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  1. 1. U.S. Division-North Volume 1, Issue 37 Established in 1917 to honor those who serve July 15, 2011 Footsteps in the sandBlack Jack Steadfast and Loyal Father and son reunite in IraqLongKnife IronhorseDevilFit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse Devil U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO First Sergeant Patrick Thomas, senior noncommissioned officer in charge, Company A, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, points in the distance to the Perfume Palace while relating some of the history of Baghdad’s sights to his son, Pfc. Tyler Thomas, a multi-channel transmissions systems operator assigned to 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Bri- gade, during a visit to Victory Base Complex, Iraq, July 9, 2011. The father and son both currently serve in support of Operation New Dawn. LongKnife Spc. Kandi Huggins “We had the typical father Family life because he was Infantry Division, and Tyler, 1st AATF Public Affairs and son relationship,” said 1st probably deployed every year a multichannel transmissionsSteadfast and Loyal 1st Inf. Div., USD-N Sgt. Patrick Thomas. “But in and a half. Looking back, it systems operator with 50th advanced individual training, seems like he was gone more Expeditionary Signal Battal- VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, he started questioning if he than he was home, on either ion, 35th Signal Brigade, have Iraq – Despite the strains mili- could do this, and I would talk a deployment or just being at reunited and become closer as tary life can cause on Families, to him and work with him, and work before I woke up.” NCO and Soldier, and as father BLack JAck being Soldiers has proven to from that we started getting Now, Patrick, senior non- and son, while the two serve be a common denominator that closer and closer.” commissioned officer in in support of Operation New improved the relationship of “It was different growing charge of Company A, 1st Spe- Dawn. one father and son pair serving up,” said Pfc. Tyler Thomas. cial Troops Battalion, 1st Ad- in Iraq. “We didn’t have much of a vise and Assist Task Force, 1st See SAND, Pg. 3
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 Specialist Anthony Ledesma, an intelligence analyst assigned to Company A, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Advise and As- sist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, exemplified those words during a convoy mission in northern Iraq, June 26. Ledesma, currently serving on his first deployment, accompa- nied Soldiers of 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd AAB, during the mission when his vehicle came under attack, fatally wounding the driver and front passenger. “He took the responsibility of pulling the (wounded) Soldiers from the truck,” said 1st Sgt. Michael Grand, senior enlisted advi- sor of Company A, 2nd STB. Ledesma is a military intelligence Soldier, but acted with the same composure under fire as a combat arms Soldier would, said Grand, who calls Wellsboro, Pa., home. Ledesma, from Arlington, Texas, assumed the duty of driving the damaged vehicle, ensuring completion of the mission, and pro- U.S. Army photo Specialist Anthony Ledesma, an intelligence analyst assigned to Com- viding closure to the Families of the fallen by bringing his broth- pany A, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, ers-in-arms home. 1st Cavalry Division, reviews unclassified reports at Contingency Op- Ledesma acted above his current rank, becoming a living testa- erating Base Warhorse, Iraq, July 14, 2011. During a patrol June 26, Ledesma’s vehicle came under attack. Ledesma, a native of Arlington, ment to the Soldier’s creed and the loyalty Soldiers have to each Texas, treated casualties at the scene and then drove the damaged ve- other, unit leaders said. hicle, ensuring mission completion. For his actions, Ledesma earned “He came to the unit a little over a year ago, and since then has the title of “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. consistently performed above his rank and excels at all he does,” “I will never leave a fallen comrade.” Those words, part of the said Grand. Soldier’s Creed, live in each Soldier, instilled in them from day For his swift and decisive actions, Ledesma earned the title of one of basic training. U.S. Division – North “Ironhorse Strong” Soldier of the Week. Military working dogs train ‘Long Knife’ troopers ‘Task Force Devil’ aids in Medics train troops at U.S. for mission celebrate warrant officer opening of forensics center base in Iraq corps’ birthday Page 4 Page 5 Page 7 Page 8 THE Ivy Leaf Task Force Ironhorse Commanding General – Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins The Ivy Leaf is an authorized publication for members of the Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey U.S. 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. Everything advertised 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. Craig Zentkovich marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Editor – Staff Sgt. Shawn Miller non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Sgt. Coltin Heller 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 1st Cavalry 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 July 15 , 2011 SAND, Cont’d from, Pg. 1 better decisions, and Patrick said his son knows that he will The son of a retired com- be there for guidance. mand sergeant major, Patrick “(Being a Soldier) has defi- enlisted as an infantryman and, nitely helped my relationship after completing basic and ad- with my dad,” said Tyler. “I vanced individual training, at- wasn’t making the best deci- tended airborne school. His sions, and I probably didn’t first assignment was with Com- live up to his expectations, but pany A, 1st Battalion, 