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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 11 January 14, 2011 Iraqi, U.S. troops train to succeed at KMTB Steadfast and LoyalWarrior Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch 2nd AAB Public Affairs 25th Inf. DIV., U.S. Division-North KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq – When the sun crests overLongKnife mountains in the east, a new day begins for Soldiers at Kirkush Military Training Base located in the Diyala province of Iraq. A battalion of Iraqi Army soldiers rises in the morning, accompanied by a cadre of Iraqi Ironhorse leaders and U.S. advisors. Although rarely used as a base dur-Devil ing Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraqi Army units recently increased their attendance at KMTB during Operation New Dawn to ensure the army becomes trained to a na- tional military standard.Fit for Any Test Fit for Any Test Lt. Col. Ali Dawood Alwi said he never thought he would be arming Iraqi soldiers from a training center to succeed in safe- guarding their own country. “This is where it all began,” said Ali, describing the training grounds at KMTB. “This is where one of the first soldiers was trained to pick up a rifle and begin the steps to protect their country. This is also whereIronhorse Devil we teach them to protect themselves, and protect the people of Iraq.” Alwi, the training officer for the Iraqi Training Battalion, helps train the new crop of Iraqi protectors, a task that has be- LongKnife come larger due to operational training re- quirements, and the need to refine soldierSteadfast and Loyal skills in the existing IA battalions. “Our sole function here is to train the Iraqi Army,” Alwi said. “We get the new and old soldiers and give them the skills to ensure their success at the company and Warrior U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch, 2nd AAB PAO, 25th Inf. Div., USD-N platoon level.” Iraqi Army soldiers fire at targets during M-16 rifle qualifications at the Kirkush Military Train- Ali said he served as one of the initial ing Base in Diyala province, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2011. The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Iraqi officers recruited to begin the process Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, serve as advisors for Iraqi Army battalions cycling through the KMTB. of rebuilding a new Iraqi Army, and has overseen much of the training at KMTB. See KMTB, pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, assumed duties and responsibilities for his section in the Task Force 2-11 Tactical Operations Center, after his command hand-selected him for the position. “He was selected because he is a smart Soldier, and he knows the (operating environment),” said Capt. John Burbank, com- mander, Battery C, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. Burbank said the TOC needed a Soldier who could work with U.S. Army Photo the Unamanned Aerial Vehicle Team to locate the suspects as well Spc. Jake Wresinski, a cannon crewmember assigned to Battery C, as their buildings, vehicles and alleyways where they operate. 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Wresinski knows the area well due to the time spent conducting Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, proved himself to be an invaluable as- set to his unit and the battalion when he was selected to work in the patrols with his unit, he added. Task Force 2-11 Tactical Operations Center. Hailed by his peers as a Wresinski’s efforts led to the apprehension of five individuals professional Soldier with an outstanding work ethic, Wresinski’s per- suspected of launching indirect fire at Joint Base Balad, Dec. 10. formance collecting and analyzing military intelligence assisted Iraqi His intelligence also assisted partnered missions with 17th Bri- Security Forces, working with U.S. forces, to capture several suspect- ed extremists launching mortars at Joint Base Balad, Dec. 10, 2010. gade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, leading to detainment of more sus- Wresinski’s attention to detail and outstanding attitude earned him pects. “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. “(Wresinski) has an outstanding work ethic,” said Burbank, a native of Haleiwa, Hawaii. “He has embraced (the special duty) Regardless of military occupational specialty, Soldiers perform and gone above and beyond, developing information on his own.” assigned duties to the best of their ability using knowledge and Burbank also noted that Wresinski received no formal training talents to support their command and ensure the success of the for the assignment in the TF 2-11 TOC. mission. His platoon leader, 1st Lt. Mark Faldowski, from Washington, Chicago-native Spc. Jake Wresinski, exemplified dedication to Pa., assigned to Battery C, said Wresinski performs his duties, service and a resolve to accomplish any mission while operating seeking responsibility, above his pay grade. outside his primary MOS as a cannon crewmember, earning rec- “He is a leader to his peers in the unit,” Faldowski said. ognition as U.S. Division-North “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Through hard work and effective communication, Wresinski Week. made himself a valuable member of the Ironhorse Team and Iraqi Wresinski, assigned to Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Security Forces during Operation New Dawn. ‘Head Hunter’ troopers Provincial judges, IP demonstrate capability on NCOs of 4th AAB Combat conduct platoon-level U.S. forces open Tikrit their 89th Anniversary Stress reach-out to troops operations with Iraqi Army courthouse Page 4 Page 5 Page 7 Page 9 THE Ivy Leaf Task Force Ironhorse Commanding General – Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins The Ivy Leaf is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey Army. Contents of The Ivy Leaf are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. The appearance of advertising in this Task Force Ironhorse Public Affairs publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage TF Ironhorse PAO – Lt. Col. Steve Wollman without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, TF Ironhorse PA NCOIC – Master Sgt. Carmen Daugherty-Glaze marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Spc. Thomas Bixler non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial content of The Ivy Leaf is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the United States Division-North Public Affairs Office. 