Troop Scoop 7/15/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 15 Jul 2008 08:08 AM CDT

Dear Interested Reader,
The first graduating class of the Daughters of Iraq took me by surprise, expecting to see westernized Iraqi women volunteering for a most dangerous job.  Bravo!!  A cooperative medical engagement brings aid to small communities.  CF continue their training of the Karbala National ERU, and 2 Special Groups criminals get captured.

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

July 15, 2008
Daughters of Iraq graduate in Diyala Province

DIYALA – Iraqi women graduated from a security training course at the Alabarrah Police Station in the Diyala Province of Iraq to become members of the Daughters of Iraq, July 13.
130 women attended the course and 70 represented them at the graduation.  Several Iraqi children celebrated the occasion by joyfully belting out the Iraqi National Anthem to a crowd of women ready to assist with the protection of their nation.
“We have seen some courageous, strong women stand up and volunteer for this training to help defend their country,” said Lt. Col. Robert McAleer, cmdr., Fires Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, as he addressed the crowd of graduates.
“The four-day course the Iraqi women attended focused mainly on searching vehicles and personnel for weapons and explosives,” said Capt. Charles Knoll, cmdr., Charlie Btry, Fires Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt. “There’s a critical need to have Iraqi females who can help search other Iraqi females. This will help us better detect and deter female suicide bombers in the future.”
“At first, you could tell some of the Iraqi women were hesitant. They were a little shy, but they’ve really opened up and embraced the training,” said 2nd Lt. Rachel Roberts, a Fire Support Officer with Charlie Btry.  The recent upsurge in female suicide bombers in the Diyala Province was one factor in the creation of the Daughters of Iraq.

The first class of Daughters of Iraq prepares to graduate.
(U.S Army photo by Spc. Ryan Elliott)

A group of Iraqi women gather for their graduation from the DoI training class at the Alabarrah IP Station.


IA, MND-C Soldiers provide medical treatment to Juhaysh residents

BAGHDAD – July 9, Iraqi Soldiers secured the area along with Soldiers from the 4th BCT, 3rd ID and used a school as a makeshift clinic to offer care to local Iraqis.
Village residents poured in from the streets.  “I think this is very good,” said an Iraqi medic. “It’s good to help out the people, and we have a good relationship with the CF.”
In preparation for the CME, the unit came out to the Juhaysh village to see what they have and don’t have, said Capt. John Zdeb, a co. cmdr. with the 7th Inf Regt, attached to 4th BCT, 3rd ID.  “We asked the sheikhs to identify their needs, and medical service was one of their highest priorities,” said Zdeb.
Major Mario Caycedo, a surgeon with 703rd BSB, 4th BCT, led the 703rd BSB medics and an Iraqi medic in examining, diagnosing, treating and advising patients.
“The main purpose of the CME is to come out here, interact and provide [Iraqis] with medical care,” said Spc. Johnelle Opel, a medic from the 703rd BSB.
“Most of the ailments were from the water … we will look at coming back here to help them out with education; do a CME to show them how to properly purify the water, things like that,” said Capt. K.C. Woody, a 703rd BSB co.  cmdr.
“In this area, specifically, there is a lack of essential services,” Zdeb said. “There are no smaller medical clinics in any of these outlining communities, and it’s hard for a lot of these people to actually get to the bigger cities to get to a hospital to receive medical treatment.”
In addition to the IA soldiers pulling security, the Iraqi bde’s leadership also was present.  “It shows the local populace that their military and police leadership care about them,” said Woody. “(Having the Iraqi military present) is a step in the right direction.  Obviously, we’re not going to be here forever, but they will. So it’s important for them to see how we do things, and they can take away some of the things they learn from us plus, the things that they do well.”

Major Mario Caycedo talks with a young Iraqi boy and his father during a cooperative medical engagement.
photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis

Residents of Juhaysh line up outside a school that was made into a makeshift clinic.

Spc. Takeysha Washington, a medic with the 703rd, takes the temperature of a young Iraqi baby.

Spc Lori MacFarland, a medic with the 703rd, and an Iraqi medic check out an Iraqi child.

Spc. David Edge, a medic with the 703rd, looks inside a child’s mouth.


Karbala National Emergency Response Unit receives training from Coalition forces

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Members of Karbala’s ERU receive training from U.S. SF members on Close Quarters Battle tactics, urban movement and combat drills in Balad, recently. Karbala ERU is the new Foreign Internal Defense partner for this SF team.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jack Georges)


Iraqi CSWAT teams capture 2 suspected Special Groups criminals in separate ops

BALAD – July 12, Hillah CSWAT captured a Special Groups criminal believed to be responsible for weapons smuggling and IED, indirect fire and small arms fire attacks against Iraqi and CF. The man is said to be planning future attacks, and is suspected of conducting an IED attack against the Quick Reaction Force from the Hillah U.S. Regional Embassy Office in June 2008.
In a separate op, Kut CSWAT arrested a suspected Special Groups criminal leader on a Wasit Provincial warrant for terrorism.  The suspect is said to be a member of a weapons smuggling cell known for storing and distributing EFPs.  He is also suspected of IED and EFP attacks against Iraqi and CF.



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