505th I can say after I graduated basic Parachute Infantry Regiment, training, it’s continued getting 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort better.” Bragg, N.C., with whom he de- Building on common ployed in support of Operation threads as Soldiers, Tyler also Desert Shield. began his service at Fort Bragg, The Mobile, Ala., native and deployed to Iraq within six said he credits his father for be- months, following the same ing the Soldier he has become path his father set out on 20 and hopes to influence Tyler in years earlier. the same way. Patrick said he shares a se- “When I was younger, if I ries of interesting and unique was doing something wrong experiences with Tyler. or messed up, as my dad he “In October 1990 I deployed would talk to me. If it came to for the first time in support of me getting hemmed up and my Desert Shield/ Desert Storm,” sergeant major called him, my said Patrick. “I remember that dad would say he didn’t care Christmas Eve, I came off because the standards are the guard duty and the phones were standards,” said Patrick. “And open to call home. So I called I treat Tyler the same way. You my wife, and her dad said she have to teach him to be a Sol- was having my son.” dier, and that’s something my “I told Tyler on his 20th dad did for me growing up in birthday, last December, that U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO the Army.” it’s crazy because he will turn First Sergeant Patrick Thomas, senior enlisted advisor of Company A, “There’s a level of profes- 21 here,” he said. “I was here 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st In- sionalism we keep,” said Tyler. all those years ago when he fantry Division, gives his son, Pfc. Tyler Thomas, a lesson on the M249 “Just like any other NCO, he’s was born. Now he’s here, help- squad automatic weapon while the father and son reunite at Victory not my dad when I’m wearing ing to close out what I started.” Base Complex, Iraq, July 9, 2011. Tyler, multi-channel transmissions systems operator, 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal my rank and he’s wearing his.” Although Patrick makes it Brigade, enlisted and followed his father’s footsteps as the two now Patrick said, as a Soldier, clear to Tyler that he is bound concurrently serve in support of Operation New Dawn. that is how Tyler learns, and to fulfill his duties as a Soldier, that is how he will build him- he said he has not taken for graduation from Fort Gordon. very proud as a father. self to be a better leader. Being granted the moments the two It brought a tear to my eye, es- “I can’t measure how proud there to help also provides Ty- have shared so far. pecially seeing him as a father,” I am of Tyler,” he said. “I’m ec- ler a slight advantage to make “I went to his basic training he recalled. “You think, ‘Is he static he’s done something with going do good? Did we do ev- himself. Will he ever know how erything we could as parents?’” proud I am? Oh yeah, he gets Patrick added that seeing tired of me telling him.” Tyler in his uniform and beret “If there’s one thing I’ve during graduation made him learned from my dad, it’s that it takes years to build a reputation Private 1st Class Tyler Thomas, and a day to mess it up,” said a multi-channel transmissions systems operator with 50th ESB, Tyler. “There’s a continuous 35th Signal Bde., left, speaks proud moment of knowing how with his father, 1st Sgt. Patrick much he has accomplished, Thomas, senior noncommis- how hard he’s worked, and how sioned officer in charge of Com- pany A, 1st STB, 1st AATF, 1st many crazy things he’s done Inf. Div., during a visit to Victory that no one but his little group U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO Base Complex, Iraq, July 9, 2011. will ever know about.” 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 Military working dogs train for the mission Sgt. Justin Naylor 2nd AAB Public Affairs 1st Cav. Div., USD-N CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq – Traversing over mounds of dirt and broken rocks as easily as most people walk down a paved road, nose to the ground and ears alert, the large, sleek dog easily found what he was looking for – a box of explosives. The dog’s handler, not a terrorist net- work, planted the explosives for training purposes, and to send a message – it’s hard to hide from a military working dog’s nose. To help keep themselves and their dogs proficient, Sgt. Stanley Daniels, a military working dog handler with 385th Military Police Battalion out of Fort Stewart, Ga., and Spc. David Collett, a military working dog handler with 91st MP Detachment out of Fort Polk, La., both attached to 2nd Ad- vise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- sion, conducted aggression and explosives detection training at Contingency Operat- ing Base Warhorse, Iraq, July 7. “It’s very important that we keep the dogs up on their training,” said Collett, a Douglasville, Ga., native and the handler for Gijs, a Belgian Malinois. “That way, when we get out in the real world, we can U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Naylor, 2nd AAB PAO do our job effectively.” Specialist David Collett, a Douglasville, Ga., native, and military working dog handler with During the aggression training, one Sol- the 91st Military Police Detachment out of Fort Polk, La., attached to 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, attempts to flee from Bbentley, a military working dog, during dier handled a dog while the other, wearing training at Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, July 7, 2011. a thick armguard for protection, played the role of a potential terrorist. diers can, allowing them to search places a ing the dogs, could be hurt, Daniels ex- After brief questioning, the role player human might not be able to, he added. plained. Training