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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 28 may 13, 2011 1st AATF Soldiers aid in weapons recovery Steadfast and LoyalWarriorLongKnife IronhorseDevilFit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Devil An Iraqi Policeman of the Kirkuk Emergency Services Unit Raid Platoon, assisted by Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, scans a Kirkuk resident into the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment after LongKnife finding suspicious items in the resident’s home, May 4, 2011. The HIIDE is a biometric identification system that allows the user to accuratelySteadfast and Loyal verify a person’s identity after being enrolled in a database. Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux Regiment, attached to 1st Ad- enemy movement, disrupt pos- Staff Sgt. Garin Knutson, an 1st AATF Public Affairs vise and Assist Task Force, 1st sible indirect fire locations, infantryman and tactical site 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Infantry Division, conducted collect intelligence and appre- exploitation coordinator with an early morning raid on a hend suspected violent extrem- Company B, detailed the many Warrior CONTINGENCY OPERAT- home used in the construction ists to better secure Kirkuk and elements that make Operation ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq of rocket rails during Opera- Contingency Operating Site Lion Claw successful. – The Kirkuk Emergency Ser- tion Lion Claw, May 4. Warrior. “The ESU has taken lead vices Unit Raid Platoon, as- Operation Lion Claw is In the crew compartment on this mission,” said Knut- sisted by Soldiers of Company an ongoing series of Iraqi-led of a dimly lit Mine Resistant B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry missions designed to restrict Ambush Protected vehicle, See WEAPONS, Pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 him recognition as “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. During the training, O’Dowd, a native of Omaha, Neb., in- structed partnered security forces soldiers on tactical skills such as map reading, land navigation, mission preparation, patrolling, and basic and advanced rifle marksmanship. “O’Dowd is just great guy to work with,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel Northington, platoon sergeant assigned to 2nd Plt., Troop B. “His willingness to drive on and accomplish the mission sets him apart from my other Soldiers.” Cavalry scouts of Troop B live with and work beside their Iraqi counterparts daily at the security area in Ninewa province. U.S. Army photo Northington said O’Dowd also takes initiative to coordinate ad- ditional combat training and mentor Iraqi soldiers who may have Spc. Charles O’Dowd, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop B, 1st Squad- ron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry challenges understanding the techniques during training sessions Division, pulls security during a mission in Ninewa province. O’Dowd, at the checkpoint. a native of Omaha, Neb., serves as an instructor with partnered Iraqi Training Iraqi troops on scout skills is a good experience, Army and Kurdish Security Forces soldiers at Combined Checkpoint O’Dowd said. 11, near Zumar, Iraq. O’Dowd’s professionalism during training opera- tions earned him the title of “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. “This deployment we are training the Iraqis to protect their peo- ple and improve their security,” said O’Dowd, currently serving on Cavalry scouts assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry his second deployment with the 4th AAB. “It allows me to better Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, my leadership by teaching the Iraqi soldiers.” utilize a wealth of combat and reconnaissance experience to teach O’Dowd said he already had some experience conducting part- Iraqi Security Forces across U.S. Division-North in support of Op- nered operations with Iraqi soldiers following a 2008 deployment eration New Dawn. to southern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Charles O’Dowd, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop B, ex- “He does an outstanding job working with the Iraqis,” said emplified professionalism during mission essential capability op- Northington, a native of Dallas, Texas. “Only a few junior enlisted erations conducted with Iraqi Army and Kurdish Security Forces Soldiers possess the knowledge and leadership skills O’Dowd has. at Combined Checkpoint 11 near Zumar, Iraq, April 27, earning He’s just a good Soldier.” IA soldiers train on ‘Warrior’ brigade soldiers medevac crew braves harsh ‘On time’ battalion assists mechanized vehicles advise iraqi army on conditions to assist fellow in development of IA’s first logistics operations soldier field artillery corps Page 4 Page 7 Page 9 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 – Sgt. 1st Class Brent M. Williams marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Sgt. Coltin Heller 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 May 13, 2011 Cont’d from WEAPONS, Pg. 1 sor, Capt. Matthew Makaryk, commander, Company B, 2nd Bn., 12th Cav. Regt., consid- ered the mission a success. Makaryk reflected on the success of Operation Lion Claw, which took place the day after the death of Osama bin Laden. “Following the events that have happened in the world, for them to go on mission and find something like this vin- dicates our efforts here,” said Makaryk, a Plainfield, Wis., na- tive. “To go on mission and find some ‘no-kidding’ items on an objective, they are excited and look forward to the next one.” Company