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Intelligence has been defined as “the capacity to acquire and apply

knowledge, especially toward a purposeful goal.” In the military

services, that translates to “know your enemy.” The job of

Soldiers in Company D, 4th Infantry Division, who hold the

Military Occupational Specialty of Intelligence Analyst (96B,) or any

of several related MOS’s, is one that presents day-to-day challenges

that materially affect the lives of all of the men and women serving in

Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Almost all Military Intelligence and Geospatial Information

Support MOSs are currently undermanned and the potential for

advancement in these high-demand jobs is outstanding,” said 1st Sgt.

Eric Fowler, Company D, who hails from Douglas, Wyo. The compa-

ny is made up of approximately 150 assigned Soldiers with another

100 attached Sailors, Airmen and civilians.

Among other duties, these Soldiers prepare source intelligence

products to support the combat commander , assist in establishing and

maintaining systematic, cross-referenced intelligence records and

files, receive and process incoming reports and messages, and deter-

mine their significance and reliability.

They also assist in the analysis and evaluation of intelligence hold-

ings to determine changes in enemy capabilities, vulnerabilities and

probable courses of action and assemble reports and help consolidate

them into Army intelligence. The majority of this work is done with

the aid of computers, so Soldiers must be exceptionally proficient at

storing and retrieving intelligence data using computers, said Sgt. 1st

Class Craig Silva who calls both San Francisco, Calif., and Austin,

Texas, home. Silva, a geospatial information specialist, serves as

noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the 4th Inf. Div. Geospatial

Information and Services section.

It is possible to re-classify into one of these high-tech MOSs, but

the standards are high, said Fowler.

The enlisted MI MOSs include 96B, 96D (imagery analyst), 96H

(common ground station operator), 97B (counterintelligence agent),

97E (human intelligence collector), 98C (signals intelligence analyst),

98G (cryptologic linguist) and 33W (military intelligence systems

maintainer/integrator). The division’s terrain team is composed of

21Us, (topographic analyst) who are geospatial information support


One of the professional

Retention noncommissioned

officers on Camp Liberty can

quickly assess whether a

Soldier meets the qualifications.

School slots for re-training in

these MOS’s are sparse, so

Soldiers who are interested

should act now, said Fowler.

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Vol. 1, No. 12 June 25, 2006MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD “steadfast and loyal”

Mental health trainers teachSoldiers ‘ABC’s’ of mental,

emotional health

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MND-B Soldiers rememberheroes of D-Day withIronman competition

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Puerto Rican Day ParadeMND-B Soldiers competefor spot on Telemundo

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This Week

MWR Calendars ...Religious Services ..Sports Round Up ...


CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Soldiers fire M16A2 rifles on the Caughman Range June 16. Among them are

Sgt. Caro Gray-Ramos, signal intelligence analyst (bottom) from Ponce, Puerto Rico; Sgt. Aaron Kittel

of Greendale, Wisc., an intelligence analyst (second) and Pvt. 1st Class Roderick Reed, intelligence

analyst (third) who calls Atlanta, Ga., home. The Soldiers are all part of Company D, Special Troops

Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 4th Inf. Div. requires

all of its Soldiers to re-qualify on their assigned weapon at least once a year. These busy Soldiers took

time from their regular duties in the division headquarters to meet that requirement.

Photo by Spc. Rodney Foliente, 4th Inf. Div. PAO

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Multi-National Division – BaghdadPublic Affairs Office

Commanding General:

Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman

Division Command Sergeant Major:

Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling

Public Affairs Officer:

Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington

Public Affairs Supervisor:

Master Sgt. Eric Lobsinger

EditorSgt. 1st Class Mary Mott

Layout and DesignSgt. Kristin Kemplin

Photo EditorSpc. Rodney Foliente

Staff WritersStaff Sgt. Christian Farrell

Staff Sgt. Kevin LovelSpc. Jake Judge

Spc. Karl JohnsonSpc. C. Terrell Turner

The Ivy Leaf is produced by the 363rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Sustainment Bde., 4th Inf. Div.

June 25, 2006

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HIBHIB, Iraq – Iraqi and Multi-National Division – North Soldiers inspect the blast site of an air

strike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi June 7, in Hibhib. Al-Zarqawi was the leader of Al Qaeda

operations in Iraq and was considered the top insurgent target prior to his death.

Photo by Sgt. Zach Mott, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

Nothing lefNothing left but rubblet but rubble

Terrorists’ vehicle

destroyed, 1 terrorist

wounded after attack

on Coalition Forces

BAGHDAD – Coalition

Forces destroyed a truck used by

terrorists to attack a patrol base

southwest of Baghdad at approxi-

mately 7:30 p.m. June 6.

Four terrorists fired two 82mm

mortar rounds at the patrol base

and left the scene, passing CF

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion,

502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 101st

Airborne Division, who engaged

the terrorists, wounding one.

After the terrorists fled the

vehicle CF Soldiers approached

the truck and discovered a sniper

scope, a complete 82mm mortar

system, three AK47s, two

satchels containing unidentifiable

ordnance and two racks with four

AK47 magazines each.

CF then destroyed the terror-

ists’ vehicle to prevent future use

in terrorist attacks and to send a

clear message that this type of

activity will not be tolerated.

There were no reported

injuries to CF personnel or dam-

age to their equipment.

(Courtesy of MND – B PAO)

Coalition Forces foil

kidnapping of 7 Iraqis

BAGHDAD — Coalition

Forces in east Baghdad stopped

two vehicles June 13 and seven

Iraqi citizens jumped out claim-

ing to have been kidnapped.

Soldiers from Multi-National

Division – Baghdad’s Company

E, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor

Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 101st Airborne Division,

were conducting curfew enforce-

ment at approximately 11 p.m.

when they spotted two vehicles

carrying the suspected kidnappers

and their victims. During a search

of the suspected kidnappers,

Soldiers discovered three pistols.

Following the search and

questioning, the Soldiers detained

four suspected kidnappers and

took the seven victims to a nearby

forward operating base to collect

sworn statements. The kidnap-

ping victims were later released.

(Courtesy of MND – B PAO)

Rennovated water

treatment plant opens

in Musayyib

FOB KALSU, Iraq — The

commander of the 2nd Brigade

Combat Team, 4th Infantry

Division, and representatives

from the United States Army

Corps of Engineers and the

Musayyib Institute Water

Treatment Plant, conducted a rib-

bon cutting to celebrate the new

renovations and addition of the

new unit to the water treatment

plant June 15.

The Musayyib Institute Water

Treatment Plant is in north Babil.

The formal ceremony was held to

show the local population

improvements to the water treat-

ment plant, and the role the

instructors, Provincial

Reconstruction Teams and

Coalition Forces played in mak-

ing these upgrades a reality.

The $1.2 million upgrade to

the plant will allow it to provide

clean water to 10,000 residents of

Musayyib and nearby rural resi-


The project started in

November and was completed

May 28.

(Courtesy of 2nd BCT, PAO,4th Inf. Div.)

IA, IPs seize weapons

from inside mosque

BAGHDAD – Soldiers from

1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th

Iraqi Army Division, and Iraqi

policemen seized weapons from

inside a mosque in the

Adhamiyah section of Baghdad at

approximately noon June 14.

IA soldiers and IPs surrounded

the Mohammed Rasool mosque

after receiving small-arms fire

from terrorists holed up inside the

mosque. After the Iraqi Ministry

of Defense granted permission to

enter the mosque, both IA soldiers

and IPs entered and cleared the

mosque. No terrorists were found

during the search of the mosque

but abandoned weapons seized

inside the mosque included 11

AK-47s, two rocket-propelled

grenade launchers, three RPG

rounds, a motorcycle and bomb-

making materials.

(Courtesy of MND – B PAO)

CorrectionIn the June 11 story, “FIghting the war within,” the Iraqna number was incorrectly listed as 0790-431-3817. The correct Iraqna phone number for Capt. Timothy Fahey, traveling preventive mental healthteam chief, is 0790-194-2847.

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During a press conference June 7 in Hillah,

Multi-National Division – Baghdad and the

Iraqi National Police announced the transfer of

Forward Operating Base Charlie from MND-B

to Iraqi control. This announcement follows the transition

of the southern Babil province operational area to Iraqi

control last year and came two days before the assumption

of the operational area in the Karbala province by 4th

Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division.

These transitions are part of a plan to eventually turn

over all southern provinces to the Iraqi government and

military as Iraqi Security Forces become a viable force.

The turn over of these areas is a key indicator of Iraqi

Security Force success.

On hand to formalize the hand over was Col. John

Tully, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th

Infantry Division, and Col. Abdulla Bashar Hussein, com-

mander, Iraqi National Police, based at Hillah. The two

signed agreements regarding the return of the property and

custodial responsibilities to the Ministry of Interior.

Having the NP stationed at FOB Charlie provides an

extra layer of security for the provinces of Karbala, Najaf

and Babil as the NP join forces with the provincial police

to deny terrorists sanctuary. This, in turn, allows Coalition

Forces to decrease their presence in the region, Tully said.

“Today marks a significant step closer to normalcy and

eventual transition to full control of the Babil Province; it

marks a step closer to prosperity for the people of Babil,”

said Tully. “Today’s transition does not mean CFs are

going away, it means the Iraqi army is in the lead and we

move to a support role.”

“We remain team members and partners; we will con-

tinue to support and train the Iraqi Army, police and

national police,” said Tully.

Although the NPs have jurisdiction over the three

provinces, their focus will be to work with the Iraqi army

and IPs of the Babil province to maintain the serene stabil-

ity seen in the area since CF transferred battle space to

Iraqi Security Forces last year. Bashar said he is very

proud of his unit and pledged his support of the provincial

police, IA and CF. “Although we are the national police,

the Babil province is our first priority. We will work in

cooperation with the provincial police to maintain securi-

ty and lead in our goal of a free and stable Iraq.”

Coalition Forces will continue to modernize and train

the NP, but will maintain a support/advisory role, allowing

Iraqis to take responsibility for security in the region, said

Tully. In the coming months the NP will receive new vehi-

cles and supplies to aid them in their mission.

“Giving FOB Charlie to the NPs is a great step, a very

positive step,” said Tully. “The strong leadership of Brig.

Gen. Qais Hamza, Babil provincial police chief and his

forces and the strength of the NP’s ability to take respon-

sibility are a good thing for the security of the region.”

“No matter where we are located, we are always there

to protect the people. We are always soldiers,” concluded


The 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT,

4th Infantry Division, which pulled out of FOB Charlie,

has since relocated to FOB Falcon near Al Rasheed. They

will pick up operations as 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry

Regiment, moves back to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th

Inf. Div., in Taji later this month.

Story by Spc. Edgar Reyes2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

Coalition Forces hand over ForwardOperating Base Charlie to National Police


6th Iraqi Army Division Military

Police soldiers took another step

toward being fully prepared to take

over battle space and contend with

terrorists’ improvised-explosive devices by

attending and graduating from the first

Iraqi army Counter-IED Operations

Course held on Camp Liberty in May.

Soldiers from Multi-National Division

– Baghdad’s 5th Engineer Battalion, 16th

Engineer Brigade, developed and instruct-

ed 29 Iraqi army MPs during the three-day

course, which is specifically geared to

ready them for future IED encounters as

part of their military police responsibilities.

“For the MPs, our goal was to teach

them IED awareness and get them experi-

ence in route sweeps; specifically, vehicle

formations, radio communication and what

to do when they spot an IED; what other

steps they need to take to cordon off the

area and what other organizations to con-

tact when they locate IEDs,” said Col.

Glenn Hammond, deputy commander, 16th

Engineer Brigade, one of the engineer

brigade officers responsible for proposing

and initiating the IA IED course.

“I think this course will help them to be

more effective by giving them the opportu-

nity to make mistakes in a non-hostile

environment. With the new course, they

are able to go through the ‘crawl, walk,

run’ phases, whereas previously, the Iraqi

army soldiers had to hit the battlefield run-

ning, with no IED training,” he said,

adding that more courses are scheduled for

Iraqi army MPs and engineers in the near


The course’s primary instructor, Sgt. 1st

Class Richard Seville, battalion assistant

operations sergeant, Headquarters and

Headquarters Company, 5th Eng. Bn, 16th

Eng. Bde., indicated the initial Counter-

IED class included basic awareness train-

ing taken from the engineer brigade’s Task

Force Iron Claw Academy’s course of

instruction. The Iron Claw course trains

Coalition Forces assigned to route-clear-

ance and assured-mobility missions in the-


Seville shared plenty of personal expert-

ise with the Iraqi MP soldiers, including

experience he gained while performing

route-clearance missions during Operation

Iraqi Freedom I and as a current Iron Claw

Academy instructor.

The MPs’ Counter-IED training includ-

ed two days of in-class instruction, and

focused on basic identification techniques,

convoy formations, organizational commu-

nication, medical training and security

actions, said Seville. On the third day of

the course, the MPs practiced their newly

acquired skills during an IED lane-training


Seville explained that the IA MPs con-

sidered the hands-on training they received

during the lanes exercise valuable. The

training required them to move in a convoy

over simulated Iraqi roads while keeping

an eye out for potential IEDs.

“They could see better how everything

works while on the lane,” he said.

Capt. Luis Gonzales, MiTT Engineer

Advisor for 6th IAD, 5th Eng. Bn., 16th

Eng. Bde., said the MPs were energized

and grateful for the instruction.

“Any training they receive helps to get

the Iraqis better prepared for future mis-

sions and more importantly, to take over

battle space. This training held a tremen-

dous value for the Iraqi army’s preparation

and will strengthen their ability and skills.”

Engineers train Iraqi army military police to take on terrorists’ IEDsStory and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Ballog16th Eng. Bde. PAO

BAGHDAD – With their counter-IED instructor, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Seville, 5th Engineer Battalion, 16th Engineer Brigade,

looking on, 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Police soldiers pull convoy security as their platoon leader checks out a potential

improvised-explosive device on the side of the road May 6-8 during a lanes-training exercise. The exercise gave the Iraqi army

MPs hands-on experience with their newly acquired IED awareness and reactionary skills.

see training, pg. 23

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For Soldier-mechanics working

here, being outside in the blister-

ing heat and having basically one

job after the other, day in and day

out, is just part of the normal routine.

Since the Pad 17 motor pool began

operations Jan. 11, the Soldier-mechanics

have completed more than 500 jobs. Staff

Sgt. Derek Estes, light-wheeled vehicle

mechanic and motor sergeant for

Headquarters and Headquarters Company,

Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry

Division at the motor pool on Pad 17, is

especially proud of the accomplishments

of his fellow mechanics.

“I have a great bunch of mechanics;

they love their job. They would rather be

in the shop working on trucks than (any-

where),” said Estes.

