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1st BSTB - 1st BCT Camp Ar Ramadi Iraq

Devil Strike Dispatch V O L U M E

CONTACT INFORMATION REAR DETACHMENT CPT MIKE RICCITIELLO michael.riccitiello@us.army.mil SSG ANTONIO ESPARZA tony.esparza@conus.army.mil FRG LEADERS Family Readiness Support Assistant Crystal Cavalier Office: 910-396-5812 crystal.cavalier@conus.army.mil HHC FRG LDR: JESSICA BURT hhc1bstbfrg@gmail.com A CO FRG LDR: ROCHELLE HALL a1bstbfrg@gmail.com B CO FRG LDR: REBEKAH LARDIZABAL AND KATHERINE MURRAY b1bstbfrg@gmail.com C CO FRG LDR: ANNA GARDEL c1bstbfrg@gmail.com

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Family Readiness Group and Rear Detachment!

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"The DEVIL STRIKE FRG is for the benefit of the FRG members only and is established exclusively for charitable purposes and to provide support to Soldiers and family member as the Soldiers and families adapt to Army life. It is not a business and is not being run to generate profits. It is not an instrumentality of the United States Government." "The inclusion of some unofficial information in this FRG newsletter has not increased the costs to the Government, in accordance with DOD 4525.8-M."

From the Commander’s Desk Devil Strike Family and Friends, Katherine Murray and Rebekah Lardizabal (B Good afternoon and welcome to the final Company), Anna Gardel (C Company), and edition of the Devil Strike Dispatch from Iraq. Jessica Burt (HHC) for stepping up to take The temperatures remain at a high level and the reins of leadership this year. You grarecent reports indicate that the warm weather ciously volunteered your time, efforts, and also awaits us in Fayetteville. We are in the energies to support this battalion and its midst of our transition with the "Sentinels" Families. Great job by all and thank you very from 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division from much. Also providing great assistance were Fort Stewart, Georgia. The Karen Anne Taggett, Amy mission and equipment Castleberry, Tammy Bruch, hand over is our final task Megan Hess, Kassandra here in Al Anbar and as we Baker, Jackie Sumagang, greet our replacements, the Janalee Pendleton, Monica conditions are set for them Johnson, Karrie Kaat, to assume their role and hit Shawna Burt, Saadya Barthe ground running. Our ron, Tamara Bednar, farewell tour with our Iraqi Sharon Bolmer, Tonyi Pelcounterparts is also underham, Laura Yerkey, and way and many of our partSylvia Rosario. Thank you ners took this opportunity to very much and job well have a final meal and exdone. A very special thank change gifts with them. you to our FRG CoordinaThe trust and confidence tor, Mrs. Crystal Cavalier. built here in Al Anbar with She was the glue and drivour Iraqi partnered units is ing force behind our FRG evident and we leave them events. Her work and dediwith shared respect and cation from phone rosters to SPC Morganne Marie McBeth mutual understanding. activities set the positive We leave this mission with heavy hearts tone and tenor for our families. We thank as we mourn the passing of SPC Morganne Cris and also congratulate her as she moves McBeth. SPC McBeth worked in our medical to a new job at United States Special Operaplatoon and possessed an incandescent and tions Command. Thank you and good luck! infectious smile that lightened many hearts in To the rear detachment team of CPT the battalion. She was a remarkable young Mike Riccitiello, SSG Esparza, SSG Kelner, woman, a great medic and a friend to anyone SGT Fitzpatrick, SGT Farrar and SPC Babshe met. cock - you kept all the equipment, personnel I want to express my heartfelt thanks for and information flowing and moving between the support of two super groups, our battalion Fort Bragg and Ramadi. You were timely rear detachment and the Family Readiness and supportive throughout the entire deployGroup. Their mission, to care and support our ment and enabled our focus to remain on the Families throughout the deployment, was task at hand in Iraq. Great work and we will accomplished due to their tireless work and see you all soon! efforts. Their hard work was a key enabler to ATW! allow us to accomplish our mission here in Al LTC Douglas F. Stitt Anbar and on behalf of the entire battalion I DS6 express my sincere appreciation and gratitude. Thanks to Rochel Hall (A Company),