B Soldiers have seen noticeable growth in their U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Iraqi military counterparts, he Staff Sgt. Garin Knutson, an infantryman from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Ad- said. vise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, and a native of Hesperia, Calif., begins an initial inspec- tion of evidence found at an objective during Operation Lion Claw in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 4, 2011. “They are all from Kirkuk; they all want Kirkuk to be suc- son, a Hesperia, Calif. native. step mission brief, the ESU, rails, how to assemble and fire cessful,” said Makaryk of the “They’re the ones actually en- IP and U.S. Soldiers quickly rocket propelled grenades, and ESU. tering the objectives. We have mounted their vehicles and how to use improvised ex- “I take the advise, train and provided some intelligence to moved to the objective under plosive devices. The soldier assist mission very seriously,” help them along the way, but the cover of darkness. brought the videos to the main he said. “The ESU has contin- they’re basically the ones do- The mission turned out to be room and placed them next to ued to advance since we have ing the raid. We’re just pulling a success because of weapons the evidence found by other been here, but the only way to outer security for them.” and evidence found at the ob- team members, which included know if they are truly success- Lion Claw required com- jective, said Chief Warrant Of- cell phones and SIM cards. ful is to see what Kirkuk looks bined efforts and coordination ficer Shakhawan Fateh, ground The ESU will catch the sus- like in 10 years. If they contin- between the ESU, who per- commander of the ESU Raid pect, said Shakhawan with an ue to build on the efforts we’ve formed the actual raids, U.S. Platoon. ear-to-ear grin, staring at the made and the time that we’ve forces who provided intelli- Shakhawan said the ESU did mounting heap of evidence. spent, then we will know if we gence and outer security, and not capture the main suspect, Shakhawan’s mission advi- have been successful.” Iraqi Police who escorted the but the individual had appar- convoy to the objective. ently used the house as a cache “The ESU is local Iraqi Se- for weapons, ammunition and curity Forces in the area com- rocket-making material. posed of Kurds, Turkomen and While searching the house, Arabs partnered together,” ex- one of the ESU soldiers found plained Knutson. “They are re- instructional DVDs demon- sponsible for securing the area strating how to build rocket in and around Kirkuk City.” An Iraqi citizen scans his thumb- The Kirkuk ESU Raid Pla- print into the Handheld Inter- toon has trained with several agency Identity Detection Equip- U.S. Army units since the onset ment after the Kirkuk Emergency of Operation New Dawn. Services Unit and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regi- “This is the bread and butter ment, 1st Advise and Assist Bri- of dynamic entry teams,” said gade, 1st Cavalry Division found Knutson. “These guys are not suspicious items in the resi- to be taken lightly.” dent’s home in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 4, 2011. After conducting a step by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 IA soldiers train on mechanized vehicles Sgt. David Strayer The M113 is one of the most widely tion,” said Sgt. William Swift, an instructor 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment used infantry vehicles in military history. for M113 driver and maintenance training U.S. Division-North Public Affairs Introduced in 1962, it was the primary ar- with Company B, Brigade Support Battal- mored vehicle used by American forces ion, 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING during the Vietnam War. “Since this is a train-the-trainer course, BASE, Iraq – Iraqi Army soldiers selected M2 and M3 Bradley fighting vehicles we have left all the logistics for the course from four brigades of 5th IA Division con- replaced the M113 as a front-line combat to the IA, so they are troubleshooting all ducted operator training on the M113 Ar- vehicle in the U.S. Army, but the M113 is of their own problems and arranging for mored Personnel Carrier vehicle with as- still used by U.S. Soldiers in support roles fuel, food, and parts if something were to sistance from U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Advise in many of its variations, such as mortar happen to a vehicle,” said Swift. “They are and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, carriers and armored ambulances. essentially facilitating their own training.” April 27. “This training course, like many of the Iraqi military leaders chose the 5th IA During the M113 training cycle, at training courses here at KMTB, has a pur- Division to become one of the first divi- Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, U.S. pose outside simple instruction,” said Mu- sions to be mechanized. All of the training Soldiers train the IA on becoming master wwakkil. “This 10-day course is actually and advising with IA units at KMTB has drivers and vehicle maintenance special- meant to be a train-the-trainer course. We been to prepare soldiers for the new mis- ists, teaching basic operating procedures want these guys to be able to take the train- sion they will take on once U.S. forces and vehicle maneuvering skills, as well as ing that we provide to them and be able to transition out of Iraq later this year, Muw- troubleshooting vehicle malfunctions. retrain soldiers in their own units later.” wakkil explained. “The M113 course lasts ten days, so While the 10-day M113 APC driver