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The ivy leaf, volume 1, issue 22


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The Ivy Leaf, Volume 1, Issue 22. The 4th Infantry Division's official publication for men and women deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.

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The ivy leaf, volume 1, issue 22

  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 22 April 1, 2011 U.S. Division-North welcomes new ‘Devil 6’ Steadfast and LoyalWarriorLongKnife IronhorseDevilFit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Devil U.S. Division-North Commanding General Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, 4th Infantry Division, presents brigade colors to Col. Michael Pappal, LongKnife 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, signifying the passing of trust, and responsibility for the unit and its Soldiers to the unit’s new commander during a ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq March 28, 2011.Steadfast and Loyal Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney tries, two continents and two conflicts. 1st Advise and Assist Task Force Public Affairs Pappal said the Soldiers of Devil Brigade are completing their 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Division-North missions throughout the world—from the Rear Detachment at Fort Riley Kansas; to the task force serving in the advise, train CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Col. and assist mission in support of Operation New Dawn in north- Warrior Michael Pappal assumed command of 1st Advise and Assist Task ern Iraq; to the “Iron Rangers,” 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regi- Force, 1st Infantry Division during a ceremony at Contingency ment; “Pale Riders,” 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment; and Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, March 28. the “Dreadnoughts,” 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Division, serv- With the passing of the brigade colors, Pappal assumed re- ing in Afghanistan. sponsibility of “Devil” Brigade Soldiers spanning three coun- See DEVIL, pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 For any military operation to run smoothly, military units con- ducting joint missions must be coordinated and synchronized, the parts of the whole acting as one. Pfc. Lauren Leonard, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnais- sance manager assigned to Company B, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, significantly contributed to the “One Team, One Fight” concept, providing critical, timely infor- mation in support of the U.S. Division-North operating environ- ment in March. Leonard gathered the critical information from advise and as- sist units within the U.S. Division-North footprint, collecting and prioritizing the information package sent to her chain of command for approval. “She compiled all the information in a limited time using lim- ited assets from other U.S. Divisions (in Iraq),” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandy Galloway, Deputy Collections manager, Com- U.S. Army photo pany B, DSTB, 4th Inf. Div. “She kept track of the various assets Pfc. Lauren Leonard, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance manager assigned to Company B, Division Special Troops Battal- through constant phone calls and e-mails.” ion, 4th Infantry Division, monitors U.S. Division-North ISR assets in During operations in March, Leonard selflessly worked long northern Iraq, March 28, 2011. hours to de-conflict more than 180 hours of full motion video cov- erage to ensure the coverage plan included the right assets at the “Her maturity, how she does her job, is far more advanced than right time. the level of a (private first class),” said Staff Sgt. Jeff Gifford, col- “By gathering all the information, she made sure we were lection, management and dissemination noncommissioned officer, aware of our capabilities,” said Galloway, who hails from Foun- Company B. “She’s a self starter. She sets her own standards and tain, Colo. then meets those standards.” Leonard ensured scheduled assets within U.S Division-North Leonard’s commitment to excellence and her dedication to ac- synchronized with all supporting units’ operations, as well as iden- complishing the mission resulted in enhanced situational aware- tifying gaps in coverage and dynamically re-tasking ISR assets to ness for commanders across U.S. Division-North’s operating en- critical locations. vironment, earning her “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. Field artilleryman, Iraqi ‘Long Knife’ Troopers, Iraqi 12th IA medics prepare for Tadreeb al Shamil graduates Police ‘clear out rooms’ in Police celebrate district emergencies learn teamwork, benefits of Iraq during training headquarters opening ongoing training Page 4 Page 6 Page 9 Page 11 THE Ivy Leaf Task Force Ironhorse Commanding General – Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins The Ivy Leaf is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey Army. Contents of The Ivy Leaf are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. The appearance of advertising in this Task Force Ironhorse Public Affairs publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage TF Ironhorse PAO – Lt. Col. Steve Wollman without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, TF Ironhorse PA NCOIC – Master Sgt. Carmen Daugherty-Glaze marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Spc. Thomas Bixler non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial content of The Ivy Leaf is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the United States Division-North Public Affairs Office. 1st Advise and 2nd Advise and Do you have a story to share? The Ivy Leaf welcomes submissions Assist Task Force Assist Brigade from readers. Send to the USD-N PAO at 1st Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division mil. The Ivy Leaf reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the paper. For further information on deadlines, questions or 4th Advise and comments, email USD-N PAO or call DSN 318-849-0089. Assist Brigade 1st Cavalry Division 2
