Archive for June 14th, 2008

The first reports on the rally in West Chester PA today are in and all of them say it was a great success.  Eagles and patriots from as far away as Florida came to celebrate Flag Day and the 233rd Birthday of the U.S. Army.

Gathering of Eagles, Band of Mothers, West Chester Victory Movement, Warrior’s Watch and others turned out.

Great Photos are here, here and here.  That last one will have the link to Skye’s photos shortly when they are up.

Great Job to All!!

Troop Scoop 6/14/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 14 Jun 2008 12:45 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
A high level ISI terrorist captured in Baghdad.  Residents of Basra receiving medical care, as a result of improved security.  The Seattle Supersonics Dance Team entertain the troops, and get the real story of success in Iraq.  The emergence of the Neighborhood Guard in Sadr City helps improve security.  Weapons caches seized throughout Baghdad, and more criminals detained or killed.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

June 14, 2008

Baghdad Emergency Response Unit detain suspected terrorist

BAGHDAD – A Baghdad ERU detained a suspected “Islamic State of Iraq” terrorist working within the Nationality Directorate in Baghdad, for murder and kidnapping, June 12. The ISI is a front for AQI.
The Ministry of Interior issued a warrant for the chief of the Nationality Directorate facility, who is believed to have killed a man in Baghdad.  According to the warrant, he is said to be a leader within the foreign-led terrorist group who has also participated in assassinations and kidnappings.  He is also said to have been an officer of the former regime under Saddam Hussein.
He and other members of the org. are reportedly responsible for launching mortars and RPGs from the
al-Muthana bridge area toward al-Rashida.
This detention is part of an ongoing effort by the GoI to eradicate terrorists within its infrastructure and other
individuals, groups or organizations intent on impeding the stability and security of the country.


Residents of Basra receive medical care, health education

BASRA – June 12, more than 1,000 patients came to both locations seeking attention from the clinic, where doctors from the National Iraqi Assistance Centre provided medical aid and health education on preventative health an child health care. .
The medical staff also brought several boxes of medication and other supplies for the clinic.
Iraqi soldiers  provided security for the duration of the operation.
The Iraqi 51st Bde is currently mentored by 2 Royal Anglian as its MiTT. The provision of such medical care for inhabitants at a local level is part of the ongoing success borne of the improved security situation in the region.


ISF, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons in Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Iraqi SF and MND – Baghdad Soldiers seized a number of weapons in Baghdad, June 12.
IA soldiers seized 3 82mm mortar rounds, 2 130mm mortar rounds, a 120mm rocket, a 155mm mortar round, a 60mm mortar round, 28 AK-47s, three sniper rifles, 13 rocket fuses, 100 main gun rounds, 50 PKC rounds, 150 9mm rounds, a roll of wire, 4 RPG launchers, 3 RPGs, , a 155mm artillery round, a 73mm artillery round, a container of TNT, a Motorola radio and charger, 3 kilograms of unknown explosives, 3 grenade bodies, and 3 hand grenades, in Sadr City.
At the same time in the Shamasiya area of Adhamiyah, Soldiers from the 3rd BCT, 4th ID, seized a 60mm
mortar round, 3 hand grenades and 3 unknown fuses.
Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, acted on a tip from a local Iraqi and found 5 130mm mortar
rounds, a 107mm mortar round, a 100mm mortar round and a .50-caliber machine gun northwest of Baghdad.


NBA dance team entertains, shows appreciation for troops

TIKRIT – The Seattle SuperSonics Dance Team visited troops deployed to COB Speicher, located in Tikrit,
June 11.
The dance team wanted to show their appreciation for the military and decided to partake in their own deployment experiences.  “My passion is dancing and performing,” said Pilita, a first-year dance team member. “This is the least I could do for the Soldiers.  It’s a privilege to be here.  I’ve learned a lot.”
“Every day, this place and the Soldiers, everyone, has exceeded the expectations that I had,” explained Jillian, one of the Sonics dancers. “I have learned so much [more] by talking with a Soldier for one minute than when I listened to news stations or radio stations.”
“This is fun,” said Airman 1st Class Alana Fowler, a security forces patrol officer, “You sort of wake up in the same place, doing the same thing every day.  It’s good to see something besides everyone in uniforms, military uniforms. It’s different, and it breaks up the daily routine.”
Many dance team members agreed this experience taught them many things about life in general and about why there is still a military presence in Iraq.  “Everything that we see in the US and everything we learn is completely opposite,” said Sabrina, the dance team coach.  “It’s the stories that we see through the eyes of the Soldiers.  Seeing how things are done from day to day, to seeing how they are actually working with the country to build it up and working with their Soldiers.  We never hear those things and so, for us, it’s just been a really growing experience.  We don’t want to forget any moment, it’s overwhelming really.  I feel like a new person.”

