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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 25 April 22, 2011 Kurdish Regional Guard Steadfast and LoyalWarrior train at Fire Base Manila Staff Sgt. Carlo Viqueira, squadLongKnife leader, Company B, 1st Battal- ion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division supervises and mentors soldiers from 1st Kurd- ish Regional Guard Brigade as Ironhorse they practice ambush drills with silhouette targets at a rangeDevil near Fire Base Manila in Kirkuk province, Iraq, April 14, 2011. team and squad.” The ambush training tookFit for Any Test place 11 days into a four-week Fit for Any Test training cycle, which includes combat drills, classroom train- ing on map reading and land navigation, and basic medical training. “Most of what we teach them, American Soldiers learn in basic training,” Snyder said. Snyder said training theIronhorse Devil KRGB soldiers presents inter- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO esting challenges beyond just Spc. Andrew Ingram “Okay, good job,” said Staff to Kirkuk province, Iraq as a the language difference. USD-N Public Affairs Sgt. Carlo Viqueira. “Let’s run part of U.S. Division-North, “Their culture is a lot differ- the next squad through it.” to mentor the Kurdish soldiers ent from ours,” he explained. LongKnife FIRE BASE MANILA, Iraq – The Kurdish soldiers as part of their advise, train “In my class of 28 there areSteadfast and Loyal A cool breeze blew through the trekked back up the hill past and assist mission at Fire Base probably 11 who cannot read valley below as Kurdish Re- the silhouette targets represent- Manila, near the city of Cham- or write, but they respect us gional Guard riflemen stalked ing their defeated enemy, and chamal. and are eager to learn what we down the hill, weapons at the watched as their comrades ran “The squad and team lead- have to teach them.” ready. through the ambush scenario. ers seem to have a good grasp The Company B Soldiers Warrior As they approached the ob- Viqueira and other noncom- on what they need to do,” Staff do more than train the KRGB jective, soldiers of 1st Regional missioned officers of Com- Sgt. Timothy Snyder said of soldiers, they strive to set an Guard Brigade began firing on pany B, 1st Battalion, 14th the ambush drills conducted example of what a competent the unsuspecting enemy while Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise April 14. “Now we need to and professional soldier looks advancing two by two, quickly and Assist Task Force, 1st In- get the soldiers comfortable overrunning their adversaries. fantry Division, are deployed in their role as a part of a fire See KRG, Pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 Company A. “We had to sort through an immense amount of in- formation backlogged since at least 2010. One (Soldier) has been tracking (the HVI) for eight months.” This amount of tedious work did not discourage people like Lucas, Scaife said. With an iron-clad work ethic and ambitious passion for his job, he drove on and accomplished the mission, working tireless hours to help his team get their man. Scaife, a member of the signal intelligence team with Lucas, said Lucas is very passionate about language, which translates to a tenacious drive to complete the mission. “He’s dedicated. He will not go home, he will complete the mis- U.S. Army photo sion,” said 1st Sgt. Patrick Thomas, Company A, STB. “If it takes Sgt. Andrew Lucas, a cryptologic linguist assigned to Company A, 36 hours, he’ll stay 36 hours.” Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infan- The difficulty level was “extreme,” ranging from the national try Division, earned recognition as the U.S. Division-North “Ironhorse level down and involving multiple agencies, said Thomas, ad- Strong” Soldier of the Week for his efforts toward assisting U.S. and Iraqi forces capture a high value individual earlier this year. dressing the complexity of the mission. Lucas diligently moved his team to success, providing the co- The U.S. Army’s analytical military occupational specialties ordination and intelligence necessary to successfully capture the provide intelligence support to track and capture high value indi- HVI, often working straight through other shifts. viduals. A cryptologic linguist is one such specialty providing that “He took most of the shifts throughout the day,” said Scaife. support. Lucas is the sort of noncommissioned officer that does not re- Sgt. Andrew Lucas, a cryptologic linguist assigned to Company quire his Soldiers to do anything he wouldn’t do himself, and he A, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st is definitely leading the charge in the linguist section, said Scaife. Infantry Division, played an integral role in one particularly com- Lucas’ attitude and work ethic gains him the respect of subor- plex case. dinates, peers and superiors alike, and earns him the title of “Iron- The particular HVI crossed borders and changed names numer- horse Strong”: Soldier of the Week. ous times, resulting in an immense amount of information from Foremost in Lucas’ mind is professionalism and dependability, various agencies. and he would never do anything to tarnish his professionalism or “That was an intense amount of work,” said Spc. Lila Scaife, paint him as unreliable, said Scaife. ‘Long Knife’ Soldiers train Live fire exercise prepares ‘On Time’ Battalion trains A weekend of ‘Defiance’: IA on urban operations at Iraqi Army soldiers for IA commanders on future Soldiers of 1st BSTB GWTC Lion’s Leap planning celebrate mid tour Page 3 Page 6 Page 7 Page 10 THE Ivy Leaf Task Force Ironhorse Commanding General – Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins The Ivy Leaf is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey Army. Contents of The Ivy Leaf are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. The appearance of advertising in this Task Force Ironhorse Public Affairs publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage TF Ironhorse PAO – Lt. Col. Steve Wollman without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, TF Ironhorse PA NCOIC – Master Sgt. Carmen Daugherty-Glaze marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Spc. Thomas Bixler non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial content of The Ivy Leaf is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the United States Division-North Public Affairs Office. 1st Advise and 2nd Advise and Do you have a story to share? The Ivy Leaf welcomes submissions Assist Task Force Assist Brigade from readers. Send to the USD-N PAO at 1st Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division mil. The Ivy Leaf reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the paper. For further information on deadlines, questions or 4th Advise and comments, email USD-N PAO or call DSN 318-849-0089. Assist Brigade 1st Cavalry Division 2
