1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Gibbs along with his two sons answering Armys call to Iraq
Gulf Region Corps of Engineer News September 2006
A father and his son are currently
serving in Iraq and another son will soon be joining them.
Stephen Gibbs is Chief of Logistics Management at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division Central District in Baghdad.
He started his tour in Iraq in September, 2005.
His 20-year-old son, Army Specialist
Stephen Springfield Gibbs Jr., is a member of the 1st Battalion,
22nd Infantry Regiment,
1st Brigade with 4th ID out of Ft. Hood Texas. He is with Military Intelligence and reported to Iraq in December.
He spent his first six months at Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad where he was nominated for a Combat Action Badge
when a 107mm incoming Katyusha rocket exploded 50 yards away. His other son, 19-year-old Army Private First Class Christopher Gibbs,
is with 1st Brigade 1st Cavalry Division also located at Ft. Hood and expects to be in Iraq next month.
Gibbs is proud of his two sons. Theyre doing good things for a good reason. Theyre getting a quick dose of adulthood.
They enlisted in the Army to better themselves.
Father Gibbs served 23 years as an Army
enlisted logistician at posts throughout the world and retired as
a First Sergeant.
Its great to know they took a little bit of their father with them, he added.
Specialist Gibbs moved to Camp Liberty near the Baghdad Airport three months ago, the same area his father works.
We try to get together weekly for dinner or a pizza, Stephen Sr. noted. We discuss whats going on as well as our plans for the future.
His older son has three more months in Iraq and two years left on his enlistment. He says he joined the Army to get his life jump started.
I was doing construction work and I wanted to do something more. He plans to pursue a college degree and is currently looking
at either San Diego State University or University of Arizona studying to become a nurse anesthesiologist.
Hes grateful for the college benefits hes earned by serving in the Army.
And down the road, after completing a college degree, he says applying for an Army commission may definitely be something he pursues.
Not too many families can say they have three members serving in a war zone, said Specialist Gibbs, who is called Junior by his dad and others.
On Sept. 9, Stephen Sr. was pleased to be
invited to his sons promotion ceremony
when he advanced from E-3 to E-4. Both sons are doing great, Gibbs said. Theyre motivated and when you enjoy something,
you dont mind the extra hours it takes to get the mission accomplished.
MND-B Soldiers find 2 weapons caches
Multi-National Corps Iraq PAO
September 14, 2006
from Multi-National Division Baghdad s 1st
Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment,
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, discovered a large weapons cache at approximately 12:15 p.m. Wednesday
while conducting area reconnaissance west of Baghdad. The cache consisted of six rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 24 RPG rounds,
three MPK rifles, one RPK rifle, one HPK rifle, 500 RPK rounds and 300 API rounds.
in the day, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt. Soldiers
found a smaller cache northwest of Baghdad while conducting a
The cache consisted of four 73mm rockets, 25 60mm mortar casings, 13 fuses and two hand grenades.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team arrived at the site and performed a controlled detonation to eliminate the threat.
Iraqi National Police discover weapon cache in mosque
IA, MND-B Soldiers eliminate roadside bomb threats, find large weapon cache
Multi-National Division Baghdad PAO
September 17, 2006
Iraqi National Police from the 6th Brigade, 2nd National
Police Division, seized weapons and munitions Saturday
after they entered and cleared the Al Rumi Mosque in Baghdads Doura neighborhood. The weapons and munitions seized
consisted of an M16A1 assault rifle with a scope, 19 AK-47 assault rifles with magazines, a PKC machinegun, three Sten guns with silencers,
a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with two rounds, and more than 750 7.62mm rounds.
The national policemen also found 14 grenades, three grenade fuses and various bomb-making materials.
Saturday, Iraqi army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade,
6th Iraqi Army Division, found and defused an
in west central Baghdad at approximately 12:30 p.m. Soldiers found the IED, which consisted of a120mm mortar round,
in the Al Yarmuk al Bakir Square. After cordoning off the area surrounding the IED, they defused it to eliminate the threat.
another incident, Soldiers from MND-Bs 1st Battalion,
22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armor
discovered a weapons cache while conducting area reconnaissance at approximately 1:55 p.m west of Baghdad.
The cache consisted of two rocket-propelled grenade rounds, a sniper rifle, a shotgun, a PKC rifle, 500 7.62mm rounds and 250 PKC rounds.
An EOD team was dispatched to the scene and performed a controlled detonation to eliminate the cache.
of Friday, Iraqi Security Forces and MND-B Soldiers have cleared
approximately 58,000 buildings, 60 mosques and 50 muhallas,
detained more than 125 terrorist suspects, seized more than 1,200 weapons, registered more than 700 weapons and found 35 weapons caches.
The combined forces have also removed more than 118,037 cubic meters of trash from the streets of Baghdad.
In a separate
event, MND-B Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armor Division,
killed two terrorists at approximately 2:40 p.m. Tuesday west of Baghdad after the attackers fired on their patrol.
The Soldiers were conducting an area reconnaissance operation when their patrol was attacked by small-arms fire
from a vehicle traveling in the vicinity of their patrol. Upon positively identifying the perpetrators, Soldiers returned fire and killed the two attackers.
After searching the terrorists vehicle, Soldiers seized three rocket-propelled grenade launchers, six RPG rounds, three AK-47 assault rifles,
six AK-47 magazines and various bomb-making materials.
As of Wednesday,
Iraqi Security Forces and MND-B Soldiers have cleared
approximately 80,000 buildings, 72 mosques and 57 muhallas,
detained more than 110 terrorist suspects, seized more than 1,500 weapons, registered more than 780 weapons and found 35 weapons caches
in support of Operation Together Forward. The combined forces have also removed more than 167,500 cubic meters of trash from the streets of Baghdad.
Multi-National Corps Iraq PAO
September 24, 2006
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
killed two terrorists, and confiscated three AK-47 assault rifles in western Baghdad Tuesday after their convoy was attacked
by small-arms fire from a passing vehicle.
Multi-National Division Baghdad PAO
September 26, 2006
an earlier incident, MND-B Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 22nd
discovered two large weapons caches west of Baghdad Sunday.
first cache contained seven 125mm artillery rounds, 45 122mm
mortar rounds, 15 120mm anti-personnel mines,
11 60mm mortars, 46 120mm fuses, 103 rocket-propelled grenades, 100 RPG boosters, six RPG fuses, 15,000 RPK rounds
and ten cases of 7.62mm rounds.
searching the second cache, Soldiers seized 21 RPG rounds, two
122mm mortar rounds,
a bag of home-made explosives and various bomb-making materials...
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