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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 19 20 March 11, 2011 18, ‘Head Hunters’ train IA support Soldiers Steadfast and LoyalWarrior to sustain Tadreeb al Shamil operationsLongKnife IronhorseDevilFit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse Devil LongKnifeSteadfast and Loyal U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Spc. Nathan Cummings, a mechanic assigned to Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, observes a 3rd Battalion, 11th Bde., 3rd Iraqi Army Div., soldier checking the oil-level on a troop support carrier, March 14, 2011. Spc. Terence Ewings Center located on Contingency Shamil, Arabic for All Inclu- Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Warrior 4th AAB Public Affairs Operating Site Marez, U.S. sive Training. U.S. Army me- Iraqi Army Division, March 1st Cav. Div., USD-N troopers work to enhance Iraqi chanics of 1st Squadron, 9th 14. Security Forces’ ability to per- Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise Soldiers of 1st Sqdn., 9th CONTINGENCY OPERAT- form maintenance checks and and Assist Brigade, 1st Caval- Cav. Regt., “Head Hunters,” ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – At repair tactical vehicles. ry Division, conducted vehicle Ghuzlani Warrior Training Supporting Tadreeb al maintenance training with 3rd See SUPPORT, pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Signal support requires competent Soldiers who are able to design, install, maintain and manage communications systems re- gardless of the mission or location. Sgt. Michael Altman earned recognition as the “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week for providing communications sup- port to the Regional Guard Brigade training compound at a remote combined security forces base in northern Iraq. Altman took a difficult mission with a short timeline and suc- ceeded where lesser noncommissioned officers would have failed, said Capt. Jerrami Patterson, commander, Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division. While serving as battalion command post node team chief, Alt- U.S. Army photo man, a multi-channel transmission systems specialist from New “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier Sgt. Michael Altman, a multi-channel trans- Castle, Pa., Company B, BSTB, received orders to hand over his mission systems specialist from New Castle, Pa., assigned to Com- pany B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task equipment and responsibilities at Contingency Operating Site Force, 1st Infantry Division, configures a satellite transportable termi- Warrior, and deploy on short notice with a support team to Contin- nal at Contingency Operating Location Manilla, Feb. 11, 2011. gency Operating Location Manilla. “Sgt. Altman epitomizes what we expect of a ‘Signaleer’ for 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div., NCO,” said Patterson. “He is technically and tactically proficient the unit responsible for the RGB training mission. and always willing to support communications missions whenever Altman continued to troubleshoot the communication system he is called upon.” after initial installation and continuously worked to improve the “Altman’s actions are a credit to our company and to the signal quality of service for 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt. community of the (1st AATF),” he said. “Ironhorse Strong” Altman is an NCO who never asks his Sol- Altman quickly integrated into the 101st Brigade Support Bat- diers to do anything that he would not do himself, and for that he is talion and inventoried and inspected the CPN system, before trans- respected by seniors and peers alike, said 1st Sgt. Ruth Anderson, porting the unit’s equipment to the remote operating location. first sergeant, Company B, BSTB, 1st AATF., Inf. Div. Upon arriving at COL Manilla, Altman worked tirelessly to fix These qualities, with an outstanding work ethic and a solid per- multiple hardware failures, quickly establishing communications formance, make Altman “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. U.S. forces bring TaS to Iraqi Soldiers Compete at Squads compete to be best Soldier’s personal skill-set division staff KMTB Obstacle Course in ‘Warrior’ Brigade provides unique benefit to unit’s ATA mission Page 4 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 content of this publication shall Task Force Ironhorse Public Affairs be made available for the general public, its 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 March 18, 2011 Continued from SUPPORT, pg. 1 Spc. Alex Buchanan, a mechanic assigned to Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Di- vision, reviews an equipment inspection and maintenance worksheet during a maintenance class at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, March 14, 2011. Buchanan, a native of Newnan, Ga., trained the Iraqi soldiers on how to properly perform preventive maintenance checks and ser- vices on tactical vehicles, documenting deficiencies noted on a PMCS worksheet, as part of Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclusive Train- ing, an Iraqi military initiative to modernize Iraq’s ground forces. taught IA mechanics how to confident in the IA’s ability to perform preventive mainte- maintain their transportation nance checks and services, or- assets, sustaining and support- der