  3. 3. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 ‘Long Knife’ Soldiers train IA on urban operations at GWTC Spc. Angel Washington 4th AAB Public Affairs 1st Cav. Div., U.S. Division-North CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, moved as a platoon to execute urban operations drills learned from U.S. troopers at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, April 16. Three platoons of 1st Bn. worked along- side U.S. Soldiers assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Ad- vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- sion to rehearse combat tactics as part of Tadreeb al Shamil, an Iraqi Ground Forces Command initiative designed to modernize light infantry units through fire and maneu- ver training. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N “This urban operations training is to get Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division prepare to clear a build- the IA soldiers familiarized with how to set ing during urban operations training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, April 16, 2011. U.S. Soldiers assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Bri- See GWTC, Pg. 5 gade, 1st Cavalry Division trained their Iraqi counterparts on combat skills focused on increas- ing the Iraqi soldiers’ proficiency in securing their area of responsibility. Cont’d from KRG, Pg. 1 rifleman assigned to Regional Guard Brigade. like, said Snyder. “When we started this Snyder said he believes training, it was like when we training the Kurdish soldiers started school,” Kayeem said. and all the security forces in “When you get to school you Iraq serves a vital role in the can’t even read or write, but by successful completion of Op- the time you graduate you are eration New Dawn. an expert—working with the “I love training Soldiers, and Americans is the same.” the mission we are doing right Kayeem said there are three now is essential to the future of major things he hopes to gain Iraq,” said Snyder, who spent from his training with Com- two years as a drill sergeant be- pany B. fore joining Company B. “If we “I want all of my fellow sol- don’t train the Iraqi Forces to diers to show our leaders that protect their people then noth- we are real soldiers who can ing we have done since 2003 accomplish any mission,” he U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO will have mattered, so we take said. “I also want to learn well Pfc. Ali, an infantryman with 1st Regional Guard Brigade, tosses a this job very seriously.” enough to train others because dummy grenade into a mock bunker during assault drills led by U.S. Soldiers of Company B did when the Americans are gone, Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st an outstanding job of show- we will be the teachers. But the Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division at Fire Base Ma- ing the Kurdish troops what most important thing is that I nila in Kirkuk province, Iraq, April 13, 2011. After mastering individual skills, the KRGB soldiers practice drills as teams and squads to build it means to be a good soldier, want to serve my people and unit cohesion. said Pfc. Juanyyoo Kayeem, a protect them well.” 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 Ninewa Operations Command celebrates security progress Capt. Philip Crabtree manding general of U.S. Di- forces and its leadership,” said 4th AAB Public Affairs vision-North and 4th Infantry Strange, a native of Leaven- 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Division. worth, Kan. “I continue to re- There has been significant, main impressed with the NiOC MOSUL, Iraq— Three years visible progress across Ninewa and especially the leadership of ago, Iraqi leaders in Ninewa in recent years, Perkins added. its commander, staff Lt. Gen. province established the Perkins served as the key- Hassan. He continues to rec- Ninewa Operations Command, note speaker for U.S. forces at ognize the accomplishments and since then, efforts of Iraqi the event, which included more of each of his Iraqi Security U.S. Army photo by Capt. Philip Crabtree Security Forces in the region than 300 guests, featuring tribal Forces as he fosters teamwork An Iraqi girl dances and sings led to greater security and vis- sheikhs, the Ninewa Police Di- among them. The future of Iraq with her classmates during a ible progress for residents in rectorate, Iraqi Army soldiers, a is a bright one.” formal program celebrating prog- Mosul and throughout the prov- provincial government delega- Part of the progress Ninewa ress in security at the Ninewa Operations Command, April 19, ince. tion, and U.S. Soldiers assigned has experienced came about 2011. To announce the great strides to the 4th Advise and Assist through a strong partnership made since 2008, the NiOC cel- Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, between the Iraqi Army, Iraqi The training lasts approximate- ebrated both security successes who partnered with the NiOC Police, 3rd Federal Police, and ly one month and is designed and hope for the future, April to advise, train and assist ISF in the U.S. Army. Soldiers as- to modernize the Iraqi units, 19, by featuring a photo gal- their operations. signed to the 4th AAB, 1st Cav. making them a more capable lery illustrating progress seen “There has been slow prog- Div., are currently partnered force for security throughout throughout Ninewa. ress here, but progress nonethe- with 3rd IA Div. to train infan- the province. “People have made the ul- less,” said Lt. Col. Ra’ad, com- try battalions at the Ghuzlani Perkins praised the efforts timate sacrifice—have given mander of 2nd Battalion, 7th Warrior Training Center, part of of the ISF and offered an op- their lives—for Ninewa,” said Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Divi- an Iraqi Ground Forces Com- timistic view of the future to Maj. Gen. David Perkins, com- sion. “Now the main streets, mand initiative called Tadreeb Ninewa citizens attending the buildings