PAKTIKA PROVINCE – ANP combined with Co A, 3rd Bn, 187th Inf Regt, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div conducted an air-assault op into Atah Khel village, May 19. The air assault op was conducted according to plan, said Army Capt. Joshua Powers, cmdr of Co A.
As the village search was conducted, 2 unregistered motorcycles were found sitting outside a mosque. The ANP conducted a more thorough search of the mosque and the surrounding area, where they found several RPG rounds, an RPG launcher, binoculars, handheld radios and a wig. A suspected insurgent was seen fleeing the area and was quickly detained by the ANP.
Marines, Airmen and Soldiers gather for a mission briefing and to receive the latest updates after an attack, during the early morning hours on Bagram Airfield, May 19. Insurgents launched an attack at the base with small arms fires, grenades and RPGs. U.S. Servicemembers repelled the attack.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD – Sixteen insurgents were killed and 5 detained after an estimated 30-40 militants launched an attack on the outer perimeter. During the attack, CF and ANP provided an immediate joint response maintaining security on Bagram Airfield, blocking the insurgents’ ability to completely breach the perimeter of the base.
Following the attack, the ANP and CF detained 5 suspected militants the morning May 20, after performing a presence and security patrol in a nearby village.
One U.S. contractor was killed, several service members were wounded, and a building received minor damages during the attack. Three of the wounded were returned to duty, while all others are currently in stable condition. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
An AF SECFOR member scans the outer fence line during the attack.
Story and photo by Sgt. Mike MacLeod
Physician's asst Capt. Kenneth Brodie, with 3rd Bn, 319th Abn FAR, 1st Bde, 82nd Abn Div (Advise and Assist Bde), sees a patient with local general practitioner, Dr. Larif, at a temporary medical clinic in Dulaub, where he and his team of medics assessed healthcare needs, May 12, 2010.
AL ASAD AIR BASE – A team of Army medical personnel set up a temporary clinic with a local Iraqi doctor to assess the healthcare needs of a poor farming community near here along the Euphrates River, May 12. More than 100 walk-in patients were treated.
The project was an assessment for a more comprehensive healthcare treatment and education event planned for the community in the near future, according to Brodie. Larif, the resident doctor, said his goal was generally prevention, not treatment. “We can treat simple cases – somebody falls off their motorcycle or out of a tree, and breaks an arm,” he said. For injuries such as severe burns or appendicitis, patients are brought to nearby Hit, said the doctor.
Many visitors to the assessment, like veteran Soldier Sabry Abdula, who lost both hands in the Gulf War, came in for multiple issues. Since the local clinic does not stock his medication, Sabry has to travel to Baghdad on a motor scooter adapted for his handless arms. "It's always a long, dangerous ride," he said. While inquiring about medication for an ulcer he's had for 10 years, Sabry asked the doctor to look at spots on the legs of his 2-year-old son, Godana.Amal Sulain, a diabetic mother of 5 boys and 6 girls, came in only for herself. "All of my children are healthy, thanks to God," she said, "but I have been feeling sick lately. I know there's medicine for me, but it's too expensive on our income."Staff Sgt. John Clifford, one of the combat medics, said that he'd expected to see more varied complaints. "We saw arthritis, diabetes, kidney stones – pretty mundane illnesses for this part of the world," he said."The assessment was successful, and the team will be well-prepared when they return to Dulaub in the weeks to come," said 1st. Lt. Robert Fales, whose Soldiers from the 558th MP Co., escorted the medical team to Dulaub.
Story and photo by Sgt. Samantha Beuterbaugh
An Iraqi Field Artillery school student releases a mortar round after many calculations and readjustments, May 11, 2010, at QaQa range southwest of Mamhudiyah. The live-fire exercise was the final task before the Iraqi Soldiers graduated from a 4-week Light Battery Artillery Course.
BAGHDAD – Some fields require U.S. forces to closely monitor training exercises, but other fields such as field artillery are demanding little to no assistance, said Staff Sgt. David Daley, a field artillery advisor assigned to the Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission – Army, under USF – Iraq.
Previously, Daley and his team established a partnership between the Iraqi Field Artillery School and Directorate and 1st Bn, 41st FA, 1st Advise and Assist Bde, 3rd ID, U.S. Div – Center. Instructors offered students training in both medical and maintenance fields, which was where students desired the most guidance.Staff Sgt. Jerry Asrat, an M-1 Abrams armor crewmember assigned to Co D, 2nd Bn, 7th Inf Regt, 1st AAB, 3rd ID, is serving in his 4th deployment and has seen the IA slowly progress over the years. He said he now sees a competent, capable and professional force that can secure the Iraqi population. "It's a good feeling seeing them standing on their own," said Asrat. "It's a great accomplishment."Daley said U.S. forces get to see how the IA Soldiers utilize their leadership and incorporate training from the past, and the Iraqis get to see how the U.S. Soldiers train. "It's a really good opportunity for them to take the best of both worlds and apply them to their military," said Daley.Spc. Thomas Terry, an M-1 Abrams armor crewmember assigned to Co D, said every chance he gets, he tries to interact with IA Soldiers, immersing himself in the Iraqi culture to take as much from the deployment as he can. "I've been here multiple tours, and this is my first chance to work in such close proximity to them," said Terry. "I'm looking around, and I'm seeing discipline that I didn't see years ago when I was here."
Written by 13th ESC PAO
Over the last 7 years, Soldiers have honored the fallen here with hundreds of memorials, most in the form of painted T-walls, street signs and plaques. West said that for Soldiers in Iraq, memorials are something that might remind them of why they're here.The story of why West is here in Iraq sheds light on why both she and Holt work to honor the fallen of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She felt the need to take action and to better understand her son's death. "I tried to join the Army. I tried the NG, but my age kept me back," she said. "KBR was my only foothold over here."West currently works here as an administrative specialist for KBR, Inc. She says because her son didn't get to finish his OIF tour, she's finishing it for him in her own way. U.S. Army and KBR, Inc. leadership coordinated to allocate West the opportunity to meet with her son's unit in Iraq, and also to ride in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.Plans are in place to ensure memorials like these make it back to the States, in-line with the U.S. military's upcoming responsible drawdown. Some memorials have already been packed up to be shipped home.These memorials are a testament to these Soldiers' sacrifice, said Maj. Linda Bass, human resources chief with the 13th ESC, explaining why they'll be shipped home.