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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 32 June 10, 2011 ISF work together to protect Iraq Steadfast and LoyalWarrior Spc. Angel Turner year, U.S. troops began the ing their Iraqi counterparts erability between the agen- 4th AAB Public Affairs mission of advising and train- throughout Ninewa province cies, throughout the month of 1st Cav. Div., USD-N ing Iraqi Security Forces dur- to build a sustainable security June. ing Operation New Dawn. force for the country. The purpose of Operation CONTINGENCY OPERAT- U.S. Soldiers assigned to ISF in Ninewa province Iron Lion is to demonstrate toLongKnife ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, now plan to participate in Op- the local populace that Iraqi Following the end of combat 1st Cavalry Division, spent eration Iron Lion, a series of operations across Iraq late last the past eight months train- exercises showcasing interop- See ISF, Pg. 3 IronhorseDevilFit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse Devil LongKnifeSteadfast and Loyal Warrior U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, prepare to clear simulated enemy fighters from a building during urban operations training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center. Iraqi soldiers are scheduled to begin Operation Iron Lion, an ongoing series of exercises designed to showcase cooperative abilities of several Iraqi Security Forces agencies in Ninewa province.
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 Many people, when thinking of U.S. forces in Iraq, think of Soldiers patrolling through windswept towns or advising and as- sisting Iraqi Security Forces. Few, however, think of the Soldiers who keep the troops on the ground supplied and able to perform. Sergeant Patrick Kopecky, transportation management non- commissioned officer assigned to Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, provides the link between Soldiers and the supplies they require at Contingency Operating Site Warrior. Kopecky, who hails from Manitowoc, Wis., handles supplies traveling in and out of COS Warrior, and makes decisions on what cargo to load. His mission ensures vital supplies such as ammuni- tion, medical supplies and repair parts for mine resistant ambush protected vehicles reach their destinations. U.S. Army photo “He’s out there to meet the plane, regardless of what time it is,” Sergeant Patrick Kopecky, transportation management noncommis- said 1st Sgt. Richard Hawk, senior NCO with Company C. “He’ll sioned officer assigned to Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battal- call ahead to notify personnel of the incoming equipment.” ion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, and a na- Kopecky’s communication becomes crucial when a unit is tive of Manitowoc, Wis., oversees cargo being loaded onto an aircraft at Contingency Operating Site Warrior. Kopecky manages cargo and awaiting equipment and supplies needed to complete a mission. supplies being shipped into and out of COS Warrior and ensures units “He lets us know immediately when cargo arrives,” said Hawk, remain current on equipment essential to mission completion. a native of Columbus, Ohio. “This way, we can make use of the cargo instead of having it sit somewhere for a few days.” “He enjoys his job, and you can see it in the way he carries him- In addition to his regular duties, Kopecky also provides flight self and interacts with his Soldiers,” said Hawk. “He always comes information to Soldiers going on environmental morale leave, in- in with a good attitude that you can see affects the rest of his crew, forming the Soldiers about possible flights. boosting morale and mission execution.” While operating a smooth and effective flow of traffic for up- Unit leaders said Kopecky serves as a vital cog in the wheel of loading and downloading supplies, Kopecky maintains a positive logistical support on COS Warrior, which earned him the title of attitude, and serves as an inspiration to those around him. “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. ‘Golden Dragons’ return Military Policeman serves, Medical NCO earns Capt. ‘Guardians’ mark mid- COL Gaines Mills to Iraqi protects fellow Soldiers John R. Teal Award deployment with Security Forces organizational day Page 4 Page 5 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 – Sgt. 1st Class Craig Zentkovich marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Editor - Staff Sgt. Shawn Miller non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Sgt. Coltin Heller 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 June 10, 2011 U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Iraqi soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, advance from fighting positions along a ditch to assault an objec- tive during training at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, April 19, 2011. Iraqi soldiers are preparing for Operation Iron Lion, a training exer- cise that showcases the capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces and their readiness to secure Ninewa Province. ISF, cont’d from Pg. 1 Iraq,” said Gage, a native of to conduct several exercises the individual exercises. forces are capable of inde- Diboll, Texas. during the operation, including “This is their opportunity to pendently