and neighborhoods al Shamil, Arabic for all-inclu- ceremony. are secure.” sive training. “Once you dedicate your- Speeches, poetry and perfor- During training cycles at selves to owning Ninewa, mances by schoolchildren cel- GWTC, located south of Mo- there’s nothing the terrorists ebrated the improvements seen sul, “Long Knife” Brigade Sol- can do,” Perkins said. “We by residents in recent years. diers have trained more than know progress will continue. Throngs of proud spectators 2,000 Iraqi soldiers in light The best days of Ninewa are crowded the auditorium, filling infantry tactics since January. yet to come.” all the seats and spilling into the aisles. “This is an outstanding event which clearly communi- cates the strength of the Iraqi Security Forces and the provin- U.S. Army photo by Capt. Philip Crabtree cial leadership,” said Lt. Col. Maj. Gen. David Perkins, com- John Strange, commander of manding general of U.S. Divi- Task Force Sword, 4th AAB, sion-North and 4th Infantry Divi- 1st Cav. Div., a stability and sion, speaks to hundred of Iraqi residents in attendance at a transition team partnered with program to mark security prog- the IA in Ninewa. ress and a promising future for Following the formal por- Ninewa Province. Established tion of the program, attendees in 2008, the Ninewa Operations Command, which oversees Iraqi toured the photo gallery, which Army operations throughout the included more than 100 images U.S. Army photo by Capt. Philip Crabtree, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N province, coordinated the event showcasing the progress made Iraqi residents from throughout Ninewa province tour a photo gallery and also displayed more than 100 since 2008. exhibit hosted by the Ninewa Operations Command, April 19, 2011. images depicting strides made During a formal ceremony prior to the exhibit, Iraqi and U.S. leaders in security over the past three “The Iraqi peoples’ faith is celebrated security progress in Ninewa since 2008, when the opera- years. well placed in their security tions center was created. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Spc. Arthur Moore, a cavalry scout from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ob- serves Iraqi soldiers clear a room during training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, April 16, 2011. Moore, a native of San Diego, Calif., trained Iraqi soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division on urban operations tactics as part of Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for all inclusive training. Cont’d from GWTC, Pg. 3 As long as the students retain the in- position as platoon leaders from their units formation and tactics learned at GWTC, and American trainers watched the trainees up inner and outer cordon searches prop- they will greatly improve their army in the move closer to their objective. erly while providing security,” said Staff future, said Christenson, a native of Spirit Building on knowledge gleaned from Sgt. Adam Christenson, a fire support non- Lake, Iowa. previous classes and practical exercises at commissioned officer assigned to Troop A. Prior to each platoon’s mission to as- GWTC, the Iraqi soldiers established a se- “Since they’re mostly involved in urban sault the urban objective, platoon leaders curity cordon and eliminated the threat as operations within the cities around them, reviewed operations orders with assistance they moved in and secured the “enemy” this training is perfect.” from 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. Soldiers. stronghold. Each squad learned how to provide se- “The training we’re providing is set- curity during movement and gathered in- ting them up for success,” said Spc. Arthur formation for the given target area. Moore, a Troop A scout from San Diego, As part of the urban operations training, Calif., currently on his second deployment. instructors encompassed many of the drills “They’ll be able to (better) secure their learned in previous classes this month at country with all of the training.” GWTC. “We need this training because when we The Iraqi jinood, Arabic for soldiers, go back to our area of operation, we may learned proper techniques for room and have to clear houses and provide inner and building clearing and pulled security in an outer security,” said 1st Lt. Farhad Moham- open field during the drills. med, a platoon leader in the 1st Bn., 9th The jinood moved tactically through Bde., 3rd IA Div. “It is very good that my the fields, cautious not to give away their soldiers are receiving training from U.S. Soldiers.” Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Bri- The 3rd IA Div. soldiers are scheduled gade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, stack outside to conclude the Tadreeb al Shamil training a mock house during a cordon and search course later this month with a battalion lev- class at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, April 16, 2011. U.S. Soldiers assigned to el live fire exercise at GWTC to showcase Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, their newly learned skills before graduat- 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry ing and returning to their respective bases Division, trained Iraqi soldiers on urban op- across Ninewa province. erations including room clearing procedures and providing inner and outer security. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 Live fire exercise prepares Iraqi Army soldiers for Lion’s Leap Public Affairs Office The final exercise at Mahgoor represents the third phase in the 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Division-North four-tiered training operation of Lion’s Leap, which incorporates multiple IA assets to demonstrate tactical expertise and maneuver CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Leaders capabilities while maintaining communications with and receiv- and soldiers of 12th Iraqi Army Division conducted a final live fire ing instructions from commanders. exercise in preparation for Operation Lion’s Leap, April 19. “The 12th IA is the youngest division in the Iraqi Army,” said Operation Lion’s Leap, a full-spectrum training demonstration Viegas. “This exercise gives them a chance to showcase how showcasing the Iraqi military’s combat prowess, is scheduled to capable of a force they really are.” take place at Mahgoor Training Site in Kirkuk province, Iraq, Their performance at the live fire exercise