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The ivy leaf volume 1, issue 42


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Engineers conduct explosives training
'Darkhorse' troops provide humanitarian aid
USD - N Soldiers Complete EO Leaders Course

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The ivy leaf volume 1, issue 42

  1. 1. U.S. Division-North Volume 1, Issue 42 Established in 1917 to honor those who serve August 19, 2011 Engineers conduct explosives trainingBlack Jack Steadfast and Loyal Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux tain monthly certification requirements squads understand their roles as combat 1st AATF Public Affairs by using explosives to remove obstacles, engineers, said Cole, a 21-year veteran 1st Inf. Div., USD - N destroy fortifications, and breach doors. from Dixon, Mo. “The range validates the training “They learn to pick different demo CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE through live demolitions,” said 1st Sgt. to cause different end states,” said Cole.LongKnife WARRIOR, Iraq – ‘Chaos’ Soldiers, Harold Cole, Jr., senior enlisted Soldier, “End states are like deciding which explo- Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Company C. sives to use in order to yield the effect that 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st In- Although the company’s primary mis- you want.” fantry Division, conducted Engineer Core sion is conducting route clearance patrols, Explosives used by the combat en- Demolition Task Training at an explosives the training ensures Soldiers remain pro- gineers, like C-4, can be used to “cut” Ironhorse range outside of Contingency Operating ficient in engineer core training, designed through metal, force trees to fall in a for conventional war tasks. desired direction, or clear mines.Devil Site Warrior, Iraq, August 11. The training allowed Soldiers to main- The exercise is designed to ensure See CHAOS pg. 3Fit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse Devil LongKnifeSteadfast and Loyal BLack JAck U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div. USD-N Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, conduct room breach- ing drills by detonating C-4 plastic explosive to breach a door during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training near Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011. They also learned to remove obstacles and destroy fortifications using the explosives.
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 but he is walking around like an NCO,” Freeman said. “When he found out the other medic wasn’t going to be able to go on that mission, he didn’t come and find me, or try to get somebody else to go in his place. He handled the problem. As far as I’m concerned he embodies the warrior ethos.” In addition to being a hard-charging young Soldier, Koster’s effectiveness as a combat medic speaks to a level of exper- tise above what his rank or experience would normally reflect, said Freeman. “Koster knows what he is doing,” Freeman said. “You never have to second guess him. If we find out there is an is- sue, one of our soldiers gets sick or hurt, chances are he is already on top of it be- fore I even get there. Koster is easily one of the best soldiers I have ever had.” U.S. Army photo Sergeant First Class Kevin Wall, Private First Class Jordan Coster, a Combat Medic Assigned to Headquarters and Headquar- Koster’s platoon sergeant, said he is ex- ters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrates a buddy drag during a casualty evacuation procedure drill cited to see Koster grow as a Soldier and prior to a roving patrol at Contingency Operating Base Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2011. leader of others. “He is a natural leader,” Wall said. Initiative and sacrifice can make a he volunteered to replace another medic “Just one of those guys that are supper young Soldier stand out among his peers for a five-hour-mission even though he dependable and you can tell that all the as a potential noncommissioned officer had just come off a 12-hour-mission of his young soldiers already follow his lead. I and leader in the military. own, Aug. 8. think he is on the fast track to advance- Private First Class Jordan Koster, a Koster’s supervisor Sgt. Larry Free- ment and I really want to see progression combat medic assigned to Headquarters man, combat medic, HHB, said the medic in the Army.” and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, from Portage, Mich., continually surprises For his outstanding dedication to duty 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Advise his leaders with his professionalism and in support of his unit’s mission, Koster and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Divi- dedication to getting the job done. earned recognition as this week’s “Iron- sion, displayed both of those virtues when “Koster might be a (private first class), horse