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  1. 1. U.S. Division-North Volume 1, Issue 44 Established in 1917 to honor those who serve September 3, 2011 Muslim Soldiers celebrate end of RamadanBlack Jack Steadfast and Loyal Eid al-Fitr holiday marks end of 30-day fast Spc. Crystal Hudson al-Fitr at Contingency Operating Base sion commanding general. 29th MPAD Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 30. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain USD - N Public Affairs Eid al-Fitr is the culmination of 30 from eating and drinking from sunrise days of fasting and marks the end of the to sunset for 30 days.“The fasting is notLongKnife CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Islamic holy month of Ramadan. only fasting of the food and water,” Ab- SPEICHER, Iraq – Muslim Soldiers “It is basically like Christmas in our delazim said, “it is actually fasting from and civilians came together during ear- country,” said Dr. Alaa Abdelazim, cul- all sin.” ly morning hours to celebrate the Eid tural advisor for the 4th Infantry Divi- See FAST pg. 3 IronhorseDevilFit for Any Test Fit for Any TestIronhorse Devil LongKnifeSteadfast and Loyal BLack JAck U.S. Army photo by Spc. Crystal Hudson, 29th MPAD, USD-N PAO Muslim Soldiers and civilians read from the Quran during Eid al-Fitr morning prayers at COB Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2011. The celebration marks the end of 30 days of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Fasting during the month allows Muslims to understand how it feels to be poor and hungry, said Dr. Alaa Abdelazim, cultural advisor for the 4th Infantry Division commanding general.
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 second Lieutenant amanda Fonk With the start of Operation New Dawn, to improve their technical knowledge and U.S. forces’ mission shifted from combat skills, which enabled the 17th IA Bde. to to preparing the Iraqi military to take re- better serve and protect the people in their sponsibility of their country’s security mis- region. sion. “She is what I like to call a cog in the “Advise, train and assist,” became the machine,” Chatman said. “She has inte- mantra of Soldiers deployed to Iraq in grated herself into the unit very well, and it 2010 and 2011. would not run properly without her.” Second Lieutenant Amanda Fonk, a In addition to furthering the mission by maintenance platoon leader assigned to training and mentoring her Iraqi counter- Company G (Forward Support Company), parts, Fonk set herself apart through the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regi- ability to handle large responsibilities with ment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st minimum oversight, exemplified during Cavalry Division, contributed to this mis- the ramp up for the battalion’s M109A6 sion by building an innovative partnership Howitzer training, said Chatman. with maintenance officers of the 17th Iraqi Fonk streamlined the procurement of Army Brigade, said Capt. Crystal Chat- the 155 mm projectiles and developed a man, commander, Company G. delivery schedule to ensure the unimpeded “We conducted a key leader engage- supply of ammunition for “Red Dragons” ment with the Iraqis to identify their of 3rd Bn., 82nd FA Regt. training needs,” said Chatman. “We took “She has the ability to handle huge lo- a look at their vehicles and realized they gistical challenges,” said Chatman. “She could use our help in that area. (Fonk) and has a very firm grasp on what needs to be her platoon started working with the Iraqi done and how to do it. I could see her truly maintenance soldiers and have vastly im- excelling in the logistics field.” proved the way they operate.” For her dedication to her unit’s mission, A native of Milwaukee, Fonk and her Fonk is this week’s “Ironhorse Strong” U.S. Army photo Soldiers worked with the Iraqi maintainers Soldier of the Week. Preventive medicine Soldiers Celebrate Womens Field Artillery Soldiers Outlaws keep peace in specialists maintain healthy Equality aid Kirkuk through Kirkuk environment checkpoint validations Page 4 Page 6 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 September 3, 2011 FAST Contd from pg. 1 Ramadan allows Muslims to understand how it feels to be poor and hungry, Abdelaz- im said, and added “We share their agony and unfortunate life.” Ramadan has a unifying ef- fect by allowing all Muslims to have a shared experience while fasting. “We get to know each other. We share the same feel- ings,” said Abdelazim. “We will feel it together. We make peace with each other, and we will be closer than we could ever imagine.” Abdelazim, who lives in Killeen, Texas, said at the be- ginning of Ramadan, not all Muslims on COB Speicher U.S. Army photo by Spc. Crystal Hudson, 29th MPAD, USD-N PAO knew each other, but by the Dr. Alaa Abdelazim, cultural advisor for the 4th Infantry Division commanding general, shares