The jobs have involved a wide variety

of both scheduled and unscheduled vehi-

cle maintenance services, said Estes,

which is an especially impressive record

when taking into consideration the fact

that the majority of the mechanics are

tasked out on a regular basis to handle

various additional duties.

At the Pad 17 motor pool, both the

mechanics’ dedication to duty as well as

their considerable work-load is evident.

Every day, the graveled lot is filled with

trucks and equipment being serviced or

awaiting service by one of the hard-work-

ing mechanics in dirty oil-stained cover-


“On a weekly basis, we probably see

90 to 100 trucks for scheduled and

unscheduled maintenance services,” said


Unscheduled maintenance services

occur when a truck goes down unexpect-

edly and needs to be repaired right away –

but for this motor pool, unscheduled

repairs are not a problem, said Sgt. Shane

Choate, utilities equipment repair special-


“Even if it takes a while for us to fix

the problem, we make sure that the prob-

lem is fixed (right) so that Soldiers can

complete their mission,” said Choate.

Scheduled maintenance services con-

sist of routine weekly dispatches and

check-ups and, like everything else in the

Army, these services must be recorded

and tracked, said Estes.

Two Soldiers who help accomplish

tracking are prescribed load list clerks

Spc. Demond Brinson and Spc. Paul


“We track all Class 9 (repair) parts,

also the maintenance and services of all

the vehicles and equipment in the Pad 17

motor pool,” said Sowu.

“What happens in this office con-

tributes to keeping these trucks up and

running,” added Brinson.

Not only does the motor pool work on

all the vehicles and equipment for the

Special Troops Battalion’s Company D,

the Band and the Division Troops

Company, but they also work on the vehi-

cles for the U.S. Military Transition

Teams and their Iraqi counterparts.

Sgt. Major Falah Hassan Hassoun, who

is part of the personal security detail for

the Commanding General of the 6th Iraqi

Army Division, said, “We used to work

with the Marines in the cities of Ramadi

and Mosul. We are now working with the

Army in and around Baghdad, and (both)

us and our equipment are always taken

care of.”

Pad 17’s twin team at the Pad 10 motor

pool, located behind the STB, has a total

of 17 personnel, including light-wheeled

vehicle mechanics, air-conditioning

mechanics and generator mechanics.

The Pad 10 motor pool’s main respon-

sibility is servicing all of the generators

that run systems essential to the operation

of the division – which includes every-

thing from signal and radars to a hub in

Qatar. They are also responsible for main-

taining the operation of the Company A,

STB, Headquarters and Headquarters

Company and the Central Technician

Support Facility. This motor pool also

helps service members that come into the-

ater with M1114 training and validation.

If you have a vehicle and you are a

Soldier in the STB, you should never have

to worry about something not getting

repaired, said Chief Warrant Officer-2

Elizabeth Ellingson, battalion mainte-

nance technician for both motor pools.

Ellingson and the battalion mainte-

nance sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Manuel

Torres-Baez, keep the two motor pools

fully operational and ensure that all tasks

are completed in a timely manner.

Coordinating these duties “keeps us (both)

extremely busy,” said Torres-Baez.

The mechanics on Pad 17 have learned

to work together to get the substantial

amount of work that comes in to them

accomplished, Estes said. “When we first

opened up, I had only worked with three

of the mechanics. We were given nine

additional mechanics. These new Soldiers

have learned a lot since they have been

working here.”

The new mechanics had to learn a lot

quickly, noted Estes, since the PAD 17

shop is one of only a handful of motor

pools that does organizational and direct

support maintenance.

Organizational services are all sched-

uled services, such as weekly dispatches,

while direct support maintenance involves

changing of major assemblies such as

engine differentials, transmissions and

transfers. Estes added that the mechanics

“are being trained to trouble-shoot and

replace major assemblies. It is very rare

to have a motor pool that does (both)

organizational and direct support mainte-


In the motor pool, each Soldier’s job is

just as important as the next and they

must work as a team in order to keep the

wheels rolling on Camp Liberty, said

Brinson. “I enjoy the people I work with

… the people you work with make your

job the worst job, or they can make your

job the best job,” he said.

Story and photos by Spc. Jake Judge363rd MPAD

Motor pool keeps MND-B operations rolling along

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Sgt. Shane Choate, utilities equipment repair specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division,

fixes a brake light switch during the weekly dispatch May 24 for an M1114 up-armored humvee. Weekly dispatches like this one help to identify deficiencies so that vehi-

cles can continue their day-to-day operations uninterrupted.

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FOB KALSU, Iraq — Paying tribute

and respect to the veterans of their battal-

ion, Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat

Team, 4th Infantry Division, commemo-

rated the 62nd anniversary of D-Day at

Forward Operating Base Kalsu June 6.

Soldiers participated in the first annual

2-8 Inf. Regt. D-Day Ironman competition

early in the morning, followed by a cere-

mony that celebrated the battalion’s battle-

tested Soldiers of yesterday and today.

“We will never forget the people who

served during that time,” said Command

Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Cervantes, the architect

behind the event. “They gave their life for

our great country and were great

American heroes.”

The competition started at approxi-

mately the same pre-dawn timeframe,

when 62 years ago, Soldiers from 2-8 Inf.

Regt. were storming Utah Beach in

Normandy, the first American troops to

make it ashore on the fateful day.

Nineteen teams trekked their way

around a 4.6 mile road track with 30-

pound rucksucks strapped to their backs.

Once their march was complete, Soldiers

unpacked their interceptor body armor

system, Kevlar helmets and proceeded to

Sage/Morberg range to perform the

weapons qualification portion of the com-


They had four minutes to shoot forty

rounds, 20 rounds in the prone position

and 20 standing, to achieve the best score


Soldiers then made their way toward

FOB Kalsu’s North Gate area to conduct a

standard Army physical fitness test once

the weapons qualification round was over.

They had two-minutes to do as many

pushups as they could, two-minutes to

accomplish as many sit-ups as possible,

and promptly perform a two-mile run.

Sweat-drenched teams soon followed

with the final three segments of the com-

petition: weapons proficiency, which had

Soldiers clear, take apart, disassemble and

assemble three separate machine guns;

properly send digital unexploded ordnance

reports; and correctly relay nine-line med-

ical evacuation and improvised-explosive

device reports.

After the competitors took a short

break to catch their breath and enjoy a late

breakfast, the remainder of the battalion’s

Soldiers returned from combat patrol mis-

sions and daily routines to gather for an

inspiring 2-8 Inf. Regt. historical tribute.

As the battalion was called to attention,

a thunderous “First at Normandy!” echoed

in unison throughout FOB Kalsu.

Cervantes talked with the Soldiers for a

few minutes about June 6, 1944, and what

that day meant in American history. Spc.

Jamie Boot, fire control systems repair,

Company E, 2-8th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT,

led the Talons in reciting the Soldier’s

Creed, then nine deserving Soldiers

received Purple Hearts from Col. John

Tully, commander, 2nd BCT, for wounds

suffered while deployed in support of

Operation Iraqi Freedom.

One Soldier, Staff Sgt. Xavier

Dominguez, squad leader, Co. A, 2-8th

Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, was awarded the

Army Commendation Medal with Valor

for saving the lives of four comrades dur-

ing combat in February.

Without further adieu, the top three fin-

ishers in the Ironman competition were

recognized. Third place was the team of

Boot and Pfc. Chase Miller, both of Co.

E. Second place went to the team of Pfc.

Kory Hahn and Cpl. Michael Foreback,

infantrymen with Co. A.

The first place team consisted of Capt.

Kevin Lewis, engineer, and Capt.

Alphonse Lemaire, intelligence officer,

both of 2-8th Inf. Regt. Everyone who

competed was given a “Hooah” award and

acknowledged for their effort.

Tully spoke to the Talons for a few

minutes and drew a comparison between

today’s Soldiers and yesterday’s Soldiers

that were being honored. He told them

that they too can become a part of history

by helping to make Iraq a secure and sta-

ble country in a notoriously unstable

Middle East.

Lt. Col. James Howard, commander, 2-

8 Inf. Regt., wrapped things up by thank-

ing the veterans of Normandy and the sac-

rifices they made that day, telling his

troops he was proud of the accomplish-

ments they have made thus far during the

current deployment and to continue striv-

ing to make Iraq a better place.

Cervantes revealed that he plans to

bring the D-Day competition back to Fort

Hood with the battalion upon redeploy-

ment and make it a ‘rite of passage.’ He

said it will always be on June 6 and will

always start early in the morning, just like

when those brave Soldiers began their

quest in 1944.

“It was an honor to help recognize so

many great Soldiers, not only from World

War II but also guys I get to serve with

everyday,” said Foreback. “The Soldiers

from the past paved the way for our coun-

try to be great, and it’s now our duty to

keep it that way. And you can bet that we


MND-B Soldiers commemorate D-DayStory and photos by Cpl. Michael Molinaro2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

Ironman competition held at Forward Operating Base Kalsu to pay tribute to veterans

FOB KALSU, Iraq – Col. John Tully, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, talks to Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, during a D-

Day commemoration ceremony here June 6. Soldiers from 2-8 Inf. Regt. were the first American Soldiers on the beaches of Normandy 62 years ago and were quickly fol-

lowed by other units from the 4th Inf. Div.

FOB Kalsu, Iraq – 1st Lt. Sam Luke, platoon leader, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, focuses on his

pushups during the D-Day Ironman competition here June 6.

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As small-arms fire could

be heard nearby the

burning vehicle, Spc.

Izzy Flores, combat

medic, 1st Battalion, 12th

Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade

Combat Team, 4th Infantry

Division, said he thought to him-

self, “Please don’t shoot me

now; I’ve got to finish this.”

The explosion of the vehicle-

borne improvised-explosive

device sent a wave of searing

heat, a heart-rattling concussion

and a hail of shrapnel whipping

through the air, leaving two

Soldiers from the 4th BCT faced

with the harsh realities of battle

May 29.

Quickly assessing the situa-

tion, Sgt. Daniel Mootoosamy,

squad leader, scout platoon, 1st

Bn., 12th Inf. Regt., dismounted

from his gunner’s turret to find

11 casualties, many seriously

wounded, both on the ground

and in vehicles.

Within moments, the noncom-

missioned officer from Las

Vegas, Nev., realized that he was

the senior-ranking Soldier and

the commander on the ground.

According to Mootoosammy,

his first thoughts were for the

security of the survivors, and

once he realized that his Soldiers

were hurt, his instincts took con-


“As NCOs, as Soldiers, we

apply the training,” Mootoosamy

said of the situation. “As a per-

son, not necessarily as an NCO, I

knew people were hurt. I had

seen them thrown on the ground,

and I knew I needed to develop

the situation.”

Upon orders from

Mootoosamy, Spc. Michael

Potter, cavalry scout,

Headquarters and Headquarters

Company, 1st Bn., 12th Inf.

Regt., badly burned and in great

pain, manned the M2 .50-caliber

machine gun, providing cover for

the wounded from the turret of

the M1114 Up-Armored


On the street, Mootoosamy

went through a checklist of pri-

orities in his mind and began

checking the blocks.

He looked to the combat

medic, Flores, a 20-year-old

from Monterey Park, Calif., also

uninjured in the blast, for aid.

“When it first happened, the

disbelief, I didn’t want to accept

it,” Flores said.

“Then I saw

Spc. Kenneth

Snipes bleed-

ing from his

face, and I

knew it was


The medic

began the

triage for the


almost immedi-

ately, assessing

the most visi-

bly injured

from the explo-

sion, pausing

only to apply

tourniquets and bandages for the

severely wounded.

“It was tough to see leaders

down,” Flores said, “and being

on the site first, I assumed duties

as senior medic.”

Once bandaged by his “doc”,

Snipes, a driver for the platoon,

began to work on the vehicle

radios disrupted by the blast.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Ezequiel

Hernandez, Jr., despite his own

injuries, worked with

Mootoosamy to pull the wound-

ed from a burning vehicle to


Mootoosamy quickly made

the decision,

based upon the

applied risk


combined with

enemy threat

levels, to wait

for support. The

sergeant then

secured a

humvee to pro-

vide cover for

his medic.

Flores was

working on a


injured Soldier

when he heard

small-arms fire.

Lowering his head, the medic

continued the work at hand,

“applying tourniquets and plug-

ging holes,” while other Soldiers

tightened security. Only later was

he made aware that the shots he

heard were from the burning

Humvee, which was “cooking

off” rounds.

Since the first day of his mili-

tary training nearly two years

ago, Flores has prepared for the

worst possible scenario – mass

casualties. As the supplies in his

aid bag were running out, the

medic continued to work, look-

ing desperately for assistance.

“Just in my mind there were

so many people down. I didn’t

have the time,” he explained. “In

a perfect world, I would have

had the time to sit down and per-

form a full scope of work on

them; I didn’t have that time.”

The support teams arrived,

and additional personnel began

to assist in securing the site and

treating the wounded.

Flores would not leave the

scene of the attack until he was

certain all his wounded fellow

Soldiers had been evacuated. He

stayed behind on site, pulling

security, until the entire team had

been safely taken out of the area.

It is hard for Flores to accept

the magnitude of his actions as

he remains thankful that some of

his leaders, Soldiers and friends

will live to fight another day.

“To be honest, everyone

comes up to me telling me that I

did a good job,” he explained.

“In my mind, I was just doing

my job. I don’t want to accept

the depth of what happened,

because that is my job.”

The actions of the Soldiers

from the scout platoon, when

challenged with mental and

physical adversity, saved many

lives that day and prevented a

dreadful situation from worsen-


Spc. Flores’ actions saved two

American Soldiers’ lives and one

U.S. reporter’s life, said 1st Lt.

Mark Schmidt, executive officer

and acting commander, HHC, 1st

Bn., 12th Inf. Regt. Six Soldiers

were critically wounded when

the VBIED detonated; one will

return to duty.

“In the situation they were in,

those guys performed to the best

of their ability,” said Schmidt, a

West Point graduate from

Chadron, Neb. “They were all

trained correctly. Sgt.

Mootoosamy saw that he was the

highest ranking guy on the

ground and he knew what he

needed to get done. Spc. Flores,

he knew his job. He jumped up

and treated his casualties.”

The events that day turned out

to be the biggest test faced by

Mootoosamy, who said he looks

forward to a successful career in

the U.S. Army.

“In my eyes, I passed it,” he

said. “I did what I had to do to

the best of my ability. It is one of

those (tests) that you have to

pass; you don’t dwell on it.”

Mootoosammy credits his

NCOs and leaders who instilled

the Warrior Ethos and instructed

him according to The Soldier’s

Creed, making him the leader he

is today. For Soldiers who might

someday face the same situation,

Mootoosamy, who has lost good

friends in combat, wants his fel-

low Soldiers to keep hope.

“Keep your head up. Keep

focused on what we are doing.

