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Logistics and support benefit US, Iraqi Army

SGT. MICHAEL MOODY 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment

37th Bde. to ensure they learn proper techniques.

CAMP TAJI, Iraq — A Soldier of passing importance once re- marked that “an army marches on its stomach.” While the pri- macy of the gastronomical can be debated, the underlying idea, that it takes more than bullet- slingers to fight a war, is unas- sailable.

This necessity for logistics and support has not gone unnoticed by senior Army coalition forces and Iraqi officials. The Iraqi Army (IA) continues to develop its abil- ity to become self-reliant. The sol- diers, or Jundis as they’re called, of the 3rd Battalion, 37th Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, recently worked toward that self-reliance by participating in medical train- ing.

A 14-year medic who has al- ready deployed once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pierce has a great deal of experience to offer IA medics.

He and Sgt. Hussain Mussa Attwan, senior medic with the 3- 37th Bde., continually ensure IA soldiers are trained on proper medical procedures. The team teaches classes on how to apply trauma dressings and splint frac- tures.

The medics of the 3-37th Bde. continue to show both initiative and growing independence by passing on their medical knowl- edge to the other soldiers of their battalion, Pierce said. He also said he was impressed with their per- formance and initiative in caring for fellow soldiers.

“The emphasis needs to be on the Iraqi Army, on what they do,” said Capt. Dustin Cathcart, com- mander, Military Transition Team (MiTT), 1st Battalion, 14th In- fantry Regiment “Golden Drag- ons,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The MiTT Soldiers of 1-14th Inf. Regt. ensure the focus is on IA soldiers.

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Pierce, as- signed to the MiTT Soldiers of 1- 14th Inf. Regt., assists and men- tors medics assigned to the IA’s 3-

“They coordinated with a (out- going) convoy and brought the immunizations. That’s pretty im- pressive,” said Pierce.

In addition, 3-37th Bde. medics traveled to a Joint Security Sta- tion in the Taji Qada, northwest of Baghdad, to immunize soldiers, instead of waiting for them to re- turn to battalion headquarters.

This kind of work and initiative will ensure the IA medics are able to properly care for their fellow soldiers, and ensure a healthy fighting force for the future.


Soldier continues family legacy

PFC. JOHN AHN 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment

CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Palumbo wanted to do something exciting, serve his country and not walk too much. These requirements are what the San Diego native told his recruiter before joining the Army. That conversation led him to enlist as an armor Soldier.

Today, Palumbo serves as a mobile gun system platoon sergeant assigned to C Com- pany, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

His enlistment began another generation of military service for his family. The seeds of service were planted by his grandfather, who served in the Navy during World War II, and his stepfather, who served in Vietnam.

“My stepfather has shrapnel in his legs from grenades and land mines,” said Palum- bo. “He’s one of the toughest guys I know.”

With these influences, Palumbo began his Army career as an armor Soldier, and is now responsible for 30 armor and infantry Soldiers in his unit.

Sgt. Brad Willeford | 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment

Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Palumbo (right), platoon sergeant assigned to C Co., 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” raises his right hand and recites the oath of re-enlistment at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, recently, with fellow Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Hugh Jones.

prepare other units to deploy in support was finally time for him to deploy.

of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring

“I was ready to get over here,” he said. “I

Before deploying, Palumbo was a recruiter, where he inspired more than 60 civilians to become Soldiers. He then did his part to

Freedom as a training noncommissioned was finally getting my chance to do my part.”

officer at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. After those missions, it


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