was indeed impres- later this month. sive, he said. The successful live fire rehearsal at Mahgoor Training Site Viegas said by conducting Operation Lion’s Leap, Iraqi mili- integrated maneuver elements from 12th IA Div.’s Commando tary leaders hope to prove to the Iraqi people that national secu- Battalion, Iraqi Special Operations Forces and fire support from rity forces have the knowledge and skill to maintain the security 47th Brigade’s 120mm mortars as well as Iraqi Air Force support of the country against external military threats. from Mi-17 helicopters. The scenario for Operation Lion’s Leap requires 12th IA Div. Training for the operation started months ago as several agen- soldiers to respond to violent extremists taking over the village of cies within the Iraqi government brought together a plan to dem- Mahgoor. onstrate the Iraqi Security Forces’ independence and readiness to Division leaders demonstrated their planning ability to observ- take full responsibility for the security mission in Iraq. ers by briefing a full operations order explaining their plan to “The 1st AATF Soldiers have done an excellent job advising, retake the village, said Staff Brig. Gen. Ayad, chief of staff for training, and assisting the 12th IA,” said Capt. William Viegas, 12th IA Div. maneuver planner, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st “During the train up for Lion’s Leap, the IA has demonstrated Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division. “But this is an enduring capability,” said Viegas. “I have every confidence it really the 12th IA’s plan and they took ownership of it right from will be conducted safely and effectively.” the start.” Commando Bn. Troops seized a series of three objectives dur- Leaders of 12th IA Div. created a scheme of maneuver that ing the live fire rehearsal. Mortars from 47th Brigade suppressed coordinated ground, air and artillery assets to complete the simu- the enemy on the first two objectives before the commandos lated hostage scenario, said Viegas, a St. Louis, Mo. native. moved in to assault. At the final objective, commandos determined that hostages had been taken by the enemy. At that point, the commandos called to Iraqi Special Operations Forces to fly in and air assault out of Mi-17 helicopters to liberate the hostages and neutralize the enemy. Division leaders were also required to resupply their units with ammunition and evacuate casualties off the battlefield. During the rehearsal, Soldiers of Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div., advised the Iraqi units as observer-controllers, but the U.S. role in the final exercise will be more limited, said Staff Sgt. Derek Ross, squad leader, Company B. “In the past we did a lot of hands on work with the Iraqis,” said Ross who observed the Iraqi mortar men during the exercise. “Right now we are sitting back and they are taking charge of everything while we just perform safety checks.” Ross said after watching the Iraqis, he is confident the 12th IA Div. and the ISF are ready, willing and able to take responsibility U.S. Army photo by Capt. Chad Ashe, USD-N PAO for the mission of protecting the people of Iraq. Iraqi Army soldiers from 12th IA Division communicate and move “We are ready, we have a plan, and it is a good one,” said Lt. while laying down suppressive fire on an objective for the multi-lateral Col. Abdul-Khalic, a staff officer for 12th IA Div. as he observed exercise Lion’s Leap at the Mahgoor Training Site, April 19, 2011. Dur- the action during the live fire rehearsal. “There may be chal- ing the exercise, Iraqi Security Forces aim to display their ability to in- lenges, but as a unit, we are ready for this.” crease defense capability and security for the sovereign state of Iraq. 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 ‘On Time’ Battalion Paul, the LTP’s senior trainer, said while the IA already had its own methods in place for training management and planning, Iraqi trains IA commanders and U.S. leaders cooperated to streamline the process to meet new logistical demands of increased training at KMTB. KMTB, a massive training environment in Diyala province, ac- on future planning commodates battalion-sized IA units in all areas of tactical train- ing, including a battalion live fire training exercise which takes place at the end of each training cycle. Sgt. David Strayer “The units that have gone through KMTB have shown noth- 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ing but proficiency in their soldiering tasks, and a desire to work U.S. Division-North Public Affairs harder in the areas where they needed improvement; so we knew that the actual field training was going off without a hitch,” said JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – Mobile Training Team Soldiers Paul. “What we noticed was that there would be shortages in sup- from 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division met plies such as training rounds, uniforms, and vehicle repair parts.” with staff officers from 19th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division to That is when MTT leaders realized that there were two sides to oversee the capstone event of the IA officers’ Leadership Training the coin, said Paul. Iraqi leaders excelled at tactical training, but Program at Joint Base Balad, April 17. needed improvement in planning, management and logistics. As the final exercise of the course, the MTT tasked Iraqi of- “In response to some of the logistical deficiencies we saw, we ficers with independently developing a 12-month training outline set up the Leadership Training Program for field grade staff offi- for subordinate units to rotate through the nearby Kirkush Military cers that work at the brigade or division level,” said Maj. Andrew Training Base. Sherman, an LTP logistics trainer from HHB, 2nd Bn., 11th FA “The whole purpose of the Leadership Training Program is to Regt. train up the IA division and brigade level staff officers to instill “The training we provide these officers is geared toward long in them the concepts of long-term training management,” said range training plans, how to plan for twelve months into the future, Capt. Joe Mobbley, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd and backwards plan for training cycles and logistical needs such as AAB, 25th Inf. Div. “We often forget how great of a training doc- ammo, food, transportation, and identifying what tasks their troops trine that