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The ivy leaf, volume 1, issue 27

  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 27 may 6, 2011 U.S., Iraqi senior enlisted leaders meet to discuss Iraqi NCO Corps Steadfast and LoyalWarrior Sgt. David Strayer A. Dailey, senior enlisted lead- mation of the NCO Academy NCO School to get that one-on- 109th MPAD er of 4th Infantry Division and and Senior NCO School for one relationship so that they un-LongKnife USD-N Public Affairs U.S. Division-North, and Com- potential sergeants major, both derstand the needs of the acade- mand Sgt. Maj. William D. of which are situated on a por- my as far as what type of people CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Senior en- Hain, command sergeant major tion of Camp Taji controlled by they need to be sending to the listed leaders of the U.S. and for 2nd Advise and Assist Bri- Iraqi Security Forces. academy, and to also get some Iraqi Armies gathered at the gade, 25th Infantry Division, “At the moment, they have feedback from the commandant Ironhorse Iraqi Army Noncommissioned joined several other command several levels of NCOES that about the quality of student that Officer Academy to discuss the sergeants major from U.S. are similar to what we have,” he is receiving.”Devil current state of the NCO Corps Army brigades and Iraqi Army said Dailey. “Our intention A commandant should have and NCO Education Systems divisions at the meeting. was to get some of the Iraqi that line of communication with within the Iraqi Army at Camp The IA recently took steps Army division sergeants ma- the command sergeant major to Taji, Iraq, April 25. to integrate the role of NCOs jor to meet the commandant of Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel into its ranks, including the for- the NCO Academy and Senior See NCO, Pg. 3Fit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse Devil LongKnifeSteadfast and Loyal Warrior U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, command sergeant major of the 4th Infantry Division and U.S. Division-North, center, discusses the Iraqi Army Noncommissioned Officer Education System with command sergeants major of several U.S. Army brigades and Iraqi divisions at Camp Taji, Iraq, April 25, 2011.
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 Throughout military history, Soldiers’ ability to gather and analyze intelligence has swayed the balance between victory and defeat. Spc. Lila Scaife, a cryptologic linguist assigned to Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, received recognition as the Ironhorse Strong Soldier of the Week for her attention to detail and support to her unit while serving as a part of U.S. Division-North. Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Barthelme, a cryptologic linguist as- signed to Company A, nominated Scaife for the honor. “Spc. Scaife’s ability to accurately report on the events in Kirkuk and surrounding regions allowed leaders throughout the U.S. Army photo Advise and Assist Task Force to more competently engage their Spc. Lila Scaife, a cryptologic linguist assigned to Company A, 1st Iraqi counterparts in developing ways to combat violent extrem- Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, ists in the area and increase the security of the region before the 1st Infantry Division, works through tactical reports at Contingency withdrawal of U.S. forces,” he said. Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, May 2, 2011. Scaife recently cross-trained While working in the 1st AATF Sensitive Compartmented In- as a signals intelligence analyst and completed 70 reports for her sec- tion in one week, earning her the title of Ironhorse Strong Soldier of formation Facility, the Zillah, Wash. native, whose primary duties the Week. include analyzing Arabic data, cross trained as a signals intelli- gence analyst, increasing her skill set and providing greater capa- sor and a signals intelligence analyst assigned to Company A. “She bility to her unit. is very driven, self-motivated, self-confident and trainable.” From Feb. 9-15, Scaife proved herself exceptional in her duties Brooks said Scaife consistently proves herself as an outstand- by completing 70 of her section’s 117 tactical reports with zero er- ing Soldier and a future leader in the U.S. Army. rors during one week with several significant events. Scaife remained humble about the honor, sharing credit with The work provided by Scaife allowed vital intelligence to be the rest of her unit. analyzed and disseminated related to the operating environment of “Our mission is a cooperative effort,” she said. “I could not Kirkuk and surrounding regions. have performed as well without both excellent linguists and out- “She set the shop record for how many reports one Soldier could standing leadership showing me the way forward.” send up in a day,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Brooks, Scaife’s supervi- Task Force Devil medics Called to serve A catalyst for change: ‘Black Dragon’ Soldiers first at the scene ‘Devil’ Soldier finds mentor Iraqi policemen at fulfillment Ghuzlani Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 10 THE Ivy Leaf Task Force Ironhorse Commanding General – Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins The Ivy Leaf is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey Army. Contents of The Ivy Leaf are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. The appearance of advertising in this Task Force Ironhorse Public Affairs publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage TF Ironhorse PAO – Lt. Col. Steve Wollman