encourag- end of the month, everyone ing words with Muslim Soldiers and civilians during the Eid al-Fitr morning prayers at Contingency Op- erating Base Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2011. Fasting during the month allows Muslims to understand how it became friends and felt like a feels to be poor and hungry, said Abdelazim, who lives in Killeen, Texas. Family. Ramadan also brought the fasting Soldiers and civil- have been able to do it.” ed me and made me feel like support like what the leader- ians closer to their co-workers It was Ameens second time I could do it,” Ameen, who ship of the 4th Inf. Div. pro- from other cultures and faiths. fasting since being deployed had deploymnt orders for 12 vided during Ramadan. “We have a lot of support for almost 18 months at COB months, but volunteered to “Helping us to perform not from our units and the people Speicher. During Ramadan, extend, said. “You feel them only our jobs, but even our be- who we work with,” said Spc. Muslim Soldiers had the op- there, always trying to protect liefs, it gives (me) a big sense Bashar Ameen, a linguist with tion to change their work you.” of happiness, and gives us the 4th Inf. Div., from San Diego. schedules from day to night. Abdelazim said he has nev- morale we need to perform “Without the unit, I wouldn’t “(My leadership) support- er seen such a high level of our jobs,” said Abdelazim. COB Speicher Suicide prevention 48-hour event Come help raise awareness of Suicide Prevention by particpating in the COB Speicher 48 Hour Event Marathon Sept. 9-10. Partner up and choose from running, spin classes, ruck march, P90X and other events to equal a marathon or more. For more informa- tion contact Spc. Katy Palis, 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 Preventive medicine specialists maintain healthy environment including threats of disease and other envi- cy Operating Base Warhorse in support of 2nd Lt. Alyson Randall 2nd AAB Public Affairs ronmental hazards. Operation New Dawn. 1st Cav. Div., USD - N Specialists Amanda Rose and Eddy Lu- Working at Teal Medical Clinic at COB engas, both preventive medicine specialists Warhorse, Rose and Luengas mitigate CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE with Company C, 15th Brigade Support health and environmental issues by con- WARHORSE, Iraq – While combat opera- Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, ducting inspections around the COB. tions in Iraq have given way to the advise, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division – “We do routine health inspections at the train and assist mission, Soldiers still en- North, ensure deployed Soldiers work and places Soldiers use on a daily basis, like the counter many challenges while deployed, live in a healthy environment at Contingen- gym, barber shop, and dining facility,” said Rose, from Flint, Mich. The team also inspects water sources on the COB, explained Luengas, adding that clean drinking water is vital to maintaining the force. “We test the levels of minerals in the water, since too much hardness could cause kidney stones in humans,” said Luengas, a native of Santa Ana, Calif. Additionally, the team goes to the source of the problem, regardless of what type of infection or disease it is, added Luengas. Animals and insects are two factors that commonly cause issues on the COB. “For instance, an armadillo carries a strain of leprosy,” said Luengas, “or (ser- vice members) might not realize how harmful a stray dog really can be.” “We can educate everyone on such a wide range of top- ics that affect their health.” –Spc. Amanda Rose Company C, 15th BSB Most Soldiers do not realize how many diseases can be transferred from animals and insects, he added. The most important part of the team’s job is to educate Soldiers by making them aware of the diseases and how to stop them from spreading, said Rose. “We can educate everyone on such a wide range of topics that affect their health,” she said. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Alyson Randall 2nd AAB PAO The preventive medicine team contin- Specialists Amanda Rose and Eddy Luengas, conduct routine water testing at Teal Medical Clinic, Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, July 29, 2011. Rose, from Flint, Mich., and ues to work diligently so Soldiers can focus Luengas, from Santa Ana, Calif., serve as preventive medicine specialists with 15th Brigade on the mission instead of threats to their Support Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division – North. health, said Rose. 