replacement parts and fix ing Iraq’s warriors during bat- deficiencies on Iraqi tactical tlefield operations. vehicles. “The Iraqi Army soldiers “It’s very important that they already know how to fix their learn the correct way to PMCS own vehicles; they’re very good vehicles and use the training mechanics,” said 2nd Lt. Chris- manuals,” said Sgt. Roberto topher Hull, maintenance pla- Gonzalez, an instructor from toon leader assigned to Troop Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. D, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. Regt. “But after this training they’re The Iraqi mechanics, who going to have the knowledge train with the Head Hunters, are and ability to use the training responsible for maintaining the manuals, PMCS their vehicles, IA’s tactical vehicles at Ghu- annotate any problems and or- zlani Warrior Training Center. der the parts so the vehicles can During the month-long, bat- be fixed correctly.” talion-level training exercise at U.S. Soldiers service the ve- GWTC, known as Tadreeb al hicles first, teaching the Iraqis Shamil, Iraqi soldiers conduct the correct way to perform each collective unit-level training step of the PMCS before, dur- with 4th AAB troopers as part ing and after vehicle use. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N of an Iraqi military initiative to After observing their U.S. hicle,” said Hull. “After a cou- tical vehicles during the battal- modernize IA unit tactics and counterparts, the IA soldiers ple of days, we let them take the ion’s training cycle. capabilities. use the step-by-step instruc- lead and we assist them only if The Head Hunter Soldiers While Iraq’s warfighters are tions from the training manual they really need it.” continue to conduct the train- learning how to react to enemy to discover and repair any ve- After the Iraqis complete the ing for the IA units in Ninewa contact, enter and clear rooms hicle deficiencies. 10-day training exercise, they province, for the remainder of and provide indirect fire sup- “Early in the training, we will continue to work at GWTC their deployment in support of port, IA mechanics are under work right beside them assist- using their enhanced technical Operation New Dawn. the hoods of humvees and mine ing them as they service the ve- skills to sustain their unit’s tac- resistant ambush protected ve- Pfc. Ahmed Abeulkadhem, as- hicles ensuring their fellow signed to 3rd Battalion, 11th soldiers have mission-ready Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, vehicles. annotates a tactical vehicle’s deficiencies on a preventive “We are teaching the Iraqis maintenance checks and ser- how important it is for them to vices worksheet during a main- conduct maintenance training,” tenance class at Ghuzlani War- said Gonzalez. “Just like we tell rior Training Center, March 14, 2011. Abeulkadhem, a native of our Soldiers, you might not be Najaf, Iraq, uses his experience the movie star of the cavalry and skills as a driver to mentor division, but without the me- other Iraqi soldiers during the 10- chanics nobody’s rolling any- day maintenance training class taught by U.S. Soldiers assigned where.” to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry While vehicle maintenance Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist is not a combat-oriented mis- Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. sion, the U.S. Soldiers are U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 U.S. forces bring TaS to division staff Sgt. Shawn Miller ship agreed to transition train- orders used in the IA, Hatam drawal of U.S. forces at the end 109th MPAD ing efforts toward Iraqi-led explained, general, urgent and of Operation New Dawn. USD-N Public Affairs classes for staff officers, in or- movement—with urgent being Hatam said he hopes the der to build confidence within the most important. young officers will adapt to KURKUSH MILITARY the officer corps, Hatam ex- “As leaders, they have to changing strategies and see the TRAINING BASE, Iraq ─ Be- plained. understand and know the stan- benefits of past and present co- yond simply teaching ground Hatam led his officers dards,” he said. operation with U.S. forces. combat soldiers to succeed on through a series of classes on U.S. Army Maj. Edward After the IA began rebuild- the battlefield, U.S. and Iraqi the proper way to plan and is- Worthington, Stability Transi- ing in 2003, the Iraqi-led leaders at Kirkush Military sue operation orders that make tion Team advisor, explained Tadreeb al Shamil initiative Training Base took Tadreeb al the missions run smoothly for while American officers de- now seeks to complete the pro- Shamil, All Inclusive Training, noncommissioned officers and velop plans and direct NCOs cess and present the army as a to the upper echelons of the 5th soldiers within the ranks. to execute those plans, the Iraqi modernized, independent force Iraqi Army Division, March 12. “I’m very proud to teach the Army places much more atten- capable of national defense, For the first time at KMTB, young officers to become lead- tion and responsibility on their noted Worthington. Iraqi officers took the lead in ers,” said Hatam, who has in- officers. Having Iraqi officers as in- training 5th IA Div. staff of- structed officers for more than “The officers are directly re- structors leading their own ficers on the planning efforts 20 years. “It’s very important sponsible for