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February 2007 Vol.

I, Issue VI

the Static Line
The stakes could not be higher. together we must prevail. that you have in abundance,
Our task is crucial. Security The way ahead will not be 1 appreciate your sacrifices
is essential for lraq to build its easy. There will be difficult times and those of your families. Now,
future. Only with security can the in the months to come. But hard more than ever, your commitment
lraqi government come to grips is not hopeless, and we must to service and your skill can make
with the tough issues it confronts remain steadfast in our effort to the difference between victory and
and develop the capacity to serve help improve security for the Iraqi defeat in a very tough mission.
its citizens. The hopes of the Iraqi people. Iam confident that each It is an honor to soldier again
people and the coalition countries of you will fight with skill and with the members of the Multi-
are with us. courage, and that you will remain National Force-Iraq. 1 know that
The enemies of lraq will loyal to your comrades-in-arms wherever you serve in this under-
shrink at no act however barbaric. and to the values our nations hold taking you will give your all. In
They will do all that they can to so dear. turn, 1 pledge my commitment
shake the confidence of the people In the end, Iraqis will decide to our mission and every effort
and to convince the world that the outcome of this struggle. Our to achieve success as we help the
To the Soldiers, Sailors, Air- this effort is doomed. We must not task is to help them gain the time lraqis chart a course to a brighter
men, Marines, and Civilians of underestimate them. they need to save their country. To future.
Multi-National Force-Iraq: Together with our lraqi part- do that, many of us will live and Godspeed to each of you and
We serve in lraq at a critical ners, we must defeat those who fight alongside them. to our lraqi comrades in this cru-
time. The war here will soon enter oppose the new Iraq. We cannot Together, we will face down cial endeavor.
its fifth year. A decisive moment allow mass murderers to hold the the terrorists, insurgents, and
approaches. Shoulder-to-shoulder initiative. We must strike them criminals who slaughter the in- Gen. David H. Petraeus,
with our lraqi comrades, we will relentlessly. We and our lraqi nocent. Commander,
conduct a pivotal campaign to im- partners must set the terms of the Success will require discipline, Multi-National Force - Iraq
prove security for the lraqi people. struggle, not our enemies. And fortitude, and initiative - qualities

-Contents- 3rd BCT Commander:

Col. Bryan Owens
Security Improves in Siniyah, page 1 3rd BCT CSM:
CSM Bryant Lambert
Police Recruits Graduate Training Course, Page 1
3rd BCT Public Affairs Officer:
Capt. Aydin Mohtashamian
Commander Leads Police to Success, Page 3
82nd Chorus Perfroms for Troops in Iraq, Page 4 Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden

3rd BCT PA Specialist:

Troops Renovate Neighborhood Near Balad, Page 4 Spc. Joshua R. Ford

Engineers REPAIR Main Supply Route, page 5 3rd BCT PA Specialist:

