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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 23 April 9, 2011 Iraqi youth receive aid, give smiles Steadfast and LoyalWarrior Sgt. Coltin Heller division, we can use it to generate support from the area,” said 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Aebischer, who hails from Barnegat, N.J. United States Division-North Public Affairs “If the people see the IA bring the aide, the people can identify with that and it empowers the IA.” CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – “I’m It’s a good thing that the people see (the IA) bring the supplies,LongKnife very thankful for all the clothes and blankets,” said Saife, an Iraqi as this shows the people that their forces can help the local com- teen who received several blankets and a new pair of shoes hand- munities, said Aebischer. ed out by Iraqi jinood assigned to 2nd Battalion, 48th Brigade, Fifty Iraqi children gathered around as the IA soldiers unload- 4th Iraqi Army Division, at a humanitarian aid distribution event ed brightly colored blankets and brand-new shoes. The soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq, April 7. then passed the goods out to the children, who toted their gifts Ironhorse U.S. Division-North Soldiers assigned to Company B, 1st away beaming from ear to ear. Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Bri- “We hoped for over 100 kids, but this was still a good turnDevil gade, 25th Infantry Division, supplied the varied garments to 4th out,” said Aebischer. “I’m confident all this stuff is going to a IA Div. jinood, who transported and distributed the belongings to good place.” less fortunate children at a police station in Tikrit. A large portion of the aid remained after the event as fewer Civil affairs serves as a bridge between Iraqi civilians and children than anticipated showed. IA soldiers re- U.S. forces, informing commanders on the status of local popula- loaded the gear, taking the gifts down the roadFit for Any Test Fit for Any Test tions, as well as assisting those populations by coordinating infra- to an orphanage to pass out the remaining structure renewal projects and delivering supplies and aid, such shoes and clothes. as clothing and blankets, said Staff Sgt. Bobby Ogan, civil affairs “We hope, due to missions like noncommissioned officer, assigned to Company A, Divi- this, security will increase and (the sion Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. Iraqi people) will know the IA can 4th Inf. Div. Civil Affairs section bought the sup- support them and maintain their plies for local IA units to distribute, said Ogan. safety,” concluded Aebischer. “We purchased $350,000 worth of supplies, from clothing and jackets to blankets and shoes,” said Ogan.Ironhorse Devil “After the stuff was ordered, I tracked it and distributed it to the brigades to support the IA.” The 2nd AAB, one of the brigades in U.S. Division- North to receive the supplies in January, began plan- ning the event with Soldiers of 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt. LongKnife “Wolfhound” Soldiers and their Iraqi counterparts. “I met with (Soldiers) several times and they totallySteadfast and Loyal supported the idea of the IA being in the lead,” said Ogan, a native of Days Creek, Ore. “The IA did all the planning, we just furnished the supplies,” he added. Wolfhound Soldiers linked up with the jinood Warrior outside of Contingency Operating Base Speich- er, transferring the seasonal wear and blankets to U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO two large IA vehicles to be taken to the police Two Iraqi jinood, Arabic for soldiers, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 48th Brigade, 4th Iraqi station. Army Division, load clothes, blankets and shoes onto their truck in preparation to “Even though the humanitarian aid was from deliver the varied goods during a humanitarian aid distribution event in Tikrit, Iraq, April 7, 2011.
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Planning for any military mission involves a great deal of coor- dination for leaders, particularly when conducting operations such as U.S. forces’ mission to advise, train and assist Iraqi Security Forces during Operation New Dawn. Sgt. 1st Class Herman George, mortar section leader assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, earned recognition as the U.S. Division-North “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week for his hard work and expertise in planning and executing training events for 3rd Iraqi Army Division. “There are a number of moving pieces in the live fire itself, but where Sgt. 1st Class George excelled is that he was able to take a complex task and train the Iraqis to an American standard,” said Capt. Ben Jackman, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters U.S. Army photo Troop, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. “By the time we reached the live fire events, (Iraqi soldiers) executed the drills and maneuvers we Sgt. 1st Class Herman George, right, mortar section leader assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist asked them to, and their leadership was able to develop standard Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, mentors an Iraqi noncommissioned of- operating procedures for their units.” ficer during a live fire exercise at Destiny Range Dec. 6, 2010. George, George, a native of Temple, Texas, coordinated training for a a native of Temple, Texas, earned a recognition as U.S. Division-North mortar company with a combined arms live fire exercise, which “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week for his