The commitment and selfless service of paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team shifted momentum and instilled confidence in the Iraqi security forces fighting to defeat ISIL, a jihadist extremist militant group also known as Daesh, commanders have said.
On Friday, those paratroopers were recognized for their achievements.
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WASHINGTON - As the Army shrinks, its mind-set has to change from being ready to respond for specific conflicts to maintaining readiness to deploy anywhere, anytime.
Readiness - already a way of life for the airborne and special operations troops at Fort Bragg - is the Army's top priority, leaders said Wednesday during the annual Association of the U.S. Army meeting. Leaders have said core skills used to determine readiness levels have fallen - even calling them "rusty.''
"Readiness for combat is our No. 1 priority and there is no other No. 1," said Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff.
Milley emphasized Army readiness must include the total force of the Army, a shift from thinking of the Army as separate active, Reserve and National Guard components.
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Two Black Hawk helicopters crested just over the tree line - aggressively flying with cannons suspended from their bellies by chains and ropes.
In less than one minute, the helicopters hovered close to the ground while soldiers onboard carefully unfastened the M119 howitzer cannons and whisked them away. The helicopters returned a short time later and touched down to drop off artillerymen, who immediately scattered into position.
The first rounds of indirect fire were set off within minutes.
It's a rarely used tactic, but an air assault raid conducted with sling loaded howitzers is an impressive capability of Fort Bragg's artillerymen.
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Iraqi Army soldiers fighting to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq are better trained and prepared - thanks to a push from Fort Bragg paratroopers.
"I think the Iraqis can do this," said Col. Curtis A. Buzzard, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, which recently returned from its mission to train soldiers in Iraq.
"There's a renewed confidence," he said. "The Iraqi Army is better than Daesh. They can do this. It's a capable Army, it just needs some coaching."
Buzzard reflected on the accomplishments of his paratroopers during their nine-month mission in support of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve. About 1,300 paratroopers from six battalions assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were tasked with training the Iraqi Army to take down the Islamic State of Iraq, known as ISIL.
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