Spc. Amanda Jackson
Health Assessments Improve Living on FOBs, page 6
Tire Shredder to Raise Standard for the Statice Line wel-
comes columns, com-
Checkpoints, page 7 mentaries, articles, and
photographs from our
readers. Send submis-
sions to Staff Sgt.
The Static Line is an authorized monthly publication for members of the
Michael J. Carden at
Department of Defense. Contents of this monthly publication are not
necessarily the official views of or endorsed by the United States Government We reserve the right
or the Department of Defense. The editorial content of this monthly publication to edit for security, ac-
is the responsibility of the Public Affairs Office of the 3rd Brigade curacy, propriety, policy,
Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. clarity, and space.
Security improvements made in Siniyah
Spc. Joshua R. Ford curity points, almost like guard towers,
3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO which will provide an eagle’s-eye view
of the streets.
SINIYAH, Iraq - Insurgent uprisings The officers are also looking forward
during the last week of October forced to furthering their professional training,
the majority of the city’s police officers, said Dunmyer. They will learn basic
the mayor and the entire city council to skills such as protecting the police sta-
resign. The fighting resulted in the com- tion and conducting street patrols.
plete destruction of the police station “Insurgents don’t bring the fight to
and left the city without security. you. They take one shot and run. Once
After the devastating blow, a new we are provided the equipment and
police station began construction and the intelligence we need to patrol, we
police officers are being trained to will definitely go after the bad guys to
standard, said Antoine Dunmeyer, com- make Siniyah a safer place to live,” said
mander, Company A, 1st Battalion, Kamal.
505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Dunmyer’s company and the 4th Iraqi
82nd Airborne Division. Army Division have provided 24-hour
The few police officers that stayed on security for Siniyah since mid-Novem-
duty opened recruiting stations through- ber and will continue to do so until the
out the city. So far more than 80 recruits police force becomes strong enough to
have joined the force, said 1st lt. Qaiss defend and protect the city on its own.
Kamal, a Siniyah police officer. The newly-trained police officers Photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford/ 3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO
“They want to serve the people of will form police transition teams, which An Iraqi policeman pulls security Jan. 1 at
Siniyah and they want to support the trained in mid-January with the 303rd the temporary police station in Siniyah. So
families of Siniyah,” said Kamal. Military Police Company, 89th MP Bat- far the Siniyah police force has recruited
The police are currently operating out talion – an Army Reserve unit out of more than 80 individuals to be trained as
of the Siniyah municipal building, which Jackson, Mich. – on Forward Operating police officers by coalition force’s police
is located near the mosque at the center Base Summerall. transition teams and Iraqi police.
of the city where most of the October at- Staff Sgt. Jeremy Hockey, a squad
tacks occurred. Already, the city’s secu- leader, 303rd MP Company, said the po- “(We are) teaching them how to
rity situation has improved, said Kamal. lice officers will make their transition once defend the building and how to show
A permanent police station is in the they complete three stages, beginning the people of Siniyah that they can be
process of being built nearby. The new with police station security, getting new trusted,” said Hockey. “(The last step)
floor plan includes elevated police se- uniforms and getting new equipment. is basic patrolling the city itself.”

Police training graduates 80

Spc. Joshua R. Ford
3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO

FOB SUMMERALL, Iraq - Siniyah and Sulihiyah are seeing new policemen out on the beat
with the recent graduation of more than 80 Iraqi police officers.
General Ahmed Abdullah, the governor’s security advisor for the Salah ad Din Province,
Col. Saad Nafoos, Bayji district chief of police, and Lt. Col. Scott Harris, commander,
1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, attended the
graduation Jan. 21 at Iraqi Forward Operating Base Lion’s Iraqi Police training course.
“Security will go to a very high level in Siniyah and Sulihiyah because of the professional
training coalition forces have provided for us,” said Nafoos. “I am very proud of the men that
have graduated here today.”
A number of military units and contracted civilian police officers began training recruits
Jan. 7 at FOB Lion to bolster Siniyah and Sulihiyah’s police force.
More than 45 Iraqi police candidates arrived the day prior for in-processing. The following
Photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford/
3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO
day nearly 30 returned to begin the course. Throughout the first week more than 80 candidates
More than 80 police cadets marked the came for the training.
commencement of their training with The candidates were nominated by each city’s local leadership and tribal sheiks, said
a graduation ceremony Jan. 21 at For-
ward Operating Base Lion near Bayji. see GRADUATION, page 2

