News Archives For July 2007

Iraqi Police Undergo Specialized Training
An Iraqi police officer practices weapons handling techniques at the Forsan Police Station in Ramadi.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, July 31, 2007) - Iraq's national police are in the second portion of a four-phase program to help them become a proficient, loyal law enforcement organization that serves all of Iraq's citizens, a senior U.S. military officer said yesterday. more

Coalition Reclaims al-Jamea'a
The commander of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, Col. Raheem, points out locations of traffic control points and other security measures being placed in Al Jamea'a during Operation Rogue Thunder. BAGHDAD (Army News Service, July 30, 2007) - As Operation Arrowhead Ripper moves along in Diyala, ever so quietly, Operation Rogue Thunder swept through a section of the capital in hopes of ridding the area of anti-Iraqi forces for good. more

Generals Chart Security Progress in Baghdad
Soldiers from the 5th Cavalry Regiment scale a wall during a clearing operation in Sumalot, Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Rachel M. Ahner.Security progress in Iraq is undeniable, Iraqi and American leaders in Baghdad said yesterday. Iraqi army Lt. Gen. Abood Qanbar, commander of the Baghdad Operations Center, said sectarian violence is decreasing and his country will not slip in civil war. more

Surveillance Camera Minimizes Danger in Iraq
Sgt. 1st Class Mark Henderson, operations NCO with the Army's Rapid Equipping Force, installs a new surveillance system on Camp Victory, Baghdad.Fort Belvoir, Va. (Army News Service, July 26, 2007) - A new surveillance system that minimizes Soldiers' exposure to harm while providing continual observation in operating areas has been fielded in Iraq after just three weeks of design and manufacturing.

Pilots Save Wounded Soldier
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Purtee (left) and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Allen Crist, Company B, 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment (Attack).LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq (Army News Service, July 25, 2007) - Two pilots flying their last combat mission risked their lives in an unorthodox casualty evacuation to transport a critically-wounded Soldier in Ramadi June 30. more

New Fitness Center Showcases Design Criteria
The new $19 million physical fitness center at Fort Benning, Ga., includes a lap pool, a recreational pool with a fountain and a hot tub.FORT BENNING, Ga. (Army News Service, July 24, 2007) - Soldiers and Family members at many installations exercise in older facilities with basic equipment, limited space and few frills. more

Task Force Provides Training to Salvadorans
Spc. Jonathan Potter, who provided medical instruction during training with the Salvadoran military, watches as a student prepares to administer an intravenous needle into a wounded Soldier.SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Army News Service, July 24, 2007) - A task force of 26 personnel from Joint Task Force Bravo traveled here this month to conduct military-to-military training for Salvadoran soldiers deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. more

Iraqi Forces Kill Numerous Terrorists
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division clear a house in Baghdad.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, July 23, 2007) - Iraqi and coalition forces killed and captured multiple suspected terrorists over the past several days, U.S. military officials reported. more

New Prosthesis Could Help Troops
Spc. Charles Parker looks on as Sven Zarling demonstrates the capabilities of a prototype of a prosthesis.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 23, 2007) - A new prosthesis under development will give servicemember amputees more flexibility and help them better perform their military jobs if they choose to stay on active duty. more

Army Working to Ensure Terror Plots Fail
A National Guard civil support team responds to simulated terrorist threat during an exercise scenario.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 19, 2007) - The Army and U.S. Northern Command are "keenly aware" of information within the newly released National Intelligence Estimate and are committed to working to ensure terrorists don't succeed in attacking the United States, a NORTHCOM official said. more

Army Launches Program for PTSD, MTBI
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division are ready for the unexpected.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 18, 2007) - The Army launched today a "chain-teaching" program to help Soldiers and their Families identify symptoms and seek treatment for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury. more

Progress May Lead to Reductions in Iraq
Sgt. Jeff Woodford speaks with an Iraqi man waiting to receive medical care during a cooperative medical engagement.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 16, 2007) - Now at full strength, the U.S. troop plus-up in Iraq is showing "definitive progress" and the number of forces serving in Iraq's Multinational Division North could be halved by summer 2009, Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon said July 13. more

Martin Drives Car to 14th-place Finish
Mark Martin made a 14-place finish in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 Nextel Cup race.JOLIET, Ill. (Army News Service, July 16, 2007) - Mark Martin picked up two positions on the final restart to bring home a 14th-place finish in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. more

Senate Names Geren Secretary of the Army
The Honorable Pete Geren became the 20th Secretary of the Army Friday.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 16, 2007) - The Honorable Pete Geren became the 20th Secretary of the Army Friday, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. more

Soldiers Defend Body Armor's Performance
Staff Sgt. Jeremie Oliver of Fort Hood, Texas, shows where he was shot in the chest with while patrolling in Iraq.FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, July 13, 2007) - Soldiers are volunteering dramatic personal accounts of lives saved and injuries avoided thanks to the Army's body armor. Their first-hand accounts of what happens demonstrate confidence in what the Army is doing to protect them. more

