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Three Fallen Heroes Honored For Their Lives and Service

September 23, 2008 — JALALABAD AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Three fallen heroes from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, were honored in two services at remote combat outposts in northeastern Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2008.The tree-covered mountains looked peaceful surrounding the service locations like they could be a part of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado or MORE
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stand at attention for the final roll call for two fallen heross, Spc. Marques Knight and Pvt. Michael Dinterman, on September 15, at a combat outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Honors First Fallen Comrade

September 23, 2008 — KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Soldiers, with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, filed into a crowded room to pay tribute to Pvt. Vincent Winston, Sept. 10, 2008. Winston was the unit's first fallen comrade since their arrival into the southern region of Afghanistan roughly two months MORE
Pvt. Vincent Winston's company commander and first sergeant, Capt. Trevor Voelkel, and 1st Sgt. Mark Kane, kneel to honor the fallen Soldier during a memorial service, Sept. 10, 2008.

"Fenty Idol" Inaugural Competition Hosts Laughs, Talent

September 23, 2008 — JALALABAD, Afghanistan — With nervousness looming in the air, the flickering of the strobe lights in the background and speakers booming with the latest music of today's artists, Soldiers compete in music and dance. The Fenty Idol, modeled after the popular television show, "American Idol," took place at Forward Operation Base Fenty on Sept. 7, MORE
After the event concludes, Command Sgt. Maj. Morrison of Headquarter Headquarters Command, 201st Special Troops Battalion congratulates all the contestants on a job well done for the evening performances.

Closing in on 35 years of service

September 21, 2008 — Camp Taji – The year was 1971, and the Vietnam War was still raging. Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden, Apollo 15 was launched, Walt Disney World opened its gates in Orlando, Florida, and Lance Armstrong, Mary J Blige, and Kid Rock were born. These were only a few of the significant events that happened that year. 1971 MORE
Camp Taji – Sgt. Maj. Kevin Bateman, a native of Salem, Ind., prepares to qualify his M4-carbine at the firing range Sep 15.  Bateman is currently the operations sergeant major for the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James E. Brown Jr., 1st Sustainment Brigade, PAO)

Recycled batteries in Rustimayah

September 21, 2008 — Camp Rustimayah – There was no lack of activity inside the Level III Maintenance facility in Rustimayah; Iraqi Army maintenance technicians were busy changing tires, repairing carburetors, fixing fuel pumps, doing body repairs, and even welding - a big turnaround compared to a year ago. "I think the biggest impact that we have had is just to be MORE
Camp Rustimayah – An Iraqi Army maintenance technician attempts to fix a failed fuel injection system here Sep 12.  Soldiers with the Logistics Training Advisory Team, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustinment Brigade, work hard to assist these technicians in their day-to-day work.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James E. Brown Jr., 1st Sustainment Brigade, PAO)

“Make Made It Happen” is coming home

September 21, 2008 — CAMP LIBERTY — Fifteen months ago, the 168th Brigade Support Battalion departed Fort Sill, Okla. to take on a daunting mission, support Multi-National Division-Baghdad and Central (MND-B/C) and the 80,000 Soldiers therein. This mission is staggering when you consider the 168th BSB is designed to support the 214th Fires Brigade and their 3,000 MORE

Band of Brothers

September 17, 2008 — Camp Taji – One by one, a half-dozen, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP) entered a gravel parking lot outside the 1038th Horizontal Construction Company motor pool. The Soldiers jumped out and went to work filling coolers with fresh bags of ice, water, and Gatorade to ensure there was plenty of fluid to drink throughout the day. The MORE
Camp Taji – Quick Reaction Force Turret Gunner, Pvt. 1st Class Robert Glenn, a native of Riverview, Mich., and a Soldier with the 1038th Horizontal Construction Company, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade, maintains security in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles turret, while patrolling in a mounted convoy Sep 10.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James E. Brown Jr., 1st Sustainment Brigade, PAO)

2-2 Infantry honors first fallen comrade

September 16, 2008 — KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (September 15, 2008) — Hundreds of Soldiers, with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, filed into a crowded room to pay tribute to Pvt. Vincent Winston, Sep. 10. Winston was the unit's first fallen comrade since their arrival into the southern region of Afghanistan MORE
Soldiers with Company C., 2-2 Inf. Reg., 3rd BCT, 1st ID, honor Pvt. Vincent Winston during a memorial service, Sep. 10.

Light Infantrymen Patrol Afghan Market

September 15, 2008 — KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (September 15, 2008) — The fluttering wings of a chicken beat rapidly against a metal balance-scale while an Afghan merchant weighed out the cost. Bloody animal carcasses suspended high in the entrance of a butchers' shop and the aroma of round, flat bread lingered in the Afghanistan air, as Soldiers with Company C., MORE
Staff Sgt. Lester Medina, a 2-2 Inf. Soldier, greets two Afghan boys during a visit to a bazaar in the Maywand district of Afghanistan, Aug. 29. The purpose of the visit was to interact with the local community to better understand their needs.

