Hunches and Battle…

July 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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A very interesting read from the NYT.

In Battle, Hunches Prove to Be Valuable

By BENEDICT CAREY

Published: July 27, 2009

The sight was not that unusual, at least not for Mosul, Iraq, on a summer morning: a car parked on the sidewalk, facing opposite traffic, its windows rolled up tight. Two young boys stared out the back window, kindergarten age maybe, their faces leaning together as if to share a whisper.

The soldier patrolling closest to the car stopped. It had to be hot in there; it was 120 degrees outside. “Permission to approach, sir, to give them some water,” the soldier said to Sgt. First Class Edward Tierney, who led the nine-man patrol that morning.

“I said no — no,” Sergeant Tierney said in a telephone interview from Afghanistan. He said he had an urge to move back before he knew why: “My body suddenly got cooler; you know, that danger feeling.”

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Image: A U.S. soldier on patrol in Mosul.

Erik de Castro / Reuters Patrol in Mosul

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3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division prepares for its 3rd Iraq Tour

July 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A recent article by Scott Fontaine from  FOB Tacoma gives an important insight into the soldiers of the of the STryker Brigade.  The deployment of the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the second of three Stryker brigade departures this year.  

Staff Sgt. Justin Hill spent two tough tours in Iraq. The first deployment felt like a year serving in the Wild West. The insurgency was at a full boil when he returned two years later.

And as 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division prepares for its third Iraq tour, and the 26-year-old Fort Lewis soldier wants to find out if all the hard work, the time away from family and the buddies lost on the battlefield were worth it.

“Everything you do takes time, and I want to see all the hard work we put in pay off,” said Hill, a platoon sergeant from Texas. “The Iraqis want to take over their own situation. That’s cool. That’s understandable. We’ve come this far, but we need to help them get all the way there.”

 

The brigade of about 4,000 soldiers is heading back for its third Iraq tour and cased its colors during a departure ceremony Friday at Watkins Field. Hill, who has served with the same company since the first deployment, will serve as a platoon sergeant in Diyala province, an area in the country’s east where his brigade has history.

Read more of the Article HERE

 

Staff Sgt. Justin Hill spent two tough tours in Iraq. The first deployment felt like a year serving in the Wild West. The insurgency was at a full boil when he returned two years later.
And as 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division prepares for its third Iraq tour, and the 26-year-old Fort Lewis soldier wants to find out if all the hard work, the time away from family and the buddies lost on the battlefield were worth it.
“Everything you do takes time, and I want to see all the hard work we put in pay off,” said Hill, a platoon sergeant from Texas. “The Iraqis want to take over their own situation. That’s cool. That’s understandable. We’ve come this far, but we need to help them get all the way there.”
The brigade of about 4,000 soldiers is heading back for its third Iraq tour and cased its colors during a departure ceremony Friday at Watkins Field. Hill, who has served with the same company since the first deployment, will serve as a platoon sergeant in Diyala province, an area in the country’s east where his brigade has history.

Congratulations Winners at the Air Mobility Rodeo!

July 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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FOB Tacoma photo & article by Scott Fontaine

The 62nd Airlift Wing won the top award at this year’s Air Mobility Rodeo skills competition at McChord Air Force Base.
The wing, the largest active-duty unit at McChord, received the award for best air mobility team during the closing ceremonies Friday evening. The Rodeo is a biennial competition drawing more than 100 teams from the U.S. Air Force and foreign militaries, which compete in more than 50 on-the-ground and in-the-air events.
The 62nd Airlift Wing won the top award at this year’s Air Mobility Rodeo skills competition at McChord Air Force Base.
The wing, the largest active-duty unit at McChord, received the award for best air mobility team during the closing ceremonies Friday evening. The Rodeo is a biennial competition drawing more than 100 teams from the U.S. Air Force and foreign militaries, which compete in more than 50 on-the-ground and in-the-air events.
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A Moment of Silence

July 27, 2009 at 5:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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July 27, 2009  Moment of Silence

A Moment of Silence was started to honor every American service member Killed-in-Action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with a Moment of Silence from this day forward.

Every Monday from 6:00-6:01 PM (CST) we ask that you pause for a Moment of Silence for our heroes that have been Killed-in-Action.

The first listing is in full- the second listing is Twitter compatable. Please Retweet. Also hit the share button to share this list with others.

RIP: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealeton, Va., died July 24 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

RIP: Marine who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y., and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

RIP: Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

RIP: Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 22 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, PA., and Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, Idaho.

RIP: Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga., died July 21 in Methar Lam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 148th Brigade Support Battalion, Cedartown, Ga.

RIP: Four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 20 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (STRIKE), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Killed were:

Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, Texas.

Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga.

Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, Texas.

Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla.

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#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, MA 7/23 in Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y 7/23 Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., 7/23 in Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, ID 7/22 in Zabul, ASTAN. 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, PA  7/22 in Zabul, ASTAN. 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga 7/21 in Methar Lam, ASTAN. 148th BGD Support BTL, Cedartown, Ga

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, TX 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga. 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, TX 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla. 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y.

