1st Battalion 22nd Infantry


Articles on 1-22 IN - Raider Review August 2006



Soldiers from 1st Platoon, Company E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, came to the aid of a local man who was injured in a terrorist attack in western Baghdad, recently.

Soldiers from the Sapper platoon were conducting roadside bomb clearance operations north of Highway 1 when they
came upon an overturned pickup truck with an injured man trapped inside. The Soldiers from the platoon
immediately came to the aid of the injured man to free him from the wreckage. As soon as he was freed,
Sgt. Guilliermo Esparza, the platoon’s medic attended to the man’s wounds.

“The Soldiers of 1st Platoon carried out their duties as Soldiers,” said Pfc. Brian Taylor, plans and operations,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt. “The Iraqi gentleman then stated that his pickup truck
came under small arms fire from the side of the highway and that one of the rounds pierced the engine block
causing his truck to flip over.” After ensuring the man was stable, the Sapper Soldiers turned the man over
to the 3rd Bn., 3rd Bde., 6th Iraqi Army Div., for further assistance.

“This deed exemplifies the motto of Task Force 1-22, ‘Deeds, not Words,’ in that the Sapper Platoon
helped this stranded individual,” said Spc. Timothy Yingling, plans and operations, HHC, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt.
“As the Iraqi citizens continue to face the threat of insurgent and sectarian violence, the Iraqi people
look for hope from their protectors who are the Iraqi army followed by Task Force 1-22. In this combined
partnership, it is the will of the Iraqi people that is the force behind the search for terrorists.”


Soldiers from Co. E, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt., 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., stand in front of the
vehicles that comprise of Regular Iron Claw in western Baghdad. Soldiers of the company
recently rescued a local man from an overturned vehicle that was attacked by terrorists.

U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Nathan Rawlings








With the threat of sectarian violence plaguing many of the neighborhoods in and around Baghdad, Soldiers
of the 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, have stepped up their efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq.

Taking the lead in order to protect Iraqi citizens against the emerging threat of car bombs, Soldiers of
the Iraqi brigade have established extra checkpoints around the city of Muthana, Iraq, July 12.
“They took the lead on this operation; they are out front stopping vehicles, deciding which ones to
search and interacting with the people,” said 1st Lt. Corbett Baxter, platoon leader, 1st Battalion, 22nd
Infantry Regiment, 1st Bde. Combat Team, 4th Infantry Div., who has been working closely with the Iraqi army
since the 4th Inf. Div. hit the ground at the beginning of this year. “It further exemplifies that these
soldiers are fulfilling their duty to their country and providing for the protection of all Iraq.”

Car bombs are a very effective way for terrorists to disrupt the standing up of the Iraqi army, who have
taken the lead across the 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., area of operations. Terrorists simply wire their car to be
a moving bomb and then try to drive it where they can cause the most damage or death to innocent civilians.
To mitigate his threat, Iraqi soldiers can be seen checking identification cards and the vehicles of drivers
on the main highways in and around Muthana. Even after long days in the stifling July heat of Iraq, Iraqi and
U.S. Soldiers can be seen conversing about their mission and how they can constantly improve during
their scheduled break times.

“These types of vigilant effort by Soldiers of Task Force 1-22 and the Iraqi army help identify a vehicle
in its first phase of becoming a VBIED [vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices or commonly known as car
bombs],” said Spc. Timothy Yingling, battalion plans and operations, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt. “However, the
efforts of the Iraqi army and U.S. Forces will deter terrorists from conducting these attacks through their
maintained vigilance.” “If anything, this speaks highly of the Iraqi soldiers who risk their lives to serve
for such a noble cause,” said 1st Lt. Dahbry Streets, battle captain, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt.
“This selflessness will ultimately lead to a country that everyone will be proud of.”









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