Strong” Soldier of the Week. Darkhorse troops provide USD - N Soldiers Complete Long Knife Soldiers MP Corporal sets humanitarian aid EO Leaders Course participate in Boxing Smoker example Page 4 Page 5 Page 8 Page 9 THE Ivy Leaf Task Force Ironhorse Commanding General – Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins The Ivy Leaf is an authorized publication for members of the 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 – Sgt. 1st Class Rob Barker non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Spc. Andrew Ingram 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 August 19, 2011 CHAOS Contd from Pg. 1 “Even at his skill level, with having to destroy the he should learn how to weapons used as evidence,” prime a charge and set up said Staff Sgt. Leo Guzman, the firing systems,” said an MP from Swannanoa, Cole, as he gestured toward N.C., currently assigned to Spc. Michael Chiumiento, the 1st STB. a combat engineer with less “I’m here to have them than two years of service. destroy some weapons, and “We’re refreshing our these ranges make it easier skills with C-4,” said on us,” said Guzman. “At- Chiumiento, who hails taching a block of C-4 to from Winthrop, Mass. “We anything is a sure-fire way to learned this coming into the destroy it.” Army, but out here we really After moving a safe dis- don’t use it. That’s why I tance away from the explo- like the range. We do our sives, Guzman and Chaos jobs.” Soldiers watched as Chiumi- During the training, Sol- ento, carrying the spool of diers, including military po- detonation cord, handed it lice troops, practiced quick over to another Soldier who room entry, halting enemy rigged it to a detonator. vehicles, and destroying Pulling the detonator weapons using explosives. caused a huge explosion that Headquarters and Head- sent weapons parts, burning quarters Company, 1st STB, wood splints and a thunder- 1st AATF, Soldiers often use ous, bright-orange fire-ball U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO explosives training as a way high into the air. Iraq – Specialist Michael Chiumiento, a combat engineer from Win- to safely dispose of confis- “If anyone wants to know throp, Mass., assigned to ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Bat- talion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, links cated enemy weapons. why I became a combat engi- together a C-4 plastic explosive block at a blast range outside of Con- “Typically, after a case in neer, that’s why,” screamed tingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011. Kirkuk is closed, we’re left Chiumiento, in excitement. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, maintain perimeter security at a safe distance during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at a demolitions range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011. During the training the unit used the explosives to remove obstacles, destroy fortifications, and breach doors. 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 ‘Dark Horse’ troops provide humanitarian aid U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Randy Warren, 2nd AAB PAO Soldiers with 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division – North, and local Iraqis load various commercial products onto a truck at Contingency Operating Base Cobra, Iraq, July 2011. The supplies were part of a combined humanitarian aid project to support local Iraqi families in the villages surrounding Cobra in support of Operation New Dawn. 2nd Lt. Randy Warren “Countless hours of preparation, product available was used and that non 2nd AAB Public Affairs and a partnership between the Provin- was wasted. 1st Cav. Div., USD - N cial Reconstruction Team, Dark Horse U.S. Soldiers and local Iraqis loaded Squadron, and local Iraqi city council the products onto trucks on COS Cobra. CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE members, went in to coordinating the The products were then sent to distri- COBRA, Iraq – In anticipation of aid project,” said Hoover. bution points in the communities and the Ramadan holiday, U.S. Soldiers On several occasions, all parties made available for local residents. provided Iraqis in Northeastern Diyala involved met on COS Cobra to discuss The Iraqi army provided security province with humanitarian aid prod- product transportation, distribution from COS Cobra to the distribution ucts throughout July 2011. timelines and security measures. points, explained Hoover. Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. All products were thoroughly in- The success of the aid project not Cavalry Regiment, “Dark Horse,” 2nd spected to ensure they were edible or in only helped local Iraqi families in need, Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cav- serviceable condition before being sent but allowed U.S. Soldiers to interact alry Division, U.S. Division – North, to local distribution points, Hoover ex- and make a difference within the local assisted in providing products to Iraqis plained. The process guaranteed every populace, said Sgt. Joshua Schuetten- living in villages surrounding Contin- helm, chaplain’s assistant for Dark- gency Operating Base Cobra, Iraq. horse. Dark Horse Soldiers spent weeks “This was a great All the Soldiers involved enjoyed the preparing and sorting more than 3,000 opportunity to leave a opportunity to do humanitarian work, items for distribution, including dried positive impression on the and see their actions make a difference foods, shoes, clothing, shoes and soc- in the surrounding communities, said cer balls, said Capt. William Hoover, people of Iraq.” Schuettenhelm. civil affairs officer for Headquarters -Sgt. Josh Schuettenhelm “This was a great opportunity to and Headquarters Troop, 4th Sqdn., 9th 4th Squdn., 9th Cav. Regt. leave a positive impression on the Cav. Regt. people of Iraq,” he said. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 USD – N Soldiers complete EO Leaders Course Spc. Andrew Ingram USD - N Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Twenty-five Sol- diers, deployed to Iraq as part of U.S. Division – North, graduated from an Equal Opportunity Leaders Course at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Aug. 10, 2011. During the six-day course, noncom- missioned officers studied the skills needed to guard against discrimination amidst the rank and file, the procedures for the EO complaint process, and the best ways to advise their commanders on all equal opportunity issues pertain- ing to the rights of their Soldiers. In addition to their everyday tasks and duties, these new EO leaders now shoulder the responsibility for setting the equal opportunity standards for their companies and battalions. Also, they U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO ensure every Soldier is treated without Master Sergeant Bobby Estrada, senior equal opportunity advisor, U.S. Division – North, pres- prejudice, said Sgt. 1st Class Demetrius ents a certificate of completion to Sgt. 1st Class Henry Reyna, noncommissioned officer in charge, Contingency Operating Base Speicher Education Center, during a graduation cere- Smith, equal opportunity advisor, 4th mony culminating an Equal Opportunity Leaders Course at COB Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2011. Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, one of the course instructors. assessment of what is going on with same team for (a while). It is very ben- “The good thing about having them their Soldiers,” said Smith, who hails eficial to have someone who can engage down at company level is that they from Philadelphia. “Sometimes they Soldiers on the ground to recognize know the climate; they can make a good have been working and training with the problems and correct them on the spot.” Smith said his students took to the subject matter quickly, recognizing the importance of the subject, and dedicat- ing themselves to learning it from the beginning. “This class has definitely meshed together a lot quicker than some of my other classes,” said Smith. “When new students come into this class, they are often uncomfortable with the subject, but this class became a very friendly environment very quickly. They bonded right from the beginning and started participating and working together even before the first day was complete.” Before participating in the class and seeing the need for professionals dedicated to fair treatment of their com- rades, some of students thought of equal opportunity as trivial, said Staff Sgt. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO Donald Bell, information technology Twenty-five Soldiers, deployed as a part of U.S. Division – North, completed Equal Opportu- specialist, Company A, 62nd Expedi- nity Leaders Course at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2011. During the course, the noncommissioned officers studied the skills needed to guard against discrimina- tionary Signal Battalion, after receiving tion amidst the rank and file, the procedures for the EO complaint process, and the best ways his certificate of completion. to advise their commanders on all issues pertaining to the rights of their Soldiers. See EO page 12 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 U.S. Army photo by Spc. Crystal Hudson, USD - N PAO Staff Sgt. Joshua Moody, from Killeen, Texas, and a squad leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Calvary Division, trains an Iraqi soldier on marksmanship techniques at an Iraqi military post near Contingency Operating Base, Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 16. The Iraqi soldiers learned marksmanship techniques and how to enter and clear a room in an urban environment. 