and “This is all about getting them ready to there is a good amount of information to fit maintenance course is aimed at successful- take on the conventional mission set of a into that time period,” said Maj. Rasheed ly producing Iraqi Army soldiers who can nation’s army—things like border defense Muwwakkil, a logistics advisor to the Iraqi be called subject matter experts on operat- and protecting the people,” he added. Security Forces. “All of the IA attending ing and conducting user-level maintenance, “That’s why this division has been selected the course are extremely motivated to that is not the course’s only purpose, said to become modernized and mechanized.” learn and take an active part in the Muwwakkil. “All of the training here at KMTB is class, especially when it comes to “This is the fourth M113 course we have slowly coming together; the end product anything hands-on and get- done, and it seems this way across the will be a modernized, well-trained division ting a familiarity with the board, but the IA soldiers that come that is prepared to defend its nation,” Mu- vehicle.” through really are getting better wwakkil said. “Things like the M113 APC and better with each passing rota- training is just one step closer to that end goal.” A vehicle crew of Iraqi Army soldiers negotiates an apex obstacle in an M113 Armored Personnel Car- rier at the driver instruction obstacle course at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, April 27, 2011. The M113 APC training is a 10-day course that provides IA soldiers instruction on vehicle operations, operator level maintenance, and troubleshooting problems. At the end of the course, sev- eral IA soldiers will be selected to remain at KMTB as instructors to train with other Iraqi Army units. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 Mortar training provides IA more firepower An Iraqi Army mortar crew con- ducts an assembly drill at full, or “combat,” speed at Kirkush Mili- tary Training Base, Diyala prov- ince, Iraq, May 7, 2011. on the target. These guys don’t accept failure; they learn on the fly and pick things up really quickly.” Infantry and mortar train- ing classes during Tadreeb al Shamil focus on developing and modernizing IA battalions’ capability to train as cohesive units and take on the mission set of a conventional standing army—protection of the na- tion’s people, borders and in- frastructure. “In the past, the majority of the Iraqi Army, including the 5th Division, were rifleman,” said Carter. “The training that they are getting here, like the 120mm mortars and … field artillery training, is all part of their modernization.” “We are trying to get these guys into the combined arms fight,” Carter continued. “For the last several years these guys have functioned as a coun- ter-insurgency army, but any high-intensity conflict requires a modern army and modern training. That is what they are U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO getting here.” Sgt. David Strayer mortar systems during the cur- enemy with more firepower.” While much of the mor- 109th MPAD rent training cycle at KMTB While IA soldiers who tar training will be devoted USD-N Public Affairs to provide 5th IA Division sol- go through training cycles at to classroom instruction and diers with broader experience KMTB are already trained on hands-on exercises with the KIRKUSH MILITARY using the larger mortar systems. basic infantry skills, most have new 120mm system, U.S. TRAINING BASE, Iraq – Fol- “This is the first training little to no experience with mor- forces still plan to devote equal -lowing four months of suc- cycle that we have included tar systems prior to the course, amounts of time for training cessful training with 60mm and training on the larger 120mm said Staff Sgt. Sylas Carter, a blocks on the 60mm and 81mm 81mm mortar systems, instruc- mortar system,” said 1st Lt. Da- mortar section leader and non- mortar systems that have been tors at Kirkush Military Train- vid Real, Fire Support Officer, commissioned officer in charge trained in the past. ing Base are preparing to add Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st of mortar instruction, Company “The 120mm is a brigade more firepower for Iraqi sol- Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd level asset; the 81 and 60mm diers during Tadreeb al Shamil, and Assist Brigade, 25th Infan- AAB. are battalion and company level the Iraqi Army’s all inclusive try Division. “(The students) “When they come to us on a assets, respectively,” said Cart- training program. are looking forward to receiv- rotation, they really don’t know er. “This ensures that each level U.S. instructors from 2nd ing the training. Not only will anything about mortars, not of command has their own in- Advise and Assist Brigade, it enhance their indirect fire even how to set the things up,” direct fire assets, especially if 25th Infantry Division plan to capability, but it will help them Carter said. “We go from zero things like howitzers are tied phase in training on 120mm be able to take the fight to the knowledge to a guaranteed hit See MORTAR, Pg. 6 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 Cameras strengthen force protection at combined security checkpoints 1st Lt. Kyle Miller Spc. Michael Hubbard, Troop A, 2nd Squad- 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt. ron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, con- 2nd AAB Public Affairs structs mounting brackets to support the 25th Inf. Div., USD-N emplacement of the Rapid Deployment Inte- grated Surveillance System at Contingency CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE CO- Operating Site Cobra, Diyala