providing security “(Operation Iron Lion) is police raids of suspected vio- demonstrate what they are ca- from both internal and exter- important to the local popula- lent extremist networks, crime pable of and show the (federal) nal threats, said Lt. Col. Phil- tion so they are confident once scene investigations, and a government, the provincial lip Gage, operations officer U.S. forces leave, the Iraqi Se- large-scale live fire exercise. government and the general assigned to Headquarters and curity Forces can protect them Following the conclusion of population, ‘we are capable Headquarters Company, 4th and enable their government to the joint forces operation, Iraqi of performing operations, and AAB. continue to grow into a stable and U.S. forces leaders plan performing them together,’” Soldiers of 2nd and 3rd democracy,” Gage added. to assess strengths and weak- said Lt. Col. James Adams, Iraqi Army Divisions, police- Iraqi forces are scheduled nesses observed throughout operations officer assigned to men from 3rd Federal Police Task Force Spear, 4th AAB, Division, and local police units and a native of Alexandria, La. are each slated to play a role in “In the end, they’ll be one of a culminating training exercise the best military forces in the to display their ability to elimi- Middle East.” nate threats, investigate crime Policemen assigned to 3rd Fed- scenes and perform basic ur- eral Police Division, practice ban operations to enhance pub- techniques for crowd control lic safety. during a training course at Con- tingency Operating Site Marez, The operation will be con- May 2, 2011. Throughout June, ducted at multiple locations policemen from 3rd FP Div., are throughout Ninewa province. scheduled to join several other “This exercise shows that Iraqi Security Forces agencies during Operation Iron Lion, an the ISF are trained and ready to ongoing series of exercises dem- protect the people of Ninewa onstrating interagency coopera- province and the country of U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N tion and capabilities. 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 ‘Golden Dragons’ return Contingency Operating Location Gaines Mills to Iraqi Security Forces The return of COL Gaines Mills, toon sergeants, who were out there train- known as Tal Awar to Iraqi Forces, served ing the Iraqis every day.” as a symbol of the Iraqi Security Forces’ COL Gaines Mills derived its name readiness to train and conduct operations from the 1862 American Civil War bat- independently, Ulrich said during the tle of Gaines Mills. That battle provided transfer ceremony. Golden Dragon Soldiers of Company C an “We are very sad today to leave Tal interesting historical context to work with Awar,” Ulrich told gathered 47th Bde. during their year-long residence at COL soldiers. “It has been our home away from Gaines Mills, said Buck. The battle, part home for the past year now, but we hope of the Peninsula Campaign in Virginia, you enjoy it for many years to come.” resulted in the 14 Inf. Regt. being recog- Although U.S. forces left COL Gaines nized for its first Medal of Honor recipi- Mills, Ulrich said Soldiers will continue ent, Sgt. George C. Williams. to train and work with Iraqi units for the Williams became an inspiration for his duration of Operation New Dawn. fellow Soldiers, and later to the Golden “Every day we spend working together Dragons at COL Gaines Mills who trained makes us better,” Ulrich said. “Whether Iraqi soldiers assigned to 47th Bde., said it’s training or fighting insurgents, we Buck. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO learn from each other. I hope for a con- Buck said by returning the base to the Colonel Kalaid, executive officer, 47th Bri- gade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, officially as- tinued, long lasting relationship between 47th Bde., U.S. forces could motivate the sumes responsibility for Contingency Oper- the people and the army of Iraq, and the Iraqi soldiers to heroic actions of their ating Location Gaines Mills from U.S. forces people and Army of the United States.” own. during a base transfer ceremony in Kirkuk Kalaid said he looks forward to a con- “Turning this place over is a boost of province, Iraq, June 1, 2011. tinued partnership with U.S. forces based confidence to the Iraqi soldiers,” he said. Spc. Andrew Ingram on respect and dedication to the safety of “It signifies a change—not only a change USD-N Public Affairs the Iraqi people. in the property books—but the confidence “We will stay loyal to the people and that the Iraqi populace has in their army.” CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE give our hearts and bodies to making a WARRIOR, Iraq – U.S. forces from 1st strong Iraq,” he said. Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Originally established as a forward Division, officially returned Contingency operating base designed to support a bat- Operating Location Gaines Mills to the talion-size element in 2004, U.S. forces Government of Iraq during a transfer cer- gradually began turning over sections of emony in Kirkuk province, Iraq, June 1. COL Gaines Mills to the Government of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ulrich, Iraq in the years that followed, and trained commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Iraqi units who moved in. Regiment, “Golden Dragons,” 1st AATF, As the last U.S. unit assigned to COL officially signed over stewardship of the Gaines Mills, Golden Dragon Soldiers compound to Col. Kalaid, executive offi- worked closely with Iraqi troops occupy- cer, 47th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Divi- ing the rest of the base, first by assisting sion. them during partnered security operations Kalaid thanked Soldiers of 1st Bn., near Kirkuk. 14th Inf. Regt., and all the other units who As U.S. forces transitioned to an ad- served at COL Gaines Mills during recent vise, train and assist role during Opera- years for their support and friendship. tion New Dawn, Soldiers shifted their “We remember today the circumstanc- focus to the professional development of U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO es our soldiers went through together,” their Iraqi counterparts, said 1st Sgt. Craig Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ulrich, command- said Kalaid. “During counterterrorism Buck, senior enlisted leader of Company er, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st operations and training, you stood by us. C, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt. Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Also by providing logistical support and “(Iraqis) are already handling most op- Division, addresses soldiers and officers assigned to 47th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army intelligence, the American Soldiers have erations on their own,” Buck explained. “I Division, during the Contingency Operating assisted us greatly and shown that they are give all the credit for the success of our Location Gaines Mills Transfer Ceremony in true friends.” mission to my Soldiers, especially my pla- Kirkuk province, Iraq, June 1, 2011. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 ‘I could be that one in a million’ Military Policeman serves, protects fellow Soldiers We’re safety and security.” Some aspects of his job in- clude conducting traffic con- trol points, walking patrols and static traffic enforcements to help maintain a presence throughout COS Warrior, which Young said often pre- vents crimes from happening. Looking from an outside perspective, Young said he does not see himself as doing anything extraordinary, he just has to be in the right place at the right time. Aside from being an asset in the protection of the lives on COS Warrior, Young has proven to be an asset within the MPs as well. Young’s desire to help oth- ers and fulfill his duties makes him stand out, said Staff Sgt. Sean Noranbrock, a squad leader within the MP company. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Noranbrock said Young is a Private Adam Young, a military policeman from Prospect, Ky., serving with Headquarters and Headquarters hard working, dedicated Sol- Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, writes a dier who asks questions and traffic ticket for speeding at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, June 3, 2011. “MPs didn’t choose seeks higher guidance in order this job to be bullies or come after (Soldiers) for no reason,” said Young. “I could be the one out of a million MPs in the world, but I chose this job and I am here to help make (Soldiers) lives better.” to gain more knowledge. While Young does what Spc. Kandi Huggins he tries to uphold. 100 percent integrity, the a normal Soldier would do, 1st AATF Public Affairs Soldiers should do the right wrong MP could take it and Noranbrock said Young dif- 1st Inf. Div., USD-N thing even when no one is use it for personal gain,” ex- fers because he takes the extra looking, Young said. plained Young. “Even if the steps to improve himself. CONTINGENCY OPERAT- “I try to do it to the best of person is your best friend, you “Young exemplifies the MP ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – my ability, to think about the have to have integrity and duty Corps by consistently showing Integrity, by definition, is the outcome of certain things,” to do the right thing, to process there are Soldiers out there do- quality of being unimpaired said the Prospect, Ky., native. him and take him in.” ing the right thing, no matter and sound, with an adherence “I look at other people, at their Inspired to join the military what,” said Noranbrock, a na- to a strict moral or ethical mistakes and successes, and by his grandparents, and moti- tive of Baltimore. “He exudes code. As the sixth Army Value, evaluate that to use in my own vated as an MP to help others, all of the Army Values—integ- integrity means doing what terms of progression and suc- Young helps ensure troops and rity, personal courage in being is both ethically and morally cess.” civilians at Contingency Oper- able to set standards high and right. Military policemen, in par- ating Site Warrior remain safe. maintain them, and the selfless Private Adam Young, a ticular, face many situations “I’m part of what you could service to honor and uphold military policeman serving where they have the opportu- call ‘force protection,’ but re- those values as an MP.” with Headquarters and Head- nity of doing the wrong thing, ally it’s more like law and or- While not perfect, Noran- quarters Company, 1st Special and thus integrity should be der,” said Young. “We patrol brock said Young helps his unit Troops Battalion, 1st Advise the number one quality they the COS to look for crimes in by using his knowledge and and Assist Task Force, 1st In- possess, he said. progress and wait for crimes to past deployment experience to fantry Division, said integrity “For instance, if you do a be reported to go to the scene, is the number one Army Value drug bust and you don’t have solve and fix the problem. See ONE, Pg. 6 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 Medics react during mass casualty exercise Sgt. Justin Naylor ing casualties and working as a team, said with each exercise,” said Spc. Hao Wu, a 2nd AAB Public Affairs McDaniel. medic with 2nd AAB. 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Soldiers also gain proficiency in sim- Wu said after seeing the proficiency of ple, yet important tasks, McDaniel added, the medical staff and quality of care pro- CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE such as knowing where certain equipment vided during the exercise, he feels con- WARHORSE, Iraq – While commanders is located or where different medications fident about bringing his Soldiers to the cannot predict when an attack will hap- are kept within their aid bags. clinic if an attack ever does happen. pen, leaders can train their Soldiers to “This will help them be ready the first Soldiers of 2nd AAB, 1st Cav. Div., are treat casualties when an attack does occur. time a real situation comes up,” said Okoh. scheduled to assume control of operations Medics and health care providers with For the medics who participated in the in Diyala province later this month, as 2nd 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Caval- mass casualty exercise, the benefits be- AAB, 25th Infantry Div., returns to the ry Division, practiced their skills at react- came immediately clear. U.S. following a year-long deployment in ing to a simulated mass casualty event on “We can feel ourselves getting better support of Operation New Dawn. Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, June 6. The exercise was an opportunity to jump-start training for a group of medics and providers who recently arrived in Iraq. “This is about creating muscle memo- ry,” said Maj. Emuejevoke Okoh, brigade surgeon. “When it actually comes to treat- ing Soldiers … everyone gets nervous. This helps get people in the mode to re- spond without having to think about it.” Medical personnel faced five casual- ties with varying degrees of injury. Med- ics and first aid responders triaged the wounded, treated life-threatening injuries and then prepared the injured Soldiers to be evacuated to a larger treatment facility. “This training helps ensure the Soldiers are proficient in medical exercises and evacuation,” explained 1st Sgt. Chad Mc- Daniel, senior enlisted leader with Com- U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Naylor, 2nd AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N pany C, 15th Brigade Support Battalion, Soldiers of 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, triage Soldiers with simulated 2nd AAB. wounds during a mass casualty training exercise on Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, This training helps medics and provid- Iraq, June 6, 2011. Medics and first aid responders honed their skills as 2nd AAB prepares to ers practice important concepts like mov- assume the advise, train and assist mission in Diyala province during Operation New Dawn. ONE cont’d from Pg. 5 mentor fellow Soldiers. Baghdad, Young recalled go- rectly to a location such as a when they are most vulner- “Young gained a plethora ing on missions to help local house, Young encouraged MPs able.” of knowledge he’s been able Iraqi Police better themselves to take a moment to look and “MPs didn’t choose this to pass on to his peers,” said as policemen. listen before moving in. job to be bullies or come after Noranbrock. “Instead of hav- “It was stressful in the be- Now supporting 1st AATF’s them for no reason,” he said. “I ing a Soldier standing next to ginning, but in the end it was advise, train and assist mission could be the one out of a mil- him and not knowing what to just like everything else,” said during Operation New Dawn, lion MPs in the world, but I do, Young will tell them the Young. “If you do it enough, Young said he helps fulfill the chose this job and I am here to right way to do things. He it becomes easy and you don’t mission by protecting the bri- help make their lives better.” helps bring his fellow Soldiers think about it, you just do it.” gade’s greatest asset—its Sol- “When they’re done with into the knowledge and experi- Young said after arriving diers. mission, when they come ences he’s had.” at COS Warrior, he helped to “I’m here to help protect home and try to relax, we’re Previously deployed with refine tactics for responding Soldiers when they’re trying here to protect them and make the 300th MP Company, 97th to certain situations. For ex- to relax and recover from mis- sure the Soldiers are safe at MP Battalion, 1st Inf. Div., to ample, rather than driving di- sions,” said Young. “That’s home,” said Young. 