February 25, 2011


Soldiers become American citizens while serving in Iraq - by Sgt. Shawn Miller In a time when immigration is a politically polarizing topic across the U.S., American soldiers, who once swore an oath to defend and protect the country they chose to serve, raised their right hands for an oath of a different nature, further validating their commitment to the nation.

Local village officially welcomes new clinic - by Pfc. Angel Washington Local residents, village officials and U.S. soldiers participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the official opening of the Al Quba Medical Clinic, Feb. 14.

USD-C ‘Dragon’ Battalion Soldiers train with 6th IAD Soldiers on Close Quarters Combat, Combatives, Riot Control - by Sgt. Jennifer Sardam A team of soldiers with B Company, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, recently taught riot control techniques, combatives and close-quarter combat drills at Joint Security Station, Iraq, to Iraqi Army soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division.

Sapper Company Soldiers clear U.S. Division-North roads - by Sgt. David Strayer Before conducting route clearance missions from Contingency Operating Base Speicher, combat engineers of the 34th Engineer Company (Sapper), attached to 326th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, perform pre-combat checks and pre-combat inspections on personal protective equipment and armored route clearance vehicles and practice rollover drills in preparation for the task at hand.

‘Black Dragons’ help federal police secure checkpoints - by Pfc. Angel Washington Soldiers assigned to Battery A, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, trained Iraqi policemen of 3rd Federal Police Division on checkpoint operations, Feb. 17.

Micro-dairy plant brings Kirkuk local farmers together - 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division For the first time in the history of the province, people of various ethnic backgrounds and communities came together to build four micro-dairy production plants in the districts of the Kirkuk province. The first micro-dairy plant fully equipped with milk-processing machines opened Feb. 17 in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Mobile Training Team takes classes on the road - by Sgt. Shawn Miller As Iraqi Army units continue to cycle through training centers across U.S. Division-North under the guidance of U.S. mentors, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division’s Mobile Training Team brought training to IA units conducting security operations in northern Iraq.

Army cook serves up smiles, strength to deployed Soldiers - by Staff Sgt. Tanya Thomas Hundreds of deployed troops – plus civilian contractors and local national employees – swarm the dining facility at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, every evening, eager to fill their stomachs with a hot meal. But regardless of what's featured on the night's menu, one Army cook is ensuring that these troops are first fed a healthy smile.

US Representative visits troops in Baghdad - by Staff Sgt. April Davis U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, visited soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade, Idaho Army National Guard, based out of Boise, Idaho, Feb. 2 at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. The brigade is currently serving as Garrison Command for Victory Base Complex under United States Division – Center in support of Operation New Dawn.

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