#miltiarymon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm (CST) RIP: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21,Bealeton, Va., 7/24 Salman Pak, Iraq, Fort Bragg

WTB Soldiers Enjoy the View

July 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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SPC James Crutchfield, SGT Jon Colburn, and  SPC Andrew Atkinson enjoyed a lovely dinner and view of Seattle thanks to Soldiers’ Angels.  

“Once again – thank you for providing the means for us to have a
 spectacular evening!”  SPC James Crutchfield

  “This is Awesome! Soldiers looking out and sharing with and for each other!!!!” SFC Toby Nunn

 

We’re glad you had a great time guys! 

 

Top of the World Ma – Camp Patriot

July 19, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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FORT LEWIS, WASH. – A little more than a year ago, the vehicle Mario Barragan was riding in was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. The blast killed one Soldier and severely wounded Barragan and a fellow Soldier.

The moment the bomb detonated during the Battle of Kajaki Sofla on July 13, 2008 set into motion a series of events that changed the sergeant first class’ life.

Barragan, a Green Beret with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., suffered blunt trauma to his face and received shrapnel in his right leg. The El Paso, Texas native lost more than 75 percent of his lower right jaw and chin, he has undergone eight surgeries to reconstruct his face. Additionally, Barragan has had three surgeries on his leg, and is scheduled to have more surgery on his face.

Despite these setbacks, Barragan accomplished a feat many do not dare: summit Mount Rainier.

“I never thought I would do this,” said Barragan after summiting the 14,410 foot volcano. “I was bed ridden for a couple of months (after the IED). I thought I was never gonna be able to walk again.”

I took (this climb) as a challenge to help me with physical therapy. I was in a wheel chair for three months, a cane for four months after that, so I never thought I would do this,” added Barragan.

Barragan, along with two other Soldiers injured overseas or in training, attempted the climb. Sergeant 1st Class Jesse Yandell of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and Capt. Reinaldo Gonzalez attempted the climb.

Gonzalez, who was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from an obstacle during the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, did not summit because he was concerned for the safety of others on the descent from the summit.

See more photos and story HERE

Our WTB Warriors Helping the Community

July 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Helmets to Hardhats

Found at …. http://www.army.mil

FORT LEWIS, Wash. – A Soldier with a smile on her face and a hard hat on her head wore a name tag that read “Happy Puppy.”

The Soldier, Spc. Candice Hirsch, said the name signified experiencing a really good day.

“Today, I’m a happy puppy,” she said.

Hirsch, a Soldier in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Lewis, was building homes for families in need with the Habitat for Humanity nonprofit organization on June 12.

After developing a few fractures in her feet while stationed in Korea, her ability to walk was compromised. Since her surgery in January, she started walking again and looking for ways to help out.

She said volunteering with Habitat for Humanity helped keep her mind and body active.
Hirsch wasn’t alone.

About 40 Soldiers from the battalion dedicated June 10 through June 12 to doing projects for the organization – roofing, painting, scaffolding and excavating.

The three-day event was organized by Battalion Chief Anne Sprute, Battalion Commander Lt. Col. K.C. Bolton and United Way of Pierce County President Rich Allen, among others.

Read more of the article HERE

Sports rehab for injured troops | The News Tribune – Military | Seattle-Tacoma News, Weather, Sports, Jobs, Homes and Cars | South Puget Sound’s Destination

July 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sports rehab for injured troops | The News Tribune – Military | Seattle-Tacoma News, Weather, Sports, Jobs, Homes and Cars | South Puget Sound’s Destination

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Wounded commander leading by example

July 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Wounded commander leading by example | The News Tribune –

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JOE BARRENTINE/THE NEWS TRIBUNE - Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho and Lt. Col. Danny Dudek walk past soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion during the Pass in Review portion of a ceremony Wednesday in which Dudek assumed command of the battalion at Fort Lewis.

JOE BARRENTINE/THE NEWS TRIBUNE - Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho and Lt. Col. Danny Dudek walk past soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion during the Pass in Review portion of a ceremony Wednesday in which Dudek assumed command of the battalion at Fort Lewis.

JOE BARRENTINE/THE NEWS TRIBUNE - Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho and Lt. Col. Danny Dudek walk past soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion during the Pass in Review portion of a ceremony Wednesday in which Dudek assumed command of the battalion at Fort Lewis.

JOE BARRENTINE/THE NEWS TRIBUNE - Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho and Lt. Col. Danny Dudek walk past soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion during the Pass in Review portion of a ceremony Wednesday in which Dudek assumed command of the battalion at Fort Lewis.

A Happy July 4th to all! 300 Ft. Lewis Soldiers return Home for the 4th!

July 5, 2009 at 8:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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FORT LEWIS – Over 300 soldiers of the 14th Engineer Battalion returned home to Fort Lewis to reunite with family and friends in time for the fourth of July.

The soldiers had just finished a 15-month deployment to Iraq Saturday, and military officials say they completed many successful missions during the tour of service, including those pasted below:

* HHC, FSC, and 570th Engr. Co. – Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) and the Forward Support Company (FSC) supplied security and logistical support while the 570th Engineer Company conducted route clearance patrols in northern and central Iraq. The 570th also completed the first iteration of the Iraqi Army Route Clearance Academy, where they trained 15 Iraqi Army Engineers over a 16-day course.

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