November 25th, 2006 11:14 EST
IA conducts census, security operations in Ramadi
AR RAMADI, Iraq – Iraqi soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Division, conducted a census and security operation in western Ramadi Friday.
More than 100 soldiers, led by their commanders, conducted the census operations and ensured the security of the western sector of Ramadi.
The 2-1-7 Iraqi Army battalion planned and executed the motorized, mechanized and dismounted operation employing T-72 Tanks, High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) and dismounted patrols during a four hour operation. Demonstrating good communication between battalion elements, the Iraqi soldiers were able to secure more than 75 structures during the operation.
“They demonstrated their ability to exercise command and control as a battalion sized combat unit,” said 1st Lt. Brett V. Taylor, advisor for the 2-1-7 IA.
The operation sets the conditions for the 2-1-7 IA to assume the lead and take responsibility for their portion of the city. Once the area of operations is officially transferred to 2-1-7 IA, they will be the third and final battalion in the 1st Brigade, 7th IA to own an area of operation in Ramadi.
The battalion also conducted key leader engagements in Ramadi and visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Their visit to the hospital was coordinated with policemen from the Western Ramadi Police Substation, and included delivery of much appreciated medical supplies.
Source:1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division PAO