Archive for April 20th, 2008

Troop Scoop 4/20/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 20 Apr 2008 07:52 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Besides large weapon caches found, displaced people in Mosul are getting comfort and aid until better living conditions are found for them.  Our compassionate troops have taken a special interest, especially for the children.  We have 2 stories of this humanitarian effort.  In the Sadr City district of eastern Baghdad we’ve got an hourly description of several very close together ops.

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

April 20, 2008

CF find and clear two AQI IED weapons caches in Jazeera Desert

BALAD – CF discovered and destroyed 2 AQI weapons caches during a recon patrol in the Jazeera Desert.
The 2 caches included more than 125 IED components, such as blasting caps, batteries, pressure plates, cordless phone chargers, IED trigger circuits, steel IED canisters, copper plates and springs.
These are the second and third weapons caches found in the Jazeera Desert in less than a month.


Large cache discovered in Ta’Mim

KIRKUK – CF discovered another large cache in Ta’Mim Province, April 18.
This find brings the overall total cache discoveries in the province this month to 17.  This cache included more than 300 mortar rounds in more than 8 different sized class from 152 mm to 60 mm.
“Kirkuk becomes more secure everyday. The recent cache finds help to solidify the overall security gains in the region.” said Maj. Peggy Kageleiry, military spokeswoman for Multi-National Division-North.


Iraqi internally displaced citizens receive aid from IA, CF Soldiers


An internally displaced Iraqi boy sees Iraqi and CF Soldiers visiting his camp to supply aid in Mosul, April 17. The boy received water, food and snacks from the Soldiers who visit the camp frequently, until better accommodations can be made for the people.


A young Iraqi boy hands his mother a case of water.Joanna10

An Iraqi woman smiles as she carries a box of Meals Ready to Eat.Joanna11

An Iraqi woman holds her child as she walks through the rubble at the displaced citizens camp.Joanna12

An Iraqi Army soldier hands out stickers and info on the local IA units in the area providing security for the people in the area.-30-

Iraqi Army, CF operations in Mosul build bonds between armies


Sgt. Alejandro Cruz scans the area after hearing small-arms fire during an op in Mosul, April 17.  Cruz is a tanker in the 3rd Sqdrn, 3rd ACR from Fort Hood, Texas.


First Lt. Peter Cacossa directs an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter from a rooftop towards the sound of small-arms fire.  Cacossa is a platoon leader with the 3rd Sqdr.Joanna15

An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter moves to support a joint IA and CF op.-30-

MND-B engage criminals, Soldiers seize weapons in separate ops

BAGHDAD – A MND-Baghdad AWT killed 7 criminals and Soldiers seized weapons in separate incidents in eastern Baghdad, April 19.
The AWT engaged the criminals with a Hellfire missile and killed both criminals transporting weapons at approx. 6:30 p.m. in the Sadr City district of eastern Baghdad. The AWT also destroyed 2 machine guns with the attack.
At approx. 8:27 p.m., CF were attacked by criminals with small-arms fire. They returned fire killing one.
At approx. 8:39 p.m., in another section of the Sadr City district, CF engaged attacking criminals, killing one.
At approx. 9:40 p.m., an AWT identified 4 weapons crates in an open field of the Sadr City district. The AWT engaged and destroyed all 4 weapons crates.
In a separate incident, 3 criminals with weapons were identified driving a truck at approx. 10:13 p.m. in the Sadr City district of eastern Baghdad.  An AWT engaged with a Hellfire missile, killing the 3 criminals.
At approx. 8:50 a.m., Soldiers from 2nd Stryker Cav Regt seized weapons in a fire station while conducting clearance ops in the southern portion of the Sadr City district. The weapons included more than a dozen AK-47 rifles with multiple loaded magazines, a PKC machine gun with magazines, more than 3,000 rounds of ammo, as well as various miscellaneous weapons parts.


