Operation Direct Support (ODS)
OIF 2007-2008
News and Updates

23 Jun 2008 TF 3-7 IN has sent out their May 2008 Newsletter.

31 Mar 2008 The main Body of TF 2-7 arrived back at Fort Stewart last week. Here are some photos from the Welcome Home Ceremonies held at Cottrell Field for each flight. One Flight arrived after midnight and the family members were there waiting for them
TF 2-7 Welcome Home Banners TF 2-7 Welcome Home Crowds TF 2-7 Welcome Home Crowds TF 2-7 Welcome Home - Troops Arriving TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony  - Troops Marching Across Parade Field TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony - Troops On Parade Field TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony

9 Mar 2008 TF 3-7 IN has sent out their February 2008 Newsletter.

4 Feb 2008 TF 2-7 has sent out their February 2008 Newsletter.

15 Jan 2008 TF 3-7 IN has sent out their January 2008 Newsletter.

11 Jan 2008 December 31, 2007 Jurf Town Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony
In the early afternoon hours of December 31st 2007, key coalition as well as Iraqi leaders met to begin construction on a town hall facility for the Jurf as Sakhr community. LTC Timothy Newsome, commander of 3-7 IN Battalion, and CPT Eric Tisland, commander of Able Company, 3-7 IN BN met with Sheik Sabah, the mayor of Jurf as Sakhr in order to mark the occasion and review key projects in the area. In its first 60 days in sector, Able Company has forged strong relationships with Sheik Sabah and his fellow leaders such as Youssef Swife, a skilled contractor and Sheik of the neighboring town of Sadat just south of Jurf as Sakhr. CPT Tisland has held frequent meetings with these local leaders in order to develop the governmental and economic capacity of the region now that security is established. The groundbreaking of the town hall is an important step as it signifies the cooperation that is taking place between Coalition Forces and the local populace under Sheik Sabah. It also shows the amount of commitment that 3-7 IN BN has to the people of Jurf as Sakhr and how it will continue to work for the people in order to build a stronger and more peaceful community in Jurf as Sakhr. The soldiers of Able Company will work with the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, and Concerned Citizens to ensure the security of the new site and to keep the families of Jurf as Sakhr safe and secure.

TF 3-7 IN Ground Breaking Ceremony
CPT Eric Tisland, Sheik Youssef Swife, Sheik Sabah, and LTC Timothy Newsome.


4 Jan 2008 TF 2-7 has sent out their January 2008 Newsletter.

27 Dec 2008 TF 2-7 Christmas Celebration
Here are some photos of TF 2-7 IN celebrating Christmas:
TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo TF 2-7 IN Christmas 2007 Photo
There is also a PowerPoint Show available with these same photos.

25 Dec 2008 GEN Petraeus, Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander, stopped by TF 2-7 Christmas morning. Here are some photos of his visit and of Christmas Eve at COP Akashat with B Co.
Christmas Eve at COP Akashat Christmas Eve at COP Akashat Christmas Eve at COP Akashat
Christmas Eve at COP Akashat
GEN Petraeus, (MNF-I CDR), re-enlisting TF 2-7 IN Soldiers.
GEN Petraeus, (MNF-I CDR), re-enlisting TF 2-7 In Soldiers.
Team A, TF 2-7 IN with GEN Petraeus (MNF-I CDR)
Team A, TF 2-7 IN with GEN Petraeus (MNF-I CDR)
GEN Petraeus with CSM Hill, LTC Crissman, CSM Coston and 1SG Rounds
GEN Petraeus (MNF-I CDR) with CSM Hill (MNF-I CSM), LTC Crissman (TF 2-7 CDR), CSM Coston (TF-27 IN CSM), CPT Jason Schuerger (A Co, TF 2-7 IN, Cdr), and 1SG Rounds (A Co, TF 2-7 IN, 1SG).

17 Dec 2007 The Association's own CSM(R) Curly Faulk was collecting money earlier this year in order for all of the children of Task Force 2-7 to have a Christmas Party at Fort Stewart. Earlier this month, the party occurred and everyone had a wonderful time. Here are the Thank You photos for Curly from the children.
TF 2-7 Children's Holiday Party TF 2-7 Children's Holiday Party
We also want to send our Thanks to Curly for all that he's done.

Date Task Force 2-7 has ordered new Deployment Coins for each soldier who deployed with the Task Force. Here is an image of the coin:
TF 2-7 Deployment Coins
If any one is interested in ordering one of these coins, please send me an e-mail and I'll coordinate with the Task Force Rear Detachment.