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 Medical Operations NCO earns award Sgt. Coltin Heller “It’s my job to provide up- 109th MPAD to-date information on the USD-N Public Affairs medical capabilities the com- mand has at its leverage,” said CONTINGENCY OPERAT- Turner, who calls Salt Lake ING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq City home. “I make sure I do – Some Soldiers perform jobs everything I can to get my to a standard. Others perform brothers and sisters back to the above the standard, setting an U.S. safely.” example of leadership for oth- Turner, currently on his ers to follow. third deployment, originally Staff Sergeant Jayme Turn- served in the Navy on a bomb er, medical operations non- assembly team for an aviation commissioned officer assigned ordnance unit. Turner decided to Company B, Division Spe- to leave the Navy in 2000. cial Troops Battalion, Division “It wasn’t something I Surgeon Section, 4th Infan- wanted to do at the time,” he try Division, earned the Capt. said. John R. Teal Leadership Award One day while watching for exemplifying outstand- television, Turner decided to ing leadership and soldiering return to military service. skills. “I came back in after I saw Captain John R. Teal, bri- the invasion on TV,” said Turn- gade medical planner with 2nd er, thinking back on the day. “I Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., died thought it was my responsibil- Oct. 23, 2003, near Baqubah ity to be out there with them, when an improvised explosive helping my countrymen. I device detonated, destroying didn’t feel right sitting on my his vehicle and wounding two couch.” other Soldiers. Turner enlisted in the Army U.S. Army photo After Teal’s death, which in 2003 as a combat medic, en- Staff Sergeant Jayme Turner, serving as a line medic with Troop B, marked the first time a medical abling him to fulfill his desire. 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th officer died in Iraq, the Medi- Infantry Division, teaches an Iraqi child the peace sign during an in- “I wanted to do something spection of a water treatment plant in Al Hillah, Iraq, in 2006. cal Service Corps established that was positive, and I thought the annual award, presented to being a medic and serving was challenging as well. the section go out of their way health services operations offi- the most positive thing to do in “I’ve enjoyed the technical to make an improvement?’” he cers and NCOs in medical lo- a uniform,” he said. challenge of the job that has said. “Staff Sergeant Turner is gistics and operations sections During his first deployment been given to me,” he said. that guy.” who made significant contribu- to Iraq, Turner served with “It’s a different type of job For Ryktarsyk, the award tions to the mission and whose Troop B, 1st Squadron, 10th at the division level. I had to means more than just words or actions exceeded standards. Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy learn to do the job of an opera- a medal. “I’m flabbergasted by the Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. tions NCO.” “I knew J.R. Teal,” Ryk- whole event,” said Turner from Div., conducting operations Turner said he was given tarsyk said. “I was stationed his seat behind an array of near Arab Jabour as a senior the opportunity well before with him in Hawaii, so this has computer monitors in the joint line medic. his time, as his job is usually personal meaning to me.” operations center. “I didn’t Turner’s second tour with staffed by senior NCOs, and Ryktarsyk praised Turn- know I was being awarded.” 4th Inf. Div., in 2008, brought appreciates the chance to excel er for being an independent From his seat within the him to Baghdad, where he at a higher level. thinker and his ability to make JOC, Turner manages medical served with a military transi- Maj. Todd Ryktarsyk, chief sound decisions regarding the services and support functions, tion team as a medical advisor of medical operations with use of medical assets for sup- and tracks assets across the to the 6th Iraqi Army Div. Division Surgeon Section, 4th port and coverage. U.S. Division-North operating Now serving on his third Inf. Div., submitted Turner for “You can give him a task environment, including mede- deployment to Iraq, Turner no the award. and he’ll run with it,” said vac helicopters and various longer serves with a line unit, “When I saw the announce- Ryktarsyk, who hails from medical aid stations. but said he still finds his job ment, I thought, ‘What guys in See NCO, Pg. 9 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 Denver Broncos cheerleaders gallop through COB Speicher Denver Broncos cheerlead- ers perform for service members and civilians de- ployed to northern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn during a show at Con- tingency Operating Base Speicher, June 5, 2011. During their performance, the cheerleaders danced, initiated friendly competi- tions between the audience members, gave away Bron- cos football memorabilia and thanked the deployed troops for their sacrifices in service to their nation. U.S. Army photos by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 Deployed dad watches daughter graduate high school Spc. Angel Turner 4th AAB Public Affairs 1st Cav. Div., USD-N CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – While deployed overseas, U.S. service members often miss out on important family events such as birthdays or anniversaries. For 1st Sgt. Michael Robling, deployed to Contingency Operating Site Marez, Iraq, as senior enlisted leader of Com- pany