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General Abdullah. He made it clear guys are motivated, and they caught on
to each city that there would be no quickly when it came to the training.”
tribe discrimination in the nomination “This is a once in a lifetime
process, this way it would build opportunity — to build a police force
camaraderie between the local tribes. from scratch,” said Capt. Paul Hoiland,
Since the two cities are adjacent to commander, 303rd Military Police
each other the two police forces will Company. “It is critical that we get this
be working together often, making right and continue to move forward
camaraderie between the forces an in establishing security here. I am
important factor. impressed by the motivation of these
The Iraqi police training course men and their courage to step forward.”
included classes on force protection, Seasoned noncommissioned officers
roadside bomb awareness, maintenance, from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th
securing a crime scene, first aid, Iraqi Army Division, assisted with the
weapons familiarization, range training instruction in an effort to also foster
and physical fitness training. greater camaraderie between the Iraqi
“I want to be here,” said Ali Nif army and police force.
Hassad, Iraqi police training course “It is critical for us to build a sense
graduate from Siniyah. “The training of cooperation between the Iraqi Army
was hard, but it was very good. We are and Iraqi Police. They must trust one
ready to fight the terrorists and protect another and be able to rely on one
Siniyah now.” another in tough circumstances,” said Lt.
The police recruits seemed very Col. Scott Harris, 1st Battalion, 505th Photos by Spc. Joshua R. Ford/ 3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO
enthusiastic about the training. Parachute Infantry commander. “These Iraqi police cadets practice procedures for
Every morning the candidates would two units, in addition to the Strategic clearing buildings Jan. 17 at Iraqi Forward
march to FOB Lion’s front gate Infrastructure Battalions within the Operating Base Lion near Bayji during the
for an accountability formation, Bayji area, need to work side-by-side in three-week long police training course.
which distinguished their discipline providing security. This is an amazing
and motivation, said Herb Rouse, first step.” Now, in accordance with the basic
international police liaison officer. Coalition forces recently isolated counterinsurgency strategy of clear,
“I have never seen anything like it Siniyah and cleared the city of terrorists; hold and build, coalition forces are in
before,” added Rouse. “It’s like night terrorists who influenced the majority of the beginning of the build phase, said
and day compared to other places I’ve the city’s police force to quit by constantly Maj. Curtis Buzzard, executive officer,
worked and trained (Iraqis). These threatening to harm their families. 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry
Harris will continue to engage the
leaders of Siniyah and Sulihiyah to
provide additional recruits in order
to ensure that there are a sufficient
number of policemen to secure both
If necessary 1st Battalion, 505th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, and the
303rd Military Police Company will
conduct future classes to support the
police forces in both cities.
“People in Siniyah and Sulihiyah
had no trust in the police force. With
(recent operations conducted in the area)
and the professional training these men
have received, the people now have
confidence in the police,” said Abdullah.
“Hopefully, if coalition forces will be
Iraqi police cadets from Iraqi Forward Operating Base Lion’s Iraqi Police Academy work willing to do another class, we will
on marksmanship with 9 mm pistols Jan. 18 at a range on Forward Operating Base Sum- accept and provide more recruits for the
merall near Bayji. training.”

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Col. Jalil leads Samarra police to success
Spc. Amanda Morrissey
5th MPAD