hard work and dedica- tion to his unit’s advise, train, and assist mission, supporting Tadreeb integrated Iraqi mortar crews with counter fire, close air support, al Shamil, an Iraqi Army training program designed to provide indi- scout weapons teams and 155 mm artillery teams. vidual and collective infantry training for Iraq’s ground forces. Between exercises, George not only keeps the Iraqi mortar crews sharp, but maintains his own Soldiers’ skills as well, said “He is able to coach, teach, and mentor everyone he comes in Sgt. Daniel Mascher. contact with, including the young Soldiers who say, ‘That’s the “He prepares us, as the trainers, to know what our jobs will be, (noncommissioned officer) I want to be,’” said Jackman, a Cop- what lanes we’ll cover and how to teach the Iraqis effectively,” peras Cove, Texas, native. “There is not an NCO out there that I’d said Mascher, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. “He makes it enjoyable rather work with, or have more trust and confidence in, than Sgt. to come to work.” 1st Class George.” ROC Drill prepares leaders ‘Wolfhound’ Soldiers help U.S. Soldiers learn Beyond the call of duty for future operations bring water purification leadership skills at Kirkush system to Iraqi community Military Training Base Page 4 Page 7 Page 8 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 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 9, 2011 Col. Brian Winski, commander of 4th Ad- vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- sion, presents U.S. Secretary of Defense the Honorable Robert M. Gates, a “Long Knife” Brigade coin for visiting U.S. Soldiers at Contingency Operating Site Marez, April 8, 2011. Gates spoke with Fort Hood Soldiers deployed in support of Operation New Dawn, discussing current events and changes oc- curring throughout the military. home safely,” Gates said. A U.S. military presence could remain in Iraq past the current Dec. 31, 2011 dead- line in accordance with the security forces agreement if the Iraqi government requests U.S. assistance, Gates said. Gates noted as U.S. forces transition home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Soldiers will be afforded more time at home as de- ployments become less frequent. The additional time spent at home sta- tions will also allow the U.S. Army to reset U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO and transition back to conventional warf- Secretary of Defense visits ighting roles from the advise and assist mission throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. U.S. Division-North troops Gates offered his personal gratitude to the Soldiers and their Families for the con- tinued dedication to the mission in Iraq. U.S. Division-North 2011 to the current budget deliberations in “I’ve really just come here to thank Public Affairs Washington, D.C. you,” Gates said. “Thank you for your ser- As ongoing budget negotiations and im- vice, for what you’ve accomplished over CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE plications on military pay dominated news the last number of years; and through you, SPEICHER, Iraq – U.S. Secretary of De- headlines, Gates reassured the Soldiers that thank your Families.” fense Robert M. Gates finished a three-day he would do his best to support their needs. Gates sat for lunch with the Soldiers be- visit to Iraq, meeting with troops deployed “It’s been my responsibility to make fore travelling to United Arab Emirates to to U.S. Division-North, April 8. sure you have whatever you need to com- continue meetings with Middle East lead- In what Gates said will likely be his plete your mission successfully and come ers and discuss developments in the region. final visit to Iraq, the Pentagon’s top of- ficial thanked U.S. Soldiers of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, based out of Contingency Operating Site Marez, for their continued role in the ad- vise, train and assist mission during Opera- tion New Dawn. Gates fielded questions from Soldiers ranging from the possibility of extending the U.S. military’s presence in Iraq past U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates shows his appreciation for Spc. Jamie Leb- lanc, a unit supply specialist from West Palm Beach, Fla., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Advise and As- sist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, shaking her hand presenting a coin, during a visit to Contingency Operating Site Marez, April 8, 2011. Gates thanked the cavalry Soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, deployed to northern Iraq, for their commitment and dedication to the mission in support of Operation New Dawn. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 ROC Drill prepares leaders for future operations Spc. Andrew Ingram AATF, 1st Inf. Div., who helped construct the sand table. “I may U.S. Division-North Public Affairs have started the map, but everybody can add their own pieces to make it more accurate, or even just fun.” CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Be- Harrell, a native of San Bernardino, Calif., said he started fore the days of slide presentations and desktop computers, mili- building sand tables in 2002. tary tacticians around the world used maps and models to orga- Harrell said ROC drills are one of the most effective methods nize troops and plan future operations. Whether hastily drawn in for Soldiers to discuss and refine a plan. the dirt or built through the course of several weeks of planning, “You can talk about an operation all day long, but looking at it military leaders use “sand tables” to visualize a concept of when, visually is so much more effective,” he