  3. 3. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Continued from DEVIL, pg. 1 “This is the highlight of my time in the Army, to be the most recent commander of a long list of commanders, of the oldest con- tinually active brigade in the United States Army,” said Pappal. U.S. Division-North Commanding General Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, 4th Infantry Di- vision, expressed confidence in the 1st Bde., 1st Inf. Div. ability to accomplish its mission with excellence under Pappal’s leadership. “To the Devil Brigade Soldiers—great job in rising above the occasion and exceed- ing our expectations in a very difficult, very ambiguous, very challenging mission,” said Perkins In closing his speech before handing over the 1st Brigade to its new commander, Per- kins said, “Col. Pappal, remember our nation is giving you the greatest honor we can give any citizen of the United States, and that is taking command of Soldiers in a combat en- U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N vironment.” Leaders of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, stand in formation as Organized on May 24, 1917, 1st Bde., 1st Col. Michael Pappal assumes command of Site Warrior, Iraq,during as Assumption of Com- mand ceremony at Contingency Operating “Devil” Brigade March 28, 2011. Inf. Div. is the first Brigade to be created in the U.S. Army and remains as one of the only two divisional bri- the Vietnam War. lines into Iraq, Feb. 24, 1991; gades in the U.S. Army authorized its own distinctive unit insignia. In 1990, Devil Bde. Soldiers the battalions serving with the Soldiers of 1st Brigade started their fight in the trenches of deployed in support of Opera- Devil Bde. earned a Valorous World War I, continuing to fight with valor in 24 major battles tions Desert Shield and Des- Unit Citation. through America’s major conflicts, ranging from World War II to ert Storm. Leading the front The Devil Bde. became one of the first units to deploy to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 23, 2003, again receiving the Valorous Unit Ci- tation for the actions of its Sol- diers. Pappal, a native of Indiana, Pa., said he feels honored to have the opportunity to work side by side with so many dif- ferent U.S. organizations and agencies, as well as the Iraqi forces working to rebuild their nation. “I am grateful to be a part of such a historical time period here in Iraq, and particularly in Kirkuk,” said Pappal Command Sgt. Maj. John Jones, senior enlisted leader of 1st Ad- vise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, renders honors as the “Star Spangle Banner” plays during Col. Michael Pap- pal’s Assumption of Command Ceremony at Contingency Op- erating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq March 28, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Field artillerymen, Iraqi Police ‘clear out rooms’ in Iraq during training exercise Spc. Terence Ewings 4th AAB Public Affairs 1st Cav. Div., U.S. Division-North CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Maneuvering in four-man teams, Iraqi policemen of 3rd Federal Po- lice Division formed stacks against the ex- terior of a training building before entering and clearing rooms as part of an urban op- erations training exercise at Contingency Operating Site Marez. Soldiers of Battery A, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, led close-quarter battle training for mem- bers of 3rd FP Div. at the Ghuzlani Eagle Training Site, March 21. “Today we are focusing on hallway and room-clearing procedures and maintaining awareness while reducing their reaction time,” said Sgt. Kamowa Reynolds, a can- non crew member assigned to Battery A. The 5th Bn., 82nd FA Regt., “Black Dragon” Soldiers taught the Iraqi fed- eral policemen how to enter and clear a room, maneuvering squad-sized elements through the training site during the tactical exercise at the enduring training facility in U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N northern Iraq. Spc. Luis Gonzalez, field artilleryman, assigned to Battery A, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Four-man teams of policemen practiced Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, observes Iraqi policemen of 3rd maneuvering through “L-shaped” hallways Federal Police Division practice maneuvering as a four-man team in a “stack” formation during close quarters battle training at Ghuzlani Eagle Training Site, March 21, 2011. Gonzalez, a na- and clearing rooms along the way. tive of Hoover, Ala., taught the policemen basic urban tactical skills during a five-day training Using techniques acquired through mul- course to enhance Iraqi Security Forces’ proficiency in conducting urban operations. tiple training events during the unit’s mis- sion readiness exercise at the Joint Readi- his mission to advise, train and assist Iraqi Pascal said the federal police returned ness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., Black Security Forces, building and refining the to their duty, responsible for providing se- Dragon troopers taught Iraqi Police how to individual and small-unit tactics and capa- curity for the citizens of Mosul, bringing clear objectives while searching for sus- bilities of the Iraqi forces. the knowledge and skills learned during the pects and evidence. “I like working with the Iraqis in hands- U.S.-led training. “I just love training Soldiers in general,” on exercises like this,” said Pascal, a native “Some of the IPs that come here say said Reynolds, a native of Allentown, Pa. of Blackwood, N.J. “From the first day of they’ve never received training quite like “The Iraqi Federal Police are motivated training when they’re not sure what to do, this, and this is something that they’ve and willing to learn, and because of that to the last day when their proficiency is bet- been looking for to better their skills,” said they’re doing exceptionally well here.” ter than when they first arrived, it’s all very Pascal. “That’s why this training is so im- Staff Sgt. Gregory Pascal, platoon ser- rewarding.” portant, because these guys actually need it geant, Battery A, works as the senior advi- U.S. Soldiers hosted the five-day train- and will use it as soon as they leave.” sor with the U.S. Soldiers responsible for ing course at the Ghuzlani Eagle Training Black Dragon Soldiers continue to work leading the training for the tactical IPs in Site to enhance the 3rd FP’s urban opera- to enhance ISF proficiency in conducting Mosul. tions skills, preparing the Iraqi Police to urban operations during 4th AAB’s deploy- Serving his second deployment to Iraq, conduct effective checkpoint operations, ment in support of Operation New Dawn. Pascal said training Iraqi Police is part of and secure the local populace. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Tadreeb al Shamil provides education opportunities for Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Sgt. Shawn Miller Iraqi Army officers of 4th Battal- 109th MPAD ion, 21st Brigade, 5th IA Division use a terrain model to plan a bat- USD-N Public Affairs talion live fire exercise at Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq, FORWARD OPERATING March 27, 2011. Using Iraqi Army BASE NORMANDY, Iraq ― supplies and assets, the IA offi- cers planned and completed the As U.S. Soldiers watched in- mission independently of U.S. tently, Iraqi Army infantrymen assistance demonstrating their swept across an open plain to readiness to take full control of assault a mock village during the Tadreeb al Shamil training program, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. a battalion live fire exercise at Philip Riglick, executive officer Forward Operating Base Nor- of Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st mandy, March 27. Infantry Regiment. As the final test of skills learned during a 25-day 1st Lt. Philip