C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Bat- talion, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, a video teleconference brought him front and center to his daugh- ter’s high school graduation, June 6. Prior to the Ellison High School gradu- ation in Killeen, Texas, Robling spoke with his daughter Averie and enjoyed U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N quality time with the soon-to-be graduate. “I’m a little overwhelmed,” said Ro- First Sergeant Michael Robling, senior enlisted leader of Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, waves to his daughter bling, a native of Seattle. “This is my sec- during a video teleconference call at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Iraq, June 6, 2011. ond child that is graduating high school. Even though I’m in Iraq, I still got to see day,” said Robling. “Being able to share Marez and Killeen. her in her gown.” this opportunity brings us closer, because Participating in the video teleconfer- Despite the time difference and show- it’s not only important to her, but to me ence definitely shows Soldiers that unit ing up to the teleconference at 2 a.m. to also.” leaders are going the extra mile, said Lo- see the ceremony, the veteran of 21 years Major Ernesto Lopez, information op- pez, a native of Bakersfield, Calif. said he was excited to see his daughter re- erations officer, Headquarters and Head- “It shows Soldiers that events like this ceive her diploma. quarters Company, 4th AAB, coordinated are important (to the unit) and it helps to “She was looking forward to this all the video teleconference between COS boost their morale,” Lopez added. NCO cont’d from Pg. 7 San Antonio. “He has a broad Staff Sergeant Jayme Turner, a former military transition team base of knowledge and applies medical advisor to the 6th Iraqi it to whatever he does.” Army Division, inspects a hos- Turner, in addition to his pital at Al Muthana Airfield in other duties, developed an in- Baghdad with his Iraqi counter- part while deployed in support of ternet portal the section uses to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. track tasks, improving overall operations. “I didn’t do anything spe- “He constantly improves cial, I just came to work and what he developed and he improved my fighting posi- shares that knowledge and tion,” said Turner humbly. “I helps out other sections in the treat this job just like every U.S. Army photo JOC,” said Ryktarsyk. other mission.” Turner attributes his work thing she taught me that I keep ery great man, there is an even Instead of IV bags and ab- ethic to his mother. in my mind is to do something greater woman,’ and I have dominal dressings, Turner said “My mother has been my right or don’t do it at all.” two of them—my mother, and he now uses operations orders biggest influence. She was a Turner said his wife, who my wife, Joselyn,” he said. and fragmentary orders in his single mom raising five kids, he has known since childhood, After being recognized with job at division headquarters. all the while maintaining a is his biggest supporter. the award, Turner said he sim- “It’s like a digital aid bag; full-time job in the National “I forget who said it, but ply performed his job the only just a new set of tools at my Guard,” said Turner. “The one the saying goes ‘Behind ev- way he knew how to. disposal,” he said. 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 ‘Guardians’ mark mid-deployment with organizational day, friendly competition and get rid of that “Groundhog Day ef- fect” which may set in during a year-long deployment. The Guardian Battalion deployed to U.S. Division-North in support of Opera- tion New Dawn in October 2010, with a mission of advising and training Iraqi Se- curity Forces in Kirkuk province. “It’s a time for our Soldiers to get to- gether and take a break. Because of our mission, we don’t get to take a break all that often,” said Lt. Col. Brandon Grubbs, commander, 101st BSB, and a Bakersfield, Calif., native. “It’s good competition be- tween one another. We want the Soldiers to get a renewed sense of teamwork.” The 101st BSB consists of three com- panies spread throughout COS Warrior, performing vital tasks and missions such as down vehicle and aircraft recovery, U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Provincial Reconstruction Team mission Flag football teams from 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, security, advising and assisting the 12th 1st Infantry Division, compete for the title of “Ultimate Guardian” during a 101st BSB organi- Iraqi Army Logistical Transportation zational day held at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, June 4, 2011. “Guardians” Soldiers of 101st BSB celebrated their mid-deployment mark with a series of friendly competitions to build Command, and operating the Davis Com- esprit de corps between subordinate units of the battalion. bat Clinic healthcare center. The Ultimate Guardian Competition Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux closer together and give everybody a little provided the entire 101st BSB a rare mo- 1st AATF Public Affairs time off,” said Adams, a Dumas, Texas, ment to interact and build cohesion be- 1st Inf. Div., USD-N native. “We set up this organizational day tween the companies, said Grubbs. for these soldiers to break the everyday The