ensures that our teams are fled. The dog chased him down, bit and “(Explosive) detection is very, very im- mission capable whenever we are called held the armguard until the handler gave portant,” said Collett. upon, he added. the dog the release command. When a unit requests assistance, it is For Soldiers who have worked with the This training ensures the dogs can ef- often to help track down explosives and canine counterparts, the benefits of military fectively slow down subjects that might weapons caches, so handlers have to keep working dogs and their handlers are clear. attempt to flee the scene while being ques- the dogs extremely proficient at these Between searching for explosives and tioned by Soldiers, explained Daniels, a skills, he continued. halting fleeing suspects, the life of a work- Chicago native and the handler for Bbent- Daniels and Collett train with their dogs ing dog can be quite dangerous, making ley, also a Malinois. as frequently as their mission in support of proper training for the dogs and their han- Following the aggression training, Dan- Operation New Dawn allows. dlers all the more important. iels walked Bbentley to a large field where If the dogs do not train on a subject for During his last deployment, Maj. Ian a box of explosives lay hidden. As Daniels a while, they might not be as accurate and Palmer, executive officer for 2nd AAB, said walked, Bbentley searched in a circular attentive as handlers need them to be, ex- his unit requested assistance from military pattern until he eventually came to the lo- plained Daniels. working dog teams several times per week. cation of the box, then sat down to inform “While we’re on deployment, we need He said Soldiers used dogs to find weapons Daniels he found it. the dogs as sharp as possible,” he contin- caches, hidden personnel and narcotics. “We can search fields, open areas, build- ued. “They serve a lot of different purposes,” ings or vehicles,” explained Daniels. If the dogs and handlers are not trained said Palmer. “Commanders want to have The dogs fit in smaller spaces than Sol- proficiently, anyone on the mission, includ- those capabilities.” 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 ‘Long Knife’ troopers celebrate 93rd birthday of Warrant Officer Corps said Webb. In addition to addressing the duties in each of their special- ties and charging one another to improve upon their individual skill sets, the warrant officers raised their glasses in a toast to past, present and future warrant officers who have served and will serve in the Army. “It’s an honor to be able to celebrate the Warrant Officer Corps’ birthday overseas with my fellow Soldiers,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard Pinkerton, 4th AAB mainte- nance technician. The event allows us to re- flect on who we are, and where we came from, added Pinker- ton, who calls New Orleans home. After the warrant officers broke bread and shared stories with one another, the warrant officers continued the celebra- tion with the time-honored cake cutting tradition. “It was literally the icing on the cake for me to be a part of this ceremony,” said Warrant U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO Officer 1 Ezekiel Sheridan, 4th Warrant Officer 1 Ezekiel Sheridan, personnel management technician from Headquarters and Headquar- AAB personnel management ters Company, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, cuts the “warrant-cake” celebrating the 93rd birthday of the Army Warrant Officer Corps at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Iraq, July 9, 2011. technician. “To be able to take time out of the mission to cel- Spc. Terence Ewings and humanitarian and disaster leaders of today’s Army,” said ebrate this event was a blessing 4th AAB Public Affairs relief. Webb, a native of Hayward, and it brought us all closer to- 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Chief Warrant Officer 4 Calif. gether.” Martin Webb, senior warrant As a former enlisted ser- As the youngest warrant CONTINGENCY OPERAT- officer assigned to 2nd Battal- vice member, Webb stressed officer to attend the luncheon ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq — ion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th the need for warrant officers to celebrating the 93rd birthday, Soldiers at Contingency Oper- Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st continue mentoring their fellow Sheridan cut the celebratory ating Site Marez celebrated the Cavalry Division, spoke to his troops to sustain the successes cake and served the senior war- Army Warrant Officer Corps’ fellow “warrants” about their of their individual units. rant officers, Webb and Pinker- 93rd birthday, July 9. heritage and how they con- “Most of the warrant of- ton. From the closing days of tribute to the Army during the ficers in here are former non- “It’s great to be a part of this World War I through present- observance held at the COS commissioned officers, and as brotherhood and Family,” said day conflicts around the world, Marez dining facility. former enlisted Soldiers, we Sheridan, a native of Angie, La. Army Warrant Officers oper- “I believe wholeheartedly are responsible for assisting not “To be able to celebrate it in ate in multiple occupational that we are more than just tech- only ... officers, but the enlisted Iraq just makes the experience specialties in contingency, war nicians. We are the trainers and Soldiers within our own ranks,” that much sweeter.” 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 NCO leads by example Spc. Andrew Ingram USD-N Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Sergeant Cynthia Filip says she loves mentoring Soldiers. Filip, on her third deployment with Company E, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, serves as a mentor by ensuring all Soldiers in her company com- plete their mission supporting Operation New Dawn. “I care about my Soldiers,” said Filip, training noncommissioned officer, who hails from Albuquerque, N.M. “Looking out for them is my number one priority. I do my best to do the right thing every day so I can be a good example for them,” she said. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO Filip, originally one of the battalion’s Sergeant Cynthia Filip, training noncommissioned officer, Company E, 1st Squadron, 5th Cav- signal support specialists, assumed the role alry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, updates records for a of training NCO to maintain up-to-date Company E Soldier at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, July 11, 2011. Filip, who hails from Albuquerque, N.M., overhauled the company’s filing and administration systems to training and awards records for Company better facilitate Soldiers’ needs when she assumed her new position. E Soldiers. “When I first started working in the any up.” deployment a little bit easier because we training room, things were very disorga- Mohundro said he does not know how know that she has been through all of this nized,” she said. “A lot of our Soldiers’ Filip handles it all, but it is impressive. before.” paperwork was outdated or wrong, so right “She really loves Soldiers,” he said. “Sometimes females need mentors that now we are just trying to get everything or- “She has been able to guide and mentor can understand their unique problems and ganized and corrected.” a few Soldiers who were displaying some I’m glad we have Sgt. Filip,” said Alvarez. Captain John Mohundro, commander, problems and, thanks to her, they are out in Filip said she looks forward to seeing Company E, said he has come to trust and other units and doing very well.” her Soldiers grow and succeed as the de- rely on Filip as an NCO to consistently get Filip stands out as a role model and men- ployment continues. the job done. tor for the junior enlisted Soldiers of the “I have a great group of Soldiers,” said “Sergeant Filip is probably the best company, many on their first deployment, Filip. “No matter what mission they give junior NCO in our company,” said Mo- said Pfc. Maria Teresa Alvarez, chemical us, no matter how impossible it seems, hundro, who hails from College Station, operations specialist, Company E. somehow we always get it done.” Texas. “She is very intuitive and is able to “It is very important for us to have “The Soldiers in this company surprise solve a lot of issues before (we) even real- female mentorship,” said Alvarez, who me every day, and I am proud to be a part ize there is a problem.” calls Maui, Hawaii, home. “It makes this of this unit,” she added. Filip stands out as a Soldier who strives Sergeant Cynthia Filip, training noncommis- to go the extra mile and figure out new sioned officer, Company E, 1st Sqdn, 5th Cav. ways to assist the mission, in addition to Regt., 2nd AAB, 1st Cav. Div., files a Soldier’s her assigned tasks, said Mohundro. paperwork with Spc. Vladimir Gonzalez, hu- man resources specialist, Headquarters “Even as a junior NCO, Sgt. Filip took and Headquarters Company, 1st Sqdn., 5th the role of the headquarters platoon ser- Cav. Regt., at Contingency Operating Base geant,” said Mohundro. “Then she as- Speicher, Iraq, July 11, 2011. Filip, an Albu- sumed the role of training NCO because querque, N.M. native, currently on her third deployment to Iraq, said mentoring and en- she wanted to make sure the Soldiers were suring the welfare of her Soldiers is her main properly taken care of, and she keeps add- objective during her current deployment in ing jobs to her repertoire, without giving U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO support of Operation New Dawn. 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 ‘Task Force Devil’ aids in opening of forensics center U.S. Army photo Major Thomas Vece, center right, a Murphysboro, Ill., native, and deputy team chief with the 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, Provincial Police Transition Team, stands with Iraqi law enforcement officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the Criminal Evidence Unit’s forensics laboratory in Kirkuk City, Iraq, July 5, 2011. Criminal Evidence Unit officials introduced all of the evidentiary processing equipment to provincial judges, whose job it is to determine verdicts based upon the evidence collected from crime scenes. Sgt. David Strayer actually has,” said Maj. Ed- agement, and forensics.” to foster cooperation between 109th MPAD ward Bahdi, brigade judge ad- The opening of this foren- the Iraqi police and judiciary in USD-N Public Affairs vocate, 1st AATF. “This event sics facility at the CEU accom- Kirkuk province. has been nine months in the plished several of those goals, Because the investigative KIRKUK, Iraq – Members of making, and was a combined Vece said. judges determine which cases “Task Force Devil,” 1st Advise effort between the Provincial In Kirkuk province, evi- go to trial at felonies court, and Assist Task Force, 1st In- Reconstruction Team, Provin- dence, testimony and delib- Bahdi said witnessing the dem- fantry Division, along with the cial Police Transition Team, the erations are laid out before a onstrations and speaking with Kirkuk Provincial Police Tran- Brigade Judge Advocate Gen- panel of provincial investiga- the forensics experts provides sition Team, attended a ribbon- eral’s office, as well as the Iraqi tive judges, rather than a jury judges with a new perspective cutting ceremony and tour of judiciary. There were a lot of of peers. and understanding of what their the newly equipped Criminal moving pieces, and this was an This panel of judges makes internal capabilities are, and Evidence Unit’s forensics labo- important event for everyone a consensus ruling on whether how