Stay strong and persevere,” he

said. “Basically, if we give up

now, we get tired and relax and

basically are just doing our time;

then we have lost,”

Mootoosammy said. “Hold that

fight; fight that reason to its

fullest and hand it off, or basical-

ly they died for nothing.”

Capt. James Funkhouser,

commander, 1st Bn., 12th Inf.

Regt., and CBS cameraman Paul

Douglas and soundman James

Brolan, were killed in the

VBIED attack.

Warrior Soldiers save lives while leaders down after explosive device detonationStory by Staff Sgt. Brent Williams4th BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

Warrior Ethos shapes battlefield

BAGHDAD – Sgt. Daniel Mootoosammy, squad leader, and Spc. Izzy Flores Jr., combat medic, scout

platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, put duty

before self May 29 when their leaders and sergeants were struck by a vehicle-borne improvised-

explosive device. Flores, a 20-year-old native of Monterey Park, Calif., saved two American Soldiers

and a U.S. reporter, while Mootoosammy assessed casualties and provided security.

“When it first hap-pened, the disbelief, I

didn’t want to accept it.Then I saw Spc.

Kenneth Snipes bleed-ing from his face, and I

knew it was happening.”

Spc. Izzy FloresCombat medic, 1st Battalion,

12th Infantry Regiment, 4thBrigade Combat Team

4th Infantry Division








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CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Medical Soldiers from

the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade

Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, have

attempted several new approaches to managing

combative and non-combative traumas throughout

the unit’s deployment.

Among the battalion’s approaches is a newly

developed standard operating procedure in the

pharmacy and the utilization of the global

telecommunications net-

work Military Combat

Casualty Care (MC4)

System, which allows med-

ical personnel to communi-

cate effectively.

Over time, the establish-

ment of a protocol has

enchanced the care given by

the battalion’s medical cen-

ters and Soldiers.

“Upon our arrival in

Iraq, we began to identify

many areas that needed

improvement. We attempt-

ed to provide a near seam-

less transition from training to clinical practice and

integrating the medical care of combat casualties

in the battlefield environment,” said Sgt. 1st Class

Gil Montanez, treatment platoon sergeant, 10th


Some of the Soldiers have left their own areas

of operation, augmenting other units in outlying

forward operating bases in order to provide care

for Soldiers and local nationals.

One of the experimental approaches the battal-

ion has worked to perfect, the combat stress pro-

gram, has been especially aimed at helping those

Soldiers in outlying FOBs.

“We have continued to develop and use

advanced technologies available to maintain the

world’s finest combat casualty care systems,” said

Capt. Kyle Bourque, the officer-in-charge of the

stress program. “Our medics and health care

providers have adapted very well to this environ-

ment, and have worked hard

to provide the best care to

those in need.”

The 10th BSB Soldiers

also renovated an old wood-

en building, transforming it

into a functioning medical


“Despite the 24-hour

patient care and other tasks

in support of the battalion’s

operations, we brought

advanced equipment to an

old wooden building,” said

2nd Lt. Dawn Shields,

transportation officer, 10th


“With some paint and some imagination, we

gave the work area a new look, and converted a

field unit with field equipment into a modern

healthcare facility.”

With the use of concurrent training and step-by-

step protocols, the overall outcome and quality of

care given has improved, she said.

Story by 1st Lt. Ron Lenker10th BSB, 1st BCT, 10th Mtn. Div.

Mountain Division improves health care for Soldiers

“We have continued to devel-op and use advanced tech-

nologies available to maintainthe world’s finest combatcasualty care systems.”

Capt. Kyle BourqueOfficer-in-charge, stress program

10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team,

10th Mountain Division


Mornings begin early for Sgt.

Steven Fischer, supply ser-

geant, Company E, 1st

Battalion, 22nd Infantry

Regiment, assigned to 2nd Brigade

Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Arriving at his cramped office often

before sunrise, Fischer undertakes the

monumental and vital task of providing

the company with every piece of equip-

ment needed to accomplish its various

missions including capturing elusive ter-

rorists and training Iraqi army soldiers.

Fischer’s day is filled with requests, a

feeling familiar to supply sergeants across

the Army. “Sgt. Fish, I need more…” can

be heard across the motor pool as another

patrol prepares to depart. The arrival of

the executive officer only brings more

questions and further requests. “Sgt. Fish,

what’s the status of our latest order?” is

the most common query. Despite constant

demands and requests, Fischer answers

each Soldier calmly.

No stranger to military service, Fischer

draws upon his prior service as a U.S.

Marine to streamline systems and maxi-

mize all possible productivity. During his

enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps,

Fischer said he was one of the Marines

directly responsible for deploying his bat-

talion from Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., at

a moment’s notice.

“That was a crazy process,” Fischer

said of the Marines’ rapid deployments on

extremely short notice.


we would get

about two

hours notice to

have your sea

bags and be at

the airfield,

ready to fight

shortly after

hitting the

ground. You

can imagine

we had a tough

job in supply


A native of


Fischer has

brought the

tough attitude

of that harbor town to his military life.

His success as the company’s supply ser-

geant is even more outstanding given the

fact that his primary military occupational

specialty is a nuclear, biological and

chemical specialist.

When he took over his current duties in

the company, Fischer said he inherited a

complex supply system with no formal

training in the specifics of the Army sup-

ply system. With a can-do attitude behind

his broad grin, Fischer revitalized the

company supply system, an effort which

benefited both

the company

and the Iraqi

army troops

with whom he


In addition

to ensuring

that his com-

pany has all

the equipment

necessary for

their missions,

Fischer said he

has undertaken

the task of

helping to sup-

ply the Iraqi

army with


items that are often in short supply

throughout the “Strike” Brigade’s area of

operations. Fischer oversees the supply of

many IA outposts with lumber, nails and

other equipment necessary to build and

improve their billets.

“When we arrived in this sector, the

condition of the patrol bases and the Iraq

army billets was wanting,” said Capt.

Patsky Gomez, commander, Co. E, 1st

Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt. “We tried to concen-

trate on getting them permanent structures

to live in and sleep in, and a crucial part

of that process has been to provide them

with the little things that are necessary,

but difficult for the Iraqi army to pro-


After completing the orders for lumber

and building supplies, Fischer often deliv-

ers the equipment personally to the Iraqi

army outposts. There, he said he can see

the progress the Iraqi soldiers have made

in improving their living areas.

“The (Iraqi) soldiers we work with are

not from anywhere near Baghdad, so it’s

easy to forget that they’re as much of an

expeditionary force as we are,” said 2nd

Lt. Jon Chychota, platoon leader, Co. E.

“When they’re so far from their homes

and families, it’s impossible to quantify

how much it means to them to have a

solid structure to sleep, eat and live in.”

As the sun begins to descend, Fischer

locks his office and heads for his second

home, the gym.

An avid weight lifter and fan of Calif.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fischer

blows off the steam of long days by

pumping iron.

From dawn to dusk ...Story by 1st Lt. Nate Rawlings1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Div.

Infantry regiment supply sergeant works to keep Soldiers, Iraqi army supplied

“When we arrived in this sector, thecondition of the patrol bases and theIraqi army billets was wanting. We

tried to concentrate on getting thempermanent structures to live in andsleep in, and a crucial part of thatprocess has been to provide themwith the little things that are neces-

sary, but difficult for the Iraqi army toprocure.”

Capt. Patsky Gomez

Commander, Company E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment

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The equal opportunity offices in the

three brigades here brought the

spirit of the islands to the desert

with Hawaiian dancers, leis and

palm leaves.While the dances were entertain-

ing, they were only part of an educational

opportunity about the heritage of Asian and

Pacific Islander Americans.

“The purpose behind the ethnic obser-

vance is to allow people of cultures other

than the one being observed to learn about

the historical significance as offered to the

United States,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael

Horwath, the Combat Aviation Brigade’s

equal opportunity advisor. “It’s basically to

fill in the gaps left in the history books. A lot

of people come to these observances to cross

those cultural barriers. They have stereotypes

and they come out to bridge those barriers.”

As of September 2005, only 4.2 percent of

commissioned officers, 2.4 percent of war-

rant officers and 5.9 percent of enlisted

Soldiers consider themselves Asian or are

from the Pacific Islands, according to the

CAB’s equal opportunity office.

“There are quite a few Asian-Pacific

Americans in the military and they have

done great achievements,” said Spc. Juan

Terrazas, a paralegal specialist from Del Rio,

Texas, assigned to Headquarters and

Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 4th

Aviation Regiment.

Terrazas and the more than 170 personnel

in attendance learned about individuals such

as Gen. Eric Shinseki, who became the first

Asian four-star general, Lt. Gen. Allen K.

Ono, who became the first Japanese three-

star general, and Maj. Gen. William Shao

Chang Chen, the first Chinese two-star gen-


They also heard of the heroic exploits of

the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd

Regimental Combat Team in World War II.

The battalion of Japanese-Americans earned

one medal of honor and 33 distinguished

service crosses, 20 of which were upgraded

to the Medal of Honor in 2000. These

Soldiers’ bloodiest battle occurred during

their rescue of the famed “Lost Battalion” in


Soldiers stationed at Camp Taji were able

to load up on cultural understanding, includ-

ing history, music and dance.

“The music is very interesting, it makes

me want to listen and relax to it,” said

Terrazas. He explained that the observance

was the first time he had seen Hawaiian-style

dancing in person.

Horwath added that individuals wanting to

learn more can find information on different

cultures at the Defense Equal Opportunity

Management Institute’s Web site at:

Hawaiian islanders bring native dance toTaji troops, celebrate Asian-Pacific heritage

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Spc. Elisapeta Lam Sam, a chaplain's assistant assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion,

4th Aviation Regiment, presents a wreath of flowers to Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Patton, Combat Aviation Brigade, during one of the

Hawaiian dance performances at the Asian-Pacific American heritage month observance.

Story and photo by Spc. Creighton HolubCombat Aviation Bde. PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Soldiers

from 1st Mechanized Brigade,

9th Iraqi Army Division, detained

seven suspected terrorists during

near-simultaneous raids on two

objectives north of Baghdad at

approximately 2 a.m. June 8. The

Iraqi soldiers seized three bags of

Al Qaeda propaganda including

25 compact discs, two computer

hard drives, four AK-47 assault

rifles and two pistols during the

raids. The soldiers also detained

two suspected terrorists during

the raids.

Meanwhile, patrols from 2nd

Tank Brigade, 9th IA Div. and 7th

Squadron, 10th Cavalry

Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat

Team, 4th Infantry Division, con-

ducted multiple cordon and

search operations of several hous-

es north of Baghdad, also at about

2 a.m. June 8, and detained five

suspected terrorists.

(Courtesy of 1st BCT PAO, 4thInf. Div.)

Iraqi army conducts

raids, detains 12


Soldiers from 3rd Battalion,

1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army

Division, conducted a com-

bined three-day operation

May 19-21 with Soldiers

from Multi-National

Division – Baghdad’s 1st

Battalion, 22nd Infantry

Regiment, attached to 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 101st

Airborne Division, along the

Tigris River.

During Operation Winged

Victory, Soldiers conducted

reconnaissance of an area not

frequently visited by

Coalition Forces. Sayafiyah

is composed of mostly Shia

farmers, which is similar to

the composition of most

areas in southern Baghdad.

What makes this area differ-

ent from other areas is the

fact that most of the residents

seem to have already

embraced the ideals that CF

have fought so hard to bring

about. The people there “take

ownership of their own com-


“It is great to see the peo-

ple of Sayafiyah coming

together as one within their

communities to fight the

insurgency, and put a stop to

the violence,” said Sgt. 1st

Class Paul Nice, fire support

noncommissioned officer,

1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt.

While in Sayafiyah, the

combined units conducted

numerous foot patrols, talk-

ing with many of the local

residents of Sayafiyah.

“This predominantly Shia

area displayed a positive atti-

tude toward the new Iraqi

government,” said Capt.

Matthew Weber, commander,

Company B, 1st Bn., 22nd

Inf. Regt.

Overall, the people of

Sayafiyah seemed happy to

see Iraqi and CF patrolling

and helping to make the area

more secure. The Soldiers

were also able to gain infor-

mation on the quality of

essential services in the

Sayafiyah area. This Shia

enclave could one day pose

as the model village for the

future of Iraq, said Weber.

Story by 1st Lt. Dahbry Streets1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt.

Operation Winged

Victory takes flight

3,500 in Baghdad to

receive potable water

BAGHDAD – The U.S. Army

Corps of Engineers reports that

rehabilitation is complete on a

water compact unit project in

Baghdad Province.

The statement of work for the

$26,000 Fanooz Aziz Water

Compact Unit project required

rehabilitation of two water com-

pact units in Mada’in that will

produce potable water for approx-

imately 3,500 Iraqi residents.

At full capacity, the two units

will produce 720 m3 of potable

water daily.

Currently, 16 of 35 USACE

water treatment projects pro-

grammed for the Baghdad

Province are complete, or 46 per-


(Courtesy of U.S. Army Corpsof Engineers PAO)

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FOB RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq – To help ensure Iraq’s

progress and improve education in the country, Soldiers

from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment,

attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne

Division, along with battalion civil affairs units, delivered

more than 5,000 text books to children of the Al-Jadida

School in New Baghdad May 10. Up until now, available

text books were outdated and filled with pro-Saddam

propaganda, said Capt. David McCaughrin, officer-in-

charge of civil military affairs, 3-67 AR Regt.

The operation was approved by the Iraqi Ministry of

Education and was coordinated by battalion civil affairs

and the Iraqi District Advisory Council.

These projects build the Iraqi people’s trust and confi-

dence in their government, said 1st Lt. Faustino Gonzalez,

deputy officer-in-charge of civil military affairs, 3-67 AR.

No school projects are undertaken without approval,

said Gonzalez. On most projects the company command

informs the civil affairs section of the need for a project in

their area of operations. CA proposes the project to battal-

ion command, who signs off on the project. CA then

checks in regularly at the work site to see if the project is

on schedule or check it out if it’s been completed, he said.

“The superintendent of the school had a contact in the

United Arab Emirates that was able to get a good price. It

was unbeatable,” said McCaughrin. “The Army was able

to facilitate the transaction, and they delivered the books


“We normally try not to visit when class is in session

because we don’t want to create much disturbance,” con-

tinued McCaughrin. “But we definitely are a big hit when

we come bearing gifts.”

“These missions helping Iraqi schools aren’t concen-

trated in just one area,” said Pfc. Erik Meyers, a forward

observer with CA, 3-67 AR. The battalion has worked on

school projects throughout the entire Tissa Nissan district.

The projects can range from delivering school supplies to

getting lavatories in working order, he said.

“These kids are glad to get any help they can to further

their education,” said McCaughrin.

