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Weekly newsletter published by the U.S. Division-North Public Affairs, COB Speicher, in collaboration with subordinate units. Featured stories were written by 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 1st Assist and Advise Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, 4th Advise and Assist, 1st Cavalry Division, and other U.S.D-N personnel.

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The Ivy Leaf, volume 1, issue 7

  1. 1. United States Division - North Volume 1, Issue 7 Established in 1917 to honor those who serve December 17, 2010 First 100 days Soldiers conducted ex- tensive training with IPs and IA soldiers. of Operation Steadfast and Loyal The 1st Battalion, 21stWarrior Infantry Regiment, New Dawn: “Gimlets,” 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., con- ducted 68 partnered challenges met training events withLongKnife IA and IP in the Diyala with success province, focusing on infantry maneuvers at the platoon, squad Spc. Robert England and fire team levels. Ironhorse 2nd AAB Public Affairs, 25th Inf. Div. Throughout the month U.S. Division-North of October and intoDevil November, Gimlet Sol- U.S. Army Photo by Spc. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR- diers provided training Second Lt. Lowell Garthwaite, Headquarters and Headquarters HORSE, Iraq – Soldiers from 2nd Advise Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, discusses how to IA soldiers on infan- and Assist Brigade, “Warriors,” 25th In- the new reverse osmosis water filtration system will benefit the try tactics in a densely fantry Division, deployed to U.S. Division- local community with an Iraqi police officer during an opening vegetated environment.Fit for Any Test ceremony in Tikrit, Iraq, November, 14. 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Reg. Fit for Any Test North, transitioned from combat operations This training came at worked with the local Iraqi governments in the Al Na’ Amah area to an advisory role Sept. 1, 2010. to establish the water filtration system that will provide more the request of senior The conclusion of Operation Iraqi Free- than 18,000 liters of clean, potable drinking water daily. ranking IA officers in dom ushered in the beginning of Operation response to an incident New Dawn, a new era for Iraq in terms of their goals. in September in which IA soldiers, accus- security, governance and its position as a Since the beginning of OND, Warrior tomed to urban operations, were attacked strategic U.S. partner. Brigade Soldiers participated in missions by violent extremists in a palm grove. Col. Malcolm Frost, brigade com- across northern Iraq in a supporting role for In addition, Gimlet Soldiers trained mander, 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., reflected Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and Kurdish Pesh- their Iraqi counterparts on battlefield firstIronhorse on the progress Iraq has made in the 100 merga . responder tactics, allowing the IA and IP Devil days since the beginning of Operation New Iraqi Security Forces constitute the driv- to administer immediate medical treatment Dawn. ing force for all missions since OND kicked when necessary. “Iraqi Army and Police forces continue off Sept. 1, 2010; from the planning stages “During our first 100 days, the Gimlets to gain in confidence and capability, while before an operation through the after action rapidly adjusted to the unique demands LongKnife enemy influence and impact diminishes,” report conducted upon returning. of stability operations in the Diyala prov- he said. “Local and provincial governments “Crime and insurgent attack rates are at ince,” said Lt. Col. Robert Molinari, bat-Steadfast and Loyal continue to develop and hone effective po- eight-year lows and continue to trend down- talion commander, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., litical and economic systems to support the ward as the police develop crime scene 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. “The Soldiers people.” management and forensic capabilities, and successfully supported numerous Stabil- Despite the name-change for operations sharpen their means to conduct counter- ity Transition Teams while simultaneously in Iraq, the primary objectives of U.S. forc- terror operations,” Frost said. “Nearly all of partnering with Iraqi Army and Police units Warrior es remain the same: return Iraq to a state of this is done routinely each day by the Iraqis to improve efforts through training the Iraqi sovereignty capable of providing security with only minor U.S. assistance.” Commando Battalion. Successful comple- and stability for the people of Iraq. In order to adequately prepare the ISF tion of civil capacity commitments to the The change to U.S. forces’ role in Iraq to assume complete responsibility for se- is in the primary methods of accomplishing curity in their provinces, Warrior Brigade See OPERATION NEW DAWN, pg. 4
  2. 2. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 Sgt. Yeli Buonya, an infantry team leader and M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle commander, from Greensboro, N.C., assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division earned recognition as the “Ironhorse Strong Soldier” for the week of Dec. 11 due to his outstanding attitude and profes- sional work ethic. “Sgt. Buonya never takes short cuts,” said Capt. Chris Defiori, commander of Company B, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. “He consistently steps up and does the right thing.” Defiori said Buonya maintains a high level of mission readiness through demanding physical and combat-focused training for his Soldiers. During his first four months in Iraq, Buonya trained his platoon in vehicle maintenance, Stryker gunnery, and basic infantry skills. U.S. Army photo In addition to his assigned tasks and duties, Sgt. Yeli Buonya, an infantry team leader and M1127 Stryker Reconnais- Defiori said Buonya spends