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The traditional boots, dog tags, m-16 rifle and kevlar is displayed during a memorial service hosted by the USF-I JTFT in honor of the fallen EOD technicians, in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, May 7. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charlene Mendiola)
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – “What is it that would possess an individual to walk down range against an inanimate object that presents certain death at the slightest misstep, yet relishes the opportunity to exercise mastery of a situation where you can only get the opportunity to make a mistake once?” asked Capt. Edward W. Eidson, commander of Joint Task Force Troy, United States Forces – Iraq, during his speech at a memorial service held in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, May 7. “The names you are about to hear are those brave individuals.”
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:45

History in the Closing

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION MCHENRY, Iraq – “Golden Dragons” Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division render honors as the American flag is lowered for the last time at Contingency Operating Location McHenry during a base transfer ceremony in Kirkuk province, Iraq, May 15, 2011. After conducting operations at the base since 2003, U.S. forces transferred responsibility of COL McHenry to the Iraqi government.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION MCHENRY, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment officially transferred responsibility of Contingency Operating Location McHenry to the Iraqi government during a ceremony in Kirkuk province, Iraq, May 15.
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CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION K1, Iraq – Soldiers of 12th Iraqi Army Division provide first aid to a simulated casualty after an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle during a training exercise at Contingency Operating Location K1, May 16, 2011. “We’re here to see how the 12th IA soldiers retained the previous training we’ve given them as they react to different scenarios,” said Capt. Sheung Li, commander of Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division. “We want to see how they carry on training without being told what to do.”(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION K1, Iraq – Soldiers of 12th Iraqi Army Division demonstrated the ability to conduct missions independent of U.S. forces’ involvement during a situational training exercise at Contingency Operating Location K1, near Kirkuk, Iraq, May 16.
Published in Press Releases - Iraq
Friday, 20 May 2011 08:08

Combined Security Forces Train at KTC

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Iraqi Police Capt. Fasil Gaze Mohmod, legal officer and law instructor at the Iraqi Police Academy, teaches a class on Iraqi civilian and military law to new members of the Combined Security Forces, “Golden Lions,” at the Kirkuk Training Center, May 18, 2011. The Golden Lions bring together members of the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade to work as a consolidated team to protect Kirkuk province. Before officially activating in June, new CSF members are scheduled to spend one month training as a unified force under the guidance of veteran Golden Lions and U.S. Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Iraqi Army soldiers, Iraqi Police officers and Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade members commenced joint training at Kirkuk Training Center to become candidates for the Combined Security Forces, known as the “Golden Lions,” May 17-18.
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Tim Lowery, section chief with the Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad – North, hands out school supplies to children at a local school May 10, 2011 in Al-Duwaya. PRT Baghdad – North has been working extensively with farmers in the area on different farming methods and practices with the goal of providing long-term stability in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Richard B. Toland, 2nd AAB, 1st Inf. Div., USD-C)
BAGHDAD– The hardships Iraq has faced throughout the past has led to the establishment of Provincial Reconstruction Teams throughout the country, with their primary mission being to empower local governments through various reconstruction projects, ranging from community service, to education and agriculture.
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KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq – An Iraqi field artillery crew of 105th Field Artillery Regiment, 5th Iraqi Army Division emplace a M198 155mm howitzer before conducting a fully synced dry-fire crew drill at Kirkush Military Training Base, Diyala province, Iraq, May 19, 2011. Each of the sections the IA soldiers received training on—forward observer, fire direction control, and gun crew—synced together, coordinating their efforts and communicating to perform the crew drills in preparation for a live fire exercise scheduled for later this month.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO)
KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq – Soldiers of 105th Field Artillery Regiment, 5th Iraqi Army Division conducted dry-fire crew drill exercises at Kirkush Military Training Base in the Diyala province of Iraq, May 19.
Published in Press Releases - Iraq

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Lt. Col. Clint McWhorter, right, primary staff trainer mentor assigned to Task Force Sword, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, reviews a possible operation plan on a terrain model with Capt. Ghassam Hussain during training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, May 18, 2011. McWhorter, a native of Overland Park, Kan. trained Hussain, an operations officer assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, on troop leading procedures and how to plan, prepare and execute operation orders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Iraqi staff officers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division studied operations orders and troop leading procedures during training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, May 18.
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Officers with the 4th Iraqi Federal Police Division and local elders watch as a local farmer operate a new water pump provided by 6th “Saber” Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and the 4th IFP Div. May 18, 2011 at a farm in Radwaniyah, Iraq. Saber Squadron and the 4th IFP Div. provided this and nine other diesel-powered water pumps to local farmers to replace broken or antiquated pumps. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Daniel Elmblad, 2nd AAB, 1st Inf. Div., USD-C)
BAGHDAD — Radwaniyah, Iraq, is much like any other farming community in the world—miles of farmland on which families work tirelessly to produce a fruitful harvest to support their way of life.
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Staff Sgt. George R. Chisholm II, a platoon sergeant for the 89th Transportation Company, 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Spc. Ryan Lamar Chisholm, a military intelligence analyst attach to Task Force Odin, 4th Infantry Division and a native of Killeen, Texas, enjoy spending time together during their deployment. (Photo by: 1st Lt. Matthew B. Castiglione)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Staff Sgt. George Chisholm II, a platoon sergeant for the 89th Transportation Company, 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command has not seen his son, Spc. Ryan Lamar Chisholm, a military intelligence analyst attached to Task Force Odin, 4th Infantry Division and a native of Killeen, Texas, since his son’s high school graduation.
Published in Press Releases - Iraq
Monday, 23 May 2011 08:28

Pacific Islander Legacy Lives On

 

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Airmen from the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron pose for a photo outside of the MWR before performing for service members and civilians stationed here May 14 for Asian Pacific Islander night.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – Born in Hawaii, Ellison Onizuka entered active duty with the U.S. Air Force in January 1970. Onizuka was initially an aerospace flight test engineer before becoming a mission specialist on the Discovery and Challenger space shuttles.
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