planning, more so classes for fellow staff mem- happening behind the missions. for them to understand how to in the Iraqi Army than in ours,” bers helps meet that goal, he “This class is a good oppor- deal with it, how to issue it and said Worthington. “All the said. tunity for the officers to extend how to execute it.” planning and execution starts “It’s a huge accomplish- their knowledge and exchange Hatam worked through slide and ends with the officer corps ment,” Worthington explained. ideas with American leader- presentations and handouts, in the Iraqi Army.” “All of our time and effort, ship,” said Maj. Hatam Rashed while his students busily took Hatam, a veteran of the Iran- along with their commitment, Kalifah, IA officer in charge of notes on the various types of Iraq War, now leads a group is what is going to endure here training at KMTB. orders, as well as the purposes of much younger staff officers … keep the country safe and Initially taught by American and applications for each. toward a future of autonomous ensure their democracy.” officers, Iraqi and U.S. leader- There are three types of operations following the with- U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Iraqi Army Maj. Hatam Rashed Kalifah, IA officer in charge of training at Kirkush Military Training Base, center, explains an IA operation order to U.S. Army Maj. Edward Worthington, left, during a staff officer training class at KMTB, March 12, 2011. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 12th Iraqi Army Signal Regiment completes communications training at COL K1 U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Staff Sgt. Thomas Harrelson, a communications specialist from Brigham, Utah, assigned to Company B, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kan., helps Iraqi Army soldiers disassemble a radio operations system during a communications class, March 10, 2011, at Contingency Operating Location K1 in Iraq. Spc. Kandi Huggins information into the system, testing the vide technical assistance and training for 1st AATF Public Affairs phone functions, then deleting the informa- their telecommunications systems, signal 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North tion and disassembling the operating sys- communications and electronic equipment tem. at their respective units, he said. CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCA- Harrelson, a Brigham, Utah native, as- U.S. Soldiers are also training the Iraqi TION K1, Iraq – Soldiers of Signal Regi- signed to Company B, 1st Brigade Special soldiers to lead the next iteration of classes, ment, 12th Iraqi Army Division concluded Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist he said. a nine-week communications training Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, from “We taught (the Iraqi soldiers) how to course with a radio-telephone operator Fort Riley, Kan., said the course provided troubleshoot radios, understand them, put class at Contingency Operating Location Iraqi Army soldiers of the Signal Regiment them together, take them apart and program K1, Kirkuk, March 10. with an understanding of how to use their them─any and everything that can be done The class, supervised by Staff Sgt. radio and telephone systems. with a radio, we taught them,” said Sgt. An- Thomas Harrelson, communication spe- The nine-week course introduced the drew Terwilliger, information systems op- cialist and assistant advisor to the Signal Iraqi soldiers to principles of radio theo- erator, Company B, 1st BSTB, 1st AATF, Regiment, reviewed the steps to operate a ry, where the trainees learned about radio 1st Inf. Div. telephone switch board. waves and usage of line-of-sight commu- After Harrelson finished the review of “Once the system is done with all its nications. the telephone operation switchboard, the start-up tests, it will ask you for a pass- The Iraqi signal soldiers learned to oper- students took turns operating the system. word, and after that, it’ll ask you for an ID ate various radio systems during the class. The classmates assisted each other, rein- number which is the operator number,” ex- The familiarization training improved forcing learning and building class partici- plained Harrelson to the class. the student’s knowledge of both their pation, said Harrelson. After finishing the start-up tests, Harrel- equipment and their jobs, said Harrelson. son explained the steps to enter the phone’s The Iraqi soldiers must be able to pro- 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Iraqi Soldiers U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Lucus, Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, supervises an obstacle course race at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, March 12, 2011. The Iraqi soldiers learned good physical fitness techniques while taking a break Compete at from the daily grind of day-to-day classes, said Lucus, a resident of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO KMTB Obstacle Course Sgt. Shawn Miller 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment U.S. Division-North Public Affairs KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq ─ Iraqi Army soldiers as- signed to 4th Battalion, 21st Brigade, 5th Iraq Army Division competed against each other during an obstacle course race led by U.S. Soldiers at Kirkush Mili- tary Training Base, March 12, 2011. The 5th IA Division soldiers negotiat- ed a series of physical challenges rang- ing from monkey bars, an incline ladder and racing through concrete pipes, be- fore crossing the finish line. U.S. Soldiers of Company A, “Ga- tors,” 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regi- ment. 