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  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 31 June 3, 2011 Joint live fire exercise demonstrates ISF cooperation and tactical proficiency Steadfast and LoyalWarrior Sgt. David Strayer 109th MPADLongKnife USD-N Public Affairs KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq – Agencies of the Iraqi Security Forces, conducted an Opera- Ironhorse tion Iron Lion live fire exer- cise at Normandy Range, nearDevil Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, May 31. The 5th Iraqi Army Divi- sion, the Diyala provincial police’s Emergency ResponseFit for Any Test Fit for Any Test Force, Explosive Ordinance Disposal units, as well as pro- vincial aerial assets, partici- pated in the exercise. Operation Iron Lion is a series of training exercises conducted throughout several provinces, demonstrating in- teragency development andIronhorse Devil cooperation between entities of the Iraqi Security Forces. Soldiers of the 5th IA Di- vision also used the live fire exercise as the culminating LongKnife U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO event of a month-long train- A jundi, Arabic for soldier, with Light Artillery Battery, 19th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division pulls theSteadfast and Loyal ing rotation at KMTB during lanyard on his 120mm mortar, shaking the earth beneath him and sending a round toward a target at Nor- Tadreeb al Shamil, an Iraqi mandy Range near Kirkush Military Training Base, Diyala province, Iraq, May 31, 2011. The mortar crews military initiative to modern- joined infantry and artillery teams as well as multiple Iraqi Security Forces agencies during the exercise as part of Operation Iron Lion, an ongoing series of provincial capstone exercises demonstrating the ize its forces. ISF’s ability to independently plan and conduct missions using multiple agencies. Iraqi soldiers demonstrat- Warrior ed capabilities of the M198 cial capabilities demonstra- Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry play to both local and national 155mm howitzer and 120mm tion for the Diyala province,” Division. “It is an opportunity Iraqi leaders as well as the mortar indirect fires weapon said Lt. Col. John Ring, chief for the Iraqi Security Forces U.S. forces leadership.” systems—both newly intro- of security force assistance, in the province to demonstrate During the four previous duced systems at KMTB. Headquarters and Headquar- all that they have learned and “Iron Lion is the provin- ters Company, 2nd Advise and put their capabilities on dis- See LIVE FIRE, Pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 All units of the U.S. Army operate as a team, with no single part more important than any other. Each piece performs vital tasks, whether maintaining communications equipment or conducting dangerous missions. Spc. Joel Shoemaker, a medic assigned to Company A, 1st Bat- talion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, earned the title of “Ironhorse Strong” Sol- dier of the Week for training Iraqi soldiers on medical skills during a Tadreeb al Shamil rotation at Kirkush Military Training Base, May 5-18. Shoemaker, a native of Winter Park, Fla., independently planned and executed a combat life-saver course and an advanced medical training course for Iraqi Army soldiers assigned to 1st Company, U.S. Army photo by Staff. Sgt. Shawn Miller, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO 3rd Battalion, 18th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division. Spc. Joel Shoemaker, a medic from Winter Park, Fla., serving with “Shoemaker is a hard working guy,” said Sgt. Jerry Johnson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and As- battalion aid station noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and sist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, leads Iraq Army soldiers through a Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt. “He’s the kind of medical training course at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, March guy that you give an order or instructions to and he executes. You 12, 2011. Shoemaker’s efforts in leading first aid and combat life saver training with Iraqi and U.S. troops earned the medic the title of “Iron- don’t have to double-check; you know he’ll get the job done.” horse Strong” Soldier of the Week. Coordinating with the 18th Bde. surgeon and 1st Company medics, Shoemaker assisted the Iraqi soldiers as they inventoried Shoemaker initially taught his CLS classes to Iraqi companies. the unit’s aid station and medic’s aid bags, tailoring the training Iraqi Army battalion medics capitalized on the training, making specifically to the medications and equipment. CLS training mandatory during static and maneuver live fire exer- “I don’t think he thought he would end up with that kind of as- cises to better facilitate training of infantry platoons. signment when he first came to Iraq,” said Johnson. In addition to training IA soldiers, Shoemaker also increased Shoemaker took the task and ran with it, and showed poise and the combat readiness of U.S. Soldiers with Company A, 1st Bn., took on a lot of responsibility as a medical trainer to the 5th IA, 21st Inf. Regt., teaching the Soldiers CLS refresher courses based added Johnson. on first responder care. Iraqi police conduct Deployed service members Iraqi soldiers complete Platoon leader trains, emergency response honor fallen comrades combat training rotation at motivates Soldiers. exercise in Kirkuk GWTC Page 4 Page 5 Page 8 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 CI Chief – Sgt. 1st Class Brent M. Williams marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Sgt. Coltin Heller 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 June 3, 2011 LIVE FIRE, cont’d from Pg. 1 months’ culminating live fire guys to gain a familiarity with