said. “It just makes it easier where and how operations should be conducted. to grasp the overall vision of a plan when you can see it with your Using a sand table, a three- eyes.” dimensional terrain map, lead- “You can talk about atingfrom Contingency Oper- ers Site Warrior and U.S. an operation all day Division-North discussed plans long, but looking at for transitioning troops out of COS Warrior during a rehearsal it visually is so much of concept drill, March 30. more effective.” Representatives of units and agencies at the base met with senior leaders to outline a strat- – Staff Sgt. Bruce Harrell egy for transferring U.S. bases to Iraqi government control fol- lowing the withdrawal of U.S. forces deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. “We conduct drills like this so we can better understand and plan for the mission we have set out to accomplish,” said Maj. Joel Gleason, logistics officer, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division. “Everyone here today has their own piece of the mission to accomplish, and this drill will help us better understand how our small piece contributes to the whole.” During the ROC drill, junior leaders took turns demonstrating and explaining planned courses of action using the terrain map as a visual aid to allow senior leaders to collectively conceptualize the planning process and mitigate any conflicts or overlapping lines of effort, said Lt. Col. Scott Nolan, executive officer, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div. “ROC drills are meant to get everyone on the same page; they keep us in our own lane,” said Nolan. “We could do all of this dur- ing a slide show presentation, but the bottom line is this gives us a more accurate understanding of future plans, because you can walk the model and get a visual for what is going to happen.” Soldiers stood amidst the model’s moving pieces around the massive map board to explain their plans; while senior leaders, including Brig. Gen. James F. Pasquarette, deputy commanding general-support, U.S. Division-North and 4th Infantry Division, and Col. Benjamin Solum, deputy brigade commander, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div., interjected with questions, ideas and directives. Every organization at COS Warrior placed models on the sand table. The U.S. Air Force units added model airplanes and a land- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO ing strip replicated by Christmas tree lights. Fire extinguishers Lt. Col. Scott Nolan, executive officer, 1st Special Troops Battalion, adorned the map symbolizing the fire departments, and matchbox 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, briefs the lo- cars served as construction equipment and tactical vehicles. cations of facilities and units located on Contingency Operating Site Warrior during a rehearsal of concept drill, March 30, 2011. U.S. Divi- “That’s one of the best things about a ROC drill,” said Staff sion-North leaders used the three-dimensional maps, known as “sand Sgt. Bruce Harrell, an armor crewmember assigned to Headquar- tables,” to gain a visual understanding of future operations, while ters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st planning and rehearsing missions in support of Operation New Dawn. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Senior leaders contribute personal time for betterment of troops Spc. Andrew Ingram USD-N Public Affairs U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE U.S. Division-North Soldiers deployed to Contingency Operating Site Warrior take a basic math WARRIOR, Iraq – Eager to seek better and vocabulary quiz in preparation for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery during a preparatory class, March 25, 2011. Although every service member takes the ASVAB prior to opportunities and self-improvement, Sol- joining the military, many Soldiers retake the ASVAB to boost their scores as they attempt to diers stationed at Contingency Operating transfer to another career field or officer candidacy. Site Warrior enrolled in preparatory classes to improve their performance on the Armed said one of the best things Soldiers can do help Soldiers.” Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. to improve their scores is learn more effi- The students appreciate the dedication U.S. Division-North Soldiers volun- cient test taking techniques. Diggs and Gillespie display during the teering as instructors focused on raising “We are not just teaching them the right class, said Spc. John Wistrom, combat en- the scores of students trying to qualify for answers because we don’t know what ques- gineer, Company C, Brigade Support Bat- officer candidate school, warrant officer tions are on the test,” she said. “They are talion, 1st AATF. training or reclassification into a different learning what types of questions they will “It isn’t like this is their job,” said Wis- enlisted career field. have to answer and strategies to figure out trom, who hails from Sartell, Minn. “I’ve “This class is all about helping Sol- the right answer quickly.” really got a lot of respect for what they are diers succeed,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tani- Although most of the students already doing.” sha Diggs, a career counselor assigned to have a grasp on the material, taking the The instructors volunteer hours of their Headquarters and Headquarters Company, class allows the Soldiers to develop their personal outside of assigned duties teach- 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st knowledge and skills, said Sgt. 1st Class ing classes and grading papers, he added. Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Kells Gillespie, network manager, HHC, Wistrom said he wants to improve his Division. “A lot of these Soldiers will do 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st AATF, 1st ASVAB score to reclassify as an interroga- really well in their new career paths; we Inf. Div. tor. just want to help them get there.” “We aren’t here to teach anything new,” “I’ve done my time outside the wire, and Diggs, from Fort Hood, Texas, said she said Gillespie, who calls Boone’s Mill, Va. I love being a combat engineer, but I want volunteered to teach the course after she home. “Everything on the test they prob- to plan for the future,” Wistrom explained. realized many of the Soldiers need to im- ably learned in high school; Sgt. 1st Class “I’m really interested in going into law en- prove their ASVAB scores to reach their Diggs and I are just here to reiterate what forcement when I get out of the military, military career goals. they have learned in the past.” and I think being an interrogator would be “My goal is to provide them with the Gillespie said he volunteered as an in- a good place for me to get training.” opportunity to improve themselves,” Diggs structor so more Soldiers from throughout The next preparatory class is slated to said. “It makes me feel good to bring them COS Warrior could take part in the class. begin April 18. COS Warrior Soldiers in- options.” “These guys need some help, so we terested in attending the class should notify More important than simply studying volunteered,” he said. “I’m a noncommis- their chain of command. the material covered on the exam, Diggs sioned officer and that is what we do—we 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Snapshots of Tadreeb al Shamil ― U.S. Division-North Soldiers train Iraqi soldiers assigned to Iraqi Groud Forces Command at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center and Kirkush Military Training Base, providing them with modern, up-to-date bat- talion level combat tactics and ground maneuvering techniques in an effort to bolster Iraqi Army capabili- ties to provide internal and external security for the Iraqi people. U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 ‘Wolfhound’ Soldiers help bring water purification system to Iraqi community transformer, the pump, the gen- erator all looks good.” In addition to receiving fresh water, the village also benefitted from the project as the contractor gave the old ma- chines previously used in the station to the village to do with as they pleased. “This was a generous act, as we are able to sell the old equipment and use the money to uplift the village,” Jassim said. Although pleased with the renovated station, Jassim ex- pressed his concern for the pipes that feed the village. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO The station is fixed and able Capt. Andrew Gardner, commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and As- to supply water, but the pipes in sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, celebrates with Iraqi children during the re-opening of a water purifica- the water network are old, and tion and distribution center in al Alam Nahiya, April 3, 2011. U.S Division-North Soldiers provided funding, while Iraqi contractors completed the water station, which provides the children with drinkable water. there have been problems with them rusting through or break- Sgt. Coltin Heller Alam Nahiya, during the open- cil members regularly toured ing and needing repair, added 109th MPAD ing. the station during its stages of Jassim. USD-N Public Affairs “This is a great project, as completion, ensuring quality in The council hopes to have it fixed the old station, to what the work. the pipe network repaired soon, CONTINGENCY OPERAT- you see here,” said Jassim. “I went several times and ING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – “This facility will be able to saw everything,” he said. “The See WATER, pg. 9 Iraqi families from al Alam Na- deliver potable water to 4,000 hiya gathered to celebrate the families in the area.” opening of a refurbished water Capt. Andrew Gardner, com- purification and distribution mander, Company A, 1st Bn., center in the Salah ad Din prov- 27th Inf. Regt., and his Soldiers ince of northern Iraq, April 3. attended the ceremony at the U.S. Division-North Sol- invitation of council members. diers assigned to Company “The project builds positive A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry relationships between the U.S. Regiment, 2nd Advise and As- forces and the Iraqi people, but sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Di- shows them they can do things vision, attended the ceremony like this themselves,” said to inspect the facility and inter- Gardner, who calls Charles- act with Iraqi community lead- town, R.I. home. ers, families and local children. The project to refit the water A failing pump, sputtering station, a main concern for the U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO generator and ruined trans- village council members, took First Lt. Will Alsfelder, executive officer, and 1st Lt. Dan Murdough, former rendered the station all just under two months to com- first platoon leader and project purchasing officer, both assigned to but useless, producing a mini- plete. Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, speak with an al Alam Nahiya mal amount of drinkable water “Thanks to our U.S. friends, council member during a ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the to the village before comple- the people can now have clean local water purification and distribution station, April 3, 2011. The new- tion of the project, said Khala water to drink,” said Jassim. ly renovated station, a project planned and completed by the al Alam Jassim, council chairman for al Jassim and other coun- Nahiya council, provides potable water for 4,000 local Iraqi families. 