CentCom Electronic Newsletter – week of 22 January 2007

Iraqi Army Unit Gains Full Operational Independence
By Sgt. Paula Taylor
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

AL KINDI, Iraq — Coalition Forces joined their Iraqi Army counterparts in a Memorandum of Understanding signing Jan. 15 to mark the official handover of the 2nd Iraqi Army Division from Coalition to Iraqi control.

Prior to the MOU, the 2nd IA was working under the direction of the 25th Infantry Division and commander of Multi-National Forces-North, Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon. The memorandum signing turns control of the 2 IA over to the Iraqi Ground Forces Command.

Signing the documents, which were written in both English and Arabic, was Gen. Jamal, commander, 2 IA, and Col. Stephen Twitty, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, who was representing Mixon.

| Full Story |

Defense Secretary meets with military leaders in Afghanistan
By Army Cpl. Tremeshia D. Ellis
19th Public Affairs Detachment

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with U.S. military leaders at Bagram Airfield today for intelligence updates and discussions on current and future operations in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon’s top official made the trip to Bagram, the operational headquarters for the eastern regional command in Afghanistan, just a month after taking the reins at the Pentagon and dropping in on troops in Iraq.

This is part of a whirlwind effort Gates is making to get a first-hand perspective of the war on terror by visiting senior U.S. and Coalition senior leaders and troops on the ground in the Central and Southwest Asia, officials said.

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Siniyah takes steps in establishing police force, security
By Multi-National Forces-Iraq Press Office

SINIYAH, Iraq — Due to the insurgent uprisings around the last week of October, the majority of the Sinyah’s police officers, the mayor and the entire city council resigned.

The uprisings resulted in the complete destruction of the police station and left the city without security.

However, the city of Sinyah has not given up.

After the devastating blow, a new police station is now being built and police officers are being trained to standard, said Antoine Dunmeyer, commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. | Full Story |

Iraqi Forces’ Plus-up Part of Baghdad ‘Surge’ Plan
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – A plus-up of Iraqi soldiers is a component of President Bush’s strategy to stabilize Iraq’s capital city and parts of western Iraq, senior U.S. military officials said during a Baghdad news conference today.

After conferring with top administration officials and senior Iraqi authorities, Bush last week announced a temporary increase, or surge, of about 21,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines to help dampen sectarian and insurgent violence in Iraq’s capital city and parts of Anbar province in the western part of the country.

“This plan is different in that there is a strong political commitment from the government of Iraq,” Navy Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, acting Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters. “There is more Iraqi buy-in. The plan is Iraqi-conceived and Iraqi-led.” | Full Story |

Civic Action Team promotes preventive medicine
By U.S. Air Force Lt.Col. Daniel Shoor
Commander, CJTF-HOA Civic Action Team

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti — Today, medical needs exceed supply. In the Horn of Africa, the civic action team at Combined Task Force–Horn of Africa is bringing preventive medicine strategies and items to try to ease some of the resultant strain.

Preventive medicine is the part of medicine which tries to promote health and prevent disease rather than curing it. It is made up of three points for intervention: primary prevention, secondary prevention and tertiary prevention.

Primary prevention is the cornerstone of preventive medicine. It involves preventing diseases and conditions before they take root in the body. | Full Story |

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