SAMARRA, Iraq - It is a day

much like any other for the
U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi police
in Samarra. They dismount
from their vehicles and spread
out, Iraqis and Americans
intermingling ranks as they work
together to patrol neighborhood
The increasing levels
of proficiency Iraqi police
demonstrate gives confidence
to Soldiers at Patrol Base
Olson, who work closely with
the local police to maintain
security in the city.
“[The Police] are more
motivated,” said 1st Lt.
John Johnson, 4th platoon
leader with Company C, 2nd
Battalion, 505th Parachute
Infantry Regiment. “It takes Photo by Spc. Amanda Morrissey/ 5th MPAD
a load off our chest, because U.S. Paratroopers with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne
we don’t constantly have to Division, conduct a joint patrol with Iraqi police Jan. 30 in Samarra.
tell them how to pull security
or to get their fingers off the commander. He was then faster and smoother than The police now take an
triggers.” promoted to 4th Brigade before, Jalil said. active role in patrols pulling
The Soldiers who regularly commander in Baghdad, and Jalil is now focusing his security down alleyways and
conduct the patrols with also served as the 3rd Brigade attention on training the police roads without being prompted
the police appreciate the commander in Mosul. officers in Samarra. He has by their U.S. counterparts. The
professionalism they display Jalil used his experience plans to send groups of officers police also conduct several
during operations. Many of with the National Police when to a training academy in Tikrit, missions each week without
them credit this to Col. Jalil al he took command to assess the whom he will place in different the assistance of U.S. Soldiers.
Dalemi, the Samarra chief of strengths and weaknesses of stations throughout the city. The burden of security in
police who took command in the police force. He started by Jalil also encourages the city will fall mainly on
November, Johnson said. focusing on the management of his police to learn from the shoulders of Iraqi security
“[Jalil] is well-known the operation. examples set by the U.S. forces when U.S. Soldiers
around the country as being He was shocked by the lack Soldiers they work with. It is eventually pull out of Patrol
a good combat leader, so the of organization when he first an idea the Soldiers support Base Olson. U.S. forces will
[police] have somebody to arrived, Jalil said through an by implementing a “buddy still be in the area, but located
look up to. They know he’s a interpreter. Paperwork was system” when they conduct farther away from Samarra
‘been-there, done-that’ type of not being completed, and not joint patrols with police. at Forward Operating Base
role model for them,” said Sgt. all of the police were working “We put one of their Brassfield-Mora.
1st Class Christian Requejo, because of threats to their policemen with one of our “I think the [police] have
a platoon sergeant with families. Soldiers, and basically they came leaps and bounds just
Company C. “You can see the He fired 12 high-ranking just mirror what we do. As in the last three months since
confidence in the local [police] police officers who were those guys are walking with Colonel Jalil got here. I think
pick up quite a bit.” not doing their jobs and us, they’re actually learning the city’s ready for them to
Jalil started his career in imprisoned two for corruption. our tactics,” Requejo said. take over, but we’ll still be
Baghdad working with the Even though he’s now working “These guys have picked it up here if they need our assistance
National Police, and eventually with half as many officers, the to a point where they’re more with any missions,” Requejo
was promoted to 1st Battalion system now operates much efficient.” said. “I think they’ll be okay.”

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All American Chorus hits the stage in Iraq
Spc. Joshua R. Ford
3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO

COB SPEICHER, Iraq - A resonance

rang throughout the 3rd Brigade Combat
Team Headquarters Jan. 13 as combat
boots tapped in time and hands clapped
to the be-boppin’ rhythm of “Rockin’
Robin”, a song made famous by Bobby
Day in the 1950s.
A quintet of Paratroopers stood in a
gaggle in front of a neat row of chorus
members – baritones, basses and tenors.
They snapped their fingers, whistled and
choreographed along with the energetic
tune as if to revive the spirit of Motown.
This was the 82nd Airborne Division’s All
American Chorus, entertaining deployed Photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford/ 3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO
Paratroopers. Sgt. James Johnson, baritone in the 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Chorus, leads
Division’s chorus arrived in December the chorus in a choreographed marching cadence Jan. 13 at Contingency Operations Base
to motivate the Paratroopers of the 3rd Speicher, Iraq. The chorus visited 3rd Brigade Combat Team to entertain the deployed
Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Paratroopers.
Division. They performed patriotic songs,
such as American Soldier, originally Paratroopers are serving. they’re doing over here.”
recorded by country music star Toby “Traveling around, we are able to “(The Chorus) boosts morale like you
Keith, as well as the All American Song give units a little piece of home,” said could not believe,” said Command Sgt.
and others. Pfc. Michael Ortiz, baritone in the 82nd Maj. Bryant Lambert, 3rd Brigade Combat
For nearly 30 days, the chorus has Airborne Division’s All American Chorus. Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
traveled to many of the forward operating “We’re also showing the Paratroopers
bases where 3rd Brigade Combat Team that the people back home support what see CHORUS, page 6

