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Iraqi operation nets 20, proves abilities

KIRKUK — Brig. Gen. Khatub Umer Aref recently led more than 400 Iraqi Emergency Service Unit “Lions” in Operation Lion Dragon Hunt here, proving the skill, determination and professionalism of his unit. The Lions had assistance from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, known as the "Dragons," led by Capt. Jeremiah Fritz, the commander of Delta Company. In addition to the Delta Company Soldiers, the U.S.

Operational Update, Dec. 29

Afghan-international security forces captured Taliban commanders and several militants in Kandahar and Khowst last night. A Taliban commander responsible for several IED attacks was captured during a series of raids in Kandahar.

Advanced IED defeat course, battle drills help save lives

All Soldiers are trained on various convoy operations before they deploy, even if they never step into an armored vehicle during their deployment. Here at Camp Adder though, some Soldiers continue to hone their skills because it can save their lives. "We're doing convoy lanes training," said Sgt 1st Class Robert Moore with the 121st Brigade Support Battalion.

MC-12 arrives, heralds activation of 4th ERS

The newest aircraft to the Air Force's inventory arrived Dec. 27, 2009, to Bagram Airfield. The MC-12 aircraft, tail number 090623, was the first of an undisclosed number of aircraft for the new 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here. Following the MC-12's arrival, the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron was activated to carry out MC-12 operations in the Afghan theater of operations. Col.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 28, 2009

An Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban facilitator and several other militants in Kandahar last night. A joint force searched a series of buildings in Kandahar City after intelligence assets confirmed militant activities.

US Army Scouts conduct joint operations, training with Iraqi Commandos

The citizens of Iraq took a more independent role in securing their country with the signing of the Security Agreement, June 30. In support of this goal, U.S. Scouts are conducting joint operations and training with Iraqi Army Commandos. The Scout platoon, from Headquarters & Headquarters Co., 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, is developing the 38th Iraqi Army Brigade Commando leadership through instruction on how to be more effective trainers for their Jundee (Soldiers). This will help the Iraqis to continue quality training after the drawdown of U.S.

Soldiers Meet With Leaders in Remote Afghan Province

Over mountainous terrain, a pair of UH-47 Chinook helicopters glided through the cold air to the remote village of Shaykh Ali in Afghanistan's Parwan province Dec. 19, carrying nearly 45 Task Force Cyclone team members. Their mission: to speak with district leaders, police and villagers about how to better serve and contribute to the local people. The group unloaded off the helicopters swiftly in the snow-covered fields to meet Afghan National Police officers.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 24: Militants Detained in Helmand, Kandahar, Khowst; Caches Discovered; ISAF Casualties

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in Helmand while searching for a Taliban commander linked to a murder and intimidation campaign. The joint security force went to a compound north of the village of Ser Banader in the Garmsir district after intelligence experts confirmed militant activity in the area. When the joint force approached the compound they came under hostile fire.

Soldiers Work Toward Iraqi Province’s Future

The soldiers of “A” Company, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, are leading the way in the “advise and assist” mission of the 1st Armored Division’s 4th Brigade. 

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 23: Joint Force Captures Kabul Criminal Group; Militants Killed, Detained in Patkya, Zabul, Nangarhar; ISAF Casualty

In an Afghan General Directorate of Special Operations-led operation this morning several known instigators of a kidnapping criminal group were detained. The Afghan force supported by ISAF forces, searched Police District 5 in Kabul City and detained the individuals who are linked to the facilitation and coordination of kidnappings in and around the city. In other operations, an Afghan-international security force in Patkya killed several militants today, including a Taliban commander responsible for several IED attacks.

US Embassy in Kabul Connects With Nuristan

The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team and members of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul viewed potential locations in the province for a new Lincoln Center, Dec. 13. Lincoln Centers are education hubs which are a partnership between the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the Afghan government. "The program is about reaching out into the community, especially younger generations, and giving them a place to go and congregate to learn about American culture, said Anne Frej, a cultural affairs specialist from the U.S.

General cites reasons for pregnancy provision in Iraq

An Army general in Iraq is going beyond the typical protocol to ensure every able-bodied Soldier in his unit stays fit to fight, even if it means punishing troops for engaging in sexual activities while deployed. Through the Multinational Division North command's General Order No. 1, Maj. Gen. Anthony A.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 22: Militants Killed, Detained in Kandahar, Wardak, Khowst; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan-international security force killed a few militants and detained another militant in Ghazni province Monday night. The joint force went to a series of compounds in the Andar District near the village of Zara Gerda after intelligence sources confirmed militant activities.

Troop B, 3-61 CAV Trains ANA on M-16 Rifle

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ben R. Salentine, of Colorado Springs, Colo., the platoon leader for 3rd platoon, Troop B, started the day by meeting with ANA 1st Lt.

Air Force mechanics keep MRAPs rolling

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- Five Air Force vehicle maintainers deployed to Iraq and assigned to Detachment 3 of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here are working to keep security forces personnel on the road, but they aren't working on patrol cars. The maintainers work on more than 60 vehicles, the most challenging being the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle on which they have had no prior training. "My Airmen are not sent to technical schools to learn how to work on MRAPs.