exercises at Normandy Range, a 120mm mortar system that single battalions of IA sol- was new to them, and get them diers assaulted their objective to a proficiency level where as a demonstration of tactics they are able to go out and ef- gained during the Tadreeb al fectively place rounds on a tar- Shamil cycles. get, and provide support by fire Now, during Operation Iron to the infantry soldiers,” said Lion, IA battalions partnered Guo. “They demonstrated that with other ISF components for during the capstone live fire a more complex and multi-di- exercise. They hit a home run mensional exercise to display with their performance.” the ISF’s ability to indepen- Guo said Iraqi Army sol- dently plan and execute exer- diers showcased competence, cises and missions, said 1st Lt. attention to detail and profes- Scott Guo, Headquarters and sionalism during the live fire U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO Headquarters Company, 1st exercise—all the hallmarks A gun crew member with 19th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division pulls the lanyard on his M198 155mm howitzer, sending a live 155mm shell Battalion, 21st Infantry Regi- taught by instructors during toward the target during a live fire exercise at Normandy Range near ment, 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. the previous month of training. Kirkush Military Training Base, Diyala province, Iraq, May 30, 2011. “This is important, and Distinguished visitors and different from past exercises media at the provincial and security mission in the Diyala are building a reputation that because it demonstrates the national level, including the province.” will live on and be something ability of the ISF to utilize provincial governor, attended Ring said Operation Iron that they can draw upon down interagency efforts with ef- to witness the demonstration Lion provided Iraqi soldiers a the road and say, ‘That dem- ficiency and effectiveness to of interagency cooperation by chance to show progress made onstration that we did is what accomplish a large scale mis- Diyala’s ISF components. during the training with U.S. we are capable of. How can we sion,” said Guo. “This really has been a cul- counterparts throughout Oper- build upon it and make our- During the demonstration, minating effort,” said Com- ation New Dawn, and prepared selves even better?’” three platoons of the 19th IA mand Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dai- them to protect the people and Beyond displaying the ben- Light Artillery Battery showed ley, command sergeant major infrastructure of Iraq. efits of training with U.S. forc- off their skills by conduct- 4th Infantry Division and U.S. “The effects of this pro- es, Dailey said the live fire ex- ing a “fire for effect” mission, Division-North. “It shows all vincial demonstration are ercise and Operation Iron Lion dropping many simultaneous of the great training that has profound,” said Ring. “Short let Iraqi soldiers demonstrate rounds on targets in support of gone together with the partner- term, they are building confi- their capabilities to the Iraqi ground troops. ship between the U.S. forces dence within the Diyala citi- population. “Our partnership allowed us and the ISF, and it shows that zens, leaders and within them- “Exercises like this build to advise, train and assist these the ISF are ready to assume the selves. In the long term, they confidence,” said Dailey. “The better trained (the soldiers) are, the more confident they are that they can accomplish the mission. The people here watching this demonstration today—the governing offi- cials, the Sheiks and Diyala community members—it gives them confidence as well that there is going to be security, peace, and prosperity in an area that has not seen that in many years.” A field artillery crew with 19th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division loads an M198 155mm howitzer during a joint live fire exercise with mortar crews and infantry units at Normandy Range near Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, May 30, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Ready to Respond Iraqi Police conduct emergency response exercise in Kirkuk Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux 1st AATF Public Affairs 1st Inf Div., USD-N CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Concealed by thick smoke, seven men in black fatigues crept silently across a shell-littered field, align- ing themselves one-by-one against the gate of a bullet riddled house. The lead man lifted a gloved hand into the air and clutched his fist tightly, hold- ing the squad in place. He peaked through a hole in the gate to view the door and sig- naled his team forward with a hand gesture. The raid team sprung from around the gate, sprinted toward the door and smashed it open with a battering ram. Four men entered the dwelling while three secured the front exit from any potential counter attacks. Seconds later, the team exited the building with a suspect. Iraqi Police officers conducted the simulated raid as part of an emergency re- sponse exercise at Kirkuk Training Center, U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N May 29. An Iraqi Policeman establishes a perimeter while waiting for fire department responders to Iraqi Security Forces used the exercise control a simulated vehicle-borne improvised explosive device during an emergency response to demonstrate a broader goal of conduct- exercise at the Kirkuk Training Center, Iraq, May 29, 2011. Iraqi Security Forces conducted the ing security and emergency operations in- ERE as part of Operation Iron Lion, a set of events, missions and exercises demonstrating various ISF agencies’ self-sufficiency, interoperability and adaptability to establish internal dependently during Operation Iron Lion, security and defend the Iraqi populace against external threats. said