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Capt. Charles Moore, a company commander from the 2nd Infantry Division, carries a "casualty" during the nuclear, biological and chemical portion of the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Lewis, Wash. Photo by Spc. Leah Burton.
Career Officer Hand Picked as Deputy Commander for Stryker Brigade in Combat
by Spc Yolanda Moreno Leon
MOSUL, Iraq (September 15, 2006) – Throughout a military career, enlisted Soldiers and officers will have an opportunity to work for different commanders. It has special meaning for an individual to be hand picked by a Brigade Commander before heading to combat.
Col. Steven Townsend, commander, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division recommended to the Army that Lt. Col. Fred Johnson be their Deputy Brigade Commander for their deployment in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit is stationed on Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq.
“I brought him here after asking the Army to send him when my assigned Deputy Commander was injured and could not deploy with us,” said Townsend. “After the Army said I could take him as my deputy commander, I immediately agreed because he was my first choice.”
The 3rd SBCT arrived in country a little more than six weeks ago and Johnson has been extremely busy. Not only does he serve as the brigade deputy commander, but also the Brigade Troops Battalion Commander.
“I give equal attention to both duties I am responsible for,” said Johnson. “Some days I work more as the BTB commander and others I am more as a deputy commanding officer. What I do is based on what is going on throughout the week; I give as much attention to both jobs as I possibly can.”
According to Townsend, Johnson is a quality officer and a sharp Dep. Cdr. He is absolutely essential to the SBCT and to the brigade combat team operations in theater.
This isn’t the first time Johnson has been deployed to a war zone. In 1991 he was part of Coalition Forces who were responsible for ousting Iraqi Soldiers out of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
“The mission during desert storm was to expel the Iraqi’s out of Kuwait, it was more a kinetic operation,” said Johnson. “This time around we are focused primarily in assisting Iraqi Security Forces to take over their area of responsibility.”
According to Command Sgt. Maj. Julie Walker, 3rd SBCT, and native of Portland, Ore. Johnson is a motivated commander who cares about his Soldiers. Johnson looks at what Soldiers need addresses them and ensures they are squared away.
His coming on board has been a great asset,” said Walker. “He is able to focus on both jobs and accomplished the mission. I did not know him personally, but when I met him I liked his good attitude, and his level of excitement.”
The old gym at A Street & 10th Street on North Fort Lewis will be demolitioned Monday at 10 a.m. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it will be a "unique demonstration of the demolition/deconstruction technique" in bringing high buildings safely to the ground, "without putting a person on the roof, and still being able to salvage a substantial amount of valuable wood, including those beautiful trusses."
Proper Lifting Techniques Is Vital in Preventing Muscle Injuries
by Pfc. Bryanna Poulin
25th ID PAO
MOSUL, Iraq-- Helping people live healthy, fulfilling lives after injuries can be challenging, especially in Iraq
One Physical Therapist from the Troop Medical Center at Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq provides patients with a treatment strategy, along with educating them about preventing future injuries.
Major Erica Clarkson, Physical Therapist with 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Fort Lewis, Wash, believes that exercise and educating people on proper lifting techniques plays a vital role in patients suffering from muscle injuries.
“Many people utilize medications when they have muscle pain; not realizing that medications only provide a temporary relief, which only masks the dilemma,” Clarkson stated.
The most common injury Clarkson notices among patients in deployed environments is back and neck pain resulting from improper lifting techniques.
People have a tendency to lift heavy objects with their back versus lifting with their legs, which puts a lot of pressure on the muscles in the back.
“A proper lifting technique is only one approach in preventing injuries,” Clarkson said. “It is also important that the human body receives ample rest because fatigue correlates with muscles not healing properly.”
Physical therapy is just one treatment option for people suffering from muscle pain grievances.
“There are numerous treatment options available to patients; it’s my responsibility to determine and evaluate what action is right for them” she added. “Since every person is different, each evaluation is done on an individual needs.”
Clarkson who’s scope of knowledge includes a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physical Therapy as well as a Doctorate in Acupuncture Therapy determines if patients can benefit from other types of treatments including ultrasound, heat, diathermy, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, massage or spinal manipulation.
“Prior to any scientific treatments being conducted I like to begin patients on exercise techniques that will strengthen and restore the injured muscle.” Clarkson noted. “Exercise is sometimes the best medicine.”
It is important that physical therapy is coupled with education, thus patients can be empowered to take charge of their own recovery and receive instruction on posture, educate about basic anatomy and physiology, instruction in body mechanics, stretching, strengthening and conditioning exercises.
The best overall defense in preventing muscle injuries is practicing proper techniques and not overusing muscles beyond normal capabilities.