province, Iraq, BRA, Iraq – From trip wire flares to seis- April 16, 2011. mic and acoustic sensors, U.S. Army scout platoons use a range of high-tech equip- tive and former Army cavalry scout from ment and low-tech guile to compensate for Radcliffe, Ky., coordinated with unit pla- smaller organization size and enhance sur- toon leaders to construct and emplace cam- vivability on the ground during operations. era mounts from available materials. Scouts at the Diyala combined check- Filling sand bags and building wooden points recently emplaced several Rapid structures for the past ten months, Sol- Deployment Integrated Surveillance Sys- diers from Troop A, “Ace High,” are no tems cameras which are normally reserved strangers to the important yet tedious work for much larger bases. involved in force protection. As some Sol- “The RDISS provides the checkpoints diers worked extra security shifts, others with an additional set of eyes and enhances picked up saws and drills to help the FSRs the force protection of our Soldiers operat- emplace the RDISS. ing there,” said Lt. Col. Joel Miller, execu- Bowling said the RDISS camera system tive officer, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry is simple to use, comparing its interface Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, with those of modern video games. 25th Infantry Division. Sitting in front of two flat-screen moni- U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Kyle Miller The RDISS consists of durable outdoor tors, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lemay, a Troop the advanced force protection assets at his cameras that are similar to commercially A scout from Ojai, Calif., navigated the outpost. available versions often employed in malls controls. A twist of the joystick zoomed “At this point, our platoon checkpoint and businesses. the camera in while a few mouse clicks has just as many force protection assets as Equipping the checkpoints with RDISS brought up the “Burn CD” feature. a (larger base) in Iraq,” Switzer said. “You helps protect Soldiers and their Iraqi coun- “It complements our other force protec- name it, we’ve got it; and we’re putting it terparts by increasing their overall situ- tion improvements,” said Lemay. “If some- to good use.” ational awareness, Miller said. one is outside our new gate, an operator can “The squadron command is completely Like any fielded technology, setup be- check the system and realize, it’s one of us dedicated to improving the force protec- came more complicated in an austere and let him in.” tion and security of each one of the check- checkpoint environment. First Lt. Noah Switzer, a platoon leader points,” Miller said. “Nothing is more im- Jeff Bowling, a field support representa- from Summerville, Tenn., commented on portant than the safety of our Soldiers.” Cont’d from MORTAR, Pg. 5 up with a higher priority tar- While fundamental skills re- stone event designed to coor- get, there are still (indirect fire) main the same from system to dinate full-spectrum operations assets available to them and it system, tactical employment of between Iraqi Security Forces brings more guns to the fight.” the different size mortars varies agencies. in difficulty, Carter said. “Not only will the capstone Three Iraqi Army soldiers watch Each system has its own role event showcase the skills, tech- as Spc. Christopher Klenclo, in combat, he said, and famil- nical, and tactical proficiencies a mortar team instructor from Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st iarizing the Iraqi soldiers with that these guys have picked up Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise these roles makes the IA a well- over the last five training rota- and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry rounded, modern army. tions here, it will show their Division, demonstrates the prop- The end of May, and the fifth capacity to function as an or- er procedures for setting up an 81mm mortar system at Kirkush training cycle at KMTB, will ganized, professional national Military Training Base, Diyala mark the onset of Operation security force,” said Real. province, Iraq, May 7, 2011. Iron Lion—a provincial cap- U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 ‘Warrior’ Brigade Soldiers advise Iraqi Army on logistics operations at KMTB parts serves the practical pur- pose of the course, he added. Iraqi soldiers conducting the vehicle maintenance course learn all levels of operator- level maintenance, including preventive maintenance checks and services, and recognizing and cataloging vehicle defaults. “After a PMCS by the man- ual, which includes listing any vehicle defaults, we have the second and third-level mainte- nance guys come in and verify the faults,” said Muwwakkil. “That’s when we start to be able to get into the logistics piece of the equation.” U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO The Iraqi Army currently Iraqi Army soldiers of 5th Iraqi Army Division conduct preventive maintenance checks and services on a uses a manual system of sub- humvee as part of a vehicle maintenance training course at Kirkush Military Training Base, Diyala province, mitting paper forms and getting Iraq, May 9, 2011. The 5th IA Div. soldiers bring their humvees to the Tadreeb al Shamil rotation and learn stamped approval for replace- how to properly conduct PMCS, catalog vehicle defaults and request replacement parts. ment parts requisition and dis- Sgt. David Strayer ing cycles. sow, 2nd AAB Master Gunner tribution. 