A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq As of Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at least 2,224 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,741 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include six military civilians
You know I get these inane notifications everyday. Those pussies over at YAHOO must understand that this is what happens during war - soldiers die, not people going to work in the WTC, Pentagon etc.............soldiers die during war. But what about the real news? YAHOO, Google and their leftard media warlords wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.Quel Bastards!
By SPC Dan Balda – 4th Brigade Combat Team – US Army
BAGHDAD — The day seemed downright festive: children marched in impromptu parades, men wore suits (on their day off no less), entire families took long walks from their homes to polling sites. The Iraqi parliamentary elections Dec. 15 gave Iraqis a chance to showcase the pride they have in their country and the hope they have for the future.
“Nationalism is defined by the actions of the people,” said Maj. Ross Coffman, 4th Brigade Combat Team executive officer. “It only takes a moment to see their faces as they vote, to see their pride, not only because they are voting but because they are part of something bigger. That is promising; not only for the efforts we’ve made, but also for the future of the country.” Read more…
By Jenna Bisenius – Project and Contracting Office – Gulf Region Division
Baghdad, Iraq – The new transformer added alongside two existing transformers at a west Baghdad substation serves a dual purpose: to convert 132-kilovolt (kV) power down to 33-kV power and to act as a backup unit when workers take one of the other transformers off-line for maintenance. This addition ensures electricity that is more dependable for Iraqis living in the Baghdad area and helps to increase their hours of uninterrupted electrical service.
The Gulf Region Division (GRD) Electricity Sector provided management oversight of the $1.1 million project. Work began in May 2005, and ended in November. Contractor Washington Group, International, managed the actual installation of the transformer; the GRD provided quality control through site visits conducted to checki instruction details.
The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (ME) also was involved in the project, according to David Millson, GRD Electricity Sector Program Manager for Washington International. Read more…
Photo by Gulf Region Division
An Iraqi engineer calls in transformer readings as part of the transformer testing process.
By Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Curt Cooper – US Navy
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU 5), returning from Kuwait Naval Base, makes its approach to USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). Pearl Harbor and ACU 5 are currently conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf. MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material. USS Pearl Harbor VBSS Team Builds Bridges in Arabian Gulf
AT SEA ABOARD USS PEARL HARBOR IN THE ARABIAN GULF— The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) conducted maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf Nov. 20 - Dec. 26.
Pearl Harbor, assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1), is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting MSO. MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as deny international terrorists use of the oceans as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material. A key component of 5th Fleet MSO is the querying and boarding of vessels or Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS).
Pearl Harbor’s 17-man VBSS team has spent much of this deployment training on or conducting these vital operations. When Pearl Harbor locates a vessel of interest, the ship’s bridge team will query the contact. Depending on the response, the ship will launch the VBSS team. The team approaches the vessel in a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB), and communicates with the vessel’s master. Once consent from the master is granted, the Sailors board the vessel.
Read more… Engineers and Infantry: Working Together on Landing Zone Operations in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - In Sharona, Afghanistan, an unlikely team of Soldiers was put together, consisting of combat engineers and infantry, creating the smooth running machine responsible for the safe air transport of numerous Soldiers, supplies, and multi-million dollar aircraft.
Upon arriving at Forward Operating Base Sharona, several Soldiers from the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Task Force Pacemaker, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry volunteered to assist in the air operations on the FOB.
The Soldiers sat down and hashed out how Task Force Pacemaker and Workhorse would coordinate the air assets on FOB Sharona. After a brief meeting and a quick and hardy hand shake, the Pacemaker/Workhorse Air Crew was one.
Engineers from the 864th EN BN, Task Force Pacemaker and 1/508th Infantry working together as the Helicopter Landing Zone Crew to off load passengers and holiday mail at FOB Sharona, Afghanistan. 20 December 2005
By SSgt Victoria Meyer – Office of Security Cooperation - Afghanistan An Afghan National Army NCO organizes a platoon of soldiers into ranks and gets them ready for their next drill.
Noncommissioned Officers Corps Provides Foundation for Afghan Army
By SSG Mason T Lowry – OSC-A Public Affairs – US Army
KABUL , Afghanistan – At the heart of every successful military organization is a group of professional leaders who embody the core and individual values that define that organization.
“We are the backbone of the Afghan National Army,” said ANA 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Shamshadin, describing the role of the ANA NCO.
“Officers make plans, we implement them. We make the Army strong. And as we make the Army strong, we make the country strong. All strong countries have strong NCOs,” he said.