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 Cavalry troopers learn skills to succeed Sgt. Justin Naylor The beginning of the class focused on im- spending time planning and building a blue- 2nd AAB Public Affairs proving personal habits, such as being proac- print for how they want their life to look; de- 1st Cav. Div., USD - N tive, making plans, and organizing goals to cide what is important to them and focus on make them easier to accomplish. Matthews accomplishing what matters to them and thus CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE related some personal anecdotes that helped become more resilient. WARHORSE, Iraq – There are many ways to the participants connect with the subjects. “This will help the Soldiers be better able improve yourself while deployed. A group of Before a recent trip to a major Fam- to handle any situation, civilian or military,” Soldiers and Airmen worked on self-develop- ily theme park, Matthews said he conducted said Matthews, as he talked about developing ment during a resiliency class at Contingency hours of research about the best days to visit good habits at work. Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, Aug. 2. certain areas of the park, which restaurants In the military, individuals cannot think The goal of the class was to help partici- were busiest at certain times of the day, and about putting themselves first, they have pants learn which habits will help them to be how to avoid long lines. to strive for team success, he said. Service more effective in their careers and personal By spending time preparing before he members must also work to better understand lives, explained Chaplain (Capt.) Alfred Mat- went to the park, his Family maximized the their teammates, and take the feelings of thews, chaplain for 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry amount of time they could spend having fun those they work with into account. Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, there, he explained. It will help their team function better as 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division – North, Matthews said service members should a whole, he continued. Servicemembers also and a Houston native. try to do this is in their day-to-day lives by need to think about their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their team- mates, when they are making plans. By plan- ning around personal strengths, teams can better combine their efforts. For the service members participating in the class, it was a chance to learn new ways to improve themselves personally and profes- sionally. “This class showed me how to effectively use my time to become a more profession- al, and all around better, Soldier,” said Spc. Thomas Donahue, a mechanic with 2nd AAB, 1st Cav. Div., and a Boston native. "I can apply the habits we talked about here directly to my life, and they will help me be a better teammate as well," he added. Donahue said the class was refreshing be- cause it was a chance to step back from work and focus on developing himself as an indi- vidual. If Soldiers are going to be in Iraq, why would they not use some time to improve themselves, he said. The class was the third course the chap- lains of 2nd AAB, 1st Cav. Div., have hosted, all of which have focused on improving re- siliency. "Learning new skills and habits and build- ing our personal resiliencies, is what helps us get through the tough times in life, such as during a deployment," said Matthews. “Re- siliency is just being comfortable with who we are, and the mission we have.” Another resiliency class has already been planned and will focus on helping service U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Naylor, 2nd AAB PAO members manage personal finances. Specialist Thomas Donahue, a mechanic with 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Di- “Resiliency training is about how to be vision, U.S. Division – North, and a Boston native, writes down a personal mission statement successful not just as a Soldier, but as a per- during a resiliency class at Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, Aug. 2, 2011. son,” he said. 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 Soldiers celebrate women’s equality Spc. Andrew Ingram come valuable assets in the defense of their operations noncommissioned officer, Divi- USD - N Public Affairs country. sion Signal section, Company C, DSTB, “I’m proud that I am a woman in the mil- 4th Inf. Div. CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE itary,” she said. “We are (deployed) every “For some people, I think the presenta- SPEICHER, Iraq – Soldiers and civilians day, brothers and sisters in arms, side by side tion really opened their eyes to what wom- deployed to northern Iraq, in support of to protect the Constitution and the American en have achieved in the military and in the Operation New Dawn, paid homage to way of life.” work force,” said Lane. “I think the more women’s struggle for equal rights during Events like the Women’s Equality Day we know about each other, the better our the Women’s Equality Day celebration at ceremony bring service members closer workforce becomes. Yes, we have come a Contingency Operating Base Speicher, together, building a stronger fighting force long way, and I