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 U.S. Soldiers learn leadership skills at Kirkush Military Training Base Sgt. Shawn Miller 109th MPAD U.S. Division-North Public Affairs FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOR- MANDY, Iraq – As U.S. and Iraqi forces train battalions of Iraqi Army soldiers dur- ing Tadreeb al Shamil, the students taking the classes are not the only ones learning new skills and gaining valuable knowledge. For junior U.S. Soldiers serving in Iraq, the opportunity to impart wisdom on their Iraqi counterparts during Operation New Dawn builds leadership traits as well as practical experience in the field, said Spc. Paul Swerda, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. Serving on his first deployment, Swerda, an infantryman from Tucson, Ariz., works as an instructor and advisor, training Iraqi troops during 25-day rotations at Kirkush U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Military Training Base and Forward Oper- Iraqi soldiers advance on line to their objective while their instructor watches from behind ating Base Normandy. during a platoon-level training class at Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq, March 22, 2011. Iraqi instructors assumed control of training their own soldiers after graduating from a Swerda’s platoon from 1st Bn., 27th prior course taught by U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Inf. Regt., part of the 2nd Advise and As- Division. During the 25-day Tadreeb al Shamil training programs, junior enlisted U.S. Soldiers sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, serves gain practical knowledge by assisting Iraqi forces with the training program. Teaching Iraqis attached to their sister battalion, the 1st to build their capabilities also sharpened the skills of the U.S. trainers, said Spc. Paul Swerda, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd AAB, and a Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, who native of Tucson, Ariz. “It’s going to make me a better leader,” said Swerda. oversees the training at KMTB and FOB Normandy. instructors typically perform those respon- both deployed and at home, advising the IA After working closely with IA battalions sibilities. battalions has other benefits. for several months as part of the Tadreeb Now, with the roles reversed, Swerda Sgt. Jeremy Mingle, a squad leader al Shamil program, Swerda and fellow Sol- said he has received that chance to mentor assigned to Company A, and native of diers transitioned control of their classes to others as a young specialist looking for- Cortland, N.Y., said training Iraqi troops Iraqi cadre, and now act in a supervisory ward to soon becoming an NCO. on fundamental infantry tasks helps keep capacity. “It’s going to make me a better leader,” NCOs sharp on the basics. As Iraqi instructors led classes during he said of the course. Previously deployed to Iraq in 2007, a three-day exercise at FOB Normandy, Swerda’s platoon leader, 1st Lt. Stuard Mingle said the change from infantryman Swerda took charge of emplacing simu- Stegall, said the Tadreeb al Shamil courses in Operation Iraqi Freedom to teacher in lated Improvised Explosive Device pyro- offer a great way for his junior enlisted Sol- Operation New Dawn helped him build pa- technics to add a bit of realism to training diers to develop as leaders. tience and respect with the Iraqi soldiers he scenarios. “Normally they’re being taught these trained. Far different from the traditional role classes by NCOs, but now they’re part of “I have a lot of respect for those guys for of a deployed infantryman, Swerda’s re- the instructor team, and they’re actually wanting to step up to the plate to do their sponsibility as a trainer and observer now having roles in teaching these classes,” said job and help defend their country,” he said. allows him to see the other side of military Stegall. “They’re already doing NCO tasks Beyond helping the Iraqi Army achieve operations, he said. with teaching basic classes, correcting mis- its goal, Mingle noted the personal pride he During a pre-deployment rotation to takes and knowing what to look for when and other NCOs take in educating others. the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, they correct those mistakes. I think that is “You can train your guys, but not ev- Calif.—similar to the training rotation he going to pay off.” eryone can say that they’ve trained other teaches now—Swerda said he never had For the NCOs of the platoon already soldiers from a different country,” he said. the opportunity to act as a trainer, as senior well-versed in training their own Soldiers, 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Continued from WATER, pg. 7 Beyond the call of duty Jassim added. Jassim and al Alam Nahiya council members received funding and guidance Spc. Kandi Huggins they could hear his voice. for the project from 1st. Bn. 27th Inf. Regt. 1st AATF Public Affairs “I heard something fall over and inside “Wolfhound” Soldiers, a process which be- 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North my head I said please God let that be (her),” gan in late summer 2010. said Darst. In the past, U.S. Soldiers provided the CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE After finding a girl inside, Darst dragged means for projects like the water station to WARRIOR, Iraq – “I went in the living her out the front door to safety. be completed. With the onset of Operation