Troop Scoop 5/29/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 29 May 2008 10:26 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Two more Memorial Day Ceremonies are shared with us to honor our fallen heroes.  We celebrate their lives with positive stories such as a little girl having a chance to see again, thanks to the love of a special soldier; our compassionate troops adopting a small orphanage; Iraqi soldiers learning radio skills; and kudos to the Regimental Support Squadron of the 2nd Stryker Cav Regt., earning distinguished honors.  Huge weapons caches removed from the streets, and many suspected criminals detained.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 29, 2008

Iraqi Soldiers find large explosives cache

TIKRIT –  Mosul, May 26, IA soldiers uncover 5 tons of homemade explosives, a ton of nitrate, 10 bottles of liquid nitrate, 5 oxygen tanks, more than 1,100 pounds of gunpowder and 220 pounds of ball bearings.
During Ops Lion’s Roar and Mother of Two Springs, the IA and IP have discovered 40 weapons and explosives caches throughout Mosul and the Ninewah Province.

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MND-N Soldiers honor fallen comrades during Memorial Day in Iraq

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Soldiers from the 1st Bde, 10th Mtn Div render a salute as the American Flag is raised at noon on Memorial Day at FOB Warrior in the Ta’mim province of Iraq.  Soldiers, Airmen and civilians gathered for the time-honored tradition to render their respect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s wars
throughout history.

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Chaplain’s asst., Spc. Kevin Moffett sounds ‘Taps’.

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IPs, SOIs detain 41 locals

TIKRIT – IP and local SoI detained 41 local men in the Salah ad-Din province, May 27.  The mens’ IDs were checked, and it was discovered that all were suspected of committing or supporting illegal activities.
After the suspects were detained, IPs and SoIs conducted various searches and confiscated approximately 700 rounds of machine gun ammo.

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IA finds large cache in Ta’mim province

TIKRIT – During a cordon and search op, the IA found a large weapons cache in the Ta’mim province, May 26, consisting of 5 RPG launchers, 45 RPG rockets, more than 125 anti-aircraft artillery rounds, more than
110 various propellant charges, a DSHK machinegun, more than 300 communication devices and more than 2,500 meters of detonation cord.

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IA Soldiers take weapons off streets of Sadr City

BAGHDAD – IA Soldiers continued their pledge to protect the population of Sadr City as they seized a number of weapons caches during Op Peace, May 26, including 9 RPG launchers, 42 RPG rounds, 31 IEDs, 30 60 mm mortar rounds, 3 120 mm artillery rounds, 5 80 mm mortar tubes, 200 80 mm charge  increments, 140 Dishka rounds, 12 bricks of C4 explosive, 2 SPG rockets, 246 kgs of TNT,  9 anti-tank rockets, 360 meters of electrical wire, 9 boxes, plus 500 7.62 mm rounds, 17 EFPs, 7 155 mm artillery rounds, 5 AK-47s, 141 TNT tablets, 103 anti-tank mines,  20 hand grenades,  a 100 mm tank round, 150 14.5 mm rounds, 87 88 mm mortar rounds, 4 PKC rifles, 107 rounds of PKC ammo, 3 RPG propellants, 19 AK-47 magazines, 3 anti-aircraft warheads, and an anti-aircraft artillery round, and other weapons components.

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Knights’ in armor help orphaned children

By Spc. Dustin Weidman

BAGHDAD – No conflict is without tragedies and this one is no different. In the midst of war, children sometimes get overlooked. Iraq has many orphanages filled with children, but for one in Ibrahim Bin Ali, their “knights” in armor arrived.
The “Knights” of 3rd Plt, Co B, 1st Bn, 21st Inf Regt, 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th Inf Div, have taken a special interest in the orphanage and its children since their arrival in the area in January.  First Lt. Tony Sgroi, “Knights” plt leader said his Soldiers “adopted” the orphanage.  Soldiers have become friends with the children and always evoke eager cheers and smiles when they hand out candy and pens during their visits. Some of the platoon’s Soldiers have gotten their families involved as well.
“My wife sends my care packages loaded with candy for the kids,” said Sgt. Bryan Doe. “You see many of them have lost parents and loved ones to the insurgent presence here, and your heart goes out to them.”
The children are not the only ones who enjoy seeing their “Knights,” the adult workers welcome the plt with open arms at each visit and are almost as excited as the children when they see the Strykers roll up.

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Tony Sgroi, talks to the administrators of a small orphanage.

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Iraqi officers teach soldiers radio skills

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IA Soldiers partnered with the 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, practice talking on radios, May 23. This communications class is one of many classes where IA officers train their soldiers at FOB Constitution, west of Baghdad.  These classes, are designed to help every IA soldier to become a better soldier in the fight against terror.

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Iraqi girl travels to U.S. in effort to see for first time