Conditions improve for neighborhood near Balad

Spc. Amanda Morrissey to do something in return for garbage disposal, in the effort and people are getting sick.”
5th MPAD them,” said 1st Lt. Anthony to maintain the neighborhood, The new sewage system
Fazio, the projects purchasing Fazio said. and drain culverts will remove
AL ZAHRAH, Iraq - It is officer for Headquarters and The improvements in the the dirty water and debris
a small neighborhood about Headquarters Company, 3rd neighborhood would also from the streets, greatly
twelve blocks long and five Combined Arms Battalion, 8th catch the attention of the improving the living standard
blocks wide, just a few miles Cavalry Regiment. provincial government, and for the Al Zahrah residents.
from Balad. The main street The unit is proposing a $4 could result in more money to “We hope that people will
is roughly paved; the others million renovation project continue other projects. The see the improvements made
are dirt tracks filled with trash that includes installing an result would be an all-around in this neighborhood, how
and mud, teeming with kids. underground sewage system economic improvement for it looks and how it works,
All in all, there is nothing with connections to each the town, said Fazio. and want the same for their
remarkable about Al Zahrah. house in the area, drain The greatest benefit, neighborhoods. Then they
It has, however, managed culverts, sidewalks and paved however, would be the would be willing to work with
to capture the attention of roads. improved health of the U.S. forces to stabilize the
the U.S. forces at Forward The long term benefits inhabitants. violence in their area so we
Operating Base Paliwoda, of this project would be “The old sewage system can go in there and do it,” said
which is right across the numerous. Its construction backs up here, especially Staff Sgt. Sean Cummins, the
street. would provide about 150 when it rains, causing dirty 404th Civil Affairs Battalion
“The people in this people employment for at water and debris to rise to the team leader.
neighborhood have been least six months, as well as surface,” said Fazio. “The kids
good to us here. We’d like create other jobs, such as go out and play in this stuff, see BALAD, page 5

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The civil affairs team works as the
eyes and ears for Fazio to provide
information on what projects are most
wanted and needed by the people,
said Cummins.
The Al Zahrah renovation is
actually a continuation of a project
begun by a previous unit at FOB
Paliwoda, but was not completed
before they were redeployed back
to the United States. Fazio and his
team did not hesitate to take up the
challenge of its completion when they
arrived to the area.
Amir ab Dalhide Morhan,
the mayor of Balad, is working with
Fazio on the project.
“Even though there is a change in
the commands [at FOB Paliwoda], the Photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford/ 3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO
policy always remains the same – to Spc. Estephane Vodio, combat engineer, Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion,
work with the people of Balad,” said 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, clears debris out of a crater while Staff
the mayor. Sgt. Adam Myer, squad leader, instructs a bobcat to cut into a crater Jan. 26 on Main Supply
Fazio patrols with the 404th Route Tampa in Tikrit.
Civil Affairs team to gain a better
understanding of what improvements
have been completed and to
determine what developments still
Engineers clear the roadways
need to occur. He talked with the Spc. Joshua R. Ford to two big holes on the side of the supply
locals about the problems they 3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO route’s south-bound lane.
are having, and explained how Quickly one of the security trucks
the proposed project will help to TIKRIT, Iraq - Armored vehicles crept responded informing Drobenak that the
alleviate those issues. down Main Supply Route Tampa in holes were clear of any threat.
Fazio, with the mayor’s Tikrit on a pitch-black night. Spotlights The engineers quickly began digging
cooperation, has established several from the vehicles lit the road like a rock rubble out of the holes and squaring the
mandates to ensure the project concert. This gave the combat engineers of craters with a Bobcat’s pavement breaker.
will move forward with minimal Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops The mission is fairly new to Company
disruptions. Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd A’s engineers, but they have adapted to it
Fazio intends to hire a local Airborne Division, a full view of what they quickly, said Spc. Ryan Wilkinson, combat
contractor who actually lives in Al were looking for. engineer, 1st Platoon, Company A.
Zahrah because the contractor will Their mission was two-fold; clear the “We have only been doing this for about
have a vested interest in making sure route of roadside bombs and clean debris three weeks now, and we have come a long
the project gets done. and garbage off the road. Once they way,” said Wilkinson. “It’s an important job
He also included the stipulation discover craters or potholes, they fill them because most of the deaths you’re seeing
that locals must clean up garbage in with cement. in Iraq right now are from improvised-
the area before the project can get Route Tampa is a thoroughfare used to explosive devices. We would rather be the
started, and that they must keep it transport supplies, military equipment and first ones to discover a roadside bomb than
clean once it is completed. troops to bases and camps in Iraq. That have some convoy run into it causing a
“I’m trying to change the mindset makes this stretch of highway important to catastrophe.”
of the people. If they have to earn keep open for movement. The engineer company works
something, then maybe they will take Garbage found on the road was cleared throughout the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s
pride in it and maintain it,” Fazio off by use of a buffalo. area of responsibility and covers more than
said. A buffalo is an armored military vehicle 90 miles of pavement.
The approval process for the Al with a retractable arm used to move debris “We are trying to stop the bad guys from
Zahrah renovation project could take or pick up objects. emplacing more bombs by filling every
up to two months. Once approved, “There they are,” said 1st Lt. Brandon hole,” said Wilkinson. “We will keep
the project is scheduled to be finished Drobenak, light equipment section platoon filling them because it’s protecting routes
within six months of its start date. leader, Company A, over the radio referring and saving Soldier’s lives.”

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Troops depend on special team for basic needs
Preventive medicine team ensures healthy living and quality of life during deployment
Rieger, an environmental science
officer with the team. “I have a big job
preventing things from happening.
“We go out and see if there’s any trend
of Disease – Non-battle Injury (DNBI),”
Rieger continued. DNBIs are illnesses
contracted from contaminants that make
Soldiers sick. “As long as there has been
no increased DNBI, then I’m doing my
The preventative medicine team
visits up to six different locations in any
given month. The places they go to are
small, meaning that they don’t have the
same services, such as pest control, that
civilian contractors provide at larger
forward operating bases.
Commanders depend on the
assessments the preventative medicine
team provides. The size and remoteness
of the smaller bases makes it difficult for
Photo by Spc. Amanda Morrissey/ 5th MPAD
them to keep tabs on the Soldiers’ living
Spc. Benjamin Sites, a preventative medicine specialist with Company C, 82nd Brigade Sup- conditions.
port Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, sets up a mini-vol, which “[Commanders] don’t always see
takes samples of the air to test for particles, Jan. 27 at Patrol Base Olson. what’s going on at the smaller FOBs,”
said Spc. Benjamin Sites, a preventative
Spc. Amanda Morrissey A preventative medicine team from medicine specialist. “We let them know
5th MPAD Company C, 82nd Brigade Support what is needed in order to improve
Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, the health and living standards of the
FOB BRASSFIELD MORA, Iraq - Hot 82nd Airborne Division, visits many Soldiers there when we do the base camp
showers, good food, and clean air are coalition force posts, checking everything assessments.”
little things which are normally available from environmental factors to living Every aspect covered by the base
to everyone in the United States. In a facilities in order to ensure the continued camp assessments is important to the
combat zone, however, they’re harder to health of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq. health of the Soldiers. However, at very
come by, and it’s up to a special team of “Basically, we’re a jack-of-all-trades. small installations such as Patrol Base
Paratroopers to ensure that these minimal We need to know a lot about a little bit
necessities are available. of everything,” said 1st Lt. Samantha see HEALTH, page 8

