
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 07:55

Marines, Sailors Shutting Down Major Base

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U.S. Marines load an oversized floodlight onto a flatbed truck at Camp Taqaddum, Oct. 21. Marines and Sailors with CLR-27 (Fwd) are participating in the responsible drawdown by removing equipment and gear from Iraq. Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Katesha Washington, 2nd Marine Logistic Group Public Affairs.
CAMP TAQADDUM — 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.
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Tuesday, 03 November 2009 06:21

Iraqi, US Forces Detain Car Bomb Suspects

IraqMapWASHINGTON — Iraqi Security Forces arrested 13 people yesterday during three operations in connection with car-bomb networks between Baghdad and Kirkuk, military officials reported.

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AfghanFlagSEOUL, South Korea, Oct. 22, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s headed to a NATO defense ministers meeting in Slovakia confident there’s enough to discuss about Afghanistan even without a U.S. decision on the strategy there.

Published in Daily News
Friday, 23 October 2009 12:45

Artillerymen Save Lives on Battlefield

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Soldiers fire an M-198 155 mm howitzer at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam in Lagham province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009. The artillerymen help support forward maneuvering elements. U.S Army photo by Spc. Derek L. Kuhn
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 23, 2009 – Army Sgt. Carlos Medina is relaxing in his room at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam here when his radio breaks the silence. Medina and his unit are needed to provide field artillery support.
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Army Spc. Meirong Wang hands out mail at her forward operating base in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. A native of China's Fujian province, Wang serves with Task Force Mountain Warrior. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Melissa Milner

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2009 – A native of China’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.

“When you see a different country, it’s not about the country or the area, it’s about the people,” she said of her decision to leave China. “People are brave to stand up for the things [they] want to fight for.”

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.

“As long as you maintain discipline, you want to do better,” she said. A human resources specialist for Task Force Mountain Warrior’s 4th Special Troops Battalion, Wang uses her discipline to better herself every day.

“Specialist Wang makes my job easy,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason A. Coulter, Wang’s noncommissioned officer in charge. “Her work ethic, attention to detail and willingness to take on responsibilities [make her] the type of soldier leaders want and the Army needs.”

Though Wang’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.

“Specialist Wang has identified that as a weakness, and has improved her English tremendously,” he said. “As leaders, we identify our weaknesses and seek self-improvement. Wang has many characteristics of a leader, and that is just one of them.”

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 Warrior’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.

“So many people stood behind me and supported me,” Wang said, adding that her leaders want her to be a good leader as well.

“They also tell my comrades we need to support each other to be good leaders,” she said.

Coulter proudly recalled how Wang’s fellow soldiers helped her prepare for the evaluation board.

“Specialist Wang and her co-workers pulled together as a team; they went to the gym together, woke up early and did physical training,” he said. “And the team drilled her with evaluation board questions daily.”

The support paid off in Wang’s selection as soldier of the quarter.

“There’s no way I could win this board without everyone here,” she said. Coulter said it’s typical of Wang to give credit to her leadership and fellow soldiers.

“She is an unselfish soldier [who] exemplifies selfless service,” 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.

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