success of the event could be mea- CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE monotony of being in Iraq.” sured by the stories exchanged between WARRIOR, Iraq – The crowd stood mes- The Ultimate Guardian Competition Guardian Soldiers and their smiles as the merized as the quarterback quickly dodged consisted of teams of four participating in companies came together during a day of defenders, looking for an open teammate. six full minutes of push-ups and sit-ups, friendly competition. He looked left, scanned right, and then and a two mile run. Adams said he particularly enjoyed just threw a running pass down the field. After a brief rest, Soldiers competed being with his Soldiers and watching them The receiver leapt into the air, wrapped in a water jug carry race, then ended with have a good time. his hands around the football and fell to football and basketball, said Adams. “I’m just thankful that I can be here the ground just past the goal line etched Adams said Soldiers had some great with these great people and be a part of the in the dust at Contingency Operating Site food and challenging events for the BSB,” said Adams. “It has been a pleasure Warrior, Iraq. Guardians to get out and have a good time being a Guardian.” The 101st BSB “Guardians” increased “Guardian” Soldiers of 101st Brigade Support morale and unit cohesion with an event- Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, ful day of competition during the Ultimate 1st Infantry Division, compete in the Ultimate Guardian Challenge, June 4. Guardian Competition at Contingency Op- “This is all for the Soldiers,” said erating Site Warrior, June 4, 2011. The 101st BSB’s mid-deployment organizational day Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Adams, se- event consisted of multiple events, including nior enlisted leader of 101st Brigade Sup- sit-ups, push-ups, a two-mile run, water jug port Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task carry race, and football and basketball tour- Force, 1st Infantry Division. naments, with each team competing for the title of “Ultimate Guardian.” “The purpose of today’s event is to build esprit de corps, bring everyone U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: Finish Strong Chaplain (Capt.) Scott Ingram Where we have been also strengthens us for the journey that DSTB, 4th Inf. Div., USD-N lies ahead. Second, stress is not bad. It reveals who we are and have We have braved more than three-quarters of the deployment’s become. The text says that while Israel was in the desert, God time away from Family and friends in a desert environment, and pushed the people to their limits to see what they were made of. the end is in sight! Yes, we have more months to go, but we have Have you experienced being pushed to your limit this year? less time in front of us than behind us. Have you been s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d by a supervisor, colleague or peer Doing what our country has asked us to do gives us a sense at work? Do you feel as if you have been trying to perfect the of pride and accomplishment. I have spoken with quite a few art of managing your anxiety or your boredom with projects and Soldiers who have taken constructive advantage of their limited certain people? personal time and have pursued an advanced degree or made sig- I have experienced being stretched by these elements over nificant progress toward their requirements needed for promotion. and over during the course of the past eight months. Yet I am For others, time away from the distractions of the familiar humbled, perhaps even aghast, at the thought that it may have have helped them sort through some important life choices, envi- been God Himself pushing me, stretching my limits, and testing sion a different kind of life for their future, and have seen some my character—to see who I really am. noteworthy progress in their personal growth. Could it be that what you have experienced during this past Whatever the case, many people have good reason to appreci- year is building fundamental reserves of perseverance, endurance, ate where they have come and the direction they are headed. strength, wisdom and perspective into your life to amply deal For some Soldiers, the narrowing deployment time becomes with what is to come as you redeploy back home? taxing. For instance, the reality of their tax-free income drawing You may have grown much more in your ability to address to an end can increase the stress of their current indebtedness. issues in your life than you give yourself credit for. Living in the For others, it may be the fear of re-engaging unhealthy rela- desert affords us these opportunities for growth—God directs it. tionships with loved ones, a Family member, or someone else that Finally, living out our faith in God is a good thing. It was geography has helped you to avoid. I am sure that there are a host easier for God to lead Israelites out of Egypt than it was for Him of other reasons that fill peoples’ minds and hearts with dread as to remove Egypt from their hearts. they draw closer to the time of returning back home. The Israelites did not enjoy Egyptian slavery, but they had As I reflect on my time and the prospects of returning back grown comfortable because it was a familiar place. home, I think of what is written in Deuteronomy 8:2, “Remem- Most