IA and CF Platoons team up for a good cause

MOSUL – IA and CF Soldiers based out of COP Rat in Mosul, pooled their resources in a humanitarian aide effort on April 17, that provided water, drinks, food supplies, medical aid and gifts in an attempt to help the less fortunate citizens in the al-Mamoon neighborhood who have been displaced by AQI driven activities.
“Tents and food supplies were provided by the Red Crescent when they first arrived,” said 1st Lt. Peter Cacossa of Heavy Co, 3rd Sqdrn, 3rd ACR.  “Now the IA has eyes on them, they have been dropping off necessities to them too.  Additionally, we have been working through our chain-of command to get them help on an official level.”
The IA unit and 1st plt of Heavy Co., 3/3 ACR made a joint decision to help those who needed help more than any group they had come to know.  Soldiers from both units gathered all the supplies they could spare in addition to purchasing stuffed animals for the children.
“It has kind of become our personal quest to help take care of these people.  We like seeing the little kids,” said Cacossa.  “A lot of the guys who have small children at home, they kind of take it to heart. Helping them makes us feel good at the end of the day too.”


An IA soldier brings drinks into a tent for internally displaced citizens, April 17. The IA soldiers brought food from their own stores at COP Rat to help their fellow citizens.Joanna17

Sgt. Michael McAlhaney provides medical treatment to a young man.Joanna18

Spc. John Crosby assigned to the 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Iron, greets two young Iraqi boys.-30-

Iraqi, MND-B Soldiers respond to gunfire during humanitarian aid mission


Iraqi children in the southern portion of the Sadr City district of Baghdad cheer as Sgt. Jake Veith, assigned to the 42nd Bde, 11th IA Div MiTT, provides security as IA soldiers hand out food products during a humanitarian aid mission April 17.


Capt. Will McNutt, assigned as the 2nd Bn, 42nd Bde, provides security from a building rooftop as IA soldiers battle armed criminals in the southern portion of the Sadr City District of Baghdad, April 17.-30-

Who: American Legion Post 374
What: Prospect Mountain POW/MIA Memorial Ceremony
Where: Summit of Prospect Mountain, Lake George
When: Sunday June 1, 2008, 1pm

Contact: Terry Waterston 518-251-2002

Ceremony Begins at 1pm sharp.
In event of Rain, ceremony will be moved to:
American Legion
Lake George Post 374
Legion Dr. (Rte 9L)
Lake George, NY

After the ceremony visit the Post for refreshments and snacks.

Short Video of Prospect Mountain

Cross posted on Patriot Guard Riders NY website.

UPDATE: June 4, 2008

For a local news story on the event go here.

Here’s a picture from the Post-Star:

Who: Alpha Co 2-108 Family Readiness Group (FRG)
Where: Geneseo Armory, 34 Avon Rd. Geneseo , NY
When: Saturday May 24, 2008, 10am – 2pm

Pre-Registration Required
Contact: Laurie at Soldiers Angels NY

More Information Here

Walk Begins at 11am sharp.  Rain or Shine
Free babysitting service in the armory
1.5 mile loop
Lunch served at Armory after walk
50/50 Raffle after walk

Help the FRG raise funds to send care packages to their troops deployed to Afghanistan.
The walk route is approximately 7,000 steps in length symbolizing the 7,000 miles from Geneseo to Afghanistan.
This event is also posted on Patriot Guard Riders NY website.

Troop Scoop 4/19/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 19 Apr 2008 08:10 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
The progress and success of the Iraqi Army taking the lead in missions continues.  Reconstruction is going full steam ahead in Basra, as well as clearing ops. It’s nice to read about the Brits working with us.  Despite gun fire, people in Sadr City turn out for medical assessments.  Large caches continue to be uncovered, and criminals killed.

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

April 19, 2008

Iraqis continue modernizing Basra

BASRA – Iraqi construction firms have been working on a number of modernization and new construction projects throughout Basra, Iraq over the past several months.
Gulf Region South Corps of Engineers visited several of these,sites April 17 to review plans and materials needed to keep the jobs moving forward.
Engineers from GRS visited 3 sites in various stages of reconstruction located in Basra’s surrounding areas. The sites included a vocational education center, a teaching hospital and the Shatt Al Arab courthouse.