Maj. Eric East, operations officer, Provincial Police Transition Team, 1st ISF personnel also trained on reaction AATF mentors’ efforts to guide the police- Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infan- to vehicle-borne improvised explosive de- men while allowing them to conduct the try Division, who provided mentorship to vices during the exercise, as well as crowd majority of the operation independently. the Kirkuk City police who trained for the control procedures to keep civilians out of “Thank you for the great job you do,” event. harm’s way and ensure safety of the sur- Kawa said to U.S. Soldiers during a readi- “This event is a portion of Operation rounding public. ness exercise prior to the ERE. “We appre- Iron Lion,” said East. “The events will fo- The PPTT and 1st AATF began their ciate all you do.” cus on how they will respond to critical in- advise, train and assist mission with the Kawa, a leading coordinator of the ERE, cidents in Kirkuk.” Kirkuk policemen after arriving in north- oversaw every step of the process leading East said several EREs are scheduled to ern Iraq to support Operation New Dawn up to the event. be included in the ongoing Operation Iron in fall 2010. Kawa said he sees the training events Lion. The goal of the EREs and Operation being as much a training tool as a demon- Operation Iron Lion is a set of events, Iron Lion as a whole is to demonstrate the stration which will increase his officers’ missions, and exercises demonstrating ISF self sufficiency to the people of Iraq, ability to serve the people of Kirkuk City. various ISF agencies’ self -sufficiency, said East. “Training events like these teach them interoperability, and adaptability in order “This is the fifth ERE conducted since to teach others in the future,” said Kawa of to establish internal security and defend November,” said the East. “The only thing his officers. “More knowledge will lead to against external threats. the PPTT has done this time around was better police.” “One of the most important aspects of provide a small amount of logistical sup- “The IP are fully capable of handling the event is the interagency coordination,” port and a little bit of advising to the key any type of emergency within Kirkuk City, said East, a Purcellville, Va., native. “They leadership.” and they fully intend to better themselves are now comfortable with cross talk among Gen. Kawa, commander, Kirkuk Train- so the people of Kirkuk can feel safe,” said the agencies.” ing Center, said he appreciated the 1st East. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Spc. Kandi Huggins throughout our history who has his time in service, he reached beyond natural human love, be- 1st AATF Public Affairs given his or her life in service, a greater understanding of such coming the perfecting example 1st Inf. Div., USD-N whether in combat or later after memorials, including the one at of the natural love we have for living a long and fruitful life.” COS Warrior. one another. CONTINGENCY OPERAT- Growing up, Pappal recalled Memorials are symbols and “These men and women ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq how he saw Memorial Day as a summations of our memories of traveled to another country to – Of the 1,000 words a pic- long weekend off from school, friends, comrades, loved ones protect total strangers, people ture might be worth, only one a parade in town and a fam- and those we never knew but they have never seen, faces they appeared on the stone sitting ily picnic at his grandparents’ respected nonetheless, he said. did not know, beliefs different before Soldiers, Airmen and house. Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony from their own,” said Kazarno- contractors at Contingency Op- He then recalled the memo- Kazarnowicz, 1st Special wicz, a native of Clinton, Mass. erating Site Warrior, May 30. rial wall in his hometown of Troops Battalion, 1st AATF, “Because they came to protect The stone simply read, “Re- Creekside, Pa., that he helped read the verse, John 15:13, and defend, they died.” member . . . ” maintain. from the Bible to the audience “Many of us know some- Chaplains of 1st AATF coor- “As a Boy Scout, I helped during the ceremony, “There body on this wall and find it dinated the Memorial Day cere- maintain our little town memo- is no greater love than for a hard, emotionally, to remember mony to pay homage to service rial that has the names of those man to lay down his life for his them,” said Chaplain (Maj.) members who lost their lives in men who had left and were friend.” Peter Dissmore, a resident of Afghanistan and Iraq. called to serve in World War I, When thinking of the word Manhattan, Kan., serving with Troops attended the ceremo- World War II, Korea, and Viet- “Friend,” Kazarnowicz said he 1st Advise and Assist Task ny in front of the memorial wall nam that had not returned,” re- thinks of a loved one who loves Force, 1st Infantry Division. at the COS Warrior airfield, a called Pappal. “It sits near the in return. “I invite you to come up fitting location to host such an park by a bridge where you But for service men, women after the ceremony and take event in observation of Memo- can see it every time you drive and civilian contractors who pictures of the names on this rial Day, said Sgt. Brian Jones, down Main Street, but I could left their amily and friends be- wall and remember. Honor our chaplain noncommissioned of- not see it for what it was at that hind to enter a life of physical fallen comrades by remember- ficer in charge, 101st Brigade time.” and mental discipline, Kazar- ing them,” he said. Support Battalion, 1st AATF. Now, said Pappal, through nowicz continued, love extends “I don’t know how to de- scribe it,” said Jones. “After we stood up, everyone walked for- ward to a name they knew and it was just overwhelming to see that—to see people remember- ing