to utilize them. ratory in Kirkuk City, Iraq, July involved, especially the Iraqi or not the case will go to trial “This ceremony, and the 5. judiciary.” at felonies court, furthering the presence of the provincial judg- Provincial investigative Task Force Devil PPTT importance of having reliable es accomplishes several impor- judges and the provincial direc- members spent the months forensic evidence, said Bahdi, a tant things here,” said Verne tor of police, Maj. Gen. Jamal, leading up to the opening ad- native of Hackensack, N.J. Speirs, assistant U.S. attorney observed the ribbon cutting, vising Iraqi Police staff and lo- “It is extremely important and Rule of Law advisory sec- and demonstrations of the new cal leaders in the area. that these judges have confi- tion chief. “It also works to- equipment and capabilities of “We want to aid these guys dence and believe that the evi- ward helping these judges, and the CEU. in better conducting their polic- dentiary packets and forensics rule of law provincial leaders “We have been working in ing operations in the province,” reports that they receive are in general, have a better un- conjunction with the CEU in said Maj. Thomas Vece, deputy accurate and have been scru- derstanding of how evidence getting the investigative judges team chief of the PPTT. “This tinized to the most minute de- is processed so that they can to the forensics lab to see what includes training, crime scene tail,” said Bahdi, who worked begin to trust more in what the kind of capabilities the CEU management, evidence man- to coordinate the visit in order See CENTER, Pg. 9 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 ‘Rough Rider’ medics train troops at U.S. base in Iraq Sergeant Brenda Goode ,left, a combat medic assigned to Company C, 27th Brigade Sup- port Battalion, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, teaches an airman with the Air Force Financial Management Detach- ment from Ohio how to treat an open chest wound during a combat lifesaver class at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Iraq, July 7, 2011. Goode, a native of Comanche, Texas, who served as one of the primary instructors for the five-day combat lifesaver course con- ducted at the battalion’s aid station on COS Marez, also serves as a team leader in the battalion’s Medical Evacuation Platoon. listic vests, such as the combat application tourniquet, which is used to control bleed- ing. “The goal of this training is to make sure (the service members) understand the ba- sics of tactical combat casualty care, which allows them to medically treat the patients as the first responders on the scene,” said Staff Sgt. John Schmidt, squad leader for Medical Evacuation Platoon, Company C, and native of St. Louis. Schmidt, senior instructor for the CLS course, ensured service members under- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO stood how to treat the three main areas of Spc. Terence Ewings ployment to Iraq. preventable combat deaths on the battle- 4th AAB Public Affairs Goode and other 27th BSB “Rough Rid- field; bleeding, lung collapse and airway 1st Cav. Div., USD-N er” combat medics trained the U.S. Army blockage. Soldiers and Air Force personnel on how to “It makes me feel good to be able to CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE assess casualties, control bleeding, restore teach these guys and watch them grow,” MAREZ, Iraq — Combat medics assigned a blocked airway and prepare patients for said Schmidt, currently on his fourth over- to Company C, 27th Brigade Support Bat- medical evacuation, if needed. seas tour. “By the time they leave this class talion, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st The service members tested their abili- they are trained, certified combat lifesav- Cavalry Division, conducted a combat life- ties to use medical items found in the im- ers, and you can’t put a price on that.” saver course for service members stationed proved first-aid kits attached to their bal- Technical Sergeant Tesha Bailey, an air- at Contingency Operating Site Marez, July man assigned to the Air Force Financial 4-8. Management Detachment, attended CLS During the five-day medical refresher classes before and feels the course taught course, the service members trained on by the 27th BSB as one of the better re- how to treat a casualty until professional fresher courses. medical help arrives. “After attending this class, I definitely “Two of the most important things that feel that I can competently help someone Soldiers need to know are how to protect in a life or death situation,” said Bailey, a themselves while moving a casualty to native of Fairborn, Ohio. safety and how to apply their CLS skills Technical Sergeant Tesha Bailey, a financial to potentially save another person’s life, management specialist assigned to the Air and that is what we teach here,” said Sgt. Force Financial Management Detachment at Brenda Goode, combat medic assigned to Contingency Operating Site Marez inserts a Company C, who calls Comanche, Texas, nasopharyngeal airway into a medical man- nequin to clear an obstructed airway during home. a tactical field care exercise at COS Marez, The medical lifesaving skills taught Iraq, July 7, 2011. Bailey, a native of Fairborn, throughout the course are invaluable and Ohio, attended the combat lifesaver refresher perishable skills on the same level as most course, conducted by combat medics as- signed to Company C, 27th BSB, 4th AAB, 1st civilian emergency medical technicians, Cav. Div., who also sustain operations at the said Goode, currently on her second de- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO battalion’s aid station on COS Marez. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 Food service specialist builds morale Specialist Jun Zhao, food ser- his culinary creativity and ex- vice specialist assigned to Troop pertise to give Soldiers some- B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry thing to look forward to each Regiment, 4th Advise and As- sist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- day, said Jacoby. sion, stands next to one of his “He is one of the best food fruit creations. Zhao, a native of specialists in the Army,” said Xiang Hai, China, enlisted in the Staff Sgt. Stephen Zaucha, a military four years ago with skills acquired from working previous- Philadelphia-native and food ly as an executive chef at a large operations specialist with Troop restaurant. “My job is to take care D. “He uses his knowledge to of Soldiers by preparing their change an ordinary meal and food. I take whatever criticism I get and apply it to improve (my make it better.” cooking skills),” said Zhao. When Zhao works out of a containerized kitchen, a unit 9th Cav. Regt., holding true to with lesser capabilities than his promise by going above and a full kitchen, he ensures Sol- beyond to make the best meals diers receive full satisfaction possible, utilizing skills from from their meal. his previous job as an executive “Whether in a (regular) chef at a large restaurant. kitchen or in a containerized Zhao also attended culinary kitchen, Zhao puts out the best arts school following a three- he possibly can,” said Zaucha. year enlistment in the Chinese “With him, it’s about personal U.S. Army photo Army and continued to work at pride, taking care of the Sol- Spc. Angel Turner sion, enlisted in the military various restaurants to perfect diers.” 4th AAB Public Affairs four years ago as food service his cooking skills. Zhao not only inspires the 1st Cav. Div., USD-N specialist. “His culinary skills are un- Soldiers he works with by his “My job is to take care of matched,” said Sgt. 1st Class cooking abilities, he also mo- CONTINGENCY OPERAT- Soldiers by preparing their Bronson Jacoby, the senior food tivates his fellow troopers in ING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Be- food,” said Zhao, a native of management noncommissioned their basic soldiering skills. fore leaving China, Spc. Jun Xiang Hai, China. “I’m dif- officer in charge, with Troop D, “He maxes out his PT (phys- Zhao promised his mother he ferent from other cooks. I take 1st Squd., 9th Cav. Regt. ical training) test and always would go to America and make whatever criticism I get and ap- “(His cooking) improves hits at least 35 targets at every something of himself. ply it to improve (my cooking Soldier’s morale greatly,” add- range,” said Jacoby. Zhao, currently assigned skills).” ed Jacoby, a native of Seoul, “He helps Soldiers who lag to Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Deployed for the second Korea. behind in PT. He operates as Squadron, 4th Advise and As- time, Zhao affects Troopers as- When Zhao prepares a meal a noncommissioned officer,” sist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divi- signed to Troop B, 1st Sqdn., for his fellow Soldiers, he uses added Jacoby. CENTER, Cont’d from Pg. 7 of evidence preservation, collection, and processing,” Vece said. evidence says in a case.” Bahdi said the judicial visit was also sig- Speirs said the CEU forensics facility nificant in terms of building a stronger rela- provides judges with first-hand knowledge tionship between Iraqi Police and Judges. of how evidence such as ballistics, finger- “We are stepping away from U.S.-con- prints and documentation verification can ducted forensics capabilities and now the help bring clarity to a case. Iraqis are relying on their own systems,” “This is all a huge step in the right direc- said Bahdi. “This is exactly the end state tion for the policing and judiciary leaders that we have all been working for.” in the province,” he said. Vece said the goal is to synchronize all A forensics laboratory technician with the levels of law enforcement. Criminal Evidence Unit demonstrates the capabilities of fingerprint analysis technol- “What we want to see is evidence-based ogy to police chiefs and provincial judges at convictions, and everyone involved in the the Criminal Evidence Unit headquarters in legal process understanding the importance Kirkuk City, Iraq, July 5, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 District police, U.S. forces discuss progress Sgt. David Strayer 109th MPAD USD-N Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Members of the Pro- vincial Police Transition Team, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, visited the Dibbis district police station, northwest of Kirkuk City, Iraq, July 6. Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hughes, Team Chief for the Provincial Police Tran- sition Team, 1st AATF, toured the Dibbis police headquarters and met with Lt. Col. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N Moayed Bakir Sidiq, Dibbis chief of po- lice, to discuss progress, the current state Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hughes, left, team chief with the Provincial Police Transition Team, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, discusses policing operations and of affairs and future plans for the district. progress made in the area with Lt. Col. Moayed Bakir Sidiq (right), Chief of Police for the Dibbis “Working with the police forces in Police District, one of the largest districts in Kirkuk province, Iraq, July 6, 2011. the province has been the mission of the Provincial Police Transition Team,” said Civilian law enforcement advisors, part police, who patrol one of the largest dis- Hughes, who calls Big Springs, Texas, of the PPTT, assist the Iraqi police in im- tricts in Kirkuk province. home. “Our whole goal has been to help proving facilities and operations, as well as “The Dibbis district police are currently the police in the area make the transition to intelligence collection