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 Infantry Soldiers share skills with Iraqi soldiers Iraqi soldiers complete marksmanship training Spc. Crystal Hudson “The guys have a base understanding 29th MPAD of how to zero and qualify. It has just USD-N Public Affairs been a long time since they have been able to get the ammunition to do so,” said CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE White, a native of Newington, Conn. SPEICHER, Iraq – Soldiers from Com- Once the training is complete, the sol- pany B, 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary Regi- diers will be certified as marksmanship ment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st trainers. Calvary Division, trained 25 Iraqi Army “The 4th Iraqi Army Division has the soldiers in basic, advanced and close- mission of securing a lot of the pipelines quarters marksmanship skills at an Iraqi in Salah ad-Din province. A lot of their military post near Contingency Operating (soldiers) are dedicated to fixed site secu- Base, Speicher, August 14-18, in support rity,” said Lt. Col. Barry Daniels, 1st Bn., of Operation New Dawn. 5th Cav. Regt. commander and Palmyra, The five-day training culminated with Pa., native. students conducting “battle drill six,” All of the training was important and which simulated entering and clearing a necessary, including entering and clear- room. ing a room in an urban environment, he “The main focus coming out here was added. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Crystal Hudson, USD - N PAO to train the Iraqis,” said Staff Sgt. John “We are training them on the tasks that Iraqi 1st Lt. Hardan Khalil Mohmed, 4th Iraqi Walker Murphy, squad leader with Com- they will need to conduct those missions Army Commando company commander, con- gratulates a graduating soldier during a grad- pany B from Dallas. “We are making sure if they have to go in an urban area and uation ceremony following a week of basic that these guys have a good basis and assault an urban objective and apprehend and advanced marksmanship training at an foundation… so that they can go take that (violent extremists),” said Daniels. Iraqi military post near Contingency Operat- back to their units and utilize what we The Iraqi soldiers culminated their ing Base, Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 18. have taught them.” week of marksmanship and close-quar- can better partner with our Iraqi partners Three Iraqi units participated in the ters training with a graduation ceremony. helps us all in the future in creating an class, which included soldiers from the “Overall, I think (the training) in- enduring relationship with the nation of 4th IA Commando Battalion, the Intelli- creases their capability, and anytime we Iraq,” Daniels said. gence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, and the Field Engineer Regi- ment. “Thank God for everything that they are doing for us. It is very useful for our soldiers,” said Iraqi Army 2nd Lt. Hath- em Hamid Khalaf, platoon leader for the 4th IA Commando Battalion. The Iraqi leadership took an active role in training their soldiers along with the infantrymen. “The Iraqi Army wants to learn. They want to train,” said 1st Lt. Christian White, platoon leader with Company B. “They don’t always have the (ability) to do so, which seems to be the biggest is- sue. We are able to provide that for them, good quality training that they can take back to their units. The hope is that they continue to train.” U.S. Army photo by Spc. Crystal Hudson, USD - N PAO Private First Class David Westbury, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary Soldiers used their training to teach Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Calvary Division, and a Northbridge, Mass., the Iraqi soldiers how to use their issued native, watches over Iraqi soldiers zeroing their weapons at an Iraqi military post near Contin- weapon, the AK-47. gency Operating Base, Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 16., during marksmanship training. 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 U.S. Army photo by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th AAB PAO Specialist Angel Turner, right, a print journalist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, punches her opponent during a boxing match at Contingency Operating Site Marez, Iraq, Aug. 6, 2011. “I viewed this event as a challenge; one final, lasting memory prior to us going home,” said Turner. The “Boxing Smoker” was held as a morale booster by the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div., for “Long Knife” Soldiers before they return to Fort Hood, Texas, this summer. ‘Long Knife’ Troopers finish deployment with a punch Spc. Justine McCoy “This event is going to make everyone male, with weight classes ranging from 4th AAB Public Affairs, on COS Marez come out of their (Contain- featherweight to heavy weight squared 1st Cav. Div., USD - N erized Housing Units) to either participate off during the tournament; some drew or be a spectator,” said Master Sgt. Keith blood and others scored full-fledged or CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE Hemenway, the noncommissioned officer