109th MPAD “The main reason that we and member of the Kirkush U.S. forces are assisting the USD-N Public Affairs started the Tadreeb al Shamil Transition Team, said the driv- IA to transition to an online, sustainment training, like the ers and maintenance class is a automated system that is more KIRKUSH MILITARY vehicle maintenance course, recent addition to the Tadreeb accessible and efficient. TRAINING BASE, Iraq – Sol- was essentially to troubleshoot al Shamil course at KMTB. “In the past, a request form diers of 2nd Advise and Assist the Iraqi Army logistics sys- All the Iraqi soldiers who for something like replacement Brigade, 25th Infantry Divi- tem when it comes to getting conduct vehicle operator train- humvee parts could sit on a sion assisted 5th Iraqi Army things like replacement parts,” ing will also learn basic mainte- desk for a month awaiting an Division and Iraqi Ministry of said Maj. Rasheed Muwwak- nance skills to diversify skills, approval stamp,” said Muw- Defense members in the im- kil, Iraqi Security Forces logis- Wussow said. wakkil. “The automated system provement of logistics systems tics advisor, Headquarters and Iraqi Security Forces began allows the parts request to be at Kirkush Military Training Headquarters Company, 2nd widespread use of the humvee input on a computer and trans- Base, in the Diyala province of AAB, 25th Inf. Div. after working alongside U.S. ferred to the approval authori- Iraq, May 7. Muwwakkil said instructors forces during Operation Iraqi ties at the MOD with a thumb- U.S. forces started a vehicle chose the High Mobility Multi- Freedom and Operation New drive. It simplifies the process.” training initiative with Iraqi purpose Wheeled Vehicle be- Dawn. Muwwakkil added that from soldiers in February as a way to cause of the relative abundance “Now we require every unit rotation to rotation there has test logistical skills with practi- of vehicles within Iraqi units, that comes to KMTB for a been a drastic improvement in cal exercises during Tadreeb al and immediate benefits mainte- training rotation to bring all of each new group’s ability to pro- Shamil, an Iraqi Army initia- nance training could have. their humvees with them,” said vide their own logistical sup- tive focused on collective unit The training serves to evalu- Muwwakkil. “It doesn’t mat- port to IA soldiers. training and modernizing Iraq’s ate Iraqi logistical systems for ter whether they are running or Logistical expertise gleaned ground forces. requesting and receiving re- not; whether they have to push from training at KMTB will During Tadreeb al Shamil, placement vehicle parts, and or pull them to the training cen- be put to the test later this year Arabic for All Inclusive Train- educates the IA soldiers on ter, we require that they bring during Operation Iron Lion, ing, instructors provide training improving maintenance on ve- them all.” a provincial capstone event on infantry and critical support hicle fleets. Bringing vehicles that actu- showcasing the ISF’s capabili- skills during month-long train- Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Wus- ally need maintenance and new ties. 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 101st Brigade Support Battalion leads in safety Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux Spc. Daniel Juliao, a water treatment special- 1st AATF Public Affairs ist assigned to 101st Brigade Support Bat- talion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Infantry Division, gauges fuel levels atop his vehicle while wearing his protective equip- CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE ment to ensure safety prior to a mission at WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers of 101st Bri- Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, gade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and As- May 7, 2011. Soldiers of 101st BSB received the Safety Excellence award for continuously sist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division from maintaining safety while deployed to U.S. Fort Riley, Kan., were awarded the Safety Division-North in support of Operation New Excellence streamer during a presentation Dawn. ceremony at Contingency Operating Site U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO Warrior, May 7. training, along with the Army Readiness Mr. Rusty Gaither, who has done a fantas- The 101st BSB is currently the only bat- Assessment Program, to remain current tic job.” talion in U.S. Division-North and the first within the program’s annual requirements. Safety officers work full time with bri- battalion in 1st Inf. Div. to win the streamer “Receiving this recognition is incredible gades to ensure commanders remain cur- since the award’s establishment in June and an honor for all of us,” said Command rent on programs like ARAP and guarantee 2009, said Mr. Rusty Gaither, safety and Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Adams, 101st BSB’s se- units meet safety standards. occupational health manager, 1st AATF. nior enlisted advisor, and a native of Du- “The Guardians award represents more “This is a big honor for the battalion mas, Texas. “I believe that setting the ex- than just meeting the eligibility require- to receive this recognition,” said Lt. Col. ample and enforcing strict discipline and ments to receive it,” said Gaither, a Porum, Brandon Grubbs, 101st BSB commander. standards by all leaders made the differ- Okla. native. “It is proof that their entire “The credit goes fully to the Soldiers and ence.” unit leadership has engaged their Soldiers leaders who have remained focused on Grubbs said upon taking command and and stressed and enforced the importance safety and have spent long hours conduct- learning about the ARAP, he knew it would of safety standards. The streamer is also ing online