their battle buddies.” U.S. Soldiers constructed the wall during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. Ready First Task Force, 1st Armored Divi- sion finished the wall, Septem- ber 1, 2010, marking the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the beginning of Operation New Dawn. “Today we stand here before this memorial—a long, black wall with 4,408 names of ser- vice members who died during OIF,” said Col. Michael Pap- pal, 1st AATF commander. “It also represents, unnamed, the 36 who died in Operation New U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Dawn, the 1,476 in Operation Soldiers and Airmen of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, render honors during the Enduring Freedom, as well as playing of the National Anthem during a Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony at Contingency Operating each and every Soldier, Sailor, Site Warrior, Iraq, May 30, 2011. The Soldiers and Airmen remembered fallen service members who gave Airman, Marine and civilian their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, as well as veterans of past wars. 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 ‘Long Knife’ Soldiers sharpen skills at Destiny Range during combined arms live fire exercise Spc. Angel Turner ing to fire, Soldiers dropped the shells into 4th AAB Public Affairs the tube and took cover. 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Seconds later, a loud pop echoed through the air followed by a plume of smoke as CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE the round launched from the mortar tube, MAREZ, Iraq – Soldiers assigned to Head- trailed through the air and impacted in the quarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd designated area. Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Ad- The exercise helped Soldiers stay fresh vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- as mortar men, said Sgt. Eric Skinner, a sion, sharpened their skills during a com- mortar crew member assigned to HHC, 2nd bined arms life fire exercise at Destiny Bn., 7th Cav. Regt. Range, May 28. “It’s a perishable skill,” said Skinner, Cavalry scouts, field artillerymen, mor- a native of Paola, Kan. “If you don’t do it tar men and forward observers conducted enough times throughout the year, you’ll the exercise to maintain proficiency on in- forget how to do it.” direct fire weapons as they lead Iraqi troops Skinner, a squad leader, said he focused on similar training. on ensuring the mortar tube was accurately “Garry Owen” Soldiers of 2nd Bn., 7th U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO positioned and that Soldiers did not shake Cav. Regt., fired 120mm mortar rounds Spc. Christopher Hunthrop, a mortarman as- the tube when dropping shells into the tube. from an M1064 Mortar Carrier to targets signed to Headquarters and Headquarters “It has to be a smooth launch so it is ac- nearly 1800 meters away. Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regi- curate,” said Skinner. Several miles away at Contingency Op- ment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav- After honing indirect fire skills, Skin- alry Division, prepares a 120mm mortar round erating Site Marez, “Black Dragon” artil- during a combined arms live fire exercise at ner and fellow 4th AAB Soldiers returned lery crews assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Destiny Range, May 28, 2011. to COS Marez, where they teach Iraqi Field Artillery Regiment, fired howitzers as soldiers the same skills at the adjacent forward observers at the range monitored A native of Omaha, Neb., Hunthrop Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, part of the impacts at Destiny Range. added, “This (CALFEX) gives us more Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for All Inclusive When the artillery rounds stopped, Gary hands-on training and helps make us more Training. Owen Soldiers echoed back with several efficient in our jobs.” Tadreeb al Shamil is an Iraqi Ground more volleys from the 120mm mortar sys- Forward observers provided mortar Sol- Forces Command initiative to modernize tems as the units attacked “enemy” posi- diers with locations of targets to engage. the army’s combat capabilities and train tions on the expansive range as part of the After adjusting the mortar tube and prepar- soldiers as part of cohesive units. training scenario. Each of the Soldiers worked together to defeat the simulated enemy and provide in- direct fire support for ground troops. “If any Soldier needs help with imme- diate suppression, cover fire, or cover and concealment, they can call on the mortar- men to give them fire support to achieve the desired effect and get them out of harm’s way,” said Spc. Christopher Hunt- hrop, a mortarman assigned to Headquar- ters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt. A 120mm mortar round flies into the sky dur- ing a combined arms live fire exercise at Des- tiny Range, May 28, 2011. Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Ad- vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted the CALFEX where mortar men, field artillerymen and forward observers in- creased proficiency on the weapons. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Spc. Andrew Ingram Elsesser, a combat medic as- Staff Sgt. Brian Elsesser, a medic signed to Company C. assigned to Company C, 101st USD-N Public Affairs Brigade Support Battalion, 1st “These young medics are Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st CONTINGENCY OPERAT- really taking advantage of this Infantry Division, and a native of ING LOCATION K1, Iraq – opportunity to learn from us,” Selinsgrove, Pa., evaluates the Medics assigned to Company said Elsesser,from Selinsgrove, progress of Iraqi Army medics as the students conduct a mass ca- C, 101st Brigade Support Bat- Pa. “When they don’t know sualty exercise at 12th Iraqi Army talion, 1st Advise and Assist something, they ask us. They Division Headquarters in Kirkuk Task Force, 1st Infantry Divi- are eager to learn and are doing province, Iraq, May 28, 2011. sion mentored medics assigned an outstanding job.” to 12th Iraqi Army Division Iraqi medics evaluated X-ray machine operators, most during a mass casualty exercise mock patients at the scene of an had little experience working at the 12th IA Div. headquarters accident and loaded the casual- with badly injured patients in in Kirkuk province, Iraq, May ties into ambulances for trans- the field, Elsesser explained. 