1st Advise and 2nd Advise and Do you have a story to share? The Ivy Leaf welcomes submissions Assist Task Force Assist Brigade from readers. Send to the USD-N PAO at usdnpao@usdn4id.army. 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 January 14, 2011 Continued from KMTB, pg. 1 “At the start, Coalition Forces were conducting the training here,” he said. “They supplied logistics and instructed classes for our soldiers on how to shoot, move and communicate. Now it’s Iraqis conducting the training with U.S. Soldiers advising them.” The rebuilding of the training process and continually building up the number of troops at the base was a long process, said Ali, adding that the situation greatly improved over time. “First there was a lot of U.S. Soldiers here, which was good,” he said. “They did a lot of the training, but have handed a lot more to Iraqi trainers over the years. Now we’re providing much of the direction and U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch, 2nd AAB PAO, 25th Inf. Div., USD-N purpose of the training.” Pvt. Jeffrey Graham, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Ad- Ali cited one recent example from the vise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, trains an Iraqi jundi, or soldier, fundamental techniques to objtain a sight picture using an M-16 rifle during basic rifle marksmanship train- Al Hadayda Palm Grove incident last Sep- ing at Kirkush Military Training Base in Diyala Province, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2011. tember where Iraqi soldiers took casualties from fighting violent extremists in a rural another, but out here everyone is the same. neously ensure their Iraqi battalions each environment. If they have an issue with a soldier, a trip to have the opportunity to complete a rotation Following the incident, the cadre and the commander’s office fixes it quickly, but at the KTMB. U.S. Soldiers looked at ways to modify the that is rare … most put on the uniform and “We’ve done the training for a little over training to reflect the ever-changing condi- embrace the Soldier lifestyle.” two months, and already you can see im- tions on a battlefield, he explained. In addition to training at the school- provements from it,” Lackey said. “We now place an emphasis on wood- house and small unit tasks, U.S. Soldiers of He cited one example where Iraqi sol- land fighting,” he said. “There are a lot 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd diers completed a company-level night-fire of (palm groves) where insurgents like to Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry exercise, something which many of the hide, so we adapted here as well from that Division train battalions of 5th Iraqi Army Iraqi troops have never done before. incident.” Division in field-level exercises for the “We were conducting basic rifle marks- Soldiers attending KMTB undergo a Tadreeb Al Shamil, an Iraqi-directed plan manship at night,” Lackey said. “It was one training program focused on tasks such as, to train the northern forces. of the first times some of the Iraqis had fired weapons qualification, military occupa- Lt. Gen. Ali Gadon, the commander of their M-16s at night. When the firing was tional specialty qualification courses and Iraqi Ground Forces, mandated all battal- over, the U.S. Soldiers demonstrated better squad and platoon leader training courses. ions of the 5th IA Div. complete a rotation firing techniques to help the Iraqis at night.” Iraqi Training Battalion Cadre directly at KMTB. Once the firing was complete, the Iraqi supervises the instruction. Each battalion goes through a 25-day soldiers started cheering and singing, clear- “Training Iraqi Army Soldiers here re- training cycle learning to better operate at ly excited to be learning new skills. ally makes you love your job,” said Lt. Col. the squad, platoon, and battalion levels. “It was pretty motivating to see that big Zead Tarek, the senior transportation offi- “We were tasked with bringing Iraqi of an impact from our training, how just cer for the ITB at the base. “In the begin- soldiers to a central location where we learning a few more skills can change a ning I didn’t start out here. I didn’t arrive could help train them as an entire battalion person’s attitude so quickly,” Lackey said. to KMTB until 2009, and I’ve enjoyed my in month-long training, which will bring “It’s extremely fulfilling to see those kinds time ever since.” about annual training for the entire 5th of changes in someone. We see that often Zead said his love for the job stems Iraqi Army,” said Maj. Blake Lackey, op- within just a four day period.” from the experiences he shares with Iraqi erations officer for 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., “As we move toward June, the entire soldiers who arrive with a thirst for knowl- 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. process for the battalion collective training edge to better themselves and their country. To date, two cycles of Iraqi soldiers will be planned, resourced and led by the The fondest memories come from sol- from 5th IA Div. completed the course, Iraqi Army,” he added. diers of different backgrounds who bonded which is expected to continue for the next While U.S. Forces transitioned from as brothers-in-arms after training, sweating few months before transitioning to full combat operations to an advise and assist and learning from each other, he remarked. Iraqi control. role as part of Operation New Dawn, their “Sometimes you get a Sunni, Shia, or The 5th IA Div. developed the training Iraqi counterparts assumed the lead for Kurd, who might not like one another,” he cycle to enable the army to maintain its their own training operations at KMTB, said. “They may not always agree with one combat readiness in Diyala and simulta- U.S. Division-North and the rest of Iraq. 