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division supervised the race, teaching IA soldiers fundamentals of physical fitness while offering a break form day-to-day classes during the 25- day training rotation, known as Tadreeb al Shamil. Arabic for All Inclusive Train- ing, Tadreeb al Shamil is an Iraqi mili- tary initiative to create a self-sustaining ground force with Iraqi soldiers capable of maintaining autonomous operations. 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Squads compete to be best in ‘Warrior’ Brigade Cpl. Robert England 2nd AAB Public Affairs 25th Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq ─ Squads from five battalions of 2nd Advise and Assist Bri- gade, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, competed in the Warrior Brigade Best Squad competition at Contingency Operat- ing Base Warhorse. The contest pitted two squads from each battalion in a battle to the finish line, com- peting in 10 events designed to test the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, foot march to the next sta- tactical, technical and physical skills of the tion during the Warrior Brigade Best Squad competition at Contingency Operating Base War- Warrior Brigade’s best Soldiers. horse in the Diyala province of Iraq March 8, 2011. Each squad, comprised of eight to 12 Soldiers, began the competition with an armor and anything else the Soldier carries. delivered to the evacuation site, Soldiers Army Physical Fitness Test consisting of The ruck was roughly 40 to 50 pounds,” traveled across the base, picking up a box two minutes of push-ups and sit-ups, and a Jenkins said. “It was just the basic load one along the way. The squads toted the box to timed two-mile run around COB Warhorse. would go on patrol with plus the rucksack.” the next station, where they demonstrated Upon completing the APFT, squads rested With vests on their chests and rucksacks their knowledge of several weapon sys- and rehydrated while donning their full on their backs, the squads began the rigor- tems through timed assembly and func- combat loads. ous trek between stations scattered around tions checks for the M240B machine gun, Sgt. Patrick Jenkins, armament noncom- COB Warhorse. the M249 squad automatic weapon and the missioned officer in charge of Company Once at the various training sites, squads M9 pistol. B, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, competed to establish communication ca- Completing the weapons assembly sta- 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., said the average pabilities via tactical satellite, received co- tion, squads moved to the “Non-Tacti- weight of a Soldier’s gear exceeded 100 ordinates for the next station and trekked cal Vehicle Push,” testing their physical pounds, which the Soldier carried for the by foot using grid coordinates plugged into strength and endurance late in the competi- remainder of the competition. a handheld GPS. tion by forcing each squad to push a sta- “The Improved Outer Tactical Vest itself After reaching their destination, each tionary vehicle approximately 100 meters. can weigh from 75 to 100-plus pounds de- squad foot marched to the next station, The competition concluded with a pending on the attached gear, the size of the where they performed preventive mainte- weapon qualification at the range on COB nance checks and services on a mine-resis- Warhorse. Squad members executed 50 tant ambush-protected vehicle, inspecting push-ups and a series of sprints before fir- the vehicle for deficiencies. ing their weapons at paper targets. The next station tested each squad’s Each squad then traversed the length of physical endurance as well as their ability the base for the final push to the finish line. to perform under pressure. Soldiers arrived With such a physically demanding at the aftermath of a simulated battle find- course, Jenkins said hydration factored into ing several Soldiers on the ground with the preparation process as much as strength simulated injuries. The squads assessed and endurance training to safely and suc- and treated each “casualty’s” wounds and cessfully compete in the challenge. litter carried the Soldiers to a casualty “Our main focus was not only refreshing evacuation site hundreds of meters away. basic Soldier skills such as land navigation, This station turned out to be one of the first aid and marksmanship, but to prevent most exhausting portions of the competi- any heat or dehydration-related issues tion, said Jenkins. within the squad, by hydrating 72 hours out With the simulated casualties safely and making sure Soldiers consumed plenty Soldiers of Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 14th of healthy food,” he said. Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist The competition focused on bringing Brigade, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, Soldiers together to test their knowledge of assemble various weapons against the clock basic Soldier skills while exhibiting pride during the Warrior Brigade Best Squad com- petition, March 10, 2011, at Contingency Op- erating Base Warhorse. See SQUAD, pg. 8 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Continued from U.S. Division-North Sustainment Hero SQUAD, pg. 7 clears excess equipment in record time for their respective units, said Jenkins. “We set a goal to complete Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney port of Operation New Dawn. she’s willing to grow and that this challenge in less than four 1st AATF Public Affairs Rivers’ dedication and drive is an outstanding quality in a and a half hours, and we did it,” 1st Inf. Div., USD-N contributed to her ability to leader,” said Patterson. he said. “I’m proud of the Sol- successfully turn-in more than Rivers moved from her pri- diers and so are the other NCOs CONTINGENCY OPERAT- $1 million worth of equipment. mary career field as a medical that took part in this.” ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Rivers earned the award for lab specialist, and joined the Sgt. 1st Class Jim Clan- Sgt. Renea Rivers, support managing and organizing the Support Operations team in ton, noncommissioned officer operations help desk noncom- turn-in of excess equipment December 2010 to assist the in charge of the competition missioned officer, Company C, located at four U.S. operating battalion supply with the equip- planned, set up and supervised 101st Brigade Support Battal- locations in two days, said Staff ment turn-in. the stations. ion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Sgt. David Patterson, support “I was happy about receiv- “I coordinated with all the Force, 1st Infantry Division, operations NCO, Company C, ing the award,” said Rivers. supporting units, and after I earned special recognition for 101st BSB, 1st Inf. Div., 1st “We do a lot of work tracking, received the sergeant major’s her ability to organize, man- AATF. processing and shipping the intent for what he wanted to see age and multi-task during an “She made sure everything unit’s equipment.” in the competition, I set up the awards presentation at Contin- was in order, allowing an ex- After reading the award, lanes to meet his intent and co- gency Operating Site Warrior in pected 10-day turn-in to be Rivers remained humble, cred- ordinated with those supporting Kirkuk, March 12. accomplished in two days,” he iting her accomplishments to units to ensure they understood Deputy Commanding Gen- said. the many efforts of the SPO the intent,” he said. “I con- eral-Support Brig. Gen. James Rivers, a Sumter, S.C. na- team. ducted numerous walkthroughs F. Pasquarette, U.S. Division- tive, displays an eagerness to “I have to share this award with the chain of command to North and 4th Infantry Divi- learn everything she needs to with all the Soldiers who helped ensure everything was how sion, presented Rivers with the do to accomplish the brigade’s make this mission successful,” they wanted it.” Army Achievement Medal to missions, explained Patterson. said Rivers. Prior to the brigade-level acknowledge her efforts in sup- “She is willing to learn; competition, squads competed at the battalion level, Clanton said. The battalions then se- lected the two best squads to advance for the opportunity to compete for the title of Best Squad of the Warrior Brigade. During the competition, squad scoring differed at each event depending on the task provided. NCOs at each station awarded and deducted points based on time allotments and the proficiency with which each squad completed the task, Clanton said. Too many deductions ac- crued at any station caused the squad to add a sandbag to their equipment, which they carried to the finish line. Once all scores were final- ized, the squad representing Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Infantry Regiment, 2nd AAB, Deputy Commanding General-Support Brig. Gen. James F. Pasquarette, U.S. Division-North and 4th In- fantry Division, commends Sgt. Renea Rivers, support operations help desk noncommissioned officer, 25th Inf. Div., emerged victori- Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, the ous with 1,013 total points out first recipient of the U.S. Division-North Sustainment Hero award, during an awards presentation at Con- of 1,100 points possible. tingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, March 12, 2011. Rivers earned special recognition for successfully managing the turn-in of more than $1 million in excess equipment in two days. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Female comedians bring comic relief for troops stationed at COS Marez laughter to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment Soldiers, who also work with Iraqi sol- diers in support of Operation New Dawn. Soldiers at JSS India are re- sponsible for advising 3rd IA Division soldiers participat- ing in Operation Lion Leader Forge, a “train the trainer” pro- gram designed to enhance the Iraqis’ tactical capabilities and leadership skills. “It’s always nice to have visitors that appreciate and sup- port the work we do over here,” said Sgt. James Huffman, a metal worker, from Fort Hood, Texas, assigned to Company E, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt. The “It’s Not That Time of the Month” All Female Com- edy tour is scheduled to travel to different military bases in Kuwait and Iraq celebrating Women’s History Month. “The events and perfor- mances we do for our men and U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N women overseas are the most Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- rewarding shows we take