without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, TF Ironhorse PA NCOIC – 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 May 6, 2011 Cont’d from NCO, Pg. 1 “Every day we are helping to train and assist individual strengths and draws with the development of their NCO Corps, from on practical experiences. help improve the system and im- Such changes will play a prove student performance, said the advisors that we have at their academies to large role in producing better Dailey. the training that goes on at the unit level.” quality NCOs when graduation U.S. Army leaders consider – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey day comes, Hain added. the NCO Corps as not just a se- “Every day we are helping lective group, but the backbone chain of NCO leadership, such functional element of their army. to train and assist with the de- of the Army. Senior NCOs work as team, squad and platoon “Our greatest issue to date velopment of their NCO Corps, to empower leaders at junior leaders, officers can focus on here at the academy has to be from the advisors that we have and intermediate levels, allow- the bigger picture of battlefield selection; getting the right guys at their academies to the training ing officers to maintain situ- maneuvering, logistics, and sus- for the right course,” said Lt. that goes on at the unit level,” ational awareness on the larger tainment. Col. Alexander Osmirko, an said Dailey. operational picture and encour- Hain said Iraqi units can ben- officer in the Ukrainian Army, U.S. and Iraqi forces are cur- age professionalism at all levels. efit from the empowerment of currently deployed to Iraq with rently developing Iraqi noncom- “(Iraqi leaders) need to em- NCOs since officers could then NATO and serving as the chief missioned officers and soldiers power their NCOs at every level focus on higher level manage- coordinator of training at the Se- at junior and intermediate lev- to not only better facilitate small ment and leave the running of nior NCO School. els, helping them to understand unit tactics, but to also allow for day-to-day operations at smaller “We have experienced, the roles of team leaders, squad the development of their officer unit levels to sergeants. knowledgeable instructors, leaders, and platoon sergeants corps,” said Hain. “They really There is an undisputable good course material, and very within units, Dailey said, noting need to better define their duties need for an officer corps to lead good facilities here,” said Os- the ongoing Tadreeb al Shamil and responsibilities at the vari- units, said Dailey, but NCOs are mirko. “We need IA soldiers training at Kirkush Military ous levels of the chain of com- the bridge between officers and who are not only experienced Training Base. mand.” Soldiers, and those intermedi- enough and distinguished from “What we are seeing now at Traditionally, IA leaders ate leaders play a crucial role their peers; they must also have KMTB and the Ghuzlani War- structured their forces without in making things happen on the the desire to become NCOs and rior Training Center in the north- much intermediate NCO leader- ground. take on the mantle of responsi- ern part of the country, is we ship; instead using a top down In coming together at the bility that goes along with it.” are putting the NCOs in charge method, giving the officers more Camp Taji NCO Academy com- Hain said the only real im- of running ranges, platoon and of a hands on, “in the weeds” plex, senior enlisted leaders of provements still needed for the squad live fire exercises, and style of leadership dealing with both U.S. and Iraqi forces hoped academy to run smoother are they are absolutely excelling,” discipline issues, small unit tac- to identify areas that may be placing more emphasis on stu- said Hain. tics, and combat preparation. acting as road blocks to the IA dent selection and using the “In turn, this allows us to pull With the presence of a strong NCO Corps becoming a fully cadre in a way that maximizes those officers out of that training and give them professional de- velopment classes to help them develop and understand their role, as well as the NCO’s role, in a professional, elite army, and as a result, become a better of- ficer,” Hain added. The training goes back to the basics, said Dailey. Every sol- dier in the Iraqi Army should be able to look at his NCO and trust that he will take care of him, that he can learn from him, and know his NCO has been there in the past and has done the things that the soldier will now be asked to do. “The capability and willing- ness is there,” said Hain. “At this point we really have to go U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO from the top down to make sure Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, command sergeant major of the 4th Infantry Division and U.S. Di- that this empowerment of the vision-North, discusses the current Noncommissioned Officer Education Systems the Iraqi Army has in place, and possible points of improvement, with Col. Haydar, commandant of the IA NCO Academy at Camp NCO Corps permeates through- Taji, Iraq, April 25, 2011. out the Iraqi Army.” 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 Task Force Devil medics first at the scene 1st Advise and Assist Task Force Soldiers work as a team to aid Iraqis after accident Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney three Iraqi civilian vehicles col- closer to the vehicle I realized medics worked to provide aid 1st AATF Public Affairs lided in front of their convoy. there was a man trapped in- to the injured driver. 