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 ‘Head Hunter’ troopers conduct platoon level-operations with Iraqi Army Spc. Angel Washington Sgt. Robert Fierro (far right), a 4th AAB Public Affairs scout squad leader assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry CONTINGENCY OPERAT- Division, guides soldiers of the ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Sol- 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, to assume diers assigned to Troop A, 1st a line formation during platoon Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regi- ambush training at Al Ghuzlani ment, 4th Advise and Assist Warrior Training Center, Jan. Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 10, 2011. Iraqi soldiers received graded evaluations on their train- trained Iraqi soldiers on pla- ing to demonstrate their prog- toon-level ambush operations U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div. ress from the first day of train- at Al Ghuzlani Warrior Train- Regt., 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div. platoon,” said Fierro, currently ing a week ago. Soldiers of 4th ing Center, Jan. 10. AAB, 1st Cav. Div., are working “They will know exactly on his third deployment. with their Iraqi counter parts at Al After a week of tactical what they need to do and how Unlike their first week of Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center training at team and squad lev- to do it,” said the native of Al- training, Iraqi soldiers received during All Inclusive Training, or els, IA soldiers assigned to the pine, Texas. graded evaluations on their Tadreeb Al Shamil, an Iraqi-di- 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, rected initiative to improve Iraqi Iraqi soldiers of 1st Bn., 11th overall ambush procedures. Army units’ ability to provide the 3rd Iraqi Army Division, pro- Bde., 3rd IA Div., reacted to an During the training scenario, highest level of security for their gressed to working as a platoon ambush scenario to strengthen IA soldiers used blank rounds, people. in efforts to increase the battal- their basic soldiering skills, re- simulated grenades and newly ion’s effectiveness as a unit. hearsing movement tactics and acquired skills to defeat the op- 9th Cav. Regt. “Once we leave, “The training here at Ghu- the proper ways to respond to posing forces. we can be proud knowing we zlani will make the transition direct and indirect fire. “They are picking up every- helped them to get to a point for the Iraqi soldiers easier “The team and squad-level thing we’re teaching them very where they will be able to de- when we leave,” said Sgt. Rob- procedures learned previously quickly,” said Spc. Xavier Mo- fend themselves against (exter- ert Fierro, a scout squad leader in their training set the foun- rales, a fire support specialist, nal threats).” assigned to 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. dation for them to operate as a assigned to Troop A, 1st Sqdn., “They will be able to inte- grate the training that we’re teaching them into the way they operate,” said Morales, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, serv- ing on his second deployment. Soldiers of 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div., will continue to ad- vise, train, and assist their Iraqi counter parts at Al Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center during Tadreeb Al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclusive Training, assist- ing the Iraqi Army to provide the highest level of security for the Iraqi people. “The training we are re- ceiving is very useful and with the (practical) exercises we U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N conduct, we are gaining more Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, maneuver against simulated en- experience,” said Pfc. Dalee emy forces as part of Tadreeb Al Shamil, individual and collective tactical training conducted at Al Ghuzlani Ahmed, an infantryman in 1st Warrior Training Center, Jan. 10, 2011. U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, instructed their Iraqi counterparts in support of Tadreeb al Bn., 11th Bde., 3rd IA Div. Shamil, an Iraqi-directed program to provide individual and collective training at the squad, team, platoon, company and battalion levels during a four-week cycle at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 Provincial judges, U.S. forces open Tikrit courthouse Sgt. Coltin Heller 109th MPAD U.S. Division-North Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Gleaming marble and the scent of fresh paint greeted provincial judges and U.S. Soldiers at the grand open- ing of the Tikrit Courthouse, Jan. 9. Iraqi provincial judges gathered with Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, to commemorate the new courtroom for local judges to hold legal proceedings ensuring stability and security in the area. “This building will allow us to have a foundation to build upon,” said Faisal Ibraham Al Azawi, president of provincial judges for Salah ad Din province. “We will be able to gain the trust of the people and U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Lt. Col. Donald Brown, commander, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and As- that of the Americans.” sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, speaks to provincial judges of Salah ad Din province dur- After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, pro- ing the grand opening of the Tikrit Courthouse, Jan. 9, 2011. The renovation of the courthouse, vincial judges toured the recently renovat- one of several buildings in the complex to be refurbished, served as the first step in bringing ed courthouse, admiring the restored build- local trials to Tikrit. “This is a great day for the people of Tikrit and Iraq,” Brown said. “They will have the full support of the law from local advocates.” Brown and Soldiers of 1st. Bn., 27th Inf. ing and its facilities. Regt. provided support to the project, conducting assessments for Iraqi contractors repairing “We are very happy today,” said Al the 30-year-old building. Azawi, speaking on behalf of the provin- cial judges in attendance. “We are proud to establishment of the courthouse is benefi- Baghdad construction company, said the have worked with our American friends on cial to the local community. condition of the building complex has this endeavor.” “It’s come 180 degrees from when we greatly improved