his free time insur- sance Vehicle commander, from Greensboro, N.C., assigned to Company B, ing all seven of his platoon’s vehicles are in a 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th state of constant readiness. Infantry Division, is the “Ironhorse Strong Soldier” for the week of Dec. 11. “Sgt. Buonya is an excellent example of a Capt. Chris Defiori, commander, Company B, said Buonya’s resourceful- ness and work ethic make him an excellent example for his Soldiers and highly motivated and extremely competent non- peers. commissioned officer and part of the backbone of the Wolfhound Battalion and United States Army,” said Defiori. IRONHORSE 9: Happy Holi- ‘Ironhorse Strong Soldiers’ IA and Kurdish Security ‘Writing the final chapter days to the troops, families recognized for excellence Forces learn dismounted on the conflict in Iraq’ and friends of USD-N movement techniques Page 3 Page 5 Page 6 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 U.S. Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey Army. Contents of The Ivy Leaf are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. The appearance of advertising in this Task Force Ironhorse Public Affairs publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage TF Ironhorse PAO – Lt. Col. Steve Wollman without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, TF Ironhorse PA NCOIC – Master Sgt. Carmen Daugherty-Glaze marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other The Ivy Leaf Editor – Spc. Andrew Ingram non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial The Ivy Leaf Layout & Design – Spc. Thomas Bixler 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 usdnpao@usdn4id.army. 1st Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division mil. The Ivy Leaf reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the paper. For further information on deadlines, questions or 4th Advise and comments, email USD-N PAO or call DSN 318-849-0089. Assist Brigade 1st Cavalry Division 2
  3. 3. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 IRONHORSE 9: Happy Holidays to the troops, Families and friends of USD-N Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey bers of U.S. Division-North experienced cost telephone services and free Defense USD-N Command Sergeant Major a very good Thanksgiving this year. Our Switched Network phones, and our bat- leaders worked selflessly to ensure the talions, brigades and division headquarters The 4th Infantry Division and U.S. Di- troops deployed in support of Operation will conduct Video Tele-Conferencing calls vision-North Commanding General Maj. New Dawn enjoyed a touch of home filled with home stations, providing troops and Gen. David G. Perkins and I want to wish with the camaraderie and spirit of the holi- Families an opportunity to connect during all the Soldiers, service members, Families, day. this time apart. civilians and community members of our The commanding general and I spent Our commanders remain committed to great team a Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving Day, as we will for Christ- informing our Family, friends and local New Year. We are wishing everyone a safe mas and New Year’s, visiting the Soldiers communities of the hard work, sacrifices and blessed Holiday Season from all of the and leaders, who are working day and night and successes of our troops’ ongoing mis- men and women forward deployed in de- to accomplish this critical mission as U.S. sion. fense of freedom and support of our great forces fulfills its responsibilities to the peo- U.S. Division-North employs a wide nation. ple of Iraq. array of assets to communicate this prog- Thousands of Soldiers from our home We also visited the Soldiers of the ress, such as the 4th Inf. Div.’s official stations at Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Hood, mighty 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th newsletter, “The Ivy Leaf,” published for Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Inf. Div., serving in southern Iraq as part our service members deployed to Iraq and Fort Carson, Colo., are deployed to Iraq of U.S. Division-South. They are doing a their Family members back home. We also and Afghanistan, equating to a lot of Fami- great job of continuing the mission and are employ a variety of social media networks, lies separated from their loved ones during enthusiastic about returning home early including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, this time of year. next year having completed their 12-month Flicker and U.S. Division-North Web site, It is important to the welfare of our tour. to stay plugged into what our Soldiers and troops to know that their loved ones are I recently spoke to leaders of Fort Families accomplish with honor and pride. well thought of, and cared for physically, Carson’s 43rd Sustainment Brigade, and I ask that everyone participate in these spiritually and mentally. The welfare of our the “Ivy” Division’s 1st Brigade Combat social networks and use these resources to Soldiers remains a top priority for this com- Team, who assured me they will go above gain information and connect with Soldiers, mand. We are committed to giving our very and beyond to ensure that our Soldiers are Families and friends at home and abroad. best to ensure that our men and women in taken care of this Holiday Season. They are an excellent source of information uniform are cared for during this holiday Our Soldiers of “Raider” Brigade, de- highlighting the day-to-day operations our season and throughout this deployment. ployed to Afghanistan in support of Opera- troops accomplish here. Despite the separation from Family, tion Enduring Freedom, can look forward To our Soldiers, civilians and commu- friends and loved ones, the service mem- to United Service Organizations distribut- nity members at Fort Carson and the sur- ing televisions, gifts and rounding areas, Maj. Gen. Perkins and I cheer to contingency oper- wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy ating posts in the outlying New Year. Your hard work and dedication areas of Afghanistan, where has truly made this organization stronger. conditions are often sparse Our Soldiers are prepared for their mission and the mission dangerous. because of the hard work, dedication and Spirits are good for the contributions made prior to our deploy- troops here in Iraq. Our ser- ment. vice members throughout It is important for Family, friends and theater have access to a vast our local community to connect with our array of resources to stay Soldiers and service members deployed to connected with their Fami- Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops truly miss lies, friends and loved ones each and every one of you back home, and during this holiday season we hope that you have a wonderful holiday. Photo by Master Sgt. Carmen Daugherty-Glaze, USD-N PAO and throughout their de- We wish we could be with you during U.S. Division-North Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey and ployment. this Holiday Season, and we will remain Commanding General Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, serve Thanksgiving Day dinner to Soldiers of Troop B, 6th Squad- Troops have options to with you in spirit as our men and women of ron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd purchase their own inter- the mighty 4th Inf. Div. continue to serve Infantry Division, at Joint Security Station Heider Nov. 25. net service and use the free proudly for you in northern and southern Pfc. Matthew Striplain, center, and Pfc. Joseph Zatko, right, services provided by our Iraq and Afghanistan. Take care and God cavalry scouts assigned to Troop B, are attached to the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in support of Morale, Welfare and Recre- Bless. Operation New Dawn. ation centers. There are low STEADFAST AND LOYAL! Ironhorse 9 3
  4. 4. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 Continued from OPERATION NEW DAWN, pg. 1 local population resulted in continuing the momentum of U.S. efforts in Diyala and maintaining our strategic partnership with the Iraqi people and leaders.” “Wolfhound” Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., responsible for assisting ISF in the Salah ad Din province, have noted that the ISF in Salah ad Din are independently conducting more than 80 percent of opera- tions against violent extremists, clearly in- dicating a shift from operations led by U.S. forces throughout the majority of the OIF campaign. “The Iraqi Security Forces have made tremendous progress during that time from what I’ve seen,” said Lt. Col. Donald Brown, battalion commander, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., noting changes he has witnessed from previous de- ployments during 2005-2007. “It’s putting U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert England, 2nd AAB PAO, 25th Inf. Div., USD-N the mechanics in place for the various Iraqi Spc. Sara Lenzo, a Waterbury, Conn.-native, and combat medic with Company C, Task Force Security Forces and the intelligence agen- 2-25 Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. cies to synchronize their efforts and share Division-North, advises an Iraqi Army medic on how to locate a fracture during an advanced that intelligence in a transparent manner. medical The courseIA medics at Forward Operating Baseadvanced trauma care. 4, 2010. course for was created to address IA needs for Warhorse, Diyala province, Iraq Oct. The Iraqi Security Forces are strong enough and competent enough that they see them- dition to a heightened aggressiveness by IA Security Area work closely together, im- selves as capable of taking this fight to al- soldiers toward violent extremist groups, the proving their capacity for planning and con- Qaida.” operations correlated with a decrease in in- ducting combined operations,” said Lt. Col. “On Time” Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, surgent activity in the area. James Isenhower, III, squadron commander, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd AAB, “The ISF’s ability to execute counter- 2nd Sqdn.,14th Cav. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th 25th Inf. Div., provided their IA counter- terrorism operations has been a pleasant sur- Inf. Div. “Kurds and Arabs are working parts with intelligence support for unilateral prise,” said Maj. John Herrman, operations hand-in-hand to continue the marked im- missions, empowering ISF to lead security officer, Task Force 2-11. “Through the ISF’s provements in security in northern Diyala. operations resulting in the capture of mul- actions, they are able to project a message to Often, they conduct operations without U.S. tiple extremist leaders and criminals. In ad- the Iraqi populace of security and stability forces present, another clear indicator of that will endure well into the their cooperation and combined ownership future.” of security obligations in this region.” Another indication of The security increases enable U.S. Di- change in Iraq can be found in vision-North’s Provincial Reconstruction the Kurd-Arab relationship in Teams to coordinate with local Iraqi govern- the Diyala province. Soldiers ment officials to establish long-term goals of 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry and determine areas of Iraqi infrastructure Regiment, “Strykehorse,” 2nd requiring immediate action. AAB, continue to work with The PRTs issued a series of microgrants, Iraqi Army and Kurdish Re- breathing new life into local economies by gional Guard soldiers at check- funding the rebuilding of shops within mar- points across the province. The ketplaces and giving local shoppers and collaborative tripartite effort shop owners a renovated bank for added focus on inspecting vehicles commerce stability. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert England, 2nd AAB PAO for weapons and materials “Recently the provincial councils have 1st Lt. Andrew Schmidt (far right), a platoon leader as- used to make explosive devic- started to execute their own budgets and signed to 66th Engineer Company, attached to 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Division- es in order to deny insurgents forecast projects to help their own people,” North, supervises a briefing conducted by Iraqi Army en- the means to stage attacks. said Lt. Col. Eric Schourek, the Task Force gineers prior to a route clearance mission Nov. 4 in the “Over the past three months Stability officer in charge, 2nd AAB. “Spe- Diyala province, Iraq. The mission was the culmination of we’ve seen the Iraqi Army Bri- cifically, the Provincial Director Generals a month-long training course provided by the 66th Eng. Company to strengthen the IA engineers’ route clearance gade and the Peshmerga Bri- skills. gade in the Diyala Combined See OND, pg. 7 4