Riglick, executive Tadreeb al Shamil training officer of Company A, 1st Bat- cycle, Iraqi soldiers assigned talion, 21st Infantry Regiment. to 4th Battalion, 21st Brigade, In recent years, Iraqi Army 5th IA Division demonstrated supplies often remained stock- U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO their ability to plan, rehearse piled in warehouses far from using the resources owned by sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Di- and execute the battalion-sized ground troops, Riglick said. Iraqi Ground Forces Command vision, serve as instructors and exercise independent of U.S. Iraqi leadership now shows …,” said Riglick, a native of advisors to Iraqi trainees dur- assistance. an improved logistical system Granite Bay, Calif. ing Tadreeb al Shamil, the IA More important than simply capable of distributing assets to “The only thing we supplied initiative focused on building proving their capacity to inde- units in the field, with the live- them was the knowledge on cohesion among units and mod- pendently conduct the training fire exercise serving as tangible how to do this throughout the ernizing Iraqi ground forces’ event, Iraqi leadership showed proof of their capabilities, not- cycle,” he said. capability to defend Iraq. the logistical progress made by ed Riglick. U.S. Soldiers of Company U.S. forces transitioned Iraq’s military, said U.S. Army “They’re consuming and A, part of 2nd Advise and As- many of the teaching duties to Iraqi cadre working at the Kirkush Military Training Base and FOB Normandy, along with the responsibility to sup- ply and finance Iraqi soldiers. Beyond the logistics of sup- plying hundreds of battalion troops for the event, senior See KMTB, pg. 6 Iraqi soldiers advance toward a mock village while mortars bom- bard the target during a battal- ion live-fire exercise at Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq, March 27, 2011. The soldiers, assigned to 4th Battalion, 21st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, used the training exercise to showcase skills learned during a 25-day Tadreeb al Shamil training cycle. Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclusive Training, focuses classes on building unit cohe- sion and modernizing combat techniques. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 ‘Long Knife’ Troopers, Iraqi Police celebrate district headquarters opening quarters built in Ninewa province, Iraq, collectively representing months of cooperation and an investment of more than $16 mil- lion, said Lt. Col. Paul Reese, deputy commanding officer, 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div. “While the new bricks and mortar will not secure the people of Mosul, these completed police stations are symbolic of the grow- ing strength of the Iraqi Police force,” said Reese, a native of St. Louis. The Nasir District Police work in conjunction with Iraqi sol- diers of 2nd Iraqi Army Division to secure local Iraqi citizens in northern Iraq. U.S. Soldiers assigned to Task Force Shield, 4th AAB, are training the policemen to assume sole responsibility for securing the district without the aid of IA soldiers, allowing the 2nd IA Div. to focus on external security threats, said Lt. Col. James Wideman, U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Stability Transition Team chief for Task Force Shield. Brig. Gen. Dawud, commander of al Nasir District Police headquar- ters, and Chris Henzel, leader of Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction “I’m glad that I was able to be here and assist the Iraqi Security Team, cut the ribbon at the opening of the new al Nasir District head- Forces secure a better future for Iraq,” said Wideman, a native of quarters, March 23, 2011. The Nasir District Police headquarters is one Wildwood, Fla. of ten Iraqi police stations built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Achim Biller, civil military operations officer, 4th AAB, in Ninewa province, Iraq. assisted the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team coordinating Spc. Terence Ewings the construction of the district police headquarters. 4th Advies and Assist Brigade Public Affairs Biller said using funds provided through the Commander’s 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division-North Emergency Response Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the district headquarters to facilitate the growing number of CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Soldiers local Iraqi Police in the area. assigned to 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division “It’s a good feeling to be able to put something like this together joined Iraqi policemen for the opening of al Nasir District Police and hand over a better facility to the Iraqis,” said Biller, a native of headquarters, March 23. Burlingame, Calif. The Nasir District headquarters building is one of ten head- Continued from, KMTB, pg. 5 Iraqi officers also demonstrated goal, despite only having three their planning skills, integrat- days to organize and plan the ing mortar and helicopter teams assault, said Anwar. into the exercise. Effectively coordinating the Battalion officers poured exercise and maneuvering a through their manuals, laid out battalion while adding in mor- terrain models and reviewed tars and helicopter teams—all training from the month’s class- while using live ammunition— es to determine the best meth- underscored the importance of ods for directing their soldiers the exercise displaying the IA’s to successfully attack the “en- progress, said Riglick. emy” stronghold without the After the successful comple- need for U.S. help. tion of the live fire exercise and “The main issue we had with the training cycle, Riglick add- the event was the short amount ed, Iraqi leadership will see the of preparation time,” said Col. tangible benefits of continued U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Anwar, commander of 4th Bn., training once the Iraqi soldiers An Iraqi Army mortar crew assigned to 4th Battalion, 21st Brigade, 5th 21st Bde. return to their duty stations. IA Division fires an 81 mm mortar during a battalion live fire training exercise at Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq, March 27, 2011. The battalion achieved its 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Iraqi soldiers test skills during Tadreeb al Shamil as U.S. leaders gauge progress the training efforts in support After each exercise, Stegall of Tadreeb al Shamil during and the Iraqi cadre gathered the March’s training iteration, said students to offer an assessment Sgt. Jeremy Mingle, an infan- of the soldiers’ performance, tryman assigned to Company identifying areas where they A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry did well and areas where the Regiment, 2nd Advise and As- students need more practice. sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Di- During the final exercise of vision. the three-day event, the instruc- Iraqi instructors training tors teamed with several