Story by Pfc. Paul David Ondik 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

Armor Soldiers deliver more than 5,000

text books to New Baghdad children

Civil affairs Soldierswork to improve quality of life for Iraqi children of Zafriniyah

FOB LOYALTY, Iraq – In an effort to win

the trust and confidence of the Iraqi people, a

group of Civil Affairs Soldiers assigned to 4th

Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment,

506th Regimental Combat Team, lead the way

in refurbishing the Esconddrona Primary

School in the Zafriniyah area of Baghdad May


“When Americans came, all of the Iraqi peo-

ple were happy about their new life,” said the

school’s headmaster.

The project is a part of the Commanders

Emergency Relief Program. CERP funds are

authorized for use in improving civic cleanup,

health care, irrigation, and education.

“What CERP allows us to do is to speak not

only to the government leaders, but also to the

teachers, the headmasters,” said Capt.

Shelia Matthews, officer-in-charge, 4-320th

CA. Programs like these provide a boost to

local economies by giving funds directly to

contractors from the community to do work on

their own neighborhoods, said Matthews.

“They actually did a really good job, this is

one of our best contractors,” said 2nd Lt. Jesse

Augustine, projects officer, 4th Brigade Special

Troops Battalion. He stressed that teamwork

between different civil affairs teams, as well as

between Coalition Forces and local contractors,

make projects like this possible. “From the time

of the development to its completion was about

four months. Start to end, the construction took

just over two months.”

The project’s cost was over $85,000, but it

“was money well spent” for the 850 students

who attend the school now, as well as the

countless numbers of students to come,

Augustine said. “The schools have a localized

effect, muhalla (neighborhood) to muhalla,”

said Augustine. Improving these schools helps

not only the children in attendance, but also the

area as a whole, he said. “This school has an

immediate effect on the entire community.”

CA cooperates with Iraqi leaders, contrac-

tors, and educators to provide a quality of life

that improves every day, said Augustine.

“As best we can, we try to do things that

last,” said Matthews.

Story by Pfc. Paul David Ondik4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

BAGHDAD – A girl’s smile blooms in appreciation for school supplies, which were donated by the Family Readiness

Group of Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, after a ceremony cel-

ebrating the completion of renovations for the Al Hudaybiya Elementary School in Bakaria, of the Gazaliyah neighbor-

hood, located southwest of Baghdad.

Photo by Spc. Rodney Foliente, 4th Inf. Div. PAO

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Who are the ‘Michelin Men’

of Camp Taji? That would

be the Soldiers of Battery

C, 6th Battalion of the

32nd Field Artillery Regiment, from Fort

Sill, Okla., deployed in support of

Operation Iraqi Freedom – not because

their Soldiers look like big, pudgy

Michelin mascots, but because they run

the one and only tire shop on the base.

“We provide a local tire service here

on Camp Taji,” said Capt. Brad Lowery,

the executive officer of Battery C. “The

employees are hired local nationals…

Anyone passing through Camp Taji or

located on Camp Taji can pull up and

have any of their tires changed, basically

with free labor.”

The shop has helped keep Soldiers of

Multi-National Division – Baghdad and

its fellow forces on the road.

The shop services anything from

humvee tires to Heavy Equipment

Transporter tires. “I would say our guys

change 200 tires a week,” said Capt.

Thomas Krenz, maintenance platoon

leader, Battery C.

“We go through close to 300 (a

week),” he explained, “because some peo-

ple come and do a one-for-one swap and

actually take the tire, go to their motor

pool and do it themselves.”

Customers line up long before the shop

opens, awaiting the arrival of the local

nationals who work there. The business is

open from

9:30 a.m. to 2

p.m., Monday

– Friday. The

hours may

seem short,

but the Iraqi

workers have

to go through


checks and

searches in

order to come

onto the post and also have to be off post

by a certain time of the day, which limits

the amount of time they are able to spend

at the shop, explained Krenz.

Ironically the tire shop’s biggest cus-

tomers are Battery C’s own HET-trailers.

“It is the smallest tire we stock,” said


“Each trailer has 40 tires and we have

60 trailers. If you do the math, we are

changing quite a few tires on those every


Occasionally customers do come in

with unusual requests, like trying to get

tires for non-tactical vehicles, said


“We have people that drop off tires and

we don’t see them for a month. We’ve got

people that

want 40

humvee tires,

but they don’t

have one to

give us,” said


Receiving a

used tire for

the new one is

key, because

that is how the

shop gets cred-

it for the work they do, and their budget is

also based on the number of used tires

turned in, Krenz said.

Both officers are fully in favor of

employing local Iraqis as laborers. “The

main reason why we do it is to put money

back into the local economy,” Lowery

said. “It also establishes a rapport between

us and the locals.”

Pfc. James Walder, a petroleum supply

specialist with Battery C, has worked with

the tire shop and the Iraqis for the past six

months and said he used to think that the

U.S. should completely take over Iraq and

that all Iraqis hate Americans. “Now,

working hand in hand with them every

day I see that they are a lot like us. Poor,

but a lot like us. They have the same

needs and wants as us.”

The locals appreciate the opportunity

to work in the shop. “The work here is

nice for me,” said one of the Iraqis, who

has been nicknamed ‘Tim’ by the

Soldiers. He speaks broken English, but

the smile on his face speaks for itself. “I

like this job, it is good money,” he added.

Tim is only 17, but he has ambitious

plans for his future. He wants to go to col-

lege one day, and become a teacher, he

explained. For now he is happy that he

has a well-paying job that he likes,

although he acknowledges that he risks

his life every day to come on post and

works for Americans.

All of the Soldiers and Iraqis running

the tire shop said they are eager to help

customers. All the shop asks is that cus-

tomers bring in their old tires so they can

do a one-for-one exchange, and if they

need a tire with a rim, customers must

turn in a tire with a rim in return.

After rubber meets road, Taji tire shop

keeps trucks rolling with new tiresStory and photo by

Staff Sgt. Monika Comeaux207th MPAD

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – An Iraqi worker helps Spc. Corey Bailey, a motor transport operator with the 432nd Transportation Company, load a tire at the tire shop of Battery C,

6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery at Camp Taji. The shop changes around 200 tires a week. They have tires for most military vehicles.

“Each trailer has 40 tires and we have60 trailers. If you do the math, we are

changing quite a few tires on thoseevery week.”

Capt. Thomas Krenz

Maintenance platoon leader, Battery C,

6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment

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CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – For Capt.

Thomas Jarrett, 602nd Area Support

Medical Company, 30th Medical Brigade

mental health officer-in-charge at the

Witmer Troop Medical Clinic on Camp

Liberty, the secret to maintaining good

mental and emotional health while

deployed to Iraq is as simple as ABC.

The TMC is operated for 4th Infantry

Division and Multi-National Division –

Baghdad Soldiers.

Jarrett, a Licensed Clinical Social

Worker and doctoral candidate, advocates

the “ABC theory of emotions” propound-

ed by famed psychologist, Dr. Albert

Ellis, coupled with a study of the roots of

Western culture that stretch back to

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and

Zeno of Citium, a philosopher from

Cyprus who started the Stoic school of

philosophy in Ancient Greece.

These ancient philosophers, the so-

called “physicians of the soul,” were the

“therapists of their time,” Jarrett said.

Termed “Stoic” or “Warrior” resilience

training, Jarrett believes this is a method

that all Soldiers can use to achieve mental

health and stability based upon the combi-

nation of “ancient Stoic philosophy and

modern cognitive science for combat


Jarrett, who is also a Special Forces

honor graduate, said he believes in the

“force multiplier” grass roots model. His

goal as a counselor is “to help Soldiers

adjust to the point where they are able to

be successful as a Soldier and make it

through the deployment … with honor.”

Coupled with Stoicism, the class also

incorporates Dr. Ellis’ “ABC” theory of

emotions. The ‘A’ is an activating event,

sometimes called a “trigger” – usually

some type of challenging situation. The

‘B’ represents a belief that takes over and

causes ‘C,’ the emotional consequence. If

the belief is irrational, the consequence

can be depression or anger.

In addition, Jararett incorporates the

teachings of colleague, Dr. Nancy

Sherman, former Naval Academy Ethics

Instructor and author of “Stoic Warriors:

The Ancient Philosophy Behind the

Military Mind.”

In much of the training, Jarrett is

assisted by Sgt. Jose Hernandez, mental

health specialist and combat medic with

the 602nd ASMC at Witmer TMC.

Hernandez, who hails from Fontana,

Calif., and has been in the military seven

years, said the Stoic warrior training is

particularly essential for combat medics

because “there are a lot of Soldiers who

will talk to them,” rather than see mental


“The stigma of going to mental health

is still in a lot of people’s minds,” said

Hernandez, “but if they talk to a combat

medic, then he or she can explain that

seeking help is no longer a career killer.

The combat medics (who take this class)

can give accurate information on mental


To better train combat medics, senior

non-commissioned officers and “highly

motivated E-4 and above” enlisted

Soldiers, as well as officers, Jarrett offers

the 8-session training program in

“Warrior” or Stoic methods of cognitive-

behavioral peer counseling. Conducted at

the Witmer TMC, the progressive sessions

prepare Soldiers to be unit peer advocates

for emotional health and resiliency, as

well as the key referral source for Soldiers

who need formal coun-

seling, and a resource

in potential emergen-


At a training class

May 30 with seven

Soldiers varying in

rank from specialist to

lieutenant, Jarrett

stressed to his students

that their role is one of

“an informally trained

counselor in cognitive


Throughout the train-

ing, Jarrett makes it

clear that the “Stoic

counselors” are not

professional counselors

and should not try to

act as such.

“I still would urge you to refer (a fel-

low Soldier having problems) to mental

health or the chaplain,” said Jarrett, but

acknowledged that “some Soldiers just

won’t talk to a counselor – so you may be

it, or (you may) need your cognitive skills

to encourage Soldiers to talk to mental


According to Jarrett, Stoic training fits

in well with the military because it essen-

tially re-emphasizes both the Warrior

Ethos and the Army values.

Members of the U.S. military, noted

Jarrett, “are held to a very high standard.

Our actions are in a fishbowl,” further

adding to the stress of deployment. But,

Jarrett, added, he believes we have the

“most moral Army in the world.”

Role-playing is a big part of Jarrett’s

teaching and he tells his students that

“there is a sales job

involved as a (peer)

coach – we are selling

mental health,” and

encourages them to

make sure that once

the issues are resolved

they “get out of the

way and let (the

Soldier you assisted)

go on with his or her

life; don’t make them

dependent on you.”

“If it is obvious that

further counseling is

warranted, or if there is

any uncertainty,”

Jarrett said, the Stoic

peer counselor’s

responsibility is to

make the mental health

referral happen promptly.

In all cases where a fellow Soldier is

threatening to harm self or others, steps

must be taken to effect immediate inter-

vention by a mental health professional,

he emphasizes.

Student, Spc. Brad Storck, a medic

from Iowa City, Iowa with the Iowa Army

National Guard’s 134th Ground

Ambulance Company, currently assigned

to Witmer TMC.

Storck said he was encouraged to take

training by a fellow medic and has found

that “it not only helps me talk to (my)

patients, but it helps me solve my own


Student, Spc. Jeff Leger from San

Antonio, Texas, a combat medic for

Headquarters and Headquarters Company,

Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division,

works part time at the Witmer TMC and

also visits with Soldiers who work at a

detainee facility on the Victory Base

Complex. Leger said the training has

already proved invaluable.

“I was late (to the class) today, because

I was actually using the skills I got in a

previous class with one of my patients.

“She was in the midst of a very serious

emotional crisis and I used what I learned

(in Stoic resilience sessions) to talk her

out of it,” he said.

Another benefit for first line leaders

taking the training, said Hernandez, is that

“it gives (them) better insight into

younger Soldiers and how to deal with

them. It really is not the same Army most

senior leaders came into.”

Stoic warrior resilience training is open

“to all highly motivated Soldiers who are

interested in being first- responder peer

counselors”. The team also conducts

open-to-all warrior resilience training

classes daily, to help Soldiers manage

deployment pressures.

On request, Jarrett teaches his coping

mechanisms as a combat stress model at

the unit level.

Warrior resilience trainers help Soldiers maintain mental, emotional health in IraqStory and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Mott 363rd MPAD

Learning ‘Stoic ABCs’

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Sgt. Jose Alfredo Hernandez (left), a mental health specialist and combat medic with the 602nd Area

Support Medical Company out of Fort Bragg, N.C., goes over class notes in the group meeting room at the Witmer Troop

Medical Clinic on Camp Liberty June 3. With him is Capt. Thomas Jarrett, officer-in-charge of the mental health section of the

clinic. Hernandez, who calls Fontana, Calif., home, and Jarrett, from Johnson City, Tenn., work together to offer Warrior

Resilience Training at the clinic for combat medics and senior leaders in Multi-National Division-Baghdad.

For further information

on the new Stoic

resilience peer counsel-

ing class beginning the

end of June, or Warrior

resilience training con-

tact Capt. Jarrett or Sgt.

Hernandez directly at

the Witmer TMC, DSN:

318-847-2007 or VOIP:

302-242-4637/38; or by

e-mail at: Thomas.jar-

[emailprotected] or sto-


or jose.alfredo.hernan-


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CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – First

place winners, Maj. Joel

Young, director of communi-

cations, Iraqi Army Group,

MNC – I and 1st Lt. Mercedes

Rodriguez, executive assis-

tant to the intel operations

officer-in-charge, Multi-

National Coalition – Iraq,

wowed the crowd with their

dance routine at the salsa

competition June 11. The

judges were also impressed

and awarded "couple #5" first

place with a total of 216

Photo by Sgt. Kristin Kemplin

363rd MPAD


Two Airmen danced their way to first place in a salsa

contest and two Soldiers slammed their way to the num-

ber one spot in a dominoes competition held Sunday night

at the Scorpion Morale, Welfare and Recreation center.

The competitions were the highlights of an event held

to honor the 48th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and

occurred simultaneously with the New York City event.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade started in 1995,

expanding on the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade,

which was first held April 12, 1958.

According to the Web site nationalpuertoricandaypa-, organizers hold the events to promote self-

esteem and pride of Puerto Ricans in the United States.

Since its rechristening as the National Puerto Rican

Day Parade, the event has spread to 48 other cities in the

United States.

In the days leading

up to the June 11 parade

in NYC, celebrants were

treated to a dance and a

dominos tournament, as well as

art and cultural events showcasing

Puerto Rican talent.

At the dance contest in Baghdad,

which was filmed for Telemundo, a

Spanish-language television channel,

pure enthusiasm led the Airmen to their


“They looked like they were enjoy

ing themselves,” said Sgt. Maj. Luis

Rosario-Febus, Special Troops Battalion,

Multi-National Corps – Iraq, who was one

of three judges for the dance contest.