think we will continue to Iraq, Aug. 26. and closing the gaps that can grow between battle. Women have to prove themselves During the celebration, sponsored by Soldiers of different genders, races or back- where men do not, but … we have come the U.S. Division – North Equal Opportu- grounds, said Master Sgt. Jennifer Lane, a long way.” nity Office, participants honored women who paved the way for female service members. Participants shared poetry and highlighted the importance of men and women working together as equals. Keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Mary Krueger, division surgeon, U.S. Division – North and 4th Infantry Division, said the differences between men and women should be recognized as strengths meant to complement each other. “When we talk about equality, we ask the question, ‘Are men and women the same?’” Krueger said. “I say, ‘Thank goodness no!’ We are equally valuable, but we are wonderfully unique.” Men and women alike should be looked at for their individual strengths and pro- ficiencies instead of their gender, said Krueger. “Match the skill set to the task,” Krueger said. “Don’t look at the gender of a person to decide whether they can do it or not. Look at their skills, and then assign the right person to the task.” The event highlighted the progress women have made in gaining equal rights and acceptance over the course of history, said Staff Sgt. Vanessa Kennedy, medical logistics specialist, Company B, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Di- vision. “Women’s Equality Day is just a re- minder of how much women have per- severed,” said Kennedy, who hails from Baltimore. “Because of our persistence, we will continue to gain momentum in our society, and to fight for the things that we want.” U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Josh Tverberg, USD - N PAO Kennedy said she is proud of the strides First Sergeant Deirdre Neeley, senior enlisted Soldier, Company C, 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, from Clarksville, Texas, shares a poem she wrote during the women in the military have made over- Women’s Equality Day celebration at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 26, coming stereotypes and prejudices to be- 2011. During the event, participants celebrated the history of the Women’s Rights Movement. 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 ‘Long Knife’ commander conducts press brief U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD - N PAO Colonel Brian Winski, commander of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, answers questions during a live Pentagon Press Brief via remote satellite uplink at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2011. During the press conference, Winski dis- cussed the “Long Knife” Brigades mission as an advise and assist brigade deployed to northern Iraqi in support of Operation New Dawn. During its yearlong deployment, the 4th AAB advised Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish security forces and Iraqi Police on combined patrols, assisting at combined checkpoints, and trained the Iraqi Army, police and Federal Police on tactics. Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams satellite feed. mission to lead, train and men- Iraqi training site, the Ghuzlani USD – N PAO Winski noted the 4th AAB tor Iraqi Security Forces in the Warrior Training Center, located was the first advise and assist Dohuk, Arbil and Ninewa prov- at Contingency Operating Site CONTINGENCY OPERAT- brigade to deploy in support of inces of northern Iraq in Sep- Marez, where IA units learned ING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq Operation New Dawn, and one tember of 2010. to conduct coordinated attacks, – Colonel Brian Winski, com- of the six advise and assist bri- Employing the full extent of organize defenses, and employ mander of 4th Advise and Assist gades to serve in Iraq from 2010 their collective training and ex- combined arms. Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, to 2011. perience, Long Knife Soldiers “In addition to advising and hosted a live Pentagon Press He also outlined the efforts worked from remote operat- training the army and police Brief via remote satellite uplink of U.S. Soldiers in implement- ing bases and combined check forces, and assisting our Iraqi at Contingency Operating Base ing organized training and pre- points throughout northern Iraq Security Force counterparts Speicher, Iraq, Sept. 1. paring Iraqi troops to train their to prepare ISF to take full re- across the province, we sup- During the press conference, forces as the U.S. withdraws sponsibility for defending their ported (the U.S. Department of Winski discussed the mission of from Iraq at the end of the year. country, said Winski. State) as they developed gover- “Long Knife” Brigade and its “The Iraqi Security Forces The Long Knife Soldiers nance and civil capacity across Soldiers, who