with the project. The courthouse hosts trials for crimes were here the first time,” said Wolfe. “The “This place was terrible,” said Ibrahem. that carry a sentence of five years or less, complex also houses a legal services build- “It was not suitable to work from. We fixed and settles judicial matters pertaining to is- ing to process marriage licenses and bank- everything from plumbing to electrical to sues local to Tikrit, he said. Cases, such as ruptcy cases. Fiscal and land disputes are the very walls.” terror crimes, which fall outside the court’s also handled at the complex.” The construction project, erecting walls jurisdiction, are transferred to the Salah ad “As well as providing jobs for local and replacing the gate with a stronger mod- Din Major Crimes Court also located in Ti- citizens, it will enable the judges to better el, improved the security at the site, he said. krit. develop the judicial process,” Wolfe added. The construction company completed While the provincial court tries small The 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolf- the renovation in approximately six weeks, cases, Al Azawi stated Salah ad Din judges hound” Soldiers assisted the Iraqi contac- with plans to complete the legal service intend to stay true to the law and the people. tors, providing assessments of physical building in months. A third building, the “Now we will show the community we requirements needed to complete the con- court of appeals, adjacent to the courthouse can execute the law in a serious and disci- struction. The Soldiers worked with an showed signs of construction with wood plined manner,” said Al Azawi. Iraqi construction company to facilitate forms holding a concrete roof aloft. Moving the provincial judicial court to completion of the site. “We hope to have the new sections com- Tikrit provides judges with a local perspec- “There was minimal U.S. involvement pleted soon. This way we can receive the tive, enhancing their ability to conduct tri- in this project,” said Wolfe. “We gathered people and have a good place to work,” Al als, he added. the information and sent it to the Iraqi gov- Azawi stated, motioning at the court com- First Lt. Matthew Wolfe, Civil Affairs ernment for approval. The Iraqi govern- plex. “Here the people can reap the fruit of officer, HHC, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., who ment took care of the rest.” our labor, knowing we are working toward worked closely with Iraqi judges, said the Muhammed Ibrahem, manager of a a safe, stable Iraq.” 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 The graduation ceremony, Jan. 5, at the Iraqi soldiers graduate from 12th IA Div. Headquarters recognized the graduates of the course for their accom- military intelligence academy plishments. Seven of 25 Iraqi students graduated with honors. The distinguished honor graduate, Sgt. IA recruits complete Intelligence, Surveillance and Ali Ibrahim Mosul of the ISR Battalion, Reconnaissance school to join 12th IA Div. 12th IA Division, scored greater than 90 percent average for all his tests. Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney intelligence reports, map reading and intel- “All of the instructors we had were 1st AATF Public Affairs ligence preparation for the future military amazing,” said Mosul. “They made it easy 1st Infantry Division, USD-N intelligence soldiers. by breaking everything down for us and The five-week ISR Academy also pro- making sure we all understood before mov- CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCA- duced future Iraqi noncommissioned of- ing on.” TION K1, Iraq – Twenty-five Iraqi Army ficers who will train the next group of re- The cadre at the ISR Academy collected military intelligence soldiers graduated cruits. lessons learned from the first iteration, said from a U.S. forces-led Intelligence, Sur- “NCOs are essential in the development Burgos, and is scheduled to begin a new veillance, and Reconnaissance Academy of the soldiers and the unit as a whole,” training cycle in mid-January. during a ceremony at Contingency Operat- said Burgos. Training to become instructors for a ing Location K1 Jan. 5. Burgos said the course accomplished its subsequent iteration of the course, the hon- Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st objective and by the end several of the Iraqi or graduates from the first ISR Academy Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Ad- NCOs were teaching classes themselves. class will serve as teaching assistants for vise and Assist Task Force, from Fort Riley, “It was great to see the partnership be- the second class, said Burgos. Kan., developed, planned, and operated the tween the U.S. Soldiers and the Iraqi sol- “We hope to expand and enhance the ISR Academy. diers grow over the last five weeks,” said training opportunities of the military intel- “We wanted to develop a program that 2nd Lt. Alexei Fainblout, the training team ligence course,” concluded Burgos. “This would train and get the soldiers engaged in military intelligence adviser, 12th Iraqi will just be one stepping stone to having their jobs from the start and get the 12th IA Army Training Team, 1st BSTB, 1st AATF, the 12th IA ISR Bn. conducting indepen- ISR started on a training model that would 1st Inf. Div. dent operations in the future.” be institutionalized over time,” said Capt. “The soldiers were Alexander Burgos, commander, Company very engaged in the A, 1st BSTB, 1st AATF. training and eager to Burgos worked closely with Lt. Col. learn,” said Fainblout, Adnan, commander, ISR Bn., 12th IA Div., who calls Fort Riley, to develop course material and a training Kan., home. schedule that would be appropriate to train Upon completing the new IA soldiers. the course, the new The ISR academy began in December graduates were as- when the new Iraqi recruits met the cadre signed to the 12th Iraqi from Company A at 12th Iraqi Army Divi- Army Division’s Intel- sion Headquarters. ligence, Surveillance, The cadre administered a literacy test to and Reconnaissance assess the recruits’ ability to follow writ- Battalion, providing ten material, said Burgos. The test results the Iraqi division with helped the cadre determine the pace for the additional capabilities ISR Academy training schedule. in collecting