room and couldn’t see anything; it was all Upon returning to COS Warrior, Darst New Dawn, U.S. forces endeavored to em- black and thick,” said Spc. Shane Darst, received a ‘Devil Brigade’ coin and a Cer- power Iraqi leaders to take a greater degree describing a house fire. “I got down on my tificate of Achievement for his act of cour- of control of projects benefitting them. knees and crawled into the living room. age. “We began the project to improve Iraqi There was only about an inch between Spc. Tyler Shuell, Darst’s best friend, communities back in August,” said Gard- the carpet and smoke where you could see also serving with Company D, said he ner. “We presented the local communities clear across to the kitchen, but you could thinks Darst receiving the Soldier’s Medal in Salad ah Din with a project presentation, see the fire ripping the kitchen apart.” is well deserved. and asked them what projects they wanted Darst, an armor crewmember serving “When I heard about it, I was proud of to do.” with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cav- him,” said Shuell, who hails from Portland, Wolfhound Soldiers also encouraged lo- alry Regiment, “Thunderhorse,” attached Ore. “He’s definitely the type of guy who cal Iraqi leaders to identify the projects, bid to 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st will go out of his way for you.” out and choose the contractors to complete Infantry Division, received a recommen- “The thing that made me do it was that the work, added Gardner. dation for the Department of Defense Sol- girl’s scream,” said Darst. “I kept thinking, While U.S. Soldiers attended the cer- dier’s Medal for saving a neighbor’s life in if that was my daughter, if that was me in emony, they played a minimal role, only his hometown of Marengo, Ohio while he there, I’d want somebody to come get me. advising their Iraqi partners during the was home for environmental morale leave I never thought I’d be able to do something project and assisting the council members in December 2010. like that but whenever it happens, it’s like, with properly developing and implement- Darst said he and his wife just arrived either you do it or you don’t.” ing plans for various projects. home when he heard something that sound- Everyone was happy, he said, and al- The Iraqi council independently han- ed like fireworks about two houses down. though they lost belongings, he was glad to dled the completion of the project as Wolf- Realizing the sound was a transformer ex- be a part of them having a merry Christmas hound Soldiers attended the re-opening ploding, Darst said he ran to the house and by allowing them to have the gift of each ceremony at the invitation of the council, entered after learning someone was still other. said Gardner. inside. Darst is scheduled to receive the Soldier’s While U.S. forces provided project Darst said he began yelling for his Medal during an upcoming awards ceremo- funding, the inspiration and driving force neighbor to make some type of noise if ny hosted by Thunderhorse Battalion. behind the water system and other projects came from the Iraqi citizens, said Gardner. “Instead of us saying, ‘We’re building you a school because we think you need one,’ they found something they needed and improved it on their own,” Gardner said. Gardner went on to say projects like this build not only the confidence of the Iraqi people, but also the confidence the U.S. Soldiers have in the citizens to complete difficult projects and stand on their own. Iraqi civilians, both adults and children alike, expressed their gratitude and lined up outside the fence after the re-opening ceremony of the water station to shake hands with U.S. Division-North Soldiers and pose with them for photos to com- memorate the moment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Spc. Shane Darst, an armor crewmember serving with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, attached to 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, shakes hands with a young child at a checkpoint near Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, April 3, 2011. 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Stability Transition Team completes mission with Iraqi commando brigade Spc. Andrew Ingram Lt. Col. Marcel Schneider, 15th Brigade Sustainment Transition USD-N Public Affairs Team, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, pres- CONTINGENCY OPERAT- ents a plaque to staff Brig. Gen. ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Abdulla Amir, 15th Brigade, 12th Lt. Col. Marcel Schneider, 15th Iraqi Army Division, during a fare- Brigade Sustainment Transition well ceremony at the 15th Bde. headquarters in Kirkuk province, Team, and Soldiers assigned Iraq, April 4, 2011. Schneider pre- to Company C, 1st Squadron, sented the plaque as a token of 14th Infantry Regiment con- appreciation for the relationship ducted their last scheduled Amir and his soldiers shared with Soldiers of 1st AATF. training mission in support of 15th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army U.S. Soldiers also benefitted Division in Kirkuk province, from the cooperative training. Iraq, April 4. “Since we’ve been in Iraq Company C Soldiers, part of our unit has made it a priority the 1st Advise and Assist Task to have junior leaders like me Force, 1st Infantry Division, take a large part in training the reviewed basic marksman- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO Iraqis,” said Lamb. “It sharpens ship skills with the 15th Bde.’s hope our relationship will con- St. Robert, Mo., “They seem our skills and prepares us to Commando Company before tinue as our two great nations to have