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Pictures from our FRG events throughout the year

HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY Greetings to the ting us ready to go families and friends of home. In the last few HHC from Camp weeks, they have proRamadi, Iraq. July has vided critical assistance proven to be a difficult to our battalion by transmonth for HHC. We porting essential comare indeed on our way munications and military home, and none too intelligence-related soon; however we equipm ent between have been forced to Ramadi and Al Asad. Valuable partnerships, such as our Maintance efforts in Fallujah, are being handed over to our replacements say goodbye to one of Left: Right: Similarly, PSD has been SSG Straughn, our HHC Supply NCOIC, is ensuring all equipment is being handed over properly our own. SPC Morrolling out almost daily, ganne McBeth passed before her transporting troops around Al Anbar. time on July 2, 2010 from injuries This month has seen a number sustained in a noncombat related of new soldiers moving up in the incident. SPC McBeth was an outranks. Our physician’s assistant, standing Paratrooper and a beloved CPT Medina is the latest officer to member of our HHC family; she will be promoted. Please join us in conbe dearly missed. We conducted a gratulating our newest NCOs, SGT memorial ceremony in her honor on Larkins of maintenance section, and the morning of July 8, 2010. SGT Bumbrey of the medical secFor the remainder of the detion. ployment, our main task is to help Thank you for all the prayers, get our replacements, the 4th Brilove, hope and commitment that you gade, 3rd Infantry Division, moved in have provided not only to your Paraand ready to take over the mission SPC Morganne McBeth, as she receives her end of tour award in June trooper but to all of the company. here in Al Anbar. To that end, we You have sustained us throughout have set-up an “Anbar Taxi”, comprised of MPs, medics, this deployment and your continued support will sustain us maintainers and Support platoon personnel, to efficiently as we grieve the loss of our fallen comrade. transport incoming personnel to Ramadi. Over the next ATW! few weeks, we will be incrementally handing over responCPT Bob Yerkey and sibilities and equipment to 4/3 BSTB. In addition to getting 1SG Robert Jordan 4/3 settled in, Support platoon has been hard at work getHHC Command Team


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Alpha Company Newsletter— “ROCK STEADY!” The finish line is in sight for Alpha Company. Our replacements have arrived and are eagerly awaiting to take over! A Company soldiers are working around the clock, conducting mission and preparing the new guys for their new mission. 1st Platoon will say farewell to their friends at the 1st Iraq Army Division this month. They plan on having a goodbye BBQ at Camp Fallujah and introducing our replacements to our Iraqi buddies. Our replacements will continue to partner with the 1st Iraqi Army Division. They will continue to build off all the hard work 1st Platoon has put in to developing their Iraqi counterparts. 2nd Platoon has been tireSPC Klinger and SGT Parks construct a door lessly sprinting to the finish line that they will show the Iraqis how to breech with route clearance and partnd nership. 2 Platoon has recently helped the Iraqis with a 10 day course instructing Iraqis on how to conduct proper check point operations. 2nd Platoon will also say goodbye to their Iraqi friends at the 7th Iraq Army Division. In preparation for their departure from country they will conduct one last demolition range with their Iraqi counterparts. Sapper 2 and the IA train on urban tactical operations

3rd Platoon finished packing all of their containers and are eagerly awaiting their flight home. They continue to run mission to keep the roads safe. 3rd Platoon will be taking our replacements out on the road to show them how the “pros” do it. 3rd Platoon is making sure that the replacements have a solid understanding of the importance of how to do route clearance properly, in order to ensure that stability in our province continues. Headquarters platoon is taking care of every detail to in order to get your soldier to green ramp. The redeployment process has a lot of stepping stones and Headquarters is ensuring that no step is skipped. Morale is high as the company prepares for their journey back to the states. ATW! CPT Kurt Zortman and 1SG James Stuckey A Co Command Team