U.S. Iraqi soldiers on the techniques, Soldiers to create a training tactics and procedures previ- scenario incorporating simu- ously taught by U.S. Soldiers is lated IEDs, ambushes and “en- a strong indicator that Tadreeb emy” fighters in a small cluster al Shamil is working, said Min- of training buildings. gle, a native of Cortland, N.Y. Stegall said the Iraqi sol- “Us stepping back shows diers completed the lane one that we trust them to take care time without any assistance of their own missions and train- from the instructors, allowing ing their own soldiers,” he said. the platoons to learn from their Having Iraqi trainers lead- mistakes. ing the courses also allowed the “It’s very important to make students to receive more train- mistakes in a training environ- ing in a shorter time without the ment,” said Stegall. “Here you need for interpreters to translate may get yelled at—you may U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO between U.S. instructors and get scuffed up when you make Iraqi Army jinood, Arabic for soldiers, assigned to 4th Battalion, 21st Iraqi troops, Mingle added. mistakes— but everyone is still Brigade, 5th IA Division, practice room clearing techniques while their instructor watches closely from outside during a platoon training ex- Mingle and fellow Soldiers alive.” ercise at Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq, March 21, 2011. serve as advisors attached to 1st The Iraqi students moved U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regi- slowly through the scenario at Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, supervised Iraqi ment, 2nd AAB, overseeing the first as simulated explosions cadre instructing classes, as part of an Iraqi military training initiative to create a self-sustaining ground force capable of protecting Iraq. individual and collective train- and mock enemy fire pinned ing during the month-long rota- down their platoons. Sgt. Shawn Miller training on react to ambushes tions. Instructors and U.S. leaders 109th MPAD and Improvised Explosive De- During three days of train- provided their evaluations, be- USD-N Public Affairs vice drills in preparation for the ing in the hilly terrain at FOB fore sending the trainees back culminating event of their 25- Normandy, Iraqi unit leaders through for a second and final FORWARD OPERATING day training cycle—a battalion- planned and executed their time. BASE NORMANDY, Iraq ― sized live fire exercise. own missions as U.S. Soldiers “The way they reacted, you At the end of several weeks After several months of watched carefully, evaluating could tell they were a lot better of Tadreeb al Shamil classes U.S.-led training in support of the progress made by the troops as a unit,” Stegall said after the at Kirkush Military Training Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for and their instructors. second event. Base, Iraqi Army company All Inclusive Training, Iraqi Even the instructors stepped As Iraqi officers and leader- commanders tested their sol- cadre assumed control of class- back more and more from the ship witness the progress made diers’ skills during platoon and es, demonstrating techniques first day to the final day, al- by their soldiers during the 25- company-level exercises at to the trainees as U.S. Soldiers lowing the trainees to act on day Tadreeb al Shamil cycle, Forward Operating Base Nor- assumed a supervisory role and their own and make their ini- it is just as important for U.S. mandy, March 23. assessed the ongoing training. tial mistakes, said 1st Lt. Stu- Soldiers to see progress and Iraqi soldiers assigned to 4th Iraqi instructors are previ- ard Stegall, a platoon leader know their efforts during Op- Company, 4th Battalion, 21st ous graduates of the Tadreeb with Company A, 1st Bn., 27th eration New Dawn are paying Brigade, 5th IA Division prac- al Shamil program, specially Inf. Regt., and native of Tulsa, off, Stegall noted. ticed moving as a cohesive unit, selected by U.S. forces to lead Okla. 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 IA soldiers complete GWTC combat training rotation Infantry Division Command- of the Head Hunter Squadron. like through this training,” said ing General Maj. Gen. David “I think they enjoy getting out Cushing, a native of Rochester, G. Perkins. of the normal routine of being Mich. Attacking three different put on different checkpoints The Ghuzlani Warrior Train- “enemy” objectives, using di- and they get an opportunity (to ing Center is one of two Iraqi rect and indirect fire during the train as a battalion) and come training centers in northern exercise, the Iraqi light infan- together as one team.” Iraq where both company and try battalion employed all of The all inclusive training is battalion-sized units can prac- the training learned during the an Iraqi Ground Forces Com- tice and enhance their fire and previous three weeks under the mand training initiative to de- maneuver techniques with live tutelage of U.S. Soldiers. velop and strengthen IA units’ ammunition. Four of the IA companies capabilities to secure and de- “We all knew before we led a ground assault, while the fend the people of Iraq from came here we were coming in mortar company launched 60 external threats to Iraq’s sover- to advise, train and assist the mm and 81 mm high explosive eignty. Iraqi Security Forces. So what- mortar rounds, engaging no- This is the first battalion- ever we could do to make that a tional “opposing forces” during level training event the Iraqi reality is very important to the the training exercise. soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 11th squadron,” said Cushing. Perkins and the Head Hunter Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Divi- During the deployment Soldiers watched as Iraqi Army sion have conducted collective- in support of Operation New U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings soldiers maneuvered to assault ly, said Cushing. Dawn, Soldiers of Head Hunter the enemy positions, while “(The Iraqi soldiers) have Squadron have led three itera- U.S. Division-North and 4th In- fantry Division Commanding mortar rounds flew overhead. never trained together as a bat- tions of Tadreeb al Shamil rota- General Maj. Gen. David G. Per- “We spend as much time talion, so we take it upon our- tions for the 3rd Iraqi Army Di- kins congratulates Iraqi soldiers thinking about and preparing selves to really try to help them vision at GWTC since January. assigned to 3rd Battalion, 11th doctrine for how we train as we understand what right looks Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Divi- sion, after the completion of their do on how we fight and prepare month-long training rotation at our doctrine for fighting,” said Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Perkins, during his speech fol- March 31, 2011. lowing the live fire event. Spc. Terence Ewings “When you bring all those 4th AAB PAO (elements) together, you end up 1st Cav. Div., USD-N with a great training exercise like this, which ends up with a CONTINGENCY OPERAT- well-trained unit that can fight,” ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq ― said Perkins. Iraqi soldiers assigned to 3rd During the past month, U.S. Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Soldiers have worked with Iraqi Army Division, conclud- their Iraqi partners to modern- ed a month-long training cycle ize the Iraqi battalion as part with U.S. Soldiers at Ghuzlani of Tadreeb al Shamil, an Iraqi Warrior Training Center cul- military training program to minating in a battalion live fire provide individual and collec- exercise, March 31. tive infantry training for Iraq’s The Iraqi Army soldiers ground forces. showcased fire and maneuver Starting at the individual, techniques taught by “Head squad and platoon levels, the IA Hunter” Troopers of 1st Squad- soldiers build on their tactical U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N ron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th knowledge and skills, progress- Iraqi soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st ing to company and battalion- Division, maneuver toward the final of three objectives during a live Cavalry Division. level exercises during the 25- fire exercise at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, March 31, 2011. The “This is a very high level of day training cycles of Tadreeb Iraqi soldiers demonstrated the enhanced combat skills acquired dur- al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclu- ing a month of partnered training with U.S. Soldiers of 1st Squadron, training and (the Iraqi soldiers) 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- did very well; obviously this sive Training. sion, during the culminating battalion level live fire exercise. The 3rd battalion is well-trained,” said “They enjoy it,” said Lt. Bn., 11th Bde., 3rd IA Div., is the third IA unit to complete the month U.S. Division-North and 4th Col. John Cushing, commander long training exercise at the training center. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 12th IA medics prepare for emergencies Spc. Kandi Huggins 1st AATF Public Affairs 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCA- TION K1, Iraq – Medics assigned to 12th Iraqi Army Division, hurried through a field, carrying stacks of litters to assist fel- low wounded jinood during a mass casu- alty exercise at Contingency Operating Lo- cation K1, March 23. The Iraqi combat medics partnered with combat medics of Company C, “Guard- ians,” 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infan- try Division, for the exercise, where they treated artificial wounds sustained during a simulated helicopter crash. Lt. Col Amed, Division Surgeon, 12th IA Div., said the Iraqi soldiers, or jinood, understand the basics of their responsibili- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N ties as medics, and are very organized in During a mass casualty exercise at Contingency Operating Location K1, combat medics of their approach to caring for a casualty in a 12th Iraqi Army Division provide emergency medical care to a “notional” casualty, simulating hostile environment. wounds as part of a training scenario led by medics of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Amed said he helped develop the med- Infantry Division, March 23, 2011. Designed to test 12th IA Div. medics’ ability to treat patients ics by teaching the jinood to prioritize pa- under the pressures of combat, the exercise presented realistic scenarios and stressors, such as taking enemy fire, to validate the Iraqi soldiers’ training provided by U.S. Army medics of tient care during combat, assessing patients Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div. and administering treatment as appropriate. MASCAL exercises offer realistic sce- basic idea … but until they get hands-on the MASCAL exercise. The first scenario narios to help prepare units for emergen- training, they won’t fully understand the simulated a helicopter crash with multiple cies, said Sgt. 1st Class William Wright, components involved in a mass casualty.” casualties. In the second simulation, no- medical advisor for Iraqi Security Forces Spc. Chip Allen, combat medic, Com- tional enemy forces opened fire on an am- serving at COL K1. pany C, said the MASCAL exercise offered bulance full of passengers, injuring every- The response, mitigation and recovery a venue for IA medics to refine their skills one inside. involved in the realistic simulation of a and abilities. Combat medics of 12th IA Div. partici- MASCAL drill ensure IA medics under- “We set up training lanes in order for pated in every aspect of the exercise, from stand multi-tasking and each individual’s them to practice setting up security, treat receiving moulage makeovers, portraying responsibility when triaging and caring for patients accordingly and evacuate them to casualties, to acting as security while the casualties, said Wright, a combat medic a safe zone,” said Allen, who calls Denton, other medics trained. assigned to Company C, 101st BSB, 1st Texas home. “If they continuously apply Allen said the training was designed to AATF, 1st Inf. Div. dressings and tourniquets, and whatever place the trainees in difficult situations to “It’s critical they have a medical element they need to do to treat patients over and develop their skills to the level of more ex- that is able to support them during their over, eventually their skills will become perienced medics. real-world operations,” said Wright, who quicker and smoother, and they will work “Sometimes you get training but don’t hails from Fort Riley, Kan. “They have the together more and be better at their jobs.” get hard training; but I feel we’ve chal- IA medics conducted two iterations of lenged them and made it more of a realistic situation for them,” he said. Sgt. 1st Class William Wright, combat medic As the medic training progresses, the and senior medical advisor at Contingency Guardian Soldiers look forward to incorpo- Operating Location K1, applies face paint to a medic of the 12th Iraqi Army Division, cre- rating more IA units into the MASCAL ex- ating a moulage of mock injuries, adding a ercise, said Wright. By incorporating other sense of realism to a mass casualty exercise, units into the medical training, Iraqi Secu- March 23, 2011. Wright and other medics of rity Forces will increase the number of 12th Company C supervised the MASCAL, observ- ing the IA medics’ ability to respond, mitigate IA Div. jinood prepared for an emergency. and recover multiple simulated casualties during an emergency. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Always making little improvements 1st Lt. Kyle Miller sance so they can see how we do things,” checkpoint now has a small grill and a 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt. explained Phillips a cavalry scout assigned cold container to store hamburgers and hot 2nd AAB Public Affairs to Troop A. dogs, said Burns. 