  5. 5. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 ‘Ironhorse Strong Soldiers’ recognized for excellence Spc. Andrew Ingram Ironhorse Strong Soldiers from weekly said. “I’m on a small 23 man patrol base, U.S. Division-North PAO submissions made by the brigades cur- and things like this don’t usually come rently deployed to U.S. Division-North in around to us.” CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE support of Operation New Dawn. Spc. Brian Thacker, a Coal Grove, Ohio- SPEICHER, Iraq – Maj. Gen. David G. “There is no set criteria for the Iron- native and cavalry scout with Troop C, 2nd Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infan- horse Strong Soldier of the Week,” said Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd try Division and U.S. Division-North, and Dailey. “A Soldier’s chain of command can Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Inf. Div., senior enlisted leader Command Sgt. Maj. recommend anything they feel that Soldier worked through the night after returning to Daniel A. Dailey, recognized four “Iron- is doing above and beyond the call of duty his patrol base, Nov. 15, to repair a mal- horse Strong Soldiers” during a ceremony or going outside their normal duties in or- functioning computer system in his M1127 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, der to further Soldiers or the mission.” Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle, ensuring Iraq, Dec. 10. Sgt. Kristopher Koppelman, a Rancho that the unit’s vehicle was operational be- “We have almost 10,000 service mem- Cucamonga, Calif.-native, assigned to fore the next day’s mission. bers in U.S. Division-North spread over an Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry “I was trained by my NCOs to take care area in excess of 80,000 miles,” said Per- Regt., 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st of my vehicle and equipment before I think kins. “These four individuals are the cream Cavalry Division, was deemed Ironhorse about myself,” Thacker said. “It was just of the crop. They set the example of how Strong for his leadership skills and dedica- the right thing to do.” to be Soldiers, and it is a privilege to honor tion to his Soldiers as a rifle squad leader. Staff Sgt. Eric Galindo, battle noncom- them today.” In addition to being recognized as the missioned officer, Headquarters and Head- Dailey explained the Ironhorse Strong Ironhorse Strong Soldier of the Week, Dec. quarters Troop, Task Force Saber, 1st Com- Soldier of the Week is not an award but an 5, Koppelman was also battlefield pro- bat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, avenue to recognize Soldiers dedicated to moted by his command to the rank of staff played a critical role in the identification exceeding the standards to accomplish the sergeant for his outstanding performance in and defeat of Improvised Explosive De- mission. his duties as a noncommissioned officer. vices Nov. 14. Perkins and Dailey selected the four “Being honored like this is great,” he Spc. Samalaula Etelagi, an information systems operator from American Samoa, assigned to Company C, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, played an instrumental role in implement- ing the Task Force Ironhorse Secret Inter- net Protocol Router portal as 4th Inf. Div. assumed its mission in northern Iraq. Each Ironhorse Strong Soldier re- ceived a Task Force Ironhorse Certificate of Achievement; a 4th Inf. Div. KA-BAR Knife; a Commanding General’s Con- gratulatory Note; an American flag flown over U.S. Division North-Headquarters; and a commanding general and command sergeant major coin, in honor of their out- standing achievements in service to their units, fellow Soldiers, and U.S. Division- North. The awardees also earned a three-day pass to Freedom Rest-North to relax, and joined Perkins for the 4th Inf. Div.’s Birth- day Dinner in the commander’s mess. “Freedom Rest is amazing,” said Galin- do, a Houston-native. “We are definitely blessed to have this opportunity.” U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO Perkins said he and Dailey were hon- Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and U.S. Division-North, presents an American flag to Staff Sgt. Kristopher Koppelman, a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.- ored to spend time with these Soldiers and native and rifle squad leader assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th looks forward to recognizing more of the Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, the “Ironhorse Strong Soldier” for the week best of the best U.S. Division-North has to of Dec. 5, 2010. Koppelman and three other Ironhorse Strong Soldiers of the Week earned rec- offer. ognition for outstanding achievements in service to their units, fellow Soldiers and Operation New Dawn. 5