technical knockouts. MAREZ, Iraq – With faces clenched, in charge of the smoker, prior to the event. As each round progressed, the audi- hands ready, and gloves on, the Soldiers In order to make it a success, Coler ence watched and cheered. stepped into the ring and prepared to fight. tasked “Black Dragon” Soldiers to provide “It felt amazing to be in the ring and For the next six minutes, they’ll trade everything from the boxing ring to refresh- have my battle buddies cheer when I punches in hopes of emerging victorious. ments for spectators. was fighting,” said Spc. Cole Kampsen, Soldiers assigned to 4th Advise and Three Soldiers constructed the ring, a track mechanic in Forward Support Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, which took more than three weeks to build Company G, 5th Bn, 82nd, FA Reg. fought for pride and bragging rights during and 24 hours to set up. Tables, signs, and For the Soldiers who were not victo- a Boxing Smoker at Contingency Operat- other visual aids turned the base’s gym rious in their bouts, all was not lost. ing Site Marez, Iraq, August 6, to mark the into an actual boxing arena. “Even though I didn’t win my fight, I culmination of their deployment in support “Building a boxing ring and holding just wanted a chance to show my battery of Operation New Dawn. an event of this magnitude shows that the I had the courage to try something new,” The event, organized by Command Sgt. Black Dragons can and will accomplish said Spc. Chris Pelayo, a tactical data Maj. Calvin Coler, senior enlisted advisor any task given to us,” said Hemenway, a systems specialist assigned to Battery B, assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artil- native of Boston. 5th Bn, 82nd, FA Reg. lery Regiment, 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div., Soldiers and civilians assigned to COS Win or lose, the Soldiers’ courage and a native of New Orleans, provided Marez filled the seats around the ring, to jump in the ring and fight in front of Soldiers with an opportunity to boost their eagerly waiting for the competitors to their peers was rewarded with recogni- morale, challenge themselves physically, enter and battle through three, two-minute tion from Col. Brian Winski, command- and enjoy some camaraderie in keeping rounds. er, 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div. and applauses with the Warrior Spirit. Twenty eight fighters, both male and fe- of audience members. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 MP corporal sets example Sgt. Kandi Huggins 1st AATF Public Affairs “You have to be 1st Inf. Div., USD - N your own type of CONTINGENCY OPERAT- leader.” ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq- -Cpl. Matthew Odom “Growing up, I always strived PPTT, 1st AATF and progressed to be a leader.” Cpl. Matthew Odom, a MP friends he had growing up, military policeman, “Punisher” he enlisted as an MP. platoon, Provincial Police Gaining experience from Transition Team,1st Advise and his first two years with the Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry 615th MP Company, Germany, Division, said he joined the Odom said he leads through military to follow in his father that experience. and grandfather’s footsteps. “His demeanor, attitude and The four-year veteran and knowledge is on a level above Stonewall, Miss., native, said that of his peers,” said Sgt. he also joined to make some- Eric Muessel, a team member thing of himself. in Odom’s squad. “He always “It was a good thing, for me, wants to learn and find the best to see my dad in the military,” way to go about a situation.” U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO said Odom. “When I was “As a leader, he is compe- Cpl. Matthew Odom, a military police team leader assigned to ‘Punish- younger, I would put on my er’ Platoon, Provincial Police Transition Team, 1st Advise and Assist tent, motivated, resilient and Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, checks his notes before a mission at dad’s uniforms and I remember mature,” continued Muessel, Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 9, 2011. how proud I was of my father a Houston native, “and that’s for being a part of something why the Soldiers in the squad takes the initiative to get the various Iraqi Police stations great.” look up to him.” mission accomplished no mat- and talk with their IP counter- He said he always had a For Odom, a noncommis- ter what. Although he has not parts. fondness for law enforcement sioned officer and leader is been in the military for a long Muessel said Odom, being and, through the influence of someone who is in charge and time, he said he has a lot of a team leader, helps with the experience that his peers and mission planning and execu- subordinates can acknowledge. tion. “You have to be your own “He’s his truck commander; type of leader,” said Odom. he helps with security and co- “You can pull from everybody ordination with the dismounts else, but