Keeping the roads, and themselves, safe

September 15, 2008 — CAMP TAJI, Iraq – "Safety First." Everyone has heard the expression. However, for the men and women of the Arkansas National Guard's Bravo Battery, 1-206th Field Artillery, currently assigned to the 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, the phrase can sometimes carry a little more weight.Deployed as a convoy security MORE
CAMP TAJI - Sherwood, Ark. native Staff Sgt. John McMinn, a gunner with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery is pictured just before a recent convoy security mission. Bravo Battery is currently assigned to the 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade and is serving a 270-day tour of duty in Iraq. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron LeBlanc)

Company G carpenter aides in unit organization

September 15, 2008 — CAMP TAJI, Iraq – When Company G, 1st Battalion, of the 206th Field Artillery, currently assigned to the 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade arrived here in April, the unit maintenance shop was very disorganized. Parts were either lying around haphazardly, or on one of three metal shelves with individual sliding MORE
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Piercetown, Ark. native; Staff Sgt. Randall Roberson, a mechanic with Company G, 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery is pictured hard at work on a special project.  Company G is currently assigned to the 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, and is currently serving a 270-day combat tour in Iraq. (U.S. Army Photo by: 1st Lt. Patricia Wakefield)

20,000 barriers into Baghdad

September 15, 2008 — CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The weapon of choice of the Louisiana National Guard's 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion isn't the M2 .50 caliber machine gun. Nor is it the M16 assault rifle, or its little brother, the M4 carbine. Ask any of the world-class logisticians of the 165th, currently deployed to Iraq, to describe which anti-insurgent tool in MORE
CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Weston, Colo. native, Staff Sgt. Jon Waldron (left) and Houston native, Sgt. Thomas Howell (right) of the 15th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade download a concrete barrier from a palletized load system at Joint Security Station Ur, a barrier holding yard in Sadr City. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron LeBlanc)

Aggressive Maintenance Keeps Trucks Rollin’

September 15, 2008 — Camp Taji – "There is nothing better than hearing the scream of impact wrenches and seeing Soldiers hard at work on their vehicles" commented Chief Warrant Officer Rodney Copeland, a native of Washington D.C., and the 15th Transportation Company Maintenance Technician, as he walked through his maintenance bay filled with Palletized Loading Systems MORE
Camp Taji – Heavy wheeled vehicle operator, Spc. Don Langson, a native of Ishpeming, Mich.., and Soldier of the 15th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, works on the Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) on a Palletized Loading System (PLS).
(US Army photo by Capt. Steven Kildow, 15th Trans. Co., 165th CSSB, 1st Sust. Bde.)

At the speed of logistics

September 15, 2008 — CAMP TAJI, Iraq – A French general commanding troops during the dawn of the industrial age famously said that an army marches on its stomach. Nearly 200 years later, our post-industrial conflicts continue to be conducted at the speed of logistics—that is, the speed and efficiency with which supplies can be delivered to the front from the rear. MORE
CAMP TAJI – A shipment of tires exits the Camp Taji Central Receiving and Shipping Point, or CRSP, bound for tactical vehicles in need of fresh rubber. Brig. Gen. Michael Lally, the commanding general of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command praised the Camp Taji CRSP saying “The Camp Taji CRSP yard is doing a fantastic job! Their superb processes, expertise and dedication ensure world-class support to their warfighting customers.”
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaron LeBlanc, 165th CSSB, 1st Sust. Bde)

Signal Soldier gets VIP treatment during reenlistment

September 15, 2008 — CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Sgt. Christopher Johnson, of Colorado Springs, Co., said "I do" to the Army one more time at a reenlistment ceremony held at the Freedom Call Center here Sep 5. What was unique about this ceremony was that the officer administering the oath of reenlistments was not his company commander, Capt. Rubin Neypes, or any officer in his MORE
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Sgt. Christopher Johnson, of Colorado Springs, Co., said I do to the Army one more time at a reenlistment ceremony held at the Freedom Call Center here Sep 5.  Commanding General of Division West and Fort Carson, Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, administered the Oath of Reenlistment via satellite.  “This is the first time I’ve got to do one of these this way,” said Graham.  “I want to thank each one of you Soldiers over there in Iraq for what you do each and every day for this country.  We’re glad to have Master Sergeant Johnson and his Family here today as I know they are very proud of you son.”

(US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryant Maude, 1st Sust. Bde., PAO)