Composite Risk Management require a strong effort by his unit to achieve evidence that a safety culture exists in that training as well as assessing risks for every the honor. unit. It is proof of personal ‘buy-in’ of the mission.” “There are so many different programs Army Safety Program by every single Sol- “Guardians” Battalion Soldiers earned out there, but this one gave me a good pic- dier in that unit.” the award after recently completing 12 con- ture as to what our strengths and weakness- Guardians Soldiers continued demon- secutive months without experiencing a se- es were,” said Grubbs, a native of Bakers- strating good safety practices and adhered rious Soldier or unit incident. Additionally, field, Calif. “I would be remiss if I didn’t to battalion safety standards after the cer- every Soldier in the unit completed CRM give thanks to our brigade safety officer, emony ended and Soldiers returned to their duties. Spc. Daniel Juliao, a water treatment specialist from Katy, Texas, assigned to Company A, 101st BSB, proceeded to one of the unit’s many motor pools in order to prepare his vehicle for a mission. Before entering the staging area, Juliao donned his safety gear: a helmet, gloves, reflective belt and eye protection. “We all have been practicing using proper protective procedures,” said Ju- liao. “Safety means everyone comes home. We’re all in a rush to go home, and if that means slowing down would make sure ev- eryone leaves safely, then we will do that.” Col. Michael Pappal, commander of 1st Ad- vise and Assist Task Force,1st Infantry Divi- sion, attaches the Safety Excellence streamer to the 101st Brigade Support Battalion gui- don during the battalion’s award ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, May 7, 2011. The 101st BSB is the only battal- ion in U.S. Division-North and the first battal- ion in 1st Inf. Div. history to receive the Safety Streamer. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 Medevac crew braves harsh conditions of dust storm to assist fellow Soldier 1st Lt. Kyle Miller 2nd Sqdn, 14th Cav. Regt. 2nd AAB Public Affairs 25th Inf. Div., USD-N CONTINGENCY OPERAT- ING SITE COBRA, Iraq – Despite fierce 50-knot winds and blowing dust, an HH-60M Medevac helicopter crew circled Contingency Operat- ing Site Cobra, focused on the importance of their mission— evacuating an injured Soldier to medical care. After a Soldier from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regi- ment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division suffered serious injuries, April 4, medics at the COS Cobra Aid Station quickly realized the dust storm raging outside would turn a routine medevac mission into an extraordinary flight. As with any other day, air U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Kyle Miller, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. ambulance crews from Com- An HH-60M medevac helicopter lifts off as the crew evacuates an injured Soldier from Contingency Oper- ating Site Cobra, Iraq, April 4, 2011. The medevac crew faced low visibility and blowing dust as they flew pany C, 3rd Battalion, 126th through a storm to evacuate the Soldier. Aviation Regiment waited for calls. helicopter technician while the into action. After safely transporting the “The initial call was just like other chief, Sgt. Ron Irwin, is a “It was dusty,” Fuller said patient to the JBB hospital, the running (civilian emergency toolmaker for General Electric with a wry laugh. crew members said they were medical services); you’re al- aircraft engines. “If it had been any worse proud to brave the storm to help ways on call waiting for the The pilot in command, that day, we wouldn’t have a fellow Soldier. phone to go off saying someone Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carl- been legally allowed to take The injured Soldier subse- needs help somewhere,” said ton Fuller, from Barre, Vt., is off,” said Wilson. quently returned to the U.S. and Staff Sgt. Richard Maye, a crew a civil engineer. Co-pilot Chief Less than 15 minutes after is currently recovering. medic from Moriah, N.Y. Warrant Officer 4 Philip Small, the call, the crew lifted off into “It’s a common feeling in The medevac crew serves in who hails from Burlington, Vt., the brown skies over northern the Medevac community,” ex- the Vermont National Guard, works as a full-time guards- Iraq and battled the winds as plained Wilson. “It’s nice to and many work in civilian ca- man. they headed for COS Cobra. do the mission that you train reers related to rotary wing air- Fuller’s crew and other “We were all happy to be on for; you look forward to do- craft. members of Medevac Platoon, the ground, but at that point we ing them, but at the same time “I’m an oddity in the guard,” Company C are currently sta- were concentrating on getting it means someone else is hurt. Maye joked. “During the (drill) tioned at remote COS Cobra the patient on board,” said Wil- When you actually do the mis- weekend and deployment I’m after moving from Joint Base son after the landing. sion, it’s fulfilling.” a medic, but during the week Balad, April 15, to help provide Once the patient was load- Maye said even when the I’m a federal technician. I turn rapid assistance in the event of ed, Fuller and Small lifted the weather goes bad, medevac wrenches on the birds.” an emergency. helicopter into the storm once crews still fulfill their duties. One of the two crew chiefs, When medics at COS Cobra again. “We did our job. When peo- Staff Sgt. Clinton Wilson of called in the medevac request, “It got a little exciting until ple are hurt, we go get them,” Fairhaven, Mass., is a federal the team immediately jumped we leveled off,” said Wilson. he said. 