part sion, share a laugh during the “It’s Not That Time of the Month” All Female Comedy tour at Joint Security in,” said April Macie, who hails Station India, March 12, 2011. Soldiers at JSS India advise, train and assist 3rd Iraqi Army Division units from Los Angeles. conducting Operation Lion Leader Forge, a “train the trainer” program designed to enhance Iraqi soldiers’ tactical capabilities and leadership skills. At the end of the comedy tour performances, the women Spc. Terence Ewings my gift to give back to peo- the squad, platoon and battalion close-out the event by thank- 4th AAB Public Affairs ple, and it warms my heart to levels. ing the Soldiers “for everything 1st Cav. Div., USD-N be able to come overseas and During the hour-long per- they do”. make these Soldiers laugh and formance, U.S. Soldiers took Afterwards Dionna Nichelle, CONTINGENCY OPERAT- smile,” said Carmen Barton, a a break from advising, training the vocalist that tours with ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq ˗ Sol- comedienne from St. Louis. and assisting their Iraqi Securi- the comediennes, sang “Wind diers assigned to 4th Advise Soldiers of Troop B, 1st ty Forces partners and enjoyed Beneath My Wings” by Bette and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regi- their first Morale, Welfare and Midler as a special tribute to all Division, delighted in comedic ment, 4th AAB, based out of Recreation sponsored-event at the U.S. service members cur- performances from entertainers Al Kisik, were happy to see the the remote base. rently deployed overseas. of the “It’s Not That Time of group of female entertainers. “It was good to see my guys “We enjoyed coming out the Month” All Female Com- Currently 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. be able to relax and take a small here, spending time with the edy tour, March 12. Regt. Soldiers are conducting break from the training we do Soldiers and making them The comediennes visited Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for out here,” said Capt. John Nim- laugh for however long we Joint Security Station India and All Inclusive Training, with the mons, a native of Temple, Tex- were on stage,” said Nichelle. Al Kisik to provide comic relief 3rd Iraqi Army Division to en- as, and commander of Troop B. “We wish them well and hope to deployed troopers. hance Iraqi soldiers’ offensive The comedy tour also trav- they’ll all come home soon.” “I’ve always wanted to use and defensive capabilities at eled to JSS India bringing 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Soldier’s personal skill-set provides unique benefit to unit’s advise and assist mission infantryman to continue a Family tradition of service to the nation. “I’m the fifth generation on my moth- er’s side to join the military,” Elkhatib said. “My grandfather even lied on his enlist- ment paperwork so he could join when he was 17. I’m proud of my grandfather; he left a great example for me.” After scanning the area around COL McHenry for more than an hour, the Reap- ers moved to the village of Doul Al Salo to interview the local population about ex- tremist activities in the area. Due to his unique background, Elkhatib brings a useful skill set to his company, said his platoon sergeant, Diaz. “Elky, pay attention to their conversa- tions,” said Diaz as the Soldiers approached the Iraqi villagers. “Let me know if the in- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO terpreter misses anything.” Pfc. Tyler Moore, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise Company A had a civilian interpreter as- and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, pulls security during counter indirect fire opera- signed to them on the morning of March tions, in Kirkuk province, Iraq March 11, 2011. During Counter IDF missions, Moore, who hails from Athens, Tenn., and his platoon search for violent extremists to prevent mortar and rocket 11, but Elkhatib explained sometimes it attacks on U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi civilians. is beneficial to have an extra set of ears to pick up on idle conversation. Spc. Andrew Ingram parting to continue their mission to search Elkhatib explained most Iraqis assume U.S. Division-North Public Affairs out extremists. that U.S. Soldiers only speak English, but After a few minutes of travel, the ar- due to his unique upbringing he has spoken CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCA- mored vehicles pulled off the road into fluent Arabic since childhood. TION MCHENRY, Iraq – Pfc. Tarik Elk- another field. Each took up a position at hatib scanned the horizon for threats as a the north, south, east or west sides of the See SKILLS, Pg. 12 cool spring wind blew through the northern location and the Reapers monitored the Iraqi field. area using a Common Remotely Operated “I don’t think our vehicles will be able Weapons System, a system which provides to get in here,” said the Dallas native, his the Soldiers long range visibility to identify eyes still searching behind the tinted lenses any potential threats. of his ballistic eyewear. “This is a great Elkhatib, or “Elky” to his platoon mates, place to set up too—oh well.” said the Soldiers usually discover nothing, Elkhatib, an infantryman assigned to but the unit’s hours of vigilance pays off Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infan- if they catch only one team of