Dispatches from the Front-July 


‘Vanguard’ Battalion and 9th Iraqi Army Division provide medical aid to local clinic

BAGHDAD—Soldiers with 1st “Vanguard” Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and medical officers from Camp Taji, Iraq, recently extended a helping hand to locals by donating medical supplies to a small Iraqi clinic.


IA medics improve clinical skills

AL ASAD, Iraq – Pfc. James Ladina, originally from Belleville, Michigan, is a medic with C Company, 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and has been tasked with instructing Iraqi Army medics in Anbar Province. He is currently working with three groups of medics, each of which he meets with twice a week.


Iraqi Policemen hone crime scene investigation skills

AL ASAD, Iraq – A team of policemen arrived at the scene of an explosion, securing the area while others broke off to inspect the damage. The vehicle containing the car bomb still smoked from the recent explosion, and a man lay under the shade of a palm tree, bleeding and yelling for help in Arabic.


Ultimately saving lives

RAMADI, Iraq The medical platoon from 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, hosted combat lifesaver training on Camp Ramadi, Iraq, June 27.  The event was open to paratroopers to promote continued training on medical tasks that in the end will save lives.


‘Barbaric’ Company Soldiers advise, assist Iraqi Army-led patrols

BAGHDAD—In the dark early morning hours, a dismounted patrol leaves a small joint security station in Baghdad, Iraq. Soldiers walk down shadowy alleyways and streets, scanning rooftops and windows, all the while watching their comrades’ backs. Two Apache helicopters orbit overhead to provide support for the partnered patrol of Iraqi and U.S. forces.