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If you listened carefully during General Petraeus' briefing, amidst all the questions regarding exactly how badly the Army is broken because of Iraq, you might have heard brief mention of this news story:
3rd ID completes re-up goal in unprecedented timeIn case that wasn't clear, I'll explain: the 3ID - the Division that took Baghdad in 2003, did a second tour in Iraq in 2005, and then bore the brunt of the surge in 2007, exceeded it's re-enlistment goal for FY2008 half way through the year.
The 3rd Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Stewart, Ga., completed its fiscal year 2008 retention goal in less than six months, which most view as a phenomenal act.
This is unprecedented according to the division’s retention sergeant major. “I’ve been in this career field for 16 years, and I’ve never known of a division to meet its goal in such a short time,” said Sgt. Maj. Kelvin Raibon, the 3rd Infantry Division Retention sergeant major.
This is the division’s third deployment to Iraq since 2003, but its high operational tempo did not stop 4,000 Soldiers from re-enlisting. Even more troops will follow their lead, and by the end of March one battalion with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Benning, Ga., will have met its retention goal twice.
The 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment is four Soldiers away from retaining 200 percent of its goal.
These Soldiers are working together to defend their nation. This is why they joined and why they re-enlisted, said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Olson, 3rd HBCT senior career counselor.
The 3rd Infantry Division, which is currently the headquarters for Multi-National Division – Center in southwest Baghdad, arrived in theater as part of the Surge. Its Soldiers are serving a 15-month deployment with the combat mission to stop insurgents from bringing bomb-making materials into Baghdad. Within the year, Soldiers have secured most areas, and have begun working closely with the Iraqi Security Forces and tribal leaders to build the economy and make life better for its citizens.
But I was just kidding when I called it a "news story" - no national news source in America would ever even consider running a story like that.
"Big Media" did cover the 3ID back when they were getting ready to deploy, though. Reporters from as far away as San Francisco were all over the story:
Some had only a few days to learn how to fire their new rifles before they deployed to Iraq -- for the third time -- last month.I think that still takes the prize as the most ignorant, self-contradicting argument ever made.
Oh, and welcome home to the 1st Brigade.
And here - from Nov, 2007, is one of the Division's re-up ceremonies in Baghdad:
And a bit of history:
From Informed Comment blog
You should check your sources closer before you report on the "impunity" of the insugents to operate in the Mosul area. My unit was involved in the location of the college students mentioned in your blog. They were not released by the insurgents at their leisure. They were found by coalition forces, engaged to disable the dump truck that the students were being transported and then freed by combined coalition, Iraqi Army and police forces...
What I can't understand is why I don't get more letters like this one. I take eyewitness accounts seriously. I'm a classic political liberal and I think the maximization of information is intrinsically good for a republic. Juan Cole
I post that here because I know lots of folks in the sandbox read the Mudville Gazette
Folks, send your stories to Cole, esp. when you know him to be wrong. We need to get the story outPosted by Tassled Loafered Leech at April 8, 2008 11:26 PM
You mentioned the best way to reach out to you is through an open post so I am taking you up on that.
eMail Our Military's gearing up for another great support project for our troops, this time for Mother's Day. Since our troops are serving across the globe, I thought this would be a great way to help them connect with their moms back home in a really sweet, personal and fun way.
Our troops can write a note or make a simple card for mom and then snap a pic of it with their digital camera or mobile phone. Then just upload it to Qipit.com where it will be turned into a crisp, clear .PDF for sharing with mom.
What's I think is so cool about this is that it's free, and it cleans up the text so it doesn't look like a camera phone shot - Best of all it's an immediate way to send a personal note with a whole lot of love across the world.
This would also be a great way for kids who are separated from their military moms to say Happy Mother's Day with a homemade card right to mom's email address without the need for a scanner, etc.
I think it's a pretty neat little project and we're really excited about sharing it with our military and those who support them.Posted by Trish at April 8, 2008 11:44 PM
Don't you know the soldiers would rather be blown up in Iraq than to face the horror of trying to land a civilian job in the worst economy in US history?Posted by ic at April 9, 2008 02:27 AM
These are the guys who keep us free. Thank God for them.Posted by Brian G. at April 9, 2008 02:29 AM
I served in 1/15 at Ft Benning. Great Unit in fact the best unit I ever served in.Posted by knat at April 9, 2008 02:53 AM
More Audie Murphy's than you can shake a stick at.
Amazing how our soldiers have decided the more noble calling in their lives is to serve their country in Iraq than to do something else. They know where the threats to our country come from. It isn't from the US government.
God bless them.
SubsunkPosted by Subsunk at April 9, 2008 10:19 AM
The fact that 3 ID met its re-enlistment goal is not surprising. Most soldiers who plan to re-enlist wait until they are deployed in order to receive the tax free money. 1CD also had an over 100% re-enlistment rate. However, check the re-enlistment rates of those Divisions in the States a year prior and after deployment. They will be very low because soldiers are either getting out or waiting for the next deployment to re-enlist to receive the tax free bonus. The re-enlistment rates in of themselves don't mean anything unless taken in context.Posted by adjutant at April 10, 2008 03:04 AM
I'm a USO volunteer here in Savannah. I was there when the 3rd ID deployed and I was there when they came home. I'm so proud and honored to share the same community as these soldiers. Outside each post gate is a small hand painted sign that reads "Heroes Live Here." There is no statement more true than that. Rock of the Marne!Posted by Paulette Nelson at April 10, 2008 06:13 PM
My Dad was a "Dog Faced Soldier" in the "Crimsin Imjin" river valley from 1950-1953, and to this day I know every word of that song. I learned it when I was three. He doesn't "eat raw meat for breakfast everyday" anymore, but I have will always have 3ID in my heart because of him and the men who were by his side.
I have always despised the media's spin on this fight and this is just one more reason why.
Thank God there are guys and gals who are doing their best to bring us the truth from the sand box, the seas and the mountains. My own soldier is there, and I learned long ago that until I hear anything directly from him or the many others who serve that I am likely not hearing I should consider credible.
Looks like raw meat for breakfast.Posted by Grim at April 12, 2008 04:05 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(10) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)