“Soldiers in this type of environment (deployed areas) should pay closer to attention in not only using correct lifting techniques but also the importance of having good sleep and eating patterns as well.” Clarkson added. “In doing this it counteracts any muscle injuries that are more prone to happen during a deployment.”
Stryker Soldiers Observe Kurdish Military Basic Training
by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone
DOHUK PROVINCE, Iraq – Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited the Zahko, Iraq, basic military training base to assess how their Iraqi counterparts conduct training.
The purpose of the tour was to build rapport between the Iraqi 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Army Division and Co. C. They were accompanied by Maj. Richard McConnell, team chief, 2nd IA Division Military Transition Team.
“I was impressed with the basic training facilities of our Kurdish counterparts,” said Capt. Brent Clemmer, commander, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. “The academy was clean, organized and well maintained. I was informed that last year, $9.5 million was spent on Zahko.”
According to Clemmer, the improvements included new and renovated barracks, two renovated dining facilities, a renovated swimming pool, a new gymnasium, a running track and a training area that includes an obstacle course, a rappelling tower and ranges for rifle, grenade and urban warfare training.
Co. C was given a tour of the academy by Iraqi Maj. Gen. Shihab, commandant of Zahko military academy. The tour included Kurdish Soldiers performing drill and ceremony routines on an open parade field, first-aid training, tactical movement under sniper fire and map reading to include Global Positioning System training.
Before their departure, Co. C Soldiers sat down to experience an Iraqi basic trainee breakfast.
“This academy training is bound to improve the professionalism and proficiency of IA,” said Clemmer.
Congressman Norm Dicks released this statement today regarding the defense spending bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 26 - A House and Senate conference committee has agreed on the final version of next year's defense spending bill, boosting the Navy's depot maintenance account by $100 million and, according to U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, assuring that Puget Sound Naval Shipyard will have sufficient funds to repair the USS San Francisco, the submarine damaged in January 2005 when it hit an underwater mountain.
In June, the congressman inserted language that specifically directed the Navy to accomplish the San Francisco overhaul, in addition to a carrier at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The agreement reached today adds the funding for the overhauls to the Pentagon budget, improving workload stability for the PSNS workforce while also enhancing Navy fleet readiness Rep. Dicks stated.
The conference panel also added funds for 10 more Boeing C-17 airlifters, reversing the Pentagon's decision to end the program at 180 aircraft. It also included funding -- deferred earlier by the House -- for eight F/A 18-G electronic attack aircraft that will ultimately replace the EA-6Bs at Whidbey Island NAS.
The final version of the bill also provides funds to continue the Navy's participation in the research effort to address the alarmingly-low level of dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal along with funds to develop a system for the Navy that will allow sensors to collect of a wide variety of data on water characteristics and collect the data over a wireless network, the congressman noted.
A total of $70 million was included in the bill for the aerial refueling tanker replacement program as the Air Force on Monday officially launched the competition for what is expected to be a $20 billion effort to replace the country's aging fleet of tankers, said Rep. Dicks, a leading advocate for purchasing new tankers based on Boeing's 767 airframe.
Other Boeing programs funded in the bill include $1.13 billion for the further development of the P-8A “Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft,” a surveillance plane utilizing the Boeing 737 airframe that will replace the P-3 Orion submarine hunter aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase 108 of these aircraft, extending the 737 production line in Renton, Rep. Dicks said. In addition to the P-8A production, the following Boeing programs are included in the final version of the defense bill that will be approved by the House today:
C-17 Cargo/Transport Aircraft
This final version of the defense bill appropriates $4.4 billion for the purchase of 22 additional C-17 airlifters – 10 more than were requested in the Bush Administration’s budget.
The agreement includes a total of $2.9 billion to fully fund the procurement of 20 F/A-22 fighter aircraft, with an additional $477 million for advance procurement in future years. The plane is the nation’s next-generation air superiority fighter characterized by a low-observable, highly maneuverable airframe.
Another $2.5 billion was included for 34 next-generation F/A-18 E/Fs, the Navy's upgrade of the current F/A-18 C/D aircraft.
$1.3 billion was included in the bill to fully fund the Marine Corps’ V-22 tiltrotor aircraft program.
Army “Future Combat System” (Boeing Co. is lead systems integrator)
$3 billion was included for the Army’s major research and development program entitled “Future Combat System.” The program integrates the Army's next generation of combat vehicles and weapons systems.
The defense bill also includes funding for several smaller programs that operate at Washington State military bases or are in development by northwest technology firms, Rep. Dicks said. Among them is $145.7 million appropriated for torpedo developmental and production work, much of which is accomplished by Navy and Raytheon employees at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport.