Troop Scoop 4/14/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 14 Apr 2008 09:09 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Our troops take pride in donating soccer uniforms; Iraqi Soldiers work well at securing Quibla; Iraqi SF continue progress in Basrah, and many large weapons caches continue to be uncovered, and more criminals brought to justice.  Kudos to 6 Soldiers from the 768th Eng. Bn. for receiving Impact Bronze Star Medals.

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 14, 2008

School Receives Soccer Uniforms   

1st Lt. William Perdue
3-7th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 3rd ID


Soccer players at the Jurf Secondary School in Jurf as Sahkr, pose for a photo in their new uniforms.FOB ISKAN — One of the first things Soldiers noticed on the ground in Jurf as Sahkr,  was how much local residents loved soccer.  In area businesses, soccer posters adorned the walls, while children made soccer fields out of empty lots and played heated matches.
Soldiers from 3rd Plt, Co A, 3rd Bn, 7th Inf Regt, 4th BCT, 3rd ID, gave the local secondary school a boost in pursuit of their favorite sport.  1st Lt. Kevin Brown, along with members of his platoon, presented the headmaster of the Jurf Secondary School a complete set of soccer uniforms; enough to outfit a 16-man team, including a goalie and referee uniform.  The intent was to help the school build pride, motivation and ethics through the dedication and competition that is associated with school team sports, said Brown.
Enthusiasm beamed on the faces of the young players as they hurriedly started kicking the ball around in the school courtyard, wearing their new uniforms.  The headmaster thanked the Soldiers for the gift and the care they have shown the school.
“These young adults are very important because they are the next generation of Iraq and the future, and because of that we are very willing to help the school out as much as possible,” Brown said.


Iraqi Army Quick Reaction Force secures Quibla

BASRA – Iraqi Soldiers from QRF 1 began a highly successful house-by-house search for illegal weapons in the town of Quibla, April 12.
The QRF 1 deployed from al-Anbar Province on April 1 in support of Op Charge of the Knight. In the past 2 weeks, these response forces and local police, along with elements of the Iraqi Army, cordoned off the city and established strategic points on the Quibla perimeter.
Op Charge of the Knight is the first large-scale push into known strongholds of local militias and other criminal elements.  “Today’s op is very good,” said Sgt. Qadir of QRF 1.  “It is very necessary to provide security to the people of this area.” The brigade immediately began working with local citizens to collect heavy weapons, explosives and other contraband items.
The combined efforts of QRF 1 and other IA and police units resulted in the detention of more than 50 suspected militia members and other criminals, as well as the seizure of more than 80 mortars and rockets, more than 70 RPG warheads and dozens of launchers, numerous machineguns and more than 6,000 rounds of ammo, as well as artillery shells and other explosives.


SOI repel checkpoint attack, kill 2 AQI near Balad

BALAD – 2 AQI terrorists attacked an Abna al-Iraq, or SoI, checkpoint near Balad, April 14.  Acting in self-defense, the SoI repelled the small arms fire and RPG attack, engaging and killing the terrorists.
Maj. Johnpaul Arnold, 1st BCT, 101st Abn Div spokesman. “These SoI acted bravely, defending the people’s safety in a populated area, while under heavy fire from terrorists.  They did very well.”


MND-B Soldiers defend themselves, kill 6 criminals

BAGHDAD –  April 13, Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, were attacked by RPGs while conducting a patrol in their M1A2 Abrams tank.  A rotary-wing AWT was called in to assist the soldiers on the ground.
The aircrew witnessed armed criminals hiding behind a parked vehicle and another in an open field. The AWT engaged and killed the lone individual.  Moments later, soldiers in the M1A2 identified additional armed criminals on the rooftop of a nearby building. The criminals then attacked the soldiers with RPG fire.  In self defense, the tankers engaged the armed men, killing 5 criminals.