extremists, try Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task which could save the lives of Soldiers or Force, 1st Infantry Division, and his pla- Iraqi civilians in the area. toon mates conducted a counter indirect His father from Jerusalem and mother fire mission south of Contingency Operat- from Texas, Elkhatib grew up living in ing Location McHenry in Kirkuk province, both Palestine and the United States, even- Iraq, March 11. tually deciding to join the U.S. Army as an On command from Sgt. 1st Class Lenny Diaz, the “Reaper” Company A platoon ser- Pfc. Tarik Elkhatib, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Ad- geant, Elkhatib and his squad headed down vise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Divi- the narrow dirt road to their vehicles, two sion, scans the horizon for violent extremists Stryker Fighting Vehicles and two Mine during a counter indirect fire mission near Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, de- Contingency Operating Location McHenry, in the Kirkuk province of Iraq, March 11, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Chaplain’s ‘Take some time, follow Corner: the finger prints’ Maj. Kenneth Hurst few of the prints. time can be great enough to bring the Deputy Chaplain The majesty and power of our Creator universe into existence. U.S. Division-North is evidenced by what He has made. The The final fingerprint that grabs our at- ancient Psalmist, King David, beautifully tention concerns the incredible fine tuning Finger prints—we all have them. wrote in Psalm 19:1-2, “The heavens de- of the universe for life, both in microscop- Finger prints can be extremely useful in clare the glory of God, and the sky above ic biological systems and immense forces solving the eternal dilemma, “Who stole proclaims his handiwork. Day to day that hold the universe in place. the baby powder?” pours out speech and night to night reveals In the book, “Darwin’s Black Box,” As youngsters, our children loved to knowledge.” Biochemist Dr. Michael Behe argues that play with baby powder. It was not un- Look up at the sky on a clear dark some biochemical systems are irreducibly common for the baby powder container night—you have to be outside the influ- complex and cannot be reduced to func- to come up missing. This was always ence of bright city lights. You will see an tional proto-systems. followed by a “white baby powder snow incredible sight—the majesty of the starry In other words, some systems cannot storm” in some part of the house, with sky. It has a unique voice and beauty. The be accounted for by simply combining fine white powder gently covering every skies “speak” and “proclaim” the exis- previously existing chemistry. Irreduc- surface. tence of God. What has been made testi- ibly complex systems must come into Okay, who did it? Which child could fies to its Maker. existence through intelligent agency. This not resist the inward compulsion? Obvi- This leads directly to the second finger- same power of design and fine tuning is ously, the evidence provided a clear track print: the universe had a beginning. One of also crucial to how the larger stars and to the truth. Our baby powder culprit was the great scientific discoveries of the past galaxies operate across the universe. easily discerned by checking their hands century is that the universe had a definite Physical laws for gravity, the age of the for residual powder. Fingerprints do not beginning. universe, the mass of stars, the incredible lie. Even Einstein tried to fudge the design of our own solar system and many As a U.S. Army Chaplain for the past numbers in his earlier theory of relativity more parameters are absolutely critical for 14 years, discussions about the existence because the equations pointed to a cosmic the fine tuning of life in the universe. of God are fair game. I appreciate the Title beginning. His preconception was a steady I hope you are still with me—we are 10 responsibility I have in this pluralistic state universe which did not have a know- looking at fingerprints pointing to God’s environment to ensure the free exercise of able origin. Einstein inserted a number existence. This small article is intended to religion for all our Soldiers and authorized that he called the cosmological constant in generate some thought and consideration civilians. This means views and beliefs order to avoid his equations pointing to a in your heart and mind. about God are rich and varied. Soldiers universe that had a finite age. The above topics are huge and whole will ask meaningful questions and a few Philosopher William Lane Craig for- books have been written about a single may even debate in the free exchange of mulates the argument as follows: whatever paragraph above. The bottom line is that ideas about their beliefs of God. begins to exist has a cause; the universe God’s existence is not the world’s best I believe that God has given us indel- began to exist; therefore, the universe has kept secret but one which is displayed ible finger prints that undeniably point to a cause. loudly across all that he has made. Take His existence and identity. Here are just a Only a Creator outside of space and some time to follow the fingerprints. In need of sweet For one Hey IRaq! eye candy? If so, stop shop- go to U.S. Dvision- ping check cHeck out ouR North’s FLICKR out U.S. stoRIes, pHotos page to see high resolution photos of U.S. Division-North on DVIDS to download and moRe on u.s. Soldiers as they train their Iraqi counterparts high-resolution photos and videos of dIvIsIon-noRtH’s as part of the advise, train and assist mission Soldiers deployed in support of Opera- socIal medIa for Operation New Dawn. Find your Soldiers, tion New Dawn. Become a member sItes! download images and videos, post them on of DVIDS to have access to the latest your sites and share with your friends. military news and events. 