Joint Forces Include Iraqi Security Forces And American Troops
There were more than 300 soldiers on hand mainly from Iraqi Security forces in the joint operation. The soldiers conducted checkpoint Operation Crystal Springs, which gave coalition leadership and ISF forces the opportunity to work closely with local sheikhs and government officials.
“This was a professional operation by the Iraqi Police, and it was implemented very well,” said Captain Eric Wigley. Captain Wigley is 511 MP Company Commander. “It was a mission conducted with a large number of checkpoints, and as a non kinetic mission,” said Captain Wigley.
The mission was successful and showcases the advances the Iraqi military and security forces have made showing that they are committed to the Iraqi people, and their nation. “They are wanting to show how much they have committed to their nation, their city, and the Iraqi people,” said Wigley. One of the checkpoints looked at over 200 vehicles, and the professionalism of the ISF forces impressed the Coalition forces overseeing the operations.
“Our soldiers knew they were to supervise, and they were impressed with the gains that the Iraqi soldiers have made,” said First Lieutenant Lynnette Jefferson.
Jefferson is a 511 MP Company platoon leader. “We knew that the operation and checkpoints were responsibilities of the Iraqi Police and Iraqi National Army,” said Lieutenant Jefferson.