“We only practiced together for 10 min

utes,” said Maj. Joel Young, director of com

munications, Iraqi Assistance Group, Multi-

National Corps – Iraq, who performed with

his partner, 1st Lt. Mercedes Rodriguez,

executive assistant to the intelligence officer-

in-charge, MNC-I.

Young, a Boston native, said he met

Rodriguez, from Miami, Fla., just days prior to

the competition. He started dancing in 2000

as part of the Brown University Ballroom

Dance Team; she said she dances with

her family. The team drew rave

reviews from the judges and audience

members for constantly “changing it

up,” said Rosario-Febus, an Aibonito,

Puerto Rico, native.

The 10 couples in the competition,

each featuring at least one beginner

dancer, were scored on visual presenta

tion, rhythm and timing, technique, chor

eography, couple interaction, creativity

and audience response. The categories

were worth 10 points each, for a total of 70 from each

judge. For the first round of competition, the group of 10

Story by Spc. Allison ChurchillFires Bde. PAO, 4th Inf. Div.

couples was divid-

ed so only five

would be on the

floor at a time.

Both groups

danced to a three-

minute, upbeat

song chosen by the

judges so the

dancers could

show off a variety

of steps.

The competi-

tion went from 10

to five couples for

the second round,

again to a quick-

paced three-minute

song of the judges’

choice. The field was

narrowed to the final three couples for the last round.

Young and Rodriguez won with 216 points; Staff Sgt.

Jesus Rodriguez, supply noncommissioned officer,

Coalition supply section, MNC-I, and Staff Sgt. Brenda

Martinez, paralegal specialist, staff judge advocate sec-

tion, Headquarters, MNC-I, both of Monterrey, Mexico,

came in second with 204 points; and third place went to

Spc. Harry Ruiz, cable systems installer, Company A,

Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, and Sgt.

Lorrianne Pozas, operations noncommissioned officer-in-

charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, STB,

4th Inf. Div. Ruiz, from Miami, and Pozas, a Tacoma,

Wash., native, said they regularly danced in nightclubs

around Fort Hood, Texas.

Even competitors who only danced in the first round

said the celebration brought back childhood memories.

“When I was younger, we went to the parades in New

York,” said Sgt. Melisha McCane, logistics NCO, 589th

Brigade Support Battalion, Fires Brigade, 4th Inf. Div.

McCane, a Columbia, Pa., native, of Puerto Rican

descent, said she learned to dance as a little girl, often per

forming in shows and in quinceañeras – parties celebrat-

ing a girl’s 15th birthday. Although McCane joined the

dance competition at the last minute, she said she had a

good time at the celebration.

After judging the dance competition, Rosario-Febus

went on to win the dominos competition with teammate

Staff Sgt. Luis Garay, command driver, MNC-I.

“Even though Staff Sgt. Garay and I have been playing

dominos together for a short time, the object of the game

is assisting your partner to win,” said Rosario-Febus.

In dominos, two teams of two compete to be the first to

win 500 points. Each player is dealt seven dominos, other-

wise known as “bones.” Players match ends of the bones

until they run out, rotating counter-clockwise.

Party-goers who didn’t compete were welcome to

dance before, after and in between the rounds of the dance

contest to the sounds of Staff Sgt. Francisco Perez-

Vasquez, Task Force 30th Medical Brigade, Heidelberg,

Germany. The Scorpion MWR also offered a variety of

games and food during the event.


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Iraq – Sgt. 1st Class Maria

Torres, admin section pri-

mary noncommissioned

officer, 393rd Combat

Support Battalion of the

Puerto Rican National

Guard, served on a three-

judge panel for the salsa

contest June 11.

ABOVE: Sgt. Lorriane Pozas

spins across the dance floor

with dancing partner Spc.

Alex Ruiz at Scorpion MWR

June 11. Pozas, company

operations noncommissioned


Headquarters and

Headquarters Company, and

Ruiz, cable systems installer,

Company A, both of Special

Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry

Division, participated in a salsa

contest to celebrate Puerto

Rican Day Parade.

LEFT: Staff Sgt. Brenda Martinez,

paralegal specialist for the Staff

Judge Advocate's office, Multi-

National Corps – Iraq, and Staff

Sgt. Jesus Rodriguez, supply non-

commissioned officer for coali-

tion-4, Multi-National Corps – Iraq,

danced their way to second place

at the salsa competition June 11.

Both Soldiers are from Monterrey,


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BAGHDAD, Iraq – Taji’s military

band is making music again after more

than two years of silence. In June, a ship-

ment of 10 instruments arrived including

three clarinets, three trumpets, a French

horn, two trombones and a flute.

They were shipped to Iraq after

California Lutheran University music pro-

fessor, Dan Geeting, publicized the Iraqi

army band’s need for instruments and got

his whole community involved in the

project to collect and ship instruments.

Chief Kevin Kumpf, formerly the non-

commissioned officer-in-charge of the

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf

Region Central District’s Taji office, had

originally e-mailed the president of the

National Association of College Band

Directors some months ago about the

plight of the Taji band. “Within a few

days I started hearing from bands through-

out the country interested in finding out

what they could do to help,” said Kumpf

who returned to the U.S. in late May.

“It’s awesome what Mr. Geeting and

residents in his community were able to

do,” said Kumpf, who is a Boatswain’s

Mate Surface Warfare Specialist from

Naval Training Center Great Lakes, Ill.

In addition to the donated instruments,

residents of Geeting’s community raised

$300 to pay for the mailing costs. Many

of the instruments also carried a note from

the donor.

A girl named Megan wrote, “Continue

to play and make music because without

it, there is no color in the world.”

LouAnne Phillips of Thousand Oaks,

Calif., told the IA bandsmen that she was

“sending best wishes for your new band.

I am happy to be involved in this small

way because music has been important in

my life ... the more music we have in our

lives, the more we enjoy our lives. I think

musicians are a special group — so keep

up your good work. My regards to Chief

Kumpf and all you men.”

Upon accepting the band instruments

on June 3, members of the Iraqi band said

they were overwhelmed by the generosity

of Americans and thanked everyone

involved for their support. Within just a

few minutes of assembling the instru-

ments, the Taji Military Band began play-

ing music with the confidence of a band

that had been practicing for weeks. Many

of the band’s musicians have more than

two decades of experience and know the

songs well. Most are capable of playing

several instruments.

“We can finally do what we love — it’s

a great day here,” one of the band mem-

bers exclaimed.

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Story and photo by Norris JonesGulf Region Central DistrictUS Army Corps of Engineers

Taji military band plays melodic gratitude for American donation

BAGHDAD – The hot evening sun of Arabia had not

yet set. It was the day before Flag Day, June 14, in the

“Palace” – the site of the present U.S. Embassy located in

the International Zone, ensconced in the heart of Baghdad.

At five feet, five inches tall, Sgt. Twyla Gange strained

to see around the two rows of tall Soldiers and Civilians

standing in front of her in the packed large rotunda.

From a slightly raised platform, Gange listened to

President George Bush, her Commander-in-Chief, express

his deep appreciation for the hard work and commitment

to mission of all in who served in Iraq. To the crowd’s

delight, applause and cheers, he assured them that the

United States would not leave Iraq until the “job was


He closed his comments with a commitment of support

to the newly installled Iraqi leadership, assuring the group

that now, it all “is coming together.”

Upon completion of his remarks, the 43rd President of

the most powerful nation in the world along with United

States Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and the

Commanding General of the Multi-National Forces – Iraq,

General George Casey began to walk through the crowd

toward the exit. As though he were merely on a leisurely

stroll, the President regularly paused to talk with his fel-

low uniformed and multi-attired countrymen and women.

Though Gange said she felt “no more then a shrub

among the trees,” the President caught a glimpse of her

through the crowd, pointed, and waved her toward him

saying, “Come forward Soldier.” The surprised 35th

Engineer Brigade Army National Guard Soldier from

Joplin, Mo., complied.

In response to his open question of “How are you

Sergeant,” she responded not with comments regarding

herself personally, but instead took the opportunity to tell

him about her responsibilities as the enlisted Aide to Maj.

Gen. William McCoy, Commanding General of the U.S.

Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division and the

Project and Contracting Office.

To her amazement, while grinning at her organization-

al loyalty and enthusiasm, the President evidenced keen

knowledge of those who are directing the Iraq

Reconstruction effort by responding, “Oh yah, Bill is a

fine man and doing a great job.”

The President then asked to see her Battle Dress

Uniform billed hat. Astonished, she complied and short-

ly thereafter it was handed back to her – bearing the signa-

ture of the President of the United States under the brim.

The U.S. Chief Executive then directed a nearby lieu-

tenant colonel to use Gange’s camera to take their photo-

graph together.

As he put his arm around the Soldier she conveyed to

him the pleasure she is taking in extending her initial one

year tour of duty to enable her to continue to serve with


His response? Looking her directly in the eyes, with a

quiet, gentle smile, he said, simply, “Good for you, ser-


Story by Tom Clarkson, Gulf Region Division

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

President Bush visits troops at U.S. Embassy

BAGHDAD – Sgt. Twyla Gange, aide to Maj. Gen.

William McCoy, commanding general of the U.S. Army

Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, met with

President George Bush when he visited Soldiers at the

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad June 13.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

BAGHDAD – Navy Lieutenant Joel McMillan (rear left), Officer in Charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region

Central District’s Taji office, joined two musicians from the Taji Military Band for a trumpet trio signaling the arrival of band

instruments that were donated by Americans. Others above include Taji’s senior U.S. military advisor Col. Paul Linkenhoker,

GRC project engineer Ghassem Khosrownia, Taji GRC Resident Engineer Fred Nightengale, and Navy Lieutenant Glen Messer.

The faces of the Iraqi band members have been blurred in the photo to protect their identity and help ensure their safety.

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Army News Service


Army service uniforms will be

streamlined to one blue Army

Service Uniform, the Army

announced June 6.

“World-class Soldiers deserve a simpli-

fied, quality uniform. The blue Army serv-

ice uniform is a traditional uniform that is

consistent with the Army’s most honored

traditions,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army

Kenneth O. Preston.

“We have all of these variations of uni-

forms – green, blue and white,” said Army

Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker.

“It makes sense for us to go to one tradi-

tional uniform that is really sharp and high

quality and which Soldiers will be very

proud to wear. And that’s what we’ve done

by adopting this blue Army Service

Uniform that reflects simplicity, quality,

utility and tradition.”

Many Soldiers already own an Army

Blue Uniform (which will now be called

the Army Service Uniform) and may con-

tinue to wear it. Improvements will be

made to the fabric and fit. Reduction of the

number of uniforms will reduce the burden

on Soldiers for purchases and alteration


Introduction in the Army Military

Clothing Sales Stores should begin in

fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Introduction

in the clothing bag should begin first quar-

ter 2009.

The mandatory possession date is

expected to be fourth quarter fiscal 2011.

A wear-out date for the Army Green

Class A and White Dress uniforms will be

determined at a later date.

The consolidation of Army service uni-

forms is part of a streamlining process. In

2004, the Army reduced the number of bat-

tle dress uniforms from three to one when

it adopted the Army Combat Uniform in

place of the Woodland Green Battle Dress

Uniform (winter and summer versions) and

the Desert Combat Uniform.

That uniform consolidation has been a

resounding success in terms of soldier

acceptance and reducing the variety of

combat uniforms with which they must


Army Blue as a uniform color traces its

origins back to the National Blue and was

first worn by Soldiers in the Continental

Army of 1779.

Besides tradition, the Army Service

Uniform reflects utility, simplicity and


In utility, the blue Army Service

Uniform provides a basic set of compo-

nents that allow Soldiers to dress from the

lowest end to the highest end of service

uniforms with little variation required.

In simplicity, the blue Army Service

Uniform eliminates the need for numerous

sets of green Class A uniforms, service

blue uniforms and, for some, Army white

mess uniforms (and tunics, for women).

Streamlining various service uniforms into

one Army Service Uniform reduces the

burden on Soldiers in the same manner that

the Army Combat Uniform did for the field

utility uniform. In quality, the blue Army

Service Uniform is made of a durable

material that is suitable for daily use with-

out special care.

Army adopts blue service uniform



passed a $94.5 billion bill June 13

to pay for continuing U.S. mili-

tary operations in Iraq and

Afghanistan, hurricane relief,

bird flu preparations and border

security at home.

The House-Senate compro-

mise bill contains $66 billion for

the two wars, bringing the cost of

the three-year-old war in Iraq to

about $320 billion. Operations in

Afghanistan have now tallied

about $89 billion, according to

the Congressional Research


The bill, which passed by a

351-67 vote, had only minimal

debate June 12.

It contains almost $20 billion

in funds to further deal with the

remaining hurricane devastation

along the Gulf Coast. Much of

the money would go to Louisiana

for housing aid, flood control

projects and a new veterans’ hos-

pital in New Orleans. It also pro-

vides funding for small-business

disaster loans, rebuilding federal

facilities and replenishing

Federal Emergency Management

Agency disaster-relief coffers.

The Senate is to clear the

measure for President Bush’s sig-

nature later this week. The big

margin in the House reflected

lawmakers’ support for U.S.

troops overseas despite whatever

reservations they may have about

the war.

The measure’s long legislative

odyssey began in February as a

$92.2 billion request by President

Bush. He subsequently added

another $2.2 billion in Louisiana

levee projects and $1.9 billion for

a border security initiative featur-

ing the deployment of 6,000

National Guard troops to the

U.S.-Mexico border.

The House largely stuck to

Bush’s demands when passing its

version back in March. But the

Senate, led by Appropriations

Committee Chairman Thad

Cochran, R-Miss., responded

with a $109 billion measure that

drew a veto threat from Bush for

add-ons such as $4 billion in farm

disaster aid, $648 million for port

security and $1.1 billion in aid to

the Gulf Coast seafood industry.

But House negotiators killed a

controversial Senate project to

pay CSX Transportation $700

million for a recently rebuilt

freight rail line along the

Mississippi coast so the state

could use its path for a new East-

West highway.

The project had earned scorn-

ful media coverage and protests

from the White House and con-

servative activists.

House passes $20 billionwartime spending bill Story by Andrew TaylorAssociated Press

MND-B Soldiers celebrateArmy Birthday June 14

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling (left), Pfc. Matthew Elza, 19, represent-

ing the youngest Soldiers in the division, and Maj. Gen. J. D. Thurman, commanding general,

Multi-National Division – Baghdad and 4th Infantry Division, celebrate the Army’s 231st birthday

by cutting a cake at the division headquarters here June 14. Thurman asked everyone to reflect

on the great history of the Army and to remember the 107 fallen Soldiers of the division and the

many wounded who have paid a high price for freedom.

“We are the greatest Army in the world; it’s not only the training and the best equipment, it’s

the people in our Army. It’s the high level of dedication, the sense of purpose and their loyalty

that make them the best,” said Thurman.

