Agence France-Presse has embedded with the cavalry soldiers of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. They’re serving in Spin Boldak along the Pakistani border, and the story focuses on the soldiers setting up a meeting for local leaders.
Sounds like things are pretty quiet down there: “I feel like we are social workers with guns because, for the most part, the enemy threat is not very strong here so our main focus is go meet the population and build infrastructure,” Lt. Mike Stahlke told the wire service.
Another dispatch that ran today talks about the rough terrain. Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected vehicles are leading convoys — better the MRAPs take an IED blast than a Stryker, the thinking goes — but they’re not exactly the most nimble vehicles ever built.
Other local links:
I Corps/Multi-National Corps-Iraq:
Targeted attacks precede election, Jacoby says [The News Tribune]
3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
raq deployment: 3rd brigade, 2nd infantry division seeing less violence [The News Tribune]
Partnership Social Brings Diyala Leaders Together [DVIDS]
17th Fires Brigade
Deployment viewed as a team effort with Iraqis [The News Tribune]
Chaplain Provides Guidance, Friendship in Time of Need [DVIDS]
81st Brigade Combat Team
Reconnections rule the day for 81st Brigade Combat Team [The Olympian]
62nd Airlift Wing:
McChord Airmen provide humanitarian airlift to Indonesia [62nd AW]
McChord Airmen complete second humanitarian airlift to American Samoa [62nd AW]
Fort Lewis soldiers join search for McCleary girl [KING-TV]