By Center of Military History United States Army
The 1st Stryker Brigade, touted because the centerpiece of the post-Cold battle military, underwent a rigorous sequence of finished exams and workouts over the quick span of three-and-a-half years, a interval during which our nation turned embroiled in a conflict opposed to international Terrorism. whereas this e-book examines military Transformation and the advance of the Stryker, it focuses totally on the brigade's wrestle operations in Iraq from November 2003 to October 2004. The brigade's functionality in strive against presents the reader with dramatic insights into clash in addition to the Army's ongoing transformation efforts.
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A number of combat support and combat service support elements previously attached to the 101st Airborne Division (the 503d Military Police Battalion, the 1092d Engineer Battalion, the 67th Combat Support Hospital, and the 234th Signal Battalion) would also remain to support the task force. In addition to the American units, General Ham also had operational control over four Iraqi National Guard battalions; three Iraqi Border Police battalions; and several thousand members of the Iraqi Facility Protection Security Force, a specially trained organization under the Ministry of Interior responsible for safeguarding Iraq’s strategic infrastructure, government facilities, and cultural and educational sites.
In the interim, the task force had already run a reconnaissance of An Najaf as part of an effort to identify potential attack routes and to 42 gauge local support for al-Sadr’s militia. If a negotiated settlement of the crisis proved impossible, the Strykers would take part in a coordinated attack with the rest of Colonel Pittard’s brigade against anticoalition forces in An Najaf. During these preliminary reconnaissance operations, Company B, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry, seized a militiaman who had tried unsuccessfully to flee on foot from the Strykers.
Units, the 3d Brigade Combat Team made the best of the interval by probing al-Sadr’s outer ring of defenses. During one of these operations, a group of six HMMWVs (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, or Humvees) led by the operations officer of the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, fell into an ambush near a mosque while con ducting a leader’s reconnaissance. The insurgents allowed the vehicles to pass through their positions before establishing a roadblock to their rear. As a result, the Humvees had to take an alternate route, which led deeper into the city’s center.