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1 Combat brigades in Iraq under different name on Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:36 pm

rosco 357


Combat brigades in Iraq under different name

7 Advise and Assist Brigades, made up of troops from BCTs, still in Iraq
By Kate Brannen - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 21, 2010 16:10:59 EDT

As the final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., entered Kuwait early Thursday, a different Stryker brigade remained in Iraq.

Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division are deployed in Iraq as members of an Advise and Assist Brigade, the Army’s designation for brigades selected to conduct security force assistance.

So while the “last full U.S. combat brigade” have left Iraq, just under 50,000 soldiers from specially trained heavy, infantry and Stryker brigades will stay, as well as two combat aviation brigades.

Compared with the 49,000 soldiers in Iraq, there are close to 67,000 in Afghanistan and another 9,700 in Kuwait, according to the latest Army chart on global commitments dated Aug. 17. Under an agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops must be out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.

There are seven Advise and Assist Brigades in Iraq, as well as two additional National Guard infantry brigades “for security,” said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Craig Ratcliff.

Last year, the Army decided that rather than devote permanent force structure to the growing security force assistance mission, it would modify and augment existing brigades.

The Army has three different standard brigade combat teams: infantry, Stryker and heavy. To build an Advise and Assist Brigade, the Army selects one of these three and puts it through special training before deploying.

The Army selected brigade combat teams as the unit upon which to build advisory brigades partly because they would be able to retain their inherent capability to conduct offensive and defensive operations, according to the Army’s security force assistance field manual, which came out in May 2009. This way, the brigade can shift the bulk of its operational focus from security force assistance to combat operations if necessary.

To prepare for their mission in Iraq, heavy, infantry and Stryker brigades receive specialized training that can include city management courses, civil affairs training and border patrol classes.

As far as equipment goes, the brigades either brought their gear with them or used equipment left behind that is typical to their type of brigade, said Ratcliff.

The first Advise and Assist Brigade — the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas — deployed last spring to Iraq, serving as a “proof of principle” for the advisory brigade concept.

Of the seven Advise and Assist Brigades still in Iraq, four are from the 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga. The 1st Heavy Brigade of the 1st Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo., are also serving as Advise and Assist Brigades.

The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division is based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. A combat medic from that unit was killed Aug. 15 when his Stryker combat vehicle was hit with grenades, according to press reports.

Two combat aviation brigades also remain in Iraq, according to Dan O’Boyle, Redstone Arsenal spokesman. Three more are deployed in Afghanistan, where there are currently no Advise and Assist Brigades.


I guess it will be a few years to see if our invasion in Iraq was a good thing, and if they can maintain their country.

rosco 357

i hope so but i know if u see this guys face u will remember him from the dessert storm, as Saddams spokesman, and he was a christian, anyway i posted this and will put the url to my post again as to what he thinks will happen when we pull out, its not a pretty picture, he is in prison now, but when out he said he is going to write a book , at his age he should do it now, but has his reasons, anyway reread this,

and go to the url on the article and u will see his pic i think and remember him, i think he had to follow what sadam said but dont think now he agreed with all sadam did, but go to my article, and then go to the articles url, to see him, im not postitive, but i think his pic is on there, sorry i went to the url and i did not put the url to the article so u cant see his pic, but read his thoughts on american pull out, take care,


I am glad we are leaving Iraq/we should not have been there in the first place/I believe you cannot change those peopl,e or educate them enough to fight back/and keep the terroists,from
destroying them..

rosco 357

my sister cleans teeth from soldiers and they tell her the vast majority of ppl in iraq welcome them and are polite and appreciate them, that whats on the news is not what they have experienced, there will sadly always be the bombs in crowds and road side bombs, its a sad thing, the few rotten apples that ruin it for the good ppl in iraq, there are no easy answers .. i imagine there are soldiers with other views, im just telling u what my sister was told, by returning men,, lets hope the iraq army can maintain civil order when we are gone, i dont think anyone really knows if thing will go bad there when we leave, it could go very bad, or be ok,


I hope it works out but only time will tell, already talk of resending troops back as the violence in Iraq has escalated within the past few days. When Bush signed the withdrawal, I think he felt it would be stable there by now and Obama is just completing those agreements, even if he takes the credit it was already a done deal before he took office.


Rosco just after we left Iraq,the bombings happened,I will be surprised if the good Iraqi people will be able to retain their country with what we taught them, and fought for them.
you can't change some countries or people. after seven years there, its way past time we should have left that country, My opinion we should not have been there, now Obama inherited two wars, to pay for, Because Bush's term was not charged for that little bombshell he started.nor the Afghan war that goes on Obama 's deficit

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