Staff meetings bring results, cohesion

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Spc. Robert Michael England
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

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FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Four senior officers from 17th Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, met with sheiks and tribesmen from the village of Hamayyid, at Forward Operating Base Atruz, in the southern Salah ad Din province, Dec. 21.

Lt. Col. John Steele, a member of the Stability Transition Team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and an advisor to the 17th IA Bde., described this meeting as a path toward cohesion.

“These meetings are to formulate synergy,” he said. “At these sync meetings, the staff officers in the 17th IA Bde. share intelligence aimed at establishing a more peaceful environment.”

Steele explained the intent of the IA officers as well as the increasingly limited role that U.S. forces play in these staff-to-staff meetings.

“The key point of all this is for the battalion intelligence officers in the 17th IA Bde. to bring all the (intelligence) together to establish appropriate courses of action,” he said. “For us, it’s a chance to bring our knowledge and experience to help them get better at

establishing those plans.”

The IA staff officers have met every Tuesday for more than a month, but this particular meeting differed from the rest, said Capt. Ian Fleischmann, intelligence officer, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT. The Hamayyid tribesmen attended this meeting to discuss solutions for ending indirect fire that is originating from their village and aimed at Joint Base Balad, he explained.

During the meeting, the 31 tribal leaders signed a pledge stating they will work with the IA officers to stop the indirect fire coming from Hamayyid, and that they will report any suspicious activity to the 17th Bde., 4th IA Div.

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