and logistics. running all their own policing operations in being completely self-sufficient and inde- “Whenever the Provincial Police Tran- their area of responsibility,” said Tucker, a pendent from U.S. Forces.” sition Team comes out to Dibbis we come native of Indianapolis. “These guys have The PPTT, working with the Dibbis po- along and our expert advisors will go improved greatly since February, and con- lice force since February, identified areas through and evaluate the systems and meth- tinue to look for ways to get better. where they could assist in improving the ods that the Iraqi Police have in place,” said They are out there issuing warrants and policemen’s skills. Randy Andrews, senior civilian police ad- making arrests based on those warrants and “We have been coming out here to Dib- visor to the Kirkuk chief of police. “If there going for evidence based on convictions - bis since February,” said Sgt. Patrick Tuck- is any advice or help we can give that will They are doing it the right way.” er, team leader with 272nd Military Police lead to them improving the way they con- As U.S. forces decrease the size of their Company. “(We’ve) looked at things that duct business, we do it.” operational foot print, Iraqi Police bear an we could . . . help these guys on like weap- Sidiq, recently appointed as chief of ever-increasing level of responsibility for ons maintenance, weapons training, and police, vowed to continue the strong work the security of the people of Iraq, with the security methods.” of his predecessor in improving the Dibbis long-term goal of guaranteeing internal se- curity throughout the country. “We are extremely impressed with the teamwork exhibited between the different agencies within the police force here in Dibbis,” said Hughes. “Working together is going to help them accomplish the mission, as well as continually looking for ways to improve and evolve, which they have been doing.” Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hughes, center, team chief of the Provincial Police Transition Team, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, tours facilities at the Dib- bis police station with Lt. Col. Moayed Bakir Sidiq, right, police chief for the Dibbis police district in Kirkuk province, Iraq, July 6, 2011. During the visit, Hughes met with the newly instated police chief to discuss the current state of operations in the district, progress made over past few months, and plans for the U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N future of police operations in the area. 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 BRF Soldiers stand ready for any challenge Sergeant Christopher Salgado, get on each other’s nerves, a member of the Base Reaction but with everyone working to- Force, Company D, Division Spe- cial Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry gether and living in such prox- Division, conducts pre-mission imity we have gained a lot of checks on the communications trust between each other,” said system in a Mine-Resistant, Am- Sgt. Shawn Michael Campbell, bush-Protected vehicle before an outer perimeter search mis- a combat medic with Com- sion near Contingency Operating pany D. “That just how it has Base Speicher, Iraq, July 7, 2011. to be – that’s our mission. We have become like a small Fam- vitally important as a safety ily.” measure and a deterrent, he is After three deployments, grateful for the relative peace meshing into a cohesive team to he has experienced during his accomplish a mission becomes deployment. second nature, said Campbell, “I’m a mechanic, but this who hails from Chrystal River, is my third deployment oper- Fla. ating as an infantry Soldier,” “This is why I am here,” he said Downs, a native of Niag- said. “I’m a combat medic – I ara, N.Y. “This is a really big provide medical attention in the change of pace for me because field. I don’t have a problem be- we aren’t constantly in com- ing away from home, because I bat operations, and I think that have a team here and I am do- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO says a lot about what our guys ing what I signed on to do.” Spc. Andrew Ingram gado, who hails from Kaysville, have done on previous deploy- Salgado said he and his team USD-N Public Affairs Utah. “There are people in Iraq ments.” do more than just ensure the watching us, but the more often When most U.S. Division – personal security of the Soldiers CONTINGENCY OPERAT- they see us out there maintain- North Soldiers finish work for and civilians living and work- ING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq ing our security, the less likely the day, they retire to a contain- ing on COB Speicher. – Day or night, when a security they are to attack us.” erized housing unit to relax and “The mission we do out threat is reported on Contingen- After dozens of operations rest away from the stresses of here, being a deterrent for pos- cy Operating Base Speicher, the on and around COB Speicher, the office or coworkers for at sible attackers, helps every- Base Reaction Force responds. keeping current on the latest least a few hours before return- one on COB Speicher sleep in The BRF Soldiers, assigned media reports and intelligence ing to work the next morning. peace,” said Salgado. “We fa- to Company D, Division Spe- keeps the BRF Soldiers focused Always on call, BRF Soldiers cilitate a safe, secure environ- cial Troops Battalion, 4th In- on their mission, said Salgado. live and work out of the Com- ment that allows everyone else fantry Division, remain on call “I keep up on all the news pany D headquarters building. to complete their parts of Op- 24 hours a day as one of the and reports we are getting from “There are times when we eration New Dawn.” first responders to any possible the entry control point and other attack on the service members posts. Just