Dispatches from the Front-June 

6/20/2011

‘Dragon’ Battalion, 17th Iraqi Army Division conduct massive controlled detonation, denying enemy firepower

BAGHDAD—Soldiers with Company D, 1st “Dragon” Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and their counterparts with the 17th Iraqi Army Division conducted a controlled demolition of captured enemy munitions June 7 at the Qa’qaa range, near Baghdad.

6/17/2011

Longest-serving ‘Vanguard’ Battalion Soldier continues service to his unit

BAGHDAD—The 1st “Vanguard” Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center is a family away from home for many Soldiers within the unit, some of whom have dedicated many years of their life in its service.

6/17/2011

The Sun Still Blazes

AL ANBAR, Iraq – The sun blazed.

Eight years ago, the sun beat down mercilessly on paratroopers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division as they fought the forces of Saddam’s regime, freeing Iraq from a dictatorship. A few years later, the sun still baked the earth as these paratroopers secured towns and provinces to make way for the first democratic elections in Iraq. In 2006 the 2nd BCT was called on once again to face the brutal sun and answer the president’s call for a troop surge to stabilize Iraq and quell the increase in terrorist attacks. Finally, after nearly a decade, with the middle-eastern sun still burning high in the sky the 2nd BCT, now the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, returns to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn to assist the Iraqi Security Forces in maintaining a safe and secure environment for the people of Iraq as well as lead the transition of U.S. Forces out of Iraq.

6/13/2011

‘Lifeline’ Battalion assists Iraqi Federal Police in establishing medical facility

BAGHDAD—On May 31, medical personnel with Company C, 299th “Lifeline” Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center conducted a joint operation with the 4th Iraqi Federal Police Department to establish a Level One medical facility at Joint Security Station Jihad, Iraq. 

6/11/2011

Vanguards begin transferring advise- and-assist mission to ‘Airborne’ unit in Anbar

Al Anbar, Iraq – Soldiers of the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division are packing their bags and preparing to return to Fort Stewart, Ga., as they near the completion of their yearlong deployment to Iraq. The team of roughly 3,000 Soldiers supported the Iraqi Security Forces and local Anbar government during the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and into Operation New Dawn.