1st Inf. Div., USD-N “Our platoon was returning side,” said McChristy. Gomez assessed that there from Fire Base Manila when As McChristy and Semon was a danger to the life of the CONTINGENCY OPERAT- the vehicle in the lead of our directed people to step back injured Iraqi driver and helped ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – convoy radioed to myself and from the scene, Spc. Nestor provide aid while waiting for Three combat medics assigned Sgt. Semon to grab our gear Gomez, a combat medic from Iraqi medical personnel to ar- to 1st Advise and Assist Task and assess an accident,” said Company C, 101st Brigade rive on scene. Force, 1st Infantry Division McChristy, a native of Los An- Support Battalion, 1st AATF, Working together, Semon gave emergency medical at- geles. 1st Inf. Div., who was on an- and Gomez attempted to pull tention to a local Iraqi resident When the medics arrived other mission just across the the victim out, but quickly real- injured in a three-vehicle acci- at the location of the accident, street from where the incident ized he was trapped. dent occurred in Kirkuk, Iraq, they first checked a vehicle that occurred, joined in the effort to “Once we realized he was April 19. was rolled on its side to see if assist the injured man. stuck in between the dash- Sgt. Lionel Semon and Spc. there were personnel inside. “When I heard the crash, I board and the seat, together we Nathan McChristy, both com- They then cleared the vehicle went and grabbed my aid bag pushed the dashboard up just bat medics serving with 1st and moved through a group of and ran out to where the acci- enough to be able to get the Battalion, 14th Infantry Regi- bystanders crowded around the dent was,” said Gomez, a Sac- man out,” said Gomez. ment, attached to the 1st AATF, other two vehicles involved in ramento, Calif. native. Semon said he took an ad- were en route to Contingency the crash, explained McChristy. Gomez then joined Semon visory role during the incident Operating Site Warrior when “When we started moving and McChristy as the three and allowed the junior medics to take the lead in treating the patient. “While McChristy and Go- mez worked on the patient, I stepped back to give them space and assisted them in handing them the supplies they needed to get the job done,” said Semon, who hails from New York City. “An ambulance from Kirkuk hospital arrived within 10 to 15 minutes of rendering first aid, and took the patient to the nearest hospital for further treatment,” McChristy said. The three medics ensured the scene was safe and contin- ued with their missions after Iraqi medical personnel took control of the incident. Gomez said a medic’s job is to help people, regardless of the situation or mission. “A medic is a medic, and U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N our primary mission is to do Maj. Lakei Evans, executive officer, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st everything we can to aid the Infantry Division, presents an Army Achievement Medal to Sgt. Lionel Semon, a combat medic with 1st patient,” he said. Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st AATF, 1st Inf. Div., during a ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, April 23, 2011. Senior leaders and fellow Soldiers recognized Semon for his efforts in aiding an Iraqi citizen injured in a three-vehicle accident that occurred in Kirkuk, April 19 2011. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 Called to serve Spc. Andrew Ingram U.S. Division-North Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – “Chaplains do not volunteer, they are called,” said Chaplain (Col.) Jeffrey Houston, outgoing division chaplain, 4th Infantry Division and U.S. Division-North, during his promotion and awards cer- emony at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, May 2. Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and U.S. Division-North, officially promoted Houston to the rank of colonel and presented him with the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal for his exemplary performance while supporting service members deployed to Iraq as part of Task Force Ironhorse. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO “While we may have the best gear in the world and the best Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Divi- training in the world, the thing that makes us special is the people,” sion and U.S. Division-North, promotes Chaplain Jeffrey Houston to said Perkins. “Chaplains, specifically people like Jeff, give us in- the rank of colonel during a ceremony at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, May 2, 2011. ner strength. That is what he has done for me, and that is what he has done throughout his military career.” division level positions. Less than a year after joining the Army, Houston, a native of In 2006, and again in 2008, Houston deployed to Iraq in sup- Van Buren, Mo., deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as a battalion chap- port of Operation Iraqi Freedom before joining 4th Inf. Div. in lain with 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd 2009. Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert During his tenure as the “Ironhorse” Division Chaplain, Hous- Storm. ton deployed once again, this time as the senior chaplain for U.S. Second Bde., 82nd Airborne Div. was one of the first units to Division-North. put boots on the ground during the conflict, and Houston became Through two decades of service, Houston watched first-hand the third chaplain to arrive in the Persian Gulf. the progression in Iraq. “I came to Iraq as a captain and I will leave as a colonel,” he Houston said the drastic shift in the relationship the U.S. shares said. “All my key positions have been in Iraq. It has been an honor with Iraq brings him hope for a better future in a country that now to serve here.” has the tools to govern itself as a self-sufficient democracy for the Following the first Gulf War, Houston continued to serve Sol- first time. diers’ spiritual needs throughout the Army, serving at multiple Houston’s hard work in the service of troops and their Families positions within the chaplaincy while moving from battalion to epitomizes the spirit of the chaplaincy, said Perkins. “He’s had all the hard assignments,” said Perkins of Houston’s career. “He has spent his time out where Soldiers are, he spends his time out where Soldiers unfortunately die, and he spends his time with Families of Soldiers who have been killed in action.” Jeff has spent his life on the front lines dealing with Soldier is- sues and supporting Families, Perkins added. The senior chaplain said 20 years ago he never would have expected to reach his current station in the Army. “My goal was to stay in 20 years and make lieutenant colonel and it just didn’t work out that way,” he said. Houston explained God had a different plan for him. Houston is leaving Iraq to attend the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., where he hopes to gain skills to assist him in higher echelons of the Army’s command structure. Houston’s dedication to his vocation and the Soldiers he has been called to minister fills his Family with pride, said his wife, Lisa Houston. “I’ve waited a long time in the Army because we keep saying U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO we are going to retire,” said Lisa, who attended her husband’s pro- Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Divi- motion ceremony via video teleconference. “But you and I have sion and U.S. Division-North, administers the Oath of Office to Chap- lain (Col.) Jeffrey Houston, the division’s outgoing chaplain, during waited for each adventure God has sent our way and neither one a promotion and awards ceremony at Contingency Operating Base of us ever expected to see this moment. It wasn’t on our radar to Speicher, Iraq, May, 2, 2011. reach this position, but I am humbled and grateful and honored.” 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 A catalyst for change val School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, a joint-services train- ing center at Eglin Air Force He said he served with the first MiTT teams established to coach new Iraqi military and ‘Devil’ Soldier finds fulfillment Base, Fla. Scott said he felt proud to police forces. For nearly six months, Cor- in being part of Desert Storm, see his older brother in uni- nelison said he helped train and form, making a difference and plan operations for the Iraqis, then followed Sean’s lead, en- which in turn produced a lot of OIF, OND legacy listing in the Army in 1994. progress. Nearly two decades and four “They were just starting to Spc. Kandi Huggins to get out of town and do some- operations later, Cornelison said get a taste of what democracy 1st AATF Public Affairs thing different.” he received his most reward- was about, and watching what 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Cornelison said he also ing experiences throughout his happened and knowing I had joined because he wanted mon- years in the Army through the something to do with it was CONTINGENCY OPERAT- ey for college, and eventually, opportunities where he taught very rewarding,” said Corneli- ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – he received an associate’s de- and helped others. son. “I’m not being boastful, For one staff sergeant deployed gree in criminal justice. Halfway through his deploy- but I felt if I didn’t help that to Contingency Operating Site Cornelison’s path in life also ment in support of Operation Iraqi Army company out, then Warrior, Iraq in support of Op- influenced his younger brother. Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Cor- that town wouldn’t have had eration New Dawn, rewards are “He inspired me to join the nelison said he received the op- the security it needed.” not found in the form of tangi- Army,” said Master Sgt. Scott portunity to work with military ble objects, such as certificates Cornelison, an instructor at Na- transition teams. See LEGACY, Pg. 7 or medals—but from being a part of a catalyst that changes the lives of individuals and na- tions. An armor crewman by oc- cupation, Staff Sgt. Sean Cor- nelison, now a Battle Noncom- missioned Officer in Charge serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, employs experiences from years of de- ployment to ensure his impact on Operation New Dawn is a lasting one. “This mission is the back- bone of our exit strategy,” said Cornelison. “We’re do- ing everything we need to do to get out of here and give the Iraqis hope and assurance that all we’ve sacrificed during the years over here won’t go to waste.” Previously deployed during the beginning and middle of U.S. operations in Iraq, Cor- nelison said he is proud to be a part of what is considered to be its final chapter. U.S. Army photo “I was 18 without a lot of Staff Sgt. Sean Cornelison, an armor crewman currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Com- direction or structure,” said pany, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, conducts an exercise at the National Training Cornelison, a native of Ceres, Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in preparation for his deployment to U.S. Division-North in support of Operation Calif. “I didn’t have any plans New Dawn. Cornelison, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New after high school, and the Army Dawn, said he is proud to see the progress being made throughout Iraq. “This mission is the backbone of our exit strategy,” said Cornelison. “We’re doing everything we need to do to get out of here and give the sounded like a good thing just Iraqis hope and assurance that all we’ve sacrificed during the years over here won’t go to waste.” 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 U.S. Army photo Staff Sgt. Sean Cornelison takes a break from a mission with Iraqi counterparts during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cornelison, an armor crewman currently serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, served in Iraq during Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and now Operation New Dawn as U.S. forces prepare to transition out of the country, 2005. Cont’d from or so, I had the most experi- the brigade elements leaving the other end of the radio to be LEGACY, Pg. 6 ence and probably had the best COS Warrior, collecting and on his ‘A Game,’ paying atten- knowledge of what Soldiers organizing information, com- tion and to know what they’re After redeploying to Fort could expect during deploy- municating with units and their talking about.” Riley, Kan., home of the 1st ment.” headquarters, and tracking sig- Cornelison said he continues Inf. Div., Cornelison received After his mission changed nificant activities throughout to give his best to honor the ser- another rewarding experience. again during Operation New 1st AATF’s area of responsibil- vice members who never made Cornelison said he used Dawn, Cornelison said his job ity. it home and encourages his Sol- the knowledge and experience as Battle NCOIC is a necessity With all his experience from diers to do the same. gained from working with to the Soldiers at COS Warrior previous deployments, Corneli- “I know first-hand the sacri- the Iraqi military to assist the accomplishing their mission son said he is able to see the big fice people made over here and “Devil” Brigade Transition and returning home safely. picture and be of better assis- if not for myself and my unit, I Team mission. “I feel my brother has a lot tance to units at COS Warrior. want to do my best for them— Between 2007 and 2009, the of tactical knowledge from the “I know from first-hand ex- for the guys that didn’t make Devil Brigade served as a train- initial invasion of Iraq,” said perience what they’re going it home,” said Cornelison. “I ing brigade for all MiTT teams Scott. “I’m thankful and proud through and the different threats encourage the Soldiers here to deploying to Iraq and Afghani- that (Sean) shares his experi- they encounter, and I’m I going gain experience and maintain a stan. ence, training, and leadership to do all I can to help them out sense of pride in their unit for “When I came back to Riley, to deploying units. He inad- in a quick manner,” said Cor- what we’re doing as a whole.” they started the training team vertently saves lives from him nelison. “If they’re attacked or “Have pride in being a Sol- mission and I fell right in with sharing that experience and have an emergency, someone dier, do your best and believe it,” said Cornelison. “At the knowledge.” has to pick up the radio when it will be enough to make even time, I had the most recent ex- Some of his many respon- they call for help. That’s pretty the smallest difference.” perience, and for the first year sibilities include tracking all important. You want the guy on 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 ‘Rough Rider’ supply specialist takes charge, supports fellow troopers Spc. Terence Ewings specialist assigned to Company U.S. Division-North mission to the company. She’s a great as- 4th AAB Public Affairs A, 27th Brigade Support Bat- transition security missions to set to have, because she is that 1st Cav. Div., USD-N talion, 4th Advise and Assist Iraqi-led operations. good at doing her job,” said Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, “Ortiz has done a great job Taylor. CONTINGENCY OPERAT- was recently named the “Long not only fulfilling her duties as Born and raised in Ecua- ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq — Knife” Reposture Hero of the a supply specialist, but going dor, Ortiz moved in with Fam- Delivering, receiving, storing North for doing an outstanding above and beyond to ensure all ily members in Miami prior to and maintaining accountability job accomplishing these tasks. company logistic operations joining the military in 2007. for equipment and documents Long Knife Reposture He- are taken care of,” said Staff In 2008, after completing are primary tasks for all U.S. roes of the North are recog- Sgt. Sabrina Taylor, supply ser- basic and advanced individual Army unit logisticians. nized for their hard work and geant, Company A. training, Ortiz was assigned to Spc. Diana Ortiz, a supply dedication in support of the During the deployment, Company A, 27th BSB, and de- Ortiz oversaw the turn-in of ployed later that year with the wheeled vehicles, military cor- brigade to Tallil, Iraq. rugated metal packing crates, “My first deployment taught and a palletized load system me a lot,” said Ortiz. “I got to trailer—equipment with a com- my unit and learned how to do bined value of more than $3 my job there; it was a good ex- million. perience for me.” Ortiz played an integral part Currently on her second de- of all turn-in processes and ployment with the unit, Ortiz change of command invento- uses her knowledge to support ries, where 4th AAB inven- her section sergeant in sustain- toried more than $35 million ing the company’s supply op- worth of equipment with no erations. losses. “I enjoy doing my job, be- In addition to her duties as a cause it allows me to support supply specialist, Ortiz is also other Soldiers here,” said Ortiz. a company armorer responsible “The Soldiers here appreciate for maintaining accountability what we do, and it shows by me of weapons, optical devices and receiving this award.” other supplies within the com- When Ortiz is not filing pany’s arms room. hand receipts and maintain- “We are here to support the ing accountability of the unit’s company by ensuring all their tactical vehicles, weapons and supplies and equipment are equipment, you can find her mission ready and capable,” taking online classes and con- said Taylor, a native of Sumter, tinuing her undergraduate stud- S.C. ies in business administration. Even though logistics spe- After redeploying to Fort cialists sometimes work long Hood, Texas, Ortiz plans to hours during their overseas finish her studies and earn her deployments, they ensure their bachelor’s degree. She even- fellow Soldiers have the nec- tually wants to attend Officer essary equipment they need to Candidate School. conduct the company’s support “The Army has done great U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N missions within the brigade’s things for me so far, and I’m area of responsibility. sure I have a lot to look forward Spc. Diana Ortiz, a supply specialist assigned to Company A, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav- “Ortiz has experience in to as I continue to do great alry Division, signs a hand receipt after completing accounting for the managing supplies, maintain- things for the Army,” said Or- equipment during an inventory of the unit’s arms room, April 26, 2011. ing property and (facilitating) tiz. Ortiz, a native of Miami, Fla., works as the company’s armorer and unit transactions that happen within supply specialist. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 draw out the use of equipment and fill sup- ply gaps. “If these computers are a surplus within the Army, the next step would be to sell them in order to recover some money for the taxpayers. Lastly, if we can’t do any- thing else with it, we scrap it,” continued Rozhon, a native of Fox River Grove, Ill. “If an item is at the end of its life cycle and the unit doesn’t need it anymore, or if it’s at the end of its usage as far as if the Army is concerned, we turn it in to get as much value from it as we can.” While units must normally travel to DRMO, Rozhon said the April 26 turn- in stood out because it was the first time DRMO personnel went out to a unit to re- cover property. If the DRMO personnel did not fly to COS Warrior, the equipment would then have to be shipped to their headquarters in Baghdad, he explained. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N “For each property book, everyone Spc. Entoinne Johnson, a supply sergeant serving with Company A, 101st Brigade Support would have to send a representative to Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, places condition codes on turn in property at that location or conduct forms necessary to turn in his unit’s unserviceable equipment at Contingency Operating Site coordination to get equipment turned in Warrior, April 26, 2011. The Daytona Beach, Fla. native said he uses the codes to explain what needs to be done to the item before it reaches its final destination. and make sure it’s properly received,” ex- DRMO streamlines plained Maj. Joel Gleason, logistics officer for 1st AATF. “Here, they can bring a small team forward and allow all the people to turn in at this site.” equipment return If a mistake occurs in the normal sys- tem of mailing gear to DRMO, paperwork and shipping the items back and forth cre- ates delays for getting equipment turned in, whereas if the DRMO personnel on site say Spc. Kandi Huggins utilization and Marketing Office. it is a quick fix, the units have all the assets 1st AATF Public Affairs DRMO, a Department of Defense orga- here to fix it, Rozhon explained. 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North nization, is responsible for taking equip- “We get the paperwork, it goes and it’s ment a unit cannot use anymore and either one transaction, one trip,” he said. CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE re-assigning it to other Army units, selling Bringing DRMO assets to the unit saves WARRIOR, Iraq – As U.S. troops prepare it, or scrapping it. time, personnel and money and alleviates to transition out of Iraq by the end of 2011, “Today is a proof of principle aimed to many of the problems redeploying units leaders must consider the daunting task of relieve company commanders of account- face, he added. reducing operations and turning in the mil- ability and responsibility of items needed Conducting a test-run helps identify lions of dollars-worth of equipment. to be turned in to DRMO,” said Col. Al- friction points and if it works, the units will In the past, as deployed units rotated vin Burguess, commander, Direct Support see if there is a valid need to change the back to the U.S., replacement units would Team-Iraq, Defense Logistics Agency. system, said Col. Steve Cook, a Lampasas, maintain accountability for all of the per- Burguess, a York, Pa. native, said he is Texas native, serving as logistics officer for manent equipment left behind; but for Sol- responsible for disposition services, mean- U.S. Division-North, 4th Infantry Division. diers of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, ing he oversees equipment turn-ins. Gleason, a Colton, N.Y. native, said 1st Infantry Division, the task is more chal- “They take everything we can’t use if the day turns out to be a success, other lenging because they are scheduled to be anymore,” said Maj. Christopher Rozhon, units will be able to have DRMO occasion- one of the last units in Iraq. Brigade Logistic Support Team chief, 1st ally come to their location to allow them As a way of being prepared for when the AATF, 1st Inf. Div. to turn-in excess property, which means the time to leave arrives, “Task Force Devil” If computers are repairable, the first use of fewer resources to draw down the Soldiers began turning in unserviceable thing DRMO would do is offer them to theater of Iraq. property at Contingency Operating Site other Army units who need them, Rozhon Warrior, April 26, through the Defense Re- explained. This method allows the Army to 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 ‘Black Dragon’ Soldiers mentor Iraqi policemen at Ghuzlani Spc. Terence Ewings 4th AAB Public Affairs 1st Cav. Div., USD-N “We’ll continue to assist the Iraqis in CONTINGENCY OPERAT- ING SITE MAREZ – U.S. Sol- building up the units diers assigned to Battery A, 5th we are partnered with Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment taught Iraqi police- by teaching them in men room-clearing techniques these exercises.” during an urban operations class at Ghuzlani Eagle Train- – Command Sgt. ing Site, April 27. Maj. Calvin Coler The “Black Dragon” Sol- diers, part of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry olds, a native of Allentown, Division, are responsible for Va., currently on his second de- training the 1st Emergency Re- ployment to Iraq. sponse Brigade policemen on Like Reynolds, the majority checkpoint and urban opera- of the Black Dragon instruc- tions. tors who taught the course have “It’s great to see our Sol- experience training or fighting diers contribute to the overall alongside Iraqi Security Forces growth of the Iraqi military during previous deployments. forces,” said Command Sgt. “This is a good mission to Maj. Calvin Coler, senior en- have. It’s fun and we have a lot listed advisor of Black Dragon of good times out here,” said Battalion. “We’ll continue to Sgt. Larry Falconer, a cannon assist the Iraqis in building up crewmember assigned to Bat- the units we are partnered with tery A. “It’s a good chance to by teaching them in these exer- teach them the drills and tech- cises.” U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N niques I know to help them be- U.S. Soldiers trained their Iraqi policemen assigned to 1st Emergency Response Brigade en- come better policemen.” Iraqi partners on the proper ter and clear rooms during an urban operations exercise at Ghuzlani Along with the other field techniques to enter and clear Eagle Training Site, April 27, 2011. U.S. Soldiers assigned to Battery artillerymen at the Ghuzlani rooms, hallways and rooftops A, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Eagle Training Site, Falconer, Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division advise, train and assist the policemen during the five-day training on urban tactics during the five-day course. currently on his third deploy- course. ment to Iraq, works as a train- After a brief slide presenta- Coler watched as his Black After the Iraqis navigated er-mentor assisting the federal tion explaining how to properly Dragon troopers taught the the room-clearing course in police in becoming proficient maneuver in teams of four as a Iraqis how to properly structure four man teams, Reynolds in their drills and tactics. stack formation, U.S. Soldiers stack formations against the switched out the Iraqi squad “The federal policemen are assisted the policemen as the outer walls of the room, check leaders and observed as the stu- always focused and excited to students practiced the close for explosives around the door dents successfully performed learn,” said Falconer, a native quarters battle tactics. frame and clear the room of en- their combat techniques. of Fordyce, Ark. “Whenever “My favorite part about this emy threats. “We’re not only teaching we conduct the exercises at the partnership and the training out “The Iraqis are motivated them how to conduct these end of the rotation, they always here is seeing these experienced and willing to learn, which techniques, but we’re walking act like the real thing, which is noncommissioned officers pass makes teaching easy and enjoy- them through the step-by-step good because that’s what we’re on their knowledge and exper- able,” said Sgt. Kamowa Reyn- process so they understand how preparing them for.” tise to the Iraqis,” said Coler, a olds, a cannon crewmember as- to teach one another and gain native of Louisiana. signed to Battery A. leadership skills,” said Reyn- 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: mission, the work is worth it and we will not quit the task. 2) Something to love. Humans The Grand Essentials have a strong desire to care about others and share passions that require sacrifice for the benefit of others. To Absolutely not! live only for self is like living in the Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Keith Goode high altitude back home in Colorado We may be alive physically, but what U.S. Division-North Chaplain – it is lonely and there is not enough about being alive emotionally and spiritu- ally? What other things might be consid- oxygen to survive! When we cannot As I begin my time here as the division ered essential in order to achieve all that love, we suffocate. Will we be dis- chaplain, I am trying to be