you shouldn’t be like while we’re conducting anybody else.” missions,” continued Mues- Odom’s peers say he is a sel, “and he looks out for the great leader. Soldier’s overall welfare.” “If I had to describe Odom, As his career progresses, he I would say he is dedicated, hopes to take the experience and anything less than standard and knowledge he gained be- is not good enough,” Muessel ing an NCO with him in future said. “He is an awesome leader endeavors. and a great NCO.” “I plan to retire in the Army, Muessel said, as a unit sup- and I know having experience U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO porting Operation New Dawn, in the military as an NCO will Sgt. Eric Muessel, right, and Cpl. Matthew Odom, military policemen assigned to the Provincial Police Transition Team, 1st Advise and As- the MPs facilitate the maneu- make me more disciplined and sist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, secure an area outside of the vers of other law enforcement knowledgeable, and will help Adallah Iraqi Police station in downtown Kirkuk, Iraq, Aug. 9, 2011. professionals as they assist me advance,” said Odom. 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 All good things come to an end MTC transfer a combined effort Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux forces have done. Much has 1st AATF Public Affairs gone into this training base 1st Inf. Div., USD - N since February.” The “Golden Dragons” of MANILA TRAINING CEN- 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry TER, Iraq – Soldiers from the Regiment, from Schofield 1st Advise and Assist Task Barracks, Hawaii, established Force, 1st Infantry Division, the training center in Febru- transferred base operations ary 2011. Soldiers of “Ham- and training responsibilities ilton’s Own,” 1st Battalion, at the Manila Training Center 5th Field Artillery Regiment near Chamchamal, Iraq, to assumed the training mis- the Kurdish Regional Guard, sion at MTC following the Aug. 4. redeployment of the “Golden Lieutenant Colonel Tom Dragons.” U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO McCardell and Lt. Col. Hamilton’s Own Soldiers Specialist Richard Hardyan, artilleryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, Phil Royce of the Stability concentrated their efforts on 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st In- fantry Division, packs a storage container in preparation for his unit’s Transition Team, 1st AATF, building a cadre of KRG sol- departure from Manila Training Center, Iraq, Aug. 4, 2011. met with Brig. Gen. Sardar diers who could train future Rasol Qader Baban, MTC KRG units on their own. completely by this fall,” said of a Task Force at work, ex- commander, to facilitate the To this end, the 1st AATF Royce, a Springfield, Va., plained Royce, with several transition of what Sardar conducted several iterations native. “Their cadre is fully units assigned different tasks called one of the KRG’s best of basic soldier skills courses capable of giving the same for the accomplishment of a training locations. and staff officer classes for training to future classes and single purpose. “The training base has the KRG brigades, explained I’m comfortable knowing we Hamilton’s Own Soldiers been important to us,” said Royce, senior advisor to the gave them the best training provided a company to con- Sardar. “We are thankful and MTC. we could offer.” duct the training and train the appreciative for all the U.S. “(KRG) will be in charge The MTC is an example KRG. The Stability Transition Team created the classroom syllabus and taught officer courses, while the 101st Brigade Support Battalion supplied food, fuel and equip- ment for the duration of the training. The KRG head- quarters evaluated student progress. With their mission com- plete at MTC, U.S. forces withdrew personnel and equipment to focus on future missions. “You can only imagine the coordination and effort that was put into the setup of this operation,” said McCardell, U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO MTC command operations Soldiers of 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, leave officer, and a native of Kirk- Manila Training Center after removing equipment and excess supplies during the base’s transfer of au- thority to the Kurdish Regional Guard near Chamchamal, Iraq, Aug. 4, 2011. “Coordination between many wood, Pa. “Leaving is going different agencies was essential, but it’s what we do. We’re the heartbeat of all logistic movement,” said to require just as much time Sgt.1st Class Ronald Alexander, noncommissioned officer in charge, vehicle movement, 101st BSB. and cooperation.” 