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Brigade Reconnaissance Troop plays major role in Fallujah offensive

May 08, 2007 — FALLUJAH, Iraq -- I feel like a fly walking into a room full of frogs, said Sgt. Cory Johnson, a cavalry scout with the 1st Infantry Divisions 3rd Brigade Reconnaissance Troop (BRT).Johnson laughed nervously as he sat talking with his fellow scouts in the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Warhorse on the eve of their departure for Fallujah MORE

Authority transferred over North Central Iraq

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE DANGER, TIKRIT, Iraq - The 1st Infantry Division topped off a successful year in Iraq by handing the reins to the 42nd Infantry Division in a transfer of authority ceremony Monday.Outside the Division Headquarters, which served as the base for the Big Red One over the past year, 1st ID commander, Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste, MORE
Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste, 1st Infantry Division commanding general, receives the Division colors from the Multinational Corps  Iraq Commander, Lt. Gen. John R. Vines while Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, 42nd Infantry Division commander looks on.  A transfer of authority ceremony between the 1st and 42nd Infantry Divisions took place on Feb. 14.  (Photo by Sgt. W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Engineers take over IED clearing mission in North Central Iraq

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq In an effort to make Iraqi roads safer for fellow Soldiers, an Army Reserve company of combat engineers patrol selected roads near Baqubah, Iraq, searching for trouble.Soldiers from Company A, 467any A, 467th Engineer Battalion, Memphis Tennessee, recently took over operations from the 141st Engineer MORE
Engineers take over IED clearing mission in North Central Iraq

An Unexpected Gift

May 08, 2007 — Students and teachers of the Dorah Secondary School in the Al Abarrah Niyiah received an unexpected gift.Members of the Delta Company, 213mpany, 213mpany, 213mpany, 213th Iraqi Army Battalion, along with members of Bravo Company, Task Force 82nd Engineers and Alpha, 411th Civil Affairs Detachment arrived at the school to drop off school supplies on MORE
An unexpected gift

Maintenance Company installs armor kits

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER -- Soldiers arriving in Tikrit, Iraq are now able to have their humvees up-armored, raising the level of protection for convoy travel throughout the country.Soldiers and civilian contractors working with the 557th the 557th Maintenance Company from Fort Irwin, Calif., deployed to Forward Operating Base Speicher, run MORE
Maintenance Company installs armor kits

Future Iraqi EOD Soldiers Learn Demolition and Explosive Recognition

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE GABE, IRAQ -- After the dramatic success of the Iraqi elections, the Iraqi Security Forces continue to improve the security within their local areas. While Coalition Forces work to strengthen the local Iraqi government, the 213th Battalion Kanan Iraqi Army is assuming a more prominent role in their nations security. The Kanan MORE

Task Force 1-77 Armor helps city council get projects off the ground

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE PALIWODA, Iraq Task Force Danger Soldiers over the past year have helped the city council members of Balad build a solid infrastructure. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, helped the council members by get projects off the ground; strengthen their governments kept council members from distracting arguments and irrelevant MORE

Task Force Danger Soldiers help rebuild Balad schools

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE PALIWODA, Iraq In the past year, the Iraqi people in Balad have been able to refurnish and even rebuild their schools here with the help of Task Force Danger Soldiers. In the past students had to overcome obstacles not related to education. Their old facilities were mud huts where hornets built hives in the summer. The new MORE

Task Force 1-77 Armor assists Balad JCC

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE PALIWODA, Iraq Task Force Danger has been working with the Balad City Council since November to develop a Joint Coordination Center.Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor worked with members of the city council to get liaisons from law enforcement, army, Balad Emergency Services Department, radio stations, newspapers, water MORE

Security Plan for Balad implemented prior to the elections

May 08, 2007 — Iraqi police, soldiers as well as local city council members worked together with the U.S. Army to implement a security plan for election sites in Balad, and its surrounding towns.Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment helped Iraqi police and army put up barriers around election sites here to protect the people from vehicle born MORE

Chaplains host prayer breakfast

May 08, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE DANGER, Tikrit, Iraq -- Commanders, chaplains and Soldiers from two Divisions came together Feb. 8 for a relief in place prayer breakfast at Forward Operating Base Danger, Tikrit, Iraq.During the meal, Soldiers from the 42nd and 1st Infantry Divisions heard musical performances by Soldiers from both units and participated in MORE

Task Force 2-2 holds memorial for fallen Soldier

May 08, 2007 — FOB NORMANDY, Iraq As roll call for Company B, 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment rang out over Forward Operating Base Normandy, one Soldier didn't answer.His name was called out three times but there was only silence. A silence not broken until seven rifles crashed in unison three times with a salute to a fallen hero.Pfc. Kevin M. Luna, of Oxford, MORE
The memorial display for Pfc. Kevin M. Luna of Oxford, Calif. sits in front on the stage prior to the start of his memorial ceremony at Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq, Feb. 2.  (Photo by Capt. Kamil Sztalkoper, Task Force 2-2 Infantry)

2-25ID leaders bid farewell to Kirkuk Provincial Council members

May 08, 2007 — KIRKUK, Iraq Second Brigade Combat Team leaders bid farewell to members of Kirkuks first provincial council inside the Kirkuk government building Feb. 3, concluding a successful Election Day in the province.The reason we are gathered here today really is to honor all of you as the first provincial council in Kirkuk, Col. Lloyd Miles, commander of MORE
Col. Lloyd Miles (left at table), commander of 2nd BCT, speaks to Kirkuk Provincial Council members during the luncheon Feb. 3

1-4 CAV Air Troops to inactivate following OIF II

May 08, 2007 — Elements of 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry will be inactivating upon return from the Iraqi theater of operations to the central region.The Department of the Army has directed an initiative to modularize its aviation assets. As part of this plan, Delta, Echo and Foxtrot Troops of 1-4 Cav. will be inactivated on June 15, 2005. According to Maj. MORE
Capt. Luke Mercier of 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, prepares to fly a mission in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter on Jan. 12

Task Force Danger Soldiers crack down on illegal weapons

May 08, 2007 — BAQUBAH, Iraq -- As the war in Iraq continues, efforts are being made to reduce the amount of available weapons used for insurgent attacks on both the Coalition Forces and Iraqi civilians through frequent searches of civilian homes.Soldiers of Task Force 1-6 Field Artillery and members of the Iraqi police conducted a raid, Operation Centaur MORE
POLICE: An Iraqi policeman searches the closet of an Iraqi civilian in the town of Mufrek, Iraq on Feb. 8.