Deployed Forces: 2nd BCT tours province, checkpoints with Iraqis

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Pfc. Robert England
2nd Advise and Assist Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

1st Lt. John Powell (second from right), 3rd Platoon leader, HHC, 2nd Bn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd AABCT, 25th ID, explains operating procedures for a combined security checkpoint in the Diyala province, Monday. Col. Malcolm Frost (left) brigade commander, 2nd AABCT, 25th ID, accompanied staff Brig. Gen. Damook, (second from left), commander, Diyala Provincial Directorate of Police, through the combined security checkpoint during the battlefield circulation.FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Col. Malcolm Frost, brigade commander, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, accompanied staff Brig. Gen. Damook, commander, Diyala Provincial Directorate of Police, on a battlefield circulation, Monday.

Both commanders boarded a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and flew around the Diyala province in Iraq, gaining an aerial perspective before landing and touring one of five combined security checkpoints.

Once they touched down at the checkpoint, 1st Lt. John Powell, 3rd Platoon leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd AABCT, 25th ID, greeted the commanders and led them through the checkpoint, explaining how each component factors into its overall security. 

For instance, tall guard towers allow the security forces to see incoming vehicles from a distance, while floodlights and night-vision goggles enable the security forces to maintain a level of effectiveness at night.

The security forces manning the checkpoints comprise a tri-partisan team, which includes Iraqi soldiers, U.S. Army Soldiers, and Peshmerga, the Kurdish military. 

During the tour, Frost and Damook discussed the logistics of Iraqi police eventually replacing Iraqi army soldiers as a means to promote police primacy lead.

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