28. port to a field aid station, where U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram “Many of the soldiers had During the training, Ameri- the medics provided life-saving Army as a medic in 2010. previous training with doing can medics observed, evalu- treatment. “I have worked with the this sort of thing, so some of ated and suggested corrections By running through the op- U.S. Soldiers twice before, the guys here today are already while their Iraqi counterparts eration–from responding to the and they always help us a lot very competent at what they performed all of the hands-on initial call for an ambulance all with our training,” Jamal said. are doing, but others still need medical work. the way through treating the “They have a lot of experience some practice,” Elsesser said. The Iraqi medics showed patients–the medics gained a and they are very good at shar- “Right now we are trying to get an outstanding level of com- more accurate understanding ing it with us.” everyone to a baseline capabil- petence and professionalism as of the steps involved in treat- While many of the Iraqi sol- ity and then we can build them they demonstrated life saving ing injured comrades, said Pvt. diers in the exercise previously up from there.” abilities, said Staff Sgt. Brian Jamal, who enlisted in the Iraqi trained as lab technicians or As Company C medics con- tinue training their Iraqi coun- terparts, Elsesser said he hopes to pass on more in–depth les- sons to the soldiers responsible for the health and welfare of Iraq’s fighting forces. “Today they asked us to give them a thorough walk-through of everything we do as Ameri- can medics,” Elsesser said of the students. “They essentially want to emulate what we do— our actions, our fluidity, when it comes to treating casualties.” Elsesser said after working on the basics of combat life saving skills with Iraqi medics and refining their skills during Operation New Dawn, the Iraqi medical field is ready to make the final push to become a self- sufficient force capable of pro- viding care for their fellow ser- vice members. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO “I hope they continue to Iraqi medics practice proper procedures for dressing a chest wound during training led by U.S. Army med- teach each other,” he said. “I ics of Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division believe if they push themselves at the 12th Iraqi Army Division Headquarters in Kirkuk province, Iraq, May 28, 2011. “These young medics are really taking advantage of this opportunity to learn from us,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Elsesser, a combat and each other, they will do medic from Selinsgrove, Pa., assigned to Company C. “When they don’t know something, they ask us. great things for their coun- They are eager to learn and are doing an outstanding job.” try.” 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Iraqi Army soldiers successfully complete month–long training rotation at GWTC Spc. Terence Ewings 4th AAB Public Affairs 1st Cav. Div., USD-N CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – With mortar rounds fly- ing overhead and artillery rounds explod- ing near the front lines, Iraqi Army soldiers maneuvered toward their objective during a battalion-level live fire exercise at Ghu- zlani Warrior Training Center, May 26. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division demonstrated tac- tics, techniques and procedures learned from the previous month of Tadreeb al Shamil courses led by U.S. Soldiers at GWTC. Tadreeb al Shamil is an Iraqi military program in which U.S. advisors teach com- bat skills to Iraqi battalions during month- long rotations at GWTC and several other bases throughout Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Iraqi soldiers greeted U.S. Division- North and 4th Infantry Division Command- U.S. Division-North and 4th Infantry Division Commanding General, Maj. Gen. David G. Per- kins, speaks with leadership of the Ninewa Operations Command and 3rd Federal Police Divi- ing General, Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, sion following the 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division’s completion of a month- who reviewed the exercise and commented long training rotation at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, May 26, 2011. on the IA’s improving combat skills. “The most encouraging observation is Kalaf said the live fire exercise was suc- toon levels, IA soldiers built on their tac- that we all continue to get better with each cessful and would give his soldiers more tical knowledge and skills, progressing to training rotation, and that shows as we confidence to execute real missions in the company and battalion-level exercises dur- bring each subsequent battalion through,” future. ing the month-long training cycles. said Perkins. “Throughout the five rota- “We are happy to receive this training,” “This is our chapter in Iraqi deploy- tions that we’ve had here so far, it is very said Kalaf. “The training efforts of the Iraqi ments,” said Lt. Col. John Cushing, clear that information is making its way Army and the American Army were really commander,s Head Hunter Squadron. “Just into the entire army.” good, and we have a good partnership.” like