25th Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North Integrating the ISF into battle drills at Complementing the increased protec- the combined checkpoints provided an op- tion of razor wire and heavy gates, simple CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCA- portunity for realistic training for the tripar- pump-fed showers and modest gyms en- TION COBRA, Iraq – Holding a pair of tite forces, said Phillips. hance the Soldiers’ quality of life, he said. pliers while leaning into a mess of con- Battle drills, pre-determined actions The small section of Soldiers work- certina wire, a Soldier began cutting free conducted with few orders in reaction to ing along the barbed wire fence displayed a picket for salvage at a checkpoint near various circumstances, remain vital to the knowledge and skills acquired from their Contingency Operation Location Cobra. overall force protection posture, he added. experience, quickly stopping to mend bro- Without flinching, Pfc. Joseph Andali Phillips said a proactive approach must ken, disorganized breaks in the perimeter. slid the picket out with the help of fellow be used to prevent the combined security The Soldiers resourcefully salvaged Soldiers. Sun burning high overhead on a forces from becoming complacent in their damaged concertina wire and buried pick- hot afternoon in late March, the infantry- day-to-day operations. ets, using available supplies on hand. man from New Hide Park, N.Y., pounded According to Capt. Thomas Burns, “Without anything on hand, we’re go- the post down and forced the sharp concer- commander of Troop A, 2nd Sqdn., 14th ing to go through, restring and improve,” tina wire back into place. Like clockwork, Cav. Regt., U.S. Soldiers operating at the Burns said. “We identify what we’re short the Soldiers picked up their equipment and combined checkpoints vigilantly strive to and keep ordering; working until we’re ei- moved toward another tangled weakness in improve their defensive positions and also ther out of time or supplies.” their checkpoint defenses, leaving an orga- take time to build simple amenities for the Force protection remains an ongoing nized and intimidating line in their trail. tripartite forces. requirement that U.S. Soldiers and their U.S. Soldiers of Troop A, 2nd Squad- “The gyms have become more ro- Iraqi counterparts face on a daily basis, said ron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise bust,” said Burns, a native of Kearny, N.J., O’Leary. and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division “We’ve built (a Morale, Welfare, and Rec- Holding back a strand of razor wire in assumed the responsibility to assist the reation) center; then there’s the (weapons) his gloves, O’Leary reflected on his pla- Iraqi Army and Kurdish Regional Guard ranges themselves—training is definitely a toon’s accomplishments. Brigade maintain operations at combined quality of life improvement.” “It’s a constant thing,” he said. “I can’t checkpoints in June 2010. Early in the squadron’s deployment, tell you how many times we’ve been out The combined checkpoints in Diyala Soldiers subsisted on supplies of Meal- here re-establishing our positions, making province of northern Iraq promote security Ready-to-Eat rations. In contrast, each them stronger.” in the region and provide a unique opportu- nity for the IA and RGB to work and train together, said Staff Sgt. Kyle O’Leary, a cavalry scout from Tehachapi, Calif. Working with the combined security forces in Diyala, Soldiers of 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd AAB followed a basic principle of soldiering: constantly improve the position. After establishing numerous defensive improvements, such as gates, fences, walls and sandbags, the platoons manning the checkpoints found the need to improve and rebuild positions. High winds and heavy rain altered the terrain and degraded fortified positions, said O’Leary. The constant attention to security and protection provided an additional oppor- tunity to teach and train the Iraqi Security Forces, said Staff Sgt. Darwin Phillips, a U.S. Army Photo by 1st Lt. Kyle Miller, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., USD-N native of Angeles City, Philippines. Pfc. Joseph Andali, left, infantryman, Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Ad- “We’re also trying to get the ISF in- vise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, turns his head away as Staff Sgt. Brian Bing- ham, cavalry scout, Troop A, cuts an uprooted picket free from the maze of concertina wire volved with our battle drills and reconnais- near a Diyala Province combined checkpoint, March 26, 2011. 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Tadreeb al Shamil graduates learn teamwork, benefits of ongoing training Sgt. Shawn Miller talion and the 5th IA Division 109th MPAD as you continue to secure Iraq USD-N Public Affairs for the people and for a positive future.” KIRKUSH MILITARY The Iraqi soldiers became TRAINING BASE, Iraq - As the third class to graduate from the newest graduates of Tadreeb the course at KMTB, which al Shamil, the Iraqi Army’s began rotating Iraqi Army bat- comprehensive training pro- talions through the 25-day gram, soldiers assigned to 4th Tadreeb an Shamil training Battalion, 21st Brigade, 5th IA cycles earlier this year. Division, returned to their duty Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic stations across Iraq to carry on for All Inclusive Training, fo- lessons learned. cuses on building cohesion Following 25 days of mili- in IA units and changing their tary training, senior IA and U.S. mission from focusing on in- officers honored more than 400 ternal security to defending U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO members of the battalion dur- against external threats, said Iraqi Army jinood, Arabic for soldiers, assigned to 4th Battalion, 21st ing a graduation ceremony Col. Anwar, commander of 4th Brigade, 5th IA Division, revel in their certificates of completion, fol- at Kirkush Military Training Bn., 21st Bde., 5th IA Div. lowing a Tadreeb al Shamil Graduation Ceremony at Kirkush Military Base, March 28. “We’ve been seeing the ben- Training Base, Iraq, March 28, 2011. As part of Tadreeb al Shamil, the U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert efits of this training from the Iraqi-led initiative focused on building military capabilities, Iraqi sol- diers completed 25 days of training on ground combat fundamentals Forte, deputy commanding of- beginning,” said Anwar. and coming together as collective units. ficer of 2nd Advise and Assist Tadreeb al Shamil provides Brigade, 25th Infantry Divi- Iraqi officers and noncommis- from conducting morning phys- A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry sion, expressed gratitude to the sioned in his battalion the op- ical fitness to building trust in Regiment, 2nd Advise and As- Iraqi soldiers as they prepared portunity to collectively train, their weapons and comrades, sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Di- to leave KMTB to continue learning with their soldiers and learning to move