"The Sarge" Races Toward NHRA Title
With just four weeks left in the POWERade 2007 series, Tony Schumacher is in fifth place.FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Army News Service, July 13, 2007) - He wears an Army uniform, yet he's not in the military. He trains constantly, but without his team, he is nothing. He's survived incredible tragedy only to brush himself off, eager to get back into the fight as soon as he can recover. For nearly 10 months of the year, he puts himself in harm's way, piloting the fastest and most powerful car in the world. more

Task Force to Tame 'Valley of Fire'
The view from a gun position at Firebase Phoenix overlooking the Korengal Valley.JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Army News Service, July 13, 2007) - It's been almost 18 months since 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Rock, left Afghanistan after proving its capabilities against insurgents throughout operations in the southern part of the country. more

Soldiers Dismantle Largest Man-made Reef
Soldiers of the 97th Transportation Company from Fort Eustis, Va., recently returned from a more unconventional mission.FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Army News Service, July 12, 2007) - Soldiers from the 97th Transportation Company recently returned from a more unconventional mission - recovering thousands of tires from off the Florida coast in an effort to dismantle the world's largest man-made reef. more

More Time Needed to Assess Plus-Up
Sgts. Jake Desmarais and James Cornett search for insurgents.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, July 11, 2007) - More time is needed to gauge the effectiveness of the ongoing military offensive against insurgents in and around Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, the top U.S. general there said. more

Withdrawal Would Leave Iraq More Violent
A Soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Platoon, Company A, 325th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, speaks with a Baghdad resident.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 10, 2007) - Iraqi security forces are not yet ready to secure their country, and if U.S. troops were withdrawn too soon, violence would escalate, a top U.S. commander in the region said Sunday. more

Austin Becomes a Model for Governments
Austin, Texas, is partnering with the U.S. Army to help local governments in Iraq.CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Army News Service, July 9, 2007) - To help Iraqi local governments move to self-sufficiency, the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is using expertise from the Austin, Texas, city manager's office to examine concepts of governance from the standpoint of a real, working local government model that may be applied to reconstruction efforts. more

Soldiers Bring Peace to Al-Fadhl
A young resident of the Fadhl area of eastern Baghdad.FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq (Army News Service, July 9, 2007) - On April 10, Soldiers and their Iraqi counterparts started clearing a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad's Fadhl area. It began as a routine mission, but soon turned into a bloody firefight that lasted five hours and resulted in 14 wounded U.S. troops and scores of unknown enemy dead and wounded. more

Medical Element Aids Honduran Village
Master Sgt. Alvaro Magana (left) and Staff Sgt. Natasha Johnson dispense medication in Honduras.EL HORNO, Honduras (Army News Service, July 6, 2007) - While many Americans prepared to celebrate the 4th of July with cookouts and fireworks, Soldiers and Airman from the Medical Element at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, volunteered their four-day weekend to help those in need. more

U.S. Army Sergeant Makes Birdie Putt for Tiger
BETHESDA, Md., July 5, 2007 A soldier from Fort Belvoir, Va., celebrated the Fourth of July by making the shot of the day in the star-studded Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club here. Tournament host Tiger Woods has gone out of his way this week to honor servicemen and women at the AT&T National PGA Tour event. He named the Pro-Am in honor of his late father, a 20-year Army veteran. more

Iraq Rebuilding Shifts from Western Contracts
Work continues at an electrical substation to be built on the Nasiriyah Water Treatment Plant site.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, July 6, 2007) - All of the $11 billion appropriated for the Iraqi Relief and Reconstruction Fund has been obligated, the work is 83 percent complete, and Iraqis are doing more and more of the work, a senior military official said.

Nearly 600 Troops Reenlist in Baghdad
Soldiers swear the Oath of Enlistment .BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, July 5, 2007) - Hundreds of troops gathered at Al Faw Palace for the Multinational Force-Iraq Reenlistment, Naturalization and Independence Day Ceremony yesterday at Camp Victory. During the ceremony, 588 troops reenlisted and 161 were naturalized as American citizens.

Downed Pilots Endure Intensity
Chief Warrant Officers Mark Burrows (left) and Steven Cianfrini were rescued by an AH-64 Apache helicopter after their helicopter, a OH-58D Kiowa, was shot down July 2.BAGHDAD (Army News Service, July 5, 2007) - What started as a routine reconnaissance mission for two pilots suddenly became 30 minutes of intense action July 2 as they found themselves shot down, surrounded by enemy fighters, then finally rescued. more

Soldier Uses His Head in Fight
Staff Sgt. Keenan was shot in the helmet at point-blank range by a 9mm pistol on a mission July 1.CAMP STRIKER, Iraq (Army News Service, July 5, 2007) - Staff Sgt. Kyle Keenan's face bears no trace of the bullet that could have cost him his life. more

28 Servicemembers Become U.S. Citizens
Twenty-eight servicemembers became citizens during the ceremony.CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Army News Service, July 3, 2007) - Twenty-eight servicemembers from 14 countries, all serving in the Third Army/U.S. Army Central area of operation, became new U.S. citizens at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait June 29. more

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