there was the surge chapter (during) Iraqi staff Col. Tawfiq Kalaf, command- “Head Hunter” troopers of 1st Squad- Operation Iraqi Freedom, this is our final er of 2nd Bn., 9th Bde., joined Perkins and ron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and chapter to accomplish our mission, and it’s other Iraqi and American leaders on the re- Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, led critical we do a good job with this as well.” viewing stand as the event progressed. the Iraqi battalion through the Tadreeb al Following the completion of the live fire The reviewing group watched intently Shamil courses at GWTC. exercise, Iraqi soldiers graduated from the as the Iraqi battalion swept through the Starting at the individual, squad and pla- month of training, marking the fifth suc- valley below, utilizing the combat tactics cessful Tadreeb al Shamil cycle at GWTC. learned in the previous month to attack Deployed in support of Operation New three different “enemy” objectives. Dawn, the 4th AAB Soldiers from Fort Hood are responsible for advising, training A U.S. trooper assigned to 1st Squadron, and assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, kneels beside northern Iraq. Iraqi soldiers providing support by fire during “By doing this, we’re accomplishing the a battalion live fire exercise at Ghuzlani War- mission and honoring all those who have rior Training Center, May 26, 2011. Soldiers been here to Iraq on multiple deployments assigned to 2nd Bn., 9th Bde., 3rd IA Div., took part in the culminating event to signify and given the ultimate sacrifice,” said the completion of their training iteration. Cushing. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 tion Battalion, Nebraska Na- tional Guard, conducted a safety briefing to prevent any accidents during the medevac training. Schutte, a native of Lincoln, Neb., said practicing good safe- ty habits is paramount to the training of CSF soldiers. “The purpose of medevac is to get the troops in need where they need to go as quickly as possible,” said Schutte. “One slip-up can cause them to hurt themselves, and that will po- tentially make them another casualty.” CSF teams commenced the exercise by loading their ca- sualty onto a static helicopter to familiarize themselves with fundamentals of loading before U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st inf. Div., USD-N moving onto operations with a Kirkuk Combined Security Forces members load a patient onto a medevac helicopter during medical train- running helicopter. ing at Kirkuk Training Center, May 25, 2011. During “hot loads,” the CSF teams practiced strapping their As the training progressed, casualty to a litter, loading the litter onto a helicopter, moving back to the starting position, and then going new CSF soldiers and Gen. back to the helicopter to unload the casualty. Kawa, Iraqi Police Chief, Spc. Kandi Huggins During the medical course, “Today we’re going to evalu- Kirkuk province, observed the 1st AATF Public Affairs the fourth cycle led by Thun- ate how well they practice com- event along with U.S. instruc- 1st Inf. Div., USD-N derhorse medics, instructors mands,” explained Amezquita. tors evaluating the trainees’ continued building upon ba- “They will be putting a casualty performance. KIRKUK TRAINING CEN- sics of medical training to pro- onto a litter, loading the casual- “Thank you and I really ap- TER, Iraq – In an effort to vide Iraqi Security Forces with ty on the helicopter and unload- preciate your hard work,” said continue building on medical trained personnel capable of ing the casualty and carrying Kawa to the instructors. “The knowledge, the Kirkuk Com- teaching subsequent classes of (the patient) to the rally point.” knowledge they’ve gained bined Security Forces con- CSF soldiers. To help things run smooth- helps everybody, because they ducted an air medevac exercise Eventually, Iraqis will train ly, Sgt. Mike Schutte, a flight can transfer it to all soldiers at the Kirkuk Training Center, themselves without assistance medic with 2nd Battalion, and teach other students in the May 25. or supervision from U.S. forc- 135th General Support Avia- future.” “Thunderhorse” medics of es, said Amezquita, a native of Amezquita said as the CSF Headquarters and Headquarters Killeen, Texas. students continue the course, Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th “We’re trying to be hands they will eventually be certi- Cavalry Regiment, attached off so they can be the primary fied on emergency medical to 1st Advise and Assist Task instructors for the medevac skills and expand their realm of Force, 1st Infantry Division, training,” said Amezquita. knowledge. guided Iraqi students on proper “With them being the instruc- Members of Kirkuk Combined evacuation steps and medical tors and having gone through Security Forces, join Sgt. Mike treatment. the training, they’ll be able to Schutte, flight medic, 2nd Battal- CSF soldiers familiarized ensure they have a better un- ion, 135th General Aviation Sup- themselves with the steps nec- port Battalion, Nebraska National derstanding of the procedures Guard, to strap a casualty onto a essary to transfer a patient to and requirements to ensure ev- litter before loading the patient higher levels of care using erything runs smoothly.” onto a medevac helicopter at a helicopter, said Spc. Jose Prior to the medevac class, Kirkuk Training Center, May 25, Amezquita, a health care spe- 2011. Iraqi CSF students learned most CSF soldiers had limited tactics for loading and evacuat- cialist assigned to 2nd Bn., 12th exposure to medical operations ing casualties using helicopters Cav. Regt. utilizing helicopters. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins as part of the training course. 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Platoon leader trains, motivates Soldiers U.S. Army photo First Lt. Anthony Burch, platoon leader, Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, ad- ministers the oath of enlistment to Spc. Clayton Martin, a combat engineer assigned to 4th platoon, during a ceremony at Contingency Operat- ing Site Warrior, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2011. As a platoon leader, Burch, who hails from Hoopeston, Ill., is responsible for leading and training his Soldiers. Spc. Kandi Huggins “I’ve had to learn how to motivate their deployment. 1st AATF Public Affairs people in a way I didn’t see coming,” said In October of 2010, 4th platoon initially 1st Inf. Div., U.S. Division-North Burch, a Hoopeston, Ill. native. “It is not contributed to the deployment as a route in the heat of battle you have to motivate clearance team, inspecting roads frequent- CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE somebody; it’s when people are bored, or ly traveled by American troops for IEDs WARRIOR, Iraq – On the battlefield of when people are tired of doing the same job nightly. modern U.S. Military operations, combat day in and day out—that is when you re- Undertaking this responsibility helped engineers play a versatile role. One week ally need to motivate Soldiers to keep them many of the younger, untested Soldiers in they are sweeping for Improvised Explo- from getting complacent, to keep them the platoon gain a level of experience and sive Devices, and the next, teaching Iraqi from doing something irresponsible.” proficiency they will need to further them- Soldiers how to zero and qualify with their Burch attended the University of Illi- selves in the Army, Burch said. newly assigned M16 rifles. nois with a scholarship from the Reserve “We have definitely all grown up a lot As a platoon leader on his first deploy- Officer Training Corps and graduated with during this deployment,” said Burch. “I ment, responsible for dozens of combat a degree in anthropology. During his time pride myself in saying that this platoon is engineers deployed to northern Iraq in sup- at UI, Burch also met his wife, Mary Pat, extremely mature.” port of Operation New Dawn, 1st Lt. An- who works in advertising for the Chicago “Our attitude isn’t ‘Let’s go to Iraq and thony Burch, a platoon leader assigned to Tribune. get in a bunch of fire-fights,’” he explained. Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, In 2009, Burch began his military career “It’s ‘We are going to go to Iraq and sup- 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st In- as a platoon leader in the STB’s Headquar- port this government as it sets itself up.’ I fantry Division, leads “Devil” Brigade Sol- ters and Headquarters Company, before am very proud of my platoon.” diers, ensuring his platoon remains trained, taking over responsibility of 4th platoon At the end of March, Burch’s platoon focused and motivated every day. as Soldiers of 1st AATF began training for See LEADER, Pg. 11 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: Tick, Tick, Tick Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Keith Goode The general does not get more than the private and Kellogg, USD-N Chaplain Brown and Root employees cannot contract to get a little more as a bonus for a job well done! The limit is 24 hours per day. Tick …Tick …Tick. Hear that? That is the sound of your What’s more, it is just the right amount to accomplish all that deployment slipping away one second at a time. He has given us for the day. The attitude we bring to every deci- “That’s great, Chaplain!” you say. “I wish my time would go sion, choice and action is ours to use or lose as we walk through by even faster!” those precious minutes that make up our single whirl around the But why would you wish your life away while you are here in world. Iraq? What a waste of time! How tragic it will be to leave this theater, not being able to Here is a challenge—instead of wishing you were already look back over a second or two that made a positive difference in home, focus instead on making the effort to seize every second of the realm of our work or in the influence of others. everyday to do something that makes a difference. Open your eyes and look beyond your own busyness or loneli- But again, you may reply, “Make a difference over here? Me? ness to see where you can help do something or help someone No way!” else. You may not be the one talking, but you can be a listening I disagree. How you spend those seconds each day does make ear. You may not be the star of the show, but you can help that a difference. Maybe what you are doing is not immediately star shine. You may not be sad, but you can cry with someone known or reported in the command update briefs. Maybe what who is. you are doing is not dramatic, because what you have accom- Each “tick” can make a difference that can bring good results plished has not appeared on the front page of Star and Stripes. in yourself and others! It is written in the Christian New Testa- But you are making a difference nevertheless. The 101 choices ment from Ephesians 5:16 that we are to use our time wisely. It you make each day are making a difference in who you are reads, “Redeem the time, for the days are evil.” becoming as a person. Those same choices are also making an To redeem something means to gather and buy up every sec- impact on those around you. ond of our day, and then use that time to fight against the evil that So how are you spending your time in order to make a posi- thinks seconds are cheap. tive difference? Will you spend time with others to speak words In redeeming those moments, you will soon see that one’s life that will build them up or tear them down? Will you use the time does make a difference. What was considered a “waste of time” strengthening your body at the gym or opt for the third helping of will become “time well spent,” as you begin to see the value of ice cream at the dining