Sunday, May 01, 2005

In the Sandbox...

Need help cleaning that gun?...

"Lead elements of the 4th Infantry Division (M) entered Iraq on the morning of April 14th before sunrise. The powerful formation was built around M1A2 Main Battle tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M270A1 MLRS Launchers, M109A6 Paladin Howitzers, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, and AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopters. Also included were combat support and combat service support units to provide sustainment. The deep penetration into Iraq was made with Heavy Equipment Transports (HETs) hauling the tanks and other heavy combat equipment in order to save time and fuel. Although reconnaissance and coordination teams from the task force had been operating in Iraq since April 2nd, the recent movement marked the first introduction of significant combat power. The welcome entry of Task Force Ironhorse came on the heels of the fastest deployment and integration of a heavy division in history. The rapid, complex, and well-organized movement provides the coalition with flexibility to terminate hostilities and stabilize the country. Morale remains very high, and the task force is on track." (4th ID/Ft. Hood)

"I'm convinced that the infantry is the group in the army which gives more and gets less than anybody else."
~Bill Mauldin

"The infantry doesn't change. We're the only arm of the military where the weapon is the man himself."
~C. T. Shortis

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