are scheduled to in Ninewa are quite capable,” partnered with Iraqi Army ji- the province as well,” said Win- redeploy to Fort Hood, Texas, Winski noted, “and the focus of nood, Arabic for soldiers, to ski, a native of Milwaukee. having completed a 12-month our training and advisory efforts conduct individual and collec- Winski also discussed his deployment in support of Op- have been to assist them with in- tive training, teaching core com- brigade’s role in working with eration New Dawn. ternal security efforts, counter- petencies and common tasks Kurdish security forces, partner- “Our mission since arrival terrorism operations, (and) basic necessary to protect the Iraqi ing with Iraqi forces, as part of a here a year ago has been to ad- police functions.” borders and its people. combined security mechanism, vise, train and assist the 60,000 Approximately 3,000 Sol- U.S. Army Soldiers also conducting trilateral security Iraqi Security Forces that we’re diers of the 4th AAB, deployed planned, prepared and con- operations to ensure stability in partnered with,” he explained to as part of U.S. Division – North, ducted organized tactical mili- the northern provinces. a pool of reporters through the assumed responsibility for the tary training from the enduring See BRIEF pg. 9 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO First Lieutenant Dustin Vincent, (center), mission commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Espinosa, senior enlisted Soldier of 1st Bat- talion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, ask Emergency Services Unit Maj. Ahmad Moham- mad, combined check point commander, about CCP operations during a validation inspection conducted at a checkpoint in Kirkuk, Iraq, Aug. Verify and Secure: Field Artillery Soldiers aid Kirkuk through checkpoint validations Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux “These CCPs ensure Violent Extremist through the CCPs at different times of day 1st Advise and Assist Task Force Networks targeting U.S. forces and Iraqi to get fresh eyes on any changes that might 1st Inf. Div., USD - N Security Forces can’t use the main roads to affect force protection,” said Gregory. smuggle illegal weapons through the city,” “The Iraqi Security Forces, comprised CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE said Capt. Gregory Arrowsmith, chief of op- of the CSF and the ESU, man the CCPs 24 WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers of Battery A, 1st erations, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt. “The protec- hours-a-day,” said 1st Lt. Dustin Vincent, a Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st tion of Kirkuk and COS Warrior hinges on platoon leader and mission commander for Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry the security of the … routes into the city.” Battery A. “We go out to each checkpoint … Division, assessed the security of the main U.S. forces, partnered with other ISF to assist their operations, monitor progress, routes into Kirkuk during a combined check- elements, maintained the checkpoints ear- and go over the questions on the checklist. It point validation patrol conducted at CCPs lier this year, said Gregory, a field artillery is also an opportunity to improve their CCP throughout Kirkuk, Aug. 30. officer from Livonia, Mich. Currently, the operations (and make their) force protection The Soldiers conducted the validation Combined Security Force, an integrated unit methods more efficient.” checks as a force protection operation de- of Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army and Kurdish Se- The checklist is a two page list of ques- signed to monitor and verify the progress of curity Forces, man the checkpoints. An en- tions and reminders that must be validated by the Combined Security Forces and Emergen- tire battery from 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., was both the U.S. officer in charge and the Chief cy Services Units. assigned to ensure the CCPs have what they of the CCP covering areas such as ammo, Soldiers ensure the Iraqis are using the need and report any shortfalls the ISF may current personnel and supply concerns. correct tactics, techniques and procedures at have. “We normally spend an hour or more at the CCPs. The transfer of authority of the CCPs to each location. We have a validation process The validation also verifies the Iraqi Se- ISF control was a goal of Operation New we go by with our counterparts,” said Vin- curity Forces are capable of maintaining Dawn and the advise, train, and assist mis- cent, who hails from Dallas. an enduring checkpoint presence after U.S. sion conducted by the 1st AATF after their The progress of the ISF has enabled forces withdraw from Contingency Operat- arrival to northern Iraq. U.S. Soldiers to conduct considerably fewer ing Site Warrior. “We normally cycle different platoons checks over the past year, said Vincent. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 ‘Outlaws’ keep peace in Kirkuk Spc. Crystal Hudson 29th MPAD USD - N Public Affairs CONTINGENCY OPERAT- ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Every day, Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Field Ar- tillery Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st In- fantry Division, provide pa- trols in the area surrounding Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq. During these counter im- provised rocket assisted mu- nitions missions, “Outlaw” Soldiers spend 12 hours a day roaming the streets of Kirkuk City, gathering information U.S. Army photo by Spc. Crystal Hudson, 29th MPAD about possible threats and pro- viding a visible presence in an Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, conduct an interview with an Iraqi citizen during a patrol of Kirkuk, Iraq, Aug. 26, 2011. The artil- effort to deter violence against lery Soldiers spend 12 hours patrolling the areas outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq. U.S. forces and the people of Kirkuk province. document changes and inter- in laundry or eat at the dining Just outside the gate, the ar- “This is not like any other view civilians. facility due to the long hours, tillerymen spotted suspicious deployment,” said 1st Lt. “Our mission is to deter Vincent said. holes on the side of the road Dustin Vincent, platoon leader IRAM attacks by our pres- When not actively patrol- while on patrol August 26. The with 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., and ence,” said Cpl. Cory Bell, ling the streets of Kirkuk, the platoon dismounted in order Dallas native, explaining that artilleryman with 1st Bn., 5th Soldiers of 1st Bn., 5th FA to talk to people digging the many of his noncommissioned FA Regt., and Amarillo, Texas Regt., set up observation posts holes and discerned that they officers spent previous deploy- native. overlooking the city, Vincent were contracted to put signs up ments during Operation Iraqi Bell added that there are said. on the side of the road. Freedom actively pursuing in- challenges to having such a re- The Soldiers have an inti- Since the Outlaws took surgent activity, and needed to petitive mission. Knowing the mate knowledge of the areas over the IRAM mission in adjust focus for the U.S. mis- impact of their job keeps the they patrol; a new hole in the July, there have been no rocket sion in support of Operation platoon focused, he said. ground or change in the land- attacks in their patrol area, ac- New Dawn. The Soldiers work hard to scape is easily noticed as a cording to Vincent, who con- Every day, Soldiers of balance their mission require- potential IED because of all cluded, “The fear of getting “Outlaw” platoon patrol, in- ments, but often have little or the time they’ve spent in this caught stops a lot of people vestigate suspicious activity, no time to get haircuts, turn environment, he added. from acting.” BRIEF contd from pg. 7 Courtney Kube of NBC News asked “We are proceeding with all the pa- “We have since transitioned, and now Winski if U.S. forces remaining in northern rameters of the security agreement, and have a long-term sustainable security Iraq will leave by Dec. 31, or will the units our successors are proceeding with a solution implemented in all those areas replacing 4th AAB be required “to maintain number of base transitions and some of where the Iraqis and the Kurds are secur- some sort of presence to help train?” the training transitions …, but again,” ing bilaterally now … and are doing so As Long Knife Soldiers return to their he explained, “the security agreement quite effectively,” he added. Families awaiting their arrival at Fort Hood, parameters are clear, and everything is Following his opening remarks, the Texas, Winski said U.S. forces will contin- proceeding to comply with the param- Long Knife commander opened the ses- ue their mission to transition U.S. bases to eters of the security agreement, barring sion to questions from the reporters gath- Iraqi control and support the ISF, providing a decision at the Iraqi government and ered in Washington, D.C. assistance and over watch if requested. U.S. government-level.” 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 1st AATF hosts partnership dinner Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux mote cooperation and unity.” 