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Press Release
July 08, 2005
Oregon Soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces Discover Weapons Cache
FOB WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from the 116th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and personnel from the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) discovered a large ammunition cache near the village of Sary Tappa in the Kirkuk Province, June 29.
Task Force 3-116th Armor in a combined operation with ISF uncovered a large cache of ammunitions. The cache had approximately 59 fuses, 137 mortar rounds, four 105mm rounds, sixteen 122mm rounds, thirty 122mm armor piercing rounds, four 25mm AA rounds, three 57mm AA rounds and 196 – 130mm rounds.
A local worker volunteered his time and equipment to excavate the site. According to an ISF spokesman, without his help the entire cache would have taken more than one day to recover.
"Terrorist, foreign fighters and former regime elements commit acts of violence against innocent men, women and children," said 1st Lt. John Thew, TF 3-116th AR. "The Iraqis are doing their part to fight the terrorists."
Thew, from Kennewick, Washington, is with the Oregon National Guard.
The 116th BCT is playing an important role in helping make Iraq more secure. The unit's mission also includes assisting Iraq's new government, supporting economic development and improving communications.
The 116th BCT includes headquarters and staff sections, two armor battalions, a mechanized infantry battalion, a support battalion, a field artillery battalion, an engineer battalion and various intelligence, signal, and specialized units. With component units from the states of Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, New Jersey and Maryland, the 116th BCT is one of several Army National Guard units that is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Troops & Ammunition.jpg – Soldiers from Task Force 3-116 Armor along with the Iraqi Security Force personnel stand behind some of the ammunitions that were discovered in the Kirkuk Province June 29.
The pile.jpg – The ammunition is place in a pile, it was found by soldiers from Task Force 3-116 Armor in the Kirkuk Province June 29.
Dozer.jpg – A local worker from the Kirkuk Province donated time and equipment to assist with excavating the ammunition that Task Force 3-116 Armor and Iraqi Security Forces discovered June 29.
CPT Monte Hibbert
116th BCT Public Affairs