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  • Vol. 4 Issue 40 February 16, 2011


    Soldiers develop during deployment

    Page 5

    New Year

    Soldiers enjoy food, culture

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    Chaplain inspires courage

    Page 10


    Proudly serving the finest Expeditionary service members throughout Iraq

    The Expeditionary Times

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    U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Pearman, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, shows Sgt. Dafer Hussain, 2nd Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, proper maintenance procedures for an Iraqi Army humvee during a vehicle maintenance class at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Feb 3, 2011. In addition to teaching combat skills, U.S. forces are training Iraqi soldiers at GWTC for logistics and maintenance operations to keep Iraqi Army units running smoothly.

    GHUZLANI WARRIOR TRAINING CENTER, Iraq— Beyond the combat skills Iraqi soldiers learn at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, troops of 2nd Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, now know how to keep their vehi-

    cles, and consequently their missions, running smoothly.

    U.S. Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, hosted a class on preventive

    maintenance, checks and services for their Iraqi partners at GWTC, near Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 3.

    U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Pearman, an instructor from the Combat Ready Team, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt., walked Iraqi vehicle crews through the step-by-step process of checking their humvees for daily mission readiness.

    “We’re teaching them how to do ‘before, during, and after checks’ on their humvees,” said Pearman, a native of Bristol, Tenn.

    Checking even the simplest components and keeping the vehicle clean helps prevent most of the problems that crews may encounter, he said.

    Following a day of classroom training covering manuals and instructions, the students got their hands dirty with a practical exercise, performing maintenance on Iraqi Army service vehicles.

    “The class had good benefits for us, and I learned a lot of things, especially when we got our hands on the vehicles,” said Sgt. Dafer Hussain, 2nd Bn., 11th Bde.

    Pearman led Hussain and his crewmembers through the methodical process of checking fluids, belts, tires, seatbelts, and other parts as the Iraqi soldiers took notes, jotting down deficiencies.

    “We’re teaching them how to keep the prob- lems small instead of letting them get bigger,” said Pearman, noting how even minor faults can place a mission in jeopardy. “It keeps the crew rolling; it keeps the mission going safely.”

    U.S. Soldiers of 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div. are leading Iraqi units of 2nd Bn., 11th Bde., through a

    Service members serve as Soldiers, civilians

    Iraqi cont. page 6

    Story and photoS by Sgt. Shawn Miller

    109th Mpad

    Iraqi soldiers learn maintenance skills

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    Enjoying the ‘fruits’ of deployment Capt. SCott Bauer

    Chaplain 724th engineer Brigade

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    I have literally enjoyed the fruits of this deployment. While I certainly miss my berry patches and garden beds of Northern Wisconsin, I have had a tremendous opportunity to get to know

    the regional flora. Beyond fruitless palms and exotic Asiatic Poplars with their willow like strands of aromatic waxy leaves, I recently got to know subtropical date palms and pomegranates. In late November, another chaplain taught me how to select, peel, and eat the dates from the many trees on Victory Base. On Joint Base Balad, a pomegranate tree grows outside one of my unit’s buildings. The “City of Wonder” Facebook application mentions the pomegranate as being highly symbolic. More than a flavoring of our energy drinks and more famous than for oxidant-rich oddly shaped bottles of expensive juice, the pomegranate has held great symbolism throughout many cultures and specific impor- tance in the Middle East.

    Greek pagan lore blames the pomegranate for winter. After the goddess Persephone had been abducted to the underworld, Fate dictated that for each pomegranate seed Persephone had eaten during her captivity, she would return to Hades for a month every year. The months she is away when the earth loses fertility, we call winter.

    A parallel eating of pomegranate seeds has been blamed for even greater hardships than just winter. The forbidden

    fruit of the Garden of Eden (on the west bank of the Tigris River) is often portrayed as an apple in western thought as the Latin words for apple and evil are very similar. Yet, that same Latin genus also refers to the pomegranate. A pome- granate is used in many non-western pictorial representa- tions regarding that account from Genesis.

    Pomegranates have been used and mentioned in many Asian cultures and religions. Remnants of pomegranate rinds have been identified at digs of the most ancient city of Jericho from the Bronze Age levels upward. Pomegranate shapes decorated the temple of Solomon and the high-priest’s vestments. Pomegranates have been a fertility symbol for the Hindu religion and for Chinese culture. Koreans and Japa- nese have cultivated pomegranate varieties for the beauty of its bark. The Qur’an (55:068) lists dates and pomegranates in the abundance of creation.

    Even in the West, pomegranates have more than their fair share of representation. Some of the earliest representa- tions of Jesus also feature pomegranates as decoration and symbolism. The first Anglican Queen, Ann Boleyn, chose a pomegranate to decorate her personal crest. The pome- granate is the main symbol for Grenada in southern Spain, so -- not surprisingly -- Spaniards introduced the pomegranate to Latin America, California, and Arizona. Even the Amer- ican founding father Thomas Jefferson had a pomegranate shrub growing at Monticello.

    No matter what is being served at our DFACs, no matter what fruit is fresh or in season, we have an opportunity to understand, embrace, and perhaps even taste the fruits of our deployments.

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    I.G. Contacts

    Joint Base Balad (103rd ESC): DSN 433-2125

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Schneider (Cmd) Maj. Erik Verhoef (Deputy)

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    Adder/Tallil (224 SB): DSN 433-2125

    Speicher (103rd ESC): VOIP 433-2125

    B attlemind, resiliency, combat stress... Terms that have become widely used in today’s Army. The question is, what are they and how do they apply to you as a deployed Soldier? We all go through a rigorous pre-deployment process before

    we get ready to deploy. We make sure that al

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