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf March 18, 2011 Hey Doc: How Can I make my teeth whiter? Maj. Kendall Mower taken when our teeth were best way to remove extrinsic your teeth, the bleaching mate- Speicher Dental Clinic OIC developing, and trauma to the stains is to see your dentist for rial will be right where it needs U.S. Division-North teeth. Additionally, our natural a cleaning. to be for longer periods of tooth color may not be white. Intrinsic stains are a little time. After you have initially “Hey Doc: I’m looking for Extrinsic stains are easy to harder to remove. Because the bleached your teeth, additional that ‘Hollywood smile’ and am take care of. The first thing to stain or discoloration is located “touch up” bleaching will work wondering how I can make my do is brush your teeth. It’s not inside the tooth, a chemical more quickly. teeth whiter? Can you help?’ – uncommon for someone to process must be used to lift it The biggest side effect of Signed “Smiley” come to me and say they want out. bleaching teeth is increased whiter teeth, and I see chunks Over-the-counter whitening sensitivity to cold. If this oc- Dear “Smiley,” there are of last week’s lunch still stuck strips or other products work curs, simply stretch out the two types of stains that affect in their mouth. If you are not well. They contain oxidiz- time in between bleaching tooth color. The first is extrin- going to brush your teeth regu- ing agents that can penetrate sessions. Things will return to sic stains, which accumulate on larly—don’t even worry about into the teeth and lighten the normal quickly. the surface of teeth. The most them being whiter. No one will teeth. The darker the stain, Fillings and crowns already frequent culprits are nicotine, want to be close enough to you the longer it will take to come have in your mouth will not coffee, and plaque. The second to care. out. The bleaching process can change color, so these may is intrinsic stains, which are Whitening toothpastes con- take anywhere between a few need to be redone if the color found inside the tooth. taining abrasives can remove weeks to a few months. of your teeth changes a lot. Intrinsic stains can be minimal stains. When you Bleaching trays from your Work on your smile, Smi- caused by abnormal fluoride brush, these abrasive agents dentist work most effectively. ley, and Taskforce Ironhorse levels, medications that were help remove some stains. The Because they are custom fit to keep those questions coming! Continued from SKILLS, pg. 10 “A lot of the time the Iraqis will talk amongst themselves while believe the reason we haven’t lost anyone this deployment is be- the interpreter is busy,” Elkhatib said. “I can understand them cause everyone is sharp, no one is complacent and as this deploy- though, and that can give us important information.” ment has progressed, our bonds as a unit have only gotten tighter.” When Company A arrived in Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and later Operation New Dawn, Elkhatib began working with the 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt. military intelligence section as a translator, than as security for his company commander, finally joining his platoon in February. “I’m glad to be out on the line,” he said. “What I was doing with the intelligence guys was important, and I brought a lot of understanding about the region to (my) platoon, but I prefer going out every day and doing the mission.” “Infantry is what I joined the Army to do,” Elkhatib added. After speaking with the villagers, the Reapers returned to COL McHenry to grab a hot meal, refuel, and then resumed their mis- sion, this time to cover the countryside north of COL McHenry. Counter IDF missions only make up a third of the Reapers’ workload, said Diaz, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Each of the three Infantry platoons at COL McHenry also ad- vise, train and assist the 46th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division during Stability Transition Team missions, and take turns provid- ing security for the company commander as he conducts opera- tions with their Iraqi counterparts. “We take turns doing each,” said Diaz. “Changing up the mis- sions keeps us sharp, so no one gets complacent.” U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO Diaz said eight months deployed to Iraq in support of Opera- Sgt. 1st Class Lenny Diaz, platoon sergeant, Company A, 1st Battal- tion New Dawn has strengthened his Soldiers and brought them ion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st In- fantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, asks Iraqi citizens together. from Doul Al Salo in the Kirkuk, Iraq, for information about violent “This is probably the strongest platoon I have ever been a part extremists responsible for rocket attacks on Contingency Operating of,” he said. “Everyone carries their own weight, and I honestly Site McHenry, March 11, 2011. 12