Thursday, January 25, 2007

Falcon Bridgade of 82nd is on the ground in Baghdad

Wednesday, 24 January 2007
By Sgt. Mike Pryor 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

BAGHDAD — The 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team arrived in Baghdad last week as part of the first wave of a planned escalation of forces in Iraq's capital city.
The Falcon Brigade is one of the most combat-experienced units in the Army. Paratroopers from the 2nd BCT have deployed six times on short-notice deployments since the war on terrorism began.
The Falcons arrived in Baghdad trained, equipped and ready to fight. Now that they've put boots on the ground, it will be up to the young paratroopers and junior noncommissioned officers to make sure the mission gets completed, said Staff Sgt. Jack Butler, a platoon sergeant with Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Butler said he has no doubt they will rise to the challenge."Whatever they put out in front of us," he said, "we're going to be able to tackle."

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...joins its predecessors, Operation Lightening and Operation Together Forward, with a amazing complement of ... well, everyone!:

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