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Election Security Meeting held in Salah Ad Din Province

May 10, 2007 — TIKRIT, Iraq The Iraqi government is committed to providing a safe environment for citizens to cast their ballots on Jan. 30, officials said Tuesday during a meeting to discuss security plans for the upcoming election.The meeting, held at the Salah Ad Din Province government building in downtown Tikrit, was attended by several Iraqi government and MORE
Brig. Gen. Abdulla Hussein Mahammed, deputy governor of Salah Ad Din Province, addresses the audience during an election security plans meeting in Tikrit, Iraq, on Jan. 4. Mahammed is flanked by Brig. Gen. Essa Abed Mahmood, director of the provincial joint coordinating center. (Photo by Spc. Ismail Turay Jr., 196th MPAD)

Task Force Danger presents 4th ING Division with equipment

May 10, 2007 — TIKRIT, Iraq Senior leaders with the 1st Infantry Division presented their 4th Iraqi National Guard Division counterparts with vehicles and other equipment here on Jan. 2.Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste, 1st Infantry Division and Task Force Danger Commander handed the keys of 10 four-wheel drive pickups and four Mercedes Benzes to Lt. Gen. Moufi Aziz MORE
Iraqi National Guard soldiers examine the goods after the 1st Infantry Division presented the ING's 4th Division with weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and other equipment Jan. 2 at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq.  (Photo by Sgt. W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Chemical Warehouse project completed in Bayji

May 10, 2007 — The recent completion of a large chemical warehouse at the Bayji Power plant has resulted in safer and more efficient operations. The warehouse was built by the cooperative work of the 411th civil affairs public works team, the Division engineers and the ministry of electricity.The running of a power plant requires various chemicals for routine MORE
Chemical Warehouse project completed in Bayji

116th BCT soldiers watch Liberty Bowl for New Year celebration in Iraq

May 10, 2007 — KIRKUK, Iraq- Over 200 soldiers from the Boise, Idaho-based 116th Brigade Combat Team brought in the New Year by watching their home team compete in the Liberty Bowl via satellite in the FOB Warrior dining facility here.The games 3:30 p.m. New Years Eve kick-off in Memphis became an 11:30 p.m. kick-off for the fans in Iraqjust in time to bring in MORE
A KBR employee serves Sgt. Imelda Remillard of Boise, Idaho and Spc. Cathy Alberto of Joseph, Ore., both 116th BCT headquarters company soldiers, pieces of the specially-made Boise State University Broncos cake during a New Year celebration in Iraq. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jack White, 116th BCT Public Affairs NCO)

Local leaders and Soldiers combine efforts to renovate school

May 10, 2007 — KIRKUK, Iraq The Dibis City Council, Al Baderi Tribe Leaders and Soldiers from Task Force 2-11 Field Artillery conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated South Hiteen Village School here on December 28.Improving the educational facilities of local schools is an important step towards creating a bright future for the citizens of MORE
Local leaders and Soldiers combine efforts to renovate school

Holiday talents entertain on Brassfield-Mora

May 10, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE BRASSFIELD-MORA, Iraq-On Christmas Eve, Soldiers working at Forward Operating Base Brassfield-Mora near Samarra, Iraq were treated to a rare display of talent and forte from fellow Soldiers as HHC, TF 1-26 hosted a Blue Spader Christmas Talent Show.Spc. Levarus Best of HHC performed the Star Spangled Banner and his rendition MORE
Spc. Jonathan Combs entertains the crowd during a talent show held on Christmas Eve at Forward Operating Base Brassfield-Mora. Combs took first place with his singing and guitar playing. (Photo courtesy of 1-26 Infantry)

No Grinch in Cobra Land

May 10, 2007 — LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq- With medical support being provided to various Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) around area of operations Dagger, medical education classes being taught at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Danger, medical augmentation being provided to 67th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) at FOB Speicher and redeployment operations MORE
Spc. Margie Williams and Spc. Melissa Sistrunk during the Charlie Company, 299th Forward Support Battalion holiday party (Photo by Cpl. Seyboth, Company C, 299th FSB).

