Archive for June 24th, 2008

LATHAM – Three members of the New York Army National Guard were killed in action outside Kandahar, Afghanistan on June 21.  Two of them are New York residents.

Killed are Sgt. Andrew Seabrook, of South Ozone Park, Queens; Sgt. Anthony Mangano, of Greenlawn, Suffolk County; and Specialist Nelson Rodriguez-Ramirez, Revere, Mass. All three Soldiers were assigned to A Troop, Second Squadron 101st Cavalry, based in Geneva, Ontario County.

The three Soldiers were part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, a multi-national force of more than 8,000 U.S. and NATO service personnel training the Afghan National Army and Police. Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix is currently being led by the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Brigade Combat Team, commanded by Col Brian Balfe.

The soldiers and another member of the task force-Lt. Col James Walton of the 1st Infantry Division– were killed in an ambush en route to a training location when their vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

The whole report is here.

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God Rest Our Heroes.

Troop Scoop 6/24/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 11:31 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
The big story today is the Industrial Service Center opening in Basra.  A key criminal is detained in karadah, and 7 other detained in Amarah.  Basic services such as sanitation and garbage removal in Basra getting prioritized as security and stability returns.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

June 24, 2008
Citizen tip leads Soldiers to suspected key criminal in Karadah

BAGHDAD – In eastern Baghdad, June 23, after receiving a tip from a local citizen, Soldiers from the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div detained a suspected militant in the Zafaraniyah area of Karadah. The individual was highly sought after and is suspected of conducting IED attacks, kidnappings and murders.


IPs help clean up Basra

BASRA – The IA helped bring stability and security to the streets with Operation Charge of the Knights, but Iraqi NP are increasing their visibility in the Basra area by taking on more responsibility: maintaining that security and working to clean up the streets in other ways.
Basic services such as sanitation and garbage removal are a concern in several districts of the city. INPs have been working to provide security as the govt calls on the local community to assist in cleaning up the streets.
Police are visible during cleanup ops as well as when payments are made to community leaders and local citizens working on the projects.

Screenshot_009 An Iraqi National Police Major and a local community leader hang a Pro-Basra banner as local citizens gather to be paid for their efforts in cleaning the streets of Basra, June 17.  (U.S. Army photo by CPL Jeremiah Green)


ISF seize weapon caches, detain 7

AMARAH – Iraqi SF, assisted by CF, seized 3 caches and detained 2 criminals during “Op Sign of Peace” in Amarah, June 20.
Iraqi Soldiers discovered a cache containing 40 PKC weapons, mortars, RPGs, IED making materials. a RPG scope, and a cellular phone, during clearing ops.
Detained were 2 suspected members of a criminal cell, also recovered 10 EFPs, 2 claymore mines and a heavy machine gun.
Two of the 5 detained militants were wearing women’s clothing.
“Op Sign of Peace” is an Iraqi led, planned and executed op in Amarah to enforce the rule of law, reduce criminal safe havens and disrupt weapons smuggling.
CF are providing technical assistance, advice and support to this op upon request from the GoI.


Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone Service Center Opens at Balad

By Staff Sgt. Les Newport
76th Inf BCT

Screenshot_010 76th Inf BCT Dep. Cmdr. Col. Kenneth Newlin meets with local leader Sheik Al-Tamimi on June 17 during the commemoration of a service center built by local Iraqis and members of the 76th at Joint Base Balad.  Photo by Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III.

BALAD — Joint Base Balad marked the beginning of a new program to spur progress in Iraq in the provinces surrounding the installation.
A ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant Gen. of the Indiana National Guard, Brig. Gen. Gregory E. Couch, cmdr. of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Sheik Al-Tamimi commemorated the opening of the Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone (I-BIZ) Service Center, Basateen Al-Dejayl General Training and Contracting Co., ltd., at Joint Based Balad. The initiative is being spearheaded by the 76th Infantry, Indiana Army National Guard.
“We are proud to call Iraqis our wonderful allies and we wish you the very, very best in your new venture,” said Umbarger.  Here is a local sheik very well respected in his community; able to create a business and work in conjunction with us as his allies, said Umbarger. “I think it’s a special step forward and it’s a real honor to be here today. I had an opportunity to speak to the sheik one-on-one. You can see that he is a person with a big heart; it’s a special day for him and likewise for me,” he said.
The center was selected as the first of several initiatives to provide local Iraqi business leaders with opportunities to tap into valuable military contracts, and provide a secure environment to grow their business.
“To fulfill what Gen. Petraeus’ dream was when he came here, and that is to get the Iraqi people the opportunity to work in their country and to take back the opportunity so they can support their own families,” said Couch. “So this is the beginning of a great partnership and I too, as I’m getting ready to leave here, wish all great success to the Sheik and the rest of the Iraqi partners that join in on the IBIZ function.”
Col. Courtney Carr, 76th Inf BCT cmdr. said the initiative is tied to a theater-wide initiative to drive business and economic prosperity to the local economy.  Significant improvements in the security of the local area, led by local Iraqi leaders, are the key that allows us to pursue these economic opportunities.
Col. Kenneth Newlin, Dep. Bde cmdr. and I-BIZ Program Director, sees the program as a natural progression of security and stability ops.  “The leaders and centers of influence that we are partnering with in establishing these businesses have the ability to influence economic progress and prosperity in Iraq.  This program allows us to consolidate recent security gains made in the region by the local and national govt that a year ago would not have been possible,” said Newlin.
In addition to the service center, which will provide maintenance for non-tactical vehicles owned by CF, JBB has plans for a host nation business center, shipping container remanufacturing facility, an industrial, wholesale, and retail facilities, and a vocational training program.