31 August 2003
- While Fort Campbell soldiers are deployed to the Middle East, The Leaf-Chronicle will provide periodic updates of troops'
activities, as available from U.S. Central Command and other sources. Iraq took one step closer to regaining electrical stability
following an Aug. 25 meeting facilitated by the 101st Airborne Division. Dr. Karim Hasan, Iraqi director of the Commission
of Electricity negotiated the purchase of an additional 50 megawatts of electricity a day from Turkish Karadeniz Energy Company,
a Turkish electrical company. The purchase adds extra power critical to the country while its electrical infrastructure is
being repaired. Electrical power substations were a key target of sabotage during the war. Additionally, looting after the
war left many structures in disrepair. "There is a greater than 35 percent energy deficit throughout Iraq," said Maj. Roosevelt
Samuel, 101st Airborne Division assistant division engineer. "This long-standing deficit is largely due to the condition of
the existing electrical infrastructure and also partly due to looting that occurred after the war." The purchase of the extra
wattage brings the country closer to the goal of 252 megawatts a day, which will allow a predictable three-hours on, three-hours
off schedule for electricity throughout Iraq. The majority of the damage affected the power plants that distribute power throughout
the country, according to Samuel. The purchase of the extra 50 megawatts a day from Turkey augments and supplements the existing
production of power until those "crippling" structures can be repaired. "This will raise the standard for the Iraqi people,"
Samuel said. "Currently, most people in Iraq spend about 12 hours a day without power. Iraq has never had a grid that supported
electricity "24-7," Samuel said.
27 August 2003
- The 101st Airborne Division recently purchased 49 hand-held radios for the Mosul Police Department, according to an Aug.
23 news release from the division's public affairs office in Iraq. The radios will be used to help the newly-trained police
force communicate throughout the Nineveh Province. Additionally, the 101st is helping the Iraqi Public Safety Office draft
a contract for $10 million in communications assets to go to ambulance services, fire departments and the Ministry of Civil
Defense, as well as other police officers. The communications systems will help the Iraqi public safety organizations rebuild
their infrastructure and will allow them to play a larger role in providing a safe and secure environment in Iraq.
23 August 2003
- Enemy guerillas continued attacks on American soldiers and sympathizers here Friday, detonating a roadside explosive near
a soldier and firing a grenade at a convoy. One soldier from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault) was injured Friday when an improvised explosive device, or IED, detonated shortly after 1 a.m. The
soldier reportedly received only minor abrasions and a possible concussion. The explosion, detonated by a low-grade trigger
mechanism rigged to a mortar shell, came one day after two similar devices exploded here, killing an Iraqi child and injuring
another 101st soldier from the 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment. That soldier received only superficial injuries
and was back on duty Friday.
- Guerillas fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a division vehicle of the 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. No one
was injured in the attack. These types of attacks are on the rise in the Mosul area, according to 1st Sgt. Benjamin Jones
with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment. Jones said use of such crude devices and tactics is one of the
biggest threats to troops in Northern Iraq after the defeat of the Iraqi Army.
- Acting on a tip from a local source, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) captured enemy equipment and detained suspected
enemy personnel in East Mosul on Aug. 21. The confiscated weapons included three Russian machine guns, one 60mm mortar tube,
two AK-47s, 50 AK-47 magazines, 3,500 rounds of small arms ammunition, one protective mask and various communications equipment.
- In an unrelated incident, acting on a tip from a local source, the 101st AD detained one individual for making counterfeit
Iraqi Dinar. The 101st confiscated rolls of magnetic security bands, three sheets of 10,000 Iraqi Dinar, an automatic number
machine, a press machine and a computer with money software loaded on it.
22 August 2003
- Soldiers with the 101st Airborne tell NewsChannel 5 (Nashville) things are getting more stable in
their region of responsibility in Northwestern Iraq. Soldiers increased patrols to keep the peace. They've also helped
the locals rebuild schools. Children begin school Sept. 15 in Iraq. Living conditions have also improved. Soldiers said Thursday
they now have a mess hall with home-cooked meals.The soldiers also have a make-shift movie theatre. Thursday, they planned
to watch the action-adventure Triple X.
- Soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based, 101st Airborne Division found three large weapons caches near Mosul Aug. 17-18.
The cache found Aug. 17 was near a possible ambush site, division officials said. Soldiers sat at the site for 48 hours watching
to see if anyone would try to recover the cache. No one did, officials added. The cache consisted of one Rocket Propelled
Grenade launcher, four RPG rounds, one 60mm mortar tube with base plate, two 60 mm rounds, one AK-47 with five magazines,
and 16 9 mm submachine guns. The next day, policemen of Al Hadr, and the towns mayor told soldiers about a large deposit of
weapons, division officials said. Inside, they found: 4,230 rounds of RPG, 100 mm artillery shells, and 57 mm anti-aircraft
artillery rounds. The divisions Mine Action Group destroyed half of the cache, said division officials. The remainder was
relocated to a bunker and will be destroyed at a later date. Later that day, a patrol from the divisions 1st Battalion, 327th
Infantry Regiment, discovered a cache of 35 120 mm mortar rounds west of Qayyarah. Additionally, with help from a local man,
101st Airborne soldiers arrested a man for passing out anti-U.S. leaflets and hiding weapons, division officials said. Slowly
but surely, more locals are providing information to U.S. soldiers about weapons caches and individuals conducting terrorist
activities, division officials said.
