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Mission 28 - Forces
Ramadi Convoy Exercise

Friendly Forces

The US Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) provides the Army with combat and training developments. CASCOM has a huge hand in structuring forces and determining the materials our troops need in the field. From education and maintenance to material acquisition and delivery, CASCOM is tasked with all combat service support functions. It acts as the driving force behind all combat development (CD) and training development (TD) tasks as well as heads the US Army's manpower and personnel divisions.

CASCOM encompasses several Directorates of Combat Developments (DCDs): Multifunctional Logistics Combat Support Services, Ordinance, Quartermaster, Transportation, Information Systems, and Training and Quality Assurance. The Combat Support System's Battle Lab allows CASCOM to evaluate Future Force Maneuver Sustainment - the improvement and future deployment of troops - through innovations like simulated war games.

Through technology, hands-on maintenance, and education, CASCOM's wide scope is an ongoing mission to ensure the US military is working at an optimum level of safety and efficiency in the battlefield and to anticipate what troops will face in the wars of the future.
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1st Cavalry, 2nd battalion, 5th Cavalry

The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated in 1942 at Mount Currahee, Camp Toccoa, Georgia as part of the newly created 101st Airborne Division. The men of the 506 left camp on foot, marching 137 miles to arrive for training in Fort Benning. They would become the first Parachute Infantry Regiment to complete Airborne training as a unit.

In June 1944, it was the 506th that jumped into the skies over France, seizing the high ground directly behind Normandy beach to lead the D-Day invasion. The Regiment secured its objectives and was crucial in establishing the Allied base at the beach. The 506th would later invade and seize Hitler's famed "Eagle's Nest" in southeastern Germany, forcing the surrender of the German 82nd Corps.

For seventeen years, the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry was stationed two miles from the perilous DMZ in South Korea until it was called to duty in Iraq in late August 2004. Moving from an Air Assault unit in Korea to a Motorized Infantry unit, the 1/506th is now stationed in Ramadi.
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Initially dubbed the 503rd Parachutist Battalion, the 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment was one of the original formations of the US Army Airborne forces. Activated in February 1942, the 1/503 was immediately deployed to join General MacArthur's forces in the South Pacific where the 503rd assaulted Corregidor Island. In the next year, the 503rd would perform devastating assaults on airstrips in New Guinea.

As the first major US Army ground combat unit deployed, the 503rd Infantry entered Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in May 1965. During its six years in Vietnam, the 503d Infantry participated in fourteen campaigns and earn the distinction of being one of the last units to depart Southeast Asia.

The 1st Battalion of the 503rd Infantry Regiment is one of two Air Assault Infantry Battalions forwardly deployed on the Korean Peninsula. As the last men standing once again, the men of the 1/503 were the final 2nd Infantry Division battalion to man the posts and patrol the US sector of the DMZ in October of 1991.

Dubbed "The Rock," the 1st Battalion, 503rd was deployed to Iraq in September 2004 to begin co-operations with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit in some of the toughest insurgent strongholds in the country: Fallujah and Ramadi.
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Activated in 1917, the 17th Field Artillery Regiment served in six campaigns in World War I. Decorated for its strength in service, the 17th also fought from the trenches in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. In September 1990, the 17th Field Artillery was deployed to Saudi Arabia after Iraq invaded Kuwait. There they supported the 24th Infantry Division in driving out the enemy to secure freedom for Kuwait.

In 1997, the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery was chosen to field the US Army's most technologically advanced howitzer system, the M109A6 Paladin. Since the 2nd Battalion is the most forward-deployed of the Army's Field Artillery Regiments, the men and women of the 17th carry on a continuous training cycle, prepared to enter the battlefield on command as they have for nearly nine decades.

In August, the 2nd Battalion was deployed to Iraq to relieve the 1st Infantry Division from its duties in Ramadi.
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1st Cavalry, 2nd battalion, 5th Cavalry

The 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment was first organized in 1855 at Fort Monroe, Virginia. With a history of battling on the fields of the Civil War, the 9th Infantry Regiment's prowess continues today. These soldiers fought in the Indian Wars and at Little Big Horn, campaigned in the War with Spain, the China Relief Expedition, and the Philippine Insurrection. And that's all before the year 1900.

The men of the 1/9 were decorated four times for their actions in World War I where they participated in six campaigns. They were instrumental in the fighting at Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe during World War II. During the Korean War, the 9th Infantry was influential in numerous offensive, defensive, counteroffensive, and intervening operations. During Vietnam, the 9th Infantry fought in ten counteroffensive operations where the troops earned four decorations for their fearless actions against the Vietcong.

They entered Iraq in August 2004, and within a month, members of the 1/9 began participating in city-wide sweeps like Operation Bulldog, designed to catch anti-coalition leaders and confiscate weapons caches in and around Ramadi.
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With a total membership of 45,000, the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) is the principle Marine Corps fighting unit. The largest and most powerful Marine Air Ground Task Force, the MEF is always ready for combat operations in nearly any environment with little advance warning. Urban warfare and terrorist response is their specialty.

By combining air, ground, and logistical support elements, the force uses total domination to exploit its enemy's weaknesses. The MEF's crushing offensive lineup includes battalions of reconnaissance, surveillance, artillery, tank, anti-aircraft, engineering, light-armored, aircraft, and support.

First activated in 1969 in Camp Pendleton, California, "The Magnificent Bastards" of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment have fought battles in numerous countries and provided a pivotal role in major conflicts since WWI, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Southwest Asia, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and presently, Operation Vigilant Resolve in Iraq.

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force entered the hostile cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in March 2004, relieving units from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
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Iraq’s 228,000 police and National Guard were established by the US occupation authority. Since the formal handover of authority to the new Iraqi government, Iraq’s security forces have been continually targeted by insurgents.

The inherent dangers, coupled with low pay - Iraqi guardsmen bring in between $145 and $170 per month - are blamed for a high turnover rate. Nearly 3,000 policemen quit or were fired in one week in mid-April and in the Iraqi National Guard, 82 percent failed to appear for duty in Fallujah where insurgents and Marines engaged in intense battles.

But authorities insist the Iraqi security forces are better trained and equipped and their members more confident than ever. Recruitment is close to 90% of the projected number, and members are expressing a desire to forego the dangers to serve their countrymen in the new Iraq.

The interim Iraqi government's plans for the future of Iraqi security include an intervention force, a coastal defense force, an air force, security units for border, customs and immigration, diplomatic protection forces, and a SWAT team.
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 Enemy Forces

The insurgents in Ramadi, like all of those in the Anbar province, are a motley crew of killers. The enemies include high-ranking tribal sheiks left powerless by the forced regime change and foreign and domestic religious zealots who see the occupation as a call for jihad. Insurgents from Fallujah, first frustrated by a lack of American targets but now overwhelmed by the large-scale American operations, have taken refuge and revenge in Ramadi. The mix of insurgents also includes everyday people: smugglers who depend on lawlessness to make their living or grieving residents seeking revenge for the death of a family member. Attacks are also launched by the purely desperate: poverty-stricken Iraqis with no job or home. In Ramadi, amateur assassins are offered $50 to $100 to shoot an American.
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Ramadi Convoy Exercise

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