Stories of the 3rd Division in Iraq
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|Discovery Channel Documentary|
|I am currently working on a documentary
for the Discovery Military Channel, which will focus on the 2003 Battle
of Baghdad. This will be a one hour documentary film, which will feature
as part of a wider series that looks at decisive battles in military
history. The narrative will focus on specific decisive missions, the men
and women who fought in them and the weapons they used. We’ll tell their
key roles in creating the turning points within each historic battle.
I have initially been in touch with the Public Relations Office at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, and they have recommended getting in touch with the 3rd Infantry Army Society as they believe many of the individuals involved with the Battle of Baghdad may be members.
For this I am hoping to speak to individuals who fought in the Battle of Baghdad; who may be able to assist me with my research, and are able to go into detail with the key factors that shaped the course of the battle. Perhaps if we were able to arrange a time to speak on the telephone, we can discuss the production further and talk more in depth about the battle itself?
It has been fascinating reading various articles and books on the battle, and it would be an honour to speak to some of those who were directly involved on the ground; so thank you very much for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you. If you had any questions at all, please feel free to send them my way.
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Troops' Return Marks End of
3rd Infantry Tour in Iraq
The Associated Press - January 26, 2006 - SAVANNAH, Ga.
Closing a month booked solid with day-and-night arrivals of thousands of
Army troops from Iraq, Fort Stewart prepared Wednesday for its final large
homecoming for the 3rd Infantry Division. The return of about 240 soldiers
scheduled late Wednesday marked, at least symbolically, the end of the
19,000-soldier division's yearlong deployment to Iraq _ its second tour
since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Ceremonies reuniting soldiers with their families have
been an almost daily ritual at Fort Stewart, about 40 miles southwest of
Savannah, since soldiers began returning by the hundreds two days after
Christmas. Families packed the bleachers at the southeast Georgia Army
post's parade grounds, cheering and waving flags as the troops marched onto
the field in formation just after 9:20 p-m. It was Fort Stewart's 60th
homecoming celebration in the past month.
4th BCT takes charge in
BAGHDAD –Jan.14, 2006- After a successful transition with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, the 4th Infantry Division’s Cobra Brigade is ready for its first mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Col. Michael F.
Beech, Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and
Col. Edward Cardon, Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry
Division share a moment after a Transfer of Authority ceremony Jan. 14
at Forward Operating Base Prosperity. The ceremony marked the official
hand-over of responsibilities from the 3rd Infantry Division’s
“Vanguard” Brigade to the “Cobra” Brigade.
“This unit was formed specifically for this mission a year ago,” explained Beech, a native of Worchester, Mass. “We spent the last 12 months prior to this deployment focused on coming to Iraq to do this mission. After a year of preparing for this operation and building this brigade, it is a phenomenal thing to see it all come together here in Iraq.”
As the battalions of Task Force Cobra execute their missions, their primary focuses will be: securing a key infrastructure of Iraq’s new government, the International Zone, partnering and developing Iraqi Security Forces and helping the ISF defeat Anti-Iraqi Forces. “During the short time the U.S. Army has been here, we’ve seen great strides in the Iraqi Security Forces’ ability to defeat the Anti-Iraqi Forces and secure the population,” Beech said. “During our time here, their ability will increase.”
Over the last few days, he said, the Soldiers on the ground have been extraordinarily successful identifying a variety of threats. “Every day,” said Beech, “there are dozens of examples where our Soldiers and leaders on the ground are making a huge difference, getting this country closer to a self-sustaining, independent democracy.
Created as a unit of action under the U.S. Army’s force restructuring, the 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., manned, equipped and trained nearly 4,000 Soldiers in less than one year and began deploying personnel to Camp Buehring, Kuwait late November. Each Cobra Soldier completed additional training focused on improvised-explosive devices, cultural awareness, conducting preventive maintenance checks and perform pre-combat inspections before leaving for Baghdad.