By Sgt. David Turner, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.,

FOB KALSU – During a morning visit to Taha Deyad’s house, 1st Lt. Michael Kendrick sits at the family table, eating flatbread with jam and fried eggs, and sipping chai tea. “I eat a lot of meals here,” Kendrick says.  It is clear he is a welcomed guest and a family friend, and not just because he’s the leader of the platoon responsible for this neighborhood in al-Buaytha.
As he sits at the table talking to Taha, 5-year-old daughter Noor insists on sitting next to him. She often holds his hand, and sometimes, she whispers in his ear or offers a kiss on his cheek.  Kendrick, the father of two young daughters, is not only tolerant; he enjoys the little girl’s company. She wears a pair of purple children’s sunglasses Kendrick’s wife, Robin, sent as a gift.  And soon, she may need them.
Kendrick’s visit that day was special. With him is Lt. Col. Hyun Lee, battalion surgeon from the 1st Bn, 30th Inf Regt, who is here to review final preparations for a trip Noor is taking. It is a trip, that if successful, will give Noor the ability to see, something she has never been able to do.  Noor has been blind since birth.  A condition called sclerocornea makes it possible for her to detect only vague impressions of light.  Her father, a schoolteacher, has a brother with the same illness who lives with the family in their house on the banks of the Tigris River.
When Kendrick arrived here last year as part of 3rd Plt, Co D, 1-30th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT Team, 3rd ID, he began meeting residents of al-Buaytha.  “Our philosophy, especially mine, is that we would get out and get with the people to talk about what their issues were, what their problems were,” he said.  Soon he met Taha, who in addition to teaching at the nearby al-Harah school, is also a contractor and community council member, working on projects to rebuild his village’s damaged infrastructure.  “He’s been ‘our go-to-guy’,” said Kendrick, who hails from Phoenix. “He’s a friend of mine; he’s a friend of all of ours.  He takes care of my men and we try to take care of him and his family. He’s part of our extended family as far as our platoon is concerned.”
Taha helped work on several community projects, such as rebuilding and improving the school.  He said his friendship with Kendrick began as soon as they met. Then Kendrick visited the family’s house and met young Noor.  “When he came and sat with me, he saw Noor,” Taha said. “Noorsat with him and touched him, because she cannot see.  She thinks everyone cannot see, like her. After that, she asked me about Kendrick. ‘Father, where does Kendrick come from?  Father, is Kendrick a good man or a bad man?’  Every time she would ask about him.  One day she told me, ‘Father, ‘I love Kendrick.'”
“We’re there five to six days a week on patrol, so Noor was naturally part of our patrol. We’d check in with Taha, see how they were doing and check in on Noor, as well,” Kendrick said.  Then Kendrick got the idea to try and do something about Noor’s blindness. As it turned out, little Noor was a prime candidate for surgery, further involving the battalion.  When Lt. Col. Kenneth Adgie, 1-30th Inf. Regt. cmdr., heard about Noor, he backed the project.
Initially, Air Force ophthalmologists were to perform the procedure, but when that option failed, other avenues were explored. The Eye Defects Research Foundation, a non-governmental org. based in Los Angeles, stepped in to help. They found a doctor in the US willing to perform the procedure and secured visas for Noor and her mother Shaymaa to travel there.
Early Memorial Day morning, Kendrick and members of his platoon picked up Noor, Shaymaa and Taha and gave them a ride to Baghdad International Airport.
Kendrick, who is scheduled to redeploy with the 2nd BCT in July, would like to see Noor return home before he leaves.  “It would be an awesome capstone, to get this done,” Kendrick said.  “This is one of a hundred things we’ve accomplished as far as improving the lives of people in our area.  As far as my piece of the puzzle is concerned, I can lay my head at night knowing I’ve done everything I can do.”
He has many other good experiences to look back on.  When he arrived in al-Buaytha, violence was still common.  Now, it looks as if peace is becoming permanent.  “It was awful. Now you’ve got kids going to school every day, kids walking to school. You’ve got families opening stores. People walk around their [neighborhoods]. They’re proud of their communities again,” he said.
Though the surgery isn’t guaranteed to give Noor her vision, Taha, as a father and a teacher, is hopeful of her prospects.

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Noor, a young girl receiving eye surgery in the U.S., entertains 1st Lt. Michael Kendrick, while he eats breakfast at her family’s house in al-Buaytha, May 25.

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Noor, leads 1st Lt. Michael Kendrick, on a walk through her yard. Noor is wearing the sunglasses Kendrick’s wife sent her as a gift.

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Noor, says goodbye to 1st Lt. Michael Kendrick, at Baghdad International Airport May 26.

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Noor says goodbye to her father, Taha.

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Honoring the memory of fallen Soldiers

By Spc. Cynthia S. Teears

TIKRIT – MND-North held a Memorial Day of Remembrance at COB Speicher May 26 to honor the
fallen Soldiers of their current deployment.
The Patriot Brass, a small group of Soldiers from the Task Force Iron Band, set the mood and played several patriotic pieces throughout the ceremony.  During the ceremony, there was a presentation with historical pictures of American Soldiers and the 78 Soldiers of MND-N who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Sgt. Rachel B. Reese sings America the Beautiful.

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Regimental Support Squadron earns distinguished honors

TIKRIT – The Regimental Support Sqdrn of the 2nd Stryker Cav Regt was selected as the 2008 Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Regt, May 16.
“This award is a mark of distinction coming at an important point in our history,” said Lt. Col. Danny F. Tilzey, cmdr.  It just so happens winning the award coincides with the 172nd birthday of the 2nd SCR on May 23. The great achievements of the 2nd SCR traces back to 1836 when the unit was known as the 2nd Regt Dragoons.
The regt. has participated in a number of campaigns throughout its history, such as Little Big Horn,
Gettysburg, Aisne-Marne, Normandy, Leyte, Desert Storm and today the Global War on Terrorism.
“It is a great honor to have won this distinguished award,” said Tilzey. ”  “Throughout our deployment, the RSS overcame any adversity, conquered any challenge, completed any assigned missions, and in doing so provided unparalleled support to this great regt. and nation.”
Throughout its history, the RSS has played an integral part of the longest active serving cav regt in the U.S. Army.  RSS Troopers, logisticians known as “Muleskinners,” have always provided first-class support to the warfighter, ensuring units had the resources they needed to complete the mission.
The support squadron, like the regiment, continues to live up to its motto, Muleskinners, “Always Ready!”

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