grasped a pretty good train our own soldiers when we coaching the Iraqi soldiers as continue to work together.” working knowledge of what return to the States.” the soldiers zeroed their M16 Cpl. Brandon Lamb, an in- we have been teaching them. Though many of the Iraqi rifles at the range. fantryman assigned to Com- Now it’s up to them to take this soldiers wish they could contin- “Working with the 15th pany C, lead the commandos knowledge and run with it.” ue training with U.S. forces, the Bde. during the last 10 months though the four marksmanship Many of the commandos soldiers are confident that they has been a uniquely reward- fundamentals: steady body trained with their new weap- now have the skills to succeed ing experience for me,” said position, sight picture, breath- ons for the first time during the on their own, said Hussein. Schneider. “As Operation New ing and trigger squeeze; while classes, said Pvt. Amar Abdul In the afternoon, staff Brig. Dawn continues and the U.S. his platoon mates observed the Hussein, a Commando Com- Gen. Abdulla Amir, command- military’s role in Iraq becomes Iraqi soldiers practice. pany soldier. er of 15th Bde., 12th IA Div., smaller, we finish a chapter in “This was one of the most “We are not experts with the hosted a farewell ceremony the history of Iraq. This chapter disciplined groups of Iraqi M16 yet – for some of us it is to show his appreciation for is finished, but we are starting soldiers I have worked with the first time we have trained Schneider, who worked closely a new chapter, one in which I so far,” said Lamb, a native of with our personal weapons,” with brigade leadership as an said Hussein. “The U.S. Sol- advisor, teacher and liaison, and diers have done a good job of to U.S. Soldiers who worked to showing us the basics, such as train the commando unit. the four fundamentals.” Amir said although he will Lamb said he and fellow personally miss Schneider both as a friend and a trusted mentor, U.S. Army Cpl. Brandon Lamb, an infantryman assigned to Compa- he looks forward to the chal- ny C, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry lenge of managing his troops Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist without U.S. assistance. Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, “I am excited that Iraq is be- coaches Iraqi Army Soldiers while Pvt. Amar Abdul Hussein, ginning to stand alone,” Amir Commando Company, 15th Bri- said. “I look forward to the day gade, 12th Iraqi Army Division, when Iraq is strong on its own demonstrates the techniques and our two countries move during marksmanship training at the 15th Bde. headquarters forward as partners.” in Kirkuk province, Iraq, April 4, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Chaplain’s At Ease!... Rest! Corner: not taking time to slow down and give our bodies adequate rest is still death … only it is I acknowledge that it is very hard to slow down. We are very busy in the military; it’s Maj. Kenneth Hurst fatigue is attributed to our fren- a slow, self-inflicted death, just part of the job. But if we Deputy Chaplain zied “American Way of Life.” caused by too much stress.” don’t take steps to slow down U.S. Division-North So, there it is. We are Just as the archer and the our personal lives, we will caught between the body’s violinist both unstring their end up regretting what we’ve I often forget the impor- need for rest and society’s need bows, we need to remember missed along the way. tance of putting rest into my to keep us busy. that leisure time is not lost Do you struggle with any battle rhythm. But, when does faster be- time; it is time invested. The of this? What can you do? As I just came back from come too fast? Is there a speed old saying is true—“You’ll a starting point, take five min- Environmental Morale Leave. limit to life? Should there be? break the bow if you always utes each day for the next week Although I had a great time, I I think so. keep it bent.” to spend in solitude. feel like I need a vacation. I believe that God made What are the consequences Maybe get an extra half Vince Lombardi was quoted our bodies capable of doing of not slowing down? Author hour of sleep each night. You as saying, “Fatigue makes tremendous things, but I also John Ortberg said that the most and I have to remind ourselves cowards of us all.” If that’s believe that He designed us serious sign of hurry sickness that we’re not Jack Bauer. Un- true, then we desperately with certain limits. Even God is the diminished capacity to like him, we are quite human, need to put rest into our battle rested on the seventh day, but love. and there is a serious limit to rhythm. We not only need rest not because He was exhausted. Ortberg said that love and what you and I can achieve in and sleep, we need to slow Rather, it was a rest of hurry are fundamentally in- one day. down sometimes, too. achievement and enjoyment in compatible. Love always takes God knows that almost As Americans, we talk fast, what He had made. If resting time, and time is one thing hur- everything of substantial value walk fast and eat fast. We use is important to God, I don’t ried people do not have. in life comes out of an unhur- words like “time crunch,” “fast think it’s a sign of weakness or What lies behind much of ried spirit. He knows that a still food,” “rush hour,” “frequent laziness. Rather, it’s a sign of the anger and frustration we heart is the prerequisite for a flyer,” “expressway” and His wisdom and holiness. He experience, according to Ort- pure heart. “rapid transit.” knew that if we neglected rest, berg? “Hurry.” It was Augustine who said, Dr. Richard Swenson noted we would pay the price. The truth