Joint Patrol in Palm Groves, Diyala Province

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By Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski, 133rd MPAD

Two Iraqi Army soldiers patrol with 1st Lt. Daniel Mcmanus
Two Iraqi Army soldiers patrol along side of 1st Lt. Daniel Mcmanus platoon leader of Alpha Troop 132 Cavalry, in the Palm Groves area of Muqdadiyah, Iraq.

The patrol consisted of one platoon of Iraqi army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade 2nd Battalion 5th Iraqi Army Division, two Air Force Dog Handlers from the 35th Security Forces Squadron, and Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division.

Iraqi Army soldier over watches a clearing in the Palm Groves area of Muqdadiyah, Iraq
An Iraqi Army soldier over watches a clearing in the Palm Groves area of Muqdadiyah, Iraq.

Sgt.1st Class David Dempsey, platoon sergeant of Alpha Troop 1-32 Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division added, “This is a new unit and it is their first time out with the trucks, and they are learning how to over watch each other.

“The group before started out like them, and now they are proficient.”

This mission also gives the platoon of Iraqi army Soldiers a chance to move tactically through the terrain said Dempsey, a Cherokee, N.C., native.

Although nothing was found on this day, missions such as these are not only an active effort in weeding out Anti-Iraqi Forces, but they also work to build the confidence and proficiency of the Iraqi army.