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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.
Force 1-505 area of operations - known as AO Spartan - included the Iraqi towns
of Al-Butoma, As-Sariyah, Bayji, Bushwari, Mezra, Sikek, Siniyah, and a host of
other villages and settlements. Also included in AO Spartan was the Bayji Oil
Refinery, the largest refinery in Iraq both in size and production capacity.
Day after day, 1 Panther Paratroopers boldly patrolled the dusty streets of
these communities in order to provide security for the local population and
also to eliminate insurgent presence and influence among the people.
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.
Paratroopers of 1-505 have courageously represented the United States of
America in combat across the globe for nearly seven decades, and their audacity
in the face of the enemy is legendary. Even now, they stand ready to execute
whatever orders they receive - on any given day.
All the Way! H-Minus!