is, as much as “Our souls are restless until most Americans hate to kill In the Old Testament, the we complain about it, we are they find their rest in Thee.” time doing nothing, but the penalty for breaking the Sab- drawn to hurry. It makes us “Come to me, all of you irony is that our use of time is bath was death by stoning. Ar- feel important. It means we who labor and are heavy killing us. chibald Hart said the truth “is don’t have to look too closely burdened, and I will give you Dr. Swenson said that our that even today the penalty for at our lives. rest,” Matthew 11:28. U.S. Division-North Social Media Sites On the U.S. Division-North social media sites, you can find sto- ries, photos and videos of U.S. Soldiers deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. www.twitter/4thInfDiv 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf April 9, 2011 Cavalry logistician Hey Doc: Help! recognized for role in My water tastes funny Operation New Dawn Maj. George Deguzman Environmental Science and Engineering Officer Spc. Terence Ewings Prior to the transfer ceremo- U.S. Division-North 4th AAB Public Affairs ny of JSS Heider, Pasquarette awarded the supply sergeant “Hey Doc: It’s been getting a lot warmer so I started using my 1st Cav. Div., USD-N with an Army Commenda- water hydration system. I want to stay hydrated so I don’t become CONTINGENCY OPERAT- tion Medal for the logistics a heat casualty. I just don’t understand why the water doesn’t taste ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – As work Brown contributed to the right?” – Signed “Yuck.” U.S. forces transfer bases to squadron. Iraqi control as part of their mis- “Brown and the other 6th Dear “Yuck,” sion in support of Operation Sqdn., 8th Cav. Regt. troopers This is a very timely ques- New Dawn, supply specialists have done a great job setting tion. Because bottled water is and logisticians serve in a sel- the conditions so the Iraqi Se- so readily available in theater, dom seen role of returning and curity Forces can be successful most Soldiers go for long peri- restocking large amounts of sup- in the future,” said Pasquarette. ods of time without ever using plies from those installations. Upon arrival to Iraq in sum- their hydration system. It may U.S. Division-North and 4th mer 2010, Brown coordinated have been sitting at the bottom Infantry Division Deputy Com- and supervised the movement of a duffel bag for the last sev- manding General-Support Brig. of the squadron’s Soldiers and eral months since its last use. Gen. James F. Pasquarette re- equipment to Contingency Op- It’s important to thoroughly cently recognized Sgt. 1st Class erating Site Sykes and five oth- clean and sanitize any hydra- Gregory Brown, logistician for er remote combat outposts. tion system you use regularly, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Reg- During the past year, Brown both before its initial use and iment, 4th Advise and Assist assisted in transferring three regularly thereafter. Failure to Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, of the five outposts to the Iraqi do so places you at risk for in- for his hard work and expertise government; most recently JSS gesting harmful contaminants such as bacteria and mold. as a supply sergeant working to Heider. Cleaning and sanitizing your hydration system is a very sim- support the advise, train and as- “It feels really good to see ple process. You should clean it with soap and water while gently sist mission. logisticians recognized for the scrubbing the inside with a bottle brush. Then you should thor- “Sgt. 1st Class Gregory hard work we put in behind oughly rinse it with water and let it air dry. If there is a residual Brown has been instrumental in the scenes,” said Brown, a na- odor after cleaning, fill the reservoir with water and add two tea- transitioning responsibility (for tive of Luling, La. “This isn’t a spoons of baking soda. Mix the solution well and let it sit over- Joint Security Station Heider) combat-specific military occu- night. Then rinse it thoroughly and let it air dry. over to the Iraqi government,” pation, so it’s nice to be known Sanitizing your hydration system is an easy process as well. said Pasquarette. for doing what I do best.” First, fill the reservoir with water and add two teaspoons of liquid bleach. Mix well and run some of the sanitizing solution through the delivery tube. Wait for thirty minutes, rinse thoroughly and air dry. Most Soldiers were issued an additional bladder with cleaning tablets. The cleaning tablets also sanitize effectively, but are more expensive than bleach. You also need to clean the bit valve frequently. This is the part of the hydration system constantly in contact with your mouth, making it a good place for bacteria to grow. First, pull the valve off, grasp the rib at the valve’s face, and roll it backwards. Next, pull the core off of the ribbed post and clean the valve parts with a small brush using soap and water. Rinse the parts thoroughly and reposition the valve core on the center post of the valve body. Lastly, roll the outer sleeve forward and you’re done. I hope this answers your question. Cleaning and sanitizing your U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N hydration system regularly will keep you from getting sick and U.S. Division-North and 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commanding your water won’t taste funny. General-Support Brig. Gen. James F. Pasquarette presents Sgt. 1st Enjoy your water, Yuck, and Taskforce Ironhorse keep those Class Gregory Brown an Army Commendation Medal during a cere- mony at Joint Security Station Heider, April 1, 2011. questions coming! 12