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 ‘On Time’ Battalion assists in development of Iraqi Army’s first Field Artillery Corps Sgt. David Strayer “This is their training; these are their lery Corps grow,” said Thompson. 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment guns,” said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Hellen, an Thompson said the students are moti- U.S. Division-North Public Affairs instructor from Headquarters and Head- vated and willing to learn the new skills. quarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. U.S. and Iraqi instructors at KMTB cur- KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING “It’s up to them and they seem ready to take rently provide infantry units going through BASE, Iraq – Iraqi Army soldiers assigned that responsibility.” Tadreeb al Shamil rotations extensive to 5th IA Division’s newly formed 105th Throughout the crew drills, Iraqi sol- training on mortar systems such as 60mm, Field Artillery Regiment practiced crew diers practiced the fundamentals of em- 81mm, and 120mm mortars. drills on their M198 155mm howitzers at placing, loading, aiming and firing the Prior to the current training cycle at Kirkush Military Training Base, Diyala howitzers as they prepare for a live fire ex- KMTB, Iraqi soldiers had little to no field province, Iraq, May 9. ercise later this month. artillery training or assets. U.S. Soldiers from “On Time,” 2nd Bat- First Lt. Adam Thompson, a senior “There are several of these guys that talion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd M198 weapon system instructor, said the have had experience with mortars,” said Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infan- goal of the program goes beyond simply Hellen. “It gives them a grasp on some of try Division instructed the Iraqi soldiers training Iraqi soldiers on new equipment. the principles of indirect fire; but field artil- during a dedicated field artillery training “The end state of all this is to see a fully lery is a whole new ballgame for most of course at KMTB as the gun crews become functional, self-sustaining field artillery them.” the foundation of the growing IA Field Ar- team that can return to their units and begin “They understand how important this tillery Corps. training others and help their Field Artil- See ARTILLERY, pg. 12 U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO An M198 155mm howitzer crew from 105th Field Artillery Regiment, 5th Iraqi Army Division practice proper firing procedures during a dry fire exercise at Kirkush Military Training Base, Diyala province, Iraq, May 9, 2011. U.S. advisors from 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division started a dedicated field artillery class for IA soldiers at KMTB in April. 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: A prayer for Mothers Chaplain (Maj.) Paul Foreman Some are watching their mothers get and important task of being a mother. Division Life Family Chaplain older, weaker and frailer. Others have We think of those mothers here in Iraq U.S. Division-North recently lost a mother and are walking who find themselves trying to balance the through the grief process. And some are demands of being deployed and trying to Father in Heaven, possibly grieving because, perhaps, they pour love into their children back at home. We just concluded another Mother’s never knew their biological mother. We May you give them the encouragement Day. Obviously words and expressions pray that you would comfort them. that they are doing good work for your on one day are hardly sufficient, but we We think of those who have empty glory. are very much aware of the blessings you arms that long to be filled and wombs that I pray for my personal heroes—single have given, with mothers who have given have never carried. You know the longings mothers who are raising children all alone us birth, loved us, served us, and shaped of their heart and we entrust those long- and living at the very edge of the energy and molded us into the people we are ings to you. and encouragement, often without anyone today. Some come with huge holes in their to come alongside and be that support. Others thank mothers not in the physi- hearts because of the loss of a precious Give them the strength they need each day. cal sense, but know what it was like to little one or little ones through the pain of Give strength as well to mothers who have older women who came alongside us miscarriage. have adopted children and know all the and nurtured us emotionally and spiritu- Others might be burdened for moth- blessings and challenges that adoption can ally. ers that right now are far from us either bring. As a husband, son and a father, I thank physically or estranged from us emotion- Finally Lord, we pray for the joy of you for those women who have cared not ally, making Mother’s Day too painful to motherhood. We pray you would give each only for me but for those I care so signifi- even think about because of what this day of them a little sparkle of the celebra- cantly about. represents in their lives. tion that comes from knowing they have We come to you with many different We pray for all those mothers who right brought another life into the world and feelings in our heart and life even right now face the task of parenting, whether they’ve tended, cared and given the love now, and we entrust those feelings to you. they have children in the home or children that is so desperately needed by every liv- For some of us it’s gratitude. With others, who are now out of the home, but still ing creature. Lord thank you for Moms. its grief, and still