we have in the U.S. Army; we are trying to impart these need to be trained up on,” said Sherman. “This is crucial for the concepts upon the IA staff officers so that they can take a realistic success of any army.” look at their units to assess what training is needed, then form an As the Iraqi Army continues to train during Operation New appropriate training plan to be able to execute.” Dawn, leaders are refocusing the army’s mission toward conven- Since the initiative to train IA units in small unit tactics began in tional warfare and national defense, while leaving internal coun- 2007, the IA has received sustained training in areas such as weap- terinsurgency operations to Iraq’s police forces. ons proficiency, small unit maneuvering and counter-insurgency “The IA Division is currently undergoing modernization, operations. changing from a light infantry division to a modern, mechanized “This isn’t us teaching them to kick in doors, conduct building infantry division,” said Mobbley. “They will be shifting their mis- raids, or weapons training,” said Maj. Robert Paul, Headquarters sion set from the counterinsurgency and internal concerns to a mis- and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. “They know sion set of a conventional army: protecting the people, the borders, those things and are proficient; they have been training those and the infrastructure or Iraq; this training will greatly aid the com- things for nearly five years. This training is for the field grade of- mand level with the planning and logistics that goes into such a ficers—to teach them ways that they can manage and plan the lo- significant transformation.” gistics and training for their units more effectively.” U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Staff officers from 19th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division listen as Capt. Joe Mobbley, deputy team chief of the Leadership Training Program, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, gives a final briefing before the IA staffers begin the capstone exercise for their LTP training cycle in Diyala province, Iraq, April 17, 2011. After the staff officers trained in logistics, intel- ligence, and training management, class leaders tasked the officers with forming a functional 12-month training plan that will be used to prepare IA units for a future training rotation at the Kirkush Military Training Base. 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 ‘Long Knife’ Soldier named USD-N Soldier of the Quarter Spc. Terence Ewings the Army in a young Soldier like pected out of the average Sol- Parkerson, platoon sergeant for 4th AAB Public Affairs Pfc. Mayora,” said Command dier,” said Griffith, a native of 3rd Platoon, Company C. 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Sgt. Maj. Henry Griffith, senior Washington, D.C. “He’s a great Parkerson helped Mayora enlisted advisor for the 2nd Bn., example for other Soldiers to prepare for the academic con- CONTINGENCY OPERAT- 7th Cav. Regt. “His motivation emulate.” tests by testing him and con- ING SITE MAREZ – Pfc. and drive has gotten him there In preparation for the U.S. ducting mock boards. Nicholas Mayora, an armor to be the division Soldier of the Division-North Soldier of the “He’s a good Soldier,” said crewman assigned to Company Quarter.” Quarter Board and competing Parkerson, a native of Indiano- C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Originally from Nairobi, Ke- against his junior enlisted peers, la, Miss. “He’s very dedicated, Regiment, 4th Advise and As- nya, Mayora assists his platoon Mayora outwitted his fellow 4th learns quickly and is able to per- sist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- at Patrol Base 6 by training and AAB troopers in battalion and form multiple duties here at the sion, recently earned the honor providing security with Iraqi brigade Soldier of the Month patrol base when we need him.” of U.S. Division-North Soldier soldiers assigned to 2nd Iraqi boards. In addition to his routine of the Quarter. Army Division soldiers. With the help of his senior duties at Patrol Base 6, which Mayora, a resident of Dal- U.S. Soldiers at the remote enlisted leaders from Company include pulling guard duty in las, bested other service mem- installation advise, train and as- C, Mayora set out to exemplify a tower or at the entry control bers from northern Iraq during a sist an Iraqi platoon responsible what it means to be a U.S. Army point, Mayora also goes on board competition that tested the for maintaining security opera- Soldier. mounted and dismounted pa- warrior’s military knowledge, tions for their base and nearby “Mayora is just one of those trols with Iraqi soldiers. professionalism and U.S. Army checkpoints. Soldiers that you’re lucky to During his “down time”, values. “Mayora is willing to go have the opportunity to work Mayora studied for the academ- “It’s great to see the future of above and beyond what is ex- with,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dallas ic boards with the intent of suc- cessfully representing his unit. “It feels good to have achieved something like this, and at the same time learn a lot about the U.S. Army,” said Mayora. In late 2009, after earning an Associate’s Degree in Gen- eral Science, Mayora enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army with the goal of becoming a leader. Even though he has only been in the military for 18 months, Mayora believes attain- ing this kind of knowledge will help him throughout his military career. “All of my noncommis- sioned officers and leaders helped me study and prepare me for this, and this is a great achievement that I’m proud of,” said Mayora. Mayora said he plans to con- tinue his undergraduate studies in security and intelligence, at- U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO tend Officer Candidate School Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, senior enlisted leader of U.S. Division-North and 4th Infantry Division, and retire as a general officer in congratulates Pfc. Nicholas Mayora on being named U.S. Division-North Soldier of the Quarter during a ceremony at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, March 29, 2011. the U.S. Army. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 A UH-60 Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter lands at Contingency Operating Site Cobra, Iraq, April 16, 2011. Aviation personnel reallo- cated two MEDEVAC helicopters to COS Co- bra to ensure timely medical assets are avail- able to service members at remote locations across U.S. Division-North. the ‘golden’ one hour required for service members to receive care for injuries requir- ing urgent surgical attention. “The arrival of the MEDEVAC crews greatly increases force protection for our Soldiers in northeastern Diyala province,” said Lt. Col. Joel Miller, Squadron Execu- tive Officer for 2nd Squadron, 14th Cav- alry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Bri- gade, 25th Infantry Division. “This has a significant impact for the area; it provides medical care directly to the service members in Diyala province that were previously just outside the win- U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Kyle Miller, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. dow of coverage for the golden hour,” COS Cobra receives aerial Borowski added. “Now we can quickly retrieve these patients, place them in our aircraft and provide in-route medical care assets, ensures timely all the way to Joint Base Balad until they get to the theater hospital.” medical care for troops Borowski, who serves as the evacuation planner for U.S. Division-North, added that having the helicopters located at COS Cobra instead of JBB is a positive situation Sgt. David Strayer The air assets realigned to Cobra came which brings the helicopters closer to Sol- 109th MPAD about as a result of the Secretary of De- diers in remote locations. U.S. Division-North Public Affairs fense’s plan to ensure critically injured “The moving of the medical air assets to service members can be transported to Cobra essentially cuts the amount of time CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE CO- surgical care within a one hour timeframe it takes for an air MEDEVAC to get a ca- BRA, Iraq – The golden hour—it is known from anywhere in Iraq, said Lt. Col. Mary sualty to a facility where they can receive to service members and military medical Krueger, U.S. Division-North Surgeon. appropriate medical care in half,” said Sgt. personnel as the window in which care In the past, medical personnel on the 1st Class Edgardo Hernandez, the current must be provided to a wounded individual ground at the remote locations mitigated flight operations noncommissioned officer requiring urgent surgical attention. any possible time delays with on-site ser- in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters To ensure that service members’ medi- vice for wounded personnel. Company, 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. cal needs are met at remote locations across “We have medical teams, and trained The reallocation of MEDEVAC helicop- U.S. Division-North, aviation personnel re- combat lifesavers in numerous locations ters to forward bases plays a crucial role in allocated two UH-60 Black Hawk helicop- in Iraq, which helped increase the surviv- ensuring all U.S. Division-North Soldiers ters to Contingency Operating Site Cobra, ability for troops with care until air assets remain under the one hour umbrella of cov- Iraq, April 16. could arrive to transport them to follow-on erage for air transportation to the nearest Elements of 40th Combat Aviation Bri- care,” said Krueger. medical facility, especially at this stage of gade make up the team of air crews, med- More than 540 U.S. service members Operation New Dawn, said Borowski. ics, and maintenance personnel reassigned currently occupy the operational environ- Borowski said even as bases transition to ensure timely medical care for injured ment in Diyala province, where COS Co- to Iraqi control and U.S. Soldiers move service members. bra and several CCPs are located. throughout U.S. Division-North, MEDE- “These assets have been moved to make In the past, if a U.S. service member’s VAC crews will always be ready to provide sure we maintain coverage of Soldiers lo- point of injury occurred in the vicinity of care. cated at (COS) Cobra and all of the check COS Cobra, air medical evacuation assets “This move plays a pivotal role in the points within the combined security mecha- had to be dispatched from and return to broader scope of things,” he said. “It is a nism in Diyala province,” said Maj. Antho- Joint Base Balad, where the theater hospi- significant part of the withdrawal process ny Borowski, Company B, Division Special tal is located. from Iraq.” Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. This process took slightly longer than 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 A weekend of ‘Defiance’ Soldiers of 1st BSTB celebrate mid tour Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney “It was great to get out of the 1st AATF Public Affairs office and come out with my 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Soldiers on this beautiful day,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tonya CONTINGENCY OPERAT- Walker, senior enlisted leader of Soldiers of Company C, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – “I 1st BSTB. Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division use all of their will never leave a fallen com- Because BSTB is a support strength to pull their opponents into a pool of mud during a morale building weekend marking the halfway point of their deployment at rade”—it is a statement out of battalion, many Soldiers are at- Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, April 17, 2011. the Soldiers Creed, the Warrior tached to different companies Ethos, and a declaration Sol- or battalions, and some are sta- the red flag seemed. day morale-building event. diers live by. tioned at completely different Combat engineers of team Teams of eight pulling each “Defiant” Soldiers of 1st operating locations, Walker ex- “Chaos”, Company C, 1st side of the rope dug their feet Brigade Special Troops Battal- plained. BSTB, sprinted across the fin- into the ground and gripped the ion, 1st Advise and Assist Task “I spoke with a Soldier today ish line with their flag held high, rope, anticipating the start. A Force, 1st Infantry Division, who said he hadn’t seen his fel- signifying the importance of flag tied to the middle dipped from Fort Riley, Kan., demon- low BSTB Soldiers in the last never leaving a comrade behind. into the deep pit of mud and strated their camaraderie while three months, and this weekend In addition to individual water while the teams adjusted competing in an event-filled was great because he got to