“It gets me fired up every time (the chorus) performs and a lot of people feel the same way,” said Maj. Hugh Bair, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team’s operations officer.
“We get very encouraging responses when we come out here to perform,” said Spc. Allen Ronney, baritone, 82nd Airborne
Division Chorus. “Everybody seems to love the stuff we do.”
The All American Chorus is always on the move and ready to perform for Paratroopers wherever they may be, said Ronney.
“Where ever the 82nd is — that’s where we go,” said Ortiz.
The performances always end traditionally with a song very familiar to the Paratroopers and former Paratroopers of the 82nd
Airborne Division.
“Put on your boots, boots, boots and parachutes, chutes, chutes, we’re going up, up, up, we’re coming down, down, down,” was the
tune sung by the All American Chorus.
The crowd traditionally stood at attention, singing along to the 82nd Airborne Division’s song — a tune which reminds all
Paratroopers of their proud Airborne heritage.
The group’s next stop is Afghanistan, where they will do what they do best; sing songs that uplift, encourage and motivate the
deployed Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

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Paratroopers improve security at checkpoints
Spc. Joshua R. Ford
3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO

COB SPEICHER, Iraq - Recent

operations throughout Salah ad Din
Province have called for security
upgrades at permanent checkpoints that
are strategically placed on main supply
routes in the province.
Paratroopers from 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division,
have designed a contraption to prevent
vehicles from running checkpoints.
Paratroopers are calling it the
“Tredway Tire Shredder”, since the
basic idea and design came from
Staff Sgt. David B. Tredway, assistant
operations noncommissioned officer,
Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,
Photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford/ 3BCT, 82nd Abn Div PAO
82nd Airborne Division.
The second-class tires of a quarter-ton humvee are slashed during a test run of the “Tred-
Tredway’s sergeant major attended a way Tire Shredder” Jan. 31 at Contingency Operations Base Speicher. The tire shredder
3rd Brigade operations security meeting is a contraption designed and built by a group of Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne
where he came up with the spike strip Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team to improve safety at checkpoints.
idea at checkpoints.
When Tredway’s sergeant major “We saw the basic design and started The device weighed more than 400
returned from the meeting, he brought the to play with it. There were a few things pounds when the work was done.
idea up to Tredway and asked if he would that needed to be changed but [the Since the tire shredder is so heavy, it
work on a design for a more permanent welders] and sergeant Tredway figured it can only be placed at more permanent
spike strip than the ones the Iraqi police out,” added Young. checkpoints where a 24-hour guard is
use. Tredway and the welders worked late present, said Tredway.
“He told me to run with it, so I did,” nights trying to get a prototype of the “Depending on our work load, we can
said Tredway. “I put a lot of work tire shredder operational. At one point produce close to two of these a day,” said
in designing something simple but in the process, the team had to scavenge Lupercio.
effective.” for parts in the motor pool’s junkyard. Col. Bryan Owens, commander, 3rd
“I went out and measured a bongo “We had to take apart a broken jack Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne
truck because if anything is going to run to get the spring we needed for the Division, and the brigade’s sergeant
a checkpoint it’s going to be a bongo lever,” said Tredway. major, Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant
truck or a small car. I wanted [the tire After the parts were gathered, Lambert, recently attended a test run
shredder] to be big enough to where the they started the building process of of the contraption versus a quarter-ton
biggest truck would be effected by it and what Tredway called a “medieval military vehicle.
at the same time the smallest vehicle.” contraption”. All four tires were slashed and deflated
said Tredway. The prototype came out to be ten feet instantly, and the device stayed in place
Overall it took Tredway three days to long with thirty-two spikes shaped like making it a successful demonstration,
come up with a design that was simple to fangs. At the pull of a lever, the spikes said Young.
build but strong enough to be effective. would lock up in place preventing any “This is great. We need something
With a design on the drawing board, vehicle from getting more than 25 feet like this out at the checkpoints,” said
it was time to get some support and input away, said Tredway. Lambert. “We need to get this design to
from the welders at 82nd Brigade Support Three-eighth-inch armor was used for the Iraqis and the army, especially the
Battalion. the bottom plate and quarter- inch armor Iraqis’, because it is easy to produce.”
Tredway brought his idea to the was used for the top three plates, shaping “I think it is a good design, but there
welders, and they were motivated to work the mechanism like a triangle with a flat are improvements to be made. If we had
on it, said Pfc. Joseph Young, welder, top. the resources, we could beef it up a bit
Company B, 82nd Brigade Support The spikes were hand-cut individually and make it a lot better. Hopefully other
Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, from three-eighth-inch steel plating with units will see it and be able to use it and
82nd Airborne Division. each spike being longer than 4 inches. benefit from it,” said Tredway.