others, possibly regret. have a mother’s heart. For your glory and our good. Amen. I think of those for whom this past We pray for your grace, wisdom and Mother’s Day was a hard day. for your power in this incredibly difficult U.S. Division-North Social Media Sites www.twitter/4thInfDiv On the U.S. Division-North social media sites, you can find stories, photos and videos of U.S. Soldiers deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf May 13, 2011 Hey Doc: When medications become dangerous troubling. Medications may be prescription medicine to an- So what can you do if you Lt. Col. Mark Krueger used incorrectly either deliber- other person breaks federal law, have been prescribed a medica- Pharmacy Consultant ately or accidently. and penalties are very severe. tion? USD-N Surgeon Section The Partnership for a Drug- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Medicines, when used in the Free America defines prescrip- Administration reports that six right way, can be absolutely es- Hey Doc: I read that a Holly- tion medicine abuse as using million Americans abuse pre- sential to good recovery and/or wood star recently died from a medication to create an altered scription medicines—more quality of life; but it’s impor- prescription drug overdose. I’m mental state or to get high. than the number of people who tant to pay close attention to now afraid to take my medica- People who abuse prescrip- abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, your health care providers’ and tion because I don’t want to get tion medications often think ecstasy, inhalants and heroin pharmacists’ instructions. hooked. those drugs are safer than combined. Changing how often and -Signed “Just Say No” “street” drugs since they are The bottom line of all these how much medication to take regulated by the U.S. Food and statistics and facts is that the can lead to overdosing. Dear “No,” Drug Administration and pre- abuse of prescription drugs can Share any concerns about Many Americans take pre- scribed by a health care pro- be a problem, and it is correct being hooked on any medica- scription drugs for the treat- vider. for you to be cautious. tions with your health care pro- ment of common medical con- However, doctor prescribed Because people’s bodies are vider. ditions, including behavioral medicines are only safe for the different, the same medicine As long as you carefully fol- health problems. As a society, people for whom they are pre- which works well for one per- low directions, true addiction is we have worked hard to re- scribed and when taken in the son’s pain may be very danger- rare. Remember that if you or move the stigma of seeking right dose. ous, or even deadly, for some- your battle buddy are at risk, treatment. According to a 2008 gov- one else. be sure to seek urgent medical However, when drugs are ernment survey on substance Mixing medications with help. misused or not used for their abuse, more than 70 percent other substances like alcohol Ask questions and be in- intended purpose, they become of prescription drugs that are can be an extremely dangerous volved, after all it’s your body. dangerous and sometimes abused are originally intended cocktail. Nationally, emergency Take care of your self and deadly. for friends or the family of the room visits for prescription and others, “Just Say No,” and As in the rest of America, abuser. Only four percent were nonprescription drug abuse Taskforce Ironhorse, keep those reports of medication misuse bought from a drug dealer. have more than doubled in the questions coming! and abuse in the military are Transferring a controlled past five years. Cont. from ARTILLERY, PG. 10 training cycle is not only to them, but to the pay off when the crews demonstrate their rest of the Iraqi Army, essentially, and they skills, said Thompson, noting the upcom- are really taking it seriously,” Hellen said. ing Operation Iron Lion. Instructors hope to groom the first class Operation Iron Lion is a provincial cap- of artillery graduates into proficient teach- stone exercise intended to showcase the ers capable of extending the artillery cours- ISF’s capability to conduct independent es to fellow soldiers once the students re- operations, scheduled for later this year. turn to their respective bases, Hellen added. “These guys are going to display how Class leaders broke down the Iraqi unit much of an asset they are to their army,” into gun crews, and throughout the course said Thompson. “This particular group will of the training rotation, team members have the knowledge and the pride to be from each crew separated into roles as gun able to say they were the first ones trained crew members, fire direction operators or by the U.S., the first ones on these guns, forward observers. and the ones that stood up the Iraqi Army’s “These guys actually have a huge re- Field Artillery Corps.” sponsibility; they are the backbone, the foundation for what will eventually be- Iraqi field artillery crew members from 105th come the Iraqi Army’s Field Artillery Field Artillery Regiment, 5th Iraqi Army Divi- sion, establish a firing position for their M198 Corps,” said Hellen. “We really want to get 155mm howitzer at Kirkush Military Training them proficient enough to take this back to Base, Diyala province, Iraq, May 9, 2011. Dur- their unit and be able to start training more ing the course of the field artillery training soldiers and become force multipliers.” cycle, instructors provided training on proper techniques to serve as a gun crew member, All of the preparation and training will fire direction operator or forward observer. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD 12