knowing that a threat and civilians deployed to COB is out there keeps us sharp,” he Speicher. said. “Add to that the fact that When it comes to base se- we have all been on prior de- curity, the BRF Soldiers must ployments, and it is hard to lose maintain a proactive posture to that focus when you have been deter possible insurgent activ- in combat situations. Even dur- ity, said Sgt. Christopher Sal- ing long periods of (inactivity) gado, an infantryman assigned we always have that feeling to the BRF. that something could always “We conduct routine perim- happen.” eter checks to inspect the pe- Specialist Erick Downs, rimeter fences ensure the base’s an all-wheel mechanic who U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO defenses remain secure and … serves primarily as the driver be a deterrent for anyone out Soldiers assigned to the Base Reaction Force, Company D, Division of a Mine-Resistant Ambush- Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, begin an outer perim- there thinking about encroach- Protected vehicle for the BRF, eter inspection in Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles at Con- ing on our defenses,” said Sal- said while his mission remains tingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, July 7, 2011. 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf July 15 , 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: Replenish your soul, avoid spiritual dehydration Chaplain (Capt.) Scott Ingram is essential in renewing your soul’s strength with purpose and DSTB, 4th Inf. Div., USD-N meaning. CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Most Drink Water Not Sand of us have seen movies of a desert traveler who envisions a mi- As we draw closer to the end of this deployment, our need for rage of water after overexposure to the sun. After discovering that the spiritual qualities of self-control, patience, focus, and stead- the illusion of water is really just sand, he eventually finds a real fastness will increase as well. water source and is revived. Finishing this deployment strong is much like running a race. That works out great for movies, but how do we replenish our It is like reaching way down deep inside and squeezing out every souls in real life? Can we be spiritually dehydrated? If so, then last bit of energy that you have, and then making it last as long as how will we know if we are spiritually dehydrated? you possibly can. You cannot squeeze out what is not initially there, and spiritual The Spiritual Reality life does not just randomly appear. Though, upon its receipt, your Life’s stresses and rigors will deplete your soul of neces- spiritual sense of equilibrium and internal peace will increase in sary stamina and perspective. “Beating the heat” in our lives proportion to the increase of your personal, relational, or profes- means that we cannot ignore the power of a healthy spiritual sional stresses. life. Repeatedly, the ancient and trustworthy witness of the Bible I’m not saying that you will become impervious to pain or talks about how physical and spiritual realities mirror each other, adverse circumstances, but when you are spiritually hydrated, and that our existence extends beyond the limitations of our five situations can be put in proper perspective and your endurance senses into a spiritual realm. factor increases exponentially. In John 3:8, Jesus likened God’s spirit to that of the wind – If your spiritual life is brimming over, then encourage your while we cannot see it or know where it is going, we can hear its battle buddies to finish well. If you feel spiritually faint and sound and know that it’s there. depleted, then you may need to evaluate if what you are feeding The Apostle Paul said, 2 Corinthians 4:16, “Though our outer your soul can sustain spiritual life, or if it is just an illusion. self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” Some good places to start are by talking with your unit Chap- In the Army, we even speak of esprit de corps, literally trans- lain, joining a Bible Study, attending a Chapel service or talking lated, “the spirit of the body,” and understand that our individual with a close friend. and corporate capabilities – will, resourcefulness, and creative Whatever you do, do not settle for “spiritual sand” or a mirage, abilities – are tied to what lies within our hearts. when you can have a real, satisfying, and refreshing drink of The spiritual dimension of our lives functions much like the water for your soul! bottom half of an iceberg, sustaining the visible part above the surface of the water. We may not see the bottom half or even plumb the entirety of its dimensions, but we do not dismiss it USD-N Photos simply on that basis. To see and download photos In a similar way, though our spiritual life is unseen, its pres- like this one, check out the ence is what buoys our lives and keeps us afloat. U.S.Division-North Flickr page. Evaluating Your Spiritual Vitality Discerning your spiritual health is a matter of faith, and is not w w w. f l i c k r. c o m / the same as measuring physical dehydration. However, you can ask similar questions: Are you confused about the meaning of photos/the4id life and your purpose in it? Do you feel that your life is a mirage while your heart aches for something more truthful and sustain- able? Water is to your physical body as blank is to your spirit? Through which worldview do you filter your values? Do you have a relationship with God? How do you recalibrate your life? Does your spiritual life depend on what you do or the action of another? Do you feel powerless to affect meaningful change in your life? What or whom is your life’s anchor? Put another way, when you experience the storms of life, what keeps you rock-solid when the debris of your life swirls around you? Thinking through these questions is not as easy, but 12