Paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd
Airborne Division deployed in August 2006 to Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq in
support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Based at FOB Summerall, near the key city
of Bayji, they engaged in sustained combat operations for 15 months and then
redeployed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in October 2007.
shows what often could happen - and usually did happen - on any given day in AO
Spartan. These Paratroopers detect something to their left, perhaps an
explosion or burst of small-arms fire, and they take up an alert posture of
ready response. Visible in the background is the ornate minaret of the Al-Fatah
mosque, the ever-burning flare stack of the Bayji Oil Refinery, and the
prominent Jabal-Makhul mountain range.
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