USAREUR Commander promotes, reenlists Big Red One Soldiers

May 10, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE DANGER, TIKRIT, Iraq Fifteen 1st Infantry Division Soldiers got the New Year off to a good start by re-enlisting, while a set of twins were promoted during a ceremony here Jan. 1.Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Army Europe Commanding General, re-enlisted and promoted the Soldiers.Bell said any Army reenlistment is a great event, but MORE
Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Army Europe Commanding General, promotes twin brothers Staff. Sgt. Leon Franklin (left) and Staff. Sgt. Levon Franklin at Forward Operating Base Danger, Tikrit, Iraq on Jan. 1. (Photo by Spc. Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers shoot it out with Iraqi Police in friendly soccer game

May 10, 2007 — BULL BASE, Iraq To build camaraderie with the Iraqi Security Forces in Kirkuk, Bravo Company, Task Force 1-21 Infantry, occasionally hosts soccer games with the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) at their patrol base here.Since soccer is the most popular sport in this country and many Iraqis play it religiously, Bravo Company Soldiers were trounced by MORE
Christopher Burnham (middle), an infantryman with Bravo Co., uses his head to hit a soccer ball toward his teammates during a soccer game against Iraqi Police officers Dec. 19 on Bull Base within Kirkuk, Iraq. Bravo Co. lost 2-1 to the Kirkuk Iraqi Police officers. (Photo by Sgt. Sean Kimmons, 25th ID (L) PAO)

Finance Detachment continues efforts with local Iraqi banks

May 10, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq- Delta Detachment, 106th Finance continues to work hand in hand with local Iraqi banks in an effort to stabilize and improve local confidence in an ailing Iraqi banking system. Through meetings with the Kirkuk Provincial bank managers, Finance, along with Civil Affairs elements, has made significant strides with MORE
Capt. Don Herzog meets with the Kikuk Treasurer to discuss banking system needs in Kirkuk. (Photo courtesy of D Detachment, 106th Finance Battalion)

Task Force Danger Soldiers conduct Operation Backbreaker

May 10, 2007 — BUHRIZ POLICE STATION, Iraq Maj. Art Weeks stood back and surveyed the bustling activity of Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Iraqi Police and civilian contractors who had joined forces to re-establish law and order in this town.This is the longest weve been in Buhriz without getting shot at, he said matter-of-factly.The operations MORE
Soldiers from the New Hampshire Army National Guard's 197th Military Police Company, build Hesco barriers during Operation Backbreaker in Behritz, near Ba'qubah, Iraq, Dec. 21. The operation was conducted to secure and fortify a new Iraqi Police station in the town. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Snow, 196th MPAD)

Stepping up to the Plate

May 10, 2007 — Care for soldiers. Professionalism. The Army Values. These are characteristics that all non-commissioned oficers strive to exude. Fortunately, Charlie Detachment, 106th Finance Battalion (FWD)s newest detachment sergeant, Staff Sgt. Ramond Spencer, represents these and more. One of the biggest success stories for our detachment this year is not MORE
Stepping up to the Plate

Meeting Retention Goals No Problem for 1st IDs TF 1-7

May 10, 2007 — FORWARD OPERATING BASE SUMMERALL, Iraq- The hardships and stresses of deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II have not hurt personnel retention statistics for the First Infantry Divisions Task Force 1-7. In fact, in the last few months, TF 1-7 has met or exceeded goals for re-enlisting Soldiers in all categories, from Soldiers just MORE
Lt. Col. Kyle McClelland re-enlists Sgt. Kenneth M. Brown in one of Saddam Husseins former palaces atop the Jabal Makhul mountain range near Bayji, Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Task Force 1-7 Field Artillery)

Task Force Danger on the move

May 10, 2007 — CAMP UDAIRI, KUWAIT -- The 1st Infantry Division and Task Force Danger is on the move. Soldiers from the Big Red One have deployed to Kuwait over the last couple weeks to conduct reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI) tasks.These tasks include transporting large numbers of personnel and equipment. Approximately 17,000 soldiers MORE

2nd BCT assumes authority of Kirkuk area

May 10, 2007 — KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq -- Nearly a year after parachuting into enemy territory, the 173rd Airborne Brigade was relieved of its area of operations by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Feb. 19 during a transfer of authority ceremony here."Today marks the official transfer of authority for the Al Tamin and Al Sulayminiah provinces from the Bayonet Brigade to MORE