Photo by 1st Sgt. Robert Heberling, 363rd MPAD

Photo courtesy of

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@ 8 p.m.


Salsa Night@ 8 p.m.

FFRRIIFFRRIIReggae @ 8 p.m.


Division Fourth

of July Show @ 9 p.m.

Division MWR

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JuneDivision MWR Calendar


Military and police transition

teams are specially trained U.S.

servicemembers embedded with

the Iraqi army and function as

liaisons who advise, train, and

assist the Iraqi Security Forces in

taking responsibility for Iraq’s


Many U.S. transition teams

live and train away from the

comforts of Coalition Forces din-

ing facilities. For practical pur-

poses, and to increase bonding

and morale with Iraqi army

counterparts, they often eat at

Iraqi army DFACs.

Although Iraqi army meals

are typically both nutritious and

delicious, their food service sani-

tation and hygiene practices may

not be up to American standards.

This places both the IA and CF

at increased risk for food and

water-borne illnesses.

To help minimize these risks,

Multi-National Division –

Baghdad’s preventive medical

section fielded a mobile ‘Tiger

Team’ to train ISF DFAC person-

nel on food service sanitation

and hygiene methods and stan-


According to Tiger Team

member Maj. Paul Argo, envi-

ronmental science officer, MND-

B, a primary goal is to “make

this course a force multiplier to

reduce (disease and non-battle


“Think of the old saying: If

you give a man a fish you help

feed him for a day, but if you

teach him how to fish, you help

feed him for life,” continued


“By training and encouraging

Iraqis to bring up their food serv-

ice standards and getting them to

teach each other, we hope to pro-

mote changes that will lower

food poisoning and other DNBI

for years to come.”

The Tiger Team developed an

eight-hour course to train IA

DFAC personnel. The course

includes three hours of class-

room work on personal hygiene,

food service sanitation and food

inspection criteria. The remain-

ing five hours are devoted to

hands-on classes covering most

aspects of food storage and

preparation, checklists and infor-

mal walk-through inspections.

The first phase of the course

is designed to train the trainers.

Class size is typically limited to

only 15 qualified students

including Iraqi civilian DFAC

contractors, DFAC managers,

transition team members and

Iraqi logistic specialists that

work with food purchases and


“Hands-on demonstrations are

effective and don’t require the

use of interpreters,” said Argo,

who frequently rolls up his

sleeves and gives a practical

demonstration on the correct way

to scour utensils, clean fruit, or

peel potatoes.

“The course includes walk-

thru inspections and discussion

of ways to correct deficiencies

that are identified,” said Argo.

After completing the eight-

hour course, graduates are

expected to use their new skills

at IA DFACs and teach their new

knowledge in follow-up courses

as the primary instructors. The

second phase of the course takes

place approximately 90-120 days

later and entails courtesy re-

inspections of the DFACs to

ensure deficiencies have been

corrected and assist Iraqi instruc-

tors in teaching their own cours-


“During the classes, we’ve

had several IA soldiers actually

come out and say that many had

gotten sick from food at their

DFAC,” said team member Sgt.

Maj. Terence Smith, chief of

food operations for 4th Infantry

Division and lead contract offi-

cer representative for MND-B.

For this reason among others,

Smith said, “the attendees are

attentive and receptive. You

could tell that most students real-

ized the sanitation and food han-

dling shortcomings they had.”

A few unannounced follow-up

inspections have already been

completed in the Baghdad area

of operations. According to

Smith, it is already giving his

team “a real feeling of accom-

plishment” to see that much of

what they have taught is already

being put into practice.

The MND-B Tiger Team has

trained over 200 students at

seven DFACs from the 6th, 8th,

and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions,

and plans to conduct mobile

training at eight more DFACs

before starting the second phase

to reinforce what their students

just learned.

Story and photo by Lt. Col. Mitch Meyers,preventive medicine officer, 4th Inf. Div.

MND-B medical ‘Tiger Team’ trains

Iraqi army food service personnel

BAGHDAD – At an Iraqi army dining facility, Maj. Paul Argo (far left) and Sgt. Maj. Terence Smith, both

with Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s preventive medicine section, conduct an informal walk-

through inspection with Iraqi army DFAC managers in May. ‘Tiger Team’ trains Iraqi Security Forces

DFAC personnel on food service sanitation and hygiene methods and standards.


5K FunWalk check in @ 5:15 a.m.

Closest to the Pin @ 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Texas Hold’em @ 8 p.m.

8 Ball/Spades/Dominoes Tourney

@ 8 p.m.Independence Day

Karaoke Night@ 8 p.m.

Salsa Night@ 8 p.m.

Soccer TeamCaptain’s Mtg.

@ 6 p.m.

R&B Night @ 8 p.m.Soccer Tourney


Closest to the Pin@ 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Chess @ 8 p.m.Texas Hold’em

@ 8 p.m.Volleyball Tourney

@ 7 p.m.Karaoke Night

@ 8 p.m.

Basketball Captain’s

Mtg. @ 6 p.m.Salsa Night@ 8 p.m.

R&B Night@ 8 p.m.

5 on 5 BasketballTourney (TBA)

Closest to the Pin@ 7 a.m. to9 a.m.

Texas Hold’em @ 8 p.m.

Ping PongTourney @ 8 p.m.

Karaoke Night@ 8 p.m.

22 33 44 55 66 77 88

99 1100 1111

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Sequestered in the Green Zone,

Multi-National Baghdad’s

‘Freedom Rest’ is its own world.

Open for just under three years, the

rest and relaxation spot is still a mystery

to many 4th Infantry Division Soldiers.

The mini-resort, originally opened in 2003

by 1st Armored Division, has a lot to offer

in its small but beautiful venue.

The purpose of a place like Freedom

Rest is to give Soldiers “a place to relax

and get away from the fight,” said Sgt. 1st

Class Primitivo Talaoc, senior liaison offi-

cer for Freedom Rest, Multi-National

Division – Baghdad.

Soldiers are free to involve themselves

in all the events coordinated by the MWR

staff, or to do nothing at all but stay in

their rooms and sleep, said Taloac.

Another way the staff help Soldiers

enjoy their four-day pass to Freedom Rest

is by encouraging interaction between

Soldiers and the staff.

Talaoc in particular, is credited with

creating an “energetic atmosphere” that

gets Soldiers involved in activities at

Freedom Rest, said Stephen “Steve”

Stelzer, Morale, Welfare and Recreation

supervisor for Freedom Rest, Kellogg,

Brown and Root, who holds a bachelor’s

degree in hospitality management,

When Talaoc took over as the liaison

officer in January, “He said ‘I want you

guys to go out and play games with them.

I want you out there with a bullhorn moti-

vating Soldiers to participate,’” recalled


“It’s better if Soldiers see the staff get-

ting involved,” said Staff Sgt. Ronald

Carpenter, liaison officer for Freedom

Rest, Multi-National Division – Baghdad.

“They’ll know that we care.”

To make this happen, the staff employ

tactics characteristic of a student’s “first

Freedom Rest offers MND-B Soldiers 4-day retreat

BAGHDAD – Soldiers compete to win a Halo tourney while on pass at Freedom Rest May 15. The Freedom Rest staff coordi-

nate many events to help Soldiers relax and enjoy their four days at the mini-resort.

Story and photo by Sgt. Kristin Kemplin 363rd MPAD




Soldier embodied the

true meaning of the

warrior spirit and noncommis-

sioned officer leadership June 6

after sustaining injuries during

combat operations in Hawh

Rajab, a town in South Baghdad.

Staff Sgt. Michell Caldwell,

scout, Troop A, 1st Squadron,

10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 4th

Infantry Division, with the help

of Soldiers from his Troop, re-

enlisted hours after a gun battle

and moments before being air-

lifted to Germany for treatment

of his wounds.

Caldwell was on patrol with

his platoon when they surprised

a group of terrorists preparing to

attack a nearby check point. The

Soldiers came under intense

automatic weapons fire from

both sides of the road at ranges

as close as five meters.

As the senior scout, Caldwell

proceeded in re-directing his

Soldiers to engaging the source

of the fire.

During the battle, Caldwell

was shot through both forearms.

He continued to fight through the

ambush as the platoon main-

tained suppressing fire, destroy-

ing many of the enemy forces,

and allowing Caldwell to be

evacuated to FOB Falcon.

Later in the day, after he was

transported by air to the 10th

Combat Support Hospital in

Baghdad, Lt. Col. James Love,

commander, 1-10 Cav, Capt. Jon

Bodenhamer, commander, Troop

A, and members of his platoon

visited Caldwell following sur-

gery. Though groggy from the

anesthesia, like all good scouts,

he remained alert.

After relating the experience

to Love, Caldwell simply said,

“Sir, I was supposed to re-enlist

today. I want to re-enlist before

I leave.”

The day before the patrol,

Caldwell coordinated with the

squadron re-enlistment NCO to

sign up for another 6 years of


Soldiers from the 10th CSH

jumped at the chance to help out

a soldier in need. Noting that

this was his first re-enlistment in

the intensive care ward, Sgt. 1st

Class Jason Koutsalas, career

counselor, 10th CSH, sprang into

action and prepared the re-enlist-


Later that evening, as doctors

Story by 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Reenlistment day injuries don’tdeter Soldier’s commitment

see freedom rest, pg. 21

BAGHDAD – Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat

Team, 4th Infantry Division, surround Staff Sgt. Michell Caldwell, scout, Troop A, 1-10 Cav, following

his re-enlistment June 6. Moments after he took the oath, he was evacuated to Germany to treat

wounds to both forearms sustained on a combat patrol earlier in the day.

Photo courtesy of 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment

see reenlist, pg. 20

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“Blindness cuts you off

from things; deafness cuts

you off from people.” Helen


Your ears could already

be casualties of war and you

may not even know it yet.

That is because hearing loss

is usually painless and wors-

ens gradually over time, so

that we may not be aware of

it until we are already partial-

ly deaf.

Right now, we are in the

midst of an epidemic of hear-

ing loss in veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi

Freedom. Post deployment noise-induced hearing loss

appears to be a problem in at least one-fourth of Soldiers

returning from a tour of duty in Iraq – a rate about 52 times

higher than in Soldiers who do not deploy.

Hearing loss has always been an occupational risk for

Soldiers, even during peacetime. However, in a war zone

the risk goes up considerably due to the ubiquitous pres-

ence of loud noises. Currently, hearing problems are the

third most common cause of disability seen by the

Veterans Administration.

Prevention:The four “P”s of NIHL are that in most cases it is:

Painless, Progressive, Permanent and PREVENTABLE!!!

The old adage that prevention is better than treatment is

especially true with hearing loss, since in most cases there

is no treatment. Hearing aids and cochlear implants can

help, but will never replace the quality and convenience of

preserved natural hearing.

The best way to prevent hearing damage is to avoid

hazardous noises in the first place. The second best way is

to minimize the time and intensity of exposure to haz-

ardous noises. These are the goals of your unit Hearing

Conservation Officer, who will help the unit comply with

its Hearing Conservation Standard Operating Procedures.

Techniques the HCO may use include:

Engineering controls to reduce loud sounds made by

equipment or positioning it in a place or manner that low-

ers the noise to a non-hazardous level

Administrative controls that reduce Soldiers’ exposure

times or require personnel to use hearing protection


Issuance of hearing-protection equipment, or assuring

that it is available for use, at all noisy work areas;

Assuring that Soldiers at high risk for hearing damage

get tested annually;

Conducting routine and refresher hearing conservation

training to ensure that unit personnel are informed and

reminded of how to mitigate hazardous noise risk factors;


Most importantly, teaching Soldiers the “3-Foot Rule”

– if you have to shout to be heard by someone less than

three feet away, you need hearing protection!

Personal Protective Equipment:Loud noise exposures are not always predictable or

avoidable, especially in a combat zone. Therefore, it is

important to always carry some type of hearing PPE with

you. The main types of hearing PPE are helmets, ear canal

caps, noise muffs and earplugs.

Helmets are best suited for aviators and tankers, but

may be useful for gunners and drivers in other military

vehicles, including motorcycle scouts. They usually

include some sort of integrated communications device

and possibly noise-canceling headphones.

Ear canal caps are a combination of earplugs and noise

muffs. Unlike noise muffs, the temples of eye glasses do

not interfere with proper fit. Ear canal caps can be put on

quickly and are good for short intermittent exposures.

However, they are only effective for noise levels up to 95

decibels (firing an M16 generates 160dB of impact noise).

Earplugs come in several forms including single and

triple flange, and the disposable soft foam or hand-formed

earplugs. If properly fitted and worn correctly, they can

reduce noises by 20 to 30 dB. “Doubling up” earplugs with

earmuffs or a helmet provides much more protection and

should be attempted when personnel are exposed to steady

state noises greater than 120 dB (shooting ranges, heli-

pads, etc.).

The most useful earplugs for Soldiers are the Combat

Arms Earplugs which allow sounds at normal conversa-

tional levels to pass through a hole in the plug, but which

progressively close up with higher noise levels up to 190

dB. To keep earwax from clogging this hole, Soldiers need

to occasionally inspect and wash them with mild soap and


No matter which type of earplugs you use, the impor-

tant thing is to wear them properly. A common mistake is

not inserting the earplugs far enough into the ear canal to

form a good seal. Color-coded earplugs make it easy for

Soldiers and supervisors to visually verify correct place-

ment of the earplugs. If not properly inserted, earplugs are

essentially useless.

Parting Thoughts on Hearing Protection:It seems like just about every day in Iraq someone gets

an eardrum blown out from the blast over-pressure of an

explosion. However, I have yet to see or hear of even one

Soldier getting a ruptured eardrum, or even incurring seri-

ous hearing loss, while properly wearing the Combat Arms


Front-line supervisors must ensure that their Soldiers

both carry and properly wear their CAE when exposed to

loud noises and when going outside the wire. This simple

action can help Soldiers from going home with permanent

hearing loss, disability and possibly having to reclassify

into another military occupational specialty.

For more information on hearing protection, contact

your unit Hearing Conservation Officer or visit the

USACHPPM website at: http://chppm-

By Lt. Col. MitchMeyers, Preventive

medicine officer,4th Inf. Div.

LISTEN UP! – Protect your hearing

“Audiogram showing a marked high frequency hearing loss in the right ear. Starting this month, medics will be able to go online and enter your hearing test results into


FOB LOYALTY, Iraq – The 4th Brigade

Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Retention Office was the first brigade combat

team in the division to complete its retention

mission. The 4th BCT, which is a new unit on a

combat deployment, reached its goal in six

months and four days.

The brigade has an average of 103 percent

retention, with more than $6.4 million paid in

bonus money.