  6. 6. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, instruct noncom- missioned officers of 2nd Iraqi Army Division on dismounted tactical movement techniques and formations, Dec. 3, 2010. Soldiers of 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt., worked with their Iraqi counterparts on wedge, line and column formations as part of U.S. Division-North’s mission to advise, train and assist Iraqi Security Forces, who are providing security and stability operations for the people of Iraq. Iraqi Army and Kurdish Security Forces soldiers learn dismounted movement techniques Spc. Angel Washington “This training is to help or- get on line and maintain secu- Iraqi soldiers on dismounted 4th AAB Public Affairs ganize them in the way they rity in the area. Then a group of patrol movement.” 1st Cav. Div., USD-N conduct their mission,” said soldiers moves around closer Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Sgt. 1st Class Derek Wood, a to the enemy so we can cor- Bn., 7th Cav. Regt. also dem- JOINT SECURITY STATION platoon sergeant assigned to ner him and take him down,” onstrated to the Iraqi noncom- INDIA, Iraq – Iraqi Army and Company A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. said Wood, a native of Pearl missioned officers at JSS India Kurdish soldiers patrolled Regt. “During our combined City, Hawaii. “Our goal is not the proper ways to high crawl, alongside their U.S. counter- dismounted movement train- for them to just open fire on low crawl, conduct three to five parts, cautious of their sur- ing, they will learn how to the enemy as they traditionally second rushes, and individual roundings, on the lookout for properly react to contact and do, but to gain positive identi- movement techniques. anything suspicious. Without move on the enemy.” fication and actually assess the Sgt. Roberto Garcia, infan- hesitation, rifles went to the Reacting to the training sce- situation.” tryman, Company B, led the ready – silent communication nario, combined Iraqi Secu- The ISF took the lead from team of ISF tactical movement that told each soldier exactly rity Forces patrolled their post, their American counterparts, instruction, focusing on indi- what to do next. halting at the sound of gunfire. who observed the training to vidual, team, and squad move- Soldiers of the 2nd Battal- In the distance, notional en- ensure the Iraqi soldiers had ment techniques, and by the ion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th emy forces fired the simulated proper positioning, and when end of the class, said his stu- Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st rounds from a parked truck. given the signal, assualting the dents were familiarized to the Cavalry Division, from Fort The Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers objective, searching the vehicle training. Hood, Texas, conducted dis- hit the ground, and within a and detaining the enemy. “It’s important for them to mounted movement training moment’s time, a team of sol- “The soldiers that took part understand how to move prop- and infantry battle drills and diers disappeared from sight in this training are learning re- erly and get to cover while tactics with Iraqi Army and only to later show up closer to ally well,” said Pfc. Dominic fighting and providing secu- Kurdish security forces at Joint the objective. Vaughn, a Company A infan- rity,” said Garcia, a native of Security Station in northern “When we get positive iden- tryman from Fort Worth, Texas. Iraq in December. tification of the enemy, we all “They’ll be able to train new See DISMOUNTED, pg. 7 6
  7. 7. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 Continued from DISMOUNTED, pg. 6 edge and motivation” said Or- “I think it’s good to learn enemy.” tiz, a native of Cayey, Puerto from the Americans,” said Sgt. The combined efforts of 4th Plano, Texas. “I was able to re- Rico. Khairy Majeed, an infantry- AAB, 1st Cav. Div. units oper- fine their skills so they can go The Iraqi soldiers also prac- man assigned to the 12th Bri- ating at JSS India are in support back and train their units. ticed different movement for- gade, 2nd IA Div, from Shin- of U.S. Division-North’s mis- “This training provides mations, learning which tactics gal, Iraq. “We’re learning their sion to provide advisory and structure and stability, and if and techniques to use while techniques and how to train for assistance support to Iraqi and they understand the roles of patrolling or reacting to enemy the battlefield. What we learn Kurdish security forces as part each position, then they’ll un- contact. here we can use to defeat the of Operation New Dawn. derstand the big picture,” he explained. Iraqi soldiers cheered as their fellow soldiers hit the ground making their way to the designated safety area. The tough, dirty training demon- strated for the Iraqi soldiers the techniques necessary for sur- vival in combat. “It’s important for the (ISF) to move effectively when they go out on their missions, and if something were to happen, they will be able to survive by applying these moving tech- niques,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Ortiz, an infantry squad leader U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Iraqi Army Division practice three to five second rushes to refine their move- assigned to Company B. ment techniques for infantry drills, Dec. 3, 2010. U.S. Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th “They’re becoming more Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, worked with their Iraqi counterparts proficient as soldiers, and to make them more proficient at basic infantry drills as part of their advisory and assistance operations to they’re gaining more knowl- Iraqi forces deployed to U.S. Division-North in support of Operation New Dawn. Continued from OND, pg. 4 5th Iraqi Army Division Nov. 21. Similarly, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., of Essential Services have asked the U.S. forces for no more assis- transferred the U.S. portion of the Provincial Joint Coordination tance on water or education projects. The provincial directors have Center in the Salah ad Din province to Iraqi Police Nov. 5. During completed a five-year plan for new projects and up-keep of current the first 100 days of OND, Task Force 2-25 Brigade Support Bat- projects.” talion, 2nd AAB, initiated