After fine tuning their weapons and combat knowledge, the Cobra Brigade began its trek into Baghdad, arriving just in time for the holiday season where many Soldiers celebrated Christmas and the New Year at their assigned forward operating bases.
Shortly after the holiday festivities subsided, leaders from the 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., the “Vanguard Brigade” from Fort Stewart, Ga., helped their replacements take the lead in daily operations as a final transition between the two brigades. “I feel that our transition with the 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. was absolutely superb,” Beech said. “It really served as the capstone event and put the finishing touches on this brigade as we ready ourselves for this mission.”
As the Vanguard Brigade returns to its home station, Task Force Cobra has assumed responsibility of building upon, and adding to, its accomplishments in Iraq. “The 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. had a very successful rotation,” said Moody, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “Many Soldiers from their units lost their lives while they were here,” he said. “They gave their lives for a great cause, and we intend to build upon all the success they achieved.” The Cobra Brigade will play a critical role in the success of the new Iraqi government as the people of Iraq work to make history, he concluded.
Nearly All 3rd ID Soldiers Home
Savannah Morning News-January 16, 2006
Baby Noor: Getting her from Iraq to America
10th Mountain Div. takes care of the details
BY Pfc. Jason Jordan
1st BCT, 10th Mountain Div PAO
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq –Jan.16,
2006- The world has been intrigued over the last several days with the
touching story about young Baby Noor – an Iraqi child suffering from spina
bifida taken into care by American Soldiers.
3ID passes responsibility to 4ID during
‘Transfer of Authority’
By Master Sgt. Eric Lobsinger
Task Force Ironhorse PAO
BAGHDAD –Jan.7, 2006- As Iraqi Army and coalition partners
looked on, the 3rd and 4th Infantry Divisions commemorated the completion
of their “Transfer of Authority” during a ceremony at the Multi-National
Division-Baghdad headquarters at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“This ceremony symbolizes the transfer of authority.
There’s another symbolism of course – the Soldiers who serve under those
colors are conducting operations throughout the Multi-National
Division-Baghdad sector,” said Vines, commenting on the fact the 3rd and
4th Infantry Division Soldiers were continuing to conduct operations even
as the ceremony progressed.
Band of Brothers Reunite in Iraq
12, 2006 “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers: For
he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother,” wrote William
Shakespeare in Henry V.
|1/15 Inf Returns
Operation Iraqi Freedom
January 4th and 9th, 2006
January 9, 2006
|Soldier meeting new member of family||Daniel Scott family reunited|
|Soldiers chow down on goodies,
compliments of 15th Infantry Regiment Association
|Families and troops reunited|
|Troops marching in to ceremony area|
|Parents and son reunite||Troops turning in weapons|
|Happy Couple||SGM Yancey, Opns SGM, directing operation|
|Greeting at Lawson AAF|
Unmarried soldiers receiving barracks assignments
|One of tables w/ Assoc items|
First Large Homecoming from Iraq
Planned for Fort Stewart Troops
SAVANNAH, Ga. Dec. 02, 2005- About 250
Fort Stewart soldiers were scheduled to return from Iraq late Friday in the
Army post's first major homecoming since the 3rd Infantry Division deployed
for its second tour almost a year ago. While Fort Stewart expects to welcome
back a few hundred more troops before the holidays, most of the 3rd
Infantry's 19,000 soldiers won't return until after New Year's Day. Most of
the returning troops belong to the Division Support Brigade, which handles
maintenance, transportation, medical and supply services for the division.
They're coming early to help the Army post prepare for the crush of arrivals
early next year.
|Task Force Baghdad/3ID|
Marne Soldiers Fulfill Dream of Citizenship
By Spc. Jennifer D. Atkinson
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq –December 30, 2005- “one
Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” With
their right hands over their hearts, approximately 80 of America’s newest
citizens completed the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization
ceremony at the 3rd Infantry Division chapel Dec. 17.
Spc. Sakpraneth Khim, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd
Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), said serving
in the Army wasn’t shouldering a burden, but a way to “repay a debt of
gratitude to a good country.”
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