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 Hey Doc: I’m in a rut... the box solutions.” If you perform this exercise, writing down your observa- tions (or typing them if you want to be higher tech) every day for 2 weeks, Lt. Col. Mary V. Krueger the ages. Our ancestors had to worry your optimism will increase, along with USD - N Division Surgeon about daily survival, ensuring they were all of the associated benefits. the hunter and not the hunted. In this To conduct the Hunt the Good Stuff We are at a historic time in U.S. environment, it was more important to exercise, write down three good things Division – North: We are transitioning recognize the saber tooth tiger (nega- that happen to you each day. These can U.S. forces from Iraq back to the states. tive) over the bunny rabbit (positive). be big, earth shattering events (birth of While our mission is coming to a close, If we continue to see primarily the a child, wedding, promotion) or very there is still much to do and we must negative in the world around us, we will simple things (real toilet paper in the fight against complacency in the final miss opportunities to build upon the latrine, receiving a package in the mail, days in order to finish with dignity and positive. a kind word that was unexpected). Next honor. Optimism, or seeing and believ- Scientific studies have found that to each positive event, write a reflection ing in the good in the world around those who are more optimistic are bet- (at least one sentence) about: you, is one characteristic that is proven ter at solving a problem when they get Why this good thing happened? to help maintain resilience and improve it wrong the first time. They continue What does this good thing mean to performance in times just like these. searching for a solution, while the pes- you? Optimistic people tend to be health- simists are more likely to just give up. What can you do tomorrow to enable ier, more satisfied with their lives, and This is very important to us as Soldiers more of this good thing? have better relationships. They work since we face tough problems every day What are the ways that you or others effectively in tough situations and that must be solved before we can suc- contributed to this good thing? maintain energy and motivation during cessfully complete the mission. The last question is particularly chronic adversity. These traits are desir- Is optimism something you are born important, as it can help build a second able in normal work environments and with or can it be developed? Behavioral positive attribute – gratitude. Being are especially beneficial during deploy- health research concludes that you can grateful for the contributions of others ments. develop optimism through specific to our happiness helps build a sense of So, are you naturally optimistic or actions. The Department of Positive community and improves relationships. pessimistic? One way to answer this Psychology at the University of Penn- These stronger relationships not only question is to divide a piece of paper in sylvania developed an activity called make for a better day to day existence, two columns and write all the positive “Hunt the Good Stuff.” but are also key when you work with words that come to mind on the left You only need 10 minutes of focused others to solve the big problems that side, and all the negative words that attention per day, or approximately require combined expertise, experience come to mind on the right side. Add 0.8% of your waking hours, to com- and effort to get the job done. up each column and see which one plete this activity. This exercise will Give this exercise a try and you’ll has more words. For most Americans, increase your optimism and ability to find hunting the good stuff will lead the right side, or negative column, is notice more of the “good” that takes to increased morale and a happier, longer. place in the world around you. This will healthier, and more successful you. Stay Why is this? To find the answer, we improve your ability to solve problems, optimistic, Taskforce Ironhorse, and must examine how people survived over particularly those that require “out of continue hunting the good stuff. USD-N Social Media To read more stories and see the photos that go with them, as well as some videos, check out the links below. Read and share what you see and pass along the Soldiers stories. 11
  12. 12. The Ivy Leaf August 19, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: How do you finish well? Chaplain (CPT) Scott Ingram in any kind of formal position. You can see or tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate DSTB, 4th Inf. Div. observe leadership whether you are “at work” the cost to see if he has enough money to or not. The next time you see some friends complete it? For if he lays the foundation and In Dan Allender’s book, Leading with a walking, or the next time you are in a group, is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it Limp, he makes an insightful observation take note of who seems to lead the pack to will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began that is especially meaningful in today’s cur- where you go to eat, spend free time, make to build and was not able to finish.’” (Luke rent economic situation, dealing