Combined mission ends with four detainees, ammo cache

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Spc. Jessica Luhrs
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

‘Golden Dragons’ witness increased proficiency of Iraqi soldiers in mission 

First Lt. Dan Chapman (front), platoon leader, HHC, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, pulls security during a cordon and search mission, in the Rashaad Valley of Iraq, Sept. 25.KIRKUK, Iraq — During an Iraqi army-led cordon and search in the Rashaad Valley, here, nearly 50 IA soldiers with 2nd and 4th battalions of the 15th Brigade, discovered a cache with more than 800 rounds of heavy machine gun ammunition and detained four suspects, Sept. 25.

“The mission showcased the ability of the 15th Bde. IA to plan, coordinate and execute a complex mission almost entirely on their own,” said 1st Lt. Dan Chapman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 14th Infantry Regiment, “Golden Dragons‚” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. “The plan was theirs; we merely gave input and provided enablers. We were definitely in the advise and assist role during this mission.”

The IA decided to search the site based on a reliable tip they had received about insurgent activity in the area, according to Lt. Col. Moufoq, IA ground force commander.

Chapman said that during the entire mission he was very impressed with the IA soldiers and their leadership.

“The IA soldiers and leadership impressed me with their individual soldier professionalism, ability of leaders to command and control units on the ground, and adapt the plan to the situation on the ground,” he said. 

Immediately after securing the ammo, detaining the four individuals and clearing the rest of the area, the IA once again impressed the Golden Dragons by visiting a nearby village to drop off humanitarian aid.

“It is important to build relationships with the people in the villages,” Moufoq said. “When we do, we are able to detain insurgents and find their weapons.”

Chapman said this mission set the standard for IA missions during the responsible drawdown of U.S. troops.

“This operation, and others like it, will demonstrate the increased ability of the Iraqi security forces to stand on their own against internal and external threats once the U.S. withdraws,” Chapman said. 

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