and ana- The “Devil” Brigade Soldiers covered lyzing military intelli- several different tasks, including writing gence. Lt. Col. Samuel Calkins, commander, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battal- ion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, from Ft. Riley, Kan., congratulates Distinguished Honor Graduate Sgt. Ali Ibrahim Mo- sul of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Battalion, 12th IA Division, for earning the highest grade point average at the inaugural training class of the ISR Academy, during a graduation ceremony at the 12th IA Div. Headquarters Jan. 5, 2011. Soldiers of Company A, 1st BSTB, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div. served as cadre for the military intelligence train- ing academy teaching Iraqi soldiers to collect and analyze military intel- ligence. “All of the instructors we had were amazing,” said Mosul. “They made it easy by breaking everything down for us and making sure we all understood before moving on.” U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO, 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 IP demonstrate capability on their 89th Anniversary Maj. John Mini Advise and Assist Task Force from Fort 1st AATF Public Affairs Riley, Kan., attended the event as a guest 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North speaker. Welsh said while his Task Force advis- CONTIGENCY OPERATING SITE es, trains and assists the Iraqi Police as part WARRIOR, Iraq – Iraqi Police celebrated of Operation New Dawn, he is fully confi- the 89th Anniversary of the founding of dent the Iraqi Police, under the leadership their force with a parade, displays, and a of Maj. Gen. Jamal, are in the lead, protect- live counter-terrorism demonstration at the ing the people of Kirkuk. Kirkuk Training Center Jan. 9. “What we see here today is a testament More than 20 local media stations cov- to your leadership,” Welsh said to Jamal. ered the event providing Iraqi Police in “The Iraqi Police in Kirkuk have shown Kirkuk an opportunity to celebrate their time and time again that they are willing history and demonstrate their capability to and able to protect the people and fight protect Iraqi citizens of the province. crime and violence. It is our honor to be “We are here today to celebrate freedom, your partners in this effort.” U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney democracy, and to remember the fallen he- Each of the police sub-districts within Members of the Kirkuk Iraqi Police Emergen- roes who have given everything in the fight the province provided a platoon-size ele- cy Services Unit form a file to execute a hos- against terrorism,” said Maj. Gen. Jamal ment to march in a pass and review before tage rescue drill during Iraqi Police Day Jan. Tahr Bakr, Kirkuk’s Provincial Director of the provincial director. 9, 2011, at the Kirkuk Training Center. The IP Iraqi Police special units, the Emer- units conducted the hostage rescue to dem- Police, who hosted the ceremony featuring onstrate the capabilities of the elite IP quick- more than 500 Iraqi Police. gency Services Unit, Emergency Response reaction force. “In the last year in Kirkuk, crime has Unit and a Special Weapons and Tactics decreased by more than 35 percent,” said unit marched in the parade commemorat- The IP units concluded the ceremony Jamal. “This is because of the hard work, ing the IP Birthday. An IP Explosive Ord- with a brief exercise demonstrating their training and sacrifice of the brave police nance Disposal team also participated in capability to fight terrorism and protect the that you see here before you today. They the parade, marching in their bomb-protec- population. work together as one team to protect all tion suits. Two actors dressed as terrorists drove a people of Kirkuk, regardless of ethnicity, Following the parade of troops, the Iraqi vehicle into the center of the parade field religion or tribal affiliation.” Police formed a parade line with their ve- and took several individuals hostage. Col. Eric Welsh, commander of the 1st hicles in front of the reviewing stand. Members of Kirkuk IP’s Emergency Services Unit responded, surrounding the scene and subduing the role-players to save the notional hostages. The IP EOD unit also diffused a mock bomb, showcasing their technical abilities during the exercise. The exhibition concluded with the IP Criminal Investigation Unit collecting evi- dence to be used later in any judicial pro- ceedings against the captured terrorists. The exercise demonstrated the ability of Kirkuk’s Iraqi Police to respond to a vio- lent situation using a variety of resources and training. “We’re not going to stop fighting crime and protecting the people who count on us,” said Jamal. “The people of Kirkuk now are seeing that they have better se- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO curity, and they too are helping the police Maj. Gen. Jamal, Kirkuk Provincial Director of Police, gives permission to Col. Issa, command- to protect them by providing information er of troops to begin a pass and review during the Iraqi Police 89th Anniversary Celebration at about crime and supporting the police in all the Kirkuk Training Center Jan. 9, 2011. Civic leaders from Kirkuk attended the ceremony as of their efforts.” a sign of support and gratitude for Kirkuk Iraqi Police’s service to the people of the province. 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 U.S. Cavalry Soldiers teach IA how to react to an ambush at GWTC Spc. Angel Washington “If every soldier knows how 4th AAB Public Affairs to operate at the basic level, it 1st Cav. Div. USD-N will make their army better as a whole,” said Gaymon, a native CONTINGENCY OPERAT- of Long Island, N.Y. ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Sol- Different from responding diers assigned to 1st Squadron, to basic enemy contact, am- 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th bushes involve enemy forces Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st deliberately positioning to en- Cavalry Division, trained Iraqi gage friendly forces. soldiers to react to an enemy During the training sce- ambush at Al Ghuzlani Warrior narios, Iraqi soldiers moved as Training Center, Jan. 5. squads at the GWTC, remain- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div. Cavalry scouts instructed ing watchful and alert, knowing Sgt. Martin Gaymon, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop A, 1st Squad- Iraqi soldiers of 1st Battalion, the enemy could attack at any ron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army minute. Division, U.S. Division-North, instructs Iraqi soldiers of 1st Battalion, Division, fundamental tech- U.S. forces, operating at 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, during react to an ambush train- ing at Al Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Contingency Operating Site niques for properly reacting GWTC, led the individual and Marez Jan. 5, 2011. to ambushes from various dis- collective infantry training for tances. Soldiers of the 3rd IA Div. as to communicate. Sgt. William Fatherree, a scout “The reason we are giving part of Al Tadreeb Al Shamil, When U.S. forces simulated assigned to Troop A, 1st Sqdn., them this training is so they will Arabic for All Inclusive Train- attacks, using the word, “bang,” 9th Cav. Regt. “We’re training be able to defend themselves ing, a four-week training cycle the IA soldiers immediately as- them on the things we were against the enemy if they ever to develop Iraqi Army divi- sumed defensive positions to taught.” encounter an ambush,” said sion’s offensive and defensive engage the enemy and secure “One day they will have to Sgt. Martin Gaymon, a cavalry capabilities. the area. train their own soldiers, so we scout assigned to Troop A, 1st The soldiers moved silently “We are here to help im- are laying a foundation so they Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. and using hand and arm signals prove their army overall,” said can pass the training along,” said the Fort Worth, Texas- na- tive. As Iraqi soldiers demon- strated their growing compe- tency throughout the training, they asked to lead their own soldiers. “This training is very good for us,” said 1st Lt. Kasim Muhemed, platoon leader, 1st Bn., 11th Bde. 3rd IA Div. “We are learning in two parts: class- room and doing it directly.” “This helps us to learn more and improves the Iraqi Army,” said the native of Diyala prov- ince, Iraq. Soldiers of 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt., continue to train the U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Iraqi battalion at the Al Ghu- Iraqi soldiers of 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, communicate orders during an enemy zlani Warrior Training Center ambush while training at Al Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Jan. 5, 2011. Iraqi soldiers learned the funda- through January as part of U.S. mentals of reacting to ambushes from Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Ad- vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, who will continue to train the battalion as part of Al Tadreeb Division-North’s advise, train Al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclusive Training, a four-week training program to develop Iraqi Army division’s and assist mission in support of warfighting capabilites at the troop, company and battalion levels. Operation New Dawn. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 NCOs of 4th AAB Combat Stress reach-out to troops Spc. Terence Ewings Marez. 4th AAB Public Affairs “Even though this isn’t a (deployment 1st Cav. Div., U.S. Division-North focused on combat operations) there are still stressors Soldiers need to learn how to CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE deal with,” said Perrin. MAREZ, Iraq – Soldiers assigned to the The “Reboot Your Mind” Program con- 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry sisted of tobacco cessation, extreme emo- Division, took part in the “Rebooting Your tions management, relationship, stress Mind for the New Year” classes held at management, resilience training and sleep Contingency Operating Site Marez Memo- hygiene classes, all of which Soldiers can rial Dining Facility to counteract the “holi- regularly sign up for at the Combat Stress day blues” Jan. 3-8. clinic. The 4th AAB’s behavioral health spe- In addition to emphasizing services cialists teamed with troopers from the 85th available to the troops, the combat stress U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, clinic provides troops at the base informa- Behaviorial health specialists Sgt. Matthew from Fort Hood, Texas, to provide com- tionto help their fellow “battle buddies” Webb, assigned to 85th Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, from Fort Hood, Texas, bat stress classes in the DFAC to remind during their time of need. and Sgt. Christi Perrin, assigned to Company Soldiers about the services and counselors “These classes teach Soldiers how to C, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Ad- available during the deployment. help other Soldiers who may not want to vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, “We’re here reaching out to people that seek help,” said Sgt. 1st Class Otis Tyner, teach a class on resiliency to Soldiers sta- tioned at Contingency Operating Site Marez, wouldn’t regularly come to the clinic, be- a native of Auburn, Ala., and the mainte- Jan. 7, 2011. cause they’re afraid to seek help,” said nance platoon sergeant, Company G, 5th Sgt. Christi Perrin, a 4th AAB behaviorial Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. returning home with PTSD. health specialist assigned to Company C, “It’s important for that battle buddy to Webb said now he sees the “other side” 27th Brigade Support Battalion. “We want know what to say to their fellow Soldier, of PTSD, working with deployed Soldiers all the Soldiers to know what services we and where they can take them to receive to keep troops mentally healthy. offer here and be comfortable enough to professional help.” “These classes set the foundation for come talk to us.” Sgt. Matthew Webb, a behaviorial people to help themselves and others,” said The team addresses issues that could health specialist assigned to 85th Medical Webb, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. “We possibly turn into serious issues, such as Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, from know everyone doesn’t want to come to post traumatic