Troop Scoop 5/15/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 15 May 2008 01:26 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Another school construction project is completed, and our troops establish a goodwill relationship with Kirkuk.  Kudos to 1-6 Cav. as they celebrated their unit’s heritage that began in May of 1861 during the Civil War!  Terrorists continue to be captured or killed, and huge weapons caches continue to be found.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 15, 2008

Tal Afar special weapons and tactics team captures four terrorists

BALAD, Iraq – An Iraqi SWAT team captured 4 suspected terrorists members of the ISI in Tal Afar, approx. 240 miles northwest of Baghdad, May 13.  ISI is a front organization for the foreign-led AQI.
The captured terrorists are suspected of recent IED and indirect fire attacks against the citizens of Tal Afar and CF.  This op is believed to have rendered this terrorist cell ineffective and is expected to assist in disrupting terrorist activities in Ninawa province.

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Ceremony marks completion of school construction

By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy

BAGHDAD – Iraqi citizens celebrated the completion of construction at the Omah Moktar School for Girls in the Qadisiyah Apartment Complex in Mahmudiyah, about 20 km south of Baghdad, May 8.
“The educational environment was greatly enhanced and helped to bolster pride in their school,” said 1st Lt. Jason Potter, Moktar School project mgr, 3rd Bn, 320th FA, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault). “This project was significant in that it showed the residents of the neighborhood that the CF are really here to help.”
At the end of the ceremony, Iraqi Soldiers distributed school supplies.

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Iraqi Army finds cache in support of Operation Lion’s Roar

TIKRIT – During independent ops in support of Op Lion’s Roar, IA soldiers found a large cache during combat ops near Mosul, May 13.
The cache consisted of 600 pounds of unknown bulk explosive, 4 fragment grenades, 2 rifle grenades, 10 35-round AK-47 magazines, 15 6-volt batteries, 200 pounds of linked 7.62mm ammo, 16 Motorola radios, 3 mortar tubes, a RPG launcher, 8 AK-47s, a Katyusha rocket with launch rail, 10 TNT blocks, 5 pipe bombs filled with approximately 25 lbs of UBE, 250 gallons of unknown chemicals used to make homemade explosives, and various 14.5mm and 7.62mm ammo.

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SOI, IA unearth cache after tip

CAMP STRIKER –  SoI members and Iraqi soldiers discovered a cache of weapons and ammo near Say Fahal village, approx. 20 km southwest of Baghdad, May 12.
Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault), assisted in the recovery, consisting of 100 kilogram explosive devices, more than 180  60mm mortar rounds, 130 mm high-explosive projectiles, a 122 mm rocket, and a 155 mm rocket along with various fuses and ammo.

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3-6 FA Soldiers bond with local villagers in northeastern Iraq

By Capt. Shannon Wolf 1-10 Mtn. Div., 3-6 FA

KIRKUK – Since arriving to Kirkuk in September, Soldiers with the 1-10th Mtn Div’s 3rd Bn, 6th FAR, have been conducting routine patrols to villages in their area of ops in an effort to establish lasting relationships with the local populace.
“When we enter these villages, the first thing we see is kids waving their hands and smiling. They are always very curious as to see what we will be doing in their village”, said 1st Lt. Jocephus Carlile, HHB, 3-6 FA.  “We strive to interact with the children to make them feel more at ease, and as an avenue toward good relationships with their parents.”  Shortly after arriving to the villages, the Soldiers begin handing candy and other treats for the children before meeting with the local leaders to discuss the area.
Along with security, water is one of the biggest concerns for all villages within the battalion’s area of ops. Currently, villagers get their water from small diameter pipes that run unprotected across the open fields.  During a recent visit, the 3-6 FA Soldiers gathered water samples that will be tested for possible bacterial or chemical contaminants.
Sipping hot chai tea with the local leaders, the Soldiers discuss a number of projects that will eventually lead to the development of new playgrounds for the children and new job opportunities for the parents.
In each meeting, the Soldiers are shown tremendous support by the villagers and are invited back for future meetings. “The type of support we receive will help maintain the momentum toward a secure, stable area, and allow the electrical and oil infrastructure of northeastern Iraq to grow and continue to serve the people of Iraq as a whole,” said Staff Sgt. Patrick Sutphin, HHB, 3-6 FA.

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Soldiers with 1st Bde, play soccer with a group of Iraqi villagers during one of their recent patrols.

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1-6 CAV celebrates unit heritage with competition, barbecue in Iraq

By Spc. Jason Jordan, 1-10th Mtn. Div.

KIRKUK – In May of 1861, a small unit known as 1st Sqdrn, 6th Cav, Co A, was organized in Pittsburg, Pa., during the Civil War. The unit served in 16 campaigns during that war, engaging in frequent bitter and bloody battles, which included Antitietam, Gettysburg, the Wilderness Campaign and Appomattox.
Today, they are known as the 1st Sqdrn, 6th Cav Regt, serving under the 1st ID out of Fort Carson, Colo.
Soldiers from 1-6 Cav. celebrated their unit history May 4 with an organizational day filled with barbecues, games and sporting competitions at FOB Warrior where the unit is serving alongside the 1st BCT, 10th Mtn Div, in Kirkuk.
Vying for the Cmdr’s Cup trophy, the Soldiers divided into teams and competed in tournaments of volleyball and softball.  Soldiers were also given a chance to display individual skills in events like horseshoes and the quarterback challenge.
Although the Cmdr’s Cup is a coveted prize among the troops, many of the Soldiers would agree the trophy is not what drives them to win, but the bragging rights of being the top team.  “Bragging rights is a popular term among us Soldiers.  We enjoy boasting our skills and challenging each other to see if we have what it takes to beat the other,” said Spc. Aaron Mikolajek, Troop E.  “We enjoy friendly competition, but we won’t play dirty or hurt each other.  Friendship always comes first,” he added.
“We tell the Soldiers of our unit’s history, but it’s the break in monotony that they welcome most,” said 1st Sgt. Noah Tincher, first sgt of HHT. “The war is still going on, and we have to remain prepared to fight, but everyone needs a break now and then to help stay focused and vigilant until we’re home again.”

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Soldiers enjoy a volleyball tournament on their unit’s birthday May 4.

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Soldiers enjoy a barbecue.

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Soldiers enjoy a softball tournament.

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MND-B Soldiers engage IED emplacers, find weapons cache

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad Soldiers killed 3 criminals and discovered a weapons cache during nighttime ops against enemy forces in Baghdad, May 12.
At approx. 5:30 p.m., aerial surveillance witnessed 2 men initiate an IED in northwestern Baghdad.  An AWT then engaged the criminals, who were fleeing the scene on a motorcycle, with a Hellfire missile and killed them both.
Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered a weapons cache consisting of 5 IEDs and 2 EFP in West Rashid at approx. 7 p.m.
At approx. 10 p.m., Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, killed one criminal after observing him emplace an IED in New Baghdad.

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Operation Charge of Knights enters new phase in al Qurnah

BASRA – The op, which began March 24 in Basra, continues the process of targeting criminal elements by the IA and Iraqi SF as strongholds previously dominated by criminal militias fall.
The complex combined op has integrated elements of the IA and Iraqi SF with air and ground support of CF.  United Kingdom and U.S. MiTTs remain embedded with their ISF counterparts to enable the application of Coalition assets.  One hundred thousand leaflets were dropped in the area encouraging the populace of al Qurnah to work together to ensure a successful future.
As ops continue, ISF and IA elements are providing humanitarian aid, medical service clinics and school supply distribution throughout Basra.  In a recent medical clinic visit, more than 120 Iraqis received treatment and care.

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