17 Dec 2007 Here is a map of Iraq showing the approximate locations for TF 2-7
TF 2-7 IN Area of Operations

6 Nov 2007 TF 3-7 has arrived in Iraq and are enroute to their final destinations. Once we hear anything further, we will have it posted here.

6 Nov 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their November 2007 Newsletter.

10 Oct 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their October 2007 Newsletter.

6 Aug 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their August 2007 Newsletter.

18 Jul 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their July 2007 newsletter.

4 Jun 2007 Michael Yon , a Freelance Journalist has been embedded with TF 2-7 and his latest on-line entry details the arrest made by LTC Crissman, TF Commander, of the police Chief for corruption. This is a great piece on the Task Force and what they do every day and how fluid and rapidly changing the situation. The remarkable fact that this was all done with no shots fired and no one injured also speaks volumes on the courage and training of today's Soldiers.

30 May 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their May - June 2007 newsletter.

11 Apr 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their April 2007 newsletter.

1 Mar 2007 The Associated Press (AP) ran a story that mentions TF 2-7 and the work they have been doing in Hit, Iraq.

7 Mar 2007 The remainder of the Third Infantry Division is heading back to Iraq earlier than anticipated .....the Division Headquarters must be there NLT 25 March 2007 with 4th Brigade, to include TF 3-7 Infantry, in July.

1 Mar 2007 TF 2-7 has sent out their first newsletter.

12 Jan 2007 Task Force (TF) 2-7 Infantry has deployed from the United States and has landed in Kuwait. Here are some photos of events leading up to the deployment.
TF 2-7 Loading onto Aircraft at Hunter Army Airfield
Solders from 2-7 Infantry boarding the aircraft at Hunter Army Air Field enroute to Operation Iraqi Freedom 5.
Photo Courtesy of LTC Crissman, TF 2-7 IN

2-7 INF baording aircraft at Hunter Army Airfield
Solders from 2-7 Infantry boarding the aircraft at Hunter Army Air Field enroute to Operation Iraqi Freedom 5.
Photo Courtesy of LTC Crissman, TF 2-7 IN
2-7 INF Task Force during the battalion's last formation on U.S. soil for 2007.
Panoramic shot of the entire 2-7 INF Task Force taken 9 Jan 2007, on Cottrell Field at Fort Stewart during the battalion's last formation on U.S. soil for 2007.
Photo Courtesy of LTC Crissman, TF 2-7 IN
2-7 INF Casing the Colors prior to deployment
CSM Coston and SGM Cook casing the battalion colors in preparation for overseas movement, 9 Jan 2007, on Cottrell Field at Fort Stewart during the battalion's last formation on U.S. soil for 2007.
Photo Courtesy of LTC Crissman, TF 2-7 IN

Current ODS Organization:
2-7 IN 3-7 IN
Unit ODS POC Unit ODS POC
HHC Jim Beckworth HHC Rick Rhoades
Medical Platoon POC Medical Platoon POC
Mortar Platoon POC Mortar Platoon POC
Scout Platoon POC Scout Platoon POC
A Co (INFANTRY) LTG (R) John Lemoyne A Co (INFANTRY) Roland Merson &
Fr. Philip Salois
1st Platoon POC 1st Platoon POC
2nd Platoon POC 2nd Platoon POC
3rd Platoon POC 3rd Platoon POC
B Co (INFANTRY) Jesse Campos B Co (INFANTRY) Chuck Ware
1st Platoon POC 1st Platoon POC
2nd Platoon POC 2nd Platoon POC
3rd Platoon POC 3rd Platoon POC
C Co (ARMOR) Gene Owen C Co (ARMOR) Robert Ross
1st Platoon Ray Cordova 1st Platoon POC
2nd Platoon POC 2nd Platoon POC
3rd Platoon POC 3rd Platoon POC
D Co (ARMOR) John McManus D Co (ARMOR) Rick Rhoades
1st Platoon Roland Merson 1st Platoon POC
2nd Platoon James Norris 2nd Platoon POC
3rd Platoon Fr. Philip Salois 3rd Platoon POC
E Co (ENGINEER) David Spanburg E Co (ENGINEER) Ernie Jackson
1st Platoon Bill Lasko 1st Platoon POC
2nd Platoon POC 2nd Platoon POC
F Co (SUPPORT) Sam Guy F Co (SUPPORT) David Strongin
Distro POC Distro POC
MCO POC MCO POC

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