Troop Scoop 6/28/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 28 Jun 2008 12:34 PM CDT

Dear Interested Reader,
We honor the Michigan National Guard helping safeguard reconstruction efforts in Ramadi, while medics from the 3-7th Inf. Bn. participated in a combined medical engagement in Farisiyah.   Many suspected criminals detained, and large weapons and munitions seized.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

June 28, 2008
Michigan Guard Members help Safeguard Reconstruction Efforts

Screenshot_043 Official photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Boucher.

2nd Lt. Stephan Shuster, watches activities near the Ramadi Ministry of Health during a Personnel Security Detail mission.

CAMP RAMADI — Hot wind swirled orange dust around idling Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as 2nd Lt. Stephan Shuster, plt leader, described the day’s mission to the combat-equipped force. The troops mounted their vehicles and headed for the heart of the provincial capital city of Ramadi.  What might have been a hair-raising combat mission just a year ago is today a trip to securely deliver civil-military ops personnel to the Ministry of Health for a meeting with Iraqi officials. And the combat gear? Well, that is a precaution, not a preparation for battle.
Shuster and other Soldiers from B Co, 1st Bn, 125th Inf Regt of the Michigan National Guard, otherwise known as Task Force Viking, make several of these type trips all around Ramadi each week.  These Personnel Security Detail (PSD) missions help ensure that reconstruction work continues unabated by safeguarding the servicemembers and civilians working to support the ever-strengthening municipal govt.
According to 1st Lt. Ryan Senn, co. cmdr. in charge of coordinating all the PSD movements, the main role of the PSD ops is to provide security and transportation to the civil-military ops and PRTs at Camp Ramadi. This includes making sure buildings like the Ministry of Health are secure, both inside and out.
The unit has conducted more than 170 PSD missions since arriving and assuming their security responsibilities in late April. “We average 2 destinations per mission. The highest number of destinations we’ve had on one mission has been 8,” said Senn. The missions run 6 days a week with 1 day set aside for equipment maintenance and recuperation, he added.
Although Al Anbar Province and the city of Ramadi have seen a tremendous reduction in violence over the past year, and the ensuing relative peace has been touted as evidence of the defeat of terrorism in the region, the Soldiers stay vigilant. Senn said the reduced threat from AQI has not changed the way the unit operates.  “It doesn’t matter if there is a 60% threat or a 1% threat, you still have to have a similar posture and mindset in order to respond properly if or when that threat presents itself,” he said.
The transformation of Iraqi cities like Ramadi has been amazing, though somewhat difficult to fully comprehend for Staff Sgt. Jason Mesner, a veteran of the push through Iraq in 2003 and current member of the Task Force. Then assigned to a unit that initially cleared the Baghdad airport, Mesner’s experience was one of near non-stop combat.  He said he has had to alter his mindset from being focused solely on combat and adapt to his current, less-visible role as a military member supporting the progression toward peace and a self-reliant provincial and municipal Iraqi govt.
Not all of the Soldiers in the unit have the experience of previous deployments to Iraq. “This is my first deployment,” said Spc. Brian Qualls, a B Co. medic from Detroit.  “I drill in Flint and I’m usually working in a battalion aid station or training with an ambulance.”  Qualls is enjoying getting to travel around in the convoys and socialize with the Iraqis and says that little things make his job rewarding.  “I like meeting people and knowing we’re doing something to help.  Even giving kids a band-aid for a scratch makes them feel good, and that’s cool,” he said.  “It’s been really quiet. We haven’t had any (IEDs), and I give (EOD) credit for keeping us safe from them.”
This day’s PSD mission finished as quietly as the hundreds before it, and the meeting between Iraqi officials and civil-military ops personnel concluded another step toward the reconstruction of Ramadi and the self-reliant govt.

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Iraqi Army, Coalition Troops Provide Medical Care at School

By 1st Lt. Travis Hayes
4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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Soldiers from 3-7th Inf Regt usher in residents, June 21, 2008.
U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rhonda Roth.

FOB ISKAN — More than 200 adults and 80 children received medical care recently during a combined medical engagement at the Al Herea School in Farisiyah.
Eight Iraqi medics and surgeons and medics from the 3rd ID’s 3rd Bn, 7th Inf Regt, 4th BCT, hosted the event for residents of Farisiyah and Jurf as Sahkr.
“It always puts a smile on my face to see people in need receive proper care,” said Army Staff Sgt. Luke Henry, a medic with HHC, 3-7th Inf Regt.  “I believe these combined medical engagements are what we need to keep doing, because it’s these children that we treat who will remember us when they’re older and in a position to make decisions.”
In addition to the medical care, the Iraqi medics provided preventive medical classes on the importance of washing hands, boiling water and personal hygiene.
Members of the civil affairs team from FOB Iskan also handed out Beanie Babies to children and distributed more than 500 humanitarian aid packages to families.

