Dispatches from the Front - April 


‘First Lightning’ Battalion Soldiers help Iraqi Federal Police find their way with GPS devices

BAGHDAD—Soldiers with 1st “First Lightning” Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center had the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of navigational technology during a training mission April 17 with members of the 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division at Joint Security Station Loyalty, Iraq.


Toby Keith rocks Camp Taji—Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – The lights dimmed as the chants grew louder, “Toby… Toby… Toby…” In a flash of light, country music superstar Toby Keith emerged onto the stage April 26 at the Jon Schoolcraft Pavilion, rocking one of his hit songs as an overflow crowd of Soldiers erupted into cheers. The “Locked and Loaded Tour” had come to Camp Taji, Iraq.


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits USD-C

Camp Liberty, Iraq - The U.S. military has seen a tremendous amount of change over the past decade, and further changes are still to come, said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff while visiting Camp Liberty, Iraq, and service members with United States Division – Center.


25th Infantry Division Band Rocks FOB Hammer

BAGHDAD – At Forward Operating Base Hammer, home of the Besmaya Combat Training Center, the usual sounds of the day are the booms emitted from the various training ranges. Recently, the booms didn’t come from the ranges, but rather the small stage area on the FOB. The booming sounds of drums hammering away and the low rumble of bass guitars meant that Show of Force, the 25th Infantry Division Band’s rock band ensemble, was warming up and getting ready to bring  together a crowd of Soldiers and civilians to the stage.


‘Saber’ Squadron Soldiers conduct rifle marksmanship competition

BAGHDAD—Over the course of a three-day competition, Soldiers with 6th ‘Saber’ Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center competed for the right to be recognized as the squadron’s top marksman.