PFC Guild shows SGT Cyr how to properly construct a demolition charge


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Bravo Company Newsletter— “Black Dagger Dispatch” 05JUL10: Ar Ramadi, Iraq. The Black Dagger’s are in their final days of the deployment and are executing their relief in place plan with their counterparts from 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. Anticipations are high as the main body flights carrying Marne Soldiers arrive into theatre and the realizations of a safe return to Fort Bragg materialize. The company has a lot to be proud of, in accordance with the responsible drawdown of forces an indicator of Iraq’s progress; the Bri1LT Popler and SFC Kaivo with the Multi-Sensor gade will be the last in Anbar under Operation 1LT Poplar pins SGT Hinsch his End-of-Tour Award Ground Platoon, Bravo Company Iraqi Freedom, successfully setting the stage for the start of Operation New Dawn on September 1, 2010. Given the courage, compassion and commitment of every Paratrooper in the company, Anbar is that much closer to becoming a sovereign, stable and self-reliant province. Through their hard work and dedication the Paratroopers have consistently conquered unique problem sets demonstrating their ingenuity, flexibility and adaptability in shaping the future of Iraq. The First Sergeant and I are humbled to serve your loved ones and are honored to bring the company home. See you at Green Ramp! ATW! CPT Christopher Lareau and 1SG Richard Walker Bravo Company Command Team

Charlie Company— “Coyote Chronicles” Company’s Headquarters. CPT Jihad, the 7th Iraqi Army Division Signal Company Commander, was present with members of his company as well. After the ceremony we talked with many of the Iraqi Soldiers, talking about our past seven months of partnership and soccer. CPT Jihad and his troops provided a touch of their culture in preparing chai tea, soft drinks, and snacks, none of which you would find in the local super market in the United States. Over our last few weeks in Iraq we will also close out and turn over our partnership with the Iraqi Army. Although we have made great friends, it is time to say farewell. 1LT Pope and his Birthdays partnership team were able to say PFC Carter (14 July) their last goodbyes to LTC Fallah, SGT Lee (22 July) the 1st Iraqi Army Division Signal SGT Tevaras (24 July) Commander. Unfortunately, LTC SSG Kent (27 July) Fallah went on medical leave at SPC Schwartz (28 July) the end of June due to heart complications. 1LT Pope and his team Promotions quickly acquainted themselves PFC Schwartz to SPC with MAJ Saad, the Executive Officer who arrived the week prior to LTC Fallah’s heart issues. 1LT Awards Pope will transfer all of the ongoSPC Dixon ing training to the training team SPC Cuellar that 4th BDE, 3rd ID will provide. Vital communications equipment

Hello friends and families of the Coyotes, Ch ar l i e C om pa n y, 1BSTB. This will be the last newsletter from Iraq. Spirits are high as we transition with elements from 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. SSG Hancock observes his class operating radios

They will continue our mission as an Advise and Assist Brigade. Daily they have been growing in numbers as they fly in country from Georgia. We will conduct key leader engagements with our Iraqi Partners and pass along our partnership training efforts to 4-3 BSTB. SPC Schwartz has formed a great bond with the Soldiers in the 7th Iraqi Army Division Signal Company. On the 3rd of July 2010 PFC Schwartz was promoted to Specialist. This all took place at the 7th Iraqi Army Division Signal


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has also arrived in Iraq for 4 BDE, 3 ID. The transition of our network equipment will take place as we conduct our transfer of authority (TOA) to 4/3. The two JNN teams have done a tremendous job maintaining constant communication and network access to the Brigade. As we seal containers to be shipped back to Fort Bragg, the JNN shop has been reducing their equipment. Working with minimal equipment they have still been successful in maintaining communication assets for the Brigade. is a valuable member of our Signal SPC Dixon traveled to Al Asad to en- PFC Rhodespartnership in Fallujah sure the property handover went smooth between Charlie Company and the incoming Company that will replace us. All property that was not turned in was transferred to 4/3 for their use. SPC Dixon did this with great professionalism as 100% of our equipment was trans-

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ferred over without any loss. As a team Charlie Company has set our replacing unit up for success. Be it, property, partnership, or the communications structure, we have handed 4/3 the keys to success. Ensuring that they can hit the ground running and continue our efforts in making Iraq a better place. Airborne! All The Way! CPT Jason Gardel and 1SG John Bell Charlie Company Command Team


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