Engineers with the GRS talk with a project manager from an Iraqi construction firm about the reconstruction of a vocational center in Basra.Joanna25

The project manager on the reconstruction of the teaching hospital in Basra, shows Engineers with GRS some of the work his crew has been doing on installing the new sewage system for the hospital, April 17.-30-

IA provides first aid supplies to Sadr City residents

BAGHDAD – IA soldiers conducted a combined medical assessment in the southern portion of the Sadr City district of Baghdad, April 17.
The op was supported by the 3rd BCT, 4th ID, and provided citizens with essential medicines and personal hygiene supplies at JSS Tharwa 1.  Dealing directly with the ISF, the Iraqi people living in Sadr City witnessed the ability of Iraqi Forces to care for them.  More than 400 citizens received medical care in less than 2 hours.
“It really turned out good.  It was successful and turned out better than I thought,” said Capt. Ryan Mendenhall, who serves as the fire support officer.  Mendenhall said he was surprised by how quickly the people reacted and came to the project. “This is just a small step to let the people know that we are not here to destroy a home. There is a lot of work ahead of us, and we will continue doing it; eventually, it will pay off,” Mendenhall said.
For others, the amount of people who attended the assessment was unbelievable, due to the gunfire that could be heard in the distance. “It exceeded my expectations; I didn’t expect anybody to show up because what was going on,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lawrue Bush, who serves as the fire support NCO.  For the ISF and Soldiers, this is not the end for this mission. The Soldiers are expecting the next assessment to be a bigger, and they’re preparing to get more supplies, said Bush.


Sgt. Brian Rich, and Staff Sgt. John Reyes, stand guard.-30-

Operation Charge of the Knights begins phase 3 in Hyyaniyah

BASRA – Op Charge of the Knights, began a new phase of ops, April 19. Phase 3 of the op focuses on the criminal militia strongholds within the Hyyaniyah district area.  IA soldiers are conducting the deliberate clearance op. It began at approx. 6 a.m. when British artillery and US aircraft released ordnance against known criminal rocket and mortar sites west of Hyyaniyah.
British and American Mitt are working alongside IA units to provide leaders with advice, access to surveillance and the ability to “call for fire” and other support, if needed.
“As with the earlier phases of Op Charge of the Knights, this remains an Iraqi led, planned and executed mission,” said Major Tom Holloway, the British Army’s spokesman in southern Iraq.
Op Charge of the Knights began on March 24.


Iraqi Army discovers large IED weapons cache

BASRA – Over the past week, the IA discovered several large caches of explosives and other IED making materials as part of Op Charge of the Knights.
The cache included RPGs, rockets, mortars and mortar tubes, materials for building EFP devices as well as several fully-constructed EFP devices.
The explosives and bomb-making materials were discovered at several locations during these clearing ops and brought to a single location for disposal.


Combined planning for operation Charge of the Knights Phase III

BASRA –  Prior to the start of this new phase centred on the Western district of Basra, senior Coalition officers were invited to review the Iraqi SF’ plans to ensure that the Coalition was prepared to support the op as required.
Major Tom Holloway, the British Army’s Spokesman in Southern Iraq said, “Basra is closer to realising its true potential. 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.”


Iraqi and CF gather around a model of the Al Hayyaniyah district of Basra for planning and rehearsals for ops in the area, April 17.Joanna07

The layout of the model represents the district Iraqi forces will be working to clear of criminal elements.-30-

MND-B AWT crew kills two criminals

BAGHDAD – A MND-Baghdad AWT killed 2 criminals in eastern Baghdad, April 19.
At approximately 3 a.m., the AWT was conducting an aerial surveillance patrol when the crew saw 2 criminals with a mortar tube. The AWT engaged the criminals with one hellfire missile and killed the criminals. The mortar tube was also destroyed.