stress disorder, Perrin said. Fort Hood, Texas, said he always had an in- the clinic, but everyone has to come to the Perrin, from Ennis, Texas, said she en- terest in being part of the preventive stage DFAC to eat; while they’re here they have joys working with the rest of the service- in mental health issues. the opportunity to increase their knowledge members in the Combat Stress Team, to as- For six years prior to his deployment to on behaviorial health and possibly help sist the deployed troopers stationed at COS Mosul, Iraq, Webb worked with Soldiers their battle buddy.” All Soldiers are encouraged to seek professional help and take part in the ser- vices provided by the Combat Stress clinic if they need it. They’re also urged to help their fellow Soldiers by sharing the infor- mation. Soldiers of Company G, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and As- sist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, read a psychological first aid slide during a resil- iency training class held at the Contingency Operating Site Marez Memorial Dining Facil- ity, Jan. 7, 2011. The deployed 4th AAB Sol- diers from Fort Hood, Texas, participated in the combat stress-related class during their lunch period. The training class was part of the “Rebooting Your Mind for the New Year” Program, intended to reach out to Soldiers who may need or are seeking behavioral help. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 Reorganized ‘Ivy Division’ Band better prepared for mission in Iraq Sgt. Coltin Heller 109th MPAD U.S. Division-North PAO CONTINGENCY OPERAT- ING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Since before the Revolution- ary War, the U.S. Army fielded bands, providing bugles, drums and flutes for militia to conduct drill and ceremony, signal a commander’s tactical orders to his troops, or inspire Soldiers to stand fast in battle. Throughout the centuries, U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO the role of military bands Fourth Infantry Division rock band “High Altitude,” plays for Soldiers stationed at Contingency Operat- evolved and transformed with ing Base Speicher New Year’s Day. The band members, assigned to Musical Performance Team C, part of the “Ivy Division” Band, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., represent one of several small the many missions and deploy- ensembles the band reorganized into after Army bands transformed to modular teams. ments of today’s modern Army. “Division bands used to New York. classic rock elements like gui- The restructuring allowed deploy when an entire divi- Sections of 4th Infantry tars and drums with brass in- musicians of each MPT to hone sion would deploy,” said Chief Division’s Ivy Division Band struments for a unique sound, their individual musical skills Warrant Officer Marvin Cardo, continue to provide entertain- and Brass Incline attends for- on a particular style of music, conductor of the Ivy Division ment for audiences stationed mal ceremonies playing the providing band members with Band. “Think of the band now at Contingency Operating Base National Anthem, Ivy Division more experience and Soldiers as a brigade combat team, in Speicher and troops deployed March and other formal Army with a greater variety of music. the sense that the band is able throughout northern Iraq in songs. “In the past, bands were to deploy each section on its support of Operation New “This marks the first time more geared toward concert own.” Dawn, he explained. sections of a band deployed in- type performances,” said Staff The transformation separat- Two rock bands, “H.E.A.T.” dependently,” Cardo said. “The Sgt. Larry Weisel, who hails ed the 45 musicians of the “Ivy and “High Altitude” deployed (Music Performance Teams) from Lowery, Minn., and Division” Band into Music Per- with “Brass Incline”, a brass here are on a six-month deploy- serves as keyboard player for formance Teams, which allow quintet, to U.S. Division-North ment.” High Altitude. “This allows the the musicians more flexibility, in support of Operation New MPTs will rotate back to band members to focus on a deploying in smaller, mobile Dawn. Fort Carson to support events particular genre of music.” sections, said Cardo, a native of The rock bands combine at home station, trading places “Having these specialized with the other members of the sections allows us to have a band, who will deploy to sup- wider more diverse foot print,” port troops with U.S. Division- said Weisel. North. Playing every Saturday at Spc. Kasey Walker, trumpet the COB Speicher Dining Fa- player for MPT C, the High Al- cility and traveling to play for titude rock band, said the new units throughout southern and organization has increased the northern Iraq, Weisel said he band’s overall effectiveness. enjoys watching the audience “This allows us to do multi- take a longer lunch or dinner as ple missions at the same time,” they revel in familiar beats. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO said Walker, an Evansdale, “I enjoy every performance Spc. Kasey Walker on the trumpet, plays along side fellow band mem- Iowa-native. “With smaller we do for the Soldiers in the bers, Sgt. Tygue Weirda, saxophone player, and 1st. Sgt. Cornell Her- rington, trombone player and noncommissioned officer in charge of ensembles we can be moved field,” said Weisel. “This is one the “High Altitude” rock band, Musical Performance Team C and “Ivy from place to place with little of the most rewarding career Division” Band, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Divi- hassle.” fields.” sion. 