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EAGLE CASH: A new alternative for Olson, where living space is at a
minimum, it is difficult for the team to
deployed troops to manage their money improve the living conditions for the
troops stationed there.
The Eagle Cash Card (ECC) is a new technology being fielded “What I target there is the food
to assist Soldiers in accessing and efficiently managing their hard and the water, because those are the
earned dollars. Approved for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi things that [the Soldiers] interact with
Freedom, ECC is an electronic alternative to receiving cash though everyday,” Rieger said. “Those are the
check cashing and casual pays at the local finance office. By the end big show-stoppers if anything’s wrong
of January 2007, Soldiers operating in Multi-National Division - North with them.”
will have the capability of using ECC at AAFES concessionaries in The team gathers water samples
seven operating bases. In May 2007, the service will be expanded to from main distribution points around
include postal facilities. the base, such as the showers and
The ECC is a pre-paid encrypted-stored value card which allows dining facilities, and analyzes them
Soldiers and other authorized personnel to make discretionary for bacteria and contamination. They
purchases. ECC gives Soldiers the ability to transfer funds to and from also check the expiration dates and
their military Sure Pay accounts using kiosks, which is similar to an cooking temperature of the food
ATM machine. These self-service kiosks will be available in all seven served in the dining facilities. This
locations throughout MND-N, most notably your local Post Exchange is done to prevent the Soldiers from
and finance office. contracting any water or food-borne
The preventative medicine team
Soldiers will be able looks toward long term progress as
to use the kiosks 24 well as immediate improvements for
the FOBs they visit. The thoroughness
hours a day, seven
of the base camp assessments gives
days a week. the team a “big picture” outlook
for improving the health and living
Some of the benefits are: conditions of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq.
“The first aid stations catch the
-It reduces risk associated with Soldiers holding/ immediate threats to the Soldiers
currently deployed,” Sites said.
transporting cash for discretionary reasons
“Preventative medicine helps to
-Similar in concept to debit, pre-paid gift or phone ensure those threats don’t occur again
cards for the next group coming in.”
It takes approximately two days
-Through the use of kiosks, provides deployed to take the samples and complete the
personnel 24/7 access to personal funds tests, and then give the evaluations
and recommendations to the
-Fast, easy to use, convenient; presents more
installation commanders, before
options than going to the local finance office
the team moves on to their next
-No transaction fees destination.
Even though the preventative
-Replaced if lost at the local finance office medicine team doesn’t stay around
-Effective tool for financial management long at the FOBs they visit and don’t
meet everyone living there, they do
-Familiar to younger Soldiers (used at basic have a personal interest in each and
training) every service member stationed in
their area, Rieger said.
-Can download money off of ECC into cash or “You just always have to think that
back into your military Sure Pay account during you’re preventing [the Soldiers] from
R&R, emergencies, or redeployment being sick, so that’s what’s rewarding.
We’re there basically to help the
ECC is the wave of the future for Soldiers in deployed areas. The benefits unit,” Rieger said. “I like ... protecting
of the card are numerous, and it is fast, easy, and convenient. Check with the troops from getting sick from
you local finance office today to get your ECC! the environment. That’s what really
brought me to this job.”

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In honor of those who made
the ultimate sacrifice ...

Cpl Stephen Raderstorf

KIA, 3-8 CAV
Balad, Iraq
Dec 23, 1985 - Jan 7, 2007

Maj Alan Johnson

KIA, 402nd CA Bn
Balad, Iraq
Dec 3, 1962 - jan 26, 2007

Sgt William Sigua

KIA, 1Panther
Bayji, Iraq
Mar 21, 1985 - jan 31, 2007