Operation Charge of Knights continues progress in Basrah

BASRAH – Op Sawlat al-Fursan, or Charge of the Knights, entered a new phase of ops in Basrah, April 12.
To date, CF involvement has been minimal, reflecting the ever increasing ability and resolve of the Iraqi SF to enforce the rule of law.  Iraqi ops in al-Qiblah to date have yielded an IED factory, numerous weapons handed over by locals, in addition to 2 significant arms cache finds with numerous IEDs, mortars and RPGs.
Ops have not been limited to Basra.  A senior AQI leader was arrested at an IA checkpoint in the small town of Abu al-Khasib 20 kilometers southeast of Basrah.  CF continue to provide 24-hour-a-day airborne surveillance over the city for the ISF.
Elsewhere, UK and US MiTTs, are embedded with Iraqi SF.  These teams are providing advice and support to the units they work alongside.  The atmosphere inside the city has generally been calm over the past two weeks. The people of Basrah are proud of what the Iraqi SF, both Police and Army, have achieved in the city.  Many Iraqis feel positive progress has been made against criminal elements, as life returns to normal.
The Port of Umm Qasr opened a few days after the start of Op Charge of the Knights, having been secured by the Iraqi Army.  The port is now operating, with the GoI working to bring it up to recognized international standards.  An Iraqi Navy detachment has taken over port security from the Army.
“Basrah is one step closer to realising its true potential,” said Maj. Tom Holloway, a spokesman for MND-Southeast. “There is much further to go, but recent ops in the city have been described by locals as the most significant events since 2003. The sense of optimism is palpable, and the desire by Basrawis to seize the moment is evident.”


MND-B CG presents 6 impact Bronze Star Medals to 768th Eng. Bn. Soldiers

By Capt. Patrick Jenkins

CAMP LIBERTY – It had been only a few hours since the Soldiers of 769th Eng. Bn, 35th Eng. Bde, MND-Baghdad, returned from the monumental task of installing approx. 130,000-square feet of RPG fencing and sniper-screen material over a 1,200 foot distance, with heights measuring up to 40 feet, at JSS Ur in the Sadr City district of Baghdad to veil the aerostat and its docking station.
Unbeknown to them this morning, with most of them receiving very little sleep, would be the surprise of a lifetime as Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the comm. gen. of the 4th ID and MND-B, took a moment from his packed schedule April 12, to honor 6 of the battalion’s Soldiers for their accomplishments, as he presented them with impact Bronze Star Medals.
“The sniper screen will enable us to protect Soldiers and provide us the ability to see and disrupt insurgents,” said Hammond.  “Do you realize what they did? asked Hammond. “They put up this screen under fire, day and night, and under terrible conditions. You’ll have something to talk about a couple of years from now.”
Indeed, the Soldiers would have something to speak about. “The mission took 13 days to complete despite several setbacks caused by high winds, indirect fire or enemy small-arms fire directed at crews as they worked suspended at heights up to 40 feet in the air,” said Capt. James Hoover.  “Although the mission presented challenges, these Engineers lived up to the regimental motto: ‘Let Us Try!'”
Soldiers presented the Bronze Star Medal for their achievements were: Staff Sgt Stephen Choat, Staff Sgt Lee Given, Sgt Shawn Griffith, Spc Raymond Myers, Spc Jasper Stull, and Spc Zachary Whitlatch.
The Soldiers placed their lives on the line to accomplish this important mission, and Hammond proudly thanked the team for their bravery and service to their nation.


Iraqi National Police discover cache, detain five

BAGHDAD – Iraqi NP discovered a weapons cache inside a truck southeast of Baghdad, April 13, after receiving a tip from a local citizen.
The cache included 541 anti-tank mines warheads, 100 rocket fuses, 29 120 mm mortars, 5 RPGs and 7 107 mm rockets.
Five suspects are being held for questioning in connection to the cache.


Air Weapons Team kills IED triggerman, wounds one

CAMP VICTORY – One criminal was killed and another wounded after being engaged by an AWT in Jabella, April 12.
The AWT was providing aerial protection for a CF convoy when an IED struck one of the vehicles.
The AWT observed the strike and identified 2 individuals near the scene as the triggermen. Once the triggermen were positively identified, the AWT engaged them with their primary gun system, killing 1 and wounding the other.
The use of AWTs enhances the safety of CF personnel and provides additional lethality in taking the fight to the enemy.


MND-B Soldiers detain suspected criminal ringleader, 8 other suspects

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad Soldiers captured a suspected criminal leader in southern Baghdad, April 12.
The criminal suspect is accused of conducting crimes against Iraqi SF and CF operating in the Rashid district of Baghdad.
Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID, conducted the search and seizure op based upon a tip provided by a SoI.  8 others were detained, suspected of being involved with the suspected ringleader in conducting crimes against the GoI and MND-B.



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