see events, all four companies of their positions. weekend in celebration of 1st and talk with his friends and BSTB put their teamwork to When the whistle blew, in- AATF Soldiers reaching the leaders,” said Walker. the test during ultimate football, stantaneous determination and mid-deployment mark in sup- Soldiers started the weekend volleyball and tug-a-war. strain painted the Soldiers faces port of Operation New Dawn off with a 13.5 mile relay, con- “My favorite event was ulti- and grunts grew louder as the at Contingency Operating Site sisting of nine-Soldier teams mate football,” said Spc. Jeren teams pulled back and forth. The Warrior, April 16-17. running 1.5 miles per Soldier. Fullmore, a military policeman flag shifted from left to right as Although each company As the final team approached from Headquarters and Head- each team endured the ongoing strived to be crowned “Defiant’s the finish, a faded red flag waved quarters Company, 1st BSTB. “I battle of determination to see King,” bringing the companies in the distance. feel like out of all the events that which of them proved stronger. together played an essential role The closer the team came to we have done that event used As team Chaos slid further in the weekend’s events. the finish line, the more vivid the most teamwork, and strat- toward the pit, one member egy, in order to win.” began yelling “Heave- Ho” to Fullmore said the organized motivate his teammates. In uni- morale weekend served as a son, the team began moving the great way to get away from the rope forward saying, “Heave!” daily stresses that he and other and then together, using all their Soldiers deal with on a day-to- strength, pulled the rope back day basis. yelling, “Ho!” “It was great to see the unity The rest of the BSTB Sol- this weekend brought for all of diers watching became inspired the companies, and it was even by the team’s efforts, and joined better to see how much it united them in the chant. Together, the battalion as a whole,” said team Chaos and the supporters Fullmore. motivating them pulled their Team “Chaos,” Company C, 1st Brigade Special Troop Battalion, 1st As the Sunday sun lowered way to victory, leaving the op- Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, run as a team dur- in the sky, the weekend extrava- posing team in a pool of mud, ing the last leg of a 13.5 mile relay race during a weekend of organized ganza closed with a grueling and the engineers crowned as fun at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, April 17, 2011. BSTB contest of tug-o-war—a true “Defiant’s Kings.” Soldiers used the morale building weekend to mark the half way point of their deployment in support of Operation New Dawn. team challenge to end the two- 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: most resilient relationship. Certain military jobs are even more prone to the harsh re- alities of life. Emergency medical folks see Reaching out for help more horrific things in a week than most of us see in a lifetime. Although they are trained professionals, they are also normal men and women, husbands and wives, who Chaplain (Maj.) Paul Foreman Suicide expert Dr. Thomas Joiner pro- cannot help but be impacted by what they Division Family Life Chaplain poses a theory that there are three key mo- see and do. tivational aspects which contribute to sui- The good news is that good leadership In her book Night Falls Fast, psycholo- cide: a sense of being a burden to others, plays the predominant role in lowering sui- gist Kay Redfield Jamison said, “Suicide a profound sense of loneliness, alienation cide. What are some things leaders can do? carries in its aftermath a level of confusion and isolation, and a sense of fearlessness. Leaders can and should hold their Soldiers and devastation that is, for the most part, All three of these motivations or precon- accountable. When you are doing your beyond description.” ditions must be in place before someone monthly or quarterly counseling, include Suicide raises heart-rending questions. will attempt suicide. So long as a person this question in your time with them: “How Why did this happen? Why didn’t we see it remains fearful of death and the actions are you doing?” And then ask it again… coming? Could we have done anything to and consequences of the activities that will “Really, how are you doing?” prevent it? How can we go on? create death, the actual act of suicide is un- Knowing your Soldier’s spouse’s first For the suicide victim, the end has likely. Joiner stated that if you have to have name or the names of their kids says to come, but for those left behind, the dev- all three conditions to have a completed them that you care. Knowing your Sol- astation has just begun. There may be one suicide, it implies that if you prevent just dier’s talents, interests, and passions shows primary victim, but as a bomb thrown into one of the three, you can prevent a suicide you are interested in them as a person. a crowd of people, the collateral damage from taking place. As leaders, we are good at finding where can be massive. This is an interesting theory. But notice our Soldiers are weak, but we need to en- “Suicide doesn’t end pain. It only lays it that two out of three of his causes relate to courage their strengths as well. Leaders on the broken shoulders of the survivors,” relationships. should continually reverse the stigma that said Anne-Grace-Scheinin. Let’s face it, relationships are not al- is still out there of getting help whether it I do not claim to be an expert on the ways easy. Relationships take work. And is for finances, physical, emotion, social or topic of suicide, but one of the reoccurring just as no one gives you a manual on how spiritual problems. Do not be afraid to re- elements in many suicide attempts or com- to raise your new born baby, not many of us fer your Soldier to another leader who may pletions seems to be that of relationships. had relationship skills training growing up. have more life skills than you in working Something happens relationally that throws We do what we do and learn the hard way on a particular problem. people off kilter. Occasionally something most of the time. Starting this Friday, we will be offering in a person’s past gets triggered in a current Military relationships and marriages are weekly training on the topics of relation- relationship that reveals a crack in their besieged by stressors. Soldiers must cope ships, marriage and