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Patriotic country music singer Aaron Tippin entertains the troops for Thanksgiving, while Gen. Odierno visits Inf. Soldiers at JSS SUJ, and Gen. Hertling serves Thanksgiving dinner at Patrol Base Olsen. An art and culture show opens at the Doura Tech. College. AQI and SG criminals are detained, and munitions caches seized. From Afghanistan a father and son receive Silver Star awards in a special ceremony.
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Patriotic Country music singer spends Thanksgiving entertaining MND-B Soldiers
By Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield, MND-B PAO
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq -
MND - Baghdad Soldiers, along with other Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians gather together in front of the HQ of 4th ID, to rock out with country music singer Aaron Tippin during a Thanksgiving Day concert, Nov. 27. Tippin has been entertaining and supporting troops overseas since 1990.
Aaron Tippin autographs Staff Sgt. Michael Hood's football. Hood serves as senior cook with HQ Support Co, Div Special Troops Bn, 4th ID.
Gen. Odierno visits infantry Soldiers at JSS SUJ on Thanksgiving
FOB LOYALTY -
Gen. Ray Odierno, comm. gen. of MNF - Iraq, talks to Soldiers from 2nd Bn, 30th Inf, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, at JSS Shawra Wa Um Jidir, Nov 27. "I came out here just to tell you that I'm proud of your progress, and I think we're on the path of success," said Odierno, thanking the Soldiers for working so hard to secure the surrounding areas of Sadr City.
(Army photos by Spc. Katrina Faulkner-Brown)
Spc. Luis Cobos, an infantryman assigned to Co B, 2nd Bn, receives a Thanksgiving Day meal.
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Art, culture show opens in Doura community
FOB FALCON - MND - Baghdad Soldiers joined artists, musicians and Iraqi citizens to celebrate the premier of an art exhibition, Nov. 26 in southern Baghdad's Rashid district.
The Iraq artists assembled more than 100 artworks at the Doura Technical College to showcase their ability in the local community, an epicenter of commerce for the eastern Rashid area. Community leaders and local patrons filled rooms prepared with paintings, sculptures and photographs portraying the exhibition's theme: "New Life, New Culture."
Doura, a neighborhood with a notorious reputation for its intense sectarian violence, saw progress since the arrival of the 2nd Bn, 4th Inf Regt, in November 2007, said Lt. Col. Timothy Watson, cmdr. of the 2nd Bn, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID.
"We think the event shows incredible work by the people of Doura to bring the community back to life," said Watson. "We are hopeful the progress here will continue." Watson described the art show as the pinnacle of social events in his area of ops.
"Thanks to the hard efforts of Capt. Brett Walker and cooperation with the 1st BCT ePRT, we've been working towards this in Doura for the last 12 months," he said.
Faruq Hamdani, a featured artist and event organizer, said he believes everybody continually worked hard to set up for the art and culture show. It took Hamdani 20 days to prepare supplies and artwork for the show. He said he credits the exhibition to the true efforts of both Iraqis and CF, adding that the Iraqi people are in need of a place to relieve stress and tiredness.
An Iraqi artist displays his painting.
(Army photos by Maj. Dave Olson)
Zaith al-Tark, an Iraqi sculptor, displays his al-Battaani art piece. The statue is dedicated to the 1,000-year memorial of Battaani, who is widely known as an Islamic philosopher.
Band members Helall, Hala, and Hazzar Bassam play traditional Iraqi music. The family members are musicians and instructors at the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet.
MND-B Soldiers detain 8 suspected criminals throughout Baghdad
BAGHDAD - TF 1st Bn, 6th Inf Regt attached to 3rd Bde, 4th ID, captured a suspected criminal at approx. 1:10 a.m., Nov. 27 after receiving a tip from an informant on a suspect's house located in Sadr City's Thawra neighborhood. The detainee is an alleged Special Groups member, IED emplacer, and participant in terrorist activities.
At approx. 9 a.m., Soldiers from Co D, 1st CAB, 68th Armor Regt, 3rd BCT, 4th ID, working with 3rd Bde, 4th ID, detained 5 suspected criminals in the Adhamiyah district of northern Baghdad. The 5 are suspected of involvement in a recent string of IED attacks and assassination attempts in eastern Baghdad.
On Nov 28, at approx. 1:40 a.m,, Soldiers from the 2nd Plt, Co C, 1st Bn, 14th Inf Regt, 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, detained a known criminal in North Baghdad's Tarmiyah JSS. The detainee is responsible for emplacing IEDs on military routes.
Soldiers from the 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained a suspected Special Groups operator at 11 a.m. in the West Rashid district of Baghdad.
ISF captures 2 terrorists, 1 JAM-SG during separate ops in northern Iraq
BALAD - Iraqi SF, with the assistance of CF advisors, arrested 2 suspected AQI terrorists and a suspected Jaysh al Mahdi Special Groups (JAM-SG) criminal leader during separate operations in northern Iraq Nov. 24-26.
Baqubah SWAT captured a suspected AQI cell leader Nov. 26 during an op in Shufta. He is believed to be a leader of multiple cells, which conduct suicide vest attacks.
During a separate op on Nov. 25, Iraqi SOF captured a suspected JAM-SG criminal in Khalis. The individual is allegedly responsible for conducting numerous sectarian attacks as well as an assassination attempt on the former mayor of Khalis.
In an op in Qayarrah on Nov. 24, IA soldiers captured a suspected AQI cell member. The individual is believed to be a facilitator and VBIED manufacturer for an AQI cell in the area.
MND-B Soldiers detain wanted SG criminal, NPs find a cache
BAGHDAD - Nov. 28, in southern Baghdad's Rashid District, at approx. 11 a.m. in the Ghartan neighborhood, Soldiers from HHC, 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained a known SG criminal, wanted for financing attacks against CF.
Iraqi NPs discovered and seized a munitions cache in the Risalah community at approx. 2 p.m., consisting of 2 RPG launchers, 10 RPG rounds, 2 anti-personnel rockets, 4 rocket initiators, 100 rounds of 7.62 mm ammo, and a variety of bomb-making materials.
A cornucopia full of colorful fruit on display in the Raider Café Dining Facility, FOB Falcon, Nov. 27, 2008.
Photo by Sgt. David Hodge
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Sqdrn, 3rd ARC, provide security for a PRT and reps of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Org. visiting the ancient city of Ashur, Nov. 21, 2008. The site, known as Qalat Shergat, is one of 3 areas in Iraq that is a World Heritage site.
U.S. AF photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano.
Maj Gen. Hertling serving Thanksgiving Dinner
Army Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, cmdr., MND-N, serves Thanksgiving dinner to Soldiers at Patrol Base Olsen, during his visit, Nov. 27, 2008.
Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen
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Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony
Soldiers from CJTF-101 watched a video screen at Bagram as the elder Harris was pinned with not only the Silver Star, but also a Bronze Star he earned serving in Vietnam. Neither had been formally presented to him.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Nearly 30 years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam war and the start of the War on Terrorism. While time, tactics and technology make today's military very different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American service member.
The Silver Star is the nation's third-highest award for such displays of bravery and sacrifice. Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris became one of the few Soldiers to receive the prestigious award on the evening of Nov. 28, but the fact that his father, former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, was also presented at the same moment with a Silver Star made the event all the more meaningful.
Through a video teleconference during a ceremony at Combined Joint TF-101 headquarters, the Harris family watched from a conference room at Fort Campbell, Ky, as the younger Harris was presented the Silver Star by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, CJTF-101 comm. gen.