The mission was to reach 100 percent in all

categories, including initial enlistment, mid-

career, career, fiscal-year 2006 expiration term

of service, fiscal year 2007 ETS and the reserve


These averages are the result of a multi-tiered

reenlistment mission, beginning December 7,

tracking reenlistments through June 10.

Pfc. Paul David Ondik4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

Airborne division’s 4th Brigade Combat Teamretention office first to meet division goal MANSOUR, Iraq – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that

rehabilitation is complete on a sewer pump station project that will serv-

ice more than 15,000 Iraqi families in Mansour, Baghdad Province. The

$184,000 Commander’s Emergency Response Program-funded Al-Adl

Sewer Lift Station includes installation of three submersible pumps with

associated control panels; installation of a 50 kVA generator with auto-

matic transfer switch and construction of a new building with a kitchen

and restroom. This completed project provides dependable and effective

removal of sewage, with a state-of-the-art operational pump station. In the

Baghdad Goverorate, there are 46 USACE public works and water proj-

ects programmed, with 15 currently ongoing and 10 complete.

(Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Engineers complete sewer pump project

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Culture ExpertsWith all the attention that ter-

rorist groups have been receiving

lately, especially in the wake of

the death of Abu-Musab al-

Zarqawi, the last thing you want

to read here is a re-hash of all of

that old news, right? Instead, I am

going to re-hash much older

news. Today I am going to tell

you the story of a much older

Middle Eastern terrorist group –

the Hashashin.

The word Hashashin means

“the hashish users.” The

Hashashin group was active in a

large area from Egypt to western Iran in the period from

the 8th to the 14th centuries, and it was known for its

audacious and well-performed political assassinations. In

fact, the word assassin is the anglicized version of the

word Hashashin.

Venetian merchant and adventurer Marco Polo visited

the site of the Hashashin stronghold in Iran shortly after

its destruction by the Mongol Horde. According to Marco

Polo, Hashashin recruits were subjected to an elaborate

initiation process in which the rookies were plied with so

much hashish (perhaps laced with other soporifics) that

they lost consciousness. The recruits would awaken to

find themselves in secret pleasure gardens where they

would be surrounded by uninhibited and scantily-clad

women who would cater to their every whim, and (of

course) more hashish. Upon awakening the second time

in a more earthly setting, the recruits were told that they

had visited Paradise, and that they would return to it if

they were killed in action, or if they performed a particu-

larly daring operation.

Even before Marco Polo, the Western Crusaders had

encountered the Syrian branch of the Hashashin. At one

time the Syrian Hashashin had a loose alliance with the

Crusaders against Saladin, whom they attempted more

than once to murder. Later, especially after the fall of

Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187, they participated in the

Muslim struggle against the Crusaders. From this point

on, the Crusaders – already severely demoralized by the

loss of Jerusalem – became more fearful of the

Hashashin, to whom they ascribed devilish cunning, a

mastery of disguise and knowledge of various European


Count Henry of Champagne visited the Hashashin in

1194 and is reported to have witnessed a remarkable dis-

play of loyalty demonstrated by the followers of the

leader of the Hashashin, known to the West as the “Old

Man of the Mountain.” While walking together in the

castle one day, Henry and the Old Man began to talk

about obedience. “I will show you what obedience

means,” the chief said; he gave a sign, and immediately

two youths leapt from the top of a nearby tower to their

bloody deaths.

Although most stories about the group cannot be con-

firmed, it is believed that some of the Hashashin’s most

notable victims included Nizam al-Mulk (1092), the

Fatimad vizier al-Afdal (1122), Conrad of Montferrat

(1192), the Patriach of Jerusalem (1214), Genghis Khan’s

second son Jagatai (1242), and Raymond II of Tripoli. It

is believed that Saladin, incensed by several nearly suc-

cessful attempts on his life, besieged their chief Syrian

stronghold of Masyaf in 1176 but quickly lifted the siege

after parley, and thereafter attempted to maintain good

relations with the sect. The sect’s own remaining

accounts contain an account that the Old Man himself

sneaked into Saladin’s tent in the heart of his camp and

left a poisoned cake and a note saying “you are in our

power,” on Saladin’s chest as he slept.

Despite many similarities to current-day terrorist

organizations, there is one important difference that must

be noted. Although the Hashashin did indeed carry out

political murders with as much publicity as possible, and

therefore were terrorists, they did not kill innocent


The Hashish-Takers: Sex, drugs, political assassination

By Jake Lester,Senior culturaland political advisor

As we draw nearer to the 4th of

July, Independence Day in the

U.S., everyone should remember

that one of our basic rights as

Americans – and one of the key

rights that we as Soldiers fight for

– is the right to vote.

This right is one of the corner-

stones of our country. It is the

basis of our democracy, set up at

the birth of our nation and was

meticulously written into the

Constitution of the United States.

Throughout the years, social

changes in the United States

forced three additional voting-

related amendments to our

Constitution. These amendments

ensured everyone had a voice.

The 15th Amendment guaranteed

that men of all races be allowed to

vote; the 19th Amendment broke

down the gender barrier and

allowed women to vote; and the

26th Amendment dropped the vot-

ing age to 18. This last was large-

ly in response to public criticism

that if a person was old enough to

die for their country, he or she

should be old enough to have a

voice in its policy-making.

And yet, so many Americans

do not vote. In 2004, according to

the Federal Election Commission,

80 percent of eligible citizens reg-

istered to vote, but out of those,

only 70 percent actually voted.

Being in the military is not an

“excuse” for not voting. The

Federal Voting Assistance

Program ensures that service

members, deployed or not, have a

way to voice their political opin-


The U. S. Department of

Defense ensures all service mem-

bers can register and vote via

absentee ballot. DOD offers a

Federal Post Card Application

form, accepted in most states.

The postage is pre-paid so there is

no processing cost to the service

member. This form is dual pur-

pose as it provides both registra-

tion and also requests an absentee


Recently, the FVAP began

offering an on-live version of the

FPCA. It’s in an Adobe Acrobat

document form and can be down-

loaded at


In addition, the FVAP offers a

website,, that con-

tains information on how to regis-

ter to vote as well as specific vot-

ing information for each state. It

also provides links directly to each

state’s voting office so that service

members can read about the issues

in their state that may be coming

up on the next election date.

Lastly, each unit has an

assigned voting assistance officer.

If you have any trouble register-

ing, or have questions, contact

your chain of command to see

who your VAO is and talk to


Register to vote. It is still the

only way for your voice to be

truly heard.

Story by Capt. Becky Siu,G1 plans officer

The right to vote – use it!

Baghdad Division

Race date: Sunday, July 2, 2006

Start/Finish: Camp Victory Area 51 MWR

Show time: 4:30 a.m. - 5 a.m.

Race start time: 5:30 a.m.

Race: 10 km (6.2 mi)

Register NOW on line at

More race details available on the website.


DJK of BolderBoulderBaghdad on the wheels of steel

Race T-shirt if you finish.

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In the words of the world class chef and tele-

vision personality, Chef Emeril Lagasse,

“Let’s kick it up a notch!” By the time this

edition of “The Ivy Leaf” reaches you, most,

if not all, Soldiers will have received a briefing

about Army Core Values. No, you are right, this

briefing does not represent a change in those val-

ues and it is not new information. Rather, it

serves as a reminder to all of us that we are

bound by a higher standard.

The 4th Infantry Division has hit the mid-tour

mark. You as Soldiers have done this under some

rather difficult times, created by a variety of fac-

tors. Half-way is only that – half the way. What

will the next six months bring? What challenges

will you face? How many more briefings will

you sit through? What will the next set of task-

ings look like? I am sorry that I can not answer

those questions for you, but I can tell you that

there will certainly be more of all of the above!

The half-way point is not the time for us as

Soldiers to let our guard down or to start thinking

that now we “understand how things work,” so

we can relax and enjoy the rest of the tour. If you

think this way, you certainly would not be alone –

nor would you be considered abnormal in any

way. Feelings like these, of complacency, are one

of the human factors that often kick in when we

humans reach the mid-point of a task. However,

complacency costs lives. So, as I stated at the

beginning – “Let’s kick it up a notch!”

This is not the time for any of us to compro-

mise. This is a great time for all Soldiers across

the theater of operations to be reminded that

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor,

Integrity and Personal Courage need to be ever

before us – a foundation upon which all of our

decision are to

be made, as

Soldiers and

as human


The world

is watching

us. Our coun-

try is watch-

ing us. Our God is watching us. It is incumbent

upon each and every one of us to do our best


I truly believe that the majority of Soldiers,

Sailors, Airmen and Marines – Active Duty,

National Guard or Reserve – strive to meet that

mark everyday. As Soldiers, you have made

progress in many areas that has made life for the

people of Iraq significantly better. There is elec-

tric power in areas that had none, water in homes

where it did not exist, crops growing in places

that could not sustain life before, schools rebuilt,

hospitals renovated and people voting, and for

many expressing their opinions publicly for the

first time without fear of reprisal. Unfortunately,

these are not the stories that make the civilian

news in the “outside world.” This fact, however,

should never deter us from our mission; we must

continue to take the high ground and do our best,

day in and day out, to help rebuild the country of

Iraq, knowing that most of these efforts will

never make the evening news.

Stand on your convictions and the Core Values

of being a Soldier in the United States Army, trust

that God will continue to strengthen you for the

tasks before you, and may all that you do bring

great credit upon yourself, the 4th Infantry

Division and the United States of America.

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9 a.m. Catholic Mass

10 a.m. Contemporary Protestant

10:30 a.m. Protestant (Pad 6, Tent


11:15 a.m. Traditional Protestant

4:30 p.m. Protestant

6 p.m. LDS

7 p.m. Praise Service (Gospel)

7:30 p.m. Praise and Testimony (Pad

6, Tent 410)


9 a.m. Catholic Mass


9 a.m. Catholic Mass

6 p.m. LDS Bible Study

7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study (Pad 6,

Tent 410)


5 p.m. Purpose Driven Life

7 p.m. Praise Choir Practice


9 a.m. Catholic Mass

11:15 a.m. Catholic Mass (TOC

Conference room)


6:45 p.m. Catholic Mass (Pad 6,

Tent 410)

Daily 6:30 a.m. TOC Prayer Service

(TOC Conference room)



9 a.m. Contemp. Protestant Worship

10:30 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass

1 p.m. Episcopal Worship Service

3 p.m. Gospel Worship

8 p.m. Collective Protestant Worship


6 p.m. EML Chaplain's Briefing

7 p.m. Bible Study


7 p.m. Bible Study


6 p.m. EML Chaplain's Brief

7 p.m. Bible Study

8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous


6:30 p.m. Bible Study (Women)

7:30 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal


12 p.m. Islamic Prayer

6 p.m. EML Chaplain's Briefing

7 p.m. Bible Study


7 p.m. Bible Study (Men)

8 p.m. Contemporary Protestant

Praise Band Rehearsal



9:15 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass

10:30 a.m. Contemporary


12:30 p.m. Gospel Protestant

5 p.m. Latter Day Saints

7 p.m. Non Denominational



7 p.m. Gospel Prayer


7 p.m. General Protestant


6:30 p.m. Wicca Circle Meeting



8 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass

10 a.m. Traditional Protestant

11:30 a.m. Lutheran Worship

1 p.m. Latter Day Saints

7 p.m. Traditional Protestant


7 p.m. Bible Study


7 p.m. LDS Bible Study


7 p.m. Bible Study


9 p.m. Prayer & Praise


10 a.m. Reunion & Suicide Brief




9 a.m. Orthodox Liturgy


4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass

7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous


4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mas


4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass

7 p.m. Men’s Gospel Fellowship


4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass

7 p.m. Spanish Bible Study


4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass

6:30 p.m. Shabbat Service

8 p.m. Women’s Gospel Bible Study


5 p.m. Orthodox Vespers

11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist

Religious services, AA meetings,

and mandatory R&R briefingsChaplain’s CornerHalfway is only thatVICTORY CHAPEL SER-



7 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Traditional Protestant Worship

10:30 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass

noon Gospel Protestant Service

2 p.m. Mormon Worship

4 p.m. Episcopal/Lutheran


6 p.m. Contemporary Protestant



10 a.m. SGM’s Meeting

1:30 p.m. Protestant Gospel

Prayer Meeting

3 p.m. R&R -- Reunion and

Suicide Intervention Briefs

7 p.m. Gospel Protestant Bible



7 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal


9:30 a.m. R&R -- Reunion and

Suicide Intervention Briefs

7 p.m. Korean Bible Study

8:30 p.m. Protestant Music



6 p.m. Roman Catholic Music


6:45 p.m. Men’s ‘Purity’ Bible



1 p.m. Jumu’ah (Islamic Prayer)

5 p.m. Prayer Gathering Service

6:30 p.m. Contemporary Worship

Music Rehearsal

8:30 p.m. Protestant Music



9 a.m. Seventh-Day Adventist

Music Practice

11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist

3 p.m. R&R -- Reunion and

Suicide Intervention Briefs

4 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal

7 p.m. Roman Catholic Music


8 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass

Chaplain (Maj.) Gordon Furbay, 131stChaplain Detachment

were preparing Caldwell to be loaded on a

stretcher and begin his journey out of Iraq, his

commander, first sergeant and platoon arrived.

Members of the platoon hung the American flag

over his bed and propped Caldwell up.

Unable to raise his right arm due to multiple

fractures, 1st Sgt. David Yost signed the paper-

work on Caldwell’s behalf and Bodenhamer

administered the oath as the platoon stood at

attention before him.

Moments later, Caldwell was on his way, first

to Germany and later the U.S., for surgery and


Though he will likely not re-join the unit in

Iraq, doctors said he should be fine with a couple

of operations and a few weeks of physical thera-


“I am proud to have been able to make Staff

Sgt. Caldwell’s re-enlistment possible,” said

Koutsalas. “It is all about taking care of


Without question, this was an occasion that no

one in Apache Troop will ever forget, said


A happy ending to a difficult day in Iraq – a

great soldier on his way home, with the promise

of recovery, re-enlisted to continue his service to

the nation and his well-deserved bonus in his



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$ Pay Attention $230th Finance Battalion

“Always There and Ready”

On May 29, President Bush signed the Heroes Earned

Retirement Opportunities – HERO – Act, which amends the

Internal Revenue Code to continue to allow service members to

exclude their military compensation from federal income tax, but

also adds a provision that service members can contribute to an

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) while serving in a combat

zone tax exclusion area.

Military compensation earned by members of the armed forces

while serving in combat zone areas is excluded from federal

income tax. Enlisted members and warrant officers exclude all

such military compensation. Commissioned officers exclude up

to the maximum enlisted pay, plus imminent danger pay for the

months they serve in a combat zone tax exclusion area.