with the is- plans, etc. 14:28-30) sue of counting the cost of leadership. I would venture to say leadership begins at In the above Scripture passage, Jesus en- Why are we so reluctant to lead? Why do the most basic, personal level of who we are couraged his disciples to count the cost. On so many leaders quit? Or if they continue in as individuals. It’s not necessarily the high- that day, Jesus was teaching those crowds their positions, why do so many then lead est ranking, or the person who is the section that following someone – specifically him – with far less passion and joy than when they leader. So many times, we see things from a was not for the weak. More to the point: Jesus began? This is true whether you are a pastor, limited perspective. Leadership is more who was saying those crowds needed to resolve, president, or parent; janitor, factory worker, you are as a person than about maintaining a within their heart and soul, whether they were or farmer; youth leader, worship leader, or “followership” of other people. True leader- willing to follow him no matter the personal Bible study leader. Every leader must count ship attracts others and, inevitably, followers. cost. To put this into modern language, it’s the cost of leadership. This includes six reali- If you are an active-duty Soldier, you are one thing to trust your GPS to get you to the ties: crisis, complexity, betrayal, loneliness, the target audience for this reflection and will right address, but if you don’t pay the bill, weariness, and glory. No one escapes these most likely understand this illustration of pay- your GPS will not function, much less direct twists and turns in the valley. ing the price. There are a number of people you to the correct address. It all comes down Without a doubt, leadership has its chal- who enjoy the idea of being a Soldier, but are to paying the price. We all struggle with this lenges. As Allender puts it, we will all expe- they willing to pay the price associated with in different areas of our lives and in varying rience these [six] realities. The question is raising their right hand and getting sworn in? degrees. whether or not the cost to be paid is worth They want the benefits (and they are many), Linking this discussion with our walk of weathering the storms that accompany. but are they willing to pay the price of ex- faith is the next step. Both counting and pay- You might be saying, “But Chaplain, I’m ertion, sweat, discipline, long deployments, ing the costs associated with what we truly not a leader?” Are you not? What is a leader? and, yes, even blood to be a part of such an believe is right will affect how we live our Is it not someone who exerts influence over elite force? There is a price that has to be paid lives and lead others. We have only a few others? You don’t have to necessarily be a by everyone who wants to be a part. months left until we finish this deployment. commander, first sergeant, platoon leader or “Suppose one of you wants to build a What will it cost you to finish it well? EO contd from page 5 “I want the Soldiers to know Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. ment. It has changed a lot since “To be honest, I’m not even that no matter what race you “Coming up as a private, back then. We have a much better sure I really understood what EO are, cultural ethnicity or sex that in 1995, I heard a lot of sexual focus now and we are trying to was before taking this class,” said the Army is fair,” he said. “ We jokes and innuendo,” said Lane. push it down to the lower levels. Bell, a Washington D.C. native. have this program in place to “We didn’t have a very big focus Things definitely have changed "But coming out of this train- make sure that everyone has a on subjects like the prevention of and they have changed for the ing, my eyes are open to a lot of chance to advance. If growing up sexual assault or sexual harass- better.” the problems we still have in the you weren’t given a chance, in military. To sum it up in the most the Army you have a chance to basic terms, equal opportunity is succeed at life. And if you feel … in place so that everyone has a you are not getting that chance, fair chance. As equal opportunity you should go talk to your EO leaders we are here to prevent leader.” discrimination.” The requirement for every Bell said one of the best unit to have certified EO leaders things about military service is represents a vast improvement the knowledge that, no matter in the approach to equal oppor- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD – N PAO who you are, you have the same tunity, said Master Sgt. Jennifer Master Sergeant Bobby Estrada, senior EO advisor, U.S. Division – opportunities as every other Lane, Operations NCO, Com- North, tells students to ensure fair treatment of every Soldier in their Soldier. pany C, Division Special Troops units, during EO leaders training at COB Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2011. 12