Operation Warhorse Sunset, a clean-up Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, U.S. program designed to clear the base of any equipment not contribut- forces in Iraq have established forward operating bases and contin- ing to the 2nd AAB mission. gency operating posts outfitted as individual and complex command “It is phenomenal that while our Soldiers continue to execute the posts complete with logistical, tactical and life support equipment largest sustainment operation across three provinces since the begin- and amenities necessary to maintain mission readiness and com- ning of Operation Iraqi Freedom … we have concurrently been able bat effectiveness. As the timeline progresses toward the scheduled to amass resources to facilitate complex operations like FOB clean- withdrawal of all American Forces from Iraq, the focus has shifted ups and partnership training,” said Lt. Col. Scott Murray, battalion from full-scale combat operations to advising, training, assisting commander, Task Force 2-25 BSB, 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div. and equipping Iraqi Security Forces, and removing the seemingly In many ways, the Warrior brigade has demonstrated commit- endless supply of military equipment. Items deemed unnecessary ment to seeing its mission through to a successful completion, sup- for future operations are either relocated, transferred or disposed of, porting Iraqi government and military goals through advice and leaving only mission-essential equipment. training as requested. In addition to unused equipment, entire bases have been shut Frost said the success of Operation New Dawn is reflected by an down or turned over to Iraqi forces. Soldiers dedicated countless increasingly bright future for the people of Iraq. hours, working through the night to ensure deadlines for base clo- “In the first 100 days of Operation New Dawn, we have seen sures would be met. These operating facilities have been established tragedy and challenges overcome by incredible progress by Iraqis in over time that spanned several years in many cases. In contrast, the complex environments of Salah ad Din and Diyala provinces,” some of these bases were given strict timelines of no more than two Frost said. “While clouds will pass from time to time and challenges months to turn over to Iraqi forces or close altogether. remain, I am confident the sun’s rays will shine through if we stay Soldiers of 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th Inf. Div., committed with our eyes on the eastern horizon and the promise of transitioned control of FOB Khamees in the Diyala province to the a new dawn for Iraq.” 7
  8. 8. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 ‘Writing the final chapter on the conflict in Iraq’ Ironhorse 6 addresses Task Force Devil, awards Purple Heart Spc. Kandi Huggins later date. should be grateful to attend a which Task Force ‘Devil’ has 1st AATF Public Affairs Perkins also used the oppor- Purple Heart ceremony instead already earned a reputation,” 1st Inf. Div., USD-N tunity to address the Soldiers of of a memorial service, credit- said Perkins. the 1st Advise and Assist Task ing the fact to the training and Perkins spoke about the CONTINGENCY OPERAT- Force, 1st Infantry Division, dedication of the Soldiers who greater significance of Task ING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – from Fort Riley, Kan. regarding assisted Truslow and the others Force Devil’s mission. Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, the significance of their mission after the attack. “You are writing the final commanding general, U.S. deployed to Iraq in support of “Your training and your chapter in the history of the Division-North, presented the Operation New Dawn. teamwork paid off, and you seven year conflict in Iraq,” he Purple Heart Medal to 1st Lt. Perkins said those present demonstrated the mettle for told the assembled audience. Chad Truslow, fire support offi- “Throughout history, wars have cer, Company A, 1st Battalion, been decided not by how they 14th Infantry Regiment at Con- started, but by how they were tingency Operating Site War- finished.” rior Dec. 9. Perkins pointed out that “Receiving the Purple Heart even though the American is an immense honor, but it’s Revolution began badly for the not something I really had colonists, in the end it was the on my ‘to-do’ list when I de- American people’s long-term ployed,” said Truslow, who commitment to winning the hails from Waynesboro, Va. “I war that led it to the creation have friends who have received of a strong and independent na- this award for injures far worse tion. than the ones I sustained; a few Likewise, the surprise attack didn’t get to go home.” at Pearl Harbor was a major Truslow was injured while defeat for the Americans at the traveling in a convoy Nov. 3 start of World War II, he added. when an insurgent attacked his Yet, as the nation bonded to- vehicle with a grenade. The at- gether and mobilized for war, tack also wounded two other the American people again pre- Soldiers; Capt. Anthony Smith, vailed because of their strength commander, Company A, 1st and commitment to the fight. Bn., 14th Inf. Reg., and Spc. “Whatever has happened be- Wilburn Norris, the company fore us here in Iraq, it is now radio-telephone operator. up to us to bring this war to a “I have every intention of successful conclusion,” said returning home to my wife and Perkins. “I’m confident that daughter, and I hope that when with Soldiers like 1st Lt. Trus- Norris gets his Purple Heart low and the rest of Task Force it will be the last one for Task Devil, we will accomplish that Force Devil,” said Truslow, end.” whose unit is part of the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, awarded Smith, of Bra- U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kandi Huggins, 1st AATF PAO, 1st Inf. Div. ham, Minn., his Purple Heart Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division on Thanksgiving Day at COS and the U.S. Division-North, presented 1st Lt. Chad Truslow, fire sup- Warrior. Norris, of San Anto- port officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, with a Purple Heart Medal at Contingency Operating Site Warrior Dec. 9. nio, Texas, is scheduled to be Truslow, whose unit attached to the 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, awarded his Purple Heart at a 1st Infantry Division, was wounded when an insurgent attacked his vehicle with a grenade Nov. 3. 8