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MND-B Soldiers detain known Special Groups criminal in Rashid

BAGHDAD – June 26 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, Soldiers from the 64th Armor Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained the criminal, a known weapons trafficker, at a checkpoint in the Ghartan community.

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IA, MND-B Soldiers seize munitions north, west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD – IA and MND – Baghdad Soldiers, aided by tips from Iraqi civilians, seized 6 munitions caches north and west of Baghdad, June 26.
Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, seized a munitions cache near the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, at approx. 6:30 a.m., June 26.  The cache consisted of a 120 mm mortar round, a 100 mm Illumination mortar round, 4 57 mm high-explosive projectiles, 6 107 mm HE rocket warheads, a surface-to-air missile, a 155 mm HE projectile; 11, 82 mm HE mortar rounds; 24, 57 mm rocket motors, an IED, 300 electric blasting caps, empty artillery casings, various small-arms ammo, explosives, propellants and other various IED-making materials.
Soldiers with the 27th Inf. Regt. seized a nitric acid chemical cache west of Camp Taji at approx. 10:20 a.m. consisting of 9 five-gallon jugs of nitric acid.
Iraqi Soldiers along with Soldiers from the 14th Inf. Regt., seized a weapons cache in Tarmiyah Qada at approx. 12:10 p.m., consisting of 9 boxes of heavy machine gun rounds. In Abayachi, north of Baghdad,  IA seized 2 120 mm mortar rounds, a 122 mm artillery round, 100 heavy machine gun rounds, a heavy machine gun base plate, an unknown machine gun and a 107 mm rocket motor.
Based on an Iraqi citizen’s tip, Soldiers from the 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, seized a munitions cache north of Abu Ghuraib at approx. 5:45 p.m.  The cache consisted of an unknown HME, 24, 82 mm mortar rounds, a blasting cap, bomb-making material, a grenade and fuse.

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Iraqi Army finds weapons cache near Al Latif

BASRA – IA and British soldiers seized a weapons cache northwest of the Al Latif district of Basra, Iraq June 25, consisting of 25 107 mm rockets, homemade rocket launchers, 40 mortar shells, 2 heavy machine guns and a large quantity of ammo.
“The 107 mm rockets were in some form of transit hide, potentially about to be used against a significant target, either an Iraqi SF or CF Base,” said Lieutenant Colonel Simon Browne, a spokesperson for MND – Southeast.

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Mahawil Emergency Response Unit detain 5 during air assault

BAGHDAD – Members of the Mahawil Emergency Response Unit detained 5 suspected criminals near Mahawil, June 23, during air and ground assaults.
Approx. 35 members of the ERU and 100 Soldiers from the 502nd Infantry Regiment assaulted 4 different objectives to disrupt a suspected weapons trafficking cell in the Mahawil area.  The individuals detained are accused of trafficking weapons, participating in AQI activities, conducting rocket attacks and murdering a Mahawil policeman.  Although the cell was located in Mahawil, their suspected reach was much further, including supplying weapons to criminals as far north as Baghdad.
Members of the ERU led the op, called “Op Yorktown,” and CF secured the outer cordon.

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MND-B Soldiers detain 3 suspected criminals in overnight operations

BAGHDAD – At approx. 9:45 p.m., June 25, Soldiers from the 1st BC, 4th ID, detained a suspected Special Groups criminal cell leader in the Shurta neighborhood.
At approx. 1:15 a.m., June 26, 4th ID Soldiers  detained a suspected Sunni criminal in the same area.  Less than 2 hours later, 4th ID Soldiers detained a suspected criminal in the Shurta neighborhood, responsible for attacks on Iraqi Security and CF in the Rashid district.

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MND-B Soldiers seize cache in Ameriyah following tip

BAGHDAD – June 26, acting on a tip from an Iraqi civilian, Soldiers from the 10th Cav Regt, attached to 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div, seized 122 mortar rounds, 17 RPGs, 8 rockets, 3 sniper rifles, a machinegun, 3 TNT sticks, 5 mortar tubes, 100 blasting caps, 5 tank rounds and miscellaneous detonation cord, fuses and homemade explosives.

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MND-B Soldiers detain 7 suspected criminals, discover 2 munitions caches

BAGHDAD – MND – Baghdad Soldiers detained 7 suspected criminals and discovered 2 weapons caches June 26 and 27 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.
Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained a suspected criminal at approx. 11:45 a.m., June 26, in the Hadar community. The suspect is allegedly responsible for emplacing a roadside bomb earlier this year.
Approx. 2 hours later, Soldiers from the 22nd Inf Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained 3 criminals in conjunction with a roadside bomb attack in the Zubaida community.
Soldiers from the 64th Armor Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID., discovered a munitions cache and detained 3 suspected criminals during the search of a residence at approx. 12:15 a.m., June 27, in the Saydiyah neighborhood consisting of 3 RPGs altered to be remote detonated.

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