3rd Brigade Combat Teams Works With Iraqi Army
Most members of the United States Army who enlist in the Army are not able to state with firmness that they spent their time working to patrol the Euphrates River in Iraq.
And most would not say that they have done this from a Boat. But the members of the 101st Airborne, 3rd BCT, 187th Infantry Regiment, Battalion 3, Company A can state they have proudly done just that, working with both joint Coalition and Iraqi forces to make the area in and around the Euphrates River safe.
The boats add a new dimension; most of the citizens have been surprised to see the Army unit mobile on the water. “Its exciting none of us thought we would be able to participate in a patrol effort using boats here in Iraq,” said Corporal Tomas Monotya, of Company A.
The boats are a novel approach to patrol efforts, and they seem to be working. “The boats bring a visibility, and a sense of overall strength to the situation, the local citizens react well to our boat patrols,” said Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Rohling, Commander of Company A.
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The boats give the unit the ability to be mobile and to patrol in areas that they could not access as easily, to do so swiftly and the also give a little bit of a psychological advantage to the process. “We are pleased that the boats give us unique abilities we didn’t have before in this type of unit patrol,” said Major Curtis Crum.
Major Crum is the Ops officer for the 3rd BCT.