Screenshot_008 Capt. Jason Woodward, a co. cmdr. with 1-1 Attack Recon Bn, tells the Sonic Dance Team Members about his helicopter.


Sgt. 1st Class James Artz, the garrison communication systems support sgt., 191st Combat Sustainment Support Bn, and Capt. Ira Pray, the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation officer, 191st CSSB, show the dance team members how to operate a 9mm handgun safely on the range before letting them practice shooting at targets.


Raider Soldiers detain three suspected criminals

BAGHDAD –  In Baghdad’s Rashid District, June 12, at approx. 5 a.m., Soldiers from the 64th Armor Regt,
attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained 2 Special Groups criminals in the Saydiyah neighborhood, and at approx. 6:30 a.m., detained a Special Groups criminal in the Risalah neighborhood.
The suspects are connected to senseless and indiscriminate acts of violence, such as roadside bomb attacks that have targeted innocent Iraqi civilians and CF.


Neighborhood Guard helps protect in Sadr City

Screenshot_012 The first recruits of the Neighborhood Guard in the Sadr City district of Baghdad secure the streets June 10, to protect their homes and families from a possible resurgence of Special Groups criminals that potentially threaten security.  The Neighborhood Guard is a MND – Baghdad program in partnership with the IA. It is modeled after the successful SoI to train Iraqis to protect the neighborhoods where they live and work.


IA, MND-B Soldiers seize caches throughout Baghdad

BAGHDAD – IA and MND – Baghdad Soldiers uncovered several caches throughout Baghdad, June 12.
Iraqi Soldiers seized a weapons cache in the Kadhamiyah district of Baghdad at approx. 6 a.m., containing 2 IEDs, 2 RPG launchers, 3 rockets, 2 AK-47s, mortar fuses and detonation wire.
An hour later, Iraqi soldiers discovered a weapons cache in the Sadr City district of Baghdad consisting of 8 RPGs for vehicle mounting, 2 RPG launchers, 3 rockets of various types, 5 IEDs, a 155 mm round, a 130 mm round, 2 120 mm rounds, approx. one pound of C4 explosive, 100 7.62 mm rounds; 50 sniper rounds, a grenade and a rifle, 6 RPGs, 60 mm mortar fuses, 16 60 mm mortar charges, an SPG-9 scope, 2 14.5 mm ammo boxes, 50 PKC machine gun rounds and wire.
MND-B Soldiers with the 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered a weapons cache in the East Rashid district of Baghdad at approx. 7:30 a.m. consisting of 9 grenades; 400 7.62 mm rounds; detonation wire, a shock tube, 2 RPG boosters, 2 RPG warheads and a PKC machine gun.


Sons of Iraq repel second attack in Salah ad-Din province

TIKRIT – The homes of several SoI members were attacked by al-Qaeda fighters, near the town of Ishaki in the Salah ad-Din province, June 11.
The SOI members successfully defended their homes in the ensuing firefight, which left 4 enemy fighters dead and 3 SOI injured.  Three suicide vests and a vehicle laden with explosives were found on the scene and later destroyed by EOD technicians.
On May 29, SoI near Owja killed 9 enemy fighters who attempted to overrun an SOI checkpoint by detonating a suicide vest and attacking with small arms fire.
“AQI are becoming more and more desperate in their attempts to discourage a burgeoning SoI movement here in the Salah ad-Din province,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Hauerwas, a spokesman for the 1st BCT, 101st Abn Div. “The willingness of the Sons of Iraq to fight the enemy toe to toe, demonstrates their resolve to expel AQI from this province.”