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Old 12-08-2014, 09:20 PM   #1
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1st Army division to deploy to Afghanistan comes home

I spent over 6 years in this division and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Lost a lot of good friends over there. They are the real heroes in the Global War On Terrorism. I am proud to have served with them and would ruck up and do it all over again.

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — The 10th Mountain Division — the Army's first to be deployed to Afghanistan and the last to return — was welcomed home Monday at a ceremony at its base in far northern New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Army Secretary John McHugh, a former congressman from the North Country, addressed the troops at Fort Drum and thanked them for their service.

"The work you've done in Afghanistan makes us all proud," Cuomo said.

American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, marking the formal end of their combat mission in a country still mired in war 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime for harboring those responsible for 9/11.

The 10th Mountain Division was the first U.S. division deployed to Afghanistan in 2001. It was also deployed to Iraq from 2008 to 2009. Its duties over the past year included closing nearly two dozen U.S. bases.

Two 10th Mountain Division soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their actions in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was awarded posthumously in 2009 for his actions during combat in 2006, and Capt. William Swenson was awarded in 2013 for his actions in 2009 during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.
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I've worked in low elevation mountains, with very rare snow. Can't imagine working uphill in the snow & ice, above 5,000 feet!
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In November 1939, during the Soviet Union's invasion of Finland, Russian efforts were frustrated following the destruction of two armored divisions by Finnish soldiers on skis.[3] The conflict caught global attention as the outnumbered and outgunned Finnish soldiers were able to use the difficult local terrain to their advantage,[4] severely hampering the Soviet attacks and embarrassing their military.[5]

Upon seeing the effectiveness of these troops, Charles Minot Dole, the president of the National Ski Patrol, began to lobby the War Department of the need for a similar unit of troops in the United States Army, trained for fighting in winter and mountain warfare. In September 1940, Dole was able to present his case to General George C. Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff, who agreed with Dole's assessment, deciding to create a "Mountain" unit for fighting in harsh terrain. The Army, prompted by fears that its standing force would not perform well in the event of a winter attack on the Northeastern coast, as well as knowledge that the German Army already had three mountain warfare divisions, approved the concept for a division.[6] This required an overhaul of US military doctrine, as the concept of winter warfare had not been tested in the Army since 1914.[7]

At first, planners envisioned ten mountain divisions, but personnel shortages revised the goal to three. Eventually, the 10th Mountain Division would be the only one brought to active duty.[6] Military leaders continued to express concern of the feasibility of a division-sized mountain warfare unit until the fall of 1941,[8] when they received reports that Greek mountain troops had held back superior numbers of unprepared Italian troops in the Albanian mountains during the Greco-Italian War. The Italian military had lost a disastrous 25,000 men in the campaign because of their lack of preparedness to fight in the mountains.[9][10] On 22 October 1941, Marshall decided to form the first battalion of mountain warfare troops for a new mountain division.[11] The Ski Patrol would assist in its training.[12]

On 8 December 1941, the Army activated its first mountain unit, the 87th Mountain Infantry Battalion (which was later expanded to the 87th Infantry Regiment) at Fort Lewis, Washington.[11] It was the first mountain warfare unit in US military history.[13] The National Ski Patrol took on the unique role of recruiting for the 87th Infantry Regiment and later the division, becoming the only civilian recruiting agency in military history.[11] Army planners favored recruiting experienced skiers for the unit instead of trying to train standing troops in mountain warfare, so Dole recruited from schools, universities and ski clubs for the unit.[14] The 87th trained in harsh conditions, including Mount Rainier's 14,411-foot (4,392 m) peak, throughout 1942 as more recruits were brought in to form the division.[15][16] Initial training was conducted by Olympian Rolf Monsen.[17] A new garrison was built for the division, Camp Hale, Colorado, at an elevation of 9,000 feet (2,700 m).[18][19] The Army Mountain Warfare School was eventually established at nearby Camp Carson in late 1942, and began to oversee mountain warfare training.[20]

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The 10th Light Division (Alpine) was constituted on 10 July 1943[21] and activated five days later at Camp Hale under the command of Brigadier General Lloyd E. Jones. At the time, the division had a strength of 8,500 out of the 16,000 planned, so the military transferred troops from the 30th, 31st, and 33rd Infantry Division to fill out the remainder of the division.[22] This lowered morale and the division faced many difficulties in the new training, which had no established Army doctrine.[19] The 10th Light Division was unique in that it was the only division in the Army with three field artillery battalions instead of four.[23] It was equipped with vehicles specialized in snow operation, such as the M29 Weasel,[20] and winter weather gear, such as white camouflage and skis specifically designed for the division.[25][26] The division practiced its rock climbing skills on the challenging peaks of Seneca Rocks, WV in preparation for the invasion of Italy.

On 6 November 1944, the 10th Division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division.[28] That same month, the blue and white "Mountain" tab was authorized for the division's new shoulder sleeve insignia.
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The 10th Mountain Division was the subject of the 1996 film Fire on the Mountain, which documented its exploits during World War II. The 10th Mountain Division is also a prominent element of the book and film Black Hawk Down, which portrays the Battle of Mogadishu and the division's participation in that conflict.[71] Among the division's other appearances are the Tom Clancy novel Clear and Present Danger,[72] the SCI FI 2005 film Manticore,[73] Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and Sean Parnell's war memoir about his platoon's experiences in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, titled Outlaw Platoon (2012).

Skiing associations subsequently contend that veterans of the 10th Mountain Division had a substantial effect in the post-World War II development of skiing as a vacation industry and major sport. Ex-soldiers from the 10th laid out ski hills, designed ski lifts, became ski coaches, racers, instructors, patrollers, shop owners, and filmmakers. They wrote and published ski magazines, opened ski schools, improved ski equipment, and developed ski resorts. Up to 2,000 of the division's troops were involved in skiing-related professions after the war, and at least 60 ski resorts were founded by men of the division.[74]
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Operation: Mountain Resolve 2003

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Old 03-23-2016, 01:45 PM   #16
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Onboard the choppers were our wounded and one captured Taliban fighter and loads of captured weapons, mostly AK-47s and RPGs. We also got resupplied with ammo, water and chow.

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My platoons Humvee patrol heading east on Route Sword just outside of Baghdad city limits.

Mosul is north.
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2nd Platoon, Bravo Company in western Baghdad. Getting ready to set up a VCP- vehicle checkpoint on Route Michigan.
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A sign that was posted on the back of our HUMVEES.
We shot a lot of vehicles in Iraq when they got too close. Better them, than us.
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