The HERO Act is retroactive to tax year 2004. Therefore,

members who did not make an IRA contribution during 2004 or

2005 because they were not eligible due to combat zone tax exclu-

sion, have until May 28, 2009 (three years from the date of enact-

ment) to make a contribution to an IRA for those years.

Sgt. 1st Class Austin McLaughlin230th Finance BattalionInternal Control noncommissioned officer-in-charge

President Bush Signs New Tax

Legislation for Military Personnel

On May 10, myPay was updated to include a Savings Deposit

Program account balance query function. Service members now

have the option of viewing their current SDP balance and identi-

fying whether all deposits have been properly credited to their


To use this new tool, log on to myPay and select Savings

Deposit Program statement. The account history shows all

deposits made by allotment or cash collection voucher and the

date the transaction was credited to your SDP account. The cur-

rent account balance includes all deposits and accrued interest up

to and including the previous calendar month.

If you made a deposit more than 10 weeks ago and it does not

appear in your account balance; scan a copy of your CCV to ccl-

[emailprotected]. The deposit(s) will be posted to your account

along with any back interest due.

For more information regarding SDP, myPay and other finance

questions, call or stop by your local finance office.

Soldiers can now check Savings

Deposit Program on myPay

Finance Office Hours and Locations.

Liberty Finance Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Stryker Finance Office: Mon.—Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Abu Ghraib Finance Office: Bi-Monthly Thur.—Fri., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Victory Finance Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.

Seitz Finance Office: Bi-Monthly Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Justice Finance Office: Bi-Monthly Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rustamiyah Finance Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.

Taqaddum Finance Office: Mon.—Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat.—Sun.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Falcon Finance Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 p.m. to noon.

Diwaniyah Finance Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scania Finance Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.

Kalsu Finance Office: Mon.—Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prosperity Finance Office: Mon.—Thur. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CPA-US Embassy Finance Office: Mon.—Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Joint Finance Office: Mon.—Thur. & Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Victory Contracting Office: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.

IIGF Disbursing Section: Mon., Wed., Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (by appointment)

CERP Disbursing Section: Mon.—Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.

(by appointment)

day in class.” Icebreakers, such as karaoke and

sumo wrestling, help Soldiers get “comfortable

with one another and get to know each other,” said


One “famous” icebreaker, originated by

Khamis “Jonathan” Younan, MWR staff technician

for KBR, is a dramatic karaoke performance of

Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Complete with

black wig, jeans, t-shirt and the characteristic one

glove, Younan lip-synchs the 1980’s hit and does a

spot-on impression of Jackson’s most famous

dance moves at the initial briefing for military per-

sonnel arriving at the resort. The performance

does a good job of loosening up the audience, said


“Jonathan is the ultimate icebreaker for any

party,” added Raymond “Mike” Hicks, MWR

coordinator, KBR.

The main hall at the vacation spot rivals that of

any hotel. White columns dominate either side of

the hall, connecting the maroon marble floors to

the high ceilings. Several large chandeliers hang

from the ceiling and cast a soft yellow glow onto

the seating areas below

Inside the main hall at Freedom Rest, Soldiers

will discover a movie theater complete with a pop-

corn machine, a dining facility, two saunas, a

video game room, a gym, a small post exchange

and a combination video game, board game, DVD

and CD rental station that houses hundreds of


Also in the main hall are seating areas with

large screen televisions, a ping pong table and a

pool table. The hall also houses an internet café

with a 24-hour morale phone allowing guests to

dial anywhere in the U.S., free of charge. Visitors

are also drawn to the left side of the hall where a

wall of lightly-tinted glass runs the length of the

large room. The glass allows for an impressive

view of the courtyard and the resort’s main attrac-

tion – poolside.

Stepping outside through one of several glass

doors, Soldiers can take a closer look at the two

pools. The larger pool spans the length of the

courtyard and ranges in depth from 20 – four feet.

A “water volleyball” net reaches across the span

of the pool and a basketball hoop is mounted to

the side to allow for water recreation activities. In

the deeper end, two diving platforms and a spring-

board await brave jumpers.

White lounge chairs and umbrella-topped tables

are scattered throughout the courtyard, most cir-

cling the magnificent pool with a few located at a

distance for Soldiers who wish to play cards or

board-games. A second smaller pool in the court-

yard provides fun with four yellow waterslides

that empty out into a shallow pool. A white gaze-

bo located between the two pools offers a respite

from the sun.

In addition to the pools, Freedom Rest houses a

basketball court, football/soccer field and volley-

ball court.

For Soldiers who do want to “get in on the

action” at the R&R spot, MWR coordinators have

put together an exciting collection of team sports,

water competitions and video game tournaments.

Athletic equipment and pools are not the only

things Freedom Rest has going for it. An ener-

getic staff works 24-7 to make sure the needs of

each individual guest is met. There are event cal-

endars for each four-day rotation of Soldiers

through Freedom Rest. Outdoor events include

dodge-ball, basketball, volleyball, flag football,

and “big splash” competitions. The staff also

sprinkles in a schedule of karaoke nights, movie

nights and halo tournaments.

“The KBR staff was awesome,” said Sgt. Tara

Franceshina, human resource manager for the per-

sonnel section, Multi-National Division –

Baghdad. “They really made sure we had a good

time. I actually felt like I was at summer camp.”

The staff likes to stay “one step ahead of the

camps” in getting the latest equipment and games,

said Stelzer.

When Freedom Rest opened in 2003, the enter-

tainment desk boasted “a total of 10 DVDs and 25

X-box games,” said Younan. “Now guests have a

choice from over 615 movies and 200 X-box


“We have improved in a lot of areas quite a

bit,” said Hicks.

The mini-resort is also attracting the attention

of concert and comedy tours circling Iraq. Most

recently, country singer Toby Keith performed

here on Memorial Day to an unprecedented crowd

of more than 1,300 military personnel. The con-

cert provided entertainment to the troops and also

served as a “tool to bring Soldiers to Freedom

Rest to see what it is all about,” said Carpenter.

Ultimately, what Freedom Rest is can be best

summed up by Hicks: “Freedom Rest doesn’t get

Soldiers out of the war zone, but it is an oasis for


freedom rest,

Continued from pg. 17

BAGHDAD – Freedom Rest’s main pool spans the length of the courtyard. Located in the Green

Zone, Freedom Rest is available to all 4th Infantry Division Soldiers wanting to take a four-day pass.

The main hall houses a dining facility, movie theater, video game room, small PX, internet café, two

saunas and various other amenities for Soldiers.

Photo by Sgt. Kristin Kemplin, 363rd MPAD

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CCaarrttoooonn CCoorrnneerr

Keep in mind as you read this that the below

descriptions are about your sun-sign only.

You have other planets that affect you as an

individual and no two individuals have the

same astrological make-up. The sun tends to be the

most obvious part of your personality-your conscious

self. Your moon sign and rising sign are also important

in determining your personality, so if you know your

moon sign and/or your “rising sign,” read them as well

as your sun-sign.

The moon sign you possess generally indicates how

you will act in emotional situations and is more or less

the subconscious self. The rising sign is your “higher

self,”, your expectations and what you are looking for

from life. It also is frequently how you look physically,

i.e., your build, etc.

Lastly this column is not meant to be taken as a serious reflection on who you

are, or what kind of a Soldier you are; it is a light-hearted look at astrological

sun signs for amusem*nt purposes only.

Cancer (Jun. 22 – Jul. 22). The crab . A cardinal water sign ruled by

the Moon. An emotional leader. The Cancer Soldier can be very quiet but is

swift to attack and will do so without hesitation; they get hold of their enemy

just like the crab, and they won’t let go. They don’t give an inch; whatever

needs to be done, they will do it. They make friends for life and are tenacious

and loyal in friendship to an almost unbelievable degree; they never give up on

a friend. Most love to cook so if there is a unit Bar-B-Que, look for the Cancer

to be mixing up the secret sauce.

Scorpio ( Oct. 24 – Nov. 21). The scorpion. A fixed water sign tradi-

tionally ruled by the planet Mars but more recently thought to be ruled by

Pluto. Scorpio Soldiers are powerful people and the emotional protector. They

can make a judgment call in a split second, so trust them. Many Soldiers born

under this sign are adept at night-fighting especially and like to keep close to

the ground. When you are in a war zone, you definitely want a couple of

Scorpios around. Scorpios love nothing more than a “deep discussion.”

Although they make friends easily, they prefer one-on-one conversations to

groups. Their mind is all about the task ahead – and that is a good thing.

Pisces ( Feb. 19 – Mar. 20 ). The fish. Ruled by the planet Neptune,

more traditionally thought to be ruled by the planet Jupiter. It is a mutable

water sign and an emotional servant. The Pisces Soldier has a deep-seated

desire to get the job done. He or she has a great eye, as the artist they are, for

seeing the “big picture.” They want to win, but with “flying colors” and for

everyone to be able to move in their own direction and they truly do want to let

freedom ring, in the ears of all mankind. Pisces hate discomfort and pain, in

themselves or others.

By Nancy AndersonAstrologer

Waukomis, Okla., theSpirit of America

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Sports Roundupwith Staff Sgt. Christian Farrell363rd MPAD

There’s a term in sports you hear

used all the time – BIG GAME.

Some may say it’s over-used.

The word “big” in sports con-

versations is intended to mean extremely

important. Well, on July 9, there can be

no denying the extreme importance of the

sporting event that’ll be played in Berlin,


No, objectively speaking, this is proba-

bly not as “big” as a match-up of

Yankees-Red Sox or Ohio State-Michigan.

On July 9, the two finalists from the 2006

World Cup’s original field of 32 teams

will be playing for the right to call them-

selves world champions. It’s the sport of

soccer’s grand prize (only we Americans

call the game soccer … to everyone else

in the world, its football).

The “big” in big game in this case,

may not be “big” enough when you con-

sider an estimated 2 billion people will be

watching the final game or “match” on

television worldwide. Perhaps huge,

colossal or galactic would be a more

appropriate identifier. Many American

Soldiers just don’t understand the “big-

ness” that surrounds this game, me includ-


“What can be bigger than the Super

Bowl?” I asked Army Col. Joseph

Orlandi, Chaplain with Multi-National

Corps – Iraq, recently, before the World

Cup started. “Staff Sgt. Farrell,” he tells

me, “It’s so big, you have no idea. In

South America, Spain, Italy, France,

England, Germany and other countries, it

(soccer) is a religion.”

Col. Orlandi’s background is as diverse

as he is; born and raised outside of Rome,

Italy, he spent the first half of his life in

Italy before moving to New Jersey in

1970. He even played semi-professional

soccer in Italy. For the last 26 years, he

has worn the Army green as a Catholic

chaplain throughout the world.

But what may be the most important

thing to know about Col. Orlandi is that

during the monthlong World Cup compe-

tition, he, ostensibly like the rest of the

world, is not to be bothered during a

match, especially one involving Italy. He

says if his favorite team is playing when

mass is scheduled, he has already

informed his fellow chaplains what they

need to do … change the mass schedule,

or cover for him. “When the World Cup

starts, I don’t exist. You won’t see me dur-

ing the games.”

“Father Football” conceded that World

Cup favorite and defending champion,

Brazil, does have the best team by far.

He says the Brazilians are so talented

with a soccer ball that “it looks as if

they’re dancing on the field rather than

playing.” But with being so good comes

the pressure to win. According to Col.

Orlandi, “If Brazil doesn’t win (the tour-

nament), the country will have a week of

mourning. I guarantee you.”

And while he isn’t guaranteeing his

prediction, what he’d like to see is a

rematch of the 1994 World Cup final held

in the United States – his beloved Italians

versus the “dancing Brazilians.” A dozen

years ago Brazil defeated Italy in a

shootout, 3-2. The Italians still talk

about the loss like it was yesterday, he


On July 9, Col. Orlandi is hoping for a

different outcome. “3-1, Italy wins,” the

chaplain tells me, “you never know.” Col.

Orlandi returns to the U.S. at the end of

June following consecutive six-month

tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

After spending an hour chatting about

“football” with the colorful priest-colonel,

the one thing I can GUARANTEE is this

… he’ll be the one dancing if Italy hap-

pens to win the World Cup.

Editor’s Note: Italy triumphed over

Ghana 2-0 in their first game June 12.

Their second match up, against the U.S.,

June 17 resulted in a 1-1 tie.

The big game … is … soccer (otherwise known in the rest of the world as football)

“The soldiers felt the curricu-

lum was well put together by the

5th Engineer Battalion. The

Iraqis are willing to undergo any

training opportunity, especially if

it’s given by American Soldiers.

They were excited to go to the

Counter-IED training and they

expressed their gratitude toward

us for trying to make them better

soldiers and better prepared for

their upcoming missions,” he


The MP platoon’s leader, who

asked that he and his soldiers not

to be identified by name for secu-

rity reasons, agreed with Capt.

Gonzales’ assessment.

“My soldiers liked the training

and especially liked the different

items representing actual IEDs

that were shared with them. The

classes were well prepared and

incorporated a lot of hands-on


Other MPs also shared their

leader’s positive opinion of the


“This helps us improve our

ability to protect our soldiers and

Iraqi citizens. I felt like I learned

a lot,” one Iraqi Soldier com-


“Any training we can get in

battling IEDs will help improve

the whole Iraqi army. With

detecting IEDs, every little thing

helps,” another MP said.

Capt. Gonzales said the

instruction was invaluable for

Iraqi army soldiers who attended.

“Through working in my role

as a MiTT advisor, I’ve seen the

Iraqi army getting better every-

day. They are a group of motivat-

ed soldiers who want the best for

their country and want their citi-

zens to be able to live a free life.

This course will definitely help

them as they are working toward

taking over the battle space and

this training definitely enables

them to be more effective.”


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TAJI, Iraq -- Sheik Saeed Jassim Hamid (left), Qada chairman walks with Mr. Paul Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformation, and Dr. Ibraheem

A.K. Al Hawaas, clinic supervisor, through the compound of the Tarmiya Medical Clinic, June 2.

Photo by Maj. David Olson, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

ABOVE: CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Maj. Troy Leach, aide-de-camp to the commanding general of Multi-

National Division – Baghdad, chats with Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) during a congressional delega-

tion visit to Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 2. Putnam and three other representatives, including Speaker of

the House, J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), met with MND-B Soldiers to show their support for the work being

done in Iraq. Speaker Hastert offered both a hearty handshake and an Illinois University hat to the

Soldiers in attendance.

LEFT: CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, commander, Multi-National Division – Baghdad,

greets Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) before a meeting between congressional delegates and MND-B

Soldiers. Four representatives from three states made the trip to Camp Liberty June 2 including

Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL). The delegates ate lunch with Soldiers from the states

of Illinois, Florida and Maryland, and expressed their support for the work Soldiers are doing in Iraq.

Photo by Spc. Karl Johnson, 363rd MPAD

Photo by Spc. Karl Johnson, 363rd MPAD

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