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 Celebrity singers visit COS Marez Famous recording art- ist, Joan Jett performs during a United Service O r g a n i z a t i o n s - s p o n- sored concert for troop- ers assigned to 4th Ad- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div. vise and Assist Brigade, Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th 1st Cavalry Division, Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, receive the Oath of and civilian personnel the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer during an NCO Induction working at Contingency Ceremony, Jan. 7, 2011, at Contingency Operating Site Marez. Newly Operating Site Marez, inducted NCOs will lead their fellow Soldiers as they continue their Iraq, Jan. 10, 2011. Jett, advise, train, and assist mission in support of Operation New Dawn. orginally from Phila- Twenty- five Soldiers participated in the ceremony to include 16 ser- delphia, and country geants and nine corporals. singer Kellie Pickler, performed their most Corps welcomes new popular songs during the two-hour show. Fol- lowing the show, both singers took the time to ‘Black Dragon’ NCOs sign autographs for the deployed troops. Command Sgt. Maj. Calvin Coler, a native of New Orleans and the senior enlisted advisor assigned on to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artil- gt lery Regiment, 4th Advise and hin Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- as lW sion, looks on as Sgt. Jack War- ge ner, a field artillery tactical data An systems specialist assigned to c. Sp Battery A, 5th Bn., 82nd FA Regt., by signs his copy of the Creed of o the Noncommissioned Officer ot Ph during an NCO Induction Cer- Kellie Pickler, center, emony at Contingency Operating a country music art- Site Marez, Jan. 7, 2011. Warner, a ist from Albemarle, native of Salt Lake City, received N.C., performs during formal recognition for becoming a United Service Orga- a NCO. Soldiers recited the NCO nizations-sponsored creed together before taking the concert for Soldiers as- Oath of the U.S. Army Noncom- signed to 4th Advise and missioned Officer. Assist Brigade, 1st Cav- Photo by Spc. Angel Washington alry Division, stationed Cpl. Clifford Quinton, a field ar- at Contingency Operat- tillery tactical data systems spe- ing Site Marez, Iraq, Jan. cialist, assigned to Battery B, 10, 2011. Throughout 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery the event, the former Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist “American Idol” contes- Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, tant shared her success adds his signature to the Creed story with the Soldiers of the Noncommissioned Officer and thanked them for during an NCO Induction Cer- their hard work while emony at Contingency Operating deployed in support of Site Marez, Jan. 7, 2011. With his Operation New Dawn. signature, Quinton, a native of McAlester, Okla., officially joined the ranks of the NCO Corps, completing the time-honored tra- dition of an NCO Induction Cer- emony. Photo by Spc. Angel Washington 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf January 14, 2011 Hey Doc: Green Mucous: ‘No, it ain’t Capt. Kate West Surgeon’s Office U.S. Division-North right, but don’t worry’ people tend to feel run down can only treat the symptoms cough. Ibuprofen and acet- “Hey Doc: I’ve had a cough just before the onset of a cold. of the cold. Antibiotics do not aminophen can ease your head- for two days and have green Some people believe work against viruses. ache and body aches. stuff coming out of my nose. vitamins and herbal supple- Contrary to popular belief, An antihistamine, like I know that ain’t right. Do I ments help keep illness away. you cannot tell whether you diphenhydramine, or Benadryl, need an antibiotic?” – signed However, I would check with have a viral or bacterial infec- can help dry up your nose and “Sniffles” your troop medical clinic tion by the color of your mu- reduce the sneezing. Sudafed, physician’s assistant, or doc- cus. While you are sick, you a decongestant, will help un- Dear Sniffles, tor, before starting any herbal should continue to drink plenty plug your nose. We also like I am sorry you don’t feel remedies, to make sure they of fluids and get extra rest. It Mucinex, which helps thin well. Sounds like you have are safe and won’t interfere is okay if you do not feel like your mucous, making it easier a cold. Cold and flu season with your other medications or eating. for you to clear it. peaks in the winter months, the occasional Army urinalysis. Also, it is okay to continue Your doctor can also recom- even in Iraq. Colds are caused And finally, do not smoke! to exercise while you are sick. mend several medicines to help by viruses, most commonly the It causes chronic irritation of However, if you don’t feel up your cough – coughing is good rhinovirus. your airway and makes you to hitting the gym, take a few because it helps get rid of the Viruses and bacteria spread more susceptible to infection. days off until you are feeling phlegm. as they float in the air, or are Smoking will cause you to be better. Going on Sick Call: you are passed from objects onto your sick longer than a non-smoker. Cough drops can help your probably wondering when you hands and then to your nose, How to get treatment: we sore throat and calm your should see a medical provider. mouth and eyes. Adults get If you have been sick for an average of four colds per three to four days and are year, and kids get an aver- not feeling better, I recom- age of eight per year. mend you see a doctor. You The most common should also see a provider, symptoms of a cold are if you have any concerns headache, nasal congestion, about what medications you runny nose, sneezing, sore should be taking. throat, fatigue, and cough. A fever over 101 degrees You may also experience should also be checked out. earaches, dizziness, chest You can continue to work congestion, body aches, or while you are sick. How- stomach aches. ever, if you have had a fever Most colds last about greater than 101 degrees, seven days. Your symptoms you should not return to will be most intense during work until you have been the first three days and then fever-free for 24 hours. should start to improve. If you are having any Tips for Prevention: symptoms of chest pains, there are many ways to difficulty swallowing and prevent colds. Good hy- handling your saliva, or dif- giene with hand washing ficulty catching your breath, and hand sanitizers is an you should see a provider as important way to prevent soon as possible. the spread of illness. Also, Fortunately, most colds coughing and sneezing into are merely an inconve- the bend of your elbow can nience, and you will get prevent the spread of the better regardless of what virus on your hands and you do. then your co-workers. Stay well, Taskforce It is also important to Ironhorse! Keep those ques- get plenty of sleep, as most tions coming! 12