and commu- vision led the training classes their mission in defending the developing as a team, rather nicate as squads, platoons and during previous cycles, until people of Iraq. than conducting individual, iso- companies. recently transitioning most of “It has been our honor to lated training at Iraqi bases and “When we go back, we will the teaching responsibilities to work side by side with you and security checkpoints through- continue to do this training in Iraqi cadre. to watch you improve every out northern Iraq. our own time so the soldiers do Throughout the training cy- day,” said Forte. “We look for- During the course, Iraqi not forget it during missions,” cle, U.S. Soldiers stressed the ward to seeing continued victo- soldiers learned the benefits Anwar said. importance of a daily training ries and success with this bat- of daily training, said Anwar, U.S. Soldiers of Company regimen to develop and main- tain skills critical to being a Iraqi Army soldiers of 4th Battal- soldier ready for combat. ion, 21st Brigade, 5th IA Division stand in review before senior of- Anwar said the partnership ficers during a graduation cere- and dedication of his American mony at Kirkush Military Training counterparts made the training Base, Iraq, March 28, 2011. More program possible and showed than 400 soldiers assigned to the battalion graduated the 25-day the possibilities of what could Tadreeb al Shamil, an Iraqi mili- be achieved through such train- tary training initiative to develop ing. the Iraqi Army’s ability to act as Upon the completion of a collective unit and modernize its combat techniques. The Iraqi the graduation ceremony, U.S. soldiers became the third class forces began working with to graduate from the course at Iraqi cadre to prepare for the KMTB, which began rotating Iraqi next training rotation at KMTB Army battalions through the 25- day Tadreeb an Shamil training scheduled to start in early April. cycles earlier this year. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 ‘Wolfhounds,’ PRT deliver pediatric wheel- chairs to Tikrit Rehabilitation Hospital Sgt. Coltin Heller A staff member of the Tikrit Rehabilitation 109th MPAD Hospital unloads a pediatric wheelchair for Iraqi families with physically disabled chil- U.S. Division-North Public Affairs dren, March 28, 2011. The non-profit organi- zation, which donated the chairs that facili- CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE tated better mobility and quality of life for the SPEICHER, Iraq – Iraqi parents soothed children, also donated several wheelchairs in and cradled their children, waiting for as- February. “This program tries to do this as of- sistance promised by the Tikrit Rehabilita- ten as possible,” said Brad Blauser, founder of the non-profit organization that donated tion Hospital staff. the chairs. “For us, it’s all about the kids.” Smiles appeared on the faces of Iraqi children and their parents as members of Blauser and PRT members unload the Salah ad Din Provincial Reconstruction wheelchairs transported by “Wolfhound” Team, escorted by U.S. Division-North Soldiers of 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt. Parents Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Bat- carried their children into the Tikrit Reha- talion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise bilitation Hospital gymnasium, and with U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, assistance from the PRT, settled their chil- delivered wheelchairs to Iraqi families in dren into their new wheelchairs. padding, ensuring the children sat comfort- need March 28. “For many of these kids, this is the first ably and secure. Brad Blauser, founder of a non-profit time they have seen a wheelchair,” said “This is big deal for these kids. They are organization that provides pediatric wheel- Staff Sgt. Matthew Spady, civil liaison usually carried or carted everywhere,” said chairs for disabled Iraqi children, person- team noncommissioned officer who works Spady, who hails from Rainier, Oregon. ally delivered 12 wheelchairs purchased with the PRT. “The kids seem frightened at “You notice a big difference.” with funds donated by the PRT. first, but after awhile you can see them en- “You could tell the parents were really “This program tries to do this as often joying the chair.” into what we were doing,” said 1st Lt. Ty as possible,” Blauser said. “For us, it’s all Spady, with other members of the PRT, Lin, platoon leader, Company A. “They about the kids.” fitted each child to their new pediatric watched and were very attentive on what Members of the hospital staff assisted wheelchair, adjusting the foot rests and was going on, so they know what to do to make their kids as comfortable as pos- sible.” Lin, who escorted the PRT on previous humanitarian missions, said he enjoys the reactions of the children, and has no reser- vations coming back. “I’m proud to escort the PRT when con- ducting this type of mission,” said the Dan- ville, Calif. native. “It’s great knowing you could have a hand in something as good as this.” In addition to the 12 chairs donated dur- ing the event, the PRT donated 20 chairs in February, providing other Iraqi families better quality of life for their children. Staff Sgt. Matthew Spady, civil liaison team noncommissioned officer who works with the Salah ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team, makes one last adjustment to a pediat- ric wheelchair donated to the Tikrit Rehabili- tation Hospital, March 28, 2011. U.S. Division- North Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, “Wolfhounds,” 27th Infantry Regi- ment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th In- fantry Division, transported the wheelchairs, provided by a non-profit organization. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO 12
  13. 13. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Iraqi Kids Day brings spirit of Iraq to ‘On Time’ Soldiers at Joint Base Balad children participating in the day’s events, to include rappel rides, face painting, sport ac- tivities, and a piñata filled with candy and toys. “Seeing these kids here to- gether enjoying themselves and just being kids is good to see,” said Spc. Francisco Valdes, an artilleryman assigned to Bat- tery C, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt. “I’ve been able to see a lot of good things we have done in Iraq and this is definitely one of those good things.” Valdes, from Aibonito, Puerto Rico, and father of three, said the kids often re- mind him of his own children, which prompted him to take part in the Iraqi Kids Day ac- tivities. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch, 2nd AAB PAO, 25th Inf. Div., USD-N “I’ve always heard about A local Iraqi girl breaks open a piñata during an Iraqi Kids Day, March 26, 2011, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. these events but never took Since the summer of 2010, units serving at Joint Base Balad have hosted Kids Day. Hosted by U.S. Soldiers part in them,” he said. “I vol- of 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, approximately 100 Iraqi children participated in the day’s events, to unteered immediately when I include rappel rides, face painting, and sport activities. Since the summer of 2010, U.S. Soldiers of Joint heard Kids Day was happening Base Balad have hosted Kids Day, offering kids and local Iraqis a rare glimpse in the lives of U.S. troops operating in and around Balad. again on JBB. Just seeing the kids smile makes all the hard Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch Kim, a native of Fort Lee, the other side of U.S. Soldiers.” work we do here worth it.” 2nd AAB Public Affairs N.J., said after numerous mis- He explained that events, 25th Inf. Div., USD-N sions outside the base, playing like the Kids Day, serve dual with kids can bring joy to even roles to the Iraqi community. JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – the most battle-tested Soldiers. “Bringing the kids here al- A group of excited, young Iraqi “Some of these kids come lows them to see us without our children jumped up to swarm from some economically de- combat gear and learn we’re 1st Lt. Jae Kim, dashing around pressed areas, so you don’t see just like everyday people, and his feet, in an attempt to catch a lot of fun activities where it gives parents an opportunity the soccer ball he kicks around all the kids get together,” said to see we’re here to help them,” playfully at the Joint Base Kim, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, Kim said. Balad Morale, Welfare and 11th Field Artillery Regiment, Soldiers of 2nd Brigade, Recreation building March 26. 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, joined One year ago, interacting 25th Infantry Division. units at Joint Base Balad, host- with Iraqi kids only occurred “The simple things we take ing approximately 100 Iraqi in fleeting moments when U.S. for granted, you just don’t see Soldiers took small breaks on 1st Lt. Jae Kim, a native of Fort a lot of here, so it’s good to just Lee, N.J., and executive officer patrol to play with the kids, get a bunch of the kids together of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 11th said Kim. These days, units op- for some fun.” Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd erating from Joint Base Balad “When the kids see us on the Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th regularly host events, such as Infantry Division, U.S. Division streets, all they see are Soldiers North, kicks a soccer ball around the Iraqi Kids Day, bringing in body armor with weapons, with a local Iraqi child during an service members together with moving about on missions,” Iraqi Kids Day, March 26, 2011, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch the local community. Kim said. “This lets them see 13
  14. 14. The Ivy Leaf April 1, 2011 Appreciating the moments, Chamillionaire learns about Soldiers at COS Warrior Daniels said it was “cool” to see the rapper in person and they are grateful for the op- portunity to spend time with an icon. “I was listening to Chamillionaire be- fore the world knew who he was,” said Jor- dan, a military policeman from Houston, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division. “I felt honored to meet someone from my hometown, knew and listened to growing up.” Jordan received the opportunity to es- cort Chamillionaire around COS Warrior and said, for him, the highlight of the rap- per’s visit, came when he played a pick-up game of basketball with the rapper. Daniels, a motor specialist, also from Houston, serving with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment attached to the 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div., said it was an honor for him to be called up on stage with Chamillionaire. “When I got on stage with Chamillion- aire, there was no fear when I looked down U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N at the crowd,” said Daniels about his free- Chamillionaire, a rapper from Houston, performs for service members and civilians stationed style performance with the rapper. at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, March 27, 2011, as part of the Chamillionaire Tour, a It felt great seeing people he knew from Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored event for Soldiers deployed to U.S. Division-North in support of Operation New Dawn. The rapper said he enjoyed performing for troops and ap- his neck of the woods, said Chamillionaire. preciates the opportunity to say “Thank you” to America’s men and women in uniform. The rapper said he could tell, when they shook his hand and said they appreciated Spc. Kandi Huggins The MPs accompanied the hip-hop art- him coming to visit, they meant it. 1st AATF Public Affairs ist to their motorpool for a crash course in “I definitely appreciate the job and 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North how to properly wear tactical equipment service our troops do for us a lot more,” and how to enter a tactical vehicle. Later, Chamillionaire said. “I see troops all the CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE the troops sat down with Chamillionaire to time in the airport. I shake their hands and WARRIOR, Iraq – “It’s different from see- share their experiences of life for a Soldier it’s easy to be like ‘keep your head up, ing it on TV,” said rapper Chamillionaire in Iraq. come back safe’ but as you get closer to see about his first-hand experience with the “That was the most interesting part— everything they go through every day … Soldiers and their daily lives at Contingen- learning,” said Chamillionaire. “Every- it’s a different appreciation,” said Chamil- cy Operating Site Warrior. “When you see body has their own twist on history, and lionaire. it on TV, you have a certain view of how this place is rich with history. It made me People have their opinion about Soldiers you think the military life is ... I feel closer want to go back and read up more.” based on what they see on television and and understand a lot more now than what I Later that night, a crowd of service what they see in movies, but there’s a lot did before.” members and civilians crowded the stage going on in the lives of the Soldiers in Iraq, Rap artist Chamillionaire visited ser- known as the Wagon Wheel, taking in ev- said Chamillionaire. vice members and civilians based at COS ery moment of Chamillionaire’s perfor- Chamillionaire said he has performed Warrior during a Morale, Welfare and Rec- mance. for Soldiers before, mostly at Fort Hood, reation Tour, performing for service mem- The artist kept the crowd on their feet Texas, but the experience did not compare bers and civilians March 27. with their hands in the air as he motivat- to entertaining troops overseas, and hang- During the day, Chamillionaire visited ed them to “Body Rock” and “Say Good ing out with the Soldiers deployed in sup- with military police and received a tour of Morning.” port of Operation New Dawn. their compound at COS Warrior. Cpl. Jeremy Jordan and Cpl. William 14