1st AATF Public Affairs The key leaders hoped to 1st Inf. Div., USD - N mingle with everyone without the pressures of a structured CONTINGENCY OPERAT- forum. The dinner provided ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq an opportunity for attendees – The 1st Advise and Assist to speak with each other about Task Force, 1st Infantry Di- progress in Kirkuk province, vision, and Kirkuk Provincial continued Pappal, a native of Reconstruction Team wel- Creekside, Pa. comed government, military, Dr. Najmaldin Karim, Pro- and religious leaders to the 8th vincial Governor of Kirkuk, Annual Partnership Dinner at was one of the first to arrive to Contingency Operating Site help set the tone and purpose Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 24. of the evening. The dinner provided an “I feel good to be at the site opportunity to enhance civic of such a wondrous gather- relationships and cooperation ing,” said Najmaldin. “A so- U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert DeDeaux, 1st AATF PAO among U.S. forces, and the cial dinner like this will help Colonel Michael Pappal, commander, 1st Advise and Assist Task administrative and political make the guests feel more at Force, 1st Infantry Division, welcomes Mullah Mustafa Hussein, direc- leadership of Kirkuk province. ease.” tor of the Sunni Endowment in Kirkuk, to the 8th Annual Partnership “Our support for the city of These dinners have been Dinner hosted at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 24, Kirkuk goes beyond military 2011. The dinner provided an opportunity for attendees to enhance fruitful in the past in promot- civic relationships and cooperation among U.S. forces and the admin- operations,” said Col. Michael ing goodwill between the vari- istrative and political leadership of Kirkuk province. Pappal, 1st AATF commander ous ethnicities and political and host of the event. “Many groups in Kirkuk, said Na- years.” Mohammad Korsheed, dep- military, political and reli- jmaldin. “The results of co- Other key leaders of the uty chairman of the Kurdish gious leaders representing the operation between us and the Kirkuk province, included: Democratic Party; Tahsen diverse culture of the province American forces will continue Imad Yochanna, Chief of the Kehaya, member of the Pro- have all gathered here to pro- to be seen in the following Christian Democratic Party; vincial Council and the Shia/ Turcoman Political Party and Mullah Mustafa Hussein, pro- vincial director of the Sunni Endowment and Imam in Kirkuk. “The Kirkuk people have had no problems getting along with one another,” said Mullah Mustafa. “We have been living like this for many years. It is groups outside of our province that want us to fight with each other.” The dinner is the eighth time the leaders have met like this, continued Mustafa. “The terrorists hate when we work together,” said Mus- tafa. “I hope this isn’t the last time we have one of these (partnership dinners). Many U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Sara Wakai, 1st AATF PAO of us are here in heart, not just Provincial Governor of Kirkuk Dr. Najmaldin Karim, center, speaks with other political and military leaders during the 8th Annual Partnership Dinner hosted by the 1st AATF at COB Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 24, 2011. “The in person, and we want to con- relaxed atmosphere of a social dinner was conducive for many organizations within the province,” said tinue to make Kirkuk wonder- Najmaldin. “It is wonderful to see so many different groups socialize together and smile.” ful.” 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf September 3, 2011 Hey Doc: I am worried about my battle buddy ... Maj. Samuel Preston and talking about death, “not caring,” or 3. ESCORT them safely to the Spc. Katy Palis loss of interest in activities that use to chain of command, to medical person- USD - N Division Behavioral bring joy like sporting events, games, nel, or a chaplain ASAP. If the Soldier Health Section friends. is unwilling to seek help, recruit oth- ers to contact the chain of com- “My battle buddy has isolated mand. DO NOT leave a Soldier himself in the past week, seems alone if you think he or she is more depressed than usual, and having thoughts of hurting him- keeps talking about after he is self or herself or someone else. gone.” The VA suicide hotline is -Signed, Concerned Soldier staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days-a-year. The number is Dear “Concerned Soldier,” 809-463-3376. After the dial It’s good you know your battle tone, key in 1-800-273-TALK, buddy well enough to notice a or while in Iraq, dial 1-2-3 on change in his behavior, and you a DSN phone. This service is want to help him. The immediate for Soldiers, battle buddies, or and most important thing to do Family members who are con- is talk to your battle buddy. Let We all have ACE cards; these items cerned about suicide and want him know that he is not alone. Tell are not a waste of trees, ink, and space to do something about it. him you noticed the recent changes, in our wallets. They are a constant re- September is Suicide Prevention are concerned about him, and willing minder of what to do when it looks Awareness Month. There will be a to help get him to the right person for like someone is at risk for suicide. variety of events occurring all month support. A.C.E.: Ask, Care, and Escort: to help raise awareness and build re- Investigations following suicides 1. Don’t be afraid. ASK the person lationships necessary to eliminate reveal individuals give subtle hints if they are having thoughts of suicide. suicide from our ranks. Suicide pre- that they are losing the interest to 2. Show CARE (compassion) for vention vigilance is not just for Sep- live. Indications someone could be him or her. Listen for cues, prompt- tember alone, but every day. We owe thinking about suicide include giving ing you to get them to the command it to ourselves and our fellow Soldiers away important possessions, acting or emergency services. Remove dan- to take an interest and show support. anxious or agitated, feeling hopeless, gerous objects (weapons) if there is Keep those Taksforce Ironhorse ques- withdrawing from friends and Family, concern about safety. tions coming. USD-N So c ia l Me dia 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 September 3, 2011 Chaplain’s Corner: What Do you See? Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Keith Goode us very disappointed. ences. It strengthens the USD - N Chaplain So let’s think – what have perception of what is impor- we gotten used to while here tant, yet makes sure that our in Iraq? Laundry? Gatorade? outlook is not so rigid that it Sniperhill? Mail? Container- cannot bend when stress and ized Housing Unit? Gym? change demands it. What have we gotten used There we find content- to being without? Family? ment for our spirit, minds Finances? Restaurants? Re- and bodies. We are enabled sponsibility? to live in peace regardless What is going to happen of what happens in our daily to your perspective when lives, because we clearly see things change or when re- that God is in control. With sponsibilities return? When this perception, it is not the the heart, mind, and body are end of the world when the distracted by ruined expec- Internet in the CHU is turned tations, the opportunity for off, the redeployment date is disappointment is very real. delayed, or the relationship at When perceptions of life are home is strained. In our per- jumbled and confused, it is sonal and professional lives, possible to become disap- faith informs us and we know pointed with life itself. Look to be thankful for what we again at your life and ask, are given today, and we trust “Is my perception of life the Lord will provide what realistic enough to adjust to is best tomorrow – content- the changes that are certainly ment. coming, or am I doomed to Does that mean we will despair?” experience no pain or disap- We read in the Bible this pointment? No, but we What do you see in this life is a very good thing. It verse from First Timothy will be empowered to react picture? Is there a cup or would be a miserable thing, 6:6-8: "But Godliness with to those difficulties with a perhaps two faces? Which if every morning, we had contentment is great gain. realistic expectation that sees one do you see first? Can you to learn all over again how For we brought nothing into beyond the trouble and looks even tell the difference? to tie shoelaces on a pair of the world, and we can take to the Lord for the solution. In part, perception can be combat boots or if we found nothing out of it. But if we We look through the difficul- described as what our mind ourselves wandering around have food and clothing, we ties with the perspective of “sees,” regardless the facts looking for the dining facility will be content with that." hope. that are before us. We expect because it was moved every When perceptions are So the goal is to keep the to see the things we do night. Being able to settle altered, the secret to living a proper perspective in your because that is what we have into a routine is part of what non-frustrated life is con- life; that is, making sure you always seen, or it is what we keeps us resilient and helps tentment with God and with are “seeing” what is really have hoped to see, or it is us manage the other stressors what God has given. there. Already, there have what we have been told we’ll that we face in our duties When we spend our days been too many among us see. Our past experiences, each day. At this point in the focusing on our relationship lose perspective, and that has through training, education, deployment, though, it would with the Almighty, we devel- led some to make choices expectations, relationships, be good to take stock of our op an eternal perspective that that have resulted in greater etc., shape us for good or perceptions and how changes naturally affects daily expec- pain and loss. As we come bad, to deal with the daily in the routine might affect tations. A life of faith in God to the last pages of the final details of our lives. our lives. Failure to do so wonderfully shapes those chapter, don’t let that be you! All things considered, a may catch us by surprise and expectations we depend on to Look closely – what do you strong, healthy perception of ruin our perception, leaving make sense of daily experi- see? 12