parenting. Think of it foundation. Sometimes unresolved traumas with extended absences, uncertainty about as a PMCS for your relationships if you of childhood get revisited in the trauma of the future, the regular threat of death, and will. If you are interested or know someone war. Relational resiliency gets tested in in- the emotional and relational challenges of who might be, check out the information credibly difficult ways causing people to re-entering society after deployment. These below and come join us. lose perspective and hope. factors take a toll on even the healthiest and Dinner and a Video: 29 April  Laugh your way to a better relationship Relationships, Marriage and Parenting     (His brain... her brain) Friday nights at 19:05 in the  6 May    The 5 love languages North DFAC side room. 13 May   The #1 key to incredible sex Come join us every Friday while you eat. Explore the difficult  subjects of  relationships, marriage and parenting. Become  20 May   Straight talk on parenting empowered to respond to your wives, husbands, children,  27 May   Sacred marriage... What is it?   girlfriends and boyfriends with the love, compassion, and      Why is it important? wisdom they deserve. Think about how these subjects could  help you as we look forward to redeploying and reintegrating  3 June    Making marriage last a lifetime into family and civilian settings.  10 June   Love and respect  For more information, contact the     (Her need and his need) Division Family Life Chaplain Chaplain (Maj.) Paul Foreman 17 June   How to marry well  (SVOIP) 676-0297     (DSN) 845-6658     (Choosing a mate to marry) 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf April 22, 2011 ‘The Man I Want to Be’ Country star Chris Young is inspired by Soldiers Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney thing you do for us and our U.S. Division-North tactical 1st AATF Public Affairs country.” product development attach- 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Whistles and cheers filled ment, attached to 1st Advise the night sky, when Young and Assist Task Force. “It was CONTINGENCY OPERAT- kicked off the show with one of awesome to get away from the ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – A his number one hit songs, “Be daily stress we endure out here. crowd filled with Soldiers, Air- Gettin’ You Home (The Black When I closed my eyes and let men, and civilians stood and Dress Song).” myself get lost in the music, for applauded as country music The country star said he was just a moment I felt like I was star Chris Young and his band excited to return to Iraq to play home.” took the stage at Contingency for the service members de- The concert brought back Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, ployed in support of Operation vivid memories of carefree fun Iraq, April 18. New Dawn. and laughter with his friends As the crowd’s cheers fell “I came here in 2009, and and family back home, noted quiet, Young scanned the audi- I’ve been waiting to get the Anderson, a Roseville, Calif. ence from left to right, grabbed chance to come back and play Native. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney the microphone and said, “We for the heroes of our nation,” Young finished up the per- love you and we love every- said Chris. “Coming here and formance with another hit song, Country star Chris Young laughs while performing his hit song playing for all of you is my way “The Man I Want to be,” dedi- “Voices” for U.S. Division-North “I came here in of giving back and saying thank cating it to all service members, service members deployed in you for everything that you do.” explaining to the crowd that he 2009, and I’ve been As the concert rolled on, au- wished he could be as strong as support of Operation New Dawn at Contingency Operating Site waiting to get the dience members moved from the men and women serving in Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq April 18, 2011. chance to come back their seats to the front of the Iraq and Afghanistan. stage, singing in unison with the As the concert came to a “Words can’t explain how and play for the he- lyrics of his hit single, “Voices” close, Young set aside the mi- happy I am to be here, and how roes of our nation.” while swaying to the beat. crophone to speak to the audi- much I appreciate all of the “The concert was great!” ence standing in front of him on things you do. Again, I want to – Chris Young said Spc. Walt Anderson, 304th a more personal level. say thanks for everything.” Hey Doc:What can I do about my bad breath? Maj. Kendall Mower ask them. If they agree with your suspicion, lieve it or not, your tongue is also a major Officer in Charge there are a few things you can consider location where bacteria live. Many of the Speicher Dental Clinic changing. bacteria that live on the tongue can pro- When you eat foods that contain strong duce some very nasty smells. Try brushing “Hey Doc: Why is it when I speak to odors such as garlic, fish or onions, the your tongue as well as your teeth—or use people, they back away from me? Can you odor can stay behind even after you fin- a tongue scraper. Your friends will thank help?” – Signed “Sgt. Hal I. Tosis” ish your meal. Mints, gum and mouthwash you. can all help conceal the odors, but you may People also wonder why they get “morn- Dear “Sgt. Tosis,” want to give up the pickled herring before ing breath.” During the night, your mouth Although there may be many reasons your next big date. becomes very dry, less active, and the bac- people are backing away from you, one Poor oral hygiene is another major con- teria are exposed to less oxygen when you of the most common reasons is halitosis, tributor. The mouth has over 300 different sleep. This allows them an optimal envi- also known as bad breath. Bad breath can types of bacteria and other organisms that ronment to “do their thing.” be caused by the foods we eat, poor oral live there. Many of those produce smells Sgt. Hal, I hope this little bit of knowl- hygiene, smoking, obesity, or alcohol con- that are very unpleasant. When you don’t edge helps you get closer to your friends. sumption. brush or floss your teeth regularly, you are Keep your breath fresh, Task Force Iron- If you are concerned about bad breath, encouraging them to stick around and pro- horse! And keep those questions coming. find a trusted friend or significant other and duce their nasty smelling by-products. Be- 12