19 August 2003
- Local sheiks, Iraqi engineers and soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul descended deep into the belly of the
Al Jazeera Pump Station Aug. 11, where Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, division commander, pressed the button to start pumping
tons of water to farms and in homes throughout the greater Mosul area. The pumps, located beneath Freedom Lake, lifted the
water to the main aqueduct from which many smaller aqueducts and pumps draw water for irrigation and plumbing. Due to poor
maintenance after the first Persian Gulf War and looting during Operation Iraqi Freedom, only three patch-worked pumps remained
operational when the 326th Engineer Battalion started work on the pump station. Now eight pumps are fully operational.
- In an attempt to foster good relations with the Kurds of northern Iraq in Mosul, soldiers from the 37th Engineer Battalion,
which is attached to the 101st Airborne Division, are working to improve an airport in Erbil. A military airport was originally
built on the site years ago and still exists, but a commercial and civilian addition to the airport was never built. To give
the people of the Erbil area access to international travel, and hopefully boost the economy, the engineers of the 37th are
working with locals to build the airport and the 24-kilometer road that leads there.
- A soldier from the 101st Airborne Division was killed and a civilian interpreter was injured August 12 when their vehicle
was hit by a taxi.
- Two 101st Airborne Division infantry units detained one man for participating in an attack that wounded two soldiers Aug.
10 and awarded another man $500 for reporting an illegal weapons cache Aug. 12. The Fort Campbell, Ky.-based, 1st Battalion,
327th Infantry Regiment presented the money to the man, referred to only as "Mr. Aziz." Aziz, a resident of Tal Alseer, a
village south of Mosul, reported the location of an 82mm mortar and hundreds of mortar rounds to coalition forces. He will
also speak for his village when the battalion asks him what project he would like done to improve the village. Recently, the
battalion completed a mosque restoration project in Tal Alseer. In other news, the 101st Airbornes 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry
Regiment arrested a man Aug. 12 for allegedly participating in an attack on one of the units convoy and illegal weapons possession.
One of the mans neighbors told the 2nd Bn, 502nd Inf. Rgt. that one of his neighbors might have participated in the Aug. 11
attack. A three-vehicle convoy received fire while driving through western Mosul Aug 11. The ambush destroyed the trail vehicle
of the convoy. The soldiers in the trail vehicle escaped the burning humvee and were able to link up with the two lead vehicles.
The convoy returned to retrieve sensitive items from the destroyed vehicle. They received fire when returning to the destroyed
vehicle and once again left the scene. Two soldiers received minor injuries during the second attack. The unit sent a Quick
Reaction Force but no enemy attackers were found, 2nd Bn, 502nd Inf. Rgt. officials said. A source arrived at the battalion's
operations center two days later with information on one of the possible attackers. He led soldiers to the suspect's house
where the individual was detained. Upon searching the house, they found several weapons and ammunition including 10 anti-tank
rounds and U.S.-style battle dress uniforms. Three other individuals were detained in the area around the ambush site but
10 August 2003
- The 101st Airborne Division brought together state and private interests in a $14 million deal to renovate the Nineveh
Hotel Wednesday, in an effort to boost Mosul tourism and the regional economy. In the first postwar effort toward privatizing
Iraqi government facilities, division legal representative Maj. David Ward introduced the Sumer Holdings Group to the Mosul
Board of Tourism who jointly worked out an operating agreement to share profits generated by the hotel. Sumer will not only
be the first company to pump private capital into state property, but it will also operate the only five-star hotel in the
city. Under the agreement, Sumer would split revenue equally with the Mosul tourism board, once expenses and payments on the
initial investment are subtracted. The government in Mosul has been ahead of the rest of Iraq in reconstruction since the
end of the war, said Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st, who helped facilitate the agreement. The city was
the first to hold elections, the first to form inter-ethnic security forces, and now, it is the first to work with private
enterprise to rebuild Iraq and restore its economy.
- Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division used a combination of air and ground units to apprehend suspicious Iraqi people
last night. An Apache helicopter crew from the 101st was flying over the village of Tal Uwaynet, Wednesday night, when they
spotted a white Lincoln luxury car that seemed out of place with the environment. Four men were surrounding the vehicle. On
a return pass, the men jumped into the car and drove to a nearby house. The helicopter held a position over the house until
soldiers from 1st Battalion of the 187th Infantry Regiment, arrived. The soldiers detained three people from the house and
recovered two unauthorized rifles and a pistol.
- A soldier who fell to his death from a rooftop while performing guard duty in Mosul, Iraq, was identified yesterday as
a 101st Airborne Division soldier from American Samoa. Spc. Farao K. Letufuga, 20, was assigned to the division's Headquarters
and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. Letufuga, from Pago Pago, American Samoa, entered the Army
in September 2001 and arrived at Fort Campbell in March 2002. Letufuga, who was not married, is survived by his mother and
father, both of Pago Pago.
7 August 2003
- A 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldier died at approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 6 after developing a seizure while
performing duties in Mosul. The soldier was evacuated to the 21st Combat Support Hospital. The soldier's name is being withheld
pending notification of next-of-kin.
1 August 2003
- A rocket-propelled grenade ambush attack in northwest Iraq was foiled by soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault) at approximately 5 p.m. on July 31 by engaging and wounding an individual before he could fire the RPG accurately.
The individual was captured and received medical care for leg wounds at a Coalition medical facility.
- A large amount of ammunition and weapons were found and confiscated at a refugee camp located approximately 80 km northwest
of Kirkuk by the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st AAD on July 29. The 101st AAD declared an amnesty period, when weapons
could be turned in without fear of punishment, on July 30. The total confiscated weapons cache included 745 RPGs, more than
3,730 rounds of ammunition, 41 fragmentary grenades, 11 air defense artillery missiles and a number of various other weapons.