  9. 9. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 SHARP program helps women fight assault Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney portunity advisor 1st AATF Public Affairs, 1st Inf. Div. for U.S. Division- U.S. Division-North North. Colon, one of CONTENGENCY OPERATING BASE the SHARP pro- SPEICHER, Iraq – Women at Contingency gram trainers, broke Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, participated down what he be- in a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response lieves are the keys and Prevention class at the Morale, Wel- to escaping an as- fare and Recreation Center-North Events sault. Room, Dec. 7. Colon said 90 SHARP is an Army program that com- percent of survival bines the best aspects of the Prevention of is situational aware- Sexual Harassment and the Sexual Assault ness, nine percent Prevention and Response programs, said is technique and Master Sgt. Jose Colon, senior equal op- tactics, and one per- cent is luck. “If I can teach someone who doesn’t know how to defend them- selves two simple tactics that they can use immediately in U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney, 1st AATF PAO, USD-N a situation, then I St. Louis, Mo.-native, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Deanna Violette, air liai- have helped a Sol- son officer to the 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Ironhorse, uses her dier or civilian to core strength and balance to defend herself against Ryan Knutson, have a nine percent a private security contractor from Arvada, Colo., from Arvada, Colo., during Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Train- greater chance at ing at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Dec. 7. The SHARP survival,” said Co- Program teaches women tactics and techniques to prevent sexual lon. assault and defend against an attack. Soldiers and civilians at COB During the Speicher are deployed to Iraq as part of U.S. Division-North in support of Operation New Dawn. SHARP training, the women learned simple tactics to pre- is the first time I have seen training like vent an assault, such as moving a potential- this,” Merks said. “It’s very simple, and it ly dangerous situation into a public place; is great that they teach you to use every part how to stay calm and respond quickly if as- of your body to help you get out of a bad saulted; and techniques such as eye goug- situation.” ing to protect against an attack. The SHARP training is slated to continue “You need to remind yourself to keep in January. The training is open to all COB U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Alyxandra McChesney fighting,” said William Sanabria, a security Speicher female Soldiers and civilians. Laresa Merks, a civilian linguist assigned to contractor with Triple Canopy, who volun- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd teers as a SHARP instructor in his spare Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Divi- time. “Find the will and the desire inside For more information sion, uses the power knee technique against her attacker, Spc. Andrew Ingram, public af- yourself to escape and survive. Remain contact the USD-N calm, be aware of your surroundings and fairs specialist, Company A, Division Special look for your exit.” Senior Equal Troops Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., Task Force Iron- horse, during a Sexual Harassment/Assault After learning multiple kicks, punches Opportunity Advisor Response Program class at Contingency and pressure points used to subdue an at- Operating Base Speicher, Dec. 7. The women tacker, Laresa Merks, a civilian linguist Master Sgt. Jose learned simple tactics to prevent an assault such as moving a potentially dangerous situ- assigned to Headquarters and Headquar- Colon at DSN: ation into a public place; how to stay calm and ters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry (318) 845-6101. respond quickly if assaulted; and techniques Regiment, 2nd Advice and Assist Brigade, such as the power knee to protect against an 25th Infantry Division, said she found the attack. Soldiers and civilians at COB Speicher are deployed to Iraq as a part of U.S. Division training practical and easy to learn. North in support of Operation New Dawn. “In the three years I have been here, this 9
  10. 10. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 Hey Doc: ‘Should have brought snivel gear’ Capt. Nathan Teague Santa’s Foundation Visit USD-N Preventive Medicine Officer Dec. 17 @ 2000 – North MWR Hey Doc: “I heard that Iraq has temperatures of 130 degrees year- round, so I left my entire U.S. Army-issue cold weather ensemble back in the States. Now I’m cold. What do I do? I feel like I should Quietdrive cover myself up with something.” Dec. 17 @ 1800 – DFAC – Signed “Uncomfortable and Embarrassed” Dear “Uncomfortable and Embarrassed,” First, don’t tell your first sergeant, and then, congratulate your- self on recovering nicely from your blunder through your keen understanding of the cold injury prevention cardinal rule. Namely, when cold, warm yourself up. Or like my mama used to say, “It is cold outside, boy! Put a coat on!” Kidding aside, cold weather injuries are serious. Hypothermia, or core body heat loss; frostbite, defined as freezing of tissue; and trench foot, a foot injury that occurs in wet and cold conditions, can all occur in Iraq. Proper planning and attention to detail will help ensure you do not become a cold weather causality. Use your bargaining skills or Army Direct Ordering allowance to obtain proper cold weather gear and follow the memory aid C-O-L-D: Christmas Worship Services C Keep yourself and your clothing clean O Avoid Overheating Protestant Service L Wear clothing Loose and in layers Christmas Eve Candle Light Service D Keep clothing Dry Dec. 24 @ 2100 – North MWR Be careful to maintain adequate hydration and nutrition. Do not smoke or chew tobacco as these products increase your suscepti- Roman Catholic Mass bility to a cold injury. Dec. 24 @ 1900 – Liberty Chapel Avoid cotton clothing, tight socks and tight boots. Pay attention to the first signs of cold weather injury: shivering for hypothermia Dec. 25 @ 1900 – Liberty Chapel and numbness for frostbite. Seek immediate medical care before the injury progresses to the neurological damage caused by hypothermia; or in the case of frostbite, tingling, swelling, changes in skin color, pain, and frozen North Dining Facility Meal Hours tissue. Dec. 25, Christmas Day Do not try to manage a cold injury alone. The goals of hypo- thermia field management are to rescue, examine, insulate, and Breakfast: 0600 – 0730 rapidly evacuate. In the event of a frostbite concern, do not massage the tissue; Lunch: 1100 – 1500 seek medical consultation before attempting re-warming. Con- Dinner: 1730 – 2030 cerned leaders and medical personnel can look to Technical Bul- Midnight Dinner: 2330 – 0200 letin – Medical 530 for specific guidance on prevention measures and injury management. Be sure to report all cold weather injuries to Preventive Medicine personnel. Another cold weather concern is the appropriate use of heaters. Do not use combustible fuel heaters in non-ventilated spaces or 10K Rudolph Run remain in idling vehicles due to Carbon Monoxide poising risk. & 5K Jingle-Bell Jog Carbon Monoxide is not detectable by the human nose and is deadly. Always use approved electric heaters with care and be Dec. 25 @ 0745 at the D-Main bus aware of the fire risk they pose, and do not overload extension stop. cords or power strips! Hope this is the last time you deviate from the packing list. Have a warm one, on me. 10
  11. 11. The Ivy Leaf December 17, 2010 the Ivy Division Band performs for ‘Iron Brigade Soldiers’ Sgt. David Strayer Sgt. Cornell Her- 109th MPAD rington, the non- USD-N Public Affairs commissioned offi- cer in charge of the CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Ivy Division Band. ADDER, Iraq – Musicians of U.S. Divi- Cornell, a native sion-North’s Rock Band, “High Altitude,” of New Orleans, hosted a series of concerts for Soldiers of who plays trom- the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Advise and bone for High Al- Assist Brigade deployed to southern Iraq, titude, said in this Dec. 9-10. case, the rock band The band performed its eclectic collec- made a special trip tion of rocking riffs, bluesy rhythms and to southern Iraq to gritty vocals for 3rd “Iron” AAB Soldiers boost morale and deployed to U.S. Division-South at Con- provide 3rd AAB tingency Operating Bases Adder and Gary Soldiers, who are Owen. nearing the end of The mission of the 4th Inf. Div.’s Ivy a 12-month deploy- Division Band is to provide quality music ment, an opportu- U.S. Army Photo by Spc. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N and entertainment to build morale, esprit de nity to take a break Spc. Kasey Walker of the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Band, Division Spe- corps and cohesion for Soldiers of the 4th from the routine of cial Troops Battalion, U.S. Division-North, plays the acoustic guitar Inf. Div. and U.S. Division-North, said 1st alongside Sgt. Jared Bargas, a bass player for the 4th Inf. Div. Rock work. Band, “High Altitude” at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, Deployed to Dec. 9. Walker also plays the trumpet, and provides backup vocals in southern Iraq in addition to his guitar playing duties in the band. High Altitude toured March of 2010, ap- southern Iraq, performing at several locations in U.S. Division-South proximately 3,500 to boostdeployedfor support of Operation New3rd Advise and Assist Brigade morale in service members of the Dawn. Iron Brigade Sol- diers assumed the mission to advise, assist, band, Joseph grabbed a tambourine, join- mentor and train Iraqi Security Forces in ing the band at the front of the room to the Dhi Qar, Basra, Muthanna and Maysan dance with the music. provinces of southern Iraq Sept. 1, 2010 “We love to see things like that,” said as Operation Iraqi Freedom transitioned to High Altitude Lead Vocalist Spc. Darnell U.S. Army Photo by Spc. David Strayer Operation New Dawn. Crater. Members of the 4th Infantry Division Rock “This is by far one of the most exciting “It lets us know we are doing good, and Band, “High Altitude,” Special Troops Battal- things that has happened to us in the past we feed off the energy,” said Crater, who ion, 4th Inf. Div., perform at Contingency Op- five months,” Pfc. Sylvia Joseph, infantry- hails from Lynwood, Ill. “It helps us play erating Base Adder in Iraq, Dec. 9. The band’s horn section, 1st Sgt. Cornell Herrington, Sgt. man, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infan- better.” Tygue Wierda, Spc. Kasey Walker, and CW2 try Regiment, 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div, U.S. Herrington said High Altitude will con- Marvin Cardo, performed at Heroes Dining Division-South. tinue its mission with tours throughout Facility on COB Adder for members of the Joseph, a New Smyrna Beach, Fla.-na- U.S. Division-North, playing for Soldiers 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, U.S. Division- South, in an effort to raise morale for the 3rd tive, also said everyone in attendance en- during the holidays to help raise morale “Iron” AAB Soldiers nearing the end of their joyed the band’s performance. and esprit de corps. 12-month deployment in support of Operation Caught up in the music and the atmo- New Dawn. sphere created by the rocking 4th Inf. Div. 11
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