of the Hebrew scriptures illustrate the internal struggle ber every road that God led you on for those forty years in the that Israel experienced while learning to let go of that past and wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he place all of their trust in God. would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his God often leads us to unfamiliar and uncomfortable places. He commandments or not.” does this not only to test what is in our hearts, but also so that we Moses wrote this after he and his followers left Egypt and can take possession of, and experience, the good He has in store more than 400 years of slavery. Though this was written for long for our lives. Yes, some of God’s best work comes from being ago, there are some parallels to our experience in the desert/wil- deployed to the desert! derness as well, and there are a few thoughts worth mentioning. As we turn the page in our deployment and begin planning for First, the journey is worth remembering. As a young man, I redeployment back home, are you concerned about whether you once thought that the destination was so important. As an older will finish this deployment strong? person now, with, as I would like to think, more wisdom, I have Will you remember? Have you learned? Is faith strengthened? discovered that the journey is extremely important. Better yet, have you looked around to see if anyone is struggling The lessons that I have learned and the processes that I have and offered your support to them? endured are all necessary for the making of who I am as a person. God not only wants you to finish strong, but all of us in Task It would follow then, that I need to hold onto all of the incremen- Force Ironhorse. The ultimate goal is to reunite with your Family tal lessons I have learned, as well as looking toward the finished and friends with a sense of gratitude for the journey and hope for product. the future. What has your journey taught you? How have you matured or There will be a Prayer Breakfast in the Contingency Operating regressed over the past 7-8 months? Base Speicher dining facility’s Ivy Room, June 23 at 7:30 a.m., God wants us to remember every road that He has led us on. with the theme: “Perseverance: Until the Mission’s Complete.” Our life experiences are cumulative and tell a story of who we re- Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Keith Goode will be the guest speaker and ally are as whole and broken individuals—where we have healed the 4th Infantry Division Band will be performing as well. If your and where we need still need to mend. schedule allows for it, all are encouraged to attend. 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf June 10, 2011 recommended. Hey Doc: Some risks you face by wearing contact lenses while deployed begin with discom- fort. Not just a little bit, but very red, pain- “What should I do ful, and injured eyes. Infections can lead to corneal ulcers and permanent vision with my contacts?’’ loss. You do not want your desire to look stylish in the dining facility or at Salsa Night to lead to a needless injury. Lt. Col. Mark Krueger Because of these dangers, you are Pharmacy Consultant not allowed to wear contact lenses while Surgeon, USD-N deployed. In fact, service members require a Central Command medical waiver to “Hey Doc: I try to keep my contacts wear contacts and these are rarely granted. cleaned really well and usually wash my Considered life-support equipment, Air hands before touching my eyes. After this Force flight crews may wear contacts due last dust storm, my eyes got really red and to the nature of their job. hurt horribly. Now I think I have an eye Other than these few exceptions, save infection. To add insult to injury, my bud- your contacts for your welcome home dies are calling me ‘Squinty.’ What should party. I do?” When you get back to the States, re- -Signed, “Spc. Dustie N. Redd” member that DA PAM 40-506, The Army Dear Spc. Redd, Vision Conservation and Readiness Pro- Please immediately seek medical care gram, does not allow contacts during basic since untreated eye infections can threaten training, field exercises, or gas chamber your vision. Next, stop wearing your con- exercises. tact lenses until you get back to the U.S. The military provides you with very The environment we are in is very trendy glasses, affectionately known as unfriendly to contact lenses. It is really “birth control glasses,” at no charge. Who difficult to keep your hands clean enough is there to impress in Iraq anyway? Plus, to safely handle contacts. As you have your buddies are sporting the same style U.S. Division-North Social discovered, these dust storms wreak havoc so the playing field is level when looking Media Sites with contact lenses. for a dance partner at Salsa Night. Since our work days are often unpre- Vision ready is mission ready, Spc. Click on any of the icons dictable, it is very easy to “overwear” your Redd! Take care of your eyes, and keep contact lenses, as extended work hours those Task Force Ironhorse questions above to visit your favorite could result in leaving them in longer than coming! U.S. Division-North So- cial Media sites. “Like” or “Follow” any of the pages to have the latest photos, videos and news about U.S. Soldiers deployed in support of Operation New Dawn, delivered straight to your computer. 12