intentional about we desire from life? It is more money, the appointed in trying to love others? the things I need to learn on this deploy- next promotion, great sex, a good beer, new Sometimes, but dare not quit because ment and the things I need to forget from game station, a fast motorcycle, a cool tat- it is worth a lifetime of pursuit to the last deployment! Not everything I knew too? learn about and know love from an- then is needed now. We can enjoy all those things (especially other. Each day I must ask myself, “What do I need to succeed?” after we get home and General Order No. 1 3) Something to hope for. This It is a good question to ask not just pro- is no longer present!), yet for all the plea- one is more than just hoping to win fessionally, but personally as well. There sure these may bring, we still feel the emp- the lottery someday! This is a confi- are some things in life that all of us must tiness and sense of failure that can lead to dence that knows the future is both have, or else we will fail. Fail in life, love, despair. No, there must be something else. real and attainable. The human spirit relationships, you name it. How about it? What is essential? More stuff? More influenced by a religious faith makes Can we name some things we cannot do conquests? No, it is nothing temporary. all the difference here. Our faith lifts without? Let’s turn our attention to something us when we lose on love. Our spirit Air, water, food—these quickly come else, that while elusive, is more enduring. rebounds when we fail at the task. to mind. As a matter of fact, they are ba- These were named long ago and have be- We do not despair or give up because sic to living. We are all dependent on every come known today as the “Grand Essen- we have something beyond ourselves one of those things and no one has been tials” of life. If we hope to succeed in this to love and to live for. able to quit any of them, for any length of lifetime, we need— Some essentials are easy enough to time, their whole life! If we miss these, talk 1) Something to do. Human be- know – water, food, and air keep the body about failure! ings need to know that what we are alive. But when it comes to the soul—do But why are those so important to suc- doing matters. The work or the effort we have these grand essentials keep the hu- cessful living? Medically, we must have – it all needs to be for a reason. Even man spirit alive? food for fuel, breath for oxygen, and water if it is the simplest or silliest thing in Let this time be the time we search for for our existence. This is easy enough, but the world, as long as we know it will that which we must have to succeed in this it begs the question – “Are these the only do something that helps, fixes, pro- life and survive; no—not just survive, but things we need to in order to win in life? tects, builds up, or accomplishes the thrive! U.S. Division-North Social Media Sites www.twitter/4thInfDiv On the U.S. Division-North social media sites, you can find stories, photos and videos of U.S. Soldiers deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf May 6, 2011 Hey Doc: Starting to find some scary creatures Maj. George Deguzman Env. Science and Eng. Officer U.S. Division-North Division Surgeon “Hey Doc: My buddy heard that a whole bunch of people are seeing snakes lately. I’m combat tested, but snakes really fright- en me. I don’t want to get bitten! Are the snakes here poisonous?” – Signed “Sgt. Scared O’ Snake” Dear “Sgt. Snake,” Snakes are not the only thing you need to be concerned about. Scorpions and spi- ders are also out there slithering around. Picture this: while running the football, you trip and fall and there’s a snake smil- ing at you. As you slowly back away, you accidentally disturb a pile of wood and a dozen scorpions come out racing to get to you. Pretty scary, huh? Some snakes are highly venomous and can result in life-threatening illness and death. Symptoms range from pain and connexes, HESCO barriers, latrine and they are cornered, accidentally stepped on swelling to loss of consciousness and short- shower units and port-a-johns. As we pack or touched. Never put them into a situation ness of breath. Scorpion stings vary from up to go home, we can expect increased where they feel threatened. Do not pick painful, tingling, and burning sensation to sightings of snakes as we disturb their en- them up! numbness, difficulty breathing, and even vironment by moving around equipment, Do your part to keep the snakes away. death. On the other hand, spider bites only connexes, and containerized housing units. Keep your areas clean and dispose of food cause minor swelling and discomfort, but COB Speicher vector control personnel properly. Keeping rodents away will elimi- sometimes lead to infection if the wound is have been busy responding to service calls nate snake food. not cleaned. related to snakes, including six in April. If you are bitten, remain calm, and make These venomous creatures are usually To prevent snake bites, spider bites and a mental note of the snake or scorpion’s found under shrubs, mammal burrows, scorpion stings, simply avoid their habitats. appearance. Don’t try to catch it. Don’t let woodpiles, rock piles, construction debris These creatures are generally not a threat your buddy try to catch it. Seek medical and dumps. You can also find them under to humans and avoid confrontation unless help. Remember to remove jewelry on the bitten extremity in case swelling progress- es. If you have time, wash the bite with soap and water. Be careful and stay safe, Sgt. Snake, and keep those Taskforce Ironhorse ques- tions coming! 12