facility? Will you exercise your minds and the moment and how quickly the seconds slip away. spirit in reading and worship, or just waste a little more time on a The clock will no longer drag its weary hands around the face, cheap DVD? but it will record the moments of your life that matter for eter- The Almighty has given us an exact amount of time for each nity! Listen, time is ticking, and it is time to get busy. day and everyone gets the same amount. No more, no less. LEADER, cont’d from Pg. 10 As he continues assisting the 1st AATF mission, Martin said he enjoys the guid- USD-N handed off their route clearance mission to ance and leadership Burch provides to the begin working with 12th Iraqi Army Stabil- Soldiers of 4th platoon. Social ity Transition Team in the Kirkuk province, “It’s not as crazy with random stuff hap- providing security as the STT worked with pening out here. We’ve got a good battle MeDia their 12th IA counterparts. Burch said his Soldiers often have the rhythm with stuff we have to accomplish on a day to day basis,” said Martin, who hails SiteS opportunity to take part in training and from Frenchtown, Mo. “Lt. Burch is easy to To catch all the up-to-date ac- mentoring the Iraqi soldiers as they prepare work for. He’s pretty straight forward and tion in northern Iraq, click on the to take full responsibility for the security says what’s on his mind, and he makes this icons to view a USD-N social me- mission in Iraq. seem too easy.” dia page. On these pages you “Our job out here at K1 gives my guys Burch said he is eager to continue his ca- the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with reer and further his Army experience. can read and download stories, the Iraqi soldiers,” said Burch. “They are “I don’t know if I will stay in until re- videos and photos of U.S. Sol- the primary mission in Iraq right now, and tirement, but I want to experience what the diers deployed in support of it is good to be a part of it.” Army has to offer,” he said. “I want to be a Operation New Dawn as they Spc. Clayton Martin, a combat engineer company commander; I have always want- advise and train their Iraqi coun- assigned to Burch’s platoon, said the unit’s ed to be a teacher, so I would like to look terparts. Show your support for primary mission at K1 is escorting the STT for positions in the Army that would allow the troops by viewing the pages, members as they counteract with the 12th me to train others.” and feel free to leave comments! 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  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf June 3, 2011 Hey Doc: ‘Is my urine supposed to be brown?’ Maj. David Schnabel medical board and potentially leaving the caused by dietary supplements. Preventative Medicine Physician service. The most worrisome supplements are Surgeon, U.S. Division-North So what can you do? Most importantly, metabolic enhancers or weight loss prod- take the same common sense precautions ucts which include products like “bitter “Hey Doc, It’s been hot out, but my used to protect you from heat injury. orange” and synephrine. My advice for all buddies and I try to take our minds off of When it is hot and humid, moderate Soldiers is to get rid of these supplements it by running mid-day in body armor. I re- your work periods with rest cycles and and only use safe products like protein. ally like pushing myself, but today after a drink plenty of water. Choose cooler Here is the bottom line: if you overex- couple miles, my legs started feeling weak periods of the day to do activities like ert yourself and are worried about these and painful, and now my pee is brown! running or other physical training. Mission symptoms, see a health care provider What’s going on?” essential activities will always take prior- immediately. Exercise or work in mod- -Signed, “1st Lt. P.N. Browne” ity, but you and your leadership must have eration during the hottest time of the day Dear 1st Lt. Browne, adequate hydration plans. and hydrate yourself. I wish you a speedy I hope you immediately went to the Some dietary supplements are really recovery. nearest medical facility because what you dangerous in this setting. We already have Don’t become a casualty, 1st Lt. described is actually quite dangerous. By had service members take themselves out Browne. And Task Force Ironhorse keep overexerting yourself—especially in the of the fight because of rhabdo partially those questions coming! heat of the day—you caused your muscles to start disintegrating. This is called rhabdomyolysis, com- monly known as “Rhabdo.” The released muscle enzymes and iron made your urine brown and can lead to the most serious problem—kidney failure. I am sure you were also partly de- hydrated, which makes for a dangerous combination. Rhabdo and kidney failure are medical emergencies, so if you suspect such a thing, seek immediate medical care. Muscular overexertion in hot weather, while dehydrated, is a common cause of rhabdo, but not the only important one. Rhabdo can result from crush injuries in vehicle accidents, for example. Additionally, patients long incapaci- tated by severe injuries or comas can ex- perience rhabdo. More uncommonly, some medicines like cholesterol-lowering drugs or illicit drugs can cause rhabdo. The use of dietary supplements for weight loss is very dangerous because they ramp up the body’s metabolism, creating heat and setting you up for a catastrophic outcome. Some people inherit enzyme deficien- cies, which make them more susceptible to repeated bouts of rhabdo, and others simply are repeat cases. Unfortunately, the extreme, hot, and demanding environment of deployment